Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Hambantota

Latham, Ronchi power incredible NZ chase

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

November 12, 2013

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New Zealand 203 for 6 (Latham 86, Ronchi 49) beat Sri Lanka 138 for 1 (Sangakkara 71*, Dilshan 55*) by four wickets (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tom Latham looks to get in position, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Hambantota, November 12, 2013
Tom Latham smacked 12 fours and a six in his maiden ODI fifty © AFP

Before this match, 21-year-old Tom Latham had boasted that even this depleted New Zealand side backed themselves to chase tall scores against Sri Lanka. Striking a scintillating career-best 86 off 68 deliveries, Latham proved that threat was not just bluster, as he carried the visitors most of the distance of their 8.6-an-over, rain-shortened chase before an ebullient Nathan McCullum pulled the match from the brink again, plundering the required 20 off the final over to propel New Zealand beyond the target of 198 off the last ball. Along the way, Luke Ronchi hit his best score for New Zealand, making 49 in the belligerent 93-run partnership with Latham that resurrected the innings, after four wickets had fallen early.

The match had earlier been interrupted for five-and-a-half hours by rain and lightning, as Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan progressed effortlessly to a 126-run unbroken second-wicket stand. But, despite reaching a fine total, and a brilliant opening burst from Nuwan Kulasekara, Sri Lanka's bowlers could not contend with a wet ball or the battling opposition batsmen.

The chase took two major twists in the final overs, as Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, gambled bravely but lost out backing Rangana Herath to hold his nerve. Latham and Ronchi had smote 69 between the 15th and 19th overs and had brought the required figure to a manageable 41 from four overs, sparking Mathews' risky play. His two ace bowlers, Lasith Malinga and Kulasekara, had three overs left to bowl between them, and he called for them immediately, tasting great success at first. Malinga's fourth over - the 20th of the match - cost only four, before Kulasekara removed both Latham and Ronchi in the 21st, seemingly swinging the match definitively in Sri Lanka's favour.

But Mathews did not bank on McCullum hitting out so cleanly. With 24 needed off the last seven balls, he smashed Malinga back over his head to bring the equation to 20 off the last over. When McCullum came on strike against Herath, New Zealand needed 17 off four deliveries. He backed away to hammer the bowler over the deep cover boundary first up, then beat the field with a similar ball, bringing the target to seven runs from two balls. A second back-away six, this time over long off tied the scores, before a battered Herath delivered a knee-high full toss for McCullum to launch over long on off the last ball. At the end of the match, McCullum had walloped 32 from 9.

Earlier, Latham batted with intensity and purpose from the outset, and even early on, there was no doubting his touch. Kulasekara had earned two wickets at the other end with balls that swerved late in the air, then darted in at occasionally unplayable angles, but when he swung it big into Latham in the fourth over, the batsman strode into a commanding cover drive.

New Zealand were short on the belligerence that would truly have seen them set the chase on course during the mandatory five-over Powerplay, but Latham shifted gears - most notably hitting Tillakaratne Dilshan for three consecutive boundaries in the eighth over - and soon found equally full of self-belief in Ronchi.

The pair found boundaries all around the ground during their five-over dash between the 15th and 19th overs, while Mathews continued to change the field, searching desperately for the right hole to plug. Like a bad game of Whac-A-Mole, though, every time he moved a fielder, the batsmen would contrive a stroke in the newly vacant direction. The disadvantage for Sri Lanka's bowlers was double: the wet ball not only slipped from their hands, the field had become much quicker after the break, thanks to the lubricating layer of rain.

Sri Lanka would feel they could have done little better with the bat, given they only lost one wicket in their innings, as Sangakkara and Dilshan reached their second century stand in as many matches. No ODI pair has made more runs together in the last two years, and following this association, their last five partnerships are worth 542 runs.

Dilshan played and missed a few in the opening overs, but New Zealand could do little to trouble either batsman after that. The pair have now become so accustomed to the cadence of the other's batting, that each seems instinctively aware of when to lionise the strike and when to surrender it. The visitors' attack exerted so little pressure in this match however, perhaps those sorts of decisions didn't even need to be made.

Sangakkara proved once again in superior touch, as he aggressed in the 14 balls Sri Lanka were allotted after the rain break, primarily through his new-fangled lap-scoop over short fine leg. He breezed to an unbeaten 71 from 59 by the innings' close as Dilshan hit 55 not out from 72 balls.

Before the series, Sri Lanka's chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya had suggested New Zealand should not have devalued the series by sending a second-string outfit, but both he and the hosts' management will now be concerned with how to salvage respectability in Dambulla, and they will hope that the rains allow a match there.

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Posted by ph_younus on (November 14, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

A bad worker always quarrel with his tools........BD dont care about who is saying what. talk with data not tongue. U lost cuz u didnt play well and u win cuz u played well thats it. Be sporty guys.

Posted by SL_rockz on (November 14, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Then about ODI's

Kohli at present has achieved a great success in this format than tests.Number one in rankings and career best of 869 points.Sanga lies on 3rd place .Kohli has taken nearly 5000 runs upto date and counting.Let him go on this pace and one day he will end up in all time highest run takers.But it is still a 'may'. Lets wait and see .But sanga has already proven the fact and with just 52 runs short of becoming the ONLY 4 th PLAYER in the history of game to reach 12000 runs.He is not stopping and will count in more .Avg of 40's after 13 years of playing and after 356 matches is not a easy task.He is the wicket keeper batsmen to have most runs in all 3 formats over taking Glichrist.Kohli will come close and may go beyond sanga's stats in ODI's but he will never be close to what he has achieved in both formats.Coz Sanga is doing great and have done great in both formats equally .That is why he was rated one of the best all time great batsman in cricket.

Posted by SL_rockz on (November 14, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

Sanga Has 34 centuries in just 117 tests and he will definitely stop in between sachin and kallis making him unreachable for many years to come.Double century wise he got 8 double centuries and only lara(9) and Bradmon (12) is in front of him and no one in near future will challenge that too.Sanga was out two times in 190's (Umpire gave him out when he was not out in 192 in australia )and stranded in 199 not out once.If not he will be joining Sir Don Bradmon now.Nevertheless he still has nearly 4 years to achieve many mile stones and set records in tests that no one will be able to catch for a long period of time.Wisdom test player of the awards and the speech of honor offered 2 him in Australia are some evidences of his success as a test player .He has already by stats and by character proven that he is a legend and great ambassador to this game of cricket.Kohli has time to catch up all this but still he is nowhere near this man's achievements.

Posted by sanga2020 on (November 14, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

The main reason for SL to lose this game is that they picked the wrong team. Tisara Perera should be in the team. Rediculos team selection. SL fans should not worry about all these negative comments from Indian fans. Indian fans should be concern about their bowling attack. 2015 WC will be totally different. You will not get flat tracks & small grounds in Australia.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (November 14, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

@ jalebi_bai: Please kindly read the comment carefully. I was referring to a Sri Lankan guy saying Sri Lankan players should learn from Kohli. It was one of the worst things Sri Lankans ever did, and I have no mindset of accepting it. They should have never done that. It was totally wrong.

Posted by srikks on (November 13, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Blade-walker, You said this is a sporting ticket...LoL... In so called "sporting wicket", its so pity that your bowlers can't even defend 200 on 23 overs! Then imagine their plight on other wickets.. Grow up buddy...Good team should always accept the defeat gracefully...

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

@Chilaw_boy: in a 23 overs game, no bowler can bowl 6 overs.. maximum 3 bowlers can bowl 5 overs and 2 bowlers can bowl 4 overs...cant blame mathews for that!!!

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 13, 2013, 18:45 GMT)


You are not even able to see the main point here and are trying to hide behind your lack of knowledge of this game.

#1: Most teams will feel comfortable if asked to chase 176 in 26 overs.

#2: On the other hand, 198 in 23 overs in by no means an 'easy' target whether on its own or when compared to 320 in 50 overs. If you say chasing 198 was an easy task for NZ then you don't know the ABC of cricket.

SL couldn't handle the pressure of the much easier #1 while NZ managed to handle a tougher #2.

If your excuse is that SL were asked to chase 176 on a tougher wicket then it means that even for simpler run chases SL need FLAT TRACKS to win else they can't.

On the other hand, India chased 321 in 37 overs vs SL in Hobart & India also chased 344 vs SL in Eng after recovering from a very poor start. NZ too recovered from a poor start to win.

I agree that other teams go through similar periods & SL too are going through such a period. Sadly, it is gonna be an eon from now on.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

@harmony 111 @lanka fans hates kohli specially that isn't due to his arrogant behaviour they hates because :p do u know what i mean beause he lonely thrashed them check who is king in making flat decks colomo ,GALLE so they cant win also flat decks so they are flat track mediocre and plz tel your sanga, dilll ,mahela( legends greater then bradman ,sachin ,richards, lara, ponting, dravid) plz win something atleast when they retired you and they can say atleast we have won something :p

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Respect to both teams, but why do you guys repeatedly drag BD into all this ? And since a lot of you from SL are bashing BD, if I remember correctly, last time SL, BD met, BD beat SL + India and went to the finals of the Asia Cup. BD also won the last ODI series vs WI as well. So it wasn't just the last ODI series that BD won (vs NZ). Our team has been doing a lot more and it's under rated ... so please save the insults and manner up. The reason why SL lost was because NZ played better cricket - pure and simple - save the lectures on which team is better or not after the series has finished. At the time when SL won the world cup this team was my favorite at one point, it's pathetic to see such comments from it's fans.

Posted by SL_Boy on (November 13, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

this was an excellent match ... but this was Mathive's poor judgment … 3 bowlers can finish 6 overs in this match … but none get to finish also Kula got 2 wickets in the last over, why did not finish him. Weather is not an excuse … if spinners cant grab the boll middle of the inning how can he finish last over.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (November 13, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

@jalebi_bai: Oh u reminded every1 of the suraj randiv incident, it was the height, really.. Showing the finger maybe arrogant but doing that, no wonder it came from a SL player.

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 13, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Its ridiculous to people jumping over SL for this one loss against NZ. You guys need to check the recent record between SL and NZ(the last 10 matches) and see who is better amongst these two. Where were these experts when we defeated SA 4-1. We drew ODI series in Aus 2-2 and on the other hand WI got thrashed for 5-0 in AUS. But sill these experts say WI are better than

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT)


Awesome reply to Prabhash1985. And we Indians are not even talking about what happened during the toss of the WC2011 Final.

I sometimes wonder what exactly has Kohli done wrong? He simply gives it back to anyone who messes with him. How is this wrong?

Posted by SILVERSANGA on (November 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Harmony111 No the point is this

In WI, India were 119/3 in 30 and sort of struggling Yesterday SL were 138/1 in 23 and well set to attack

I'm not gonna complain about D/L anymore. All I say is it's delusional to call SL is even worst than Bangladesh for a single loss that happened under the circumstances I mentioned

I see it as living in a fantasy world. SL is still well capable of defeating anyone on any given day and deep down inside everyone knows it! Yes we are not the best. In ODIs we are among the top 4. In tests we are average but still better than Ban, NZ, WI and perhaps Pakistan.

Do you know that there was a time where India were too ranked at #7 or #8 in tests? Who would have thought they'd grab #1 spot at that time? Teams go though such periods..

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 13, 2013, 16:56 GMT)


By your own admission when SL were asked to chase 176 in 26 overs, which is not even 7 RPO, SL could not even stand up to it for a min. Remember they were bowled out for 96 by India.

Yesterday, when NZ were asked to chase 198 in 23 overs, which is more than 8.5 RPO, they did it. It does not matter if they did it on the final ball.

NZ tackled a far more stiff target while SL couldn't even score 100 runs. In that match, India were 119/3 when their innings was curtailed and they were playing for 50 overs. On that same pitch, with a clear target in sight & a target that was quite simple, SL could not even score what India scored in normal play-mode.

Can you not see the huge difference between SL & NZ here?

To give you one more example, India scored in 37 overs what SL scored in 50 overs when they were in a challenging situation.

The bottom line is that SL can't chase moderate totals & can't defend even monster totals.

Posted by jalebi_bai on (November 13, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

@Prabhash1985 so according to you if a young 23yr old kid does something wrong you will have "no respect" for him. then what about 30+ yr old highly experienced professionals dilshan, mahela and randiv for what they did to deny sehwag a century last time india was there?

Posted by SILVERSANGA on (November 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT)


Ban def. Nz. NZ def SL SL def SA

And India will play SA soon! If India loses there they will be the worst team in the world according to the theory of some Indian fans here!

I found it ridiculous to see people jump over SL for a single ODI loss. And that too was in a last ball and a rain effected/DL game. I mean face it. SL were 138/1 in 23 and well set to score 300 easily. (more likely 320+). But the DL reversed target turned this in to a T20 extravaganza which favored NZ which has many sloggers/pinch hitters. Some brought the SL India game at WI but don't forget that India were just 119/3 in 30 where SL was asked to chase 176 from 26. India were set to score 230/240. Even if they batted their hearts out it wouldn't have been more than 260.

But here SL were 138/1 at runner ball with 2 set batsmen.

Remember that last time NZ toured here they got thrashed by SL. Not to forget that NZ won the last T20 series against India in India!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (November 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Blade-Runner: NZ has played amazingly by beating SL. wait.. NZ has lost to Bangladesh and SL has lost to NZ, that means SL is definitely going to loose to Bangladesh.. lol.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (November 13, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

@GeraldCalt had McCullum been playing Lanka would have lost in 15 overs. NZ rookies have given such a thrashing to the high flying lankans, just imagine how bad it would have been with the rodeo champ McCullum. Sangakkara will do well to take a leaf out of McCullum's book on how to actually win games for the country instead of just accumulating meaningless runs in home prepared pitches.

Posted by cjscanada on (November 13, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Congrats and well played NZ. I like the way the youngsters are coming to the fore. Neesham has a bright future. Nathan had one of those rare days. I do not think the SL's has no talent but they do need Angello the player and captaincy may just weigh him down. Also feel Kusal and Thissera should be given a long spell to realize ad develop their potential. Trying Chandimal as captain and moving him up the order will inspire him. Forget Herath's spell as this can happen to anyone and he is a good bowler. Kulasekara has matured a lot and Malinga has that fear factor for oppositions. Also Congrats to BD. They look like a potent force at home and their young talents are coming good. This bodes well for them. Pak unfortunately do not have a cohesive unit but talent is in abundance. Though I like Misbah but I feel with their character you need an inspirational leader. Would love the Asian's to be strong and united. India is doing well and if they do well in SA they will be a top force.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 13, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

SL have a bankrupt board, an aging team & there is little talent coming up yet their fans behave as if they are World Champs.

Even among their so called biog names, the so called legends, Mahela has a really ordinary ODI record, Angelo is a bit and pieces of an all-rounder and a really poor captain, Dilshan has done well only in the last few years else he too was an ordinary player. Sanga is the only one who has a decent record but compared to the top players of other countries he too is way short of those levels.

In this team the only player who would be envied by other teams is Malinga. Day in and day out he does a top job for his team. Yet he is the one who is cursed the most by the SL fans. He has been accused of deliberately being below par against India cos he plays in the IPL as if ...

With this kind of attitude that SL fans have for their only truly world class player, no wonder their team is getting worse day by day.

I bet BD would thrash SL by an innings in ODIs. :-p

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

may be Thisara will get a opportunity in the nxt match... Just let him open the batting with Dili... May b give another chance to Dimuth in the middle order..

Both Dili and Sana started in lower batting order.. So Thisara may be the next player to suit that spot..

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (November 13, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

@sachinisawesome: Your name is "Sachin is awesome", and he really is. He is awesome. What I mean is, Kohli is talented, but he is not a perfect example to learn from him, referring to one of the Sri Lankan comment.

You have no idea how much we Sri Lankans love Sachin. But, recently, we have no respect to some youngsters. Kohli is among them. He is talented. But as I said, talent comes second. Discipline comes first. I don't mean being a robot. But, there are certain standards, and certain ways to deal with things. That's the cricketing culture. Don't you agree on it mate?

Thanks for commenting. Don't take it harsh. Even if you refuse in front of a foreign community, (which you can do for sure, country's pride comes first), I think it will be a problem if you just let it go. See how he addressed Mumbai crowd, booing at him, when playing for IPL. It is ok. But showing a finger?

If people start thinking Kohli is the right person to become, I think it's the end of our beloved culture.

Posted by coolitbaby on (November 13, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

sri lanka receiving one heck of a hammering again. i am positive that afghanistan can hammer sri lanka anytime anyplace. high time icc starts looking at giving the afghans one day status instead of continuing with sri lanka

Posted by geminianrahul on (November 13, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Awesome performance by the Kiwi top order batsman Latham and the lower order. Its disheartening to see the middle order not make any contribution at all. 1,0,7,15 are no contributions at all. I strongly feel the Kiwi limited overs team should persist with Latham and Guptill to open the innings with Hamish Rutherford coming one down followed by Rosco, Jesse and BMac. Ronchi can be the stand by keeper if BMac wants to relieve himself from the keeping duties. This makes a really good limited overs top order for me for WC 2015. NZ have always been the black horses and I hope they pull this WC with allrounders like McNath, Franklin and capable hitters like Southee, Mills and not to forget the allround talent they have in Bracewell and Grant Elliot. This NZ side has a lot of talented players and what they need is to believe in themselves and get their act together. Another good move by NZ cric board making Kyle Mills the captain of this inexperienced side and honouring him for his services.

Posted by Go_Lions_Go on (November 13, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Sri Lanka will win the next match definitely.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

well played tom latham i always hear people saying he is a batsman that has a large array of shots i always waited anxiously for him to prove that point and he proved it today well played ronchi good innings you set the momentum well nathan mccullum lolll i wonder if it was brendon playing in nathans jersey joke nathan can hit the ball well

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

One more, last over turnaround! Confirming cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties!

Posted by PACERONE on (November 13, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

How many jobs does Sanath have? Politician,commentator,selector and player.How can he do a good job at all.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

BD is 82 NZ is 83 WI is 89 and ZIm is 55 in ICC point ranking which shows where Bangla is in ODIs and it is not disgraceful for NZ to loose against BD as BD is strong in its own soil beaten WI, NZ, Eng, Ind and SL in its own soil. NZ is still very strong and recently beaten might SAF and Eng. Best wishes NZ. I also feel bad for SL as after BD, SL is my next team.

Posted by GeraldCalt on (November 13, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

If NZ win the next one, that's a Series win against SL. Brendon McCullum hasn't managed a single win against Bangladesh.... just sayin'

Posted by Iceman29 on (November 13, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

Iceman29: sorry, i meant Kohli shouldn't be doing that to the Audience...

Posted by TSJ07 on (November 13, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

continued.........1st pick the right talented player and then Give longer run to him. I'm quite happy that we selectors like Sandeep Patil,Roger Binny who are very honest.The only weak link we have in ODI is Raina who can give way to Tiwary who scored a ton in his last match but never there

Posted by TSJ07 on (November 13, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

He was given chance, I guess against SL,when few senior playrers choose to rest and he grabbed the oppertunity with all the hands he possessed. Infact we ousted Harbhajan and we found Ashwin,,Rohit/Dhawan for Sehwag/Gautam. Even beofre also we found Dravid and Ganguly in ENG when Sidhu walked out and Manjreker retired. Zaheer gave way to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. So what we mean is that if the likes of Sanga,,Mehla,Dilshan can sit out of series against NZ/BD they will only serve SL cricket in longer run.Young player will feel more responsible and may deliver but having seen the slide of SL cricket over the last couple of years its very likely they have any solution in the next five years.Pak has no dearth of talent but they have to stop playing musical chairs game with their batsmen,every series has 2-3 new batsmen.

Posted by TSJ07 on (November 13, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Posted by Ramansilva on (November 12, 2013, 10:59 GMT) @DINITH85, I do agree with you mate. Every time Sanga, Mahela and Dilli play and score the complains about seniors not giving chances to young ones and crying about the future of SL cricket come from Indian fans. Why do they care so much. They have 1000s of players from all over India to worry about. SL has a limited talent base and SLC should field the best 11 irrespective of their status in the squad. If India can field Sachin for so long why not SL field Sanga or Mahela as long as they do their job.

@Raman/DINITH:- Well...why we Indian fans are saying this coz we had the same strategy of resting few senior players(when they were at the end of their career) from few matches or series.VVX was not played in ODI after 05-06,Ganguly after 07,Dravid after 09-10 i guess.Even Sachin hardly played after WC11 and before too he would miss ODI series against weaker sides.Most of non-Indian fans do not know but this is how Kohli was found.

Posted by Iceman29 on (November 13, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

@Prabhash1985: Agree with you on Harbhajan.....but dont fully agree about Kohli...Kohli is young and yes he is hot headed...I saw an incident in TV when i was watching IPL, one of the audience in stadium was saying somthing to Kohli when he was walking towards the dressing room and Kohli stopped and yelled at that guy and went a player you should be doing that to the audience....On field he just returns the favour...example the Shane watson incident which is fine for me as far am concerned...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 13, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Congrats to NZ. What a shame for SL. This is a very good win for NZ because of few reasons. First they lost to a bottom level team like BD just before this series. So, an average team like SL considered as a tough opponents for them. Secondly, SL played with all seniors but still failed.

Posted by vinodkd99 on (November 13, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

I would like to hear from Lankan fans who were commenting about DL method after their team was supposed to chase a bigger score against India in Carribean 3 months back in a particular match on account of interruptions. Now similar thing happened here also in opposite direction. That day Lankans were bundled for less than 100 and here Kiwis scored 65 more than what Lankans did in mere 23 overs. Any Comments about DL from Lankan fans today?

Posted by SriLionKing on (November 13, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

It was Bad luck for SL.. I hope they'll win next one..1st Mathews thought that 2nd odi will be the blue-print of 1st odi,deferance was in this match rain came early.. Then mey be,he thought to get some bating practice with kiwi bwlrs.. But don't compare Ind team with sl team plz stop that's too early to do..just wait n watch!good luck sl!

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

congratulation NZ..............from Bangladesh

Posted by cricketkaguruno1 on (November 13, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

great performance by newzealand they really learn very well from their last bangladesh worst nightmare and thts what really boost their morale for the next odi

Posted by android_user on (November 13, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

17 off 4 balls.Who would have thought NZ could chase 200 in a mere 23 overs????? Well done NZ :-).

Posted by Habi on (November 13, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

IMO NZ played better and won. Mathews tried best to utilize Mali / Kula and it paid off. Its just both that Herath bowled poorly and Nathan connected well. Guys the par score NZ to make was based on assumption that if SL batted as if its 23 overs game they would have scored 197. Hence no prob. with it. SL should have played Kaushal (opener) and promoted either of Thri / Chandi to gain exposure. In all of SL matches if big 3 are playing upfront and letting the others to just hit out in death overs how can they improve. Also SL should regularly play Thisara and he could have made big difference y'day. Guys forget about pitch conditions etc. its about the new ICC rules and T20s resulting in hammering of bowlers. It will take some talent and guts to chase 300+ or 6+ RR irrespective of the opponent/pitch condition/venue etc and only cool headed batters will chase it. Hence SL should groom youngsters when big 3 are still playing else they will start losing even in home as Murali/Vaas retired

Posted by CrICkeeet on (November 13, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

NZ cricket Matches mean DRAMA now.... After badly losing the test series against SA, Then won the odi series, drawn with england 0-0 including a dramatic draw 4 d last wicket prtnrship (matt prior did a gr8 job), then Gazi; the man suddenly gave life 2 a dead match nd build world record (100+Hattrick+5 wicket haul), then hossain made a hattrick.. now despite a poor start, managed an amazing victory... ow ow ow... they mayb stealing the 'unpredictable' tag 4m pakistan where pak bcoms so predictable (they'r losing)

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 13, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

@ Prabhash1985 Well I can sense alot of arrogance from you as well but u being somebody commenting and judging its allowed for you isn't it. I don't recall an incident where he is misbehaving with other cricketers really. He is very aggressive but most of the times he lets his emotions out. But that doesn't mean he is arrogant. Please find me one interview where he has insulted any cricketing nation or any cricketer. Its just people need somebody to vent their frustration on becoz of their shortcomings.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

What a fantastic result, how they needed to score 203 in the time that SL scored only 138 baffles me however.

Posted by Haleos on (November 13, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Well done NZ. Way to go. Neways SL team is highly overrated nowadays. The bowling department is similar to India.

Posted by pitch_curator on (November 13, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

I think SriLanka should thrust their youngsters in positions where they are forced to take more responsibility. No use playing a young batsman at #7 or # 6 position where he will never to be able to build an innings. Since the first class structure of SL is not so great the gap between international and first class cricket of SL is too big and the youngsters graduating need a lot more time to adapt. Playing them so low in the batting order and making them bowl in the middle overs will not help them much. I am actually surprised why Sanga, Dilshani and Jayawardene are playing this series. When the chief of selectors says that the visting team is a B grade team then why is he playing his best XI with world cup in a years time? Does this betray a lack of confidence in his young players or does this mean SL do not have any players coming up at all? Cant believe Thirimanne and Chandimal are still work in progress after waht they did in CA series two years back. Poor planning !!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (November 13, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

@Charindra Chandrasena : Appreciate your thinking, mate. But, I'm not with you.

The first thing in any sport is, descipline. Even Kohli is the greatest batsman at the moment, he is not even good enough for me, than an arrogant player in school cricket.

But, I do respect Sachin, Dhoni, etc. Talent, skill, they are of course important, but it comes definitely after respect to people, descipline.

I don't want to even think about Kohli. It's the same thought with Harbajan.

But I do respect the great people, and their talent.

There is an idiom in our culture. If you have a big pot of milk, and you put even a small piece of cow dung, it's not drinkable.

Same thing with Kohli I guess.

Sorry to be harsh at Indians, but I do know, many Indians feel the same.

It is nothing to harass your country. Same thing with some Sri Lankan players, too.

Posted by stormy16 on (November 13, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

NZ were brilliant and SL must be wondering when their youngsters have a similar impact on a game! NZ were simply amazing and I must say after they lost Ronchi and Latham in the same over the game was done and dusted. You cant ask for more than asking your experienced had to defend 20 in the last over against the lower order but McCalum was simply too good. If the shudders wasn't felt in the last Bangladesh tour, SL should be feeling it now. Yes they did beat an undercooked SA in-between, but both Bangladesh and an under powered NZ have found SL wanting and SL doesn't really appear to have any answers other than hope the senior guys win the game.

Posted by Srini_Indian on (November 13, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

This is so good. NZ C team hammered full strength SL in their own den. Herath was absolutely clueless when NZ gone berserk. As usual, Matthews looked hopeless with his captaincy. Go NZ, win the series 2-0!

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

If I was a SL fan I would be really worried and scared about my team's future now.

A Pak fan too should be worried but they have no lack of talent in their team. Their main problem is that their talent is not being groomed well. In the recent ODI series vs SA there was one new batsman named Tauseef or Taufeek who is absolutely amazing. Some of the shots he played had so much authority that I became his fan in 5 mins. Pak have really talented players like Junaid Khan, Ajmal, Afridi, Umar Akaml, Jamshed & they have others who can be really good support players such as Irfan & Hafeez.

The day politics stops interfering in Pak Cricket they will be a top side once again & I would be happy to see that.

Bangladesh have improved tremendously in the last 3-4 years and are no longer minnows. They can defeat any team now, no doubt Ind, SL & NZ know this well.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Exactly what Mathews did when he captained the PW in the IPL 2013... lost the plot :)

Posted by bdsmaruf on (November 13, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

I am sure, it was brendon in Nathan's jersy............

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

cricket is a really funny game ... just checked what happened with nz withing last 1 month

Posted by Solid_Snake on (November 13, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

How did NZ win?It's a big achievement..I stopped watching the match when Ronchi got out.At that point i thought that the game was over & SL would win..NZ really did something unbelievable..Great job

Posted by android_user on (November 13, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

@indiancookguy, mate please give proper respect to a country. the name is Bangladesh and nit bangla. And secondly if you are happy saying us minnows and feel proud if yourself , then good for you.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (November 13, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

When Nzl defeated us with last ball six, I thought where we went wrong. Poor Batting, Worst Bowling, Fielding, wet conditions to grip the ball, bad strategies, 3 legends, Captaincy?? Nothing at all of these. It's about only administrators who arranged this series at a venue & time vulnerable to rainy season. How could you ask batsmen to set a certain target when they have to fight with frequent rain interruptions? Neither Sanga, Dilli were at fault nor Ranga at death bowling. It's time now for SL administrators as well as selection committee to look for different profession other than cricket as you can't do the justice with this game which we Sri Lankans love more than any. You have no programs, no future plans, no agenda, destroyed Test format, no development projects. Just enjoy the positions & politics.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

The most embarrassing thing is that Sri Lanka played with the full squad. 1000 times more experienced than New Zealand side but lol the young guns of Kiwis smashed it with ease.

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 13, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Lots of talk about our young players and old players. etc .etc. Our young players dint even come to bat today. Whats the use of blaming them for this loss. We lost this game because our bowling was extremely poor.

Posted by Daanush on (November 13, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Bad captaincy by Mathews,He should have kept fast bowler for the last over. Should Thirimanne bat open with Dilshan and Candimal bat no 4.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (November 13, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

I was expecting at least 50 margin SL win every time against NZ specially after NZ lost to Bangla . Recent past matches shows that SL is going down. The tricky thing is if big 3 gets retire, SL becomes weaker, and if big 3 are not retiring and not giving chances to youngster, then also SL becoming weaker. Yesterdays match, D/L has increased SL chances a lot by asking 198 in just 23 overs where SL has just put 138( 60 runs extra). but SL completely failed to utilize that. Poor Mathews is struggling with his captaincy. When Sanga has given the captaincy to Mathews by saying Youngster should gain captaincy experience keeping future in mind, why cant he give chances to youngsters?

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (November 13, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

Other thing which hard to understand was the way Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimanne play in Australia and continuous failure in their own den, normally it's the opposite which happens to subcontinent teams lol.

After all Mathews showed some thing in the washed out 1st ODI, it's up to others to rise to the occasion now. need one performance from them to break all the critics against them.

Posted by Miz911 on (November 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

Bad captaincy by Mathews as always. we have seen it in past and now again. should have kept Kule for the last over or mathews him self. he should have given a over or two to senanayke and kept the pace bowlers till the end. unbelievable. a question of captaincy? Y not Thirimanne. we saw how good he is.y drop Thisara ????? drop chandimal untill he is back in form. wheres tharanga who had a good run chase in domestic cricket.ridiculous cricket in sri lanka . all sri lankan fans should do what the indian fans do to them wen they dont do good in cricket. anyways good knock From nathan,Latham and Ronchi.

Posted by wanatawu on (November 13, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Glad NZ win because this DL rules are very unfair you are expected to score almost twice the number of runs for the same number of runs.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (November 13, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

i don't think youngsters of SL have chance to play in recent times. why can't Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan give opening slots for youngsters instead of they occupying the crease and pilling on the runs every time. just give the chance to youngsters, that's the only solution.

Win & Loose is part of a game. you can't win every game constantly and on the other hand you can't loose any game constantly. SL is a regular winning team, and congratz to NZ for their win. from next game at least SLC should give chances to young talents a chance.

Posted by Blade-Runnor on (November 13, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

It is a shame defeat for SL. NZ recently have lost to Bangladesh with 3 - 0 margin and we were expecting comfortable clean sweep by SL. NZ is filled with complete in-experienced batting lineup, and SL batting lineup is a complete experienced lineup. Mathews has chosen to bat first on a match where every one was certain about rain and D/L method, and its a very pool decision. Who would give a spinner to bowl the last over specially for a team like NZ? Very bad decision by Mathews. Dilshan has wasted lot of balls initially specially knowing the fact that it could go for D/L. SL have lost their confidence with this match. At least we pray for a series level.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

I was watching the match until the penultimate over when maligns brought the equation to 24 in7 balls. I felt that it was a lost cause as a New Zealand fan and changed the channel. Who knew the match would change this way! I was shocked when I saw the espn cricinfo page today morning. Well played Nathan Mccullum outstanding innings. Why did Mathews give the ball to herath? He should not have given the ball to a spinner as it was a wet ball and it will be difficult to grip the ball. The pitch would have suited medium pacers as the ball stayed low. I have a feeling New Zealand won this by luck as it would have been tougher for them had it been a full match. Sri Lanka should have altered its lineup citing the weather and realizing than it would be a short match. New Zealand understood this and fielded a more aggressive lineup. It was a gamble worth to be taken.

Posted by Kaka13 on (November 13, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

Congrates NZ for brilliant effort ! it was a brilliant effort in absence of Taylor, Guptill and other main player and after recent bashing in Bangladesh. A question, who will fill gap when Sanga, Mahela will retire, surprisingly I am not seeing Kusal, best batsman waiting till now. For the sake of SL Cricket, Mahela and Sanga should concentrate on Test cricket and let new players take center stage and get experience in presence of Dilshan. Dilshan should be the Captain of the team.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (November 13, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Splendid performance by NZ. Tom Latham, a 21 year old boy with just 12 matches experience has flatten SL bowling. He is well supported by Luke Ronchi who is also just 23 yrs old with 13 matches experience, and then at the end Nathan McCullum's experience counted and sealed the win. This win would be a real confidence booster for them specially after when they have clean swiped by Bangla minnows. This win also means they got the UN-beatable lead. Other hand SL would have to re think their strategies. Mathews in-experience has reflected. SL concentrated more on not loosing the wickets so that they can be benefited by D/L method. Malinga's 42 for 0wkts in 5 overs is a worrying factor, 35 yr old Herath's bowling is pathetic on spin track at home. Dilshan's low scoring rate has paid the penalty. Overall its the game with full of fun specially when needed 20 runs in final over. My hearty congratulations to NZ team. All the best to SL for at least leveling the series.

Posted by Fan1969 on (November 13, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

Herath cannot be blamed as bowling the last over is tough for a spinner. Mathews had to choose between Dilshan, Senanayeke and Herath. He went with most established bowler, so it was a good decision. If others had lost the game, the captain would have looked worse that he kept back Herath and bowled others.

SL slipped TEST rankings after Vaas, Murali retired. Without Sanga, Dilshan and Jayawardene this team will slip ODI rankings as well.

Where is SL talent? BTW even Herath is over 35.

Posted by Srilanka-rules on (November 13, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

Srilanka got spanked by NZ. Latham was brilliant, and wat a knock by Mccullum. Can't leave out this name in Nz eleven. Srilanka once again proved how terrible there are. Sangakkara stands out rest are mediocre.

Posted by ramesh-roy on (November 13, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

I dont think that the S L youngsters are give a proper chance to bat even if they are selected. Why block off three top slots to Dilshan, Sanga and mahela match after match, year after year, when the long term need for SL cricket future is for the youngstesr to learn to shoulder the responsibilities to build innings and win matches. Even if they fail thats a learning curve experience and the seniors are there lower down the order to save the situation. Winning is good for the team - but losing too can be good sometimes.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

i dont know y people blame doubt he z the best allrounder srilanka found so far.. dont blame him being the captain cz there no body huz even close good fr the job.. whom do u suggest? chandimal?? lol.. its true he hasn't been continuous lyk he was in the past but still he strikes at the most crucial times.. last match how he batted was awesome and how he built up his innings was a true masterclass.. i heard how people blamed him when he wasted balls upfront but how he accelerated in the end was.. well he z just a genius.. anyway lets not blame his captaincy.. talking about todays match i think he did the right thng... he had his best 2 bowlers left 3 overs in the last 4 of the match.. so he used them first nd kept the nerve for the last.. unfortuntely herath cudnt defent 20 in the last.. was jst bad bowling by himm.. angi u did the best thng a gud captain will do... bless u man... win the next game fr us..

Posted by Hareendra on (November 13, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

I think just playing the youngsters in the team is not sufficient. In the previous game Chandimal batted at no 7. How can you expect him to shoulder responsibility and develop his game batting down there? I agree its high time to get rid of Dimuthu Karunaratne. Couldn't score anything worthwhile during the home Test series against Bangladesh. That is probably the easiest contest a player will get. He still continues to fail. I don't understand what Thirimanne is doing in the ODI team. I also can't understand why Thisara Perera, one of the best ODI players in SL, cannot get a place in the team.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

Lose to Bangladesh but beat Sri Lanka? Haha good old NZ. I think we should play ODI's like we play t20's. If that game went 50 overs Sri Lanka would have schooled us.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

Bad captaincy by Mathews. Winning the toss and batting first.He had known rain and D/L would come into effect He did not plan his bowling attack allowing spinner Herath to bowl the last over which cost him the match

Posted by Sugath on (November 13, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

I must admit that I too agree with what most are saying, the Sri Lanka cupboard is empty, no talent because the ones with talent are not considered. Have you people looked at Thirimane and Chadimal when batting, the way they hold the bat and respond to each ball show that they are not fit for the game at higher level. Kusal has talent and is fearless and should get more chances, but Karunaratne too is not the top brass for higher level cricket. There are better players out there but the selection committee is clueless about them and have no idea about getting on with selection. NZ has surely exposed how weak the Lanka team is with a second string team. So for the sake of everyone, Jayasuriys, mathews and others must stop jabbering and look to new strategic thinking. Mathews has shown that he is no inspirational leader, no thinking, no tactical plans. Sad that he has not learnt from Mahela and Kumar who of course are world class. So as they say to change the way look, change the cook

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

Why are people hammering Mathews' captaincy? He might not be the greatest right now but he is definitely learning. Give him time. As for his place in the side, I think he has earned it, unlike Sammy for the Windies.

And all my fellow SL supporters who keep blasting India and Kohli, just watch and learn. I hate Kohli with a passion but have to admit that he's the brightest batting prospect in the world atm. The Indian team, although not great in Test cricket in Aus, Eng and (potentially) SA pitches are brilliant ANYWHERE else and against anyone else, including SL. India has lost Dravid, Laxman, and Sachin in last 2 years and yet the performances haven't dipped too much apart from at the aforementioned venues.

Sanath Jayasuriya needs to stop being condescending about the opposition which puts pressure on our team. However I do agree that Thirimanne and Chandimal should not be in ODI team. Too many failures. Karunaratne needs more chances though.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (November 13, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Congratulations New Zealand. I don't mind losing to New Zealand honestly. They play gentleman cricket, and they deserve victory. It's just bad captaincy from Mathews, as far as I feel. I don't know. I watched the match to the end.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (November 13, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

Been saying for a long time that latham needs to play and he needs to open, he's been shuffled up and down the order but he is an opener, in my opinion rutherford jumped the que and now latham is proving a point, he should also have the test job, i hope some of these new guys can put real pressure on the incumbants so we have the strongest team possible come the world cup, i didn't have alot of hope for these guys before the series but they proved me wrong, hopefully they keep it up and win another series abroad

Posted by kasifdotinfo on (November 13, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Well done, BLACKCAPS - quite some heist, that! Though it is a bit sad to see the class of Sangakkara and Dilshan trumped by crash-bang-boom T20-style bashing, enabled by all these ridiculous and needless ODI rule changes.

Sri Lanka fans rightly worry about the future, but need to focus entirely on the present right now, lest they miss any of what Kumar Sangakkara is doing - because what he is doing truly is historic. Take a look at cricinfo's list of ODI batting records. Of all batsmen to have scored 1,000+ runs in a calendar year (there are many), Sangakkara in 2013 has the very best average, as far as I can tell - an incredible 79.46. I haven't heard this mentioned yet. Of course, Sangakkara still has several more matches to play this year, but there have been only 3 other batsmen who have averaged 70+ and scored 1,000+ in a calendar year.

Let things work themselves out after Sri Lanka's seniors can no longer lift their bats, I say. And press Dilshan back into service for Tests.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

@Mayne and David I am not sure witch team you guys support... It looks like India and NZ.Agree that we had a poor game and of course Rain did not help . Sri lanka will come back strongly.Getting hammed by Bangladesh 4 zip Disgraceful.Sorry nothing again BD....And like to see how India faces SA ?Hope SA teaches India a lesson....

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (November 13, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

if SL want to get rid of this position should select brand new team. NO 35+ pLayers. 2 or 3 30-35 players(kula,malinga,jeewan mendis). lot of 25-30 players. and some talented youngsters(kusal,thisara,chandi,thiri,ashan) if not SL will go out of the first round of 2015 WC as well as 2014 T20 WC.

Posted by yohandf on (November 13, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

Well . It was stunning batting by NZ . they adopted to reduced game. SL did well till 10th over of NZ inning but looked complacent since then . lesson for them after all . Mathews did an elementary mistake by leaving last over for a spinner . It s a blunder considering new rules . Well SL can win the last game and draw this anyway . These things happen and that is the beauty of game . Come on guys .Win next one for SL .

Posted by Thitha on (November 13, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

We have to accept the fact that Captaincy is the biggest issue for Sri Lanka. Other issue is the team selection. Thirimanne and Chandimal is no use. They would have bought Thisara Perera where he will give a bowling option as well. Theres no team work. Angelo would have kept malinga for last over for sure. Its not great batting but pathetic bowling and horrible field placement. Sanath and the crew is doing no good for Sri Lanka.

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (November 13, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan I like to look at the positives.. We played in essence a t20 game. Lost. But it doesn't affect our t20 rankings. NO. 1. Top ranked t20 side in the world. Hope we learn from this and come back strong.

Posted by gsamiru on (November 13, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

A Random Win for NZ ......... !

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

just cause nz won the match now the nz fans are saying that the ywould have beaten us in the first odi..Are you'll KDDING ME! 280 odd with the type of bowlers we had would have smote you'll easily.I have to gviue your team credit the way you'll played simply brilliant in the seocnd odi,but to be honest if the match had not been rain interrupted then again the SL bowling machine would have run through you'll easily with kula ,mali,mathews,herath ,dilly etc..

Posted by android_user on (November 13, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

SL is the worst team at the moment as they depend too much on their seniors while their young players are just pathetic and irresponsible.. Malinga cannot win you matches on his own cz teams around the world have found a way to defend him and India has found a way to thrash and destroy him.. Once Mahela, Dilshan and Sangakkara retires, SL cricket will suffer like no other team in the past..They can't win at home, They can't win abroad.. I don't think 1996 wc win for SL was anything great..I think it was just a fluke..

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

With Angelo Mathews Captaining the Side winnable matches or definitely comfortably should win matches, we are losing, and that also lots of Matches both away and home, this last match against a second string from New Zeal is one good example,and it is a bladdy disgrace...!in front of your home crowd to lose to a so called second string side. And Mathews acts like he reads everything perfectly well.

Posted by alexthegreat333 on (November 13, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

203 runs are scored in just 23 overs & SL fans claiming they provided a sporting wicket what a joke.These wicket are flatter than that of India. Only the Brits & Aussies provide sporting wickets in the cricketing world.

Posted by zn264 on (November 13, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

End of the day NZ won the match. Lets just put the D/L method to one side plus the weather conditions and highlight the fact this young, extremely inexperienced team smashed SL all over the park to win in style. Now lets do it again on Saturday and add SL to the list of away ODI series wins (Eng/SA) for the year.

Shot Matress

Posted by Prema1948 on (November 13, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

This isn't 1st time, it happened to SL in recent times. The same thing happened against Bangladesh on the 28th March 2013. It always favors (when the situation is T/20 style), the team batting 2nd in SL, at late nights, even without rain, conditions are soggy for the bowlers to grip the ball with heavy dew. However it is very difficult to digest as a SLan that, the same rule wasn't applied in favor of SL when Australians were bundled out for 222 when rain came down, of a day-match played in Sydney on 20th Jan 2013, if we had allowed a T/20 style match on that day, we could have easily won the series, having won 2 matches previously (of the series)

Posted by Cricdew on (November 13, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

hmmmmmmm......So this ground is ain't small club level as Indian grounds..Pitch is not flat.....Its hard , bouncey with world class bowling(According to SL experts)...but still failed to save the target against this NZ young team...So Sad.....And reasons for it they have given is wet ground ....and all..ok Accepted

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (November 13, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

Pitch, umpiring, local crowd n D/L. Everything favoured SL but still NZ managed to chase @ 8 per over. Thanks to the street level cricket by the opponents. This is the same NZ side that lost to BD only recently. It shows the pathetic quality in SL team. Now only god can save SL from series defeat in their own backyard

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

Everyone is talking about how Sri Lanka failed to win and how superbly New Zealand won. But is anyone considering the great travesty of logic called the Duckworth-Lewis method? How comical it is to say that team Y batting second has to score 70 runs more in the same number of overs as team X because they batted second? It defies all logic. Mr. Duckworth & Mr. Lewis, please think again and now I think once again, unless the BCCI uses its financial clout, the foolishness called as Duckworth-Lewis is going to continue.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

Tissa Senaratne, IND didn't lose to ZIM the last time it toured. It won 5-0. PAK only lost to ZIM.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

Congrats NZ, forget about the series in BD. you have started winning after T20I. Carry it on...

Posted by wazza85 on (November 13, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

i am a SL fan and must say NZ played a better game by getting used to the conditions. what i don't understand is Karunarante has failed in the last two games and i cannot remember him scoring much in the past 10 games he has played. i agree with some of the comments made by people SL still depends on the big three in the side and me been a SL has to say i see a dark future for SL cricket if the selectors don't get their act together they need to start finding more potential players. Jayasuriys pls if you cannot do your job right please leave. i have nothing to say about Angelos captaining its just a disaster at the moment.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

Just need to accept this fact - Srilanka's batting future looks very bleak.Once Mahela and Sanga retires, The team is going to hit abysmal lows for sure.On one hand excellent players like Tiwary, Rahane, Chand, Mandeep, are struggling to get in to Indian 15, other teams like SL and Pak are finding it difficult to find decent batsmen. I bet the players mentioned above will walk in to the playing XI of SL or Pak on any given day,if given an opportunity

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

@Sinhababu - No comments as your team has proved how to lose from a winning position. Now even you agree that SL were lucky that rain interrupted the first ODI, otherwise NZ would have chased that target down in about 45 overs (I mean 45 not minus 45)

Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 1:16 GMT)

SL coach Sanath Jayasuriya says we shouldn't have sent a second-string side to Sri Lanka... I believe we (NZ) are in a rebuilding phase, so I don't consider the current side 'second string'... Once the younger players gain more experience, we will get stronger - and hopefully return to the top 4 ODI rankings.

Posted by goldeneye075 on (November 13, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

Now what are you going to say Angello ? Are u going to draw the series using Senior players for the 3rd ODI? This shows the pattatic nature of the selection committee , No Vision , No Direction for the future >> Have we found young players like other countries NO WE DONT!!! Is Chandimal , Thirumanee , Angello deserve to be in the team ? They fail game after game // If not for Sanga/Mahela /Dilshan Sri lanka team would have no place to hide and they will be kicked out of the interational Arena as well. Take away the Captancy of Angello and check wheather he would qulaify for the team , No i do not think so.. He is not a Batsman nor a good bowler , Time to think .. By the way it was great performance by NZ, defeating the best 11 players of Sri lanka.. young guns of NZ showed they are more than ready and have the quality to guide NZ. Congrads NZ.

Posted by KingOwl on (November 13, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

Mathews said he kept is 'best bowler, Herath' to bowl the last over. That is a load of nonsense. There is none better than Malinga at the death. Herath is a great test match bowler. But he is not one to bowl the last over of a One day match going to the wire. I understand that Mathews may have had little choice. But to say that it was his plan all along is nonsense. True the ball was wet and bowling was difficult for the spinners (and for the fast men too at times). But, well played NZ. It was a tough target and they got it.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (November 13, 2013, 0:33 GMT)

Keep calm and faith on Mathews. He is next ranatunga.

Posted by HairyKiore on (November 13, 2013, 0:18 GMT)

Depleted , a C team ?? a B team???? WHY??? Is it because Taylor and McCullum are missing...C'mon we would not have won if they had been playing ..with Elliot a dead loss there is still room for NZ to get better but will the coach and selectors allow it to??? I doubt it...Hk

Posted by r0ketman on (November 12, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

Congrats to NZ. They have shownbthebworld again they can chase down big totals innany condition. To the fan who claimed SL provided a "sporting" track, and that in the end cricket won: are you serious? SL is known for placcid pitches, any country who prepaared a pitch where 900+runs were scored in a single inning can never be commended for competitive pitches!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 12, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

Sri Lankja is now going to have nightmares of NZ. I feel sorry for Sri Lanja. Their youngsters are the worst pretenders in world cricket today. Cupboards are empty. We were told by the Sri Lankjan fans that their stadia are big, pitches are sporting and this and that. How come NZ caned you guys and reached such a demanding target? Planning for future does change your fortunes for the future. Congratulations NZ! Bravo!!

Posted by chepujaradon25 on (November 12, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

Lol, lankans are the ultimate minnows of this world. Even a third-string NZ side was able to give your club cricketers Sanga, Lady Jaya, and Dilshan a phainty. Herath is supposedly one of the best spinners in the world but he got smacked all over the ground, owing to his standing of being an overrated hack. Its brilliant now that the true minnows of World cricket have shown the world their true colours. Great job by Mccully and Latham. Great job putting the minnows right in their place.

Posted by SixFourOut on (November 12, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

I am surprised you Kiwis pulled this off. If you give Ronchi some more games, he'll do the business. The New Zealander's problem is that if a guy makes a good score, he doesn't have to perform for another 5 games. Latham did well, but he needs to keep scoring because Ryder, Taylor, Wlliamson are all better than him. Munro really looks the goods and I think he is a really dangerous player. My advice would be don't drop him, persist, because I've never seen someone hit the ball harder with good timing since Gilchrist.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

This should be a good reply to all the LANKAN fans.. who took NZ lightly because the go Bangla-washed.. i'm a big fan of SL, BD & NZ to be honest... Bangladesh Team has improved alot over the years.. SL fans should know.. BD team is improving slowly but steadily.. SL got great players.. but when they retire soon.. SL will be no better than the NZ with new players (as they say) Good Game.. and No excuse for the loss.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

While I respect the effort from Tom Latham, man of the match should of been McCullum. Call it a cameo or what ever you want....NZ would not of won the game without his match winning performance.

Posted by Snowbadger15 on (November 12, 2013, 22:23 GMT)

Fantastic innings from Latham, but once Ryder and guptill return where is he going to go, will he take ronchi's spot. Great cameo from Nathan mccullum but pity about his bowling being not threatening. Nicol was really really useless he should never have selected. Good to see ronchi finally amongst the runs and Anderson should replace Ellis asap as Ellis has done nothing with the bat or ball to warrant selection

Posted by Baundele on (November 12, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

Usually I support Sri Lanka over New Zealand; but this match was an exception. An inexperienced KiWi team did well to beat a full-strength Sri Lankan team.

This also shows how much Bangladesh has progress, despite ICC's reluctance to let them play enough matches. Bangladesh defeated a stronger NZ team convincingly.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

bad captaincy by Matthews.should not have given the ball to herath to ball the last over.He may be a good bowler sometime but they needed someone with better intelligence and stamina to ball the last over like malinga.

Posted by kc69 on (November 12, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

Does anyone in SL team score runs apart from Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela.How long will this continue.

Posted by ThinkingCricket on (November 12, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

NewZealand played very well, but I can't help feeling that they have huge strategic issues.

When they played 3 ODI's against Bangladesh, they played cautious proper cricket and got nowhere. On the same pitch in T-20 they just slogged, and even in 20 overs they got almost as much as they did in first 2 ODI's with safe batting.

The only reason they won this was because it became a T-20 and they were forced to slog like mad men. It's very obvious that they are bad at normal batting and very good at slogging. Until they develop to slog even when the "situation does not require it" they will not do well.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

these things can happen in cricket..its only few weeks back SL trashed SA 4-1..SL is a far superior team...NZ cant beat SL if not for the wet ball and also when its less overs its easier for less talented teams to win matches..they don`t have to work the ball to gaps they can just slog!

Posted by Fydd on (November 12, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

Getting 25 off the last over to win is a record? Remarkable. N McCullum often takes a while to wind up so good he got it. Though I think NZ were lucky they got the rain break when they did -- if not, Sri Lanka would have probably won given they were only one wicket down.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (November 12, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Duckworth & Lewis set an unreasonable total, which was not fair on the Kiwis. They still chased it anyway.

Posted by Tipu-Bd on (November 12, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi, I felt proud of our performance against New Zealand in last series. may be Bangladesh was too good at it's home condition or Bangladesh is on the way to rule the big fish of cricket. But I did not think anytime that New Zealand has passed their golden days of cricket. This team is as like as their B team though there are lot of promising youngster like Neesham, Devcich, Munro and Much more. But how the youngsters of SriLanka is doing in a whole. Still they are dependent on their diamond trio Sanga, Dill and Joya. So, its not a good sign if it continues frequently and consequences would be seen few more years later.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

To be honest.....D/L method is very ridiculous . My brain doesn't go with it at all. Srilanka scored 138 after 23 overs. And in reply NZ had to score 198!!! 60 runs more but overs are same!!! Is it fare??? What the hell is this? Can any one explain me plz, what the great logic behind the D/L method? ICC should explain this method to the public. Coz its very critical. We cricket lovers want to enjoy cricket.We dont want to be confused. Plz make it logical and easy for us. Any way, it was a great display by NZ. Congrtz from Bangladeshi fan.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

Thisara perera is ideal for this sort of a situation, selectors should have played him knowing rain would affect the game! no point having Thiri down there.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

Even Sri Lanka loss with big margin we never hate our nation proud be sri lankan team as fan.

but this notice to sri lankan cricket board at least immediate action find fast bowlers even from north or east area see talent players do not use politics at least we should keep our respect as natural talented lankan cricketers.

come on solve the fast bowling problem.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

When i saw the scores, i womdered why NZ scored 201 in 20 overs after SL scored 138. It was the D/L system but why? R Rodrigo

Posted by senator333 on (November 12, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

This is epic fail the great bowlers of sri lanka got hammered by New Zealand's B team batsmen that to in their home conditions.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

An amazing innings by NZ and fantastic display of how to keep your cool in a match which starts off with a seemingly impossible run rate... hats off to NZ.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

The New Zealand has played with great spirit this match. Kiwi carry on this spirit.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

The New Zealand has played with great spirit this match. Kiwi carry on this spirit.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

The New Zealand has played with great spirit this match. Kiwi carry on this spirit.

Posted by senator333 on (November 12, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

This is epic fail the great bowlers of sri lanka got hammered by New Zealand's B team batsmen that to in their home conditions.

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (November 12, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Ultimately this match became a T20 :) Lots f indian fans are strive here, but they don't know their record against New Zealand in T20' 0 - 4.......:D 0 -4....... & did bangladesh beat new zealand in last t20??? noo.. New Zealand scored 200+ in 20 overs.isn't it?

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 12, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

The last paragraph of this match report reads:-

..."Before the series, Sri Lanka's chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya had suggested New Zealand should not have devalued the series by sending a second-string outfit, but both he and the hosts' management will now be concerned with how to salvage respectability, and they will hope that the rains allow a match in Dambulla."...

I hope Jayasuriya reads this paragraph, then have a look at the result and then reads this paragraph again and then looks at the result once again.

Posted by Rj_Kiwi on (November 12, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

NZ always take a while to adjust to conditions in the subcontinent. As a country NZ has taken zero responsibility for helping their players get better experience in such conditions - whether that be before a series at the start of a tour, or by getting more A-Sides touring. So they can expect poor results. Getting to the last 4 of the World Cup was a good achievement and they should have done better. But they can't expect to ever beat Bangladesh at home again because Bangladesh are no pushovers Bangladesh have some class cricketers. NZ ODI team has done well in series before Bangladesh so that puts more in context for me that a game of 23 over cricket that NZ pulled off with a big over at the end.

Posted by CricLover316 on (November 12, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Dont be Harsh on Hearth,according to these SL Experts, he's SLs best spinner since Murali.. Good joke. Herath was never famous for his bowling, well, At last Hearth has become famous. Giving away 25 runs in the Last over of 2nd Innings and losing to a NZ A side. SL will now have an Excuse that the ball was wet, but everyone knows that the Ball was changed only 4 overs before the last over.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 12, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

@ Dhutugemunu:

Wait a minute.

260 against who? Kenya? Lol.

260 where? Johannesburg? Lol.

Is this what SL can do? Scoring bucketful of runs against an associate team in one of the smallest grounds in the world with one of the flattest wickets? And then you guys call Indians as Flat Track Bullies?

Posted by buncers on (November 12, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

I think Mathews screwed up by taking off Kulu in his first spell when he looked like he could rip through the whole team. Kulu is not great at coming back later so should really bowl through especially when he is bowling well.

SL could have used another bowler in the line-up too.

BTW - Mailinga's paunch is growing. He needs to watch his weight - might add a few mph's to the faster one.

Posted by cricfan100 on (November 12, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

The success story of sri lankan cricket was purely based on novelty added and willingness to change the tradition. It was done at any cost, though potential risks involved we never wanted to play safe, such was the thinking pattern of greats like Arjuna Ranathunga. But time has changed, Cricket has transformed from a country based sport into an individuality based sport, Where seniors play for records, and captain more than happy to secure his win/loss ratio at the cost of cricket future which is getting bleak day by day. Two of the young careers that were once termed as most encouraging are almost ruined. Being top order batsmen even they may not know how they became pinch hitters in the lower order, stranded clueless on the wicket in the latter overs of the inning. At a time when cricket pundits are boasting about a transitional period of sri lankan cricket , only the god knows how the transition is going to happen when the same old actors are repeatedly performing on the stage.

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 12, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

Well played NZ. You deserved this win. Disappointed with SL losing this game. Our bowling was really poor in this game. dont know Why mathews gave the last over to a spinner under wet bowling conditions. Organizers should rethink about hosting matches in Hambantota. It always rains whenever a cricket match is played. Worst venue in SL.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (November 12, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Marvellous!! What a cricket played by New Zealanders!! Hats off to you guys!!!!

You proved wrong Duckworth & Lewis. I couldn't believe it.

Cricket can be played this way??

Latham played genius inning; equally supported by Ronchi. I was expecting from James Neesham but Nathan was just amazing. It was totally unfair on the part of New Zealand to score 198 in 23 overs but they accepted the challenge. They did in style. What's more important about this victory that 3rd string NZL side had beaten full strength SL side in their own den. After leaving a lot of disappointment in Bangladesh, this team had put smile on their fans. SL batted beautifully with Sanga & Dilshan making good half-centuries. But New Zealand was too good tonight.

Posted by SL_rockz on (November 12, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

If it was a t20 from the beginning result would be not be the same...SL could have scored easily more than this...They were having a 6 runs per ovr when the rain curtailed it in a 50 OVER mindset...not fair but rules are rules have to accept it .Good luck NZ and SL will win the next one ... BD fans if you want to watch a proper t20 match wait until t20 begins ..T20 means both sides know before they enter to play that they have 20 overs each .Not that one side knows they have 23 and other imagined of 50 when they start of the respective innings...It is usual thing to be jealous about number one side in t20 by the minnows :)

Posted by F22R on (November 12, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

First of all Congrats for NZ

Should say that we are the least cricket crazy country in Asia. We are okay with winning & loosing. But these days i bored with cricket seing only Dilshan, Sanga, mahela batting criticle positions and Malinga and Herath Bowling critical overs.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 12, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

I hope the SL fans also saw that although Sanga, Dilshan & Malinga had a good game personally yet their team lost. I hope they can now realize that in a team game, one weak link can ruin it all, as Herath did today, first by his misfield and then by his terrible last over. How would the SL fans feel if I say that Sanga, Dilshan or Malinga are selfish players who play for their own records only?

Just for the context, this is what Sachin went through for years and years.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

Well done NZL. Keep the good work going...from India fan

Posted by sidh78 on (November 12, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

WOW WHAT A GREAT TEAM SL IS!!!!! mindblowing what bowling by sl specially by greatest spiner on the earth hearath!!(according to very very greats fans of sl)OMG SL thrashed by 8th ranked NZ's B team on their tailoremade flat dust bowl pitch at home. blade runer, ENJOY MAN. WHERE ARE U NOW MY FRIEND GO FOR CELEBRATION

Posted by Abhishek272727 on (November 12, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Congrats NZ on this fine win. I feel sorry for Herath. I think he should have bowled couple of earlier. Well that's cricket. We lost due to Ishant and Vinay against WI. I can feel for SL fans.

Posted by Cricdew on (November 12, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

THIS STATEMENT SAYS ALL ABOUT OVER CONFIDENCE AND TAKING LIGHTLY THE OPPOSITION "Before the series, Sri Lanka's chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya had suggested New Zealand should not have devalued the series by sending a second-string outfit, but both he and the hosts' management will now be concerned with how to salvage respectability, and they will hope that the rains allow a match in Dambulla. "

Posted by bdcricket_crazy on (November 12, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi cricket fan. But I love Sri Lanka cricket team. Many of you have said that young players of this team don't have enough potential. But I don't agree with them. You have some really enthusiastic young players. This team may have some lacking in young pace attack. But it's a problem of all the teams of the sub-continent except Pak. Experience can solve this problem. Sri has got some real talent in batting. Some good spinners are there. And most importantly, there is no doubt that Sanggakara is a great player n Sri needs him. I don't see any replacement of him. We, the BD people like others around the world know how valuable player he is! Good luck Sri...

Posted by RK204 on (November 12, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

SL should have defended this total... sorry!! no excuse is granted..:( i thought they took it too lightly after 10 overs, what is not acceptable from these bunch of experienced players.. I wonder what would have happened if they dropped those diamonds (dill,sang,malinga)...i am really very disappointed with this performance... by the way congrats NZ..You really won my heart..after all without all those main players, what have u achieved is really a wonder :) hat's up..cheer

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 12, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Well, these are the true colours of SL team. Getting beaten by a young and inexperienced NZ team. Well done NZ !! Please give us more of the same haha.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

Well played NZ. All saw that SL bowlers could grip the ball at all.. it was so wet. The one time the bowl was changed because it was too wet, there were a couple of low scoring overs & the 2 wickets. Then the ball got wet again & the spinners even Kule became ineffective. HJe balled 3 full tosses in a Row. Which never happens

So yes all credit go to NZ. But lets see how things go in the other matches when the bowlers can actually grip the ball for a change

Blade_Runner >> ya..& this is NZ's only 2nd win in recent times from how many matches against SL ? LOL.. In the last Indian Tour to Zim..didnt Zim beat India like twice & us too ? So does that mean the Zimn is better than India ?

Equal playing conditions..which is what we all want.. but dont think thats happening..Its raining like hell over here.. dont think things will improve

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (November 12, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

Bad captaincy from Maththews to bowl a spinner in the last over. I remember Ajmal vs Hussy in the t20 world cup semis, same scenario. But congratz to NZ for competing a very difficult chase. It was a great game to watch.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

When New Zealand was loosing to Bangladesh, some odd people was saying that New Zealand's days are over that's why they lost against Bangladesh. And the New Zealand proved that they are not over and they are still a great side. Bangladesh was just too good for them or Bangladesh is on the way to rule the big brothers of cricket. Nathan was awesome today and they not just won against Sri Lanka, they won against the awkward D/L method as well. congrats to the New Zealand team.. From a Bangladeshi fan.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

They should of lent a bowler from BD in the last over instead of Herath! Then Sri Lanka could have won.....Sri Lanka should learn from BD!

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (November 12, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

It was sad to see angelo matthews at the presentation party, sob sob!

Posted by bigdhonifan on (November 12, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

This is New Zealand's B team. Their A team toured to Bangladesh. So according to current performance Sub continent ODI rankings are.1. India 2.Bangladesh 3.Pakistan 4.Sri Lanka and for Tests 1. India 2. Pakistan 3. Bangladesh 4. Sri Lanka

Posted by Jadejafan on (November 12, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

lool! this is literally New Zealand's C team and still they beaten Sri Lanka'a best 11. Its obviously clear that Sri Lanka is pretty much nothing without their 3 experience players Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. Malinga and Herath and neither youngsters themselves and its hard to see how the Sri Lanka team will cope without them given how poor their youngsters are as a whole.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

@ blade ----,Please don't bring Bangladesh (the way u did) in your comment, if you are a NZ fan then you got your lesson twice in a row. SL lost the game in the last over, NZ is lucky they got their only win in the tour with the help of rain. it would have been 350 NZ to chase, the way game was going before rain.

Posted by CricLover316 on (November 12, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

The 100 Fans in the stadium will be disappointed. Wet ball is the Excuse this time ? Really ? The ball was justchanged 3-4 overs ago, grow up and accept the defeat without making silly excuses. Performance speaks for itself. In this case, congrats to NZ. Well done !

Posted by Sabbir007 on (November 12, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

And NZ can't chase that type of total against BD! No, I am not here to abuse, it is a great match to watch, congrats NZ for their splendid work, and good luck to the SL for the rest of the series. But, if SL would won the match, no body will say that SL won the match by help of D/L method, which was a common dialogue for the teams like BD!!! BTW, we proved them wrong already! Respect for the both teams!

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

@Harizs . bangladesh at this moment is better than SL as well. because on the last series 5 months ago ,they draw the ODI series against SL in SL FIELD wining the last ODI. :)

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

@Perera32 , BD was in the same position and NZ had a similar target. We were able to bowl out NZ with the wet ball. The reason SL lost is because they gave lose deliveries and were unable to pick wickets.

It was an exciting game. Well done NZ and congratulations! SL,your team is slipping (I used to love this team before)

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (November 12, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

@ Harizs : Sir, he is waiting for the preview of the 2nd test of Ind vs Wi to be put up on cricinfo and getting up at 4am after that so that he can get to watch some actual good cricket.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (November 12, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Marvelous!! What a cricket played by New Zealanders!! Hats off to you guys!!!! You proved wrong Duckworth & Lewis. I couldn't believe it. Cricket can be played this way?? Latham played genius inning; equally supported by Ronchi. I was expecting from James but Nathan was just amazing. It was totally unfair on the part of New Zealand to score 198 in 23 overs but they accepted the challenge. They did in style. What's more important about this victory is that the 3rd string NZL side had beaten full strength SL side in their own den. After a lot of disappointment in Bangladesh this team had put smile on their fans. SL batted beautifully with Sanga & Dishan making good half-centuries. But New Zealand was much better today.

Posted by iceaxe on (November 12, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Nice one NZ! A great win and without the big names.

Posted by android_user on (November 12, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

@dinusha my goodNess worst Indian bowlers are better than this srilankan bowlers .

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (November 12, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Well this just proves how impressive Bangladesh whitewash over New Zealand was recently. Sri Lanka a full strength team lost to a New Zealand team that was missing Taylor, Southee, McCullum etc all who were in that whitewash. Very good chase by New Zealand considering that chasing 198 inside 23 overs was a tough ask. I expect Sri Lanka to get thrashed when they tour Bangladesh in early 2014. Their youngsters are all mediocre and only succeeding because of their experience trio.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (November 12, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

There is nothing special. NZ was a much better team and they won it in convincing manner. As we all know Sri Lanka have worst bowling attack compared toother sub continent teams. Virat and Raina scored 340 in just 36 overs in fast and bowncy pitches against them. This match would have been one if rain wouldn't had interrupted.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 12, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Well played Kiwis...Good job for bagging the match defying all odds. Btw, why are FTB fans taking credits for NZ win ?? LOL So lame.. SL fans are not sore losers like those FTB fans. At least, SL gave NZ a fair chance here by providing a sporting wicket. A good game !!! At the end, Cricket won !!!

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

@ wujafri look who need to qualify to play odi i think its only srilanka

Posted by Choudury on (November 12, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

This confirms it - NZ is a very strong team, even without the first choice players who played in Bangladesh.

NZ didn't suddenly become a "weak" team because they lost to Bangladesh. Rather, Bangladesh has become "good" and has caught up with the big boys.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (November 12, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

It was a fantastic finish and Congratulation NZ from Bangladeshi fan

Posted by android_user on (November 12, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

blade runner what you need to understand is that your team are minnows of cricket

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Bad captaincy by Angelo Mathews and Misbah Ul Haq Aka Mr. Tuk Tuk learn from the innings of young Tom Latham and T20 specialist Nathan Mcullum who finished the match in style, last ball six.

Posted by Rathan-S on (November 12, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Wel, now after this loss Srilanka won't rest their seniors for their next match. There goes the policy of giving chances to the youngsters.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (November 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

What a performance. BD team needs to learn from you guys, come back and play some more T20s with us! This is what a winning attitude is all about, going for the win agains the harshest of ods.. well done NZ. I am a big fan of NZ and SL.. nothing is changing any time soon!! Thank you for a great game!

Posted by android_user on (November 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

blade runner your team lost to New Zealand b team. their a team lost to Bangladesh

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Surely sri lanka is the worst bowling attack. Problem with SL team is that they are not ready to accept that they are worst team and hence they don't improve.

Posted by Rathan-S on (November 12, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

What a Great win by NZ! SL sort of gave it away in the end. Seriously why did Mathews give the wet ball to the spinner in the last over? He should have known better. He has a lot to learn. Congrats BlackCaps. Hard luck SL.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 12, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

This result shows how much Bangladesh have improved. NZ can't even sniff a win against Bangla but here they are 1-0 against Lanka in Lanka. OK OK, this game was ruined because of D/L. What they should have done was to restart it and just play a T20.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 12, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

There is no doubt the SL fans will now offer a plethora of excuses, as they always do when SL loses.

But hey this was really NZ's C team and mind you even their A team is not too strong these days. NZ had just been defeated by BD a few days back and now SL are unable to defeat the C XI of that team. This tells you the level of SL team these days.

Guys we Indians were perhaps a bit too harsh on poor Ishant Sharma. If he gets a nice hair cut then he can surely improve but look at what Rangana Herath did today. He had a cushion of 20 runs but he ended up giving away 25 runs. And a few days back SL fans were saying Herath was the best spinner in the world along with Saeed Ajmal. Truth is Herath is not even 5% of Ajmal.

So SL fans, Indian tracks are flat, Indian stadia have really tiny boundaries etc etc. As per you guys, this is not the case in SL. SL wickets are slow, difficult to score and your boundaries are amongst the biggest.

And yet NZ C team defeated you in spite of all this.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (November 12, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Suuuuppppeeer! Just super... 25 runs 4m the last over (2,1,6,4,6,6) gr8 job.. is it nathan or brendon :p

Posted by Perera32 on (November 12, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Well played Kiwis. Can't be too hard on the lankans, because the wet ball made the spinners ineffective.

Posted by Harizs on (November 12, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

BIGGEST JOKE..EVEN AFTER TARGET OF 198 IN 23OVERS SL jus got owned by NZ young team ..this is lose to bangladesh and sl lose to nz ..does it means bangladesh better than sl .lol .. blade runner where r u hiding ur face

Posted by AricentHarish on (November 12, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner, not sure what is worse - your logic or Herath's last over !

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

what a finish . herath was totally thrashed by nathan. sl lose yet again at home. come on nz, win the series now . what a finish.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 12, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Well Played Herath, and well said SL Fans. Go ponder now.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

This is ridiculous. You make 138 in 23 overs and expect the other team to make 198. ICC needs to get wake up from their indecision slumber and become more practical. Feel bad for the Kiwis.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (November 12, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Thanks to T20 era, IPL and India, 198 in 23 overs is not an achievable target.

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 12, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

@sachinisawesome. Dont be blind mate. We bowled out for 96 bcoz we tried to go for the target. That was tough a wicket to play ur shots. Thats why indians were scoring at 4 runs an over, before the rain arrived. I did mentioned that 155-160 will be fair total to chase in 26 overs. I remember how u all said that the indians thoroughly deserved that win.

Posted by Cannondale on (November 12, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

@ Sinhabahu - You are talking like real SL fan - Totally insane. Lol

Posted by partyanimal on (November 12, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

I don't care the result brave kiwis already win the match.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 12, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

@ Htc-Android I think you didn't realise target in that was 178 in 26 overs where your team was bowled out by Indian bowlers for less than 100. I know India scored 119 in 29 overs. Following is the comment you posted on that day "Also I dont get how did they determine the DL target. We were reduced 3 overs and asked to score 60 extra runs. It doesnt make sense at all. I understand India had lost only 3 wickets when the rain arrived. But it doesnt make any sense to ask us score about 7 an over when India were only scoring at 4 an over. I think the target should have been about 155 or 160 in 26 overs. Totally unfair to be honest." And today its making sense isn't it. I guess becoz now its your team on the other side so isn't it hypocrisy.

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 12, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

@Ritwik S Patil Then what about this

Posted by Nadeesh1991 on (November 12, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Hats off to the Sri lankan groundsmen who did a great job to prepare the ground after a six hour heavy rain..I can still remember the game between SL vs Aus in Sydney( as i remember) where d game called off after a 30 minutes of rain..puhh

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

this is so unfair NZ gets 198 target, SLC will never improve on scheduling the matches. God save NZ.

Posted by subhaas on (November 12, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

@msd best odi player in the world nobody near him,he wins lots of matches single handly for us all kind of trophy world cup ,champions trophy ,t20 world cup asia cup ,no 1 odi team ,no 1 test team player of icc etc. let it be i reminds you something special for you worldcup final inning, tri series west indies final over ,183* in jaipur ,do u need more i think its enough for makes you weeping,what your mediocre sanga (which play pathetic no elegance in his batting), mahela(avg 33) , dilli done

Posted by subhaas on (November 12, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

@msd best odi player in the world nobody near him,he wins lots of matches single handly for us all kind of trophy world cup ,champions trophy ,t20 world cup asia cup ,no 1 odi team ,no 1 test team player of icc etc. let it be i reminds you something special for you worldcup final inning, tri series west indies final over ,183* in jaipur ,do u need more i think its enough for makes you weeping,what your mediocre sanga (which play pathetic no elegance in his batting), mahela(avg 33) , dilli done all are(FTB), ry for even you cannot win also on these track so u are flat track mediocre.

Posted by subhaas on (November 12, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

,check these stats who makes flat track ,colomo ,GALLE even you ferars bangla team they also makes 200 on your grounds ,this is reality of lanka biggest flat track bullies so sorry for even you cannot win also on these track so u are flat track mediocre.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (November 12, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

@ Both SL fans and SL critics; Here the biggest problem is not about playing Big 3 or not performing youngsters or SL future after big 3 retires. The problem is Why organize specially Day and Night ODIs in raining season in a rainy area?

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 12, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

@ Sinhabahu ; ha ha.. an awesome comment buddy !!! You just beat 'em to it. lol That way , you just saved us from reading some useless comments yet to appear. Good job !! :))

Posted by Sinhabahu on (November 12, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Let me just say this before our cricket experts from India say it. Sri Lanka was lucky that the rain saved them at 117/1, otherwise they would have surely got bowled out for 81 and NZ would have chased it down in -3.2 overs. Yes, that's negative 3.2 overs.

Posted by wujafri on (November 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

NZ & PK Must be reglated and play qualifire to play in main ODI events

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

sri lankan cricket board should revise this to day games rather than dn games.

Posted by SLMaster on (November 12, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

I think there too much on planning for future instead of improving the current state. Do not leave out senior players' and their form to youngsters to plan the future. We do not know what it is going to be. Players always have emerged. Too much planning can mess things up. Go with the best XI you got at that time. Nothing can go wrong. Future is unpredictable and those players we think good, may not be after all.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 12, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Why do the ICC continue to organize series when they know full well it is the rainy season!! It's like NZ organizing a game in mid June!!

Posted by vvbr on (November 12, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

The series in SL means either matches are played in overcast conditions or they get washed out. Either SL has to play in proper summer which they can't due to IPL and they defend saying that's the window they have got. I feel, SL as a team is not as strong as it used to be atleast till 2011 WC. There is no point in blaming Dilshan, Jwdane, Sangakkara, the youngsters are not just promising enough. Board can only select them and give them good facilities. If talent is not in them, they do not. The fans should not blame the board or the system.

Posted by Blade-Runnor on (November 12, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

No games, No experience. Its just as simple as that. Why Sanga is not giving chances to youngsters in a home series? Mathews and Sanath Jayasuria, Please give chances to new talent. Its not like we do not like Sanga or Dilshan or Mahela.. They are ever green legends in SL, but going ahead with SL future, this step needs to be taken as soon as possible. Yesterdays CricInfo article "Washout forces SL rethink on young players" says the same.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

I don't know why SL cricket board choose this season to play in hambanthota.its the most dry area in the country and november december and january are the monsoone times and this ground dosnt have a good drainage system also....why couldnt they select dambulla or pallekale???a complete waste....

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (November 12, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

As exactly told by me, for possible 15 to 20 overs, can Sanga give chance to youngsters tomorrow? (at least a game which is going to wash out for sure) but, no way This is going to kill the interest on cricket...

Posted by android_user on (November 12, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Murali is the only legend that Sri Lanka have. oh come on seriously. Stats doesn't make legends its how they perform when it's required it matters. Well who are guys like Aravinda, Arjuna, Sanath & Vassy. They have won us matches for us single handedly. That made them legends not their stats. same can be said for the guys Mahela, Sanga & Dilshan. These guys may not be legends in your book but they are legends in the hearts of SL people & that's what matters the most

Posted by Ramansilva on (November 12, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

@DINITH85, I do agree with you mate. Every time Sanga, Mahela and Dilli play and score the complains about seniors not giving chances to young ones and crying about the future of SL cricket come from Indian fans. Why do they care so much. They have 1000s of players from all over India to worry about. SL has a limited talent base and SLC should field the best 11 irrespective of their status in the squad. If India can field Sachin for so long why not SL field Sanga or Mahela as long as they do their job.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (November 12, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

ICC can arrange INDOOR cricket in srilanka... atleast u dont have 2 see "Match abandoned due 2 rain"

Posted by android_user on (November 12, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

I am afraid when mahela, sanga and Dilly retires SL batting may become weaker than Pakistan batting. At least Pakistan has good bowling attack than SL.I think Sanath missed the trick by not resting the trio for the current series and give chances to the youngsters.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 12, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

Is this match will be resumed today

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (November 12, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

@SLSlider: Well said mate, You got the exact point. SL can never win matches continuously with the kind of lower order batsmen they have. What is the point they scoring runs against a 8th rank's B Grade team which has already week spin attack and that too on a spin track and on home ground? Pointless. Bad captaincy by Sanga.. could have easily give chances to youngsters. He has to learn a lot from MSD.

Posted by SILVERSANGA on (November 12, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Now before anyone jump over the band wagon, this must be said. Like Tendulkar for India, Sanga is our hero and we wouldn't mind seeing him scoring big in every match even out-shadowing our youngsters.

As far as the trio Sanga, Mahela and Dilsha keep their form, it's be fine for SL.

Posted by SLslider on (November 12, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

I look at other teams youngsters like Pakistan - Maqsood. SA - Miller, De cock. India - Kohli, Dhawan, Rohit. Aus -

Faulkner, Maxwell, Finch. Eng - Root, BD - Gazi, Hossain. NZ - Neesham, Rochi. And then I look at our team

Chandimal, Thirrimanne, Kushal and feel sorry for our future. Everytime our players fail we have an excuse ready.

Its never the fault of our players that they lost but its always the fault of toss, weather, Umpires, Pitch,

Conditions. This is the main reason we are yet to win anything outside Asia. Why are we so reluctant to blame out

cricketers? They think they are legends. I would like to remind everybody that apart from Murali we are yet to

produce a truly great player. Who has been consistent and won matches for us as well. Mahela, Dilshan aren't great.

Mahela isn't even good player. He has an average of 33 after over 400 matches. But who am I kidding we have been

living in denial for so long and will continue to do so......

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

why tissara perera is dropped?

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