Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    10.2 Vettori, the captain cum selector, has struck with his second ball. It landed around the off stump and sort of held its line, Paranavitana stabbed it gently to first slip. It turned in a touch but not much and Paranavitana pushed inside the line. Gone! Sanga strides out. 34/1
    23.2 Would you believe it folks? Dilshan, dropped by the bowler, sends another one his way! It was short in length and it sat up on Dilshan who tried to turn it to the on side but the ball held up, stopped a touch, on him on this slow track and he got a leading edge back to O'Brien who ever so slowly lunged forward to take the simple catch. Got to read the blogger later tonight. 75/2
    40.4 No 300 for Dan! Congrats. Sangakkara loses out on the patience game. He had just hit a boundary but couldn't resist another big hit. It was flighted delivery, tempting him to go for another big hit from outside off, and Sanga took up the challenge. Down he went on his knee to play the big slog sweep but hit it straight to deep midwicket. He is the first left-arm spinner to take 300. 115/3
    99.5 and there is the wicket! O'Brien bowls one outside the off stump and in the corridor and gets it to move back in a touch as the ball kisses the outside edge and flies to the right of McCulum who does a very good job in taking the catch. Jayawardene ended up chasing it a bit. Jayawardene would be highly frustrated as he did not play a single false stroke through the innings. The first mistake he made leads to his downfall. That's how the game goes 295/4
    129.2 Samaraweera has given Patel a free wicket. He went for the reverse sweep and ended up gloving a dolly to McCullum who took couple of steps to his left to take it. Fine innings from Samaraweera comes to an end. 415/9
    117.3 Kapu crashes his bat on the ground as he storms off in disgust. He ran down the track and tried to loft it over long-on but was beaten in the flight and ended up slicing it to Dan at mid-off. 367/5
    122.5 The bouncer does the trick. Prasanna pulls it straight to O'Brien at long-leg. It was high bouncer and he had to fetch it from almost above head-high and couldn't control it in the end. 389/6
    125.1 Samaraweera stands alone as one by one his team-mates desert him. It was a simple enough delivery that did Dammika in. He went back and stabbed a delivery that didn't turn in much and edged it straight to first slip. 396/7
    125.2 Harper has given him after a long thought. Patel got this one to hurry in with the arm from round the stumps. Herath was on the back foot and missed the ball completely with his prod. He was struck high on the pad, which was right in front of the stumps, and after a careful consideration about the height, Harper says you got to go. Two in two for Patel! 396/8
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    130.3 Dan picks up the last wicket. Tossed up outside off and Thushara went for a big swing but sliced it to the off side and Patel back-pedaled from mid-off to take the catch 416/10
    Extras
    8 (b 2, lb 5, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    416 all out (130.3 Overs, RR: 3.18, 549 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (NT Paranavitana, 10.2 ov), 2-75 (TM Dilshan, 23.2 ov), 3-115 (KC Sangakkara, 40.4 ov), 4-295 (DPMD Jayawardene, 99.5 ov), 5-367 (CK Kapugedera, 117.3 ov), 6-389 (HAPW Jayawardene, 122.5 ov), 7-396 (KTGD Prasad, 125.1 ov), 8-396 (HMRKB Herath, 125.2 ov), 9-415 (TT Samaraweera, 129.2 ov), 10-416 (T Thushara, 130.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    CS Martin2438113.3700
    IE O'Brien2247323.3100
    DL Vettori40.31210432.5601
    JDP Oram2175602.6600
    JS Patel2037843.9000
    JD Ryder311705.6600
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    2.1 close! pitches it on the middle stump and gets to straighten it a bit. McIntosh offers pad as the first line of defense. He expected the ball to move away and the bat was nowhere in sight. Ball clips the top of his back pad and would have certainly struck the off stump. Llong has no second thoughts in giving. Bishop meanwhile on TV thinks that it would missed the off stump 14/1
    15.4 We have a winner in that contest. Thushara wins. Guptill is gone. Another chest-high bouncer on the off stump, from round the stumps, Guptill top edged it straight to the man placed at deep square leg. Three down and Murali is yet to bowl. Danny Morrison is livid on air, calling it "Brainless cricket". The Andrew hilditch syndrome has hit I guess. The happy hooker is gone. 63/3
    9.2 Got him. No doubt this time. It was a lovely delivery that landed on a length just outside the off stump and held its line, inducing a fatal prod and Prasanna, probably the world's best keeper at the moment, lunges to his left to take the catch. 49/2
    58.4 Herath strikes. Taylor falls after a fighting innings. It drifted in towards the off stump, sucked Taylor into a defensive waft but the ball spun away, kissed the edge and Prasanna takes it neatly 183/7
    40.4 gives it a lot of loop as Ryder comes forward in anticipation of defensive stroke and fails to read the loop. He manages to get an inside edge onto his pads and the ball flies right into the hands of the short-leg fielder Paranavitana 148/4
    41.4 And the nightwatchman returns to the hutch. It landed outside leg stump and Patel went for the sweep but only gloved it to first slip. 149 for 5 149/5
    57.3 Finally, Murali gets his man. A struggling McCullum, who has been living on a edge, falls. It was the doosra from the leg and middle stump line, bouncing, and McCullum tried to adjust by opening the bat-face and play with the turn but it bounced more, got the edge and went straight to Mahela at first slip. Murali went round the stumps for this delivery and struck immediately 183/6
    76.3 oh he has gone for a reverse sweep and it proves fatal. He tried to pat it to the off side but gloved it to short leg . Tame dismissal. 234/9
    73.4 Huge wicket. Dilshan takes out Dan. He tried to clip the short of length delivery on the middle and leg line to the on side but edged it to his pad and the ball flew to left of short leg. Kapu stretched out his left hand but the ball popped out but he somehow managed to catch it on the rebound inches off the turf 226/8
    77.4 It turned from the middle stump and struck O'Brien was struck in front of middle stump. The silly point fielder dived to take the 'catch' ... given out lbw ... 234/10
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    7 (lb 3, nb 2, w 2)
    TOTAL
    234 all out (77.4 Overs, RR: 3.01, 290 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-14 (TG McIntosh, 2.1 ov), 2-49 (DR Flynn, 9.2 ov), 3-63 (MJ Guptill, 15.4 ov), 4-148 (JD Ryder, 40.4 ov), 5-149 (JS Patel, 41.4 ov), 6-183 (BB McCullum, 57.3 ov), 7-183 (LRPL Taylor, 58.4 ov), 8-226 (DL Vettori, 73.4 ov), 9-234 (JDP Oram, 76.3 ov), 10-234 (IE O'Brien, 77.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    TM Dilshan301214.0000
    T Thushara923724.1112
    KTGD Prasad604116.8310
    HMRKB Herath34117032.0500
    M Muralitharan25.427132.7600
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    15.2 once again charges down the track and Dilshan looking to get it over the long on fielder, miscues it high in the air to long on and Guptill runs forward and takes the catch low down bending forward on his knees, well judged. 56/1
    28.6 Harper has given him out and Paranavitana, under pressure after a couple of poor games, is not too amused. He has a wry smile as he walks away. It was a delivery outside leg stump, Paranavitana went for the sweep and missed it completely. The ball looked well clear of the bat. McCullum moves quickly to take it and shouts out an appeal, Vettori joins in and Harper wags his finger. Oh dear ... 89/2
    69.1 Sanga falls and the lead stands at 444. He charged down the track, moving outside leg in the process, but Patel pushed it outside off, making him fetch and he ended up edging the intended aggressive shot to slip. Patel pumps his fist. 262/3
    85.2 Oh dear .. Mahela is out! O'Brien produces a length delivery that straightens outside off stump, sucking Mahela into a fatal prod, bat away from the body, and the ball flew low to the left of first slip where Taylor took a very good catch. The camera pans to a distraught Mrs Jayawardene. And Sangakkara declares. 311/5
    82.2 And he is gone now.... done in by the arm-ball. He leaned forward to defend but ended up pushing outside the line of the ball as it curved in to strike him in front. 301/4
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    TOTAL
    311/5d (85.2 Overs, RR: 3.64, 352 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-56 (TM Dilshan, 15.2 ov), 2-89 (NT Paranavitana, 28.6 ov), 3-262 (KC Sangakkara, 69.1 ov), 4-301 (TT Samaraweera, 82.2 ov), 5-311 (DPMD Jayawardene, 85.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DL Vettori2446222.5800
    IE O'Brien15.217715.0213
    CS Martin903403.7710
    JS Patel34212223.5800
    JD Ryder301505.0001
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    10.2 The off stump has been pegged back. McIntosh had not offered a shot; he had shouldered arms! It landed back of length just outside off stump and came in with the angle, McIntosh was expecting it to be outside-off I guess as he just shouldered arms. Crash! Timber! 36/1
    14.1 Oh boy ... Herath strikes first ball. And as our reader feared, Guptill goes after promising much more. It was flighted delivery on a length outside off, Guptill lunged at it and got a thin nick through to the keeper. Guptill walks away, without waiting for the decision from the umpire. Out for 28. Looked good for more. 41/2
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    38.1 And in the here and now, Flynn has gone for fifty. Oh well. He went right back to defend a delivery that turned in but he missed the ball completely and was trapped right in front. 131/4
    26.3 And he is gone now. Rangana Herath is the man. He drifted it in towards middle and leg, from round the stumps, luring Ross into playing across the line before it turned to pick the edge and flew to first slip. Lovely classy delivery. 97/3
    54.1 Done in by the urge to sweep. Herath fired it in full and that length did in Ryder. He missed the sweep shot and was struck on the off-stump line. Joy for Herath. 176/6
    43.5 And his woes end. A very scratchy innings is over. It was the toppie outside off stump, very full, McCullum goes for the big cover drive, his weight on the back foot, and he ends up dragging it to his stumps. 158/5
    91.6 Vettori can't believe it and sinks to his knees as he watches Oram perish in such a tame way .. It was floated outside off stump, Oram stood tall and punched it straight to Sanga at cover. Oh boy .. what has he done? Meanwhile, joy for the hosts. Big wicket at the stroke of lunch 300/7
    123.5 Dan the man finally falls. Wonderful innings comes to an end. Vettori topedges the slog sweep and Herath rushes in from deep square-leg to take a good running catch ... Sri Lanka complete a very fine 2-0 series win 397/10
    97.5 a limping, in pain, Murali strikes! What a guy. He flighted it up, Patel went for a sweep but just managed to edge a dolly of a catch to short-leg 318/8
    118.4 O'Brien walks! He didn't wait for Harper's decision. We would never know whether the umpire would have given it. What an innings. Fighting. Gutsy. It was a flighted delivery just outside off stump, loopy, dipping on O' Brien who lunged at it and must have got a thin edge as he walked. Five-for the wonderful Herath. This wicket was similar to how he got rid of Guptill yesterday. O Brien holds his head as he walks away. 387/9
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    TOTAL
    397 all out (123.5 Overs, RR: 3.20, 475 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-36 (TG McIntosh, 10.2 ov), 2-41 (MJ Guptill, 14.1 ov), 3-97 (LRPL Taylor, 26.3 ov), 4-131 (DR Flynn, 38.1 ov), 5-158 (BB McCullum, 43.5 ov), 6-176 (JD Ryder, 54.1 ov), 7-300 (JDP Oram, 91.6 ov), 8-318 (JS Patel, 97.5 ov), 9-387 (IE O'Brien, 118.4 ov), 10-397 (DL Vettori, 123.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    NT Paranavitana10202.0000
    T Thushara23.317803.3101
    KTGD Prasad1515613.7300
    HMRKB Herath48913952.8900
    M Muralitharan28.228533.0000
    TM Dilshan601512.5000
    CK Kapugedera20904.5000

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

Start 09.45, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 15.00-15.20, Close 17.15

Match days

26,27,28,29,30 August 2009 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Wed, 26 Aug - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 262/3 (DPMD Jayawardene 79*, TT Samaraweera 78*, 90 ov)
  • Thu, 27 Aug - day 2 - New Zealand 1st innings 159/5 (LRPL Taylor 70*, BB McCullum 5*, 47 ov)
  • Fri, 28 Aug - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 157/2 (KC Sangakkara 64*, DPMD Jayawardene 23*, 45.2 ov)
  • Sat, 29 Aug - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 182/6 (JDP Oram 7*, DL Vettori 5*, 56 ov)
  • Sun, 30 Aug - day 5 - New Zealand 2nd innings 397 (123.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

New Zealand 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st36TG McIntoshMJ Guptill
2nd5DR FlynnMJ Guptill
3rd56LRPL TaylorDR Flynn
4th34JD RyderDR Flynn
5th27BB McCullumJD Ryder
6th18JDP OramJD Ryder
7th124DL VettoriJDP Oram
8th18DL VettoriJS Patel
9th69DL VettoriIE O'Brien
10th10DL VettoriCS Martin
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