New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I: Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS), Sep 4, 2009
New Zealand won by 22 runs
4 September 2009 - night match (20-over match)

Bond to Dilshan, no run, Bond starts off with a slower delivery, Dilshan was way too early into the shot, he is struck on the hip


Bond to Dilshan, 1 run, Ryder! super diving stop at backward point, a direct hit would have been a run out, his fielding accounted for Dilshan and Jayawardene in the first game


Bond to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya prods this short ball towards the covers


Bond to Jayasuriya, 1 run, back of a length ball, close to offstump, no room for Jayasuriya, who was looking to cut, he manages to dab it uppishly towards third man


Bond to Dilshan, OUT, Dilshan has holed out to deep square leg, great start from Bond, Dilshan comes down the track and swings it, not enough on that shot, and Guptill has an easy catch near the boundary

TM Dilshan c Guptill b Bond 1 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Udawatte comes in at No. 3, Jayasuriya on strike


Bond to Jayasuriya, no run, Bond ends the over with a sharp bouncer just outside off, Jayasuriya lets it go

End of over 1 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 2/1 (169 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 8.89)

    • ST Jayasuriya 1 (3b)
    • ML Udawatte 0 (0b)
    • SE Bond 1-0-2-1

Mills to Udawatte, OUT, New Zealand have two, Udawatte is gone, another batsman who is done in because the ball stopped on him, it was a back of a length ball outside off, Udawatte was halfway through the stroke before he checks his shot, the ball pops up towards point for a simple catch

ML Udawatte c Broom b Mills 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Mahela Jayawarene is in a lot earlier than he would have wanted


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, length ball angling into middle, blocked towards the leg side


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, the ball shapes away from Jayawardene, who fishes at it outside off, nearly nibbles it through to the keeper


Mills to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball on offstump, Jaywardene turns it with soft hands towards midwicket


Mills to Jayasuriya, no run, back of a length ball angling across Jayasuriya, who pushes it towards the off side and sets off for a single, but is sent back


Mills to Jayasuriya, no run, fantastic over from Mills, he finishes it with a short of length ball outside off, Jayasuriya pokes it towards cover

End of over 2 (1 run) Sri Lanka 3/2 (168 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 1.50, RRR: 9.33)

    • ST Jayasuriya 1 (5b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (3b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-1-1
    • SE Bond 1-0-2-1

Bond to Jayawardene, no run, slightly slower from Bond, 126kmh, full and heading for leg stump, Jayawardene works it towards midwicket


Bond to Jayawardene, no run, this one is 138.4kmh, back of a length outside off, Jayawardene chops it towards cover


Bond to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene was looking to pull that one, it was a slower ball, 121kmh, he bottom edges it onto his body

A slip in place


Bond to Jayawardene, 1 run, 120.3 kmh, just outside off, Jayawardene gets the single this time by jabbing the ball towards point


Bond to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, Jayasuriya almost perishes, he was aiming for midwicket after charging down the pitch, he mishits it and it sails just over mid-on


Bond to Jayasuriya, FOUR, finishes the over with a cracking lofted on drive, takes a couple of strides down the pitch, takes it on the half-volley and gets it well over mid-on

End of over 3 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 10/2 (161 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 9.47)

    • ST Jayasuriya 7 (7b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (7b)
    • SE Bond 2-0-9-1
    • KD Mills 1-0-1-1

Mills to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene shuffles way outside off, looks to swipe it to midwicket but inside edges it into his pads


Mills to Jayasuriya, OUT, Jayasuriya is gone, Sri Lanka's chances are fading fast here, the crowd has lost its voice, he goes for the short-arm jab this time, gets it high on his bat and the ball lobs up to Taylor at midwicket for a simple catch

ST Jayasuriya c Taylor b Mills 7 (16m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50


Mills to Sangakkara, 1 run, an elegant straight drive from Sangakkara to get off the mark


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, well outside off, Jayawardene opens the face to try steer it past backward point, doesn't connect


Mills to Jayawardene, FOUR, overpitched on the pads, Jayawardene swings it away to the midwicket boundary, lands a few yards short of the rope, the crowd roars


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, great comeback from Mills, a yorker outside off, blocked towards the off side

End of over 4 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 16/3 (155 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 9.68)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 7 (11b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (1b)
    • KD Mills 2-0-7-2
    • SE Bond 2-0-9-1

Ian Butler is into the attack


Butler to Sangakkara, no run, length ball outside off, Sangakkara swings at it and misses


Butler to Sangakkara, 1 run, great shot from Sangakkara, backing away and lashing it towards point, Guptill dives full length to his left to cut that one off


Butler to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, Jayawardene walks across his stumps, tries to sweep an outside off, doesn't quite get hold of it, the ball rolls towards backward square leg

Butler switches to around the wicket


Butler to Sangakkara, no run, a length ball angling in, Sangakkara is beaten as he looks to push it towards mid-off


Butler to Sangakkara, FOUR, unlucky for Butler, Sangakkara tries to get an offstump ball towards midwicket but French cuts it to the fine leg boundary


Butler to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara charges down the pitch and tries a flamboyant loft over mid-on, doesn't connect with the ball, and that's another good over for New Zealand

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 22/3 (149 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 9.93)

    • KC Sangakkara 6 (6b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 7 (12b 1x4)
    • IG Butler 1-0-5-0
    • KD Mills 2-0-7-2

Mills to Jayawardene, FOUR, a hit-me delivery from Mills, a high full toss outside off, Jayawardene powers it over mid-on, timing isn't great but enough to take the ball to the boundary


Mills to Jayawardene, FOUR, another easy hit for Jayawardene, another high full toss, Jayawardene makes room and slams that over mid-off this time


Mills to Jayawardene, 1 wide, a wide for height as Mills responds with the bouncer, that was very short from Mills and sails over Jayawardene's head


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, a full, slightly slower ball from Mills, Jayawardene looks to muscle it past mid-on, but can't beat the fielder


Mills to Jayawardene, 2 runs, length ball from Mills, Jayawardene takes a couple of paces and lofts that over mid-on, mistimed from Jayawardene, mid-on has to race back to do the fielding


Mills to Jayawardene, FOUR, wonderful shot from Jayawardene, it was full and on his pads, Jayawardene bends his knees and delicately sweeps it past deep backward square leg for a boundary

Nihal Samaraweera from the US: "Sanath Jayasuirya fails again. It is high time that he retires gracefully as he's fast losing the respect he gained when he was at his peak. Sri Lanka should give opportunities to younger players more often."


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene looks to swipe this outside-off ball towards midwicket but he misses

37 for 3 after the Powerplay, Sri Lanka were 64 for 2 at the same stage in teh first game

End of over 6 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 37/3 (134 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 9.57)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 21 (18b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 6 (6b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 3-0-22-2
    • IG Butler 1-0-5-0

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 wide, Vettori, Man of the Match on Wednesday, starts with a wide down the leg side


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, on middle stump, Sangakkara stands tall and punches it to mid-on


Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, on middle and off, Sangakkara shuffles across and taps it towards deep midwicket


Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara waltzes down the track to get to the pitch of the ball, flicks it towards deep midwicket, on the bounce straight to the fielder, only a single


Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish ball on off, Jayawardene waits on the backfoot and jabs the ball towards point


Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, again Sangakkara takes a couple of paces down the pitch, a sweet swing of the bat sends the ball rocketing over the bowler's head


Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and on the pads, turned behind square for a single

Haliastur from Sri Lanka: "I think Sanath should be used to add experience to middle order while giving the newcomers a "free reign" at the top. Actually I think it should've been done since the retirement of Arjuna & Aravinda. Look what wonders promoting up the order did to "high-potential, low-achieving" players like Dilshan, Sanga & Sanath himself !"

End of over 7 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 47/3 (124 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.71, RRR: 9.53)

    • KC Sangakkara 14 (11b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 22 (19b 4x4)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-10-0
    • KD Mills 3-0-22-2

Butler to Sangakkara, no run, angling down the leg side, brushes Sangakkara's pads on the way to the keeper, loud appeal from New Zealand, turned down


Butler to Sangakkara, no run, full and on the pads, clipped towards square leg


Butler to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara waltzes down the track, Butler shortens his length, the batsman flicks it towards short fine leg, a direct hit from the fielder would have ended Jayawardene's stay


Butler to Jayawardene, 2 runs, innovative shot from Jayawardene, just jabs a ball almost from off stump just past the keeper, Bond sprints across to field well


Butler to Jayawardene, FOUR, more improvisation from Jayawardene, walks across the stumps, bends his knee and sweeps the ball to the vacant long leg region for a boundary


Butler to Jayawardene, 1 run, slashed off the back foot towards deep point for a single

End of over 8 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 55/3 (116 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.87, RRR: 9.66)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 29 (22b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 15 (14b 2x4)
    • IG Butler 2-0-13-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-10-0

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene pushes this one towards mid-on for an easy single


Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, overpitched outside off, an ugly heave from the usually graceful Sangakkara sends the ball towards midwicket


Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene skips towards leg and cuts the ball towards point


Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, lofts it towards long-off, Vettori shouts "catch it" but the first bounce was just outside the ring


Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, works a full ball towards midwicket


Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, fantastic placement from Sangakkara, what a shot! he sashays down the pitch and whips the ball in the air, it bisects the deep midwicket and long-on fielders

End of over 9 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 64/3 (107 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.11, RRR: 9.72)

    • KC Sangakkara 21 (17b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 32 (25b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-19-0
    • IG Butler 2-0-13-0

Butler to Jayawardene, 1 run, angling into legstump, Jayawardene backs away and steers the ball towards third man by opening the face


Butler to Sangakkara, no run, fullish ball, Sangakkara flicks it powerfully, goes on the bounce to midwicket


Butler to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball from Butler, Sangakkara took a step down the pitch and played it with soft hands towards mid-off


Butler to Jayawardene, SIX, Shot! Jayawardene knew exactly where the fielder was as he played that stroke, a pull-sweep over short fine leg, the perfect timing takes it over the ropes


Butler to Jayawardene, 1 run, Butler responds with a yorker, Jayawardene squeezes it out to the off side


Butler to Sangakkara, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side, he'll have to re-bowl that one, fine leg is in the circle, so if Sangakkara got some bat that would have been a four


Butler to Sangakkara, 2 runs, down the track and swings it towards midwicket, a bit of a bottom edge, but there's enough time for the batsmen to take two

End of over 10 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 76/3 (95 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.60, RRR: 9.50)

    • KC Sangakkara 24 (20b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 40 (28b 5x4 1x6)
    • IG Butler 3-0-25-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-19-0

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, Nathan McCullum's first ball is turned behind square leg


NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, another ball that stopped on the batsman, Sangakkara was early into the shot and the ball lobs dangerously but it lands wide of the bowler


NL McCullum to Jayawardene, OUT, a well-judged catch from Ryder ends the Jayawardene show, a top edge swirled towards short fine leg, Ryder has to make some ground before he jumps to take an overhead catch with his back facing the wicket

DPMD Jayawardene c Ryder b NL McCullum 41 (43m 30b 5x4 1x6) SR: 136.66


NL McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews is tricked by the turn, an outside edge takes the ball towards short fine leg, Ryder is in the action again, rifling in the throw, Sangakkara had to have his skates one to make his ground


NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on for a single


NL McCullum to Mathews, OUT, Nathan McCullum gets two in an over, could this be curtains for Sri Lanka? Mathews tries to whip it to midwicket, only to find Taylor waiting there

AD Mathews c Taylor b NL McCullum 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 80/5 (91 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.27, RRR: 10.11)

    • KC Sangakkara 26 (22b 3x4)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-4-2
    • IG Butler 3-0-25-0

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, Oram's first ball is flatbatted towards mid-on


Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets on the front foot and muscles it towards long-on


Oram to Rupasinghe, 1 run, Rupasinghe gets off the mark by dabbing an outside off delivery towards short third man


Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the middle and leg, Sangakkara drives it to long-on


Oram to Rupasinghe, 1 leg bye, good length delivery down the leg side, Rupasinghe looks to flick it away, off the pads to backward square leg


Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, great placement there again from Sangakkara, a full ball on the pads is whipped wide of deep midwicket, three fielders were interested in that one but the ball beats them to the rope

End of over 12 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 88/5 (83 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 10.37)

    • KC Sangakkara 32 (26b 4x4)
    • RJMGM Rupasinghe 1 (2b)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-7-0
    • NL McCullum 1-0-4-2

NL McCullum to Rupasinghe, 1 run, Rupasinghe blocks it towards square leg for a single


NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, overpitched on off, flicked towards midwicket


NL McCullum to Rupasinghe, no run, a huge, huge appeal from Nathan McCullum, Rupasinghe was looking to sweep but misses and is hit outside off


NL McCullum to Rupasinghe, 1 run, come down the pitch to reach the pitch of the ball, but loses the grip on his bat as he looks to loft the ball, which swirls towards extra cover and lands safely


NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked towards midwicket for a single


NL McCullum to Rupasinghe, 1 run, a bit of drift into Rupasinghe, who flicks the ball towards midwicket for yet another single

End of over 13 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 93/5 (78 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.15, RRR: 11.14)

    • RJMGM Rupasinghe 4 (6b)
    • KC Sangakkara 34 (28b 4x4)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-9-2
    • JDP Oram 1-0-7-0

Oram to Rupasinghe, no run, Rupasinghe tries a cheeky dab to third man, misses


Oram to Rupasinghe, 1 run, low full toss on offstump, mistimed towards long-off


Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and on legstump, Sangakkara skips outside leg and drives it to mid-off

Asking-rate is inching towards 12


Oram to Rupasinghe, 1 run, low full toss on offstump, another single, this time to mid-on


Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, this ball was just outside off, Sangakkara backed away to give himself room and slashes it past backward point


Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara backs away again, Oram follows him with a leg stump yorker, Sangakkara edges it toawrds square leg for a single

End of over 14 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 101/5 (70 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.21, RRR: 11.66)

    • KC Sangakkara 40 (31b 5x4)
    • RJMGM Rupasinghe 6 (9b)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-15-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-9-2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara takes a few steps down the pitch and lofts the ball towards long-on, mistimed and it lands just outside the ring


NL McCullum to Rupasinghe, FOUR, a low full toss, Rupasinghe gets down the track and lashes it back past the bowler


NL McCullum to Rupasinghe, no run, full and just outside off, inside-edge by Rupasinghe onto his pads


NL McCullum to Rupasinghe, 1 run, short and a bit of width, Rupasinghe rocks back and carves it towards deep point


NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Dropped a very difficult caught-and-bowled chance, Sangakkara stays in his crease and his full-blooded swing sends the ball flying back towards the bowler, there's more drama as Rupasinghe is nearly run-out as he attempts to get the back for the second, after many replays it is confirmed that he just made his ground


NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven down to long-on for a single

End of over 15 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 110/5 (61 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 12.20)

    • KC Sangakkara 44 (34b 5x4)
    • RJMGM Rupasinghe 11 (12b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-18-2
    • JDP Oram 2-0-15-0

Butler to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and heading for middle and leg, Sangakkara makes room and crashes the ball towards backward point, straight at the fielder


Butler to Rupasinghe, 3 runs, Rupasinghe brings out the scoop, doesn't time it too well, it's a tease for Shane Bond who's running after it, Bond puts in an athletic dive to just stop the ball an inch from the rope, many replays are needed to confirm Bond has saved a run for his side


Butler to Sangakkara, 2 runs, crashed past extra cover by Sangakkara, fetches him a couple


Butler to Sangakkara, 1 run, good ball from Butler, full and of offstump, Sangakkara can only chop it towards cover


Butler to Rupasinghe, 1 run, again full delivery, just outside off, Rupasinghe can only squeeze it towards point


Butler to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara attempts a paddle to a very full delivery outside off, gets it on the toe end of the bat and it dribbles towards short fine leg

End of over 16 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 119/5 (52 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.43, RRR: 13.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 49 (38b 5x4)
    • RJMGM Rupasinghe 15 (14b 1x4)
    • IG Butler 4-0-34-0
    • NL McCullum 3-0-18-2

Vettori is back.


Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, he also keeps it full outside off, Sangakkara tries to power it past mid-on, doesn't beat the fielder, and he frustrated to miss out on that, the bat turned in Rupasinghe's hands as he played that shot


Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, driven to long-off's right for a couple


Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, swings it towards midwicket, "catch' is the cry but it lands well short of the fielder


Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, a powerful reverse-sweep from Sangakkra, cut off at deep backward point, no boundary yet in this over


Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted delivery outside the off stump, Sangakkara lashes it towards sweeper cover


Vettori to Rupasinghe, 1 run, Rupasinghe stays on the back foot and pushes it towards mid-on for an easy single

End of over 17 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 127/5 (44 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 14.66)

    • RJMGM Rupasinghe 16 (15b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 56 (43b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-27-0
    • IG Butler 4-0-34-0

A small hold-up as Sangakkara has some drinks. Bond is back


Bond to Rupasinghe, 2 runs, starts with a sharp bouncer, Rupasinghe top edges a pull over the keeper's head


Bond to Rupasinghe, no run, full ball outside off, Rupasinghe was backing away so much that he can't reach it, dot ball


Bond to Rupasinghe, OUT, low full toss does the trick for Bond, Rupasinghe gets it very low on his bat and can only lob it towards cover, Vettori completes a simple catch

RJMGM Rupasinghe c Vettori b Bond 18 (26m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Kulasekara is the new batsman


Bond to Kulasekara, no run, that's a superb bouncer, the umpires thought whether to call that a wide for height but decided it was okay, another dot ball


Bond to Kulasekara, 1 run, a yorker outside off, slower ball as well, Kulasekara walks across and flicks it towards short fine leg


Bond to Sangakkara, 1 run, keeps it full, chopped towards point for a sngle, Sangakkara keeps the strike, brilliant over from Bond, he was on-target at the death in the previous game as well

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 131/6 (40 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.27, RRR: 20.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 57 (44b 5x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1 (2b)
    • SE Bond 3-0-13-2
    • DL Vettori 3-0-27-0

Oram to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Like the rest of New Zealand's bowlers, Oram keeps it full outside off, Sangakkara paddles it to fine leg


Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, innovation from Sangakkara, his previous reverse-sweep was very square, this one is only a few yards to the left of the keeper


Oram to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full ball again, Sangakkara reaches his highest Twenty20 score by punching the ball wide of mid-on, great running from Kulasekara to come back for the second


Oram to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara goes for the fine reverse-sweep again, misses the ball, he's annoyed with himself


Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara shaped as if to go for the reverse-sweep but doesn't, Oram follows the batsman down the leg side, can;t stop Sangakkara from launching that towards the midwicket boundary


Oram to Sangakkara, OUT, a great innings from Sangakkara comes to an end, he top-edges a pull back to the bowler, a killer blow from Oram, not to forget that's a dot ball as well, the crowd starts to head for the exit

KC Sangakkara c & b Oram 69 (71m 50b 7x4 0x6) SR: 138.00

End of over 19 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 143/7 (28 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.52, RRR: 28.00)

    • KMDN Kulasekara 1 (2b)
    • JDP Oram 3-0-27-1
    • SE Bond 3-0-13-2

Bond to Bandara, 2 runs, a bouncer on offstump, the batsman flat bats it over the bowler's head, timing isn't enough to get a boundary


Bond to Bandara, 1 run, slow full toss on middle and leg, 118kmh, Bandara gives himself room and flays that towards midwicket


Bond to Kulasekara, 1 run, overpitched outside off, Kulasekara's powerful drive doesn't beat the man at extra cover


Bond to Bandara, 1 run, Bond is on target again, a yorker outside off, Kulasekara bottom edges it towards point


Bond to Kulasekara, OUT, this time the length is slightly shorter, Kulasekara can get underneath one finally, but he hits it too high with nowhere-near enough distance, the ball swirls towards Taylor at cover

KMDN Kulasekara c Taylor b Bond 2 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Bond to Bandara, no run, an immaculate final delivery confirms New Zealand's victory, sticks to the full and outside off formula, the batsman misses and the ball goes through to the keeper

A professional performance from New Zealand, there were a few hiccups in the first game, today there were the frontrunners from the beginning to the end. Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder gave a cracking start, and the batting built on that to set a tall target. Their new-ball bowlers gave the early breakthroughs, and Nathan McCullum's double-strike almost ended Sri Lanka's chances. Sangakkara resisted with an innings packed with innovation but even his 69 wasn't enough to prevent defeat.

Vettori had been pleased with the death bowling on Wednesday, today they were just as good, firing in the yorkers at will. It was well planned bowling effort as well, illustrated by the bowling to Jayasuriya to whom they hardly bowled any length balls. New Zealand's fielding was world-class as well in both games.

Post-match presentation: Sangakkara: "We gave them a few too many runs in the field, and it was not the greatest of starts, apart form that we gave it our all, I have to say they outplayed us. A lot of things to work on going into the one-day series. Our bowling has been very good in the recent past, but they had one off day today. Our batting unit needs to start firing."

The Man of the Match is Jesse Ryder: "Yeah, it was good to hit a few off the middle. I've struggled a bit since I got here, so it was good. Baz got the team off to a good start, and our bowlers backed it up after that." Ryder is also the Man of the Series.

Vettori: "It's been a nice turnaround after the Tests series." He praises the openers for their great start. "Shane Bond and Mills also gave us a superb start with the ball, but Sri Lanka put us under a bit of pressure with that Sangakkara and Jayawardene partnership." He is also happy with Nathan McCullum's performance, the two wickets in McCullum's over put New Zealand in charge of the game again.

The New Zealand team are posing with trophy, deserving victors of the series. That's it from us at Cricinfo, thanks for all the mails and the company, do join us on September 8 for the first match of the Compaq Cup ODI tri-series.

End of over 20 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 148/8 (23 runs required)

    • HMCM Bandara 4 (4b)
    • SL Malinga 0 (0b)
    • SE Bond 4-0-18-3
    • JDP Oram 3-0-27-1





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