Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
79(103) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %63%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
5 0 6 0 1 1 5 2
CD McMillan
29(64) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 4 5 0 1 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

WPUJC Vaas
O8.0
M3
R10
W3
Eco1.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MR Gillespie
O10.0
M1
R39
W3
Eco3.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

So that's it then. All over in a blink. First Jayasuriya climbed all over New Zealand bowlers with a manic 70. If the bowlers thought they had got out of the slaughter house after Jayasuriya's fall, their batsmen were thrown into one. One by one, they surrendered. Vaas harassed them with swing. He would keep taking it away before bending one back in to trap them in front. Maling gunned for the toes and throats and Murali too joined in the carnage to wrap up a series-levelling win for Sri Lanka.

This is Sriram Veera, your commentator for the day, signing off. Join George Binoy on January 9th for the decider.

26.3
W
Muralitharan to Mason, OUT, The series is level! Murali traps Mason with a fullish one. New Zealand are shot out for their second lowest score ever. 74 was that mark and now they have been bundled out, for one run less, by swing of Vaas, pace of Malinga and the guile of Murali. It was tossed up, full, on middle and leg stump line, Mason has a swing across the line and is trapped. It would have hit the leg stump. The series is alive and all to play for in the Tuesday's decider.

'Ray' stings with.: "The infamous JB rotation policy seems to be working well...I wonder how the out-of-form Stephen Fleming now feels about his break from the game?"

26.2
0
Muralitharan to Mason, no run, doosra, on the offstump line, turns away, Mason is beaten trying to sweep
26.1
0
Muralitharan to Mason, no run

END OF OVER:
26 | 1 Run | NZ: 73/9

  • MJ Mason1 (10b)
  • CD McMillan29 (64b)
  • SL Malinga8-3-14-3
  • M Muralitharan2-0-7-1
25.6
1lb
Malinga to Mason, 1 leg bye, slower one, but drifts down the legside, and it runs away for a legbye
25.5
0
Malinga to Mason, no run, The bails are off. At the non-striker's end though. Nice drive, off a fullish delivery, down the track, Malinga stretches his right hand out, gets a touch and it hits the stumps on the other side. McMillan is inside his crease. No harm done
25.4
0
Malinga to Mason, no run, goes for the ribs, swatted away to the on side. Well played

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
79(103) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %63%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
5 0 6 0 1 1 5 2
CD McMillan
29(64) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 4 5 0 1 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

WPUJC Vaas
O8.0
M3
R10
W3
Eco1.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MR Gillespie
O10.0
M1
R39
W3
Eco3.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF