2.30pm Rightio, we've got Dimuth Karunaratne and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had recently retired from Test cricket, coming out to open for Sri Lanka. The captain, Kyle Mills, has the ball, and is just making sure his field is to his liking. And off we go, two slips in place...

Kyle Mills says its a fresh wicket and with the rain around, Duckworth-Lewis will come into play and we'd rather chase. Its an opportunity for the youngsters to stand up, especially away from home in Sri Lanka, and hopefully set things up for the home season and the World cup later. They've got Grant Elliot at No. 4 and Mills hopes that he can replicate what Ross does for them and things go well

Angelo Mathews was not fussed about losing the toss, saying that they were looking to put runs on the board. He added that the players have had a good couple of months off, but have still had good preparation with local four-day and one-day tournaments. Sri Lanka are fielding a full-strength team, but are without Thisara Perera who makes way for Dimuth Karunaratne

Pitch report time and Alistair Campbell plays weather man first - 31 degrees centigrade, and quite humid. There are a couple of dark clouds in the horizon but he feels they won't harm the match. The pitch itself has a good covering of grass on it, fresh too. But below that covering it is dry so there should be good carry. The most telling statistic though is that 75% of the wickets have been taken by the seamers and with two new balls the opening batsmen are going to have a difficult time.

New Zealand, apart from having to brace against the absences of seniors like Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum, are 5-16 in Sri Lanka. Even worse, since 2004, they are yet to win an ODI game here.

Razmi from Saudi: "I prefer to give youngesters to open the innings & dilshan go to 5th down to play in the 30th overs power play. India's success was on dhoni playing in later order & youngesters trying their luck in the top order."

2.18pmWeather-wise, things look very good in Hambantota. There's a bit of breeze around, as there always is here, but the ground is kissed by some gorgeous sunshine and lovely blue skies.

Navoda: "If i am honest, I know only four guys from the New Zealand team today." They are a pretty new-look side, aren't they? It's going to be my first time watching a few of their players too. Anton Devcich, for example. But it isn't just them, Sri Lanka are looking to explore new talent as well, but for this series Angelo Mathews has said he wants to win this series first and foremost

SamSL: "Would SL try Ashan Priyanjan at lower middle order? or at least change the usual front loaded SL batting line up by bringing Dinesh Chandimal up?" They have a very settled top order, I'm not quite sure if they'd want to change that up. But you're right, Sri Lanka, if they are vulnerable, is in their middle order.

2.00pm No news yet about the toss though. We will keep you posted though Scratch that, folks. We have a media release that confirms New Zealand will be bowling first. But they will not have the services of Neesham, who has a groin injury and Hamish Rutherford. In Sri Lanka news, Dimuth Karunaratne is expected to open the batting.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Anton Devcich, Rob Nicol, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Corey Anderson, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills (capt), Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan

And for Sri Lanka, you can't quite say Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne are youngsters, but they are yet to fulfill the promise that was pinned to them. Sri Lanka are still heavily reliant on their uber experienced top-order in Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. But do not count these guys out, especially in home conditions. Their bowling is quite settled, and rather dangerous too - which is implied with Slinga Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara leading the seam attack and a whole host of mind-boggling spinners at their disposal. This should be a cracker!

It seems most sides are trying to juggle a transitional period and the immediate aims of winning matches. Though New Zealand could not produce the results they would have preferred, they have a couple of exciting talents among their ranks. James Neesham was spectacular for Otago in the Champions League, Mitchell McClenaghan has been generating quite a bit of buzz ever since his entry into international cricket. And with old hands like Kyle Mills, who leads the side, and Grant Elliott, they have all the potential in the world. It's just about translating that into performance. It's not going to be quite as straight forward as that though, especially with Sri Lanka's spinners

We should expect the toss in about 15 minutes, but in the meantime let's recap how the two teams have fared. The home side enjoyed a terrific time against South Africa, drubbing them 4-1, but it is the polar opposite story for New Zealand as they were blanked by Bangladesh 0-3. Very thin analysis, my apologies, but while you are cussing me, have a little look through Andrew Fernando's preview

1.44pm Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of the first ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand from Hambantota.

0.1

Mills to Karunaratne, OUT, and he's out first ball! He was stuck on the back foot and that was definitely plumb! It was a fullish length ball, with a little bit of shape inward after pitching. Karunaratne was reulctant to come forward and to make matters worse, he was playing across the line to midwicket and gets struck below the knee-roll and that was good enough for umpire Oxenford. Golden duck for the youngster

FDM Karunaratne lbw b Mills 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And out comes one of Sri Lanka's old faithfuls, Kumar Sangakkara, who had a lovely old time recently

0.2

Mills to Sangakkara, no run, right on the money again. It was angled across the batsman, on a fullish length again, but Sanga got back behind it and blocks into the off side

0.3

Mills to Sangakkara, no run, ample bounce there and Sanga was almost drawn into a shot, but pulls the bat away at the last moment. Attacks that off stump corridor, but this was back of a length and it sails away around shoulder high past the batsman

0.4

Mills to Sangakkara, no run, fuller ball for variation, but he is on and around the off stump again as he comes forward and defends solidly

0.5

Mills to Sangakkara, no run, plays that with soft hands off to point, where the fielder is highly active as he pulls out a dive. And the batsman immediately call no. Sanga had gone back to defend that short of a length ball on off stump

0.6

Mills to Sangakkara, 2 runs, nicely played. Just storked the full length ball straight down the ground and mid-off and mid-on work in tandem to get the ball back in play

End of over 1 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 2/1 (RR: 2.00)
KC Sangakkara    2* (5b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-1
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

Mitchell McClenaghan is up with the second new ball. Two silps in place

1.1

McClenaghan to Dilshan, 1 wide, and he is as wayward as Mills was accurate. There was a little shape available for the left-armer but he sprays this down the leg side and it swings further away

Andrew Phillipps: "Despite Kyle taking a wicket first ball, as the 12th Man once said, you wouldn't want to bet lefty on this NZ team bringing home the bacon. Fingers crossed I'm wrong :)"

1.1

McClenaghan to Dilshan, 1 run, much better, fuller on middle stump and with a little swing into the batsman and Dilshan goes back and nudges it wide of mid-on to get off the mark

1.2

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, no run, his radar is not quite tuned yet, and oh boy, he has gotten away with that! Full and wide down the leg side, and that was wide all the way, but the umpire seems to think otherwise

@Martyguptill: Great start from millsy there! Keep the wickets coming boys! @BLACKCAPS

1.3

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, no run, gets back behind the line of that good length ball on off stump and blocks down the pitch

@Martyguptill: Great start from millsy there! Keep the wickets coming boys! @BLACKCAPS

1.4

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, no run, gets back behind the line of that one and blocks with authority

1.5

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, no run, he shuffles across to the off side to meet this one which was just back of a length and defends down the pitch

1.6

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, no run, appeal for caught behind, but there was no bat in that as Sanga moved back and looked to pull the shortish ball angled into his body. It must have hit him somewhere high up on his thigh as it went off to the keeper

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 4/1 (RR: 2.00)
KC Sangakkara    2* (10b)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-2-0
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-1

2.1

Mills to Dilshan, no run, beautiful away swinger, and Dilshan had come forward and was looking to play at that, but he tucks his bat behind his front pad as the good length ball seams away

Rewi: "I love the Sri Lankans but boy do I hope they get tired of blowing those Vuvuzelas! What happened to the brass band and drums?" And even with such a sparse crowd too

2.2

Mills to Dilshan, no run, good stop from Anton Devicich at Point. It was cracked away by Dilshan and deserved to go for a lot more than that as Mills pitches it short and wide

2.3

Mills to Dilshan, FOUR, this time he pierces the gap between cover and mid-off. Overpitched from Mills and all it needed was a little timing and Dilshan's drive had ample

2.4

Mills to Dilshan, 1 run, compensates with a full length ball on middle and leg and he flicks it away to long leg off the back foot

Janaka: "Ridicules team selection. How on earth they dropped Thisara and play seven batsmen. If six cannot do the job, How can Thirimanne will do at seven. Mathew should drop himself and let Thisara in then.."

2.5

Mills to Sangakkara, no run, handsome drive this time from Sanga. Mills is keeping this new ball nice and full to extract as much swing as he possibly can and the batsman just taps it down to mid-off

2.6

Mills to Sangakkara, 1 run, tucks him up, refusing him any room as the back of a length ball on middle and leg is clipped to square leg

End of over 3 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 10/1 (RR: 3.33)
KC Sangakkara    3* (12b)      KD Mills    2-0-8-1
TM Dilshan    6* (5b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-2-0

3.1

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, FOUR, short ball, he didn't get all of that, but that's the second boundary for Sri Lanka. He was a little slow to pull that short ball seaming into him and the ball took the under edge close to the handle of the bat and trickled away to long leg

3.2

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, FOUR, Oh, that was crisp! Short, wide and slapped away through point for consecutive fours. he's struggling with his lines here

3.3

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, no run, goes fuller and homes in on off stump, as Mills has been doing so consistently from the other end and he is rewarded with just a defensive prod

3.4

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, no run, oh, lovely ball. Sanga left it, but it was quite tight and I suppose you will say it was a good decision by the batsman. The ball was full and angled in and it straightens after pitching

3.5

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, 1 wide, that was a poor follow-up. Full lenght ball, yes, but it was well wide of leg stump and the umpire does not come to save his skin that time

3.5

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, 3 runs, clipped away off the inside edge. It was full and angling into the batsman comes forward to work it away. Tom Latham chases it down, pulls out the dive and pulls the ball back in play. Replays confirm that and play resumes

3.6

McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, oh, that was too good! Bounce and seam combine to beat the outside edge. It was pitched back of a length on leg stump and seams away from the right-hander who came forward to defend, but the ball got big on him and sails past the bat

End of over 4 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 22/1 (RR: 5.50)
TM Dilshan    6* (6b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-14-0
KC Sangakkara    14* (17b 2x4)      KD Mills    2-0-8-1

4.1

Mills to Sangakkara, no run, pushes the ball across the left hander at a good length but Sanga is not tempted into playing that

4.2

Mills to Sangakkara, no run, tests him with a line closer to middle stump and the batsman keeps it out off the back foot

4.3

Mills to Sangakkara, no run, disciplined batting against the new ball from Sanga here. It was full and outside off stump and he lets it go after covering the line of the ball in case it seams in

OK: "Parera is one of the best all rounders in world. Dont know why SL ignored him. Somewhere in world Robin Peterson and M.S Dhoni would be smiling for different reasons"

4.4

Mills to Sangakkara, 1 run, tucks away off his hips, that's meat and drink for subcontinent batsmen, as he bowls a shortish length at the body of the batsman

4.5

Mills to Dilshan, FOUR, second cover drive from Dilshan and its the same result as the last time. And this was a better shot considering the ball wasn't overpitched. Cross-seamed delivery, possibly looking for that little bit of extra bounce, but there wasn't any on offer this time and Dilshan just hits through the line, finds the gap and watches it fly away to the boundary

4.6

Mills to Dilshan, no run, goes immediately shorter and Dilshan goes to cut the ball, there wasn't enough room for that typical rasping cut shot as the ball finds the point fielder

End of over 5 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 27/1 (RR: 5.40)
TM Dilshan    10* (8b 2x4)      KD Mills    3-0-13-1
KC Sangakkara    15* (21b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-14-0

McClenaghan has been pulled off. He's had some trouble maintaining his line and it's Adam Milne coming in

5.1

Milne to Sangakkara, 1 run, good start, except for the misfield from cover. Corey Anderson is the culprit as Sanga leans into a checked cover drive to the fullish length ball pitching on and around off stump

5.2

Milne to Dilshan, 1 wide, wide called, rightly so as the ball was pitched on leg stump and seams further down. Dilshan was looking to flick it away to fine leg, but is beaten

5.2

Milne to Dilshan, no run, more movement into the right-hander, but he starts it from outside off stump and keeps a good length going. Dilshan is safely on his back foot and punches it to cover

5.3

Milne to Dilshan, no run, he flirts with that one, and is lucky not to get the kiss of death. It was a sucker ball, back of a length outside off stump and he goes for a lame looking cut shot

5.4

Milne to Dilshan, no run, beaten again! And Luke Ronchi spills the ball. There wasn't any edge, but NZ's fielding is usually better than that. This was a full length ball, swinging away a little and that was enough to take it past the outside edge and square Dilshan up. Good carry too

5.5

Milne to Dilshan, no run, on the splice of the bat that time and it was a back of a length outswinger from Milne again and Dilshan blocks it after covering the line. He seems to be one of those bowlers who zips onto the bat

5.6

Milne to Dilshan, no run, full and ducking into the batsman who presents a straight bat after getting on the front foot and keeps it out

Phil: "Could you give some speed ball readings on Milne? Just curious as to whether he's up over the 145kph mark." Apologies, but the telecast is not giving those details.

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 29/1 (RR: 4.83)
TM Dilshan    10* (13b 2x4)      AF Milne    1-0-2-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (22b 2x4)      KD Mills    3-0-13-1

6.1

Mills to Sangakkara, no run, full length ball, seaming just a little outside off and Sanga gets forward and blocks

6.2

Mills to Sangakkara, 1 run, quick single and in the end that was quite well judged. Cover and mid-off rushed up to get the ball as Sanga goes back and knocks it away into the off side with very soft hands. he was on the back foot too and had to motor to reach the crease and so he would have done if the fielders had collected the ball too

6.3

Mills to Dilshan, no run, shortish and on and around the off stump as Dilshan stays in his crease and blocks

Only one slip in place now

6.4

Mills to Dilshan, no run, gets half a stride forward and pushes the full length ball towards mid-on

6.5

Mills to Dilshan, no run, gets his wrists into play, but can't get his timing right. It was full on middle and off, but he could only whip it as far as mid-on

6.6

Mills to Dilshan, FOUR, and there's his signature shot - scoops that away over the keeper's head! It was fullish in length and had nothing wrong with it as it was coming towards top of off, but Dilshan goes on one knee and lofts the ball straight back behind him

End of over 7 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 34/1 (RR: 4.85)
TM Dilshan    14* (17b 3x4)      KD Mills    4-0-18-1
KC Sangakkara    17* (24b 2x4)      AF Milne    1-0-2-0

Still two slips for Sanga though

7.1

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length outside off stump and Sanga negotiates it well, right under his eyes as he blocks

7.2

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, scoots away off a thickish outside edge as he bowls it on a full length on and around off stump. The ball runs off to point but the batsman have already sneaked the single

Meduri Muralidhar: "Good to see that Dilscoop after a very long from the inventor himself."

OK: "Phil please use stopwatch and calculator to calculate speed by formula . Speed = Distance/time ;)"

7.3

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, good lines from Milne. And Sanga respects it as he watches the full length ball on the off stump go to the keeper

7.4

Milne to Sangakkara, FOUR, oh, but now he errs short and wide and the batsman taps it away wide of point. He wanted to test the middle of the pitch that time, but if he wants to do that, he needs to tuck the batsman up. Sanga though just rode the bounce and placed the ball. Lovely shot

7.5

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length going across the left-hander who goes back and defends it to point

syed: "milne is 150+ i have remember him bowled to pakistan. 2-3 years ago" He is quite nippy, yes. But I wonder if he is that fast though

7.6

Milne to Sangakkara, 1 wide, oh, too wide outside off and Sanga is least bothered with it. He is keeping a nice fullish length though

7.6

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, much better. Makes sure he hits the same length but this time he is much closer to the batsman. But Sanga has seen it pitch on off and with the angle, easily lets it go to the keeper. Still a little bit of away movement on offer

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 39/1 (RR: 4.87)
KC Sangakkara    21* (30b 3x4)      AF Milne    2-0-7-0
TM Dilshan    14* (17b 3x4)      KD Mills    4-0-18-1

8.1

Mills to Dilshan, FOUR, clipped away wide of mid-on, that was what he was looking to do in the last over from Mills. It was full on middle and he gets forward and whips it through the gap between mid-on and midwicket

8.2

Mills to Dilshan, no run, slower ball bests him. He wanted to slam that out of Hambantota and recognises his mistake immediately as he admonishes himself. On a good length outside off and he looked to flay that though the covers and gets an inside edge

8.3

Mills to Dilshan, no run, inside edged onto his pad, that had a little inward movement, courtesy a fullish length and usually Dilshan would have whipped it away, but misses out

8.4

Mills to Dilshan, no run, better line from Mills, making the batsman come forward and defend the full length ball into the covers

8.5

Mills to Dilshan, no run, this time he opens the face of the bat on impact, looking to perhaps sneak a single, but the full length ball outside off goes straight to point

8.6

Mills to Dilshan, no run, inside edges again, this was full and seaming into him. Dilshan was on the front foot, wanting to drive on the up, but the bat turns in his hand and with no timing, the ball runs away to mid-on

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 43/1 (RR: 4.77)
TM Dilshan    18* (23b 4x4)      KD Mills    5-0-22-1
KC Sangakkara    21* (30b 3x4)      AF Milne    2-0-7-0

9.1

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, play and miss. Milne is looking more and more impressive here. The only problem with this one was it was a little too wide. Sanga has been letting those go, but this time he fishes at it and the ball just brushes past his outside edge

9.2

Milne to Sangakkara, SIX, that's in the air, but it goes over the head of the long leg fielder. He top-edged the pull shot as Milne invested in another short ball, and his pace made Sanga;s timing go out the window but still the ball had enough to go for six and straight into the hands of someone in the crowd. Good catch that

9.3

Milne to Sangakkara, FOUR, oh absolutely delicious! That was overpitched, it had width, it needed to be put away. But Sanga does so with such mouth watering elegance. Foot to the pitch of the ball and just holds his pose as the ball skittles away through the covers

Seems to be some issue with the ball here, not quite sure what, but the umpires are asking the bowler to get back to his mark

9.4

Milne to Sangakkara, 1 wide, anothe wide from New Zealand. Five wides in under 10 overs. This one was full, swinging away and going too far down the off side to interest Sanga

9.4

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, shortish but this one did not have any room on it. Sanga shuffles across and blocks off the back foot

9.5

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, waits for that one and plays it right under his eyes as he flicks the good length ball on his pads away into midwicket

Dan: "NZ likely to get well beaten here, there's no one in this batting line-up that will be able to deal with Malinga, let alone your spinners. Unusual selection policy, they seem to just be giving everyone a go and hoping someone stands up. Quite disrespectful to Sri Lanka and the game, we're not such a strong team as to be putting out B lineups in full international matches!"

9.6

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, lovely line and keeps it on a good length just outside off stumps and Sanga watches it go off to the keeper. Good way to end a slightly expensive over and that marks the end of the Powerplay

End of over 10 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 54/1 (RR: 5.40)
KC Sangakkara    31* (36b 4x4 1x6)      AF Milne    3-0-18-0
TM Dilshan    18* (23b 4x4)      KD Mills    5-0-22-1

Sanjaya: "Jest tired and boring to se this three Legends do for SL always .sad that No new player taking the responsibility." There are still a few youngsters waiting down the order. Lets wait till they're up

And now we have McClenaghan back

10.1

McClenaghan to Dilshan, 1 run, poor start, he's still struggling. Short ball on leg stump and Dilshan goes back, moving across to his off stump and pulls it away behind square on the leg side

10.2

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on the off stump which draws Sanga forward and drive towards cover. He dives, but it is just wide of him and mid-off cleans up

10.3

McClenaghan to Dilshan, 1 run, oh, off the splice of the bat and went in the air through gully. That was a very good ball, bouncing a little more from a good length as Dilshan was looking to block off the back foot

10.4

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, shot ball again, but that is not troubling either batsman. This time Sanga pulls the ball well in front of square, and he wasn't concerned with hitting it in the air as there is no midwicket, only the man in the deep who collects it

10.5

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, 1 run, oh, soft hands and it beats the short third man fielder. It was on a good length just outside off stump. Sanga just opened the face of the bat on impact and collects a single for his trouble

10.6

McClenaghan to Dilshan, 1 run, on the pads of Dilshan now, he's not having fun with the right- and left-hander in the crease and is flicked away to fine leg

End of over 11 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 61/1 (RR: 5.54)
TM Dilshan    21* (26b 4x4)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-21-0
KC Sangakkara    35* (39b 4x4 1x6)      AF Milne    3-0-18-0

11.1

Milne to Dilshan, no run, good length ball on off stump and Dilshan is happy to push it back to the bowler

11.2

Milne to Dilshan, 1 run, pulled away, that wasn't quite as short, but Dilshan's quick hands makes that length ball on middle run off to deep midwicket

11.3

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, loud appeal from Milne as Sanga is rapped on the pads! it looked very close, but I reckon the ball was pitching outside leg stump. He kept it full and made sure the ball was on a wicket- to-wicket line, but that was a good decision from the umpire

11.4

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, on a good length going across the batsman who steps forward and defends

11.5

Milne to Sangakkara, 2 runs, stays a little down the leg side and Sanga takes full advantage of that, staying back in his crease and whipping it away to deep square leg

11.6

Milne to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads again, this time Sanga gets forward and flicks it to deep midwicket to retain strike

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 65/1 (RR: 5.41)
KC Sangakkara    38* (43b 4x4 1x6)      AF Milne    4-0-22-0
TM Dilshan    22* (28b 4x4)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-21-0

Hajananth: "i don't know why people are so much bothered about giving chances to youngsters , if chandimal / thrimanne want to get some exposure they can easily fit on to the opening role which is still unoccupied instead of shuffling the batting positions,"

12.1

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, no run, wasn't quite there to cut and Sanga gets it off the under edge of the bat as to this a shortish delivery just outside off

12.2

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, FOUR, pulled away strongly and deep square leg cannot cut it off. McClenaghan persists with the short ball and the batsman is only too happy to go back and pound it away in front of square

12.3

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, no run, that time he beats the batsman, who was looking to steer it away to third man. A little extra bounce there as he bowls it on a back of a length outside off stump

12.4

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, FOUR, another trademark Sangakkara cover drive and that was going nowhere else but the the boundary. Too full this time from the bowler and he makes no mistake, getting forward and just caressing it wide of the man at cover

12.5

McClenaghan to Sangakkara, 1 run, oh, well played. That was short and seaming into him, but he stays perfectly balanced at the crease, lets the ball come to him and rides the bounce to tape it away to third man

12.6

McClenaghan to Dilshan, 3 runs, excellent work by Grant Elliot who chases that flick shot all the way to the midwicket boundary and pushes it back to Tom Latham who was running in behind it. It was a full length ball on the pads of Dilshan and he clipped it away quite well

End of over 13 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 77/1 (RR: 5.92)
TM Dilshan    25* (29b 4x4)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-33-0
KC Sangakkara    47* (48b 6x4 1x6)      AF Milne    4-0-22-0

aziz nasir: "NZ bowlers are waiting for a mistake to happen so they can break this partnership, they have no idea whatsoever what to bowl these guys"

And because of that probably, Mills has asked for a bit of spin. Anton Devcich, left-arm orthodox, into the attack

13.1

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump and he's driven to long-off

Around the wicket to Sanga

Aaron: "No disrespect to Adam Gilchrist but sangakkara has to be the best wicket keeper batsmen of the modern era at least!"

13.2

Devcich to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball on middle and leg and he blocks it away into the on side

13.3

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller this time, but he's not interested in flighting the ball much. Sanga gets forward and taps it away through midwicket

13.4

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, excellent fielding by Devcich off his own bowling. He dove full length to his left to stop the off drive from Dilshan from beating him

13.5

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, and Eliot pulls out a diving save this time as the bowler strays on the pads. Dilshan gets forward and clips it away to the right of midwicket

13.6

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, nice and full again and Dilshan taps it down to long-on to take a single and that brings drinks on the field

Meduri MURALIDHAR: "The current NZ Team has played 317 ODIs among all the 11 players, while Sanga alone played 354, Mahela 404 and Dilshan 290 odd. Out of the 317, Mills alone represents for 155 ODIs. That's experience and inexperience for you."

Lahiru: "Clueless NZ bowling attack VS respective legend Batsmen from Sri lanka. Unless the batsman's doing a mistake hope this attack will not able to get this wickets."

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 80/1 (RR: 5.71)
TM Dilshan    27* (33b 4x4)      AP Devcich    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    48* (50b 6x4 1x6)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-33-0

Spin from both ends. Nathan McCullum into the attack, around the wicket straight away to Dilshan

Brendan: "I presume the calls for SL to hold back the great ODI batsmen and send in the youngsters instead are coming from NZ."

Kunaal Verma: "@ Aaron- But you did disrespect Dhoni there."

14.1

McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, oh, lucky there. it was short and down the leg side. Dilshan lined it up but as well as he'd pulled that, he couldn't place it wide enough of long leg to beat him

around to the left hander as well

14.2

McCullum to Sangakkara, FOUR, tossed up nicely, but it was excellently played by Sanga to bring up his fifty. There was very little risk in that innings, and even in this shot, he was only using the pace of the bowler as he glanced it well to the left of of the man at short fine leg

14.3

McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, shorter and on middle and he punches it down the ground to get off strike

14.4

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, straighter one and Dilshan expecting the off spinner is beaten as he went forward to defend

14.5

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, shortish on middle stump and he goes back to punch it to the bowler

14.6

McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, worked away to long-on as McCullum drops it short again

End of over 15 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 87/1 (RR: 5.80)
TM Dilshan    29* (37b 4x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    53* (52b 7x4 1x6)      AP Devcich    1-0-3-0

Shakib: "Kunal - In ODI's Dhoni is up there. But in Test's, no chance against Sanga or Gilchrist"

15.1

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, goes wide of the crease that time as he pitches it right up to the batsman who comes forward and drives back to the bowler

15.2

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, held that one back a little and the ball goes along with the arm to. The natural variation that Warnie says Jadeja uses so well. Dilshan was coming forward to defend, but misses as the ball hits his pads, but it would have gone down leg

15.3

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, flatter and bowled just outside off. Dilshan stays leg side of it and looks to slap it away through the off side, but can't time it

15.4

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted on off stump and Dilshan drives it to long-off to take a single

15.5

Devcich to Sangakkara, no run, a little short and has just enough room for Sanga to go back and steer to point

15.6

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on off stump and is driven calmly down the ground to long-off as he retains strike

End of over 16 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 89/1 (RR: 5.56)
KC Sangakkara    54* (54b 7x4 1x6)      AP Devcich    2-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    30* (41b 4x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-7-0

still around the wicket

16.1

McCullum to Sangakkara, SIX, short, horrible ball from an off spinner and Sanga murders that over cow corner. Rocks back immediately and hoists it away over midwicket and it falls slam-bang on the advertising skirting and that is a six!

16.2

McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, full and on off stump, makes the batsman come forward and block

16.3

McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, on a good length, with just the smallest amount of turn as he tapes it just a little straight of cover to pick up a single

16.4

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, on a fullish length, but still on the pads as he works it away towards square leg

16.5

McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, still persists on the pads, he does not want to give Dilshan any room here and as a result Dilshan just flicks it away through midwicket

16.6

McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, that turns right across the outside edge. Lovely ball from the offie. Pitched just outside off and turns almost square into the keeper's gloves

End of over 17 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 97/1 (RR: 5.70)
KC Sangakkara    61* (58b 7x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-15-0
TM Dilshan    31* (43b 4x4)      AP Devcich    2-0-5-0

17.1

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, straighter one again and Dilshan gets an inside edge and squirts off into the fine leg region

17.2

Devcich to Dilshan, no run

17.3

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, tossed up outside off stump and he pushes it towards mid-on, but Devcich leaps to his right and fields well

17.4

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, holds that one back and Dilshan is made to wait for it as he pushes away towards the covers

17.5

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, on a good length, but there isnt too much room on offer as he taps it away to cover

17.6

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, nicely bowled. He gets a maiden by bowling this full and on middle. Dilshan comes forward and just keeps it out

End of over 18 (maiden) Sri Lanka 97/1 (RR: 5.38)
TM Dilshan    31* (49b 4x4)      AP Devcich    3-1-5-0
KC Sangakkara    61* (58b 7x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-15-0

18.1

McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, gives it a little air, but he targets the leg stump as Sanga plays around his front pad and pushes it to square leg

18.2

McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, not quite as full which allows Sanga to go back and guide it through point

18.3

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, tossed up nice and slow and the batsman leans forward and pushes it to cover

18.4

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, just a little closer to off stump and Dilshan drives to mid-off

18.5

McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, slow and flighted again, this time on middle and leg from around the wicket, as Dilshan nudges it down to long-on

18.6

McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, another good over from the New Zealand spinners. They're keeping things very tight here as this is on a good length and forces Sanga to come forward and only defend

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 99/1 (RR: 5.21)
KC Sangakkara    62* (61b 7x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    3-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    32* (52b 4x4)      AP Devcich    3-1-5-0

19.1

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, Sanga wants the single, but Dilshan says no. In the end there is no trouble. The ball was pushed through and he wanted to flick it past the short fine leg, but doesnt get bat on it.

19.2

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, on a good length and he goes forward and blocks well

19.3

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, stays leg side of that one as he leans into a nice-looking cover drive to the flighted ball outside off stump to bring up the Sri Lankan hundred. These two have done very, very well after that first-ball jolt

19.4

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, oh, dear. He's bowled a no-ball and its free hit time! The back portion of his foot hadn't landed but the front half was well in front of the line. as Sanga defends that good length ball on middle

19.4

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter ball on middle, tucking the batsman up as he slog sweeps it straight to deep midwicket's hands. But it is a free hit so the wicket doesnt count

19.5

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, pushes it through again and Dilshan is late on it as he looks to play across the line and whip it through midwikcet

19.6

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, pushes the full length ball down to long-on

End of over 20 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 102/1 (RR: 5.10)
TM Dilshan    33* (57b 4x4)      AP Devcich    4-1-8-0
KC Sangakkara    63* (63b 7x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    3-0-17-0

20.1

McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted just outside off stump as he comes forward and drives down to long-off

20.2

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, nudged away to square leg as he flights the ball on middle and off

20.3

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, oh, beaten again. He was expecting that to turn a little more, but it went straight on to the keepre's gloves as the batsman came forward to defend

20.4

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, tossed up on middle and he drives back to the bowler

20.5

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, a little shorter this time and Dilshan goes back and flicks away to square leg

20.6

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, opens up his stance to drill that through the covers, but there wasn't enough room for it as he keeps the ball full and close to off stump

End of over 21 (1 run) Sri Lanka 103/1 (RR: 4.90)
TM Dilshan    33* (62b 4x4)      NL McCullum    4-0-18-0
KC Sangakkara    64* (64b 7x4 2x6)      AP Devcich    4-1-8-0

21.1

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, pitched right up at the batsman's feet as Sanga drives down to long-on

21.2

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, and all this pressure makes the batsman try something differed as he goes down to sweep the ball, but it goes straight to short fine

21.3

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, flatter but still full of length as the batsman drives to long-on

21.4

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, similar delivery, similar result, but its the left hander this time. Tossed up on leg stump and driven down the ground

21.5

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, oh Devcich can't get to that. He wanted to as he made a couple of steps then gave up the ghost as the full length ball is pushed down the ground to his right

21.6

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time he works it away towards midwicket as the ball wasn;t quite there for the drive

Eugene: "a very uncharacteristic play by Dilshan here. He's not even able to get the singles."

OK: "Through all the fluent batting of Sanga and Dilshan, Davecich is bowling some lovely spin. Just 8 runs from 4 overs!"

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 108/1 (RR: 4.90)
KC Sangakkara    67* (67b 7x4 2x6)      AP Devcich    5-1-13-0
TM Dilshan    35* (65b 4x4)      NL McCullum    4-0-18-0

The Sri Lankan players are taking a mini-drink here. It is quite humid today. Both these batsman have handled the situation very well, especially Sanga. But can they continue? Change from New Zealand, allrounder Corey Anderson comes into the attack

22.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, and he offers up a friendly half-volley with a little room outside off stump. Sangakkara in this form is not going to miss out as he lofts the ball wide of mid-off and the ball heads straight to the boundary

22.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, angled into his pads as Sanga goes across to the off side, but cannot get bat to ball. But they do cllect a leg bye

22.3

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, room on offer again, and this time the ball was a little short too. Dilshan, however, misses out on it as he frees his arms and cuts. Guess it was just a bit too wide of him to time it well

22.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, good length ball on and around off stump, but Sanga guides it towards third man to take a single

22.5

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, full and on the pads and he is worked ever so easily down to long leg to rotate strike. Why did Mills bring seam into the attack when the spinners were putting so much pressure?

22.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, wanted to exploit third man again, but this was the slower ball and there wasn;t enough pace on it to get the single he wanted after tapping it away square on the off side

End of over 23 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 116/1 (RR: 5.04)
KC Sangakkara    72* (71b 8x4 2x6)      CJ Anderson    1-0-7-0
TM Dilshan    37* (67b 4x4)      AP Devcich    5-1-13-0

23.1

Devcich to Dilshan, FOUR, he needed that. Full and with a little bit of width and Dilshan slams it through the covers. Muscular shot that to end his boundary drought

23.2

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, and that makes the bowler bowl it flatter and on the pads, which is easily negotiated into the square leg region

23.3

Devcich to Sangakkara, no run, full and on middle as Sanga comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

23.4

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, clips the full length ball on middle and leg to long-on

23.5

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, tries the sweep again, but he's yet to middle it as the ball is full and tossed up on middle and goes off to the man at short fine leg

23.6

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, effortlessly worked down to long-on as Devcich bowls it full and on middle stump

Uwaisul Karnain: "Never seen Dilshan's strike rate in the mid 50s before at this stage of the innings, but he is a vastly experienced player nowadays and will hate to throw away a good start!"

End of over 24 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 124/1 (RR: 5.16)
KC Sangakkara    74* (74b 8x4 2x6)      AP Devcich    6-1-20-0
TM Dilshan    42* (70b 5x4)      CJ Anderson    1-0-7-0

24.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, full length ball on middle and leg and Sanga pulls out that staple shot of subcontinent batsmen, clipped off the legs to midwicket

24.2

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, excellent cricket. That was the slower ball, but Dilshan picked it, played it away to point with soft hands and set off like a wild man, rushing through the wickets

24.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga wanted to do the same as he tapped this length delivery on off stump in front of cover but this time the fielder was a little more alert

24.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, well done, Cory! He was giving the batsmen a steady diet of slower balls so Sanga came down the track, but this one was lots quicker and shorter and even as he looked to adjust and pull the ball, he is hit on his hips

24.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, full and on middle and leg as Sanga pushes it to mid-on

24.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, this time Sanga gets the best of the battle. He charged him, Anderson adjusted and dug it in, but he was waiting for it judging by how quickly he was able to pull the ball behind square

End of over 25 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 130/1 (RR: 5.20)
KC Sangakkara    79* (79b 9x4 2x6)      CJ Anderson    2-0-13-0
TM Dilshan    43* (71b 5x4)      AP Devcich    6-1-20-0

25.1

Devcich to Dilshan, 2 runs, short and wide and Dilshan gets into the party. But there is a sweeper cover out there, Adam Milne, who does well as he slides to his right. Dilshan's cut was placed well, as he waited for it just enough to hit it past the point fielder

Ali Mushaf: "It is too early to say but Can Sanga become the first non-indian batsman to get a double ton."

25.2

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, tossed up on middle and off and it is defended away calmly

25.3

Devcich to Dilshan, FOUR, and it was only a matter of time until his sweep shot found the middle of the bat. This was on middle and off and he lofts it away over square leg and it goes for a one-bounce four

25.4

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, fifty for Dilshan with a calm push down the ground, almost characteristic of the innings he has played today. Dare I say, Dilshan has dropped anchor?

zafarjaveds: "One good over for dilshan and his S.R will jump to 80 and more. He is very much capable of that. SO guys, sit back and relax and enjoy when he explodes."

25.5

Devcich to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, and Sanga pushes it down the ground

25.6

Devcich to Sangakkara, OUT, oh, why would he do that when he was looking so good at the crease? chips it in the air straight to midwicket. Devcich gave the ball a little air and he came down the track, looking to clear the infield, but instead the flick shot found the fielder dead on. Wicket against the run of play for New Zealand but can they capitalise? Sanga looks absolutely bemused. I dont think even he understands how he could have perished like this

KC Sangakkara c McCullum b Devcich 79 (110m 81b 9x4 2x6) SR: 97.53

which brings Mahela Jayawardene into the middle. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire

End of over 26 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 137/2 (RR: 5.26)
     AP Devcich    7-1-27-1
TM Dilshan    50* (75b 6x4)      CJ Anderson    2-0-13-0

Yo, N Mac is back

26.1

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, was that a chance? McCullum certainly thinks so and there was an edge, but it was far too thick for the keeper to collect it. Dilshan was looking to cut it fine to third man, but it kicks off the keeper's gloves and trickles away into the off side

26.2

McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball on leg stump and its pulled away to the man on the square boundary

26.3

McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle and he comes forward, keeping bat and pad together as he blocks

26.4

McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, oh, he's beaten! Looking for more turn than that was present as he looking to drive the ball through the covers. McCullum has been doing that all day

26.5

McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, goes for the reverse sweep to get himself out of trouble, but cannot connect as the ball is on off stump, which was good for the shot, but it bounces a little more

26.6

McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, this time he's off the mark as the fullish ball on leg stump is pushed to long-on

End of over 27 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 139/2 (RR: 5.14)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (4b)      NL McCullum    5-0-20-0
TM Dilshan    51* (77b 6x4)      AP Devcich    7-1-27-1

27.1

Devcich to Jayawardene, no run, loud shout for leg before, Devcich is on his knees with such a prolonged appeal but the batsman is struck outside the line of off stump while playing a shot, the sweep.

27.2

Devcich to Jayawardene, no run, nicely pitched up and he defends back to the bowler

27.3

Devcich to Jayawardene, OUT, oh, he's thrown it away! They're just checking for the no ball and it looks to be fine, the back part of the boot is behind the line. It was flighted on middle and off and Mahela made a foray down the track and lofted the ball straight up. He would have wanted to add a little more distance to it as long-off ran up and took an easy catch.

DPMD Jayawardene c Nicol b Devcich 1 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

The captain, Angelo Mathews is in now

27.4

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, flatter ball on middle and leg and Dilshan stays stuck in the crease and pushes it back to the bowler

27.5

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, tossed up a lot more outside off stump and its driven to the covers

27.6

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed through on the pads and he flicks it towards midwicket to take the single

sathish2888: "I dono whom to blame now.. Ali for jinxing or Muthu for allowed him to Jinx.." How bout the batsman himself?

End of over 28 (1 run) Sri Lanka 140/3 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    52* (80b 6x4)      AP Devcich    8-1-28-2
AD Mathews    0* (0b)      NL McCullum    5-0-20-0

Adam Milne is back into the attack, possibly to rough up the new batsman

28.1

Milne to Dilshan, no run, goes off the inside half of the bat, which turns in his hand as he looks to drive on the up and down the ground. It was fullish and on midldle and goes off to mid-on

28.2

Milne to Dilshan, 2 runs, tucked away behind square leg as the ball was on a good length and the batsman are sprinting here. That is very good running and they turn a single into two

28.3

Milne to Dilshan, 1 run, short and well directed, but it doesn;t have all that much pace with the older ball and Dilshan has enough time to pull it to deep square leg

28.4

Milne to Mathews, no run, slower ball bouncer and that could have spelled curtains for Mathews! he was into the shot far too early having been completely deceived. He gets a bottom edge and the ball is deflected onto his boot when it could easily have gone through his legs and onto his stumps

28.5

Milne to Mathews, no run, back of a length outside off stump and he blocks it away with soft hands

28.6

Milne to Mathews, no run, good start to a new spell as he keeps this outside off stump and makes the batsman block

D: "Nothing is ever Sanga's fault"

Ali Mushaf: "I am really so sorry. I didn't mean to jinx SL. Does that remind you of the black cat in the last Pak vs SA match."

End of over 29 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 143/3 (RR: 4.93)
AD Mathews    0* (3b)      AF Milne    5-0-25-0
TM Dilshan    55* (83b 6x4)      AP Devcich    8-1-28-2

29.1

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, almost a yorker-length ball on off stump and Dilshan digs it out off the front foot and into the covers

29.2

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, driven calmly to long-off as he flights the ball on off stump

29.3

Devcich to Mathews, no run, holds that one just back a bit as Mathews comes forward and keeps it out

29.4

Devcich to Mathews, no run, just a little flatter and he presents a straight bat again

29.5

Devcich to Mathews, no run, a little flight and a hint of drift in too as the batsman is drawn forward and defends

29.6

Devcich to Mathews, no run, chips down the track, reaches the pitch and just nudges it away straight to midwicket

Rohit: "Very interesting to find that a batsman can never get out without the help of any jinx. I worder how many runs a batman will score in absence of all the jinx..500..100 or more!"

End of over 30 (1 run) Sri Lanka 144/3 (RR: 4.80)
AD Mathews    0* (7b)      AP Devcich    9-1-29-2
TM Dilshan    56* (85b 6x4)      AF Milne    5-0-25-0

30.1

Milne to Dilshan, no run, gets hit somewhere around his stomach area. Too quick for Dilshan and there was a little inward movement too. He's been channeling that all day. He was looking to flick it away square on the leg side but to no avail

30.2

Milne to Dilshan, 1 run, this was outrightly dug into the middle of the pitch, and as such he had a little more time to see it. He got back and pulls it away to deep square leg

30.3

Milne to Mathews, 1 run, on a length on off stump as he covers the line and clips it away square on the leg side to get off the mark

30.4

Milne to Dilshan, FOUR, oh, lovely shot! What wrist work there from Dilshan! It was short again and this time he meets the ball with great intent, staying solidly balanced on his back foot and pulling it down behind square on the leg side

30.5

Milne to Dilshan, 1 run, darts into the batsman again off a good length as Dilshan looks to block it away, but only gets an inside edge and Mathews calls him through for the single

30.6

Milne to Mathews, 1 run, helps it off to long leg. It was shortish again and he swivels on his back foot and pulls it in the air down to the man on the boundary

Matt: "What score would Sri Lanka be comfortable defending on this wicket considering the chance of rain?"

End of over 31 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 152/3 (RR: 4.90)
AD Mathews    2* (9b)      AF Milne    6-0-33-0
TM Dilshan    62* (89b 7x4)      AP Devcich    9-1-29-2

Final over for Devcich. He's been highly disciplined all through his spell

31.1

Devcich to Mathews, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off and he is driven off the front foot into the covers

31.2

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, another full length ball that is nicely flighted and Dilshan who was looking to go a little too hard on it with a cut shot, gets a little under edge

31.3

Devcich to Dilshan, 2 runs, oh, poor work there from Nathan McCullum at short cover. He should have got down a lot sooner, but was just too lazy. Dilshan's push through the covers off the back foot gets two when it should have been none

31.4

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, on a good length and he goes back to push it back to the bowler

31.5

Devcich to Dilshan, no run, flighted outside off and he drives to the man at cover

31.6

Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted on off stump and Dilshan drives it down the ground to pick up a single and Devcich finishes at just over three-an-over

Safmex: "Its so horrible to watch Mathews bat nowadays. He wastes so many balls upfront and get out scoring nothing. Cant believe him captaining the team....."

Lahiru: "@Matt: 280 would be ideal..." I reckon somewhere around 250-260 should do

End of over 32 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 156/3 (RR: 4.87)
TM Dilshan    65* (94b 7x4)      AP Devcich    10-1-33-2
AD Mathews    3* (10b)      AF Milne    6-0-33-0

32.1

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, tossed up on leg stump and he calmly pushes it away into the on side off the front foot

32.2

McCullum to Dilshan, no run, wanted a single there, but he hadn't placed it well enough as the full length ball which turns into him is pushed straight to cover

32.3

McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, flatter on middle stump and he goes back to tuck it away behind square leg

32.4

McCullum to Mathews, no run, and there is that special delivery from McCullum. This is why he is persisting with the angle around the wicket to the right hander. Mathews was looking for more turn, but this was the straighter one and had him fishing outside off and is beaten

32.5

McCullum to Mathews, SIX, what a reply. Slapped straight over the bowlers's head with the turn. Lovely strike. It was tossed up and he takes full advantage of that and the best thing of that shot was he wanted to hit it straight

32.6

McCullum to Mathews, no run, flatter ball on middle and leg and he flicks it away to square leg

Ryan : "Around 220- 230 i would say is par, given they have malinga in the bank"

End of over 33 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 163/3 (RR: 4.93)
AD Mathews    9* (13b 1x6)      NL McCullum    6-0-27-0
TM Dilshan    66* (97b 7x4)      AP Devcich    10-1-33-2

Rob Nicol comes into the attack, offspinner from around the wicket

33.1

Nicol to Dilshan, 1 run, flatter ball on leg stump and he's picked away through midwicket

33.2

Nicol to Mathews, FOUR, cut in the air, but it was well wide of the man at point. Flatter and quicker from Nicol again, but this time there was loads of room offered and Mathews pounced on it

33.3

Nicol to Mathews, 1 run, gives it a little too much air this time as the ball is taken on the full and whipped away to midwicket

33.4

Nicol to Dilshan, no run, full and just a little wide of off stump as Dilshan drives it strongly, but straight to cover

33.5

Nicol to Dilshan, no run, skips down the track and pushes the full length ball into the off side infield

33.6

Nicol to Dilshan, 1 run, shorter and flatter and he goes back to cut the ball to sweeper cover and that will be drinks

New Zealand have hit back with a couple of quick wickets and it is down to the Sri Lankan middle order to step up. And Vishal Dikshit will be with you to see if that happens

Hiranjanwicks : "Samfex, totally agree. I think he was better before becoming captain. But who else has Sir Lanka got to be captain. Don't tell me Chandimal or Thirumanna as they are not even good enough to stay in the team"

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 170/3 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    68* (101b 7x4)      RJ Nicol    1-0-7-0
AD Mathews    14* (15b 1x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    6-0-27-0

Thanks Alagappan! Sri Lanka are probably heading towards a big score. Can NZ hold them back? McCullum to continue

34.1

McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched up on leg stump, swept by Dilshan for one

34.2

McCullum to Mathews, no run, tossed up on middle, the Mathews defends it back

34.3

McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, short and outside leg, tucked to short fine leg

34.4

McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, full on middle and leg, pushed to long-on

34.5

McCullum to Mathews, no run, on length on middle going the other way, Mathews defends it on off with a thick outside edge

34.6

McCullum to Mathews, no run, full on middle and leg, Mathews defends it back to the bowler

End of over 35 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 173/3 (RR: 4.94)
AD Mathews    15* (19b 1x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    7-0-30-0
TM Dilshan    70* (103b 7x4)      RJ Nicol    1-0-7-0

The batting Powerplay starts now and McClenaghan is back

35.1

McClenaghan to Dilshan, 1 run, on length on the leg stump, tucked to deep fine leg

35.2

McClenaghan to Mathews, FOUR, short of length on leg, tucked off the hips fine down the leg side for four! Very well placed by Mathews

35.3

McClenaghan to Mathews, no run, on length outside off, Mathews defends towards cover

35.4

McClenaghan to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews came down the pitch and the bowler banged it in short on leg, Mathews slapped it over his head to the wide long-on boundary for four

35.5

McClenaghan to Mathews, FOUR, another one! Pitched outside off this time with some angle and Mathews drove it over the cover fielder to for four more

35.6

McClenaghan to Mathews, no run, on length on middle, turned straight to midwicket

End of over 36 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 186/3 (RR: 5.16)
AD Mathews    27* (24b 4x4 1x6)      MJ McClenaghan    5-0-46-0
TM Dilshan    71* (104b 7x4)      NL McCullum    7-0-30-0

And Kyle Mills is back too

36.1

Mills to Dilshan, no run, on length outside off, Dilshan drives to mid-off, can't time it properly

36.2

Mills to Dilshan, no run, slower length delivery just outside off, pushed to cover

36.3

Mills to Dilshan, 1 run, sways down leg this time and Dilshan works it to deep fine leg

Sohail: "280 is not safe, given that NewZealand's last international was a T20". What's probably a safe score?

Mid-on goes deep and deep point comes in the circle

36.4

Mills to Mathews, 1 run, another slower one on middle and leg, driven to deep midwicket

36.5

Mills to Dilshan, 1 run, on length outside off, driven to deep point for another single

36.6

Mills to Mathews, no run, keeps it on length again outside off, driven off the back foot to cover, only three from the over

End of over 37 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 189/3 (RR: 5.10)
AD Mathews    28* (26b 4x4 1x6)      KD Mills    6-0-25-1
TM Dilshan    73* (108b 7x4)      MJ McClenaghan    5-0-46-0

Anderson replaces McClenaghan, round the wicket

Simba: "Sri Lanka can reach 310, given this 4 fielder rule. They should keep wickets in hand in the last 10 overs."

37.1

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, length bal angled in from outside off, pushed to cover

37.2

Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR, fullish delivery outside off and Dilshan has scooped it taking his eyes off the ball over the 'keeper's head and gets four

37.3

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, this is wider outside off and Dilshan can't connect for the scoop this time

37.4

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, short of length outside off, steered to backward point

37.5

Anderson to Dilshan, FOUR, Anderson keeps it outside off, but Dilshan connects this time and he's scooped another one down on one knee right over the keeper's head for a one-bounce boundary

Anderson comes over the wicket

Ali Mushaf: "While you have the likes of Malinga in the bank, you can feel safe even at 250."

37.6

Anderson to Dilshan, OUT, scoops it to the keeper this time. Anderson kept it short of good length, Dilshan scooped it and it went high up in the air to land right in the keeper's hands close to the stumps for an easy catch

TM Dilshan c †Ronchi b Anderson 81 (162m 114b 9x4 0x6) SR: 71.05

End of over 38 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 197/4 (RR: 5.18)
     CJ Anderson    3-0-21-1
AD Mathews    28* (26b 4x4 1x6)      KD Mills    6-0-25-1

Thirimanne is the new man, Mills to continue

38.1

Mills to Mathews, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven down to long-on for one

Lot of clouds have gathered around the ground in Hambantota

38.2

Mills to Thirimanne, 1 run, back of length around off, tucked to square leg and Thirimanne is off the mark

38.3

Mills to Mathews, FOUR, slow ball, short of length outside off, Mathews slashes hard and gets a thick outside off between the keeper and short third man for four to bring up the 200

38.4

Mills to Mathews, 1 run, on length on the stumps, pushed to long-on with soft hands with the intention for a couple but they get only one

38.5

Mills to Thirimanne, 1 wide, goes wide outside off for a wide as Thirimanne leaves

38.5

Mills to Thirimanne, no run, on length outside off, driven to point at the edge of the circle

38.6

Mills to Thirimanne, no run, length delivery outside off, driven down to mid-off

End of over 39 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 205/4 (RR: 5.25)
HDRL Thirimanne    1* (3b)      KD Mills    7-0-33-1
AD Mathews    34* (29b 5x4 1x6)      CJ Anderson    3-0-21-1

Last over of the Powerplay now, the floodlights are on now. Long-on, long-off and a deep midwicket outside the circle

39.1

Anderson to Mathews, no run, on length on off, defends it back to the bowler

39.2

Anderson to Mathews, no run, gets a bit of room outside off, Mathews drives firmly to cover where the fielder dives to his left

39.3

Anderson to Mathews, FOUR, clears the in-field this time. He made some room and drove the length ball in the air over the covers for a four

39.4

Anderson to Mathews, 1 wide, down the leg side for a wide now

Sanjiv: "Even though Malinga is a world class bowler.. over the past 18 months he has been inconsistent. Kulasekera is definitely more reliable."

39.4

Anderson to Mathews, 1 run, full on off, pushed down to long-on for one

Anderson comes over the wicket for Thirimanne

39.5

Anderson to Thirimanne, 1 run, on length outside off, the batsman guides it to backward point for one

39.6

Anderson to Mathews, FOUR, lots of room outside off and Mathews swings his arms to send it over the covers again for another boundary

43 runs and the wicket of Dilshan from the Powerplay

End of over 40 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 216/4 (RR: 5.40)
AD Mathews    43* (34b 7x4 1x6)      CJ Anderson    4-0-32-1
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (4b)      KD Mills    7-0-33-1

McCullum is back, round the wicket

40.1

McCullum to Thirimanne, no run, full on middle, pushed down to the bowler

40.2

McCullum to Thirimanne, OUT, and he strikes! It was a bit slower through the air, he pitched it on length around middle and off, Thirimanne put his right leg forward to defend and the ball turned to take a leading edge after pitching and ballooned to McCullum's right for an easy catch

HDRL Thirimanne c & b McCullum 2 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Dinesh Chandimal is at No. 7

40.3

McCullum to Chandimal, no run, fullish outside off, defends to cover and is denied the single

40.4

McCullum to Chandimal, 3 runs, full on middle and leg, Chandimal drives it just past mid-on who dives and can't stop. It was going all the way to the boundary but Munro did very well to dive to his left and saved one run

40.5

McCullum to Mathews, no run, on length on middle, pushed back to the bowler

40.6

McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, driven down to long-on and Mathews keeps strike

End of over 41 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 220/5 (RR: 5.36)
AD Mathews    44* (36b 7x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    8-0-34-1
LD Chandimal    3* (2b)      CJ Anderson    4-0-32-1

Adam Milne replaces Anderson now

41.1

Milne to Mathews, no run, full on off, Mathews makes room and drives it hard straight to mid-off

fine leg comes up and third man goes to the boundary

41.2

Milne to Mathews, no run, slow and short of length from the back of the hand on off, Mathews stays back and defends it back to the bowler

41.3

Milne to Mathews, no run, fuller on the stumps, Mathews drives again and it's gone straight to mid-off

41.4

Milne to Mathews, 1 run, short ball outside off, runs it down to third man

A slip comes in

41.5

Milne to Chandimal, no run, back of length and angling in after pitching outside off, the batsman defends off the back foot

41.6

Milne to Chandimal, no run, back of length outside off, pushed to cover. Just a single from the over

End of over 42 (1 run) Sri Lanka 221/5 (RR: 5.26)
LD Chandimal    3* (4b)      AF Milne    7-0-34-0
AD Mathews    45* (40b 7x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    8-0-34-1

McCullum round the wicket

42.1

McCullum to Mathews, 1 wide, sends it down the leg side for a wide

42.1

McCullum to Mathews, no run, on length outside off, Mathews tries to run it to third man, but can't connect

42.2

McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, on the stumps this time, pushed down to long-on

42.3

McCullum to Chandimal, no run, flighted and on length on off, Chandimal defends

42.4

McCullum to Chandimal, 1 run, flighted on the stumps, driven down to long-on for one

42.5

McCullum to Mathews, no run, flighted on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

42.6

McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, full on the stumps, driven to long-on for one

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 225/5 (RR: 5.23)
AD Mathews    47* (44b 7x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    9-0-38-1
LD Chandimal    4* (6b)      AF Milne    7-0-34-0

Milne comes on to bowl now

43.1

Nicol to Mathews, 1 run, flat delivery on the leg side, tucked to square leg for one

43.2

Nicol to Chandimal, 1 run, full on leg, tucked to short fine leg

43.3

Nicol to Mathews, 1 run, is a chance for a run-out! Mathews drove the full toss to mid-off and the fielder got a direct hit at the non-striker's but Mathews is in by a yard or two

43.4

Nicol to Chandimal, 2 runs, flighted on leg, turned past for one

43.5

Nicol to Chandimal, 1 run, full on middle and off, comes down the track and drives to mid-off

43.6

Nicol to Mathews, 1 run, full toss on leg, driven down to long-on and that's the fifty for him

End of over 44 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 232/5 (RR: 5.27)
AD Mathews    50* (47b 7x4 1x6)      RJ Nicol    2-0-14-0
LD Chandimal    8* (9b)      NL McCullum    9-0-38-1

Milne switches ends

44.1

Milne to Mathews, no run, angled down the leg side, hits him on the pads outside leg as he tried to whip it

44.2

Milne to Mathews, FOUR, short ball around off, Mathews stayed back and half-pulled it to the deep fine leg area for four. There's nobody in the deep there

44.3

Milne to Mathews, 1 run, short outside off, driven to sweeper cover for one

44.4

Milne to Chandimal, 1 run, slightly back of length outside off, driven wide of point for one

44.5

Milne to Mathews, 1 run, short of length around off, Mathews pulls but doesn't time it properly as it goes to long-on for one

44.6

Milne to Chandimal, no run, short and wide outside off, Chandimal cuts it firmly but can't clear point

End of over 45 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 239/5 (RR: 5.31)
LD Chandimal    9* (11b)      AF Milne    8-0-41-0
AD Mathews    56* (51b 8x4 1x6)      RJ Nicol    2-0-14-0

Sri Lanka batsmen finding it tough to find gaps or boundaries here. 30 balls to go. McClenagahan from round the wicket

45.1

McClenaghan to Mathews, 1 run, low full toss on off, driven down to long-on

45.2

McClenaghan to Chandimal, no run, another full toss, this one outside off and Chandimal can't get it past cover

45.3

McClenaghan to Chandimal, OUT, bowled'im! Angles it in from outside off, he rolled his fingers across the ball and Chandimal was deceived by the pace as he tried to slog it on the leg side and missed it completely

LD Chandimal b McClenaghan 9 (23m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

Kulasekara the new batsman

M. Usman Sharif: "Big 3 of SL (Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan) must retire with a gap of a year each. Otherwise I dont see young lot carrying burden of SL batting with that grit"

45.4

McClenaghan to Kulasekara, no run, outside off, pushed straight to point

45.5

McClenaghan to Kulasekara, FOUR, short and wide, he gets enough room to cut it from the middle wide of point for four

45.6

McClenaghan to Kulasekara, 4 leg byes, angled in towards leg, Kula wants to glance it fine down the leg side for another boundary and he does, but it's off the pad. They'll take it whichever way. McClenaghan appealed but it was going down leg

End of over 46 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 248/6 (RR: 5.39)
KMDN Kulasekara    4* (3b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    6-0-51-1
AD Mathews    57* (52b 8x4 1x6)      AF Milne    8-0-41-0

46.1

Mills to Mathews, 2 runs, on length around off and Mathews turns it on the leg side with soft hands for two quick runs

46.2

Mills to Mathews, no run, short and wide, he cuts and finds the point fielder again. Third man is in the circle

46.3

Mills to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball is pitched up on leg, turned to backward square leg for a quick one. Direct hit and Kulasekara was gone

46.4

Mills to Kulasekara, FOUR, slower ball again, it's a full toss this time outside off and Kula launches it over the cover fielder wide of long-off for four

46.5

Mills to Kulasekara, 1 run, full on off, driven down over the bowler's head for one

46.6

Mills to Mathews, 1 run, slow ball again - waist-high full toss, Mathews pulls it to deep midwicket

End of over 47 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 257/6 (RR: 5.46)
AD Mathews    61* (56b 8x4 1x6)      KD Mills    8-0-42-1
KMDN Kulasekara    9* (5b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    6-0-51-1

47.1

McClenaghan to Mathews, 2 runs, full on leg, Mathews whips it to the deep midwicket boundary for two

47.2

McClenaghan to Mathews, 1 run, full on middle and off, defends it wide of cover for one

47.3

McClenaghan to Kulasekara, 1 run, slower ball angled into the stumps, leading edge goes towards cover for one

Over the wicket now

47.4

McClenaghan to Mathews, 1 run, the batsman makes room and cuts it over point for one

47.5

McClenaghan to Kulasekara, 1 run, in the block hole, Kulasekara drives it to cover for one

47.6

McClenaghan to Mathews, 2 runs, short of length on middle and leg, Mathews comes down the track to slog but gets an inside edge on the leg side for a quick couple

End of over 48 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 265/6 (RR: 5.52)
AD Mathews    67* (60b 8x4 1x6)      MJ McClenaghan    7-0-59-1
KMDN Kulasekara    11* (7b 2x4)      KD Mills    8-0-42-1

48.1

Mills to Kulasekara, 1 run, on length on the stumps, Kula makes room to slash it over cover and gets only one as long-off get there quickly

48.2

Mills to Mathews, 1 run, low full toss on leg, driven to cover for a single

48.3

Mills to Kulasekara, OUT, Kulasekara holes out to long-on! The pressure was building as Mills was not offering any width. He pitched it on length coming into the stumps, Kulasekara slogged and it went high in the air to be taken by Nathan McCullum well inside the boundary at long-on

KMDN Kulasekara c McCullum b Mills 12 (14m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

48.4

Mills to Mathews, 1 run, full on off, lofts it straight down the ground to long-on for one

48.5

Mills to Malinga, OUT, played-on! It was a slower delivery as Mille rolled his fingers over the ball, it pitched on length and might have gone down leg but Malinga made room to slog and got an edge to disturb his stumps

SL Malinga b Mills 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

48.6

Mills to Senanayake, FOUR, slower one again, it's going down leg and Senanayake gets enough bat to beat the short fine leg fielder for a boundary

End of over 49 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 272/8 (RR: 5.55)
SMSM Senanayake    4* (1b 1x4)      KD Mills    9-0-49-3
AD Mathews    69* (62b 8x4 1x6)      MJ McClenaghan    7-0-59-1

Last six balls

49.1

McClenaghan to Mathews, 1 run, low full toss on middle, driven down to long-off

Manoj: "Looks like SL is going to finish around 280 which is par score on this track and they are going to win quite comfortably here...!!"

49.2

McClenaghan to Senanayake, SIX, goes all the way! McClenaghan pitched it up on the stumps and Senanayake launched it over the deep midwicket boundary. Clears the fielder easily

49.3

McClenaghan to Senanayake, FOUR, whips it away for four. It was full again and Senanayake found the gap between long and deep midwicket for another boundary

49.4

McClenaghan to Senanayake, OUT, MM strikes back! Pitched it right in the block hole on middle, Senanayake came across towards off to paddle it fine but missed and the ball dislodged the bails easily

SMSM Senanayake b McClenaghan 14 (5m 4b 2x4 1x6) SR: 350.00

Over the wicket to Herath

49.5

McClenaghan to Herath, 1 leg bye, pitches it short angled into the batsman who can't connect and they run a leg bye after it hit him around the waist

49.6

McClenaghan to Mathews, FOUR, leading lucky edge goes for four! It was full outside off, Mathews made room and slashed and found a thick edge which went over short third man for four

6.20pm Sri Lanka manage a challenging 288 after the middle order stuttered. Dilshan and Sangakkara were taking them towards a big total but the NZ bowlers did well to hold them back as Devcich got the big wickets of Sanga and Jayawardene. Had it not been for Mathews' unbeaten 74, SL wouldn't have gone past 250. We'll be back in about half an hour with the chase, stay tuned.

End of over 50 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 288/9
AD Mathews    74* (64b 9x4 1x6)      MJ McClenaghan    8-0-74-2
HMRKB Herath    0* (1b)      KD Mills    9-0-49-3
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Lasith Malinga walks off the ground as the covers come on, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Hambantota, November 10, 2013

Lasith Malinga walks off the ground as the covers come on

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The groundstaff hurry to put the covers on, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Hambantota, November 10, 2013

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