New Zealand in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 4th ODI

Sri Lanka v New Zealand

Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 34 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Rob Nicol and BJ Watling are in the middle. Malinga to bowl the first over.

4.55 pm The SL team is walking out to the field with the lights fully on.

4.45 pm It is been a more than 2 hours delay, but the news is that we are about to start now. The match has been reduced to 42 overs a side. Powerplays have been truncated to 9 mandatory overs and 4 overs. It is much brighter now and the clouds do not look as threatening as a couple of hours ago.

4.25 pm Roshan Abeysinghe, who is part of the TV commentary team in Hambantota, tweets that the inspection is due in five minutes.

4.15 pm The Super Sopper is working hard to save the day. The umpires have been on the outfield but no official word has come out yet.

3.55 pm The covers are completely off now. You have got to give it to the groundstaff who have been playing some great innings this series. They got the entire ground covered before it all started and for an outfield the size of Hambantota, that is a lot of work. Some fresh pictures on Twitter show that the clouds are still around.

3.35 pm Some good news after an hour of wait. (Drumroll). It has stopped raining and the covers are coming off.

3.25 pm Rain has almost stopped according to a couple of tweets.

"There must be a case for some covered stadiums for cricket? Otago's Rugby ground (South NZ) is well covered from the elements, though more for the cold. This uses a metal frame with glass covering so as to let the light through as well, " says Roger.

"Cricinfo is responsible for this rain. They should deny access for Weather Gods to match schedules. See the timing of rain, started right after the toss. Rain vs SL, still SL are 2-0 up," says Uwaisul. Yes, you are right, gives us a break from continuous cricket.

3.03 pm No news of any improvement in the condition for now.

"So whens your prediction when the game will start?," asks Will. My guess is as good as yours Will. We probably need to find a local guy to help us out here.

Marshall: "I simply can't understand why we are not watching cricket at the moment, I understand that we have to play each team under the future tours programme but scheduling matches in monsoon season in Sri Lanka just confuses me. The weather in NZ has been generally pretty nice and sunny and wouldn't of had a rain affected game at all really and it is the main time for our cricket season. It has been extremely frustrating to tune in each night and to have to turn the TV off before any crickets played because we have to wait 3 hours for the rain to stop (by which time its 1am). Oh to just have some cricket...."

"Even Kandy is fair to play at the moment," says Laka.

A weather data site gives some numbers that highlight the plight of this tour. November is the wettest month in Hambantota with 18 days of rain on average and 70% more rain than in October. Move to December and the rainfall drops by two-thirds.

A wet day for cricket overall after this happened at the Gabba earlier today.

"Sun is shining brightly here in Colombo, the wet zone. Hambanthota is the dry zone," says Praveen from Colombo.

Rob from NZ says, "Hopefully we can get a game where both teams know how many overs they will face before they start batting so we can have a fairer contest..". Highly unlikely Rob.

2.34 pm The news is it is still drizzling in Hambantota and with the covers on, it is not sure how long it will be before we get the game rolling. Adam Milne, who has played four T20Is, will have to wait all day to get his turn to bowl and it is not going to be easy with a wet ball. What a day to make an ODI debut!

2.25 pm There is no sign of the usual heavy winds that blow across the ground in Hambantota and that means, there is nothing to blow away those threatening clouds. Hmmm. Time to put the kettle on and wait.

2.15 pm Right, the news from the centre is that Sri Lanka have won the toss and have asked New Zealand to bat first under cloudy skies. Adam Milne for New Zealand is making his ODI debut today. He replaces Kyle Mills while Andrew Ellis returns to the side in place of Jacob Oram. Tom Latham and Ronnie Hira miss out.

The picture doesn't look good as the ground is still under covers and dark clouds hovering over. It doesn't look like we are going to start in time.

Mahela Jayawardene: "The weather looks very scary and we don't wan to take any chances. We are not sure how many overs we will get in the game. The lower middle order has still not done well, but as long as we get the job done, it is ok."

Ross Taylor: " We would have liked to bowl, but we have to find a way to win. There is nothing to lose, hopefully the weather will allow the game. We have bowled well up front. BJ Watling has been brilliant at the top of the order and we need to all support him well."

Sri Lanka have brought in Dinesh Chandimal as a replacement for Dilshan, but Chandimal will play in the middle order while Jayawardene will open the innings.

2 pm We are still waiting for some news on the toss and should get it soon. All eyes in Hambantota will be towards the skies as rain is expected to make an entry sooner or later.

Welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the fourth ODI. Sri Lanka are 2-0 up already in a series that has been marred by wet weather and would hope to seal it today. New Zealand, on the other hand, will hope for some positives ahead of the Tests. For the remaining two ODIs, they at least know that they wouldn't have to worry about Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is out with a back injury. We are still 10 mins away from the toss, so in the meantime, here is the preview.

0.1

Malinga to Nicol, no run, takes a couple of steps straightaway, but the ball swings past the bat

0.2

Malinga to Nicol, no run, stays on the backfoot and plays a curving delivery towards the off-side

0.3

Malinga to Nicol, no run, again takes a couple of steps down and defends the ball towards the off-side

0.4

Malinga to Nicol, no run, length ball, moving away and this time Nicol lets it go to the keeper

0.5

Malinga to Nicol, no run, Malinga bowls from wide of the crease, and bowls it slightly short of length, defended on the back foot

0.6

Malinga to Nicol, no run, length delivery, curving away, defended off the front foot.

Malinga starts off with a maiden.

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
RJ Nicol    0* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0
BJ Watling    0* (0b)     

1.1

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, gentle loosener by Kula, 71.3 mph, defended towards the off side

1.2

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, comes in from wide of off stump line, defended off the back foot.

1.3

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, full ball, Watling wanted to drive it, but the movement meant the ball took an inside edge and hit the pad

1.4

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, this ones jags away and Watling's waft meets thin air

1.5

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, an inswinger to follow, hits the inside edge and wraps him on the pads

1.6

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, straight and it is defended by Watling, a second maiden over in a row

End of over 2 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
BJ Watling    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0
RJ Nicol    0* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0

2.1

Malinga to Nicol, 1 run, charges again and Nicol wanted to drive it over covers, the ball took outside half of the bat and flew in the air over point

2.2

Malinga to Watling, 1 run, takes the edge and lands short of Jayawardene at second slip

2.3

Malinga to Nicol, no run, length ball, swings away and goes past the outside edge

2.4

Malinga to Nicol, FOUR, pitched up on the pads, there was some movement but Nicol drives it through midwicket for a boundary

2.5

Malinga to Nicol, no run, length ball, lands on the off stump line and jags away. Nicol came on the front foot to defend but missed that completely

2.6

Malinga to Nicol, no run, length ball, moves away and Nicol lets it go

End of over 3 (6 runs) New Zealand 6/0 (RR: 2.00)
RJ Nicol    5* (11b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-1-6-0
BJ Watling    1* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0

3.1

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, short ball and Watling takes his eyes off the ball, that is the first bouncer for the over

3.2

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, lenght ball, defended towards the off side

3.3

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, fulller and Watling drives it without much timing towards mid-on

3.4

Kulasekara to Watling, 1 run, length ball outside off, guides it towards third man

3.5

Kulasekara to Nicol, 1 run, fuller ball, comes in and Nicol plays it towards fine leg

3.6

Kulasekara to Watling, no run, length ball, slightly slower, driven straight to covers

End of over 4 (2 runs) New Zealand 8/0 (RR: 2.00)
BJ Watling    2* (12b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-2-0
RJ Nicol    6* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-1-6-0

4.1

Malinga to Nicol, FOUR, charges again, as he has done since the start, and wanted to hit it towards midwicket, but the ball takes an outside edge and flies past a diving Jayawardene to the third-man boundary

4.2

Malinga to Nicol, no run, stays on the back foot now, and defends a short of a length ball towards off side

4.3

Malinga to Nicol, no run, full ball, swings away after pitching around off stump line, defended towards point on the front foot

4.4

Malinga to Nicol, no run, uses his feet to Malinga again, and the length is short and Nicol blasted it straight to the mid-off fielder

4.5

Malinga to Nicol, no run, length ball, left alone outside off

4.6

Malinga to Nicol, 1 run, full ball, takes the outside half of the bat as Nicol goes for the drive, goes past a diving point to third man

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 13/0 (RR: 2.60)
RJ Nicol    11* (18b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-1-11-0
BJ Watling    2* (12b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-2-0

5.1

Kulasekara to Nicol, no run, charges and misses completely, Nicol wanted to hoick it over long on but the ball comes in and goes between the bat and the pad

5.2

Kulasekara to Nicol, 1 wide, short down the leg side

5.2

Kulasekara to Nicol, 1 wide, charges down and Kula responds with a bouncer which goes down to the leg side

5.2

Kulasekara to Nicol, no run, Kula moves it away this time and beats the outside edge, stifled appeal is turned down by the umpire

5.3

Kulasekara to Nicol, no run, full and closer to the off stump, moves away right at the last moment to beat Nicol's attempted drive

5.4

Kulasekara to Nicol, no run

5.5

Kulasekara to Nicol, no run, fuller ball, driven straight to mid off

5.6

Kulasekara to Nicol, 1 wide, down the leg side, moves away further and that's the third wide of the over

5.6

Kulasekara to Nicol, OUT, fuller ball, Nicol uses his feet again and tried to swing it over mid on. Barely gets any timing there and the ball lobs straight to mid on.

RJ Nicol c Tharanga b Kulasekara 11 (25m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 45.83

End of over 6 (3 runs) New Zealand 16/1 (RR: 2.66)
     KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-5-1
BJ Watling    2* (12b)      SL Malinga    3-1-11-0

Brendon McCullum comes in at No. 3. Angelo Mathews into the attack.

6.1

Mathews to Watling, no run, gentle ball, 118 kph, defended back to the bowler

6.2

Mathews to Watling, 3 runs, full ball on the off stump, is timed well towards midwicket. Herath pulls the ball back just in time.

6.3

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, slower length ball, McCullum lets it go with an exaggerated movement

6.4

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, length ball on off, turned towards square leg

6.5

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, length ball on the off stump line, defended towards mid on

6.6

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, length ball, hit off the back foot straight to short cover

End of over 7 (3 runs) New Zealand 19/1 (RR: 2.71)
BB McCullum    0* (4b)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0
BJ Watling    5* (14b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-5-1

7.1

Kulasekara to Watling, 1 run, short of length, comes in with the angle, turned towards square leg

San: "I can't help but think Rob Nicol is out of his league, when apart from Bangladesh has he done something for NZ. He looks like a flat track bully of poor quality attacks. I don't think he is good enough against quality to open."

7.2

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, no run, big movement into the batsman, McCullum waits and punches it towards midwicket

7.3

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, FOUR, length ball, not much movement and McCullum punches it though extra cover to open his account

7.4

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, no run, length ball, on the middle stump, defended towards short midwicket

7.5

Kulasekara to BB McCullum, 1 run, comes in with the angle, turned towards fine leg for an easy single

7.6

Kulasekara to Watling, 2 runs, fuller outside off, timed in the gap between the fielders around point

End of over 8 (8 runs) New Zealand 27/1 (RR: 3.37)
BJ Watling    8* (16b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-13-1
BB McCullum    5* (8b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-0

8.1

Mathews to BB McCullum, 1 run, length ball, McCullum goes on the back foot and punches it towards the right of mid on

8.2

Mathews to Watling, no run, short of good length, defended off the back foot

8.3

Mathews to Watling, no run, fuller this time, on the off stump, defended towards the leg side

8.4

Mathews to Watling, no run, short of length, punched towards mid on off the back foot

8.5

Mathews to Watling, no run, similar ball, similar result, straight to mid on

8.6

Mathews to Watling, FOUR, length ball, wider this time, moves away and Watling pounces on the opportunity to slam it past the diving point fielder

End of over 9 (5 runs) New Zealand 32/1 (RR: 3.55)
BJ Watling    12* (21b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-8-0
BB McCullum    6* (9b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-13-1

Phil: "Here's the score on what will happen today: the team winning the toss has a huge advantage in that after the rain clears, bowler-friendly conditions linger for sometime. The D/L system, while good, proves genrally tougher for teams batting second in rain affected matches. The team bowling second also has to contend with dew. Thoughts?" Spot on Phil, that's why Mahela opted to field. Perera into the attack.

9.1

Perera to BB McCullum, 1 run, short ball on the middle, turned away towards fine leg

9.2

Perera to Watling, 1 run, on the leg stump line, turned away towards square leg

9.3

Perera to BB McCullum, no run, short of length, defended back to the bowler off the back foot

9.4

Perera to BB McCullum, no run, short of a good length, defended towards covers off the back foot

9.5

Perera to BB McCullum, no run, similar ball, defended again off the back foot

9.6

Perera to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, short of length, McCullum wanted to play it towards square leg, misses it and ball drops on his feet. Watling calls for a quick single and the batsmen make it easily in the end.

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 35/1 (RR: 3.50)
BB McCullum    7* (14b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-2-0
BJ Watling    13* (22b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-8-0

Rangana Herath into the attack.

10.1

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, short of length, McCullum goes back but doesn't get his timing right

10.2

Herath to BB McCullum, SIX, charges down and lifts the ball over the long-off boundary.

10.3

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, flighted ball, defended towards covers

10.4

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, shortish ball, on the legs, waits and turns it to square leg

10.5

Herath to Watling, no run, slow and flighted, defended on the front foot

10.6

Herath to Watling, 1 run, waits on the back foot and punches it to long on for an easy single

End of over 11 (8 runs) New Zealand 43/1 (RR: 3.90)
BJ Watling    14* (24b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-8-0
BB McCullum    14* (18b 1x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    1-0-2-0

11.1

Perera to Watling, no run, short of good length, nips away and goes past the outside edge

11.2

Perera to Watling, 1 run, short on the middle stump, knocked into the leg side

11.3

Perera to BB McCullum, 1 run, OUT, short, gets on the back foot, McCullum pushes it gently towards midwicket, completes the first run, calls for the second. Watling responds but he is too late as Kula collects and throws to the non-striker's end and the bowler takes off the bails

BJ Watling run out 15 (45m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.69

Watling was running to the danger end, at the non-striker's and his hesitation at the start caused his downfall

11.4

Perera to BB McCullum, FOUR, short delivery and gets up on McCullum, who jumps to avoid the ball, but the ball gets an edge and flies over the keeper

11.5

Perera to BB McCullum, 1 run, short ball, punched towards point and there is more hesitation, Taylor was gone had it hit and he had given up completely. The throw was way off the mark

11.6

Perera to Taylor, no run, length ball, outside off, stays a bit low, Taylor lets it go

End of over 12 (7 runs) New Zealand 50/2 (RR: 4.16)
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0
BB McCullum    20* (21b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-8-0

12.1

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, flatter from Herath, punched to long on off the back foot

12.2

Herath to Taylor, no run, slow and flighted, Taylor taps it towards covers and sets off, but there is no run and Taylor is rightly sent back by McCullum.

12.3

Herath to Taylor, no run, defended off the front foot on the leg side

12.4

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, tapped towards point for a single

12.5

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, flighted, McCullum defend it towards mid on but Herath is quick to field it cut off the single

12.6

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, on the leg stump, turned to the left of the square leg fielder for an easy single

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 53/2 (RR: 4.07)
BB McCullum    22* (24b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-11-0
LRPL Taylor    1* (4b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0

13.1

Perera to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of length, turned towards third man for a single

Jono: "Can't understand why Hesson and Taylor insist on sending Williamson in so far down the order. He builds an innings well but he isn't the power hitter we need lower down the order. Have to say the selections/tactics from NZ have been poor this series and most recent ones too."

13.2

Perera to Taylor, no run, length ball, on the off stump, Taylor lets it go and the ball just goes over the middle stump.

13.3

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, short of length, defended towards point where Chandimal makes a driving stop but can't prevent the single

13.4

Perera to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of length on the off, hops and turns it towards midwicket for a single

13.5

Perera to Taylor, no run, finally a fuller ball from Perera but Taylor was slow to come forward, hits it towards the off side without any timing

13.6

Perera to Taylor, 1 run, length ball on the off and middle, turned towards midwicket

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 57/2 (RR: 4.07)
LRPL Taylor    3* (8b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-13-0
BB McCullum    24* (26b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-11-0

14.1

Herath to Taylor, no run, flighted on the middle and leg, defended to midwicket

14.2

Herath to Taylor, no run, on the pads, turned straight to square leg

14.3

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, flighted on the middle, and driven to the right of mid on for a single

14.4

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, full and flighted, defended back to the bowler

14.5

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, full, driven to long off for a single

14.6

Herath to Taylor, 1 run, takes a couple of steps to a flighted delivery and places it towards mid on and completes a quick single

End of over 15 (3 runs) New Zealand 60/2 (RR: 4.00)
LRPL Taylor    5* (12b)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-14-0
BB McCullum    25* (28b 2x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    3-0-13-0

15.1

Perera to Taylor, no run, length ball, defended off the front foot towards mid off

15.2

Perera to Taylor, no run

15.3

Perera to Taylor, 1 run

15.4

Perera to BB McCullum, 1 run, short and punched towards the deep cover for a single

15.5

Perera to Taylor, no run, waits for the short of length ball and punches it to point

15.6

Perera to Taylor, OUT, wide length ball, Taylor wanted to smash it towards the extra cover region but edges it straight to the keeper. Wild shot there by Taylor

LRPL Taylor c †Sangakkara b Perera 6 (18m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.29

End of over 16 (2 runs) New Zealand 62/3 (RR: 3.87)
     NLTC Perera    4-0-15-1
BB McCullum    26* (29b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-14-0

16.1

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, full and flighted, defended back to the bowler

16.2

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, more of the same again, defended back to the bowler

16.3

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, full and flighted, driven straight to cover

16.4

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, slower outside the off stump, driven to cover

16.5

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, closer to the off stump, slightly faster, and McCullum was caught on the crease. The inside edge goes towards short fine leg

16.6

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, pushed towards long off for a single

End of over 17 (1 run) New Zealand 63/3 (RR: 3.70)
BB McCullum    27* (35b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-15-0
KS Williamson    0* (0b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-15-1

17.1

Perera to BB McCullum, no run, short of length, McCullum wanted to punch it on the off side, but inside edges it back to the bowler

17.2

Perera to BB McCullum, 1 run, waits on the back foot and turns it to the deep square leg fielder

17.3

Perera to Williamson, no run, fuller length outside off, and Williamson lets it go

17.4

Perera to Williamson, no run, short of length, dabbed towards point but there is no chance of a run

17.5

Perera to Williamson, no run, short of length, gets up on Williamson, but is defended on the off side

17.6

Perera to Williamson, no run, fuller ball, driven without much power or timing to mid off

End of over 18 (1 run) New Zealand 64/3 (RR: 3.55)
KS Williamson    0* (4b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-16-1
BB McCullum    28* (37b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-15-0

18.1

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, flighted on the off, defended to covers

18.2

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, fuller and faster, again defended off the front foot

18.3

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, flighted on the middle stump line, defended straight down the pitch

18.4

Herath to BB McCullum, no run, on the middle and leg line, flicked straight to the square-leg fielder

18.5

Herath to BB McCullum, 1 run, waits on the back foot and punches it wide of long on for a single

18.6

Herath to Williamson, 1 wide, flatter and way outside the leg stump

18.6

Herath to Williamson, 1 run, flighted on the off stump, Williamson waits and punches it to deep extra cover to open his account

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 67/3 (RR: 3.52)
KS Williamson    1* (5b)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-18-0
BB McCullum    29* (42b 2x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    5-0-16-1

19.1

Malinga to Williamson, no run, length ball, Williamson leaves his bat hanging and it beats the outside edge.

19.2

Malinga to Williamson, 1 run, on the middle stump, hurrying the batsman with extra pace, takes the outside edge to third man

19.3

Malinga to BB McCullum, 1 run, length ball, pushed off the back foot to deep cover

19.4

Malinga to Williamson, no run, 113 kph, slower bouncer, and Williamson has all the time to duck under it

19.5

Malinga to Williamson, FOUR, length ball and punched off the back foot through the off side, runs between the cover and point fielder for a boundary

19.6

Malinga to Williamson, no run, short of length ball, on the off stump, defended off the back foot

End of over 20 (6 runs) New Zealand 73/3 (RR: 3.65)
KS Williamson    6* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-1-17-0
BB McCullum    30* (43b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-18-0

20.1

Herath to BB McCullum, OUT, McCullum charges at Herath after playing a number of dot balls off him, but the ball was flatter and it went flat off the bat, straight to Chandimal at long on.

BB McCullum c Chandimal b Herath 30 (54m 44b 2x4 1x6) SR: 68.18

Herath has been building the pressure after getting hit for a six in his first over. He has bowled 19 dots in this spell now. Franklin is the next man and a slip is in place for him.

20.2

Herath to Franklin, 1 run, full ball, driven towards long on

20.3

Herath to Williamson, 1 run, waits for a slow delivery and punches it off the back foot to deep cover

20.4

Herath to Franklin, 1 run, on the middle, turned towards the sweeper on the leg side, batsmen wanted two, but the fielder was quick to cut off the second.

20.5

Herath to Williamson, 1 run, on the pads, punched off the back foot towards deep square leg

The slip is off now.

20.6

Herath to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin waits for the ball on the back foot and opens the face to dab it towards short third man for a quick single

End of over 21 (5 runs) New Zealand 78/4 (RR: 3.71)
JEC Franklin    3* (3b)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-23-1
KS Williamson    8* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-1-17-0

21.1

Malinga to Franklin, 1 run, starts with a quick bouncer, Franklin gets behind it and pulls it towards deep square leg

21.2

Malinga to Williamson, 1 run, wide of off stump, guided to the third-man fielder easily

21.3

Malinga to Franklin, 1 leg bye, on the pads, and the batsmen call for a quick leg bye after the ball rolls on the leg side

21.4

Malinga to Williamson, 2 runs, full ball on the legs, timed towards deep midwicket for two

21.5

Malinga to Williamson, 1 run, short of length by Malinga, quick too, Williamson gets on top of the bounce and dabs it towards midwicket for a single

21.6

Malinga to Franklin, 1 run, full ball on the legs again, and Franklin flicks that to deep square leg easily. Malinga struggling with his line slightly, especially as he has got a slip in place for both batsmen

Drinks break.

End of over 22 (7 runs) New Zealand 85/4 (RR: 3.86)
JEC Franklin    5* (6b)      SL Malinga    5-1-23-0
KS Williamson    12* (15b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-23-1

Iraj: "In Silver Spring, Maryland. I've been up since 4:00 AM on a COLD (38 F) morning." Such is life of a cricket fan Iraj.

Mathews back into the attack.

22.1

Mathews to Franklin, 1 run, Length ball, takes outside edge to third man

22.2

Mathews to Williamson, 1 run, length ball on the off stump, Williamson sets off immediately after playing it towards mid on

22.3

Mathews to Franklin, 1 run, short of length, moving away, Franklin punches it towards deep cover off the back foot

Some drizzle now.

22.4

Mathews to Williamson, no run, short and quicker, Williamson ducks under the bouncer easily

22.5

Mathews to Williamson, 1 run, another short ball, Williamson pulls it to deep fine leg this time for a single

22.6

Mathews to Franklin, 1 leg bye, length ball on the legs, hits the pads and the batsmen run for a leg bye

The groundstaff are all up and ready as they sense some atmospheric activity

End of over 23 (5 runs) New Zealand 90/4 (RR: 3.91)
JEC Franklin    7* (9b)      AD Mathews    3-0-12-0
KS Williamson    14* (18b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-1-23-0

Jeevan Mendis to bowl his first over.

23.1

Mendis to Franklin, no run, outside off, and Franklin lets it go

23.2

Mendis to Franklin, no run, close, as Franklin waits on the back foot for a ball that turns in, takes the inside edge and rolls between his legs very close to the stumps.

23.3

Mendis to Franklin, 1 run, on the middle, punched towards deep midwicket

23.4

Mendis to Williamson, no run, flighted on the middle stump, defended back to the bowler

23.5

Mendis to Williamson, no run, flighted, draws Williamson forward who is not to the pitch, hits the bat and hits the pad. The inside edge saved him there

23.6

Mendis to Williamson, FOUR, short on the legs and is pulled easily to the deep square leg boundary

End of over 24 (5 runs) New Zealand 95/4 (RR: 3.95)
KS Williamson    18* (21b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-5-0
JEC Franklin    8* (12b)      AD Mathews    3-0-12-0

24.1

Mathews to Franklin, no run, length ball on the off, defended back to the bowler off the back foot

24.2

Mathews to Franklin, no run, fuller and wider off the stumps, Franklin doesn't take the bait and lets it go to the keeper

24.3

Mathews to Franklin, FOUR, fuller ball outside off, and Franklin doesn't come fully forward, the ball takes the outside edge and runs down to the third-man boundary

Slip in place now

24.4

Mathews to Franklin, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, punched to mid on for a single

24.5

Mathews to Williamson, no run, short of length, defended off the back foot

24.6

Mathews to Williamson, no run, fuller and on the off stump, solidly defended off the front foot

End of over 25 (5 runs) New Zealand 100/4 (RR: 4.00)
KS Williamson    18* (23b 2x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-17-0
JEC Franklin    13* (16b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-5-0

25.1

Mendis to Franklin, 1 run, full and flighted, driven to mid off, but the batsmen call early and complete the single

25.2

Mendis to Williamson, no run, flighted on the off stump, defended off the front foot to the left of Mendis

25.3

Mendis to Williamson, 1 run, flighted on the legs, Williamson takes a couple of steps and drives it to the right of mid on for a single

25.4

Mendis to Franklin, no run, flighted on the pads, and Franklin defends it back to the bowler

25.5

Mendis to Franklin, no run, flighted outside off, and Franklin drives it powerfully but straight to extra cover

25.6

Mendis to Franklin, no run, flatter outside off, Franklin waits and dabs it to short third man, wants to take a single, but Williamson turns him down.

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 102/4 (RR: 3.92)
JEC Franklin    14* (20b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-7-0
KS Williamson    19* (25b 2x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-17-0

26.1

Mathews to Williamson, no run, more of the back foot defence to a length ball

26.2

Mathews to Williamson, 1 run, full on the legs and that is flicked towards deep square leg. Had he left it, that would have been a wide.

26.3

Mathews to Franklin, no run, length ball, comes into the left-hander, but Franklin lets it go. Not too far from the off stump

26.4

Mathews to Franklin, no run, similar ball, but defended back to the bowler off the front foot this time

26.5

Mathews to Franklin, no run, length ball outside off, played off the back foot straight to point

26.6

Mathews to Franklin, no run, slower length ball, invites the front foot defence again

End of over 27 (1 run) New Zealand 103/4 (RR: 3.81)
JEC Franklin    14* (24b 1x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-18-0
KS Williamson    20* (27b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-7-0

James: "Ahh the Williamson factor... gets off to 12 off fifteen, quicker than the total top three begins, rotates the strike and hits a boundary. All in all the perfect partner for a batter with a higher strike rate. Considering the strategy of batting slow at the start and exploding at the end, I can't fathom why he doesn't come in at three and McCullum at 5."

27.1

Mendis to Williamson, 1 run, flighted outside off stump, Williamson charges and drives it to long off for a single

27.2

Mendis to Franklin, no run, 71.9 mph, googly by Mendis, defended back to the bowler

27.3

Mendis to Franklin, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to mid on for a single

27.4

Mendis to Williamson, OUT, 79.8 mph, it is the googly again, flighted outside off, Williamson wanted to drive it to the cover region and is beaten by the flight, the ball, to his horror, then spins in and hits the top of middle and leg.

KS Williamson b Mendis 21 (50m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.41

Slip in place.

27.5

Mendis to NL McCullum, OUT, it is two in two now, another googly to bamboozle Nathan McCullum. Flighted outside off and McCullum goes forward for a poke, the ball turns in to him and hits the off stump.

NL McCullum b Mendis 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Two excellent googlies to get two wickets from Mendis. He is on a hat-trick now. Andrew Ellis comes in. A leg slip in place too along with a slip

27.6

Mendis to Ellis, no run, full and flighted, fuller than what he would have likes, Ellis plants his front foot and defends it back to the bowler. Hat-trick averted.

End of over 28 (2 runs) New Zealand 105/6 (RR: 3.75)
AM Ellis    0* (1b)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-9-2
JEC Franklin    15* (26b 1x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-18-0

Rain getting heavier in Hambantota but the players are carrying on for now

28.1

Mathews to Franklin, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot

28.2

Mathews to Franklin, no run, fuller, outside off, Franklin lets it go through to the keeper

28.3

Mathews to Franklin, no run, short ball, Franklin wanted to guide it over slips, but pulls his bat in at the last moment

28.4

Mathews to Franklin, no run, length ball outside off, played to point

Groundstaff is all set and waiting for a signal

28.5

Mathews to Franklin, 1 run, fuller ball on the off, takes and inside edge and goes towards deep midwicket

28.6

Mathews to Ellis, no run, short of length, outside off, defended to the off side

End of over 29 (1 run) New Zealand 106/6 (RR: 3.65)
AM Ellis    0* (2b)      AD Mathews    6-0-19-0
JEC Franklin    16* (31b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-9-2

29.1

Mendis to Franklin, 1 run, another googly, pitches outside leg and takes outside edge from Franklin's bat to head towards short third man where a misfield allows a single

It has been drizzling for 10 mins now.

29.2

Mendis to Ellis, OUT, flighted on the middle, Ellis goes for a sweep and misses the ball completely as it hits him in front of middle and off. Easy decision for the umpire there. The ball didn't turn as struck the batsman on the full.

AM Ellis lbw b Mendis 0 (9m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Three in five balls for Mendis. But covers have been called on as the drizzle has got heavier. Franklin is arguing with the umpire, Ian Gould, as it has been drizzling for the last 10 mins, but the covers are now on

8.50 pm The covers are off completely and NZ batsmen are walking out to the centre.

"It means NZ innings is almost ended or they will have maximum of 2-3 overs," true Karnain, but we will get the official line on that soon. We are still at least 30 mins from a restart.

"But you never know with the Sri Lankan ground staff, they are the best in the world," yes Daniel, I am sure they will get the ground ready faster this time. Apparently, there wasn't as much water on the covers as last time.

8.15 pm More new from Roshan - the groundstaff are making their way out and hopefully we will get a restart soon. The cut-off time for the match, by the way, is 11.15 pm and to complete a 20 over innings, it needs to start by 9.45 pm at the latest. It takes approximately an hour to get the ground ready, so that means that if there is another break, that could be the end of the contest.

8.00 pm We are still getting news that it hasn't stopped raining, so it might be a while before we get going, if at all. TV commentator Roshan Abeysinghe has meanwhile tweeted that it has stopped raining, but the covers are staying on.

7.40 pm It's still drizzling in Hambantota and judging by how long it took earlier to get the covers off, we can safely say that there is still some time before this game restarts. We will pass on the updates as and when they come.

7.10 pm Massive covers have started covering the entire ground as the rain is getting heavier.

29.3

Mendis to Southee, 1 wide, very wide down the leg side

It's a 32 over game now.

29.3

Mendis to Southee, no run, slow and flighted, Southee wanted to launch it over midwicket, makes no connection

29.4

Mendis to Southee, 1 run, down the track to a ball on off stump, hits it towards deep midwicket from the inside half of his bat

29.5

Mendis to Franklin, 2 runs, flighted on the left stump, Franklin takes a couple of steps and plays it to deep midwicket for a couple

29.6

Mendis to Franklin, 1 run, steps out again and drives it to wide long on to keep the strike

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 112/7 (RR: 3.73)
JEC Franklin    20* (34b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-15-3
TG Southee    1* (2b)      AD Mathews    6-0-19-0

Last two overs for NZ. Can they make them count? Malinga back into the attack. He has bowled just five. No. Last minute change. It is Kulasekara to bowl.

30.1

Kulasekara to Franklin, 1 run, short of length, turned towards deep midwicket for a single

30.2

Kulasekara to Southee, 2 runs, short of length, and Southee is dropped at the deep midwicket boundary by Tharanga. Went straight to him and it popped out.

30.3

Kulasekara to Southee, no run, wide yorker, as Southee makes room and finds the ball out of his reach

30.4

Kulasekara to Southee, 1 run, full and Southee can't get it away, goes as far as mid on

30.5

Kulasekara to Franklin, no run, now another wide yorker to the left-hander, Franklin makes room and the ball is too far from him, misses it completely

30.6

Kulasekara to Franklin, OUT, full and straight yorker, Franklin walked across and wanted to guide it towards fine leg, misses it and that was hitting the middle stump

JEC Franklin lbw b Kulasekara 21 (48m 37b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.75

End of over 31 (4 runs) New Zealand 116/8 (RR: 3.74)
     KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-17-2
TG Southee    4* (5b)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-15-3

Last over will be bowled by Malinga, and it is NZ's only remaining Powerplay over.

31.1

Malinga to Southee, 2 runs, slower ball, on the legs and Southee gets lucky as it lands in between the long on fielder and the midwicket, he gets back for two

Fine leg is up for Malinga

31.2

Malinga to Southee, no run, slower ball on length, the ball arrives after Southee's swing is over, completely beaten

31.3

Malinga to Southee, 1 run, third slower ball in a row, Southee wanted to hit it towards the leg side but manages a leading edge that goes to third man

31.4

Malinga to Milne, 2 runs, another slower ball, and Milne manages to chip it over the infield on the off side, first runs for Milne in ODI cricket

31.5

Malinga to Milne, FOUR, full and straight this time, but slightly off target as Milne gets his bat down and squeezes it past point for a boundary

31.6

Malinga to Milne, SIX, slower ball, but Milne gets under it and finishes the innings in style, sending the ball clear of the long on boundary, and it is not a short boundary. That was a good final blow by the 20 year old

Tair Jamil: "Do you realise how incredibly painful and draining it is following these stop start games?" I am sure they are hardest on the groundstaff.

So Mahela Jayawardene's reasons for choosing to field seem to have worked. NZ took long to get any momentum in their innings and were struggling when the rains came with a run-rate of less than four. Although, they managed 15 runs in the last over off Malinga, the required rate for Sri Lanka will still under four and unless there is another rain break, Sri Lanka would back themselves to finish this off easily.

End of over 32 (15 runs) New Zealand 131/8 (RR: 4.09)
AF Milne    12* (3b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    6-1-38-0
TG Southee    7* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-17-2
Series Results
Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Hambantota - Nov 12, 2012
No result
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Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 34 balls remaining) (D/L method)
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Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining) (D/L method)
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Sri Lanka won by 14 runs (D/L method)
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Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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Nov 10, 2012

Dinesh Chandimal tucks a delivery away towards the leg side, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Hambantota, November 10, 2012

Dinesh Chandimal tucks a delivery away towards the leg side

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Nov 10, 2012

Kumar Sangakkara plays towards the off side, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Hambantota, November 10, 2012

Kumar Sangakkara plays towards the off side

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