Sri Lanka Triangular Series, 2nd Match: Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Dambulla, Aug 13, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets (with 55 balls remaining)
13 August 2010 - day/night match (50-over match)

Hi there. Welcome to the Sri Lanka v New Zealand game.

Toss New Zealand have chosen to bat.

Taylor : "It won't do as much (as the last game). Oram is injured. Southee comes in. Nathan McCullum replaces Elliot. Watling will open instead of Ingram.

Sanga: "We got Mendis and Herath in. If you can't do it (bat under lights) then you are not a good side. You have to take everything in your way and win."

Pitch Ten Sports' Russel Arnold reckons this one is more dry and batting should be easier. win toss, bat first.

Sanath Jayasuriya, sitting at the studio, reckons there won't be much spongy bounce on this track and that It will be dry and batsmen-friendly.

All set for the start. Here we go. Malinga to bowl.

0.1

Malinga to Watling, 1 no ball, Two slips in place. almost yorker-length first-up and it swings away. The batsman tries to jab it away but it curves away. No ball, though.

0.1

Malinga to Watling, 1 run, slips in the slower one, full in length, he goes for the big slog across the line but is beaten by the lack of pace and ends up dragging it towards midwicket

0.2

Malinga to Guptill, OUT, length delivery that straightens - perhaps cuts away a bit - does the trick. It landed on a length around middle and leg and shaped away a touch. Guptill was looking to work it to the on side and was surprised by the away movement. The ball flew of the leading edge to backward point. Pouched! 100th ODI wicket! Nice little moment

MJ Guptill c Kapugedera b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.3

Malinga to Taylor, 2 runs, on the leg stump line this time, flicked past square-leg

0.4

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, gets forward to defend to the covers

0.5

Malinga to Watling, no run, fuller and straighter, pushed towards mid-on

Malinga has now 100 ODI dismissals! Congrats!

0.6

Malinga to Watling, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • BJ Watling 1 (4b)
    • LRPL Taylor 3 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-1
1.1

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, He starts off with an inswinger. As always. Taylor gets back and across to push it to the off side

1.2

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, gets forward to push the nip-backer to covers

1.3

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, Taylor is walking across and ending up almost outside off. And so Kulasekara hurls this further outside off and also, gets it to straighten. Taylor is beaten. searching for it

1.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, gets right across the sticks, tries to work the length delivery from well outside off through midwicket and is hit on the pad. Shout for lbw but that struck him well outside off stump

1.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, works this to the on side.

1.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, in the zone outside off stump and the batsman pushes at it and Sanga collects

End of over 2 (maiden) New Zealand 5/1 (RR: 2.50)

    • LRPL Taylor 3 (8b)
    • BJ Watling 1 (4b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-1
2.1

Malinga to Watling, 1 wide, slings it well outside off stump, Sanga collects

2.1

Malinga to Watling, 3 runs, Top shot! He glided forward to punch the length delivery sweetly through covers.

2.2

Malinga to Taylor, no run, full in length, around middle and off line, squeezed out to point

2.3

Malinga to Taylor, no run, in the channel outside off stump, left alone

2.4

Malinga to Taylor, no run, lands around the off stump line and cuts away, left alone

2.5

Malinga to Taylor, no run

2.6

Malinga to Taylor, no run, just outside off stump and the batsman has a poke at it. Almost fatal.

End of over 3 (4 runs) New Zealand 9/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • LRPL Taylor 3 (13b)
    • BJ Watling 4 (5b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-9-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-0
3.1

Kulasekara to Watling, FOUR, Edged to third man It was the length delivery that straightened outside off and Watling had a tentative poke at it

3.2

Kulasekara to Watling, 1 leg bye, Fab delivery again. This one cut back in sharply from well outside off stump and hit the pad high.

3.3

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, moves in the air and Taylor leans across to defend to covers

3.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, another top delivery. Super start from Kula. In and out. This one straightens outside off and Taylor searches for it and is beaten

3.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, gets forward to push it towards mid-off for a quick single

3.6

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, fullish delivery around off stump, steered to point

End of over 4 (6 runs) New Zealand 15/1 (RR: 3.75)

    • BJ Watling 8 (8b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 4 (16b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-5-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-9-1
4.1

Malinga to Taylor, no run, lands around the off stump line and curves away, left alone

4.2

Malinga to Taylor, no run, ooh .. fine delivery. This one was full again but started from the middle and leg and curve towards the middle and off. Taylor was in danger of getting squared-up but adjusts to defend it to the off side

4.3

Malinga to Taylor, no run, in the channel outside off stump, left alone

4.4

Malinga to Taylor, no run, length delivery just outside off stump, pushed out to covers

Abdul Gaffar: "Malinga has taken 100 wickets in his 68th Match, the quickest of any SL Bowler.Beating Maharoof 75 and Great Murali 76. Thats why I call him Lethal Malinga!"

4.5

Malinga to Taylor, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

4.6

Malinga to Taylor, no run, in the channel outside off stump, left alone

End of over 5 (maiden) New Zealand 15/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • LRPL Taylor 4 (22b)
    • BJ Watling 8 (8b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-1-9-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-5-0
5.1

Kulasekara to Watling, 1 run, Lovely incutter! This one lands well outside off and cuts in sharply. Again moves past the prod and again hits him high on the pad

5.2

Kulasekara to Taylor, FOUR, Thump! Taylor glides forward and punches this - it was the one that straightened outside off- and over Kula! It was smashed on the up

Sanga now moves up to the stumps

5.3

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, leans forward to defend the length delivery to mid-off

5.4

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, around the off stump line, pushed out to mid-on

5.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, in the zone outside off stump, Taylor jabs it down to third man

5.6

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, this one shapes in and it has been defended back down the track

End of over 6 (6 runs) New Zealand 21/1 (RR: 3.50)

    • BJ Watling 9 (10b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 9 (26b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-11-0
    • SL Malinga 3-1-9-1

Paul: "It's time Guptill was dropped for both someone who can stay around and in order for him to work on his game and realise hes not indispensable! Bring back Sinclair for the WC. Been in good domestic form, can stay at the crease."

6.1

Mathews to Taylor, no run, length delivery around the off stump, defended to the off side

6.2

Mathews to Taylor, no run, full in length and straightening outside off stump, Taylor drives straight to covers

6.3

Mathews to Taylor, no run, moves forward to push the length delivery towards mid-off

6.4

Mathews to Taylor, no run, around the off stump line, Taylor stretches forward to defend

6.5

Mathews to Taylor, 2 runs, lifts this length delivery over cover point. He didn't quite time that well but clears the in-field

6.6

Mathews to Taylor, FOUR, This time, he goes over the on side. He picked the length delivery from around off stump and dragged it over wide midwicket

Suraj: "Was this written about Angelo Mathews?"

End of over 7 (6 runs) New Zealand 27/1 (RR: 3.85)

    • LRPL Taylor 15 (32b 2x4)
    • BJ Watling 9 (10b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-6-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-11-0
7.1

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, back of length around off stump line, tapped to covers

7.2

Kulasekara to Watling, 2 runs, short in length outside off stump and Watling punches it on the up through point

7.3

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, Another shout for lbw. Again too high and perhaps even outside off. It was another sharp inc utter and it him in line of the off stump this but again high. Hawk eye says it would kissed the bails.

7.4

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, full in length outside off stump, stabbed of the inner edge to the leg side

7.5

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, in the channel outside off stump, left alone

7.6

Kulasekara to Watling, 1 run, around the off stump line, steered past backward point

Jeremy Sparrow: "@ Paul: Sinclair? His strike rate is pitiful... I vote keep Guptill around then boot him out once Ryder is back."

End of over 8 (3 runs) New Zealand 30/1 (RR: 3.75)

    • BJ Watling 12 (16b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 15 (32b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-14-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-6-0

Payman: "there is nothing wrong with guptil.. hes just been made to open which is not working for him.. they need a specialist opener with guptil lower down the order to increase the run rate towards the latter parts of the game."

8.1

Mathews to Watling, FOUR, Crack! Short and bit of width on offer and Watling cuts him to the point boundary

8.2

Mathews to Watling, FOUR, Loverly square drive! This time, Angelo hurled it fuller and got some shape away but Watling leaned across to square drive it neatly through point.

8.3

Mathews to Watling, no run, similar delivery but Watling is late in coming forward, in fact ends up lunging forward to drive to covers

8.4

Mathews to Watling, no run, on the middle stump line, dabbed to the on side

8.5

Mathews to Watling, no run, around the off stump line, defended back down the pitch

8.6

Mathews to Watling, no run, around the middle stump line, carefully pushed to the on side

Regan: "@ Jeremy & Paul - Guptill has earned his position and deserves to keep it! Sinclair has had enough chances and Ryder needs to want to be there before he comes back."

End of over 9 (8 runs) New Zealand 38/1 (RR: 4.22)

    • BJ Watling 20 (22b 3x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 15 (32b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-14-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-14-0
9.1

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, The keeper is standing up to the stumps. The front leg is, as ever, pushed across and he then brings his bat around to deflect it to backward square-leg

9.2

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, cuts in from outside off stump, Watling stabs it of the inner edge to the on side

9.3

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, fullish outside off stump, off driven to mid-off

9.4

Kulasekara to Watling, FOUR, Direct hit from Kapu but overthrows It was pushed to right of backward point ...and Taylor pushed for the run. Kapu charges across and fires a direct hit at the non-striker's stumps but Taylor dived back in time. It ricochets off the stumps.

9.5

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, leans forward to defend the length delivery

9.6

Kulasekara to Watling, FOUR, Whack! Kulasekara tries the bouncer and Watling pulls it over square-leg

End of over 10 (9 runs) New Zealand 47/1 (RR: 4.70)

    • BJ Watling 28 (27b 5x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 16 (33b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-23-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-14-0

Dan: "Martin Guptill opens the batting for Auckland so that is no excuse."

Powerplay on

10.1

Mathews to Taylor, OUT, Dead plumb! That tendency to push that front leg across has done him in. It was a length delivery that moved in towards the middle stump. Taylor, as he often does, pushed the front leg across and then tried to get the bat around the front pad. Too late. Trapped!

LRPL Taylor lbw b Mathews 16 (46m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

Rossco: "Paul you clearly don't know NZ cricket. Sinclair is a good 1st class player and every time he gets a chance at international level he chokes! then hes dropped and starts scoring runs again. Why waste the time doing it all over again when you have Guptill and Ryder who can score at this level."

10.2

Mathews to Williamson, no run, full in length around off stump, leans forward to drive to mid-off

10.3

Mathews to Williamson, OUT, Two ducks in a row. Oh dear. He can take heart from a Sri Lankan batsman who went on to become the captain - Marvan Atapattu. This one was full and outside off stump and Kane Williamson went for the drive. The shift to the front foot wasn't quick enough, the weight transfer wasn't smooth and he ended up chasing it a bit and edged it to left of first slip where a good lunging catch has been taken. He shakes his head in disappointment as he walks away.

KS Williamson c Samaraweera b Mathews 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

10.4

Mathews to Styris, no run, beaten first-up. It cut in from outside off and Scott Styris stabbed at it and left a big bat and pad gap. The ball went through it

10.5

Mathews to Styris, no run, gets right behind the line of this and pushes it to the off

10.6

Mathews to Styris, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 47/3 (RR: 4.27)

    • SB Styris 0 (3b)
    • BJ Watling 28 (27b 5x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-1-14-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-23-0

Paul: "Yeah, Sinclair often failed in the past at the itnernational level, but someone needs to stick around at the crease. Looks like Watling is up to the task and I hope to see him stay around. Hopefully NZ Cricket don't drop Williamson after this match, needs to be kept around! Ryder lately doesn't seem to be in cricket mode, to be honest.. "

11.1

Kulasekara to Watling, 1 wide, sprays this one down the leg side

11.1

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, just outside off stump, punched to mid-off

11.2

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, cuts in from outside off stump and Watling gets right behind it to defend

11.3

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, around the off stump line, pushed back to the bowler

11.4

Kulasekara to Watling, 1 run, yet another one the cuts back in, worked past square-leg

11.5

Kulasekara to Styris, no run, short in length outside off, punched on the up to mid-ff

Simon: "Rossco, perhaps it's you who doesn't know NZ cricket, Sinclair gets one chance every year or so after being in the wilderness, and if he fails he's straight out the door again - he suffers from a lack of continuity in selection, whereas some players get repeated chances despite being pretty ordinary - Hopkins?! "

11.6

Kulasekara to Styris, FOUR, edged clear of the lone slip. It was the short-of-length delivery that straightened outside off and Styris tried to drive on the up and edged it well to the right of Samaraweera

End of over 12 (6 runs) New Zealand 53/3 (RR: 4.41)

    • SB Styris 4 (5b 1x4)
    • BJ Watling 29 (31b 5x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-29-0
    • AD Mathews 3-1-14-2
12.1

Mathews to Watling, no run, overpitched delivery on the middle, tapped towards mid-on

12.2

Mathews to Watling, no run, leans forward to defend the length deliver. Styris walks across to have a chat

12.3

Mathews to Watling, FOUR, Fab! He glided forward to punch the length delivery on the up. And straight back down the track. Angelo dived. Styris dived back. And the mid-on fielder Malinga dived. The ball raced away

12.4

Mathews to Watling, no run, around the off stump line, pushed to point

12.5

Mathews to Watling, no run, gets across to steer this to point again

12.6

Mathews to Watling, no run, around the off stump line, defended towards covers

End of over 13 (4 runs) New Zealand 57/3 (RR: 4.38)

    • BJ Watling 33 (37b 6x4)
    • SB Styris 4 (5b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 4-1-18-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-29-0

Jeremy: "We can't seem to agree on Guptill. Why not try something completely different and open the batting with Chris Martin ?" All hail the Phantom.

13.1

Mendis to Styris, 2 runs, leans forward to square drive past point

13.2

Mendis to Styris, no run, around the off stump, jabbed away to the off

13.3

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, pushes this one away for a single

13.4

Mendis to Watling, no run, just outside the off stump, leans across to defend to the off side

13.5

Mendis to Watling, 1 run, lands on a length outside off, some width on offer, punched away to sweeper cover

13.6

Mendis to Styris, no run, googly on the middle and leg line, turns past the poke to hit the pad

Robert: "Williamson can also take heart from a fellow New Zealander. Ken Rutherford I think had five or six ducks at the start of his career."

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 61/3 (RR: 4.35)

    • SB Styris 7 (9b 1x4)
    • BJ Watling 34 (39b 6x4)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-4-0
    • AD Mathews 4-1-18-2
14.1

Mathews to Watling, no run, around the off stump line, pushed out to mid-off

14.2

Mathews to Watling, no run, straightens outside off stump and it has been left alone

Andrew: "Agreed with Paul on keeping Kane Williamson around. He's one of the most promising batsmen to come through the ranks recently, and if persevered with, could turn out to be a brilliant player for New Zealand. Watling doesn't look too shabby either."

14.3

Mathews to Watling, no run, gets across to punch the length delivery straight to covers

14.4

Mathews to Watling, 2 runs, back of length and well outside off, slashed away wide of third man for couple of runs

14.5

Mathews to Watling, no run, gets forward and across to defend a length delivery

14.6

Mathews to Watling, no run, on the middle stump line, eased to mid-on

Damith Pathirana: "Kapugedara is getting yet another chance. I can't believe this. Where is Chamara Silva, this is a BIG mistake. We had enough Kapu now. He is not good enough for International level."

End of over 15 (2 runs) New Zealand 63/3 (RR: 4.20)

    • BJ Watling 36 (45b 6x4)
    • SB Styris 7 (9b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 5-1-20-2
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-4-0

Gareth: "I'm devestated for young Kane. Coming into this series with a List A average of 57, and then two ducks. I can only hope he bounces back and is shown faith by the selectors."

15.1

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, googly on the middle, tapped to the on side

15.2

Mendis to Watling, 1 run, gets forward to on drive the googly down to long-on

15.3

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, full in length and just outside off stump, driven to sweeper cover

15.4

Mendis to Watling, no run, leans across to defend yet another wrong'un.

15.5

Mendis to Watling, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, driven down to long-on

15.6

Mendis to Styris, no run, lands just outside off, tilts in a touch, defended on the front foot

End of over 16 (4 runs) New Zealand 67/3 (RR: 4.18)

    • SB Styris 9 (12b 1x4)
    • BJ Watling 38 (48b 6x4)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-8-0
    • AD Mathews 5-1-20-2
16.1

Malinga to Watling, 1 run, around the off stump line, pushed to cover point

16.2

Malinga to Styris, 1 wide, goes for the yorker but slips in a full toss down the leg side. Sanga dives.

16.2

Malinga to Styris, no run, sharp lifter on the middle and leg, Styris, it appears, picked it late but managed to duck in time

16.3

Malinga to Styris, no run, really full delivery, stabebd back down the track

16.4

Malinga to Styris, 2 runs, slower, on a length, on the middle, clipped through midwicket. Styris ran almost in circles there!

16.5

Malinga to Styris, no run, really full delivery, driven crisply back to Malinga who fires the throw back

16.6

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, nice slow loopy dipping full toss, Styris does well to read it and wrist it behind square-leg

Aaron: "The thing you've got to account for with NZ players is that the step up from domestic to international level is bigger than for a lot of other countries and the good players are usually thrown in too early. It took Ross Taylor until last year to become a truly good international player so Guptill definitely needs to be given longer. And go look at Styris's stats too and see how long it took him to step up. Look at Martin Crowe's record while you're at it - it's the same for nearly all of our guys."

End of over 17 (5 runs) New Zealand 72/3 (RR: 4.23)

    • SB Styris 12 (17b 1x4)
    • BJ Watling 39 (49b 6x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-1-14-1
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-8-0
17.1

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, leans forward to work this to midwicket

17.2

Mendis to Watling, 1 run, on the middle stump line, Watling brings the bat in front of the pad to square-leg

17.3

Mendis to Styris, no run, just outside off stump, steered to backward point

17.4

Mendis to Styris, no run, just outside off stump, guides it to point

17.5

Mendis to Styris, no run, around the off and middle line, tapped to covers

17.6

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, carrom ball that cuts away from the middle, Styris adjusts, opens the bat-face and guides it past point

On Martin Crowe. He didn't think he should have been playing that early. He said once: "The fact was that I should not have even been there. Just 18 first-class games and I'm in the team. How ridiculous is that? Eighteen first-class games against basically club cricketers, and then suddenly playing [Dennis] Lillee, [Terry] Alderman and Thomson." Click here for that Martin crowe interview

End of over 18 (3 runs) New Zealand 75/3 (RR: 4.16)

    • SB Styris 14 (22b 1x4)
    • BJ Watling 40 (50b 6x4)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-11-0
    • SL Malinga 4-1-14-1

Regan: "I have to say it's awesome that NZ cricket has enough depth at the moment for us to have interesting selection debates! There have been many times we've only had one or two batsmen of international quality in the country."

18.1

Herath to Styris, 1 run, slightly short in length, cut away to deep point

18.2

Herath to Watling, no run, lovely spinning delivery that dipped and turned. Watling was on the lunge and beaten as he shaped for the drive. Sanga removed the bails and asked the question. Watling had his back foot inside the crease.

18.3

Herath to Watling, no run, oooh he shuffled across to defend it with soft hands. Too soft! The ball back spun past his legs but rolled past the off stump!

18.4

Herath to Watling, 1 run, leans forward to unfurl the off drive for a single

18.5

Herath to Styris, 1 run, gets forward to ping long-off

18.6

Herath to Watling, no run, around the pads, rolls away

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 78/3 (RR: 4.10)

    • BJ Watling 41 (54b 6x4)
    • SB Styris 16 (24b 1x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-3-0
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-11-0
19.1

Mendis to Styris, 2 runs, gets well forward and across to drive it through extra covers. Neatly done.

19.2

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, the googly again, slower, bit more air, driven down to long-on

19.3

Mendis to Watling, FOUR, Edged to third man boundary. It was the carrom ball cutting away and Watling went for the cover drive. Edged wide of slip

19.4

Mendis to Watling, 2 runs, short in length, gets right back and across to clip it to deep square-leg region

19.5

Mendis to Watling, no run, on the off stump line, pushed back to the bowler

19.6

Mendis to Watling, no run, lands this one on a length around off, driven on the front foot

End of over 20 (9 runs) New Zealand 87/3 (RR: 4.35)

    • BJ Watling 47 (58b 7x4)
    • SB Styris 19 (26b 1x4)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-20-0
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-3-0

Nuwan Dileepa: "Well chamara is in the same boat . . . I think someone new should be given the chance and then he will have enough chance to be developed before the world cup..."

20.1

Herath to Styris, 1 run, plays the paddle sweep to rotate the strike

20.2

Herath to Watling, 1 run, leans across to drive to sweeper cover

20.3

Herath to Styris, 1 run, flighted around off stump, driven to long-off

20.4

Herath to Watling, no run, around the off stump line, defended on the front foot

20.5

Herath to Watling, FOUR, fifty on debut! Up in style as well! He leaned forward to smoke this flighted delivery to the straight boundary. One bounce and over the ropes! Fab strike. Great start by Watling.

20.6

Herath to Watling, no run, gets forward to push it to covers

End of over 21 (7 runs) New Zealand 94/3 (RR: 4.47)

    • BJ Watling 52 (62b 8x4)
    • SB Styris 21 (28b 1x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-10-0
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-20-0
21.1

Mendis to Styris, no run, on the middle stump line, tapped to midwicket

21.2

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, around the off stump, cuts away a bit, pushed through point

21.3

Mendis to Watling, no run, googly that breaks back in from outside off, Watling goes back to defend

21.4

Mendis to Watling, no run, Another googly, he tries to jab it to the on side and is struck on the pad outside off stump

21.5

Mendis to Watling, 1 run, cuts towards off, punched down to long-on

21.6

Mendis to Styris, 1 run, leans forward to drive the carrom ball to long-on

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 97/3 (RR: 4.40)

    • SB Styris 23 (31b 1x4)
    • BJ Watling 53 (65b 8x4)
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-23-0
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-10-0

Jayantha Lal: "When it comes to selection of 11 players, everybody think that they know better than the National Selectors!" True that!

Jason: "That someone new should be Jeevan Mendis who has an awesome talent who played well in the Zim tri-series.... "

22.1

Herath to Styris, 1 run, gets forward to play the paddle sweep

22.2

Herath to Watling, 1 run, slip and short mid-off in and Watling drives this to sweeper cover

22.3

Herath to Styris, OUT, Important strike by Rangana. Nicely flighted loopy delivery that turns away from the off stump and Styris edges the intended cover drive. Yet another catch by Mahela at first slip. Herath is delighted.

SB Styris c Jayawardene b Herath 24 (49m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

22.4

Herath to Hopkins, 1 run, on the middle stump line, driven towards deep cover for a single

22.5

Herath to Watling, 1 run, the carrom ball from Herath, outside off stump and short in length, punched away to sweeper cover

22.6

Herath to Hopkins, no run, flighted around off stump, full, driven to covers

End of over 23 (4 runs) New Zealand 101/4 (RR: 4.39)

    • GJ Hopkins 1 (2b)
    • BJ Watling 55 (67b 8x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-14-1
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-23-0

Nick: "Well done to BJ, 50 on debut. Quite the contrast to Williamson. BJ also keeps for Northern Districts...could be take the gloves and free up Hopkins place for a better batter?"

23.1

Mathews to Watling, OUT, And he is gone now. Jinx and stuff, if you are one of those who believe in them. It was the surprise bouncer from Angelo and Watling tried to pull it from outside off stump. But he could only top edge it straight up and Sanga moved to his left to take a dolly. Fine knock but it's over now.

BJ Watling c †Sangakkara b Mathews 55 (104m 68b 8x4 0x6) SR: 80.88

23.2

Mathews to Hopkins, no run, full in length, homing in on the off stump, pushed to the on side of the pitch

23.3

Mathews to Hopkins, 2 runs, short in length just outside off stump, punched to deep cover

23.4

Mathews to Hopkins, 1 run, taps this to midwicket for a single.

Simon : "Good point Nick, does nobody think it's strange that we have a keeper/ 'batsman' that has played 30 games in total for his country yet averages less than 20 in ALL forms? And is well into his 30s? - especially when Watling is a pretty good keeper."

23.5

Mathews to McCullum, no run, gets forward to push this to the covers

23.6

Mathews to McCullum, no run, Angelo gets greedy: he tries another bouncer outside off. Left alone this time!

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 104/5 (RR: 4.33)

    • NL McCullum 0 (2b)
    • GJ Hopkins 4 (5b)
    • AD Mathews 6-1-23-3
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-14-1
24.1

Herath to Hopkins, 1 run, gets forward to push the really full delivery to covers

24.2

Herath to McCullum, no run, ooh! He shuffled across and then tried to defend but was beaten by the turn and the bounce. It landed on the middle and off line and spun past the edge!

Two slips now

24.3

Herath to McCullum, no run, similar line, pushed, with the turn, to the off side

24.4

Herath to McCullum, 2 runs, plays the sweep shot to pick some runs

24.5

Herath to McCullum, 1 run, on the middle stump line, loopy delivery that dips, tapped close on the leg side and they rush across. Sanga whips off his gloves, and fires the throw at the non-striker's end but misses

24.6

Herath to Hopkins, no run, leans well forward to defend this to the off side

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 108/5 (RR: 4.32)

    • GJ Hopkins 5 (7b)
    • NL McCullum 3 (6b)
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-18-1
    • AD Mathews 6-1-23-3

Duleepa Jayasundara: "Why not try Chandimal for Kapu/Chamara ? He had a good run against India in Zimbabawe series... & capable of glove work too..."

25.1

Mathews to McCullum, no run, almost run out . It was the slower one, jabbed close on the leg side and he sets off for the run. Angelo crosses the pitch and rushes forward, picks up the ball and dives forward to flick the throw. Nathan too dived back. The throw missed the stumps and Angelo slaps the ground in frustration

25.2

Mathews to McCullum, 1 wide, slips this wide down the leg side

25.2

Mathews to McCullum, no run, well outside off stump this time, left alone

25.3

Mathews to McCullum, 1 run, walks couple of steps down the track and drives to right of mid-on. It's a direct hit from Mahela but he is home in time

25.4

Mathews to Hopkins, no run, the slower one, around off stump line, defended on the front foot

25.5

Mathews to Hopkins, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, Hopkins lunges forward to edge the off drive to midwicket

25.6

Mathews to McCullum, no run, gets forward to present the full bat-face in defense

End of over 26 (3 runs) New Zealand 111/5 (RR: 4.26)

    • NL McCullum 4 (10b)
    • GJ Hopkins 6 (9b)
    • AD Mathews 7-1-26-3
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-18-1
26.1

Herath to Hopkins, no run, leans well forward to defend to the off side

26.2

Herath to Hopkins, 1 run, gets back to work it to midwicket region

26.3

Herath to McCullum, no run, The carrom ball, fuller and outside off stump line. pushed to the off side.

26.4

Herath to McCullum, 1 run, flighted outside off stump line, driven to deep cover

26.5

Herath to Hopkins, 1 run, on the middle and leg, swept to deep backward square-leg

26.6

Herath to McCullum, no run, around the off stump line, leans forward to defend

End of over 27 (3 runs) New Zealand 114/5 (RR: 4.22)

    • NL McCullum 5 (13b)
    • GJ Hopkins 8 (12b)
    • HMRKB Herath 5-0-21-1
    • AD Mathews 7-1-26-3
27.1

Mathews to Hopkins, no run, length delivery around the off stump line, defended on the front foot

27.2

Mathews to Hopkins, no run, on the middle stump line, tapped to the on side

27.3

Mathews to Hopkins, no run, length delivery that cuts in to the middle and off line, defended to the off side

27.4

Mathews to Hopkins, no run, the bouncer just outside off stump and Sanga collects.

27.5

Mathews to Hopkins, 1 run, on the pads, turned behind the square-leg

27.6

Mathews to McCullum, no run, slower one, on the middle, turned to midwicket

End of over 28 (1 run) New Zealand 115/5 (RR: 4.10)

    • NL McCullum 5 (14b)
    • GJ Hopkins 9 (17b)
    • AD Mathews 8-1-27-3
    • HMRKB Herath 5-0-21-1
28.1

Herath to Hopkins, no run, turns from the middle stump line, squeezed to backward point

28.2

Herath to Hopkins, 1 run, leans forward to drive to covers

28.3

Herath to McCullum, 2 runs, on the middle stump line, pushed wide of mid-on

28.4

Herath to McCullum, no run, quicker, around off, full, shuffles across to defend down the track

28.5

Herath to McCullum, 1 run, that carrom ball from outside off stump, punched to the off side

28.6

Herath to Hopkins, no run, spins away from the off and middle, pushed to the off side

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 119/5 (RR: 4.10)

    • GJ Hopkins 10 (20b)
    • NL McCullum 8 (17b)
    • HMRKB Herath 6-0-25-1
    • AD Mathews 8-1-27-3
29.1

Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, clipped away for a single

29.2

Malinga to Hopkins, 1 run, yorker on the middle and off line, stabbed of the inner edge to the leg side

29.3

Malinga to McCullum, no run, dipping low full toss, jabbed to the on side

29.4

Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, banged in short, rears up chest-high, McCulum arched back to fend it away behind the wicket on the off side

29.5

Malinga to Hopkins, 1 wide, another bouncer, this time higher, Wide

29.5

Malinga to Hopkins, OUT, Was it a catch or a bump? They refer to the upstairs. Clean catch! The slow loopy dipping full delivery does the trick. Hopkins lunges forward, gets surprised by not only the lack of pace but how rapidly it dipped on him and ended up slicing it to point. Clean catch. It went straight of the bat. It bounced before it hit the bat but not after

GJ Hopkins c Kapugedera b Malinga 11 (34m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

29.6

Malinga to Tuffey, OUT, Clatter! Yorked! Full, pacy, straight. Gone! The bat came down late, the ball whooshed under it. Save the foot campaign was on there! It was on the leg stump and Tuffey made sure his foot didn't come in the way!

DR Tuffey b Malinga 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 123/7 (RR: 4.10)

    • NL McCullum 10 (20b)
    • SL Malinga 5-1-18-3
    • HMRKB Herath 6-0-25-1
30.1

Herath to McCullum, no run, around the off stump line, pushed to point

30.2

Herath to McCullum, no run, on the middle stump line, turned to the on side

30.3

Herath to McCullum, 1 run, fetches the full delivery from outside off and sweeps

30.4

Herath to Mills, no run, drifts in, lands on middle and turns, pushed to the off side. Two slips in

30.5

Herath to Mills, no run, gets forward to jab it to the off side

30.6

Herath to Mills, no run, around the off and middle stump line, tapped to left of Dilshan at silly point

End of over 31 (1 run) New Zealand 124/7 (RR: 4.00)

    • KD Mills 0 (3b)
    • NL McCullum 11 (23b)
    • HMRKB Herath 7-0-26-1
    • SL Malinga 5-1-18-3

cricinfo's Nitin: "Malinga is the Chuck Norris of bowlers. He does not believe in hat-tricks, but likes taking two in one go, which is why he took 4 in 4 balls against SA." Malinga on a hat-trick

31.1

Malinga to McCullum, no run, tries the slower one, beats the batsman but the ball shaves past the outside edge

31.2

Malinga to McCullum, no run, another slower one, full, driven to mid-off

31.3

Malinga to McCullum, no run, fullish and well outside off, swing and a miss

31.4

Malinga to McCullum, no run, bouncer on the middle stump line, he ducks under

Phil: "It's Friday the 13th so humour me-but is the carrom ball legitimate?" Yes boss! it is.

31.5

Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, fullish, around off, pushed to mid-off

31.6

Malinga to Mills, no run, yorker length around the off stump, dug out to the off side

End of over 32 (1 run) New Zealand 125/7 (RR: 3.90)

    • KD Mills 0 (4b)
    • NL McCullum 12 (28b)
    • SL Malinga 6-1-19-3
    • HMRKB Herath 7-0-26-1
32.1

Herath to McCullum, 1 run, loopy delivery around the off stump, pushed to covers

Slip and silly-point in

32.2

Herath to Mills, 1 run, goes back to punch to sweeper cover

32.3

Herath to McCullum, 1 run, fetches it from well outside off, took it on the full as well and swept it away

32.4

Herath to Mills, 1 run, gets forward to tap this to the on side for a single. herath fires a direct hit at the non-striker's end

32.5

Herath to McCullum, no run, full delivery around off stump, pushed back to the bowler

32.6

Herath to McCullum, no run, around the off stump line, defended on the front foot

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 129/7 (RR: 3.90)

    • NL McCullum 14 (32b)
    • KD Mills 2 (6b)
    • HMRKB Herath 8-0-30-1
    • SL Malinga 6-1-19-3
33.1

Malinga to Mills, no run

33.2

Malinga to Mills, no run, full in length on the middle stump line, tapped to the on side

33.3

Malinga to Mills, FOUR, low full toss on the legs, attempted yorker of course, and it has been whipped away through to the midwicket boundary. How will Malinga respond? Yorker? Bouncer? Slower one? I am going for bouncer

33.4

Malinga to Mills, no run, It's a bouncer and Mills manages to sway away

33.5

Malinga to Mills, (no ball) 1 run, another short ball, into the rib cage this time, tucked behind square-leg

Free hit coming up

33.5

Malinga to McCullum, no run, bouncer outside off stump, goes for the pull but can't connect

33.6

Malinga to McCullum, no run, short in length around the middle and off, defended to the off

End of over 34 (6 runs) New Zealand 135/7 (RR: 3.97)

    • NL McCullum 14 (34b)
    • KD Mills 7 (11b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 7-1-25-3
    • HMRKB Herath 8-0-30-1
34.1

Herath to Mills, no run, flighted around the off stump, tapped to the off side

34.2

Herath to Mills, no run, around the off stump line, defended on the front foot

34.3

Herath to Mills, no run, well outside off this time, left alone

34.4

Herath to Mills, no run, gets back to squeeze this to backward point

34.5

Herath to Mills, 2 runs, on the middle stump line, turned down to fine-leg region

34.6

Herath to Mills, 2 runs

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 139/7 (RR: 3.97)

    • KD Mills 11 (17b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 14 (34b)
    • HMRKB Herath 9-0-34-1
    • SL Malinga 7-1-25-3
35.1

Mendis to McCullum, 1 run, gets back to clip it behind square-leg

Chandu: "If Malinga is really Chuck Norris type then he has to take Hattrick with only two deliveries."

35.2

Mendis to Mills, 1 leg bye, stretches forward to push it to the on side and the ball rolls of the pad

35.3

Mendis to McCullum, no run, cuts away from the off stump, jabbed to the on side

35.4

Mendis to McCullum, 1 run, around the off stump, pushed wide of covers for a single

35.5

Mendis to Mills, no run, carrom ball that cuts away quickly from the off stump line, Mills pokes at it and the ball rushes past the edge

35.6

Mendis to Mills, no run, squeezes this carrom ball to backward point

End of over 36 (3 runs) New Zealand 142/7 (RR: 3.94)

    • KD Mills 11 (20b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 16 (37b)
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-25-0
    • HMRKB Herath 9-0-34-1

Hello! A bird drops from the sky!. Another bird was carrying it - dead already - and it fell down on to the playing arena. Upul Tharanga picks the bird and carries it beyond the boundary

36.1

Herath to McCullum, 1 run, leans forward to work it to the on side

36.2

Herath to Mills, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

36.3

Herath to Mills, no run

36.4

Herath to Mills, no run, on the middle stump line,defended to the off side

36.5

Herath to Mills, no run, drives this full delivery to covers

36.6

Herath to Mills, OUT, flighted delivery lands on the middle and leg and turns. Mills went for the big hit to the on side and got the leading edge and the long-off fielder ran in to pouch a simple catch.

KD Mills c Mathews b Herath 11 (28m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.00

End of over 37 (1 run) New Zealand 143/8 (RR: 3.86)

    • NL McCullum 17 (38b)
    • HMRKB Herath 10-0-35-2
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-25-0
37.1

Malinga to Southee, 1 run, fullish, on the pads, turned down to fine-leg region

37.2

Malinga to McCullum, no run, slower one, short in length and outside off stump, steered to backward point

37.3

Malinga to McCullum, no run, leans across to drive to backward point

Ben: "Confused as to why Elliott is left out. Better batting average than Taylor. Better bowling average than Mills. Plays best under pressure, and has been the match winner on several occasions. Especially with Oram injured, that decision is utterly baffling."

37.4

Malinga to McCullum, 1 wide, the bouncer this time .. too high and Dharmasena extends his arms

37.4

Malinga to McCullum, 1 no ball, another lifting delivery, McCullum allows it to fly past his head

Pete: "NZ should the powerplay now and tell McCullum and Southee to slog it!"

37.4

Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, slower one around off, pushed well to the right of backward point where Kapugedera makes a fine diving save and has a shy at the stumps

37.5

Malinga to Southee, 1 run, low dipping full toss on the middle and leg, turned through midwicket

37.6

Malinga to McCullum, 1 run, slower one, full, pushed through mid-on for a single

End of over 38 (6 runs) New Zealand 149/8 (RR: 3.92)

    • NL McCullum 19 (43b)
    • TG Southee 2 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 8-1-31-3
    • HMRKB Herath 10-0-35-2
38.1

Mendis to McCullum, no run, around the off stump, cutting away, carefully pushed back to Mendis

38.2

Mendis to McCullum, SIX, Thump! Nathan charges down the track and crashes this over long-on. Wham!

38.3

Mendis to McCullum, 4 wides, pushes this wide outside leg stump ... Malinga makes a diving tumbling save .. he nearly kicked it to the boundary before he recovered and threw in a dive

38.3

Mendis to Southee, no run, goes for the cut but the carrom ball whooshes past the edge

38.4

Mendis to Southee, no run, shout for lbw. It was the googly that landed on the middle stump line and it hit the pad just above the knee roll. Saved by the height? The hawk eye says it would have clipped the top of the leg stump

38.5

Mendis to Southee, no run, gets forward to defend to the on side

38.6

Mendis to Southee, 1 run, clips this one to square-leg

End of over 39 (11 runs) New Zealand 160/8 (RR: 4.10)

    • TG Southee 3 (6b)
    • NL McCullum 25 (45b 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-36-0
    • SL Malinga 8-1-31-3
39.1

Kulasekara to Southee, no run, full and well outside off stump, Sanga gathers

39.2

Kulasekara to Southee, no run, full in length around off stump line, pushed back to the bowler

39.3

Kulasekara to Southee, no run, full again, driven to short extra cover

39.4

Kulasekara to Southee, 1 run, cuts in from outside off stump, Southee edges it to his pad and it rolls behind the wicket on the off side

39.5

Kulasekara to McCullum, 1 run, gets forward to punch it to long-on for a single

39.6

Kulasekara to Southee, no run, fullish, around off stump, pushed out towards mid-off

End of over 40 (2 runs) New Zealand 162/8 (RR: 4.05)

    • TG Southee 4 (11b)
    • NL McCullum 26 (46b 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-1-31-0
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-36-0
40.1

Mendis to McCullum, no run, around the off stump line, defended to covers

40.2

Mendis to McCullum, 1 run, on the leg stump line, tapped past square-leg for a single, they think about the second but Malinga comes charging in

40.3

Mendis to Southee, no run, cuts away from the off stump, Southee is beaten, pushing inside the line of the carrom ball

40.4

Mendis to Southee, no run, around the off stump line, defended on the front foot

40.5

Mendis to Southee, no run, The carrom ball goes past the outside edge. Again.

40.6

Mendis to Southee, 1 run, fuller and he leans forward to drive to long-on

End of over 41 (2 runs) New Zealand 164/8 (RR: 4.00)

    • TG Southee 5 (15b)
    • NL McCullum 27 (48b 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 8-0-38-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-1-31-0
41.1

Mathews to Southee, 1 leg bye, slower one on the pads, rolls away for a leg bye

41.2

Mathews to McCullum, no run, cuts in from outside off, pushed back to the bowler

41.3

Mathews to McCullum, 2 runs, slower one well outside off but he fetches it from there and swats it through midwicket

41.4

Mathews to McCullum, 2 runs, moves down the track, takes it on the full and drives past the bowler. Malinga moves to his right at mid-off and dives and ends up deflecting it towards Mahela at long-on

41.5

Mathews to McCullum, 1 run, yet another slow off cutter, whipped through midwicket

41.6

Mathews to Southee, 1 leg bye, shout for lbw .. length delivery around off stump line, tries to swing it across the line and it rolls away to the short fine-leg region

End of over 42 (7 runs) New Zealand 171/8 (RR: 4.07)

    • TG Southee 5 (17b)
    • NL McCullum 32 (52b 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 9-1-32-3
    • BAW Mendis 8-0-38-0
42.1

Mendis to Southee, no run, pushes outside the line of the delivery and Sanga collects

42.2

Mendis to Southee, 1 run, cuts away from the off stump, steered to backward point

42.3

Mendis to McCullum, no run, moves down the track but Mendis shortens the length; its pushed to midwicket

42.4

Mendis to McCullum, no run, carrom ball that cuts away sharply from the off stump line, goes past the edge and Sanga collects

42.5

Mendis to McCullum, no run, this one cuts from the middle and leg line and Mccullum tries to work it to the on side and gets a leading edge/. The ball is in the air but it doesn't carry to Mendis

42.6

Mendis to McCullum, 1 run, taps this to point for a single

End of over 43 (2 runs) New Zealand 173/8 (RR: 4.02)

    • NL McCullum 33 (56b 1x6)
    • TG Southee 6 (19b)
    • BAW Mendis 9-0-40-0
    • AD Mathews 9-1-32-3
43.1

Mathews to McCullum, 2 runs, rushes down the track, Mendis bangs it in short and he top edges it to third man

43.2

Mathews to McCullum, no run, full pitched on the off stump line, driven to covers

43.3

Mathews to McCullum, no run, on the middle stump line, slower one, tapped to midwicket

43.4

Mathews to McCullum, no run, the slow bouncer around off, chopped towards Sanga

43.5

Mathews to McCullum, 1 run, slow off cutter, steered to point for a single

43.6

Mathews to Southee, 1 run, gets forward to drive to long-on

End of over 44 (4 runs) New Zealand 177/8 (RR: 4.02)

    • TG Southee 7 (20b)
    • NL McCullum 36 (61b 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 10-1-36-3
    • BAW Mendis 9-0-40-0

Mike: "If New Zealand can somehow get around 220 we might have a match on our hands with the dodgy night conditions and inform confident bowling outfit."

Batting Powerplay taken

44.1

Mendis to Southee, 1 run, on the middle, cuts away, flicked to backward square-leg

44.2

Mendis to McCullum, no run, googly on the middle stump, tapped towards midwicket

44.3

Mendis to McCullum, no run, moves down the track and punches it to extra cover

44.4

Mendis to McCullum, OUT, Nathan falls after a responsible hand. He went down on his knee and ended up slicing it high towards mid-off.

NL McCullum c Herath b Mendis 36 (91m 64b 0x4 1x6) SR: 56.25

Regan: "Cant believe the NZ tail - once again it looks like it's dragging us out of a totally embarassing mess - still not respectable, but better than 125/7"

44.5

Mendis to Southee, 1 run, skids towards off stump, jabs the pull shot to the on side

44.6

Mendis to McKay, no run, full in length, bounds off the pad to short-leg

End of over 45 (2 runs) New Zealand 179/9 (RR: 3.97)

    • AJ McKay 0 (1b)
    • TG Southee 9 (22b)
    • BAW Mendis 10-0-42-1
    • AD Mathews 10-1-36-3
45.1

Malinga to Southee, 1 bye, slower one outside off, goes past the waft and bounces in front of Sanga who is unable to collect it cleanly

45.2

Malinga to McKay, 1 run, yorker arrives on the leg stump line, dug out to on side for a quick single

45.3

Malinga to Southee, 1 run, the slower one, Southee is too early with his shot and edges it to gully

45.4

Malinga to McKay, no run, fullish, on the leg stump line, edges it towards gully

45.5

Malinga to McKay, 4 byes, slings across a full delivery , it goes past the waft and goes right between the batsman's legs! Sanga dives but is unable to reach

45.6

Malinga to McKay, no run, fast yorker this time, just about dug out .. it runs of the inner edge

End of over 46 (7 runs) New Zealand 186/9 (RR: 4.04)

    • AJ McKay 1 (5b)
    • TG Southee 10 (24b)
    • SL Malinga 9-1-33-3
    • BAW Mendis 10-0-42-1
46.1

Kulasekara to Southee, no run, yorker length just outside off, moves past the bat and goes to Sanga

46.2

Kulasekara to Southee, 1 run, tries the slower one, smashed hard but straight to long-on

46.3

Kulasekara to McKay, no run, yorker length on the middle, pushed out to covers

46.4

Kulasekara to McKay, 1 run, slower one outside off stump, run down to third man

46.5

Kulasekara to Southee, 1 run, fullish, driven to long-on

46.6

Kulasekara to McKay, 1 run, steered through point for a single

End of over 47 (4 runs) New Zealand 190/9 (RR: 4.04)

    • AJ McKay 3 (8b)
    • TG Southee 12 (27b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-1-35-0
    • SL Malinga 9-1-33-3
47.1

Malinga to McKay, no run, fullish and outside leg stump, goes past the waft to the keeper

47.2

Malinga to McKay, no run, full again, straighter, pushed out to covers

47.3

Malinga to McKay, 1 run, fullish, on the pads, flicked past square-leg

47.4

Malinga to Southee, no run, slower one outside off, tapped to backward point

47.5

Malinga to Southee, 1 run, moves outside leg stump, Malinga slings a yorker and he just about manages to dig it out in time.

47.6

Malinga to McKay, no run, fullish outside off stump, pushed towards covers

End of over 48 (2 runs) New Zealand 192/9 (RR: 4.00)

    • AJ McKay 4 (12b)
    • TG Southee 13 (29b)
    • SL Malinga 10-1-35-3
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-1-35-0
48.1

Kulasekara to Southee, OUT, He goes for the big hit but drags the slower one to Dilshan at deep square-leg region

TG Southee c Dilshan b Kulasekara 13 (48m 30b 0x4 0x6) SR: 43.33

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192 all out. We will only know how good the total is only when SL bat. Sorry for being such a wimp! But really have to wait and watch how the track behaves under dodgy lights. Russel Arnold felt this was a different pitch and it would not pose too many problems to the batsmen. Let's see.

Otoh my colleague Nitin is more sure: " "Typical Kiwi limpetishness on display.. With their bowling attack, they have a good chance of winning this game now under the dodgy Dambulla lights."

Limpetishness is his invention by the way! Gobbledygook!

And It will be Nitin who will do the commentary for the first 15 overs of the chase.

He will start in a while. Ta.

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