Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    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
    34 (b 9, lb 7, nb 7, w 11)
    286 all out (85.1 Overs, RR: 3.35, 361 minutes)
    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)
    WPUJC Vaas18.026413.5510
    SL Malinga16.016223.8722
    MF Maharoof11.014714.2705
    M Muralitharan34.198762.5400
    ST Jayasuriya6.031001.6600

Close of Play

  • Fri, 15 Dec - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 66/4 (MS Sinclair 6*, 22.4 ov)
  • Sat, 16 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 225/5 (LPC Silva 79*, HAPW Jayawardene 22*, 71 ov)
  • Sun, 17 Dec - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 75/2 (MS Sinclair 10*, SP Fleming 4*, 22 ov)
  • Mon, 18 Dec - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 286 (85.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes