Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
81(51) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %50%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
2 1 4 9 2 0 6 14
JD Ryder
42(27) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 1 4 8 6 3 2

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O4.0
M0
R25
W2
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SE Bond
O4.0
M0
R35
W2
Eco8.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

An ear-shattering scream was heard right after he hit that shot, he knew it was heading over the ropes the moment he struck that. A fitting start to the World Twenty20. The conditions were not easy for the batsmen with the pitch playing slow, supporting spin and the ball keeping low on occasion. Sri Lanka, thanks to Jayawardene, had posted a competitive total. Ryder and Guptill overcame an early loss to put New Zealand's chase on course, but Jayasuriya and Murali combined to give Sri Lanka the edge. Just when it seemed New Zealand were slipping away, Oram smashed Mendis for consecutive sixes and Nathan McCullum came in to decide the game in two shots, a six and a four off Malinga. Sri Lanka had their chances. There were run-out chances missed, one in the last over and one off the last ball of the penultimate over where McCullum could have lost his wicket. But New Zealand held their nerve, and delivered an exciting finish which will. hopefully, set the tone for the rest of the competition. Join us in a bit for the presentation.

Sangakkara: "We probably lost the game in the last over. We fell about 10-12 runs short, Mahela batted well with Chandimal. The bowlers tried hard but we missed run-outs at the end. Malinga bowled brilliantly, but he was unlucky to go for that boundary off the third ball. We need to convert good starts into good totals and improve our fielding."

Vettori: "We were fortunate we played a few warm-up games here. 135 was pretty good but we knew how difficult Sri Lanka could be with their bowlers. We put ourselves under pressure with the way we batted in the middle, but Oram and McCullum rescued us in the end. It was easier for Nathan to hit at the end, and his four and six were pretty amazing. We need to be more aggressive with the bat."

Nathan McCullum is Man of the Match for his all-round effort.

McCullum: "I was pretty nervous but fortunately it came off in the end. I quite enjoy taking the new ball. Hopefully just an allrounder is what I would call myself."

That's it from us for this game, folks. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Stay put, for the second game of the day, between West Indies and Ireland starts fairly soon. Goodbye from me.

19.5
6
Malinga to McCullum, SIX runs, Six, Six, Six! What a blow, Nathan McCullum's handed New Zealand a thrilling win, lands on a length outside off, just perfect for McCullum who strikes it powerfully and cleanly over the long-off boundary to seal victory for New Zealand

Southee comes in, 3 off 2 needed

19.4
W
Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, OUT, run-out, aiming for the blockhole, driven to long-on, Vettori tries an improbable second run and Malinga this time collects well and takes off the bails, eight down

4 off 3

19.3
4
Malinga to McCullum, FOUR runs, found the gap, full delivery and he moved across and swing that between fine leg and deep square leg, perfect placement, had found his spot and executed the shot brilliantly
19.2
0
Malinga to Vettori, 1 bye, missed run-out, full outside off,. Vettori tries to steer and misses, Sangakkara sends the ball back to Malinga as McCullum wants the bye, he has all the time to run to the stumps and take off the bails but he misses an under-arm flick onto the stumps, allowing them a chance to steal the run they wanted

Vettori now

19.1
1
Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, yorker on middle, all he can do is play it to mid-on for a single

Ten to win and 9 to tie. If it's a tie, we head to a one-over eliminator. Malinga to bowl the last over to McCullum.

END OF OVER:
19 | 10 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ: 126/7

  • NL McCullum4 (2b)
  • DL Vettori17 (14b)
  • UWMBCA Welegedara2-0-21-1
  • SL Malinga3-0-21-0
18.6
3
Welegedara to McCullum, 3 runs, missed run-out, low full toss on middle, gets across and chips it over midwicket, they steal two and McCullum attempts an unlikely third, the throw lands on the bounce to Welegedara who fails to collect and McCullum's dive saves him

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DPMD Jayawardene
81(51) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %50%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
2 1 4 9 2 0 6 14
JD Ryder
42(27) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 1 4 8 6 3 2

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O4.0
M0
R25
W2
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SE Bond
O4.0
M0
R35
W2
Eco8.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

World T20

Super 10 Group 1
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
WI43106.0000.365
ENG43106.0000.168
SA42204.0000.667
SL41302.000-0.431
AFG41302.000-0.748
Super 10 Group 2
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ44008.0001.899
INDIA43106.000-0.305
AUS42204.0000.248
PAK41302.000-0.129
BDESH40400.000-1.826
First Round Group A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
BDESH32005.0001.937
NL31103.0000.154
OMAN31103.000-1.461
IRE30201.000-0.773
First Round Group B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
AFG33006.0001.540
ZIM32104.000-0.567
SCOT31202.000-0.132
HKG30300.000-1.017