Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
89(122) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
8 0 1 1 5 1 2 4
JAH Marshall
50(80) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 4 4 0 0 5

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O10.0
M1
R31
W3
Eco3.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MR Gillespie
O10.0
M0
R46
W2
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
50 | 4 Runs | NZ: 228/9

  • MJ Mason4 (6b)
  • JEC Franklin45 (46b)
  • ST Jayasuriya5-0-28-0
  • WPUJC Vaas10-0-46-1

Take a bow James Franklin, his unbeaten 45 was one of the coolest and calmest innings you'll see in ODI day cricket, alongside the ones played by Inzamam, Lara and the like.

Sanath Jayasuriya bowled a fantastic last over defending just a paltry run. He managed five dot balls and no doubt gave several New Zealand fans heartburn. Credit to Michael Mason too for not panicking after playing five dot balls in the last over, credit to Mark Gillespie for digging out umpteen yorkers, credit to Kumar Sangakkara for scoring 89, the highest individual score at this venue. The series is now level at 1-1.

What a match to end 2006, it's been an eventful year and it could not have asked for a more fitting finish. Send us your comments.

Jayawardene says he thought Jayasuriya's experience and him being a left-arm bowler against a right-hand batsman would be a good ploy in the last over. Well he was very nearly right!

Vettori gives credit to Franklin, and it's well deserved. Franklin even played Murali with ease.

Man of the Match: James Franklin. No surprises there, he did everything right and it must have been just terrible watching Mason playing that last over from the other end after taking New Zealand to the threshold of victory. But Mason came through and Franklin's effort wasn't in vain.

Jamie and I have had a blast bringing this game to you. That's it from us at Cricinfo for 2006. Do tune in for the third ODI on January 2. Happy new year everybody. Cheers!

49.6
4
Jayasuriya to Mason, FOUR runs, MASON HAS DONE IT he takes a step down and lofts it straight back over Jayasuriya's head for four, New Zealand have won by one wicket off the last ball!

They have to run for anything now.

49.5
0
Jayasuriya to Mason, no run, defended to mid-on, no run, unbelieveable stuff
49.4
0
Jayasuriya to Mason, no run, high full toss, Mason swings and misses, pressure mounting
49.3
0
Jayasuriya to Mason, no run, pushed to short fine leg, three left
49.2
0
Jayasuriya to Mason, no run, defended to cover
49.1
0
Jayasuriya to Mason, no run, full toss, defended back to the bowler

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
89(122) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
8 0 1 1 5 1 2 4
JAH Marshall
50(80) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 4 4 0 0 5

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O10.0
M1
R31
W3
Eco3.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MR Gillespie
O10.0
M0
R46
W2
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF