Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Dambulla November 16, 2013

Bad light gives Sri Lanka win, series squared

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Sri Lanka 211 for 8 (Dilshan 53, Jayawardene 46) beat New Zealand 126 for 6 (Neesham 42*, Herath 3-25) by 36 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Fading light cut New Zealand's feisty middle-order short in Dambulla, as they pursued an unlikely 90 runs from the last eight overs with four wickets in hand. Their top order had earlier been bundled up by Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake, who were finally given the chance to expose the visitors' weakness against quality slow bowling. New Zealand were chasing 216 in 33 overs, and though Nathan McCullum and James Neesham had earned valuable momentum in their rapid 63-run stand, the teams left the field when dusk set in, and Sri Lanka were adjudged winners by 36 runs.

The match had initially been trimmed to 43-overs-a-side, before more rainfall halfway through Sri Lanka's innings abbreviated it further. The scheduled 6pm finish, though, was wildly ambitious for a venue lacking adequate lighting, at this time of year. If light-meters had been the final word on play, the match might have stopped around New Zealand's 21st over, but the umpires allowed the game to continue until they deemed it unsafe. Sri Lanka implored the officials to call it a day knowing they were ahead, and when it grew desperately dark, they eventually won out over New Zealand's protests.

Tom Latham was the first to fall to Senanayake, missing an offbreak that would have hit middle and leg, in the bowler's fourth over. Rangana Herath then arrived while the Powerplay was still in place and removed Grant Elliott, off an inside edge. Senanayake did Colin Munro in with a doosra, and by the time Herath picked up an out-of-sorts Rob Nicol, New Zealand had sunk to 26 for 5 in the 11th over. Luke Ronchi then made 23, but gave Herath his third scalp, before Neesham and McCullum joined forces.

The pair whacked 51 off the last four overs of their stand, though perhaps Sri Lanka were only one wicket away from breaking their momentum and securing the match. Thisara Perara had the chance to finish the more belligerent McCullum off, but spilled a sitter off Lasith Malinga at deep square leg, though perhaps the gloom contributed to the error.

Senanayake and Herath had been heroes with the bat too, as they plundered 27 from the last 11 balls, to lift Sri Lanka from a modest score to a middling 211 for 8. Rangana Herath struck four earnest, but unquestionably comical boundaries in his seven-ball stay, while Senanayake smeared an unbeaten 21 from his 14 balls.

That ninth wicket stand had helped pick up some of the middle order's slack, after they had not provided sustained resistance, following a top-order stutter. Sri Lanka had been at 90 for no loss in the 15th over before losing four wickets in 23 balls.

New Zealand's gains came during two overs - one belonging to McCullum and the other Mitchell McCleneghan. McCullum removed the flying Mahela Jayawardene and the in-form Kumar Sangakkara within the space of three deliveries, before three overs later, McClenaghan had Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews caught behind off successive balls.

Dilshan had eased into his most fluent innings of the series, which ironically was also his briefest. Full swinging balls from the quick men were stroked cleanly - often along the ground - to the boundary, on either side of the wicket. In the fifth over, Kyle Mills was whipped through cover twice and midwicket once, off consecutive balls.

Jayawardene had a mild start in comparison, after being pushed up to open, thanks to Dimuth Karunaratne's omission, but he soon caught up when the spinners arrived, and was playing sublimely when he was a victim of his own ambition, trying to scoop McCullum's second ball.

Thirimanne and Chandimal had earlier begun with a rare opportunity to construct an innings - a task well-suited to their accumulative abilities - but when the rain abbreviated the match further, they were forced to be finishers again - a task at which they failed once more. Thirimanne lobbed a Mills offcutter to mid-off, and Chandimal was trapped in front soon after by James Neesham.

Mills and Neesham extended a canny stretch of bowling replete with slower ones, cutters and at-the-body short deliveries for a few overs, dismissing Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara between them, until Herath and Senanayake produced their cameo - though 18 of their runs came in Andrew Ellis' final over.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Lankanforever on November 18, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    for all kiwi supporters. Sorry if any SL supporter offended u guys as most sri lankan fans Love the NZ team and we respect the great fans for being gentlemen always. I too belive that if the light was not dipping we might have had a close contest. Who would've won? well, no one knows.

    For all SL fans. Nathan McCullum and all NZ supporters have a right to be upset as the duo were really batting well at the time and We badly needed a wicke so let's be cool here as NZ supporters have always been great and friendly towards us SriLankans.

  • on November 17, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    If the first match was played without the rain interruption. Lankans would have won it and the series will be held by lanka

  • sidh78 on November 17, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    very poor SL team they cant win the matches without help of umpires, rain, light, pitches against NZ`s C team.i feel for NZ played very good.for me the series was not draw but won by NZ with new team. congrates NZ.

  • Flighted_kiwi on November 17, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: of course McCullum was frustrated. They were in with a chance and, as a NZ supporter, I'd be concerned if he wasn't frustrated at being denied the chance to try for the win. As for being dropped the previous over - that's completely irrelevant. Cricket has many examples of batsmen who get dropped and go on to make big, and match-winning, scores. @yohandf: Yes, there are probably a lot of us who are frustrated at the umpires decision to stop the game. How that makes us Sri Lankan haters is beyond me. It also doesn't mean we think NZ would have won. Most NZ cricket fans I know have a lot of admiration for Sri Lankan cricket. What is frustrating is that the game was shaping up for a potentially exciting finish and I'd have preferred to see it played out whatever the result. Whether its umpiring issues, scheduling issues or whatever, cricket needs is to ensure that, wherever possible, matches are played out to their conclusion rather than being unnecessarily cut short.

  • NAYANADINI on November 17, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Very disappointing to see our test ranking. No.7. Don think we are that bad. Atleast not that bad with the run machine sanga in the team. Why are we not playing tests to improve our rankings and prove a point. We must also remember that being no.1 in t20 is a bonus but has nothing to do with talent unlike test rankings. Management should Understand this. Running behind revenue and sacrificing development is a sin

  • NAYANADINI on November 17, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    First thing i want all our fans to understand is not to expect our youngsters to become like retired legends. Our youngsters will set own standards. Statements like "next sanath, next murali" are idiotic. I feel jaya should open with dilli and sanga batting lower down. The indian youngsters were able to express them freely because they had someone reliable like dhoni to steady the ship even if they fail. Sanga can give that reliability in minds of young lads. The next thing is that we have the bad habit of over hyping an youngster even before he starts performing consistently. Thiri and chandi should be made aware that they cannot take their places for granted. Everyone should learn to value their wicket.

  • on November 17, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Why SL senior player always taking chances to bat up in the order n letting younger guys tons of responsibilities which they ain't capable of. 1 st they should bat up in the order to gain more experience. Look Indian team, Dhoni take all da responsibilities batting @no6 and he gives chances to younger guys to bat up in the order to gain experiences without having lot pressure, which made classy batsmen. same thing done by Arjuna to make good batsmen like Mahela n Sanga, it's shame they ain't do the same now.

  • Lion83 on November 17, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka have to think seriously about their batting order. when we play three seniors at top three there is a huge gap in the middle order. Matthews should bat at 6 or 7 becuse he is the finisher along with Thissara. Chandimal & thirimmana should bat at 5 & 6 there are not finishers. we must groom our youngsters like India look at them they are not depending on seniors who played in the 2011 WC where as SL still depending on senior three players.

  • Prema1948 on November 17, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    We may have had batters that could have come at least, little closer to the great Tendulkar (The Best Batsman of my time) but they all have gone unidentified because the persons in those responsible positions (of last 20 years or more) never ever have had the required knowledge and intelligence to pick young talent, and their thinking has always been, reckless. It was very clearly exhibited in this very match as well. If it was England's or India's management for that matter they would have sent their next generation of batters as openers while seniors were still there. At a time that Tendulkar & Dravid like World class batters were given only one T/20 Internationals each, the giving permanent places(and used as front-line batters) for seniors in the limited order format can be considered as a work of persons of unsound mind.

  • Prema1948 on November 17, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    # Amit Rawat #I totally agree with the last few words in your comment but I'd like to replace the word 'Country' with 'people that makes decisions'. For your information: S'nayake, together with Ajantha,Malida Pushpakumara, DulanjanaMendis,Tharindu Khausal...have been the most consistent wkt taking, 1st Class, spinners in the Country for the last 3-6 years however these quality bowlers have been completely ignored purposely, to make way for an henchman, whom they have been trying since the retirement of Murali. At times when wkts were conducive to spin and there was distinct possibility of winning matches, with the use of two or more spinners also, they've always stuck to this particular spinner only, since they want him to take all the wkts in the match and show the World that their (J&Ps') decision of playing him (henchman) is the right thing to do, thus jeopardizing the Country's opportunity of winning many matches even at home.

  • Lankanforever on November 18, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    for all kiwi supporters. Sorry if any SL supporter offended u guys as most sri lankan fans Love the NZ team and we respect the great fans for being gentlemen always. I too belive that if the light was not dipping we might have had a close contest. Who would've won? well, no one knows.

    For all SL fans. Nathan McCullum and all NZ supporters have a right to be upset as the duo were really batting well at the time and We badly needed a wicke so let's be cool here as NZ supporters have always been great and friendly towards us SriLankans.

  • on November 17, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    If the first match was played without the rain interruption. Lankans would have won it and the series will be held by lanka

  • sidh78 on November 17, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    very poor SL team they cant win the matches without help of umpires, rain, light, pitches against NZ`s C team.i feel for NZ played very good.for me the series was not draw but won by NZ with new team. congrates NZ.

  • Flighted_kiwi on November 17, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: of course McCullum was frustrated. They were in with a chance and, as a NZ supporter, I'd be concerned if he wasn't frustrated at being denied the chance to try for the win. As for being dropped the previous over - that's completely irrelevant. Cricket has many examples of batsmen who get dropped and go on to make big, and match-winning, scores. @yohandf: Yes, there are probably a lot of us who are frustrated at the umpires decision to stop the game. How that makes us Sri Lankan haters is beyond me. It also doesn't mean we think NZ would have won. Most NZ cricket fans I know have a lot of admiration for Sri Lankan cricket. What is frustrating is that the game was shaping up for a potentially exciting finish and I'd have preferred to see it played out whatever the result. Whether its umpiring issues, scheduling issues or whatever, cricket needs is to ensure that, wherever possible, matches are played out to their conclusion rather than being unnecessarily cut short.

  • NAYANADINI on November 17, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Very disappointing to see our test ranking. No.7. Don think we are that bad. Atleast not that bad with the run machine sanga in the team. Why are we not playing tests to improve our rankings and prove a point. We must also remember that being no.1 in t20 is a bonus but has nothing to do with talent unlike test rankings. Management should Understand this. Running behind revenue and sacrificing development is a sin

  • NAYANADINI on November 17, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    First thing i want all our fans to understand is not to expect our youngsters to become like retired legends. Our youngsters will set own standards. Statements like "next sanath, next murali" are idiotic. I feel jaya should open with dilli and sanga batting lower down. The indian youngsters were able to express them freely because they had someone reliable like dhoni to steady the ship even if they fail. Sanga can give that reliability in minds of young lads. The next thing is that we have the bad habit of over hyping an youngster even before he starts performing consistently. Thiri and chandi should be made aware that they cannot take their places for granted. Everyone should learn to value their wicket.

  • on November 17, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Why SL senior player always taking chances to bat up in the order n letting younger guys tons of responsibilities which they ain't capable of. 1 st they should bat up in the order to gain more experience. Look Indian team, Dhoni take all da responsibilities batting @no6 and he gives chances to younger guys to bat up in the order to gain experiences without having lot pressure, which made classy batsmen. same thing done by Arjuna to make good batsmen like Mahela n Sanga, it's shame they ain't do the same now.

  • Lion83 on November 17, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka have to think seriously about their batting order. when we play three seniors at top three there is a huge gap in the middle order. Matthews should bat at 6 or 7 becuse he is the finisher along with Thissara. Chandimal & thirimmana should bat at 5 & 6 there are not finishers. we must groom our youngsters like India look at them they are not depending on seniors who played in the 2011 WC where as SL still depending on senior three players.

  • Prema1948 on November 17, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    We may have had batters that could have come at least, little closer to the great Tendulkar (The Best Batsman of my time) but they all have gone unidentified because the persons in those responsible positions (of last 20 years or more) never ever have had the required knowledge and intelligence to pick young talent, and their thinking has always been, reckless. It was very clearly exhibited in this very match as well. If it was England's or India's management for that matter they would have sent their next generation of batters as openers while seniors were still there. At a time that Tendulkar & Dravid like World class batters were given only one T/20 Internationals each, the giving permanent places(and used as front-line batters) for seniors in the limited order format can be considered as a work of persons of unsound mind.

  • Prema1948 on November 17, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    # Amit Rawat #I totally agree with the last few words in your comment but I'd like to replace the word 'Country' with 'people that makes decisions'. For your information: S'nayake, together with Ajantha,Malida Pushpakumara, DulanjanaMendis,Tharindu Khausal...have been the most consistent wkt taking, 1st Class, spinners in the Country for the last 3-6 years however these quality bowlers have been completely ignored purposely, to make way for an henchman, whom they have been trying since the retirement of Murali. At times when wkts were conducive to spin and there was distinct possibility of winning matches, with the use of two or more spinners also, they've always stuck to this particular spinner only, since they want him to take all the wkts in the match and show the World that their (J&Ps') decision of playing him (henchman) is the right thing to do, thus jeopardizing the Country's opportunity of winning many matches even at home.

  • on November 16, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Why do they play cricket at a stadium without lights in the middle of monsoon season and with no modern umpiring technology / DRS?

  • Bishop on November 16, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    1-1...a fitting result for a series no one cared about. Perhaps the only good to come of it will be to convince NZ selectors finally that Elliot and Nicol are (unfortunately) not really up to international standard.

  • Prabhash1985 on November 16, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka must mix the youngsters with experienced people. It is crazy to have Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga open the innings. It's seriously crazy! I don't know what they expect from Sri Lankan team for next world cup. I personally feel that if anyone is capable of performing in the level of first 11, he must be in the squad. So, it is ok to have these three. But,they should not bat one after the other. Sanga is a great player, but he is too conservative. If Mathews is not capable of coming up with his own strategies, like Mahela did, I think we don't need such a captain. At least, Sanga has his "conservative" (suicidal) method which he did on his own. Learning doesn't mean copying. Mathews, we need you so badly, and we need you to improve. You are our captain, and you are not doing the right thing. I don't feel like we won the match... serious problems are there with Sri Lankan team. Dimuth is a great player, he deserves several chances.

  • Prabhash1985 on November 16, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimanna should play Test cricket, and must work hard on their technique. They need to build a big innings. As the captain, Mathews must be ashamed of this sort of batting. Why did he drive the first ball he played, given the previous wicket was exactly the same? I know it is not easy to do when you are out there. But, there is serious concerns about Mathew's technique. He is not a pinch hitter now, and he is not a genuine fast bowler, and he is not a technically sound batsman, and he is doubtful as a batsman. Criticism is not to thrash them. It is to ask them to improve. Chandimal is an aggressive player. Why is he playing so conservatively now? He should be opening the innings as far as I feel. He has the caliber. Dimuth should bat one down. No matter what, Sri Lanka must play at least two test matches per every three months, ideally four. What's going on with Sri Lanka? Thisara is a valuable player. Please help him with his technique. He can become Sanath.

  • SLWATERBOY on November 16, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    It's understood to try out youngsters. But we have a fair chance of winning 2015 world cup if we get the right combination. So we need to have mahela, sanga and dilshan going. Infect we do have few youngsters in the team. Likes of chandimal and tirimanna, but they have to prove they are worthy. Don't forget mahela, dilly didn't not get to bat wherever they want when they were youngsters. They bat low down proved them selves worty and they got to move up when opportunity arrived. Please keep mahela as a opener with dilshan.

  • ketaann on November 16, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    why SL dropped tharanga he is much better than karuratne. I also fear that dilshan wants to extend his ipl career that may be reason of his retirement.;- talking abt today's game its nothing but poor umpiring. Match should be 29 overs per side.

  • on November 16, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Sri Lanka really need new batsmen because they cannot rely on the 3 seniors and herath, malinga. They really need new players. NZ have been undone really badly today and they deserved to win the series. NZ had a blip vs Bangladesh but their B/C team are playing wonderful vs Lanka...!

  • on November 16, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    I think mahela should play as a opener with dilshan until 2015 cricket world cup. mahela also play well as a opener, then dilshan can play freely his own game

  • fr600 on November 16, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    What worries me is that SL is dependent on Jayawardene (36 years), Dilshan (37 years), and Sangakkara (36 years). And I have not seen anyone else who even come close to take their positions.

  • Ruchiralk on November 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    For some reason the stump mic was on very high and was interesting to hear what the Sri Lankans were discussing. Very wise decision by Mathews to ball Spinners from the 10th to 21st overs and that was crucial otherwise if the fast bowlers bowled, then this would've been a no result. After the 20th over, SL was a little complacent, especially Lasith. N McCullum needs to be taught how to behave in the ground, his behavior was very bad after the umpires decided to stop play, especially after being dropped by Kula the over before, I doubt if NZ would've scored the remainder of the runs. However NZ should be very happy that their team could square the series vs a strong SL team. Well done to them.

  • Stark62 on November 16, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    "Bad light stops play" seriously, in an ODI with a white ball?!?!

    That is beyond ridiculous but then again, silly rules and regulations are starting to creep into cricket.

  • Rathan-S on November 16, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Good decision from Mathews bowling with spinners till the 20th over before bringing Malinga. Bold move but it gave a result in SL's favor. It 's good to see he considered weather and the fading light. Mills missed a step by not sending Nathan earlier. The only way they had was getting as much as runs before the poor light not preventing wickets.

  • on November 16, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Tissara Perere should bat above Mathew, Thirimmanna and Chandimal. In fact Chandimal and Thirimaana should be dropped.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on November 16, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    weldone.sri lanka. but not convincing one. if full all 33 overs played things may be changed. Dil did some positive cricket and Sachitra and herath also. but all others failed. some one can say Mahi get 40+ runs.but overall he struggles apart from 16 runs over. can't blame sanga or mathews because there was sudden rushness of cloud gathering. hope T20 squad with only Dil as Senior.

  • NAYANADINI on November 16, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Really upset with thiri and chandi. How long are they going to fail like this. High Time we search for new talents. Dont we have any other promising batsmen other than these. Thiris international averages are pathetic

  • NAYANADINI on November 16, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Though being a srilankan,i honestly accept that the kiwis held a 51-49 advantage had the rain not interrupted, with nathan macullam at the crease. If he was out,the match was definitely ours.

  • Sinhaya on November 16, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    First of all it is great that we managed to get this much of cricket in November, which is the wettest month in Sri Lanka. No doubt our ground staff are among the best in the world. Full credit should go to our ground staff for sure.

    NZ no doubt played well and it was great to have them here. Hope the T20s will be exciting.

    So happy that Sachithra Senanayake was the man of the match. His domestic bowling average is impressive that he can be better than Murali. He can be a useful tailender too. He must feature in test matches and bowl with Herath. He needs to be given an extended run in the test XI and hope he impresses against Pakistan. Hope he can be the man of the match in the next 2 T20s against NZ. It is essential that Thirimanne, Chandimal, Karunaratne are persisted with as it will pay off as how Atapattu who had an awful start no doubt proved to be very good in the end.

  • yohandf on November 16, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Hi guys . that is it . SL drew the series in stop-start -stop game . that was the pattern of the series . Relief for SL as they avoided a series defeat but lot more to be improved . but i sense we are going to get lots of comments stating NZ would win if the game did not stop & blaming umpires from SL haters . let me tall that umpires / match referee work out no of overs based on universal rules of play duration and minimum lighting requirement . So they can't adjust them on assumptions of particular ground . In this case NZ were shaping well at the time of stoppage . But they were behind by considerable margin of 36 runs at that stage . they were behind throughout the chase . So SL deserved to win . but amazing display and character from kiwi s with limited resources . looking forward to T20 series which will be a cracker if weather stay well. Sri Lanka is ranked first for 13 months and need to win at least one game to retain it .

  • Blade-Runner on November 16, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka !!! NZ batmen found it very hard to deal with SL spinners when the ball is not not, Didn't they ? They were clueless against SL spinners. Wonderful allround performances by Sachi n Herath. McCullum protested like he was going to score 90 runs from 8 overs. lol Actually he was lucky to be at the crease as he gave a dolly off Malinga in the previous over, but Kula spilled it. It was just a matter of time SL bolwers would wrap it up if the game hadn't stopped due to bad light. SL surely showed who the boss is , as Alastair Campbell said.

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    NZ cricket's choice to leave some experienced batsmen back in NZ does show the lack of depth in NZ's batting stocks. Nicol is clearly not up to scratch with his only attacking weapon being a telegraphed ineffective charge down the wicket and Devcich has proved wanting with bat and ball. Elliot will never be a game changer and Munro and Latham are not yet even consistent performers at domestic level and still well away from international calibre. The weather has made this a poor series but NZ cricket cannot discredit their team further by leaving some of their best players behind.

  • EnglishCricket on November 16, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    This looks like the worst series of the year in my opinion. Rain, depleted sides, lack of crowd etc no wonder ODIs get stiff with a lot of pointless matches.

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka wins the game but not the most convincing. Yes rain played a factor but expected our team to dominate New zealand.

  • SILVERSANGA on November 16, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    I like Sachithra Senanayake. He can be a very crucial all rounder for us. A handy ODI spinner and a batsman who can smash few outta the park. I still remember his six against SA to chase down 300. His height allows to get more bounce.

    Herath once again proving that he is one of the best bowlers today and his last match was forgettable. Good work by our selectors for not letting him out for one bad over. Nice comeback. 25/3 of 6!

  • on November 16, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    oops sangakarra out for zero, and ttheir CAPTAIN lasted for only one delivery...wow.... some team this lankan...... newzeland B team that they are playing against , and that too in their own back yard....wow

  • EnglishCricket on November 16, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Can't believe Sri Lanka will be touring England next year.

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    chandimal and thirimanne should be openers, then they will have more that enough time to build their innings

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    i hope rain stop in sri lanka win the match

  • Jadejafan on November 16, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I wonder how this Lankan team will fair without their experience trio? :) New Zealand C team still looking strong.

  • yogesh.gg on November 16, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Lions are ROARING 132/4 in 21.4 Overs ha ha

  • on November 16, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    In SL only 1 season which is monsoon !

  • VKohlitheGreat on November 16, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Thats poor poor planning by the SL cricket board to say the least. Not only are they wasting time and money of so many viewers, they have managed to get their team thrashed at the hands of NZ. To take nothing away from NZ who have played better in the series so far with everything going against them from team selection in the two teams to loosing the toss.

  • on November 16, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    I hope that the rain will stop in spite of a series lost.....

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  • on November 16, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    I hope that the rain will stop in spite of a series lost.....

  • VKohlitheGreat on November 16, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Thats poor poor planning by the SL cricket board to say the least. Not only are they wasting time and money of so many viewers, they have managed to get their team thrashed at the hands of NZ. To take nothing away from NZ who have played better in the series so far with everything going against them from team selection in the two teams to loosing the toss.

  • on November 16, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    In SL only 1 season which is monsoon !

  • yogesh.gg on November 16, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Lions are ROARING 132/4 in 21.4 Overs ha ha

  • Jadejafan on November 16, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I wonder how this Lankan team will fair without their experience trio? :) New Zealand C team still looking strong.

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    i hope rain stop in sri lanka win the match

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    chandimal and thirimanne should be openers, then they will have more that enough time to build their innings

  • EnglishCricket on November 16, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Can't believe Sri Lanka will be touring England next year.

  • on November 16, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    oops sangakarra out for zero, and ttheir CAPTAIN lasted for only one delivery...wow.... some team this lankan...... newzeland B team that they are playing against , and that too in their own back yard....wow

  • SILVERSANGA on November 16, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    I like Sachithra Senanayake. He can be a very crucial all rounder for us. A handy ODI spinner and a batsman who can smash few outta the park. I still remember his six against SA to chase down 300. His height allows to get more bounce.

    Herath once again proving that he is one of the best bowlers today and his last match was forgettable. Good work by our selectors for not letting him out for one bad over. Nice comeback. 25/3 of 6!