Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
43(61) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 0 1 6 0 0
KC Sangakkara
156(192) 21x4 - 1x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
4 2 5 0 5 0 8 1

Best performances - Bowlers

CS Martin
O13.0
M2
R50
W3
Eco3.84
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SL Malinga
O18.0
M4
R68
W5
Eco3.77
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Chamara Silva, who collected a pair in his debut Test, but roared back in this game with a scintillating ton, was awarded the Man-of-the-Match trophy. Stephen Fleming makes a nice speech.. "Sri Lankans played great cricket, Over the past year they have emerged as a credible and strong Test team. ... they have one of the greatest spin bowlers (Murali) and a action which is very difficult to pick (Malinga)" That about sums it up for as well. It was a wonderful comeback from a team who had lost the first Test. There was some controversy as well. A run out. Debates raged about whether it was unsporting. And here we are now.. all even stevens and wondering why is it so. Surely, these two-match series should be discontinued.

This is Sriram Veera, and along with Jamie Alter, signing off. It was good fun bringing you the live action. Till next time, good bye and good luck!

85.1
W
Muralitharan to Franklin, OUT, That's it! Sri Lanka have romped home to a series-levelling win. Murali spins them home with his 9th five-wicket haul of the year. He, now, has a 10-wicket match-haul against each of the Test playing nations. Flighted up and Franklin, who put up such a good defiant two-man act with Vettori, swings it straight into the lap of the deep midwicket.

END OF OVER:
85 | 8 Runs | NZ: 286/9

  • CS Martin4 (7b)
  • JEC Franklin44 (94b)
  • MF Maharoof11-1-47-1
  • M Muralitharan34-9-87-5

Ray H writes in, "In response to Warwick Inder I would like to add I think NZ presently has the same selection problems as the England....i.e., some of the 'best' players are sitting on the sidelines. How can Ryder with a 1st class average of nearly 50 not be selected; how can Ross Taylor with as good a technique as Crowe not be selected. Conversely, how do we select How and Cumming with their domestic averages? If we look at the bowlers also I ask myself why players such as Adams, Gillespie and Patel are not in the frame. If NZ cricket is going to progress it must leave those that are not performing behind. "

84.6
0
Maharoof to Martin, no run, lands on a length, cuts back in and raps Martin on the pads
84.5
0
Maharoof to Martin, no run
84.4
0
Maharoof to Martin, 4 bye, yorker, goes between the bat and pad, and goes away for four byes. I am sure Martin acted as he was playing a straight drive, it was cleverly done to fool Sangakkara who reacted late and couldn't quite get across in time! Just kidding. Or may be not!

Ben attacks me with, "You forgot to point out that Martin has bought up his 50 - in only 33 matches" My bad.

84.3
0
Maharoof to Martin, no run, In the channel outside off, left alone

Derek screams out, "I don't think it is necessary to spell Fleming. Just reverse the batting order!

84.2
4
Maharoof to Martin, FOUR runs, Martin hits the seventh four of his career. Short of length, outside off, driven on the up, through backward point. Easy.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
43(61) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 0 1 6 0 0
KC Sangakkara
156(192) 21x4 - 1x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
4 2 5 0 5 0 8 1

Best performances - Bowlers

CS Martin
O13.0
M2
R50
W3
Eco3.84
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SL Malinga
O18.0
M4
R68
W5
Eco3.77
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF