Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Hambantota November 10, 2012

Franklin's farce, and a case of skewed justice

Plays of the Day from the fourth ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Hambantota

The run out
BJ Watling has been New Zealand's batsman of the series so far, and he looked set to knuckle down for another good innings before Brendon McCullum caused his dismissal in the 12th over. McCullum knocked one into a gap on the leg-side and the batsmen took off with two on their minds. As he turned though, Watling saw that Nuwan Kulasekara was closing in, and protested. McCullum was insistent however, and Watling was forced to attempt the second run but was nowhere near completing it when the throw came in and the bails were removed.

The double-strike
Jeevan Mendis' legspin has been used sparingly in this series, but he ensured New Zealand would not rebuild after four top order wickets had gone cheaply, when he dismissed Kane Williamson and Nathan McCullum off consecutive deliveries, in the same fashion, with the same delivery. Williamson had played Mendis' legbreaks comfortably, but did not pick the googly, leaving a gap between bat and pad for the ball to bisect as it broke the other way. McCullum failed to read the googly as well, and was also bowled through the gate next ball.

The delivery
Tim Southee and Trent Boult were moving the ball viciously in the air and off the seam in their opening spells, and were unlucky to finish with just one wicket between them, having beaten the batsmen on numerous occasions. Southee's best delivery came the second ball of his second over and, typically, it went unrewarded. Southee moved the ball in through the air, pitching it on a length on middle stump, before getting it to straighten dramatically off the seam. The ball beat Dinesh Chandimal's prod and flew inches above the bails. Southee was so adamant that he should have something to show for that ball that he turned around to appeal raucously by himself, despite the fact that the batsman had got nowhere near it.

The déjà vu
Upul Tharanga was dismissed by Southee after the bowler had had words with him in the second ODI, and so would have been desperate to get the better of Southee in the next match. But like in the second ODI, Tharanga hit a beautifully timed punch off Southee through the offside before throwing his wicket away, this time cutting straight to backward point. No words were necessary this time.

The misfield
New Zealand pride themselves on their fielding, but in the 13th over James Franklin failed to make a regulation boundary stop. It was a slip-up that most backyard cricketers would be embarrassed by: sauntering around from sweeper cover, Franklin got down to intercept a Dinesh Chandimal cut shot, didn't get his hands near the ball, and it duly rolled between his legs and onto the boundary.

The umpires' justice
Having worked hard to see Sri Lanka through the chase, Kumar Sangakkara was livid to have been deemed caught behind off Trent Boult in the 25th over, when the deflection had come off his thigh pad. Justice prevailed however, in a slightly complex fashion, as the third umpire ruled that Boult had overstepped, even though replays suggested a fraction of his boot had landed behind the line. In the end, two wrongs made a right, and Sangakkara finished unbeaten on 42.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • V.L on November 12, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    @James Anderson It was one actually same as England and we did not lose to SA thank you very much. However its gonna be 2 whitewashes by the time India is done with the Englishmen. They narrowly escaped at 3-0 whitewash at home due to KP's brilliance. Otherwise, jeez! That would have been really embarrassing! @Polkadey-mudalali You see my friend, making the final does not get you a trophy, winning it will.

  • udara on November 11, 2012, 13:13 GMT sri lanka in 4 wold cup finals... sri lanka also beat pakistan 3-1 or 4-1 i remember couple of months ago... also they were in the final of australian tri series.. also beat SA twice in 300+ run chases recently,unfortunately they lost that series because of rain affected match.....

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @maddy20, Mate I think NZ is following the footsteps of Team India when they play away from their own backyard. How many whitewashes had your team achieved this year? Was it one or two?

  • P on November 11, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Well lets hope New Zealand can finally win the toss in this last game! Because no question about it, the toss has the determined the results in all the games so far! Anyway, bring on the test matches!

  • Nuwan on November 11, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    @maddy20 please explain why Sri Lanka appeared in 4 grand final (2 out of sub continent) since 2009 if they are so week as you think. Sorry mate, world is not buying what you are saying.

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Bhanuka is not ready ..period

  • associate cricket fan on November 11, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    My team for final odi. 1.tharanga 2.chandimal 3.sanga 4.kapugedera 5.thirimanne 6.mathew(C) 7.J.mendis 8.perera 9.Eranga 10.Kulasekera 11.dhananjaya

  • Janaka on November 11, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    NZ, don't worry, you have got enormous talent. A world cup victory is possible. Just take things easily... When things go wrong, as it was the case of weather here, you seems to get upset. Trying to do well, will ruin you... You are a great side, and you can prove it. You made the match in Twenty20 a tough one for Sri Lanka. You are very good gentlemen... You have all rights to be the best. You are simply a great side. Keep trying, without pressure. Pressure will kill you. Beware... :) Congratulations Jeevan. You are a true hero! And I thought Upul was going great... Nice to see him doing the opening great... I see the confidence in him. That's great... I wonder whether he will be sent off the team now by the so called selectors. Because they want a pressure cooker in the dressing room.

  • Mark on November 11, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka on winning the Limited over series, now win the test series. All the best Sri Lanka!

  • dave on November 11, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Agree with cricketlover on the madness of playing SL in the monsoon and the D/L system makes a joke of a shortened game anyway.

    Andrew Fernando - two wrongs does not make a right - the TV umpire should be impartial and sighted, preferably. Southee and Boult were very unlucky in their spells.

    B McCullum needs to be dropped to 7 or dropped completely - too much ego.

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