New Zealand in Sri Lanka T20I Series - 1st T20I

Sri Lanka v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 3 runs

6.55pm Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder strides out. Kulasekara has the new ball.

6.45pm Vettori says he elected to bat because of the record at this wicket, where teams chasing have generally struggled. Sangakkara also says he would have liked to bat first, but thinks its a good pitch and hopes Malinga and Kulasekara can get some early breakthroughs.

This is Siddarth Ravindran providing you the comms, with Raghav on comms. Chandana from Sri Lanka wants to see Farveez Maharoof in the side: "Why is Mahroof being ignored? He scored runs and took wickets for SL A vs Pak A so cant be injured. Being a proven player at international level and a Delhi IPL player there is something going on in him being not even selected to the squad or the Champions trophy team."

6.30pm Toss New Zealand choose to bat. We are still awaiting team news.

Gihan Rupasinghe, the middle-order batsman and part-time legspinner, will debut for Sri Lanka. Malinga and Kulasekara are the quick bowlers, Mendis and Bandara are the frontline spinners. Angelo Mathews returns after missing the second Test due to a hamstring injury.

New Zealand had a hard time in the Tests, rarely getting on top of Sri Lanka, but should be able to pose more of a challenge in the Twenty20s. Plenty of changes from the XI that went down to Sri Lanka in the second Test; Bond is back, the other quicks in the side are Mills and Butler. Peter McGlashan will keep wickets.

6.25pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the first Twenty20 between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the R Premadasa Stadium. All eyes will be on Shane Bond as he returns to official international cricket after his dalliance with the Indian Cricket League.

"Not a large crowd gathered, possibly because of the baton charge that happened on spectators here during the last Twenty20," says Cricinfo's own Jamie Alter, who has made his way early to the ground. "Still the ones who have turned up are making their presence felt with trumpets and drums and the bayla dance."

0.1

Kulasekara to McCullum, no run, Kula gets some inward movement off the first ball, pitching outside off, and coming into McCullum, who nudges it towards midwicket

Plenty of empty seats in the stadium, but lots of noise as well

0.2

Kulasekara to McCullum, 1 run, a back of a length ball on off, McCullum charges down the track and steers it towards point for a tight single

0.3

Kulasekara to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder middle his first delivery, takes a good stride forward and cracks it towards backward point

0.4

Kulasekara to McCullum, no run, shortish ball, sliding down the leg, McCullum was jumping down the pitch and moving towards the leg side as well, Kula cramped him for room, and McCullum's pull gets an under edge which bounces back to the bowler

0.5

Kulasekara to McCullum, 2 runs, again McCullum makes room and slashes this towards third man, not too well timed and the fielder at the deep runs across to his right to cut that one off

keepers up to the stumps to stop McCullum from steeping out

0.6

Kulasekara to McCullum, no run, length ball, angling into McCullum, tried to flick it to the leg side, gets an inside edge which takes the ball towards first slip

End of over 1 (4 runs) New Zealand 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
BB McCullum    3* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0
JD Ryder    1* (1b)     

More noise from the crowd as Malinga has the ball in his hand.

1.1

Malinga to Ryder, 1 run, fullish ball outside off, Ryder stays rooted to the crease and opens the face to guide it to third man

R. Thirucumaran says:"The absence of a big crowd in this match is due to the extremely stringent checking within a 100 meter radius of the whole ground. Not much frisking, but they are not allowing ppl without tickets to enter the stadium. It really has been less of a trial to get inside the stadium today."

One slip in place, third man has gone wide

1.2

Malinga to McCullum, no run, McCullum continues to waltz down the pitch, length ball which McCullum defends towards point

1.3

Malinga to McCullum, SIX, McCullum gets the first six of the day, his favourite upper-cut does the job, short and wide from Malinga, quick hands from McCullum, who sends the ball sailing over wide third man

1.4

Malinga to McCullum, 1 leg bye, short on legstump, hit on the arm guard and the ball dribbles to short fine leg

1.5

Malinga to Ryder, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side, Malinga sometimes struggles with his accuracy because of that low action

1.5

Malinga to Ryder, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump this time, Ryder flicks it nonchalantly off his thigh pad towards deep fine leg

1.6

Malinga to McCullum, no run, another short ball, on offstump, this doesn't climb too high, McCullum was looking to duck it, adjusts at the last moment to dab it towards first slip

End of over 2 (10 runs) New Zealand 14/0 (RR: 7.00)
BB McCullum    9* (9b 1x6)      SL Malinga    1-0-9-0
JD Ryder    3* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Ryder, OUT, McCullum is gone, one of the most unlucky ways to be dismissed, Ryder punches the ball firmly towards Kulasekara, who gets his fingers on it and deflects onto the non-striker's stumps, McCullum was well out of his ground, the crowd erupts. Bad luck for McCullum, the ball just about brushed the bails, an inch higher and McCullum would still be there

BB McCullum run out 9 (11m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Guptill is the new batsman

2.2

Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, slower ball from Kulasekara, inside edged towards the leg side

2.3

Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, swung away from Ryder, a bit of width for him, he jabs it towards the covers

2.4

Kulasekara to Ryder, FOUR, overpitched on offstump, lovely off drive from Ryder, mid-off was at the edge of the ring, but he didn't move quickly enough to his left to cut that off

2.5

Kulasekara to Ryder, 1 run, again outside off, Ryder steers that towards third man for a single

Guptill's first ball coming up

2.6

Kulasekara to Guptill, no run, solid forward defensive to start off

End of over 3 (5 runs) New Zealand 19/1 (RR: 6.33)
MJ Guptill    0* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-9-0
JD Ryder    8* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-9-0

3.1

Malinga to Ryder, no run, Ryder doesn't bother with the footwork as he swishes at a delivery well outside off, he misses

3.2

Malinga to Ryder, no run, length ball from Malinga, how often do you see that? 89.2mph, Ryder gets half-forward and looks to punch it towards mid-off, again he's beaten

3.3

Malinga to Ryder, FOUR, this time he connects, and threads it between cover and extra cover, again not the footwork that a coach will like, but he gets enough behind it to send it racing to the boundary

3.4

Malinga to Ryder, 1 run, slower yorker, 122kmh, Ryder was completely baffled by that one, just about manages to get some bat on it, inside edge towards fine leg for a single, Ryder doesn't know where the ball is for quite a while after he hits it

3.5

Malinga to Guptill, no run, Guptill gets forward and defends it towards cover

3.6

Malinga to Guptill, 1 run, another slower one from Malinga, 127kmh, full and outside off, Guptill is tricked by the change of pace, he plays it uppishly towards mid-off, lands well before the fielder though

End of over 4 (6 runs) New Zealand 25/1 (RR: 6.25)
MJ Guptill    1* (3b)      SL Malinga    2-0-15-0
JD Ryder    13* (12b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-9-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Guptill, 1 run, back of a length, in the channel outside off, Guptill chops it off the back foot towards backward point

4.2

Kulasekara to Ryder, no run, drama here, Ryder comes charging down the pitch, Kulasekara gets the ball to move into the batsman, Ryder can only push it back to the bowler, Kulasekara throws the ball towards the stumps to run him out but hits Ryder instead

4.3

Kulasekara to Ryder, OUT, Ryder is gone, change of pace from Kulasekara, Ryder was early into his shot, spoons it high towards mid-off, where Bandara completes a well-judged catch, that ball was in the air a long time but Bandara kept his cool

JD Ryder c Bandara b Kulasekara 13 (23m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 92.85

4.4

Kulasekara to Guptill, 1 run, length ball just outside off, a crisp drive towards mid-off for a single

4.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, length ball, heading towards middle, Taylor moves across and clips it towards midwicket

4.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, punched to cover, there was no run available, but Sri Lanka help Taylor get off the mark with an overthrow

End of over 5 (3 runs) New Zealand 28/2 (RR: 5.60)
LRPL Taylor    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-12-1
MJ Guptill    3* (5b)      SL Malinga    2-0-15-0

Change in the bowling, Angelo Mathews takes over from Malinga.

5.1

Mathews to Taylor, no run, short and wide, clubbed towards extra cover, a bit of an underedge on that shot from Taylor

5.2

Mathews to Taylor, no run, back of a length, tight around off, flashes it uppishly towards backward point, lands only a few yards short of Tillakaratne Dilshan there, who gets his fingers on it but can't stop it

5.3

Mathews to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, pushed towards cover, Kapugedera fields and shies at the stumps, Taylor would have just made his ground

5.4

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, Mathews reamins accurate around the offstump, Guptill plays it towards mid-off for a single

5.5

Mathews to Taylor, FOUR, this time he gives some width, and Taylor pounces on it, gets up on his toes and flashes it past backward point, a lot of power behind that shot

5.6

Mathews to Taylor, FOUR, and again, this time he gets down the track and crunches it to the right of cover for another boundary, ten runs off the over

Thos last two deliveries ruined what had been a good over for Sri Lanka

End of over 6 (10 runs) New Zealand 38/2 (RR: 6.33)
LRPL Taylor    10* (7b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-10-0
MJ Guptill    4* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-12-1

Can Ajantha Mendis get back to his best? We'll get to find out know

6.1

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, starts with an offspiner, on-driven for a single

6.2

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, legcutter this time, pushed towards long-off for a single

6.3

Mendis to Guptill, FOUR, again there's not much footwork as Guptill looks to drive, a big outside edge goes past first slip, and races for a four

6.4

Mendis to Guptill, no run, back of a length, heading for middle, Guptill backs away and tries to cut, inside edge towards cover

6.5

Mendis to Guptill, no run, Guptill is beaten all ends up there, fullish offspiner, beaten by the turn as he looks to whip it away, misses, and Sangakkara collects but Guptill's back leg was in teh crease even if the keeper broke the stumps

6.6

Mendis to Guptill, 2 runs, Fuller delivery on the off stump. Guptill pushes it to mid-on

End of over 7 (8 runs) New Zealand 46/2 (RR: 6.57)
MJ Guptill    11* (11b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-8-0
LRPL Taylor    11* (8b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-10-0

7.1

Bandara to Taylor, no run

7.2

Bandara to Taylor, 1 run, slightly fuller, and shifts his line towards offstump, pushed towards mid-off for a single

7.3

Bandara to Guptill, no run

7.4

Bandara to Guptill, no run, a googly from Bandara, sliding down the leg side, appeal from Bandara, umpires not interested

7.5

Bandara to Guptill, no run, another googly from Bandara, Guptill doesn't pick it, gets an edge as he looks to play it towards the leg side

7.6

Bandara to Guptill, 1 run, pushed towards the off side for a single

End of over 8 (2 runs) New Zealand 48/2 (RR: 6.00)
MJ Guptill    12* (15b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-2-0
LRPL Taylor    12* (10b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-8-0

8.1

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, on the pads, driven towards mid-on

8.2

Mendis to Taylor, no run, wrong 'un from Mendis, batsman is fooled by that one and is hit on the pads, just outside off though

8.3

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, decides to sweep this one, gets it away to deep backward square leg

8.4

Mendis to Guptill, 2 runs, another wrong 'un, well outside off, cut away past point

8.5

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, quicker ball from Mendis, fullish and just outside off, powered down to long-off

8.6

Mendis to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor brings out his favourite slog-sweep, connects nicely with the ball and gets it wide of the square leg fielder to get another boundary

End of over 9 (9 runs) New Zealand 57/2 (RR: 6.33)
LRPL Taylor    17* (13b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-17-0
MJ Guptill    16* (18b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-2-0

9.1

Bandara to Guptill, 1 run

9.2

Bandara to Taylor, 1 run, pitched up on the legstump, driven inside out towards sweeper cover

9.3

Bandara to Guptill, 1 run, on the pads again, played firmly towards mid-on this time

9.4

Bandara to Taylor, no run, tossed up from Bandara, ends up as a full toss on offstump, Taylor hits it form;ly back to the bowler

9.5

Bandara to Taylor, 2 runs, overpitched on midde and leg, clipped towards wide long-on for a couple

9.6

Bandara to Taylor, 1 run, full again, the batsman makes room and digs the ball out towards sweeper cover

End of over 10 (6 runs) New Zealand 63/2 (RR: 6.30)
LRPL Taylor    21* (17b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-8-0
MJ Guptill    18* (20b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-17-0

Jayasuriya into the attack

10.1

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 2 runs, he nearly strikes first ball, a harmlessly length ball on legstump, Taylor goes for the sweep, top edges it but lands safely away from Mendis at short fine leg

10.2

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, another slog sweep from Taylor, shuffles across and gets it behind deep square leg

10.3

Jayasuriya to Guptill, no run, on-drive from Guptill, Jayasuriya gets well across to cut it across

10.4

Jayasuriya to Guptill, FOUR, dropped, Guptill heaves it away towards midwicket, Mathews misjudges it and is a bit too far in from the boundary, has to run back to take the catch but he can't hold on to it

10.5

Jayasuriya to Guptill, 1 run

10.6

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 2 runs, on the pads, turned away towards fine leg, deep square has to runs across to cut that one off

End of over 11 (10 runs) New Zealand 73/2 (RR: 6.63)
LRPL Taylor    26* (20b 3x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-10-0
MJ Guptill    23* (23b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-8-0

11.1

Bandara to Guptill, SIX, lovely swing of the bat from Guptill, flighted delivery from Bandara, Guptill takes a couple of paces down the pitch and launches it straight for a six, brings up the fifty partnership

11.2

Bandara to Guptill, OUT, he's gone this time, Guptill sweeps a leg stump delivery powerfully, a bit of a top edge and it sails towards Kapugedera at deep midwicket, easy catch and that's the end of Guptill

MJ Guptill c Kapugedera b Bandara 29 (38m 25b 2x4 1x6) SR: 116.00

11.3

Bandara to Taylor, 1 wide, Bandara pitches well outside leg, and can't get it to turn enough, that's a wide

11.3

Bandara to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor plays it with soft hands towards long-on, Jacob Oram sprints back for the second

11.4

Bandara to Taylor, 2 runs, clipped wide of midwicket this time, the fielder has to run across to his left to pick that up, enough time to get a couple

11.5

Bandara to Taylor, 1 run, driven down to long-off this time, Taylor walks the single

11.6

Bandara to Oram, no run, length ball on offstump, Oram defends watchfully back to the bowler

End of over 12 (12 runs) New Zealand 85/3 (RR: 7.08)
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-20-1
LRPL Taylor    31* (23b 3x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-10-0

12.1

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, Mendis starts with a legbreak, pushed towards cover for a single

12.2

Mendis to Oram, 1 leg bye, length ball, hits Oram on the pads outside leg, the ball rolls towards square leg

12.3

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, a bit of width for Taylor, who chops it towards point

12.4

Mendis to Oram, no run, Mendis gives this one a bit of air, the ball turns past Oram's bat, Sangakkara whips off the bails and belts out a loud appeal, third umpire is called for, hard to tell whether Oram's foot was in the air, umpire rightly rules it not out

12.5

Mendis to Oram, 1 run, on the pads, flicked towards wide mid-on for a single

12.6

Mendis to Taylor, no run, big legspinner from Mendis, pitching on offstump, Taylor opts against playing a stroke

End of over 13 (4 runs) New Zealand 89/3 (RR: 6.84)
LRPL Taylor    33* (26b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    3-0-20-0
JDP Oram    1* (4b)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-20-1

13.1

Bandara to Oram, 1 run, pitched on legstump, turned to deep midwicket

13.2

Bandara to Taylor, 1 run, googly, plays it inside out towards long-off for another single

13.3

Bandara to Oram, 1 run, full on middle and leg, pushed towards long-on

13.4

Bandara to Taylor, 1 run, a bit of width, Taylor tries to dab it but can't beat short third man

13.5

Bandara to Oram, 1 run, drills it past cover this time

13.6

Bandara to Taylor, no run, almost yorker length on middle stump, dug out back towards the bowler, superb delivery to end a great spell from Bandara, only 25 runs off it

End of over 14 (5 runs) New Zealand 94/3 (RR: 6.71)
LRPL Taylor    35* (29b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-25-1
JDP Oram    4* (7b)      BAW Mendis    3-0-20-0

14.1

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 wide, down the leg side, he'll have to re-bowl that one

Simon from the UK: "If anything is typical of Martin Guptill that is ... 6 off the first ball over the over, you should then be looking to pick up a single or 2 the next ball as you've done the damage already, but no, another rush of blood ... He might be talented but he needs to sort out his shot selection before he really succeeds"

14.1

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, outside off, inside-edged onto his boot, the ball dribbles towards slip

14.2

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor shuffles across even before Jayasuriya bowls, a full ball is drilled towards long-on

14.3

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, again it's overpitched, on middle stump, reverse-swept towards backward point

14.4

Jayasuriya to Taylor, no run, Taylor tries to shows us he can reverse-sweep as well, but top -edges and it lobs just over Sangakkara

14.5

Jayasuriya to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor reverts to his favourite slog-sweep, picks the gap between midwicket and long-on, brings up the hundred with that stroke

14.6

Jayasuriya to Taylor, SIX, even better this time, the heave over midwicket continues to fetch Taylor plenty of runs, it smashes into one of the pillars in the stands behind the midwicket boundary

End of over 15 (14 runs) New Zealand 108/3 (RR: 7.20)
LRPL Taylor    46* (33b 4x4 1x6)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-24-0
JDP Oram    6* (9b)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-25-1

15.1

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, full and swinging away from Oram, who digs it out towards deep square leg

15.2

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, lovely shot from Taylor for just a single, drives a length ball towards sweeper cover

15.3

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, Oram goes for the big mow towards wide long-on, outside edges it and it hovers in the air for a long time, Bandara at the third man boundary lost it in the lights, and it lands short of him

15.4

Malinga to Taylor, no run, full, fast, inswinging yorker, Taylor blocks it with the full face of the bat, 138kmh that one

15.5

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, another yorker, Taylor manages to dig it out towards point for a single, can't do more than that with a pinpoint yorker

15.6

Malinga to Oram, no run, and another one from Malinga, Oram just about gets his bat behind it, the ball rolls away towards cover, Malinga doing what he does best

End of over 16 (4 runs) New Zealand 112/3 (RR: 7.00)
JDP Oram    8* (12b)      SL Malinga    3-0-19-0
LRPL Taylor    48* (36b 4x4 1x6)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-24-0

16.1

Mendis to Taylor, 2 runs, shovelled towards long-on, Oram was haring back for a tight second, the throw wasn't very good so Oram is safe

16.2

Mendis to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor mows it towards midwicket, doesn't strike it very well, and it bounces a couple of times before reaching deep square leg

16.3

Mendis to Taylor, 1 run, again Taylor moves across the stump and looks to heave it to midwicket, bottom edge towards short fine leg

16.4

Mendis to Oram, OUT, Oram holes out to Kulasekara at long-off, he gave himself room and tried to launch Mendis over long-off, but gets under it too much, the ball goes very high but doesn't have enough distance on it

JDP Oram c Kulasekara b Mendis 8 (22m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

Broom is the new man in

16.5

Mendis to Taylor, no run, very full on offstump, the batsman can only push it back to the bowler

16.6

Mendis to Taylor, no run, a bit of width from Mendis this time, the batsman looks to cut, a thick bottom edge sends the ball back onto the pitch

End of over 17 (5 runs) New Zealand 117/4 (RR: 6.88)
LRPL Taylor    53* (41b 4x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    4-0-25-1
NT Broom    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    3-0-19-0

Mathews back for his second over

17.1

Mathews to Broom, 1 run, back of a length, jags into Broom., a bit of an inside edge towards midwicket

Matt from the UK: "When is Oram going to step up and deliver? Time and time again he goes out when we need him - the test match last week and again today. Poor."

Taylor has been superb today, he needs to be there till the end to take NZ to around 150

17.2

Mathews to Taylor, 2 runs, he slugs this one down to long-on, Broom sprints back for the second

17.3

Mathews to Taylor, 1 run, angling across Taylor, well outside off stump, Taylor was looking to flash itthr4ough the cover, gets a top edge towards third man, Kulasekara was charging in from the boundary but it lands short of him

17.4

Mathews to Broom, 1 run, came down the pitch and thrashed it towards cover, but debutant Rupasinghe does well to cut that one off

17.5

Mathews to Taylor, FOUR, great shot from Taylor, length ball outside off, Taylor hammers it over point for a boundary

17.6

Mathews to Taylor, OUT, this was a lot fuller, Taylor goes for the same shot but gets it on the toe end of the bat, Kulasekara is waiting at the third man boundary for that one, and he gobbles it up

LRPL Taylor c Kulasekara b Mathews 60 (57m 45b 5x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

Superb innings from Taylor, filled with trademark sweeps and cuts, plenty of singles down the ground as well

End of over 18 (9 runs) New Zealand 126/5 (RR: 7.00)
     AD Mathews    2-0-19-1
NT Broom    2* (2b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-25-1

18.1

Kulasekara to McGlashan, 1 run, OUT, full on middle and leg, the batsman shuffles across and clips it towards square leg, Mathews charges in from the boundary and picks it up just outside the circle, fires in a flat throw to Sangakkara, who takes off the bails with McGlashan just short of his crease, Sangakkara collected that one in front of the stumps instead of waiting behind

PD McGlashan run out 1 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Kyle Mills walks out

18.2

Kulasekara to Mills, no run, full and on off stump, punched back to the bowler

18.3

Kulasekara to Mills, 2 runs, fractionally shorter than the previous one, Mills makes room and drives it formly inside-out towards long-off

18.4

Kulasekara to Mills, FOUR, ovepitched on middle and leg, makes room and drives it over the bowler's head, not much power in that but picked his spot well, New Zealand need more of those

18.5

Kulasekara to Mills, 1 run, full and well outside off, Mills was backing away, leans across and chops it towards point

18.6

Kulasekara to Broom, 1 run, shortish ball, Broom wanted to heave that to the leg side, gets an edge which sends the ball towards cover

End of over 19 (9 runs) New Zealand 135/6 (RR: 7.10)
NT Broom    3* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-21-1
KD Mills    7* (4b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-19-1

Malinga to finish the innings

19.1

Malinga to Broom, 1 run, slower ball, foxes Broom, who is very lucky to survive, a sitter dropped by Sangakkara, Broom mow goes straight up in the air, is thre for plenty of time, Sangakkara calls for it and runs up to be near the stumps, but misjudges it and has to dive forward at the last moment, doesn't hold on to it

19.2

Malinga to Mills, OUT, Malinga's yorker does the trick, fast and heading for the base of middle stump, better batsmen than Mills have had no answer to that one

KD Mills b Malinga 7 (4m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

19.3

Malinga to Vettori, OUT, Malinga's on a hat-trick, yet again the middle stump is rocked back, Vettori was backing away an looking to cut, he misses and that's the end of Vettori, slightly shorter from Malinga this time, but good enough

DL Vettori b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The crowd can't get any louder than this

19.4

Malinga to Butler, 1 leg bye, again in the blockhole, swings in towards the pads, struck outside the leg stump, and the ball rolls away towards square leg

19.5

Malinga to Broom, 1 run, shortish ball from Malinga, the batsman was backing away and had to reach across to chop that one, gets a bottom edge towards point

19.6

Malinga to Butler, 3 byes, three runs even though the batsman didn't offer a shot, the batsman was well outside leg stump and couldn't even reach Malinga's outside off delivery, the batsmen set off for a bye, Sangakkara throws towards the non-striker's end, and there are a couple of overthrows to be had for New Zealand

9.00pm The Sri Lankan chase will start in five minutes. No overs lost due to the slight rain interruption.

8.50pm Update: The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off.

New Zealand finish on 141, a decent score but they should have done better in the end, only 33 runs from the last five overs. Sri Lanka's bowling was spot-on, though, only the fifth bowler taking a hammering. Ross Taylor was New Zealand's hero, crashing his way to a 45-ball 60, but there wasn't enough support for him at the other end, only Guptill (29) and Ryder (13) getting into double-digits.

All the attention will now be on Shane Bond, who will be bowling to two of the most explosive batsmen around, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya.

Bad news: It's drizzling in Colombo and the covers are on.

End of over 20 (6 runs) New Zealand 141/8
IG Butler    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    4-0-21-2
NT Broom    5* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-21-1
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Jesse Ryder bears a contented look, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20, Colombo, September 2, 2009

Jesse Ryder bears a contented look

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Sep 2, 2009

Jacob Oram reacts after getting rid of Malinga Bandara, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20, Colombo, September 2, 2009

Jacob Oram reacts after getting rid of Malinga Bandara

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