Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SL Malinga
27(19) 2x4 - 2x6
Control %43%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 0 4 1 7 5 9
NJ Astle
40(37) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 1 3 2 0 1 4 12

Best performances - Bowlers

CRD Fernando
O4.0
M0
R19
W3
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JEC Franklin
O4.0
M0
R23
W3
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Faced with a small target to get, New Zealand went through the jitters, losing wickets thanks to some indecision between the stumps - though Sri Lanka did hit the stumps with their throws - but Nathan Astle played a slam-bang innings to see them through in the end. Sri Lanka's batting never really got going, and when your two main contributors are the No's 9 and 10, you've got a problem. 115 was never a really threatening score, and New Zealand came back after the rain-marred loss at Wellington to level the series 1-1.

Hope you've enjoyed the action from this Boxing Day Twenty20. Remember, there are two other big matches on today - the fourth Test of the Ashes at the MCG, and India-South Africa at Durban. Do stay with Cricinfo for our live coverage of both matches.

As for this series, we'll be seeing you on December 28th for the first of five ODIs at Napier. For now, this is Jamie Alter signing off. Belated Christmas wishes to all...cheers!

18.3
1
Dilshan to Astle, 1 run, all over! Tossed up on middle and leg, Astle gets down and sweeps through square leg for one, and New Zealand have tied the series!
18.2
0
Dilshan to Astle, no run, tossed up outside leg, he tries to loft it for four but doesnt make contact
18.1
0
Dilshan to Astle, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he drives but gets an inside edge to mid-wicket

Boy, is the crowd behind Astle...lovely scenes at the ground...

END OF OVER:
18 | 15 Runs | NZ: 115/5

  • NJ Astle39 (34b)
  • JEC Franklin3 (6b)
  • PDRL Perera4-0-49-0
  • CRD Fernando4-0-19-3
17.6
1
Perera to Astle, 1 run, slower and fuller outside off stump, Astle looks to square drive it but doesnt time it well, the ball bobs up and drops outside off stump, McGlashan calls for the mad single, and the scores are tied!
17.5
6
Perera to Astle, SIX runs, bye bye birdie! Insane hit that! Full outside off stump, and Astle picks it so well, just sends it sailing miles and miles over wide long-on, thats so far back into the stands, wow, wow, wow!
17.4
1
Perera to Franklin, 1 run, fuller length delivery on off stump, Franklin comes on the frontfoot and drives it to extra cover

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SL Malinga
27(19) 2x4 - 2x6
Control %43%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 0 4 1 7 5 9
NJ Astle
40(37) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 1 3 2 0 1 4 12

Best performances - Bowlers

CRD Fernando
O4.0
M0
R19
W3
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JEC Franklin
O4.0
M0
R23
W3
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF