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    7.3 got 'em! What a ball! Pitches very fast on a good length on off stump, lands and shapes away, Tharanga stands and tamely defends, the ball swishes by and nibbles the outside edge of the bat and McCullum does the taking, a loud appeal and he's given, Martin strikes again! 27/2
    1.3 gone! Good, fullish ball angled across him from off stump, draws him forward and he just pokes at that and gets a thick edge through to Fleming at second slip, and thats an early breakthrough for New Zealand 0/1
    not out
    156
    192
    21
    1
    81.25
    9.6 cleaned him up! Poor shot! Lands on a good length outside off stump and comes back in, surprises him, and all he can do is push the bat down on it in a hurry, and ends up chopping it back onto the base of off stump, not a good shot there but Martin's undone him, and he has three in no time, Sri Lanka in trouble! 41/3
    19.2 Gotcha! the typical subcontinental poke outside off stump. It's a fatal attraction that many from that part of the world share. Length-delivery that pitched outside off and held its line and the youngster couldn't resist a flirt. Caught at third slip. 81/4
    44.5 Got im! Another one of those fatal pokes. Angled away after landing on a length, a classical left-armer's delivery, and Silva pushes at it, away from his body and Fleming swallows the cherry at first slip. It is his 158th catch. Only two people - Mark Waugh and Brian Lara - have taken more catches than him. A cavalier innings comes to an end. Impetuous, aggressive, at times a bit too aggressive, and a rather interesting little knock. 202/5
    57.6 Strikes right on the tea break! An arm-ball. It landed just outside off, slid in and sneaked through the bat and pad gap and struck Jayawardene in front of offstump. That wicket would hurt Sri Lanka. Sangakkara is at the risk of running out of partners 239/6
    58.6 this time he gets his man! Strives for more pace this time, lands it on a sweet length outside off stump and Vaas doesnt get behind the line and nibbles at it, ball takes a thin edge through to a gleeful McCullum and up goes umpire Taufel's finger, Bond strikes early 240/7
    61.4 got 'em! Loops this one high and makes it hang in the air just a tad, lovely flight, takes the pace off the ball too and Maharoof comes half-forward and nibbles at it, and the result is the thinnest of edges into McCullum's gloves, umpire Jerling says yep, thats out 251/8
    63.5 gone! Flat outside off stump, Malinga comes forward and pushes at it, and Sinclair at silly point holds onto it, that was just off the bat and into his hands, tame dismissal and Malinga goes 259/9
    64.6 thats that then! Pitches full on leg stump, Murali goes back and can only tap that back to Bond, who takes a neat caught-and-bowled, didnt have to move much and thats the end of the Sri Lankan innings 268/10
    Extras
    10 (b 1, nb 8, lb 1)
    TOTAL
    268 all out (65 Overs, 272 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    SE Bond16.018525.31
    CS Martin13.025033.84
    JEC Franklin12.024613.83
    JDP Oram3.001013.33
    DL Vettori14.015333.78
    NJ Astle7.022203.14
    Fall of wickets:1-0 (ST Jayasuriya, 1.3 ov), 2-27 (WU Tharanga, 7.3 ov), 3-41 (DPMD Jayawardene, 9.6 ov), 4-81 (CK Kapugedera, 19.2 ov), 5-202 (LPC Silva, 44.5 ov), 6-239 (HAPW Jayawardene, 57.6 ov), 7-240 (WPUJC Vaas, 58.6 ov), 8-251 (MF Maharoof, 61.4 ov), 9-259 (SL Malinga, 63.5 ov), 10-268 (M Muralitharan, 64.6 ov)
  • BATSMEN
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    9.5 Got im! Maharoof gets the breakthrough. A length-delivery that landed around the off and middle stump line and cut back in , threaded the bat and pad gap to clean up. Quite a poor shot from a opener. Too loose. He just tried to go through the line and was done in by the in cutter. Lovely ball though. 30/1
    10.5 Revenge! Malinga traps How plumb in front. It landed on a length, around the off and middle, cut back in a touch and beat the intended defensive flail of the bat and crashed into the back pad. Dead duck. 40/2
    26.6 Boom! 145 kmph yorker cleans up SInclair! Malinga is on fire. Full, furious, on the off stump line, Sinclair stabs at it in a hurry but is beaten by the pace and the late swing. The furniture is disturbed. Memories of Waqar Younis comes flooding back. 75/5
    12.5 Malinga gets his man! Bangs one short, it rears up and shapes away from Fleming who tries to get his bat out of that shoulder-high delivery but fails. THe ball runs off the face of the bat and into the gloves of the 'keeper. Huge wicket! 40/3
    22.4 Crash! What a ripper! 147kmph in-swinging delivery takes out Astle. It didn't land anywhere, the projectile hurtled across at a furious pace, Astle had no time to move his feet, just tried to get his bat in line but it was just not pace that he had to tackle. The ball swung in late, evaded the hurried-flail of the blade and crashed into the stumps. Malinga erupts, his colleagues yell in joy, Astle trudges off in disappointment. What a session. Especially the last spell from Malinga. 66/4
    39.1 all over, clean bowled! Tossed up on middle and leg, McCullum backs away and tries to hit down the track with the wind over the off side, but its the doosra and he doesnt read it, pitches and spins past him to knock back off stump, Murali wins this battle 130/10
    28.2 There you go. 146kmph delivery. What a peach of a delivery. This one, like the one that cleaned up Astle last evening, didn't land anywhere. It hurtled across at a rapid pace, around the leg and middle stump line, swung in late and beat the blade that was being brought down in an hurry. Crash. The legstump had been pegged back. 85/6
    29.6 Gets him with a doosra! Murali joins the Malinga party. Lands just outside offstump, turns in and Oram, who didn't pick it cleanly, goes back and is rapped on the pads. Hits him just about on the line of offstump I reckon. Sri Lanka are all over New Zealand here 90/7
    31.6 If Malinga doesn't get you, Murali will! Another doosra, another bewildered batsman and another lbw dismissal. Lands on the middle and leg, Franklin goes back and ends up playing the wrong line and is caught plumb in front. 98/8
    35.6 tossed up on off stump, Bond doesnt judge it well and thrusts his front pad in the line, the ball pitches, doesnt turn much and raps him in front of off stump, everyone goes up and Jerling agrees, Murali gets another 116/9
    not out
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    3
    0
    0
    0.00
    Extras
    15 (b 7, nb 2, lb 6)
    TOTAL
    130 all out (39.1 Overs, 180 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    WPUJC Vaas4.00802.00
    SL Malinga18.046853.77
    MF Maharoof5.021012.00
    M Muralitharan12.133142.54
    Fall of wickets:1-30 (CD Cumming, 9.5 ov), 2-40 (JM How, 10.5 ov), 3-40 (SP Fleming, 12.5 ov), 4-66 (NJ Astle, 22.4 ov), 5-75 (MS Sinclair, 26.6 ov), 6-85 (DL Vettori, 28.2 ov), 7-90 (JDP Oram, 29.6 ov), 8-98 (JEC Franklin, 31.6 ov), 9-116 (SE Bond, 35.6 ov), 10-130 (BB McCullum, 39.1 ov)
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    7.2 Martin strikes! Full in length, lands on leg and middle, shapes in a touch and Tharanga ends up driving down the wrong line. Not much footmovement, caught at the crease and that did him in. 44/1
    13.3 Gone! A well-flighted delivery, goes above the eye-line of Jayasuriya, drops rapidly, lands outside offstump, turns in and Jayasuriya ends up pushing at it, a bit inside the line - maybe he was expecting a little bit more turn- gets the outside edge and Fleming swallows it at first slip. Have we seen the last Test innings of Jayasuriya? 62/3
    12.1 Big wicket! Sangakkara, the first-innings centurion, falls cheaply. There was a man stationed at deep point. Bond bangs one short, and keeps it outside off, Sangakkara goes for the upper cut, punches it and , to his horror, finds that man. Franklin took two steps to his left and the ball nestles into his palms 62/2
    53.3 gone! Would you believe, the outside leg stump line works! Tossed up, holding the ball in the air for a fraction, it dips outside leg stump and Jayawardene nibbles at it, there's some deviation and Sinclair snaffles the catch, they appeal and umpire Taufel raises the finger! Jayawardene isn't happy as he walks off, shaking his head, and rightfully so. The replays clearly showed it brushed the pads. 168/5
    29.1 straight through and he's bowled! An innocous, flat delivery on middle and off just pitches and goes through Kapugedera's nothing forward defensive and shatters middle stump, there was nothing on that ball but its a wicket, not sure how he missed that ball 100/4
    not out
    152
    219
    20
    0
    69.40
    83.3 He falls to the pull shot. Again slightly short in length, outside offstump and Prasanna tries to fetch it from there - he had just executed a fab pull shot on the first ball, so the confidence must have been there- and he pulls. This time the ball bounces more than he expected and the ball spoons up straight in the air, and the substitute fielder, at square-leg, takes the catch. 262/6
    105.4 and he finally strikes! Tossed up outside off stump, Vaas moves back and tries to smash it past point, but ends up with a faint underedge through to McCullum, and he has to go 350/7
    107.6 five-for for Vettori! Tossed up on middle and leg, and an ambitious Maharoof, who hasnt been out there for long, goes down and tries to sweep, but misses, and gets struck on the thigh right on front of leg stump, and Simon Taufel raises the finger, jubilation for Vettori! 356/8
    109.1 gone, first ball! Fast arm ball on leg stump, just slides on and Malinga goes nowhere, and he's hit smack in front of the leg quite deep in the crease, and Taufel has no hesitation in giving that out 365/9
    109.3 but he's gone this time! Tossed up outside off stump, Murali gives him the charge, misses all ends up, its the easiest stumping McCullum will have to effect, and Sri Lanka are all out for 365 365/10
    Extras
    11 (nb 4, lb 7)
    TOTAL
    365 all out (109.3 Overs, 450 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    SE Bond19.036713.52
    CS Martin23.019824.26
    DL Vettori42.3613073.05
    JEC Franklin25.086302.52
    Fall of wickets:1-44 (WU Tharanga, 7.2 ov), 2-62 (KC Sangakkara, 12.1 ov), 3-62 (ST Jayasuriya, 13.3 ov), 4-100 (CK Kapugedera, 29.1 ov), 5-168 (DPMD Jayawardene, 53.3 ov), 6-262 (HAPW Jayawardene, 83.3 ov), 7-350 (WPUJC Vaas, 105.4 ov), 8-356 (MF Maharoof, 107.6 ov), 9-365 (SL Malinga, 109.1 ov), 10-365 (M Muralitharan, 109.3 ov)
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    15.5 Murali! Tossed up viciously outside off stump, the ball lands, spins the other way, the doosra, and Cumming can only get half-forward and poke at it with an open face of the bat, and Sangakkara snaffles the take, Murali strikes in his first over! 60/2
    14.3 gone due to a poor call! A full toss, 152ks, swinging fast and going down leg stump, How doesnt read it at all and looks to get out of the way, and as he tries to do so he gets smacked on the front leg, in the hop, Malinga appeals and Simon Taufel raises the finger in a flash, but that was a bad call as the ball was clearly swinging down leg stump 56/1
    44.3 got him! Tossed up outside off stump, its that classical doosra again, Sinclair doesnt read it at all and pokes at it, and Jayawardene holds onto a neat low chance at slip, Murali strikes in fine style! 139/4
    34.2 caught behind very first ball! Full and fast, the outswinger, Fleming leans into a drive away from his body, and all he can do is get a thick edge through to a gleeful Sangakkara! A very loose stroke first up, and isn't Malinga thrilled! 115/3
    48.5 gone! You dont go back to Murali! Quicker delivery, flatter on middle and leg, 95ks, Astle makes the cardinal error of playing back, doesnt read it, and gets struck in front of leg stump, and Taufel raises the dreaded finger! 156/5
    54.5 gone! Chopped it on! The offspinner pitches way outside leg, the sharp turn tucks him up so much that he ends up chopping weakly onto his front toe and it cannons into leg stump, Murali's ecstatic and the end is near 163/7
    53.5 Vaas strikes! Pitches full on middle and leg, Oram's already hindered by his hamstring injury and stands in the crease, doesnt have the mobility to move forward and gets caught low on the pad in front of leg stump, and he has to go 161/6
    77.1 Got im! Murali strikes! Vettori falls after a defiant knock. Conned by the doosra. It landed on the middle and off, Vettori assumed it would be the offbreak, just thrust his front foot out, offered no stroke as he padded away. To his horror the ball straightened instead of deviating the other way and trapped him plumb. Dead duck. 259/8
    85.1 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. 286/10
    82.5 Gone! Bond's licence to survive is over. (ouch that was bad) Goes hard at a length-delivery, outside off, edges it to Sangakkara 278/9
    not out
    4
    7
    1
    0
    57.14
    Extras
    34 (b 9, w 11, nb 7, lb 7)
    TOTAL
    286 all out (85.1 Overs, 361 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    WPUJC Vaas18.026413.55
    SL Malinga16.016223.87
    MF Maharoof11.014714.27
    M Muralitharan34.198762.54
    ST Jayasuriya6.031001.66
    Fall of wickets:1-56 (JM How, 14.3 ov), 2-60 (CD Cumming, 15.5 ov), 3-115 (SP Fleming, 34.2 ov), 4-139 (MS Sinclair, 44.3 ov), 5-156 (NJ Astle, 48.5 ov), 6-161 (JDP Oram, 53.5 ov), 7-163 (BB McCullum, 54.5 ov), 8-259 (DL Vettori, 77.1 ov), 9-278 (SE Bond, 82.5 ov), 10-286 (JEC Franklin, 85.1 ov)