Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Pallekele November 4, 2012

Sri Lanka take rain-hit one-dayer

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Sri Lanka 118 for 3 (Jayawardene 43*, Dilshan 37) beat New Zealand 250 for 6 (Taylor 72, Watling 55, Malinga 2-39) by 14 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It had already caused a washout and a no-result. It was highly probable that the rain which has been following this series would soon force a result under the Duckworth-Lewis method. That is what happened tonight when the second ODI of the five-match series was decided in favour of the hosts 22.5 overs into Sri Lanka's chase. New Zealand, who have now lost eight of their previous nine ODIs, had reason to feel a touch aggrieved, having taken Tillakaratne Dilshan's wicket a few overs back to break a growing partnership with Mahela Jayawardene. Sri Lanka were still 133 runs adrift of the target of 251, but in the final count, they had stayed comfortably ahead of the D/L mark of 104.

It meant New Zealand's highest ODI score against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, achieved on the back of a late charge by Ross Taylor, was in vain. In the first ODI played under the latest revised conditions, which allow only four fielders outside the inner circle in non-Powerplay overs, New Zealand had batted the old-fashioned way, preserving wickets for a final push.

That wasn't the way Sri Lanka approached the chase. Clouds had been around since shortly after the match started under bright conditions, and rain had already caused almost an hour's delay seven overs into the chase. Jayawardene said Sri Lanka's plan had been to do enough to stay ahead of the par score.

Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara fell attempting aggressive strokes but Jayawardene and Dilshan weathered sharp spells from Trent Boult and Tim Southee to put on what turned out to be a match-winning 59-run stand. With the ball coming on better on a slow pitch after the rain interruption, both batsmen ensured Sri Lanka had enough momentum to remain ahead of the requirement. Jayawardene, especially, was in fine touch, and played attractive shots either side of the wicket.

BJ Watling and Rob Nicol had been anything but attractive earlier but had provided Taylor the base to set Sri Lanka a decent target. Had Taylor not fallen early in the 46th over on 72 off 62 to a sharp catch by Angelo Mathews - after being put down three deliveries before by Tharanga - New Zealand could have added a few more late runs. Taylor had found his range at the death after being denied in the batting Powerplay by a succession of short deliveries from Lasith Malinga.

The batting Powerplay produced only 31 runs but after that, Taylor targetted the medium-pace and good lengths of Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara to swing sixes over his favoured midwicket region. With only four men in the deep instead of five earlier, there were more gaps available and it was difficult for Jayawardene to plug areas such as deep midwicket.

New Zealand had made a slow start. Missing the injured Brendon McCullum, they managed just three boundaries in the first Powerplay. They also lost just one wicket, that of Tom Latham, but Nicol and Watling were not finding it easy to score against a varied Sri Lanka attack on a pitch dried out by a couple of sunny days following incessant rain.

Nicol and Watling were given some breathing space as Jayawardene brought on the allrounders Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera after the first Powerplay, which yielded just 28.

The spinners, Rangana Herath and Jeevan Mendis, presented a different challenge on the helpful surface. Watling attacked the spinners after a few overs, slogging and pulling both for fours through the leg side. While Nicol edged Perera behind four runs shy of a fifty, Nicol carried on to his half-century but fell just before the start of the batting Powerplay when Jayawardene took a diving catch at midwicket.

Taylor and James Franklin could not capitalise on the Powerplay, but with the latter supporting him, Taylor ensured Sri Lanka had a substantial target. The rain, however, had other plans.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: Its obvious when these experience players of Pakistan leave, your team will get a lot weaker sort of what like what happened to us Aussies when our top players like Gilchrist etc left and we had a transition period but now with all that talented youth playing that are emerging and playing in our first team full time along with out experience players, Australia will become a force again in Cricket :P

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: hmm Do you know who Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, Smith, Maxwell etc are? yeah all youth along with our older experience players so they can help and guide them so that's why experience better players like Hussey and Ponting are still around besides, most of your players are well into their 30s mid and late hehe like Hafeez, Malik, Afridi, Misbah, Younish, Razzaq, Cheema and who knows who else? far too many. Your Under-19 performance shows where Pakistan are heading so the future is clear mate. I think you meant Pakistan players will be playing into the next decade lolz :P

  • POSTED BY a1s2 on | November 5, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @joby george ok after getting rid of DL method then what? oh do you have a better method of doing it?? i think not!!

  • POSTED BY shortsillypoint on | November 5, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Pointless game /outcome when one side scores 250 and the other needs less than half with all their wickets intact. There is no fair system when rain falls for a long period - its better to call it a draw.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | November 5, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    All these people wanting rid of tharanga seem to forget how good a player he is.. He is just going through a bad patch but he will come through it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    If this game played in Colombo( as it planned) we would definitely have a chance to play till the last ball because there wasn't any rain at colombo yesterday......

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | November 5, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    @Smith robertson,would u help me sorting the issue about hussey bros? I mean aus would ever b able to get their replacements? Or they would continue playing for next decade as well.LOLZ

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    where is youngsters like chandimal,Akila,tharindu,munaweera ? why they dont get a chance to play even in these type of less important series ?its very bore to watch these old players again and again..just after moronic decision of SLC to cancel WI & SA test series and play these type of boring ODIS with boring old players(dunnow some players also behind this decn to play their league T 20 s) ..who cares to watch same bore meaningless games actually ? it wil become less bore if youngsters given a chance atleast in this formats but thats too doesnt happen...sad days ahead for SLC

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | November 5, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    @Joby George: This is the lame excuse (as always) given by the loosing side whenever D/L came into play. IF the D/L is not fair, there has to be a better method available, for ICC to follow (which, unfortunately, is not available). Your opinion on what would have been the end result (NZ win) had not the rain interfered, is based on your wish rather than facts. NZ were 81/1 after 22.5 overs and SL were 118/3. NZ reached 118 on the 31st over in their innings. And, you believe that SL cannot win he match from this position? Funny!!!!

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | November 5, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    got to feel sorry for the black caps!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: Its obvious when these experience players of Pakistan leave, your team will get a lot weaker sort of what like what happened to us Aussies when our top players like Gilchrist etc left and we had a transition period but now with all that talented youth playing that are emerging and playing in our first team full time along with out experience players, Australia will become a force again in Cricket :P

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: hmm Do you know who Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, Smith, Maxwell etc are? yeah all youth along with our older experience players so they can help and guide them so that's why experience better players like Hussey and Ponting are still around besides, most of your players are well into their 30s mid and late hehe like Hafeez, Malik, Afridi, Misbah, Younish, Razzaq, Cheema and who knows who else? far too many. Your Under-19 performance shows where Pakistan are heading so the future is clear mate. I think you meant Pakistan players will be playing into the next decade lolz :P

  • POSTED BY a1s2 on | November 5, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @joby george ok after getting rid of DL method then what? oh do you have a better method of doing it?? i think not!!

  • POSTED BY shortsillypoint on | November 5, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Pointless game /outcome when one side scores 250 and the other needs less than half with all their wickets intact. There is no fair system when rain falls for a long period - its better to call it a draw.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | November 5, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    All these people wanting rid of tharanga seem to forget how good a player he is.. He is just going through a bad patch but he will come through it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    If this game played in Colombo( as it planned) we would definitely have a chance to play till the last ball because there wasn't any rain at colombo yesterday......

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | November 5, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    @Smith robertson,would u help me sorting the issue about hussey bros? I mean aus would ever b able to get their replacements? Or they would continue playing for next decade as well.LOLZ

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    where is youngsters like chandimal,Akila,tharindu,munaweera ? why they dont get a chance to play even in these type of less important series ?its very bore to watch these old players again and again..just after moronic decision of SLC to cancel WI & SA test series and play these type of boring ODIS with boring old players(dunnow some players also behind this decn to play their league T 20 s) ..who cares to watch same bore meaningless games actually ? it wil become less bore if youngsters given a chance atleast in this formats but thats too doesnt happen...sad days ahead for SLC

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | November 5, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    @Joby George: This is the lame excuse (as always) given by the loosing side whenever D/L came into play. IF the D/L is not fair, there has to be a better method available, for ICC to follow (which, unfortunately, is not available). Your opinion on what would have been the end result (NZ win) had not the rain interfered, is based on your wish rather than facts. NZ were 81/1 after 22.5 overs and SL were 118/3. NZ reached 118 on the 31st over in their innings. And, you believe that SL cannot win he match from this position? Funny!!!!

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | November 5, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    got to feel sorry for the black caps!!

  • POSTED BY himohan007 on | November 5, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Agreed with Ramansilva. SL should use this opportunity to test the strength of fringe players otherwise it will be difficult for them as like INDIA in ENG when the key players have injuries. Ramesh Dharshana Perera is true that dropping these talent is unbelievable. But IMO Mahela is too cautious about Akila that not over exposed,he wants him as secret weapon. Also keep not that his career in cricket should be secured because there are scares that he may kicked out if fails in expected match. Then it will be a fatal error in kill those talents. Hope SLC works a strategic plan here.

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | November 5, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    When NZ has sent a team cmprising both young and experienced players, SL should take the opportunity to give some chances to youngsters. Why persist with Tharanga? He was good in the past but no so good in recent times. SL should play Munaweera in his position. Similarly a youngster like Chandimal should play instead of Dilshan or Sangakkara.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Its time to get rid of DL method. Its really making fun of the team batting first. 250 was a great total and SL was never going to chase it. Bad luck NL, see the revised target 105 in 22.5.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Indeed agreed with Smith Robertson. If there was no rain, S/L would have lost to NZ. Kiwis started very slowly but steadily they sealed a very good total on the board. Chasing 250 for SL would not be an easy process if the rain had not fallen

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Please get rid of that awful opener tharanga! he is below par, he is not quality player at all. Not sure why we persist with ordinary guys like him when we have guys like munaweera with lot of raw talent in abundance!! give munaweera a chance take upul thanranga out!!

  • POSTED BY solankibhavesh on | November 5, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    This is the another hard luck for Black Caps but yesterday match was good but not good enough due to rain. Batting by Taylor and Walting in match is good but not enough to got some more runs.and what is the plan of SL's cricket they select the young player but they did'nt include in playing eleven so why should they select them

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    sanga,dilshan or mahela should take a rest and give a chance to chandimal..dropping players like chandi , akila and eranga is unbelievable !

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | November 5, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    This SL side has too many weak points. We can't play too many allrounders who haven't been established as either good batsmen or good bowlers. Both Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis are not either reliable batsmen or bowlers. Mathews is also yet to prove his batting even though his bowling in ODIs is much better than other two. Both Thirimanna and Tharanga are silimar type of batsmen (I would say Roshan Mahanama-Hashan Tillakaratne type but none of them are even close to Roshan or Hashan in terms of fielding). So no point playing both Tharanga and Thirimanna in first XI. Since Thirimanna has shown his abilities at No 6 Chandimal should be given a chance ahead of Tharanga who has been inconsistent in last 2-3 years. Tharanga's lack of aggressiveness and his habbit of getting out alost everytime he goes for big shots is a big worry. We need to find a reliable middle order batsman who can bowl 5-6 overs

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 5, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    I think the Black Caps can be dissappointed by the result. I didn't see the match, just followed it on line for a part of NZs innings. The par-score (IMO), seemed too low. I am NOT saying SL shouldn't of won, I just think 3 wickets down, they weren't 14 runs better - maybe 4!

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | November 5, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    A lot of people talk about replacing Upul Tharanga with Dilshan Munaweera or Dinesh Chandimal. Tharanga got 12 ODI centuries. (Sanath 28, Mahela 15, Kumar 14, Dilshan 13). His average is 34.35. Age is below 28. Why should we replace him? Munaweera did well in SLPL but that's club level cricket. He was not good enough during WT20. Chandimal was out of touch during last few tours. These are the future of SL cricket. But they have to earn their places in the team like Jeevan Mendis, Thirimanne and Thisara Perera did.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | November 4, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    hehe...Watling is South Africa common New Zealand don't go the England way.

  • POSTED BY bonobo on | November 4, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    I agree with Androids comments Williamson is no dasher, but he is a fluent player, who can play a proper innings, he should be in towards top of the order or not at all, espcially if the guys who are in the top are themselves going to bat at the type of run rate the did today. Ross Taylor though, I appreciate him more and more

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | November 4, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    As a SL fan, I must say that NZ did not deserve to loose. It should have been a draw. I think with just 23 overs bowled, DL method is not great. A lot could have happened. I don't think SL should have lost either. Just saying, the outcome should have been a draw.

  • POSTED BY GasPipe on | November 4, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Just another comment to back BJ Watling's case for reselection, I looked up his ODI innings stats, and his last four innings have been thus: 60, 72* and 40 vs the West Indies, and now 55 against Sri Lanka. Come on NZ, don't waste this guys talent .

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | November 4, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Congrats, Sri Lanka. Always good to start on a winning note.

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | November 4, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    When will Sri Lanka build up there future cricket.....While NZ is giving the chance to their youngsters ...SL have benched all the youngsters Dhanajaya,Chandimal,Kaushal and Munaweera....

  • POSTED BY Test-is-the-best on | November 4, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Though the resullt was favourable yesterday SL has got two areas to be improved. 1. The bowling attack is not as good as in the recent past to bowl death overs. The weakness was exposed and reconfirmed several times after the CB series. Yesterday too 88 runs were conceeded from the last 10 overs. Had NZ scored 20-25 runs more at earlier stage of the inning without being too conservative, SL could have been in trouble.

    2.Time to reconsider the opening and upper middleorder batting list. Dilshan Munaweera would be a good candidate to occupy one of the slot as most of them recommended. I think Kapugedara too would be a good option to think of though he has got a poor average as a middle order batsmen. we should not forget even Jayasuriya and Dilshan has got fairly low averages as middle order batsmens. The former ght 12.91 per inng with 0 centuries while latter has got 28.33 per inng with 1 century

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | November 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Kane williamson should be batting at No.3. he is the only batsmen who can repeat the class of fleming and Astle. For Sri lanka chandimal should replace tharanga and should bat at No.4 or 5. Thirimanne should open the innings with dilshan.

  • POSTED BY sundoo on | November 4, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    I had pointed out earlier also that you must show the first batting team's innings first in your 'Heading' . Please rectify this .

  • POSTED BY GasPipe on | November 4, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Argh, frustrating. The Black Caps batted well, and I liked our approach, but if we could have scored a little bit faster in the first Powerplay, we could have set ourselves up for a bigger score. We could have defended 250 though I think, especially considering the way Boult and Southee had been bowling; they didn't have a lot of luck though(same could be said about Malinga actually, very good bowling performance).

    Good stuff from Taylor today, and Nicol and WATLING! Seriously, he seems to get a decent score every time he plays. He really should be selected more often.

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    DILSHAN MUNAWEERA SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE CHANCES TO SHOW HIS TRUE ABILITY. I Think after the 3rd one day DILSHAN MUNAWEERA SHOULD BE OPENING WITH TM DILSHAN. BECAUSE HE IS A MATCH WINNER AND WE ALL SAW IT IN THE SLPL FINALS

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    That match wasn't to be honest interesting mainly because of rain and lack of crowd.

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  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    That match wasn't to be honest interesting mainly because of rain and lack of crowd.

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    DILSHAN MUNAWEERA SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE CHANCES TO SHOW HIS TRUE ABILITY. I Think after the 3rd one day DILSHAN MUNAWEERA SHOULD BE OPENING WITH TM DILSHAN. BECAUSE HE IS A MATCH WINNER AND WE ALL SAW IT IN THE SLPL FINALS

  • POSTED BY GasPipe on | November 4, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Argh, frustrating. The Black Caps batted well, and I liked our approach, but if we could have scored a little bit faster in the first Powerplay, we could have set ourselves up for a bigger score. We could have defended 250 though I think, especially considering the way Boult and Southee had been bowling; they didn't have a lot of luck though(same could be said about Malinga actually, very good bowling performance).

    Good stuff from Taylor today, and Nicol and WATLING! Seriously, he seems to get a decent score every time he plays. He really should be selected more often.

  • POSTED BY sundoo on | November 4, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    I had pointed out earlier also that you must show the first batting team's innings first in your 'Heading' . Please rectify this .

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | November 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Kane williamson should be batting at No.3. he is the only batsmen who can repeat the class of fleming and Astle. For Sri lanka chandimal should replace tharanga and should bat at No.4 or 5. Thirimanne should open the innings with dilshan.

  • POSTED BY Test-is-the-best on | November 4, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Though the resullt was favourable yesterday SL has got two areas to be improved. 1. The bowling attack is not as good as in the recent past to bowl death overs. The weakness was exposed and reconfirmed several times after the CB series. Yesterday too 88 runs were conceeded from the last 10 overs. Had NZ scored 20-25 runs more at earlier stage of the inning without being too conservative, SL could have been in trouble.

    2.Time to reconsider the opening and upper middleorder batting list. Dilshan Munaweera would be a good candidate to occupy one of the slot as most of them recommended. I think Kapugedara too would be a good option to think of though he has got a poor average as a middle order batsmen. we should not forget even Jayasuriya and Dilshan has got fairly low averages as middle order batsmens. The former ght 12.91 per inng with 0 centuries while latter has got 28.33 per inng with 1 century

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | November 4, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    When will Sri Lanka build up there future cricket.....While NZ is giving the chance to their youngsters ...SL have benched all the youngsters Dhanajaya,Chandimal,Kaushal and Munaweera....

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | November 4, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Congrats, Sri Lanka. Always good to start on a winning note.

  • POSTED BY GasPipe on | November 4, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Just another comment to back BJ Watling's case for reselection, I looked up his ODI innings stats, and his last four innings have been thus: 60, 72* and 40 vs the West Indies, and now 55 against Sri Lanka. Come on NZ, don't waste this guys talent .

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | November 4, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    As a SL fan, I must say that NZ did not deserve to loose. It should have been a draw. I think with just 23 overs bowled, DL method is not great. A lot could have happened. I don't think SL should have lost either. Just saying, the outcome should have been a draw.