New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Hambantota, Nov 12, 2013
New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 0 balls remaining) (D/L method)
12 November 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)

Dimuth Karunaratne and Dilshan are in the middle, play ready to get underway. Mills to start.

2.15 pm The pitch has less grass on it compared to the last match, but it will remain a good batting surface. The moisture underneath the surface will interest the bowlers though.

Matt: "I might sound like I'm just adding to the complaints list but has everyone forgotten that New Zealand toured Sri Lanka at this exact time last year and it bucketed down every match then? Did nobody learn the lesson not to plan a tour during monsoon season? Please take the rain Manus, do yourself and us a favour..."

Jamie P: ""This, by the way, is Sri Lanka's 700th ODI" and the 14th not against India......."

2.00 pm Sri Lanka have won the toss and they will bat. This, by the way, is Sri Lanka's 700th ODI..

New Zealand have made two changes to their XI. All-rounder Corey Anderson wasn't considered for the match due to a side injury and will continue to be monitored. Jimmy Neesham returns to the side in his place. Mitchell McLenaghan is out and Andrew Ellis comes in. Sri Lanka are playing the same XI as the first game.

Jayanga: "Hambantota used to be among the driest areas in Sri Lanka which rearly got any rain, only until we started playing Internationa cricket there :)" ---- The rain god didn't appreciate the terms of the deal then?

1.45 pm Welcome to our coverage of the second ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Three of the last four ODIs in Hambantota have been washed out and this game will be at the weather's mercy too, says Andrew Fernando in his preview. He is making his way quickly towards the ground and should be there in the next 30 mins to let us know the situation. But these are important matches for young players from both teams. Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka's chief selector, said the other day, "If they are not at full strength I don't see why we should be at our full strength", which could be a good signal for the young guys.

So the first bit of news is not too great even though it's not raining at the moment. There is a thick cloud cover and rain is in the air, says Fernando. The toss will go ahead as scheduled though..

Mark: "When it rains, instead of a bowl-out, get each side to nominate 5 players to each swim two lengths of the pitch." ---- The Aussies wouldn't mind such a rule.

Dave Edmond: "Can somebody remind rain God the deal we made last time about not pressing any buttons." ------ And what was rain God going to get in return?

Nash: "In return, Rain God can have a traditional Sri Lankan dish of "Coconut Sambol" and white rice. Yummmm..."

caspian: "When I go on holidays (typically outdoor stuff), I give the weather a quick wikipedia to see what's going to be happening at that time of year. Shouldn't be too hard for cricket administrators to do the same.This time of year for cricket- ridiculous, and you really have to wonder what anyone's thinking- surely no one gains from a washout?"

Lion Heart: "Caspian@ the administrators knew it will rain at this time of the year in Sri Lanka. That's why Colombo was not given any fixtures.They just hoped it wouldn't rain in hambanthota or Kandy. very optimistic thinking indeed!!!!"

Ishan: "@ Lion Heart.. Mate, Colombo didn't get any matches because the CHOGM is happening there this week & roads are closed. Not because of the weather."

Manus: "Send the rain to Namibia. We need it, and lots of it!"


Mills to Karunaratne, 2 runs, this is on the middle and easily flicked to deep square leg for a couple of runs. He got a first-ball duck in the last game, so a good start for him


Mills to Karunaratne, no run, he fishes for this wider delivery and makes no contact, two slips are waiting for those ones


Mills to Karunaratne, no run, full and swinging in, the batsman goes forward to push it to the off, but gets an inside edge towards midwicket


Mills to Karunaratne, 2 runs, back of length delivery on the body, the batsman goes on the back foot and comfortably tucks it past the square leg fielder


Mills to Karunaratne, no run, he strives for swing with a full delivery, but the batsman was waiting for it. He drives it to the on side, but straight to midwicket


Mills to Karunaratne, no run, back of length on off, the batsman gets behind it solidly and defends it to off

End of over 1 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • FDM Karunaratne 4 (6b)
    • TM Dilshan 0 (0b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-4-0

Milne to start from the other end, two slips for him as well


Milne to Dilshan, no run, he throws this one wide outside off and Dilshan needs no invitation, he flashes his bat at that, but makes no connection


Milne to Dilshan, no run, another wide delivery, Dilshan presses forward and punches it firmly to mid-off


Milne to Dilshan, FOUR, he gets his first runs with an edge to the third-man boundary. Dilshan was again looking for a drive, but the edge flies past the second slip


Milne to Dilshan, FOUR, this one is no edge, it's off the middle of the bat and that has sprinted to the cover boundary! Milne keeping the same full and wide line.


Milne to Dilshan, no run, now he pulls the length back and Dilshan has a little poke at it, but pulls the bat in at the last moment


Milne to Dilshan, no run, gets some inward movement from a short of length, the batsman defends it off the back foot

End of over 2 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • TM Dilshan 8 (6b 2x4)
    • FDM Karunaratne 4 (6b)
    • AF Milne 1-0-8-0
    • KD Mills 1-0-4-0

Sriram: "As its almost certain the rain will abandon the match, SL could have at least given NZ a chance to bat. It could have served as a practice for bowling to SL and batting to NZ for a better 3rd ODI."


Mills to Karunaratne, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to mid-off


Mills to Karunaratne, OUT, Neesham at square leg is not sure, but is that out or not? Umpires are checking. It was a full delivery, swinging in and Dimuth whipped it with the movement. He played it slightly in the air and Neesham had to dive forward to swoop it, but he is not really sure, despite all the fielders congratulating him. That looks ok to me, he has dived forward and to his left and just picked it up in the nick of time. Dimuth is gone, second failure for him in the series

FDM Karunaratne c Neesham b Mills 4 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Excellent catch that one by Neesham, brings in Sangakkara early

shyam: "BTW Mahela+Sanga ODI's are over 700's"


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, tries to intimidate Sanga with a bouncer first up, but the batsman ducks under it well in time


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, follows it up with an attempted yorker on off stump, Sanga has no problems with that too, he pushes it towards cover


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, he wanted a single to cover, but he was sent back by Dilshan


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery across the batsman, Sanga leaves it alone this time

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 12/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 8 (6b 2x4)
    • KD Mills 2-1-4-1
    • AF Milne 1-0-8-0

Milne to Dilshan, no run, good length delivery in the channel again, Dilshan wanted to push at it, but again pulls his bat in at the last moment


Milne to Dilshan, no run, full delivery on off, Dilshan would be disappointed as he doesn't time this one, the mid-off fielder moves to his left and prevents any runs


Milne to Dilshan, no run, that is a beauty! It seems like it is coming in, but just straightens in the end to beat the outside edge


Milne to Dilshan, FOUR, he follows up a corker with a gentle full delivery wide outside off, Dilshan slams it through cover with disdain


Milne to Dilshan, no run, another full delivery outside off, Dilshan brings the bat down with a lot of force, but mistimes it again, it is pushed to mid off


Milne to Dilshan, FOUR, now he gets it in the middle again, full delivery outside off, it's punched down the ground, mid-off just watches it go past

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 20/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • TM Dilshan 16 (12b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 0 (4b)
    • AF Milne 2-0-16-0
    • KD Mills 2-1-4-1

Mills to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full and inswinging on the stumps, Sanga pushes it calmly past midwicket to pick up a couple

SaS: "A. Milne is playing his 5th game. His first and second games played in the same ground on 10 & 12 of November 2012. His fourth and fifth games are playing in the same ground on 10 & 12 of November 2013."


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it softly towards mid-off


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, he bowls it just outside off but Sanga covers the line of the stumps and lets it go through

mayu: "srilanka have tried too many openers for the second opener's spot in last few years. bring on mahela to open with dilli. it will give a good opening combo, at the same time we can put a youngster in the middle order and also thissara can be included in the team."


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, he stays on the back foot and defends the length delivery towards cover point


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, oh this was not very far from Mills as the batsman pushes it in the air. Sanga just pushes at the full delivery a little early, mid-on fields


Mills to Sangakkara, 2 runs, length delivery on off, and the batsman just opens the face to push it towards cover point, but he has picked the gap beautifully. The timing tests the two fielders for a while, but they manage to pull it back

End of over 5 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 24/1 (RR: 4.80)

    • KC Sangakkara 4 (10b)
    • TM Dilshan 16 (12b 4x4)
    • KD Mills 3-1-8-1
    • AF Milne 2-0-16-0

Milne to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, short delivery on the body, but it doesn't bounce as much as he expected, hits him high on the thigh pad and rolls behind square on the leg side


Milne to Sangakkara, no run, tight line around off and it's just back of length, Sanga defends it back to him


Milne to Sangakkara, no run, this one jags away from the batsman after pitching, but Sanga comfortably lets it go through


Milne to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman defends it to point off the front foot

tarun: "@mayu They are trying to settel their team for the future. Dilshan & Mahela will not always be there to serve SL."


Milne to Sangakkara, 1 run, he stands up tall and punches the back of length delivery towards cover where the fielder dives and gets a hand to it to slow it down


Milne to Dilshan, 3 runs, oh this was not a bad ball at all, short of length, rising, but Dilshan is on the front foot and punches it through covers, on the up

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 29/1 (RR: 4.83)

    • TM Dilshan 19 (14b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 5 (14b)
    • AF Milne 3-0-20-0
    • KD Mills 3-1-8-1

Mills to Dilshan, (no ball) 1 run, he oversteps and that's the first free-hit of the day coming up, the batsman pushes it past point for a single

Free-hit coming up, with Sanga on strike. A man goes deep at square leg, fine leg comes in


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, it's a full toss and sligthly slower outside off, Sanga wanted to whack it to deep midwicket, but is completely flummoxed by the lack of pace, it passes under his bat


Mills to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery across the left-hander, the batsman leaves it alone


Mills to Sangakkara, FOUR, 'Don't bowl full to Sanga' - that should be some sort of a punishment assignment.. Mills makes the mistake and Sanga plays a copybook drive through cover. He would have picked the gap even if the whole NZ team was placed there, he is that good playing that shot


Mills to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of length on the body, it's tucked away to fine leg for a single


Mills to Dilshan, no run, full delivery on off, it swings away a touch and that's why Dilshan adjusts late to play it back at the bowler, he was targeting the leg side to start with


Mills to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller length delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to wide mid-off to pick up a single

End of over 7 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 37/1 (RR: 5.28)

    • TM Dilshan 21 (17b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 10 (18b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 4-1-16-1
    • AF Milne 3-0-20-0

Jimmy Neesham comes in first chance.


Neesham to Dilshan, 1 wide, tries a bit too much on the first delivery, but this one is pushed down the leg side


Neesham to Dilshan, no run, full and wide outside off, the batsman drives it straight to the man at cover


Neesham to Dilshan, no run, this one is on the money, angled in and aimed at off stump, Dilshan defends it back to the bowler


Neesham to Dilshan, no run, full and on the middle and leg line, the batsman whips it to the leg side, but finds the man at square leg

Jamie: "So McClenaghan has a bad spell but he is still New Zealands best wicket taking option and they drop him. Guy is still averaging 20 with the ball... Not easy for a fast bowler on the sub-continent and given its going to rain anyway he would really benefit from the experience. Poor selection."


Neesham to Dilshan, FOUR, it's full and it's on off and middle, the batsman drives it down the ground, past Sangakkara


Neesham to Dilshan, 1 run, punches the length delivery towards off, but the fielder at short cover gets a hand on it to keep the batsmen to a single


Neesham to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman dabs it towards square leg

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 43/1 (RR: 5.37)

    • KC Sangakkara 10 (19b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 26 (22b 5x4)
    • JDS Neesham 1-0-6-0
    • KD Mills 4-1-16-1

Mills to Dilshan, no run, length delivery that swings away a little has Dilshan in problems, it flies past the outside edge


Mills to Dilshan, no run, this one is shorter and swinging away again, Dilshan wanted to smash it and is disappointed as he doesn't get any bat on that


Mills to Dilshan, no run, angled in towards off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends


Mills to Dilshan, no run, he is getting a good shape on the ball, the batsman comes forward and defends it with an open face

Tharindu Chat: "Although it's 1.30am here in British Columbia, Canada, I'm still up to see the elegant Sangakkara and the audacious Dilshan as they might not be there in the international scene for long. I'm sure it will be totally worth it."


Mills to Dilshan, no run, slightly on the pads, the batsman misses out on his flick shot. The ball brushes the pads and rolls towards the keeper


Mills to Dilshan, no run, it's a maiden as he bowls a back of length delivery on off, the batsman defends it towards square leg

End of over 9 (maiden) Sri Lanka 43/1 (RR: 4.77)

    • TM Dilshan 26 (28b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 10 (19b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 5-2-16-1
    • JDS Neesham 1-0-6-0

Neesham continues


Neesham to Sangakkara, FOUR, it's short and it's on the leg side, the batsman goes for a pull and just gets enough on it to send it to the fine leg boundary


Neesham to Sangakkara, 3 runs, full delivery on the off stump, Sanga waits and clips it through midwicket for a couple

Weather: Gloomier than before and a few dark clouds moving in.. but no huge change, says Andrew Fernando


Neesham to Dilshan, no run, it's on a length wide outside off, the batsman slices it straight to point


Neesham to Dilshan, no run, he punches this one without much feet movement, but gets a thick outside to the short third-man fielder. There is no protection behind that fielder


Neesham to Dilshan, no run, short of length and on the body, the batsman tries to work it away to the leg side, but gets hit on the thigh pad


Neesham to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, it's on a length, but heading down the leg side. It brushes the pads and rolls to the left of the keeper

End of over 10 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 51/1 (RR: 5.10)

    • TM Dilshan 26 (32b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 17 (21b 2x4)
    • JDS Neesham 2-0-13-0
    • KD Mills 5-2-16-1

Spin comes in early, McNath is in and he will be bowling round the wicket


McCullum to Dilshan, no run, pushed through on the pads, turns it to the batsman, who nudges it to midwicket


McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, drifts towards the off stump, but the batsman punches it down to long on off the back foot


McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, again, some drift into the batsman, but the length is slightly short and it allows the batsman to tuck it to backward square leg for a single


McCullum to Dilshan, FOUR, short and outside leg stump, that is a filthy delivery and it's flat-batted to the gap at deep backward square leg boundary


McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the middle stump, the batsman comes forward and drives it to deep midwicket


McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, that's a nice one, drifts in and then turns away, past Sanga's outside edge

End of over 11 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 58/1 (RR: 5.27)

    • KC Sangakkara 18 (23b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 32 (36b 6x4)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-7-0
    • JDS Neesham 2-0-13-0

It has started to spit and the groundsmen are looking to make a move....Meanwhile, Devcich comes in to bowl..


Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it down to long off


Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed through on off, now Sanga punches it down to long on for a single


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, flatter and quicker on off, the batsman waits and punches it to cover


Devcich to Dilshan, FOUR, veers towards the leg stump and Dilshan, who has taken the helmet off, sweeps it powerfully past the short fine leg fielder's left


Devcich to Dilshan, 1 bye, oh that was a corker! it drifted in and then turned past the outside edge and it took the glove as well! Ronchi didn't have much chance as it was bouncing extra too. Tough chance

Surprise, that the umpire gives it a bye.. There was a good solid deflection on that


Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 wide, this one spins down the leg side and is called a wide


Devcich to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full delivery wide outside off, Sanga wanted to drive it through cover, but gets a thick outside edge through gully

End of over 12 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 68/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • KC Sangakkara 21 (25b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 37 (40b 7x4)
    • AP Devcich 1-0-9-0
    • NL McCullum 1-0-7-0

Dilshan has a cap on


McCullum to Dilshan, no run, he wanted to slog sweep this over deep midwicket, but gets an inside edge on to his pads


McCullum to Dilshan, no run, he is surprised by the turn this time, it comes in sharply and hits him on the thigh pad


McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller delivery on off, it's pushed down to long on

"I think there are odd spots of rain but nothing that could threaten play at this stage," Fernando says


McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, pushed through to off, Sanga defends it solidly

A slip comes in now


McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, this one is quicker and drifting down the leg side, but the keeper appeals for a catch, nothing on that though


McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, on off stump this time, Sanga defends it towards cover point

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 70/1 (RR: 5.38)

    • KC Sangakkara 22 (28b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 38 (43b 7x4)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-9-0
    • AP Devcich 1-0-9-0

Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on the middle stump, the batsman punches it down to long on

Getting a bit dark now, the lights are coming on


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, quicker delivery on off, he punches it off the back foot but can't beat the man at cover


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, pushes this one back to the left of the bowler, but there is no single again


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, slightly slower this time and on the leg side, Dilshan misses his flick shot and gets hit on the pad


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, now it's quicker and on off, the batsman brings his bat down late as he defends


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, this one is drifting into the batsman too, Dilshan pushes it back to the bowler

JC: "The rain Gods just need to hold on 8 more overs then they can have a short burst before letting NZ have 20 overs."

End of over 14 (1 run) Sri Lanka 71/1 (RR: 5.07)

    • TM Dilshan 38 (48b 7x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 23 (29b 2x4)
    • AP Devcich 2-0-10-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-9-0

McCullum to Sangakkara, FOUR, he has got a slip but McCullum flights it towards the leg stump, Sanga goes down on his knee and sweeps it fine on the leg side to pick up a boundary


McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and on the middle stump, the batsman allows it to come and then flicks it to deep square leg

SamSL: "I am not sure why Thirimanne is geting selected despite no chances for him to open or at no 3. The guy's average is 28 and strike rate is 67 and not ideal for some situations."


McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, he waits in the crease for the tossed up delivery and dabs it to the right of short third man for a single


McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman defends it solidly


McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, again tossed up on off stump, Sanga comes forward and defends


McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and punches it to deep cover for a single

Andrew Fernando says he has heard some thunder now...

End of over 15 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 78/1 (RR: 5.20)

    • KC Sangakkara 29 (34b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 39 (49b 7x4)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-16-0
    • AP Devcich 2-0-10-0

Ammad Tarar: "TM is 37, Sanga 36, Mahela 36, golden generation of batsmen will retire soon as lanka will struggle to win ODIs as they have struggled to win tests after Vaas and Murali"


Devcich to Sangakkara, no run, pushed through on off stump, the batsman defends it towards cover


Devcich to Sangakkara, FOUR, slower this time, and it has just a little bit of width on it, Sanga waits and cuts it late and all along the ground, all the way to the boundary


Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, quicker delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to the left of mid-off for a single


Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, full and flighted on the stumps, good drift on that, Dilshan drives it to long off for a single


Devcich to Sangakkara, 3 runs, oh he gets an outside edge! But there is no one at slips. Sanga was trying to push it down straight, but played well inside the line. Ellis dives to keep it in at the boundary, but the umpires are checking every camera angle available to them. He has done well


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, quicker delivery on the middle stump, the batsman defends

More activity among the ground staff.. I wonder how much of that is a distraction for the batsmen.. I am sure it is.

End of over 16 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 87/1 (RR: 5.43)

    • TM Dilshan 40 (51b 7x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 37 (38b 4x4)
    • AP Devcich 3-0-19-0
    • NL McCullum 3-0-16-0

The covers are being prepared....


McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up and full on off, the batsman pushes it to long off for a single


McCullum to Dilshan, FOUR, lots of flight on this one and a dollop of width too, Dilshan waits and drives it firmly through the gap at cover


McCullum to Dilshan, no run, and it was a similar delivery, but Dilshan hits it straight to cover this time


McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker and flatter delivery on off, the batsman dabs it towards short third man for a quick single


McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, slower, very slow this time, the batsman comes forward to defend, but the ball bounces extra and the inside edge takes it to short fine


McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, it's a thousand runs for Sanga this year as he pushes it to point for a single

Ross: "@Ammad: I would suggest to specialist batsmen - If your age exceeds your average, it's time to throw in the towel. Dilshan is on the bubble"

End of over 17 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 94/1 (RR: 5.52)

    • KC Sangakkara 39 (41b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 45 (54b 8x4)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-23-0
    • AP Devcich 3-0-19-0

Hajananth: "@Ammad Tarar, After Murali, Herath is doing his job without any doubt, He is even better than Murali as he was exceptionally well in South African pacy turfs couple of years back where as Murali's statistics don't sound better in western conditions.."

Rob Nicol comes on with a headband and glasses. Taking a page out of Chris Gayle's book, I see


Nicol to Sangakkara, no run, straighter one as Sanga gets rapped on the pads. He was on his front foot, looking to defend, but is beaten but that would have gone down leg


Nicol to Sangakkara, FOUR, speared down the leg side and it's too easy for the batsman who sweeps it. And the captain Kyle Mills at short fine leg lets it go under him as he dives a little too sluggishly


Nicol to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up outside off and its driven solidly to long-off

deep square leg comes up

around the wicket


Nicol to Dilshan, 1 wide, hundred up with that good length ball, pitching on leg and turning further away


Nicol to Dilshan, no run


Nicol to Dilshan, no run, full and on the pads again as Dilshan flicks it straight to midwicket


Nicol to Dilshan, FOUR, cut away strongly. This was a little shorter and he made some room for himself and slapped it behind point

End of over 18 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 104/1 (RR: 5.77)

    • TM Dilshan 49 (57b 9x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 44 (44b 5x4)
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-10-0
    • NL McCullum 4-0-23-0

Devcich to Sangakkara, 2 runs, quicker ball, takes the outside edge as there isn't too much turn. New Zealand aren't their usual selves on the fielder. Neesham at short third man misfields


Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, gives it some air on off stump and Sanga pushes it down the ground

Nadir: "Its great to see senior players of SL are taking responsibility to score runs unlike Pakistani Senior players who throwed their wickets against SAF last night"


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, lovely bowling there. He made Dilshan reach out as this one was flighted as well. Little turn on offer, as he pushes to cover


Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, and that's his second consecutive fifty, 32nd over all and fifth this year. It was off the inside edge though, but he'll take it as the good length ball squirted away behind square on the leg side


Devcich to Sangakkara, no run, on a good length but on the pads as he works it away to square leg


Devcich to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full and outside off and he pulls out his cover drive, but this one goes straight to the deep fielder

End of over 19 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 110/1 (RR: 5.78)

    • KC Sangakkara 49 (48b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 50 (59b 9x4)
    • AP Devcich 4-0-25-0
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-10-0

Nicol to Dilshan, no run, fuller and on off, the batsman pushes it down to the bowler


Nicol to Dilshan, no run, that's short and that was asking to be sent to the boundary, but Dilshan's pull is cut off by a diving McCullum at midwicket


Nicol to Dilshan, 1 run, it's short again, this time he pulls it to deep midwicket for a single


Nicol to Sangakkara, 1 run, now Sanga gets to his fifty with a neat push past point. It's the hundred of the partnership as well. The Dilly-Sanga show goes on


Nicol to Dilshan, no run, quicker delivery on the stumps, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler


Nicol to Dilshan, no run, gets it to drift towards off, but Dilshan defends it towards midwicket

Sajith: "@Ross : Dilshan is well fitter than most of the young cricketers in the world cricket today.So why should he retire?"

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 112/1 (RR: 5.60)

    • TM Dilshan 51 (64b 9x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 50 (49b 5x4)
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-12-0
    • AP Devcich 4-0-25-0

Devcich to Sangakkara, FOUR, he comes down the pitch and takes the flighted delivery on the full to power it down over the bowler's head

Matthew: "@Ross: Bradman should have never retired then."


Devcich to Sangakkara, no run, pushed through and it drifts towards off, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler


Devcich to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted and full on the pads, the batsman whips it to deep midwicket for a single


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, quicker delivery on off, the batsman defends it solidly off the front foot

Anton Devcich will continue...

9.15 pm It's a 23-overs-a-side game now. Starting at 9.25 pm local time. That means Sri Lanka will come out to bat for 14 balls.. Doesn't make much sense, could have started it as a 20-over game straightaway. But some of these rules never make sense anyway. It's not easy to tell what the cloud situation is as the skies are dark. Kudos to the groundstaff, again proving that they are probably the best in business.

3 bowlers can bowl 5 overs each, 5 mandatory Powerplay overs, 2 overs of batting Powerplay

SaS: "SL should be careful. If SL loose few wickets it will effect on the D/L calculations."

9.10 pm The wait to hear the official word is getting as nerve-wracking as any tight match. The covers are all off now, the stumps have been erected, and the drying is going around the bowler's run-up areas. New Zealand bowlers are warming up, means Sri Lanka will bat for a few overs. Still no official word.

Chamal: "179 would be achievable for New Zealand if they find a way to survive from the deadly toe cruses and bouncers of Malinga. Spin might not be that effective with the wet ball but still New Zealand would have to compete against a lot of talent and experience caps."

8.50 pm The covers are almost off now and the drying is going on, but we are still waiting to know the start time. Did anyone try that spell? Looks like it has worked. We'll wait before we confirm the targets.

greg: "As A South African - neutral viewer ... interested to know if this will be a straight 20 /20 shootout or is there a chance there will be a few more?" ---- Most likely Greg, we will soon confirm this.

8.34 pm All you cricket-loving people, the rain gods have yielded. The umpires are preparing for an inspection. Ground staff is getting into action too, seemingly to take the covers off.

8.20 pm Still drizzling, occasional lightning. Will have to wait till about half past nine to get a final decision on the game.

Michael Trigg: "The ICC Ranking points situation please? For a drawn series, or 1-0 to either NZ or SL - what points are allocated? Thanks" ----- If this game is washed out, I believe both teams will stay where they are irrespective of who wins the last game.

Piash has more to add on the rankings: "@Michael Trigg, ODI ranking is not updated after the end of the series, rather it is updated after each ODI...and the points allocated for a team from a match is determined by this formula: if you win, you get, your opponent's rating+50 points; and if u lose, u will get, your opponent's if this 2nd ODI is washed out and NZ loses the 3rd ODI, thier points will be 2679+(111-50)=2740 from 33 matches, so thier rating will be 2740/33=83, and so they will be slipped to 9th position behind Bangladesh!"

8.00 pm Still drizzling, occasional lightning.. ctrl + C, ctrl + v was designed for this. And the internet throws another brilliant piece of trivia - there is church in Sweden, called Missionary church of kopimism, which is a group of people who believe that copying information is sacred. It has been recognised as a religion officially. Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V are sacred symbols in the religion. Brilliant.

Sharat Veram: "Another Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V from last match "No Result"!!"

Prabhash Miriyagalla: "Everyone knows that this is not a storm or a hurricane; they are seasonal rain of Sri Lanka. I am just wondering why those administrators and the organizers cannot avoid these washouts with Number of grounds available in Sri Lanka. Apparently they do lot of planning and bring the matches to the grounds in the rain zones or never plan. How poor that is !!!" ----- And that after the same questions were raised last year in a series against the same team around the same time.

kush: "If someone can come up with a stat of rain affected games in England vs rain effected games in SL will be awesome :)" ----- I am not sure how to find out the total no. of rain affected games, but Sri Lanka does have the most no-results - 23 - followed by Australia and England with 16 each.

7.30 pm Still drizzling, occasional lightning, but the volume of rain is not as much as during the last match is what I hear.

On the topic of lightning strikes, Devon pulls out this story from cricinfo archives. Ken adds more on this -- "Former West Indian fast bowler Mervyn Dillon was struch down while batting in a first class game in Trinidad. It was reported that the sky was clear when this occured forcing some to conclude that the gods must be punishing him for wasting his bowling tallent."

Peter Della Penna, ESPNcricinfo's man in the USA, shares this - "FYI - An amateur cricketer, Patrick Gibson, was struck by lightning during a match in New York in 2009. Everyone was walking off the field but he apparently went back on to retrieve something, possibly the stumps, and was hit. Suffered third degree burns and was in hospital for months afterwards."

D: "Just a sidenote, as of Sanga's 79 in the last match, he has now pushed himself into the elusive 40+ ODI Average list, first Sri Lankan to do so if I'm not mistaken?" ---- Yes D, he is the only one. Dilshan, Atapattu and Ranatunga follow.

7.00 pm Another hour has passed away and the only news we have is that the rain is getting harder in Hambantota. Andrew Fernando says, "the groundstaff have all come out and gathered around the middle, but I think that's just out of boredom." I am a little bored as well now.

Daniel Alexander: "Another opportunity for the Sri Lankan ground staff to prove that they are the best in the entire world"

A website about witchcraft and black magic lists this spell to stop the rain --

"Gods of power, Gods of might,
I bid you now, stop this plight,
Stop the rain, we need no more,
Let it fall, nevermore."

Chandler Bing: "@Devashish What do you'll do during such lengthy rain delays? And do you prefer a match with such delays or a match which goes at a frenetic pace so that you have to keep on typing constantly." ----- As you can see, I am lost in the wide world of internet.. I quite like the rain breaks actually, but only if there is light at the end of the funnel..

6.40 pm Still drizzling.. But the cut-off time is still a good three hours away..

Another lightning pic from SA, dug out by Ishfaaq. Lightning is a serious safety issue in sports and players have been hit by it in the past. Here is a video of a baseball game being stopped because of the reason.

SiZi: "SL Dry Zone, Whole of the northm, East and Southeast virtually all of the region's rain falls in the 3 months of the north-east Monsoon between October and December. Something to think about :)"

Bharath Raj: "what is the verdict from umpire inspection ?" --- No visible improvement in the conditions.. So wait and watch it is I am afraid.

6.27 pm The umpires are coming out for an inspection although there is still very light drizzle around. The covers are on though as they are not removed till it completely stops.

Pulasthi Pathirana: "If the match is reduced to 20 overs, what would be the target for Kiwies according to duckworth and lewis ?" ------ It will be approximately 180, but will need to confirm again.

6.20 pm A very light drizzle in Hambantota, Andrew Fernando tells me, but the frequency of lightning doesn't bode well.

Mark: "Is it time for the swim-off yet? Much better than a bowl-off or D/L to decide a winner in these situations!" ------ Given that they have 6 swimming medals in Olympics to Sri Lanka's none, New Zealand wouldn't mind it at all..

It's Adam Milne's fifth ODI and as someone pointed out earlier, it's his fourth in Hambantota. Out of his previous three here, two have been washed out. The only completed match was decided by D/L. I don't know what I would make out of it if I were Milne.

5.58 pm No improvement on the ground situation. It's been two hours since the game was stopped and since we start losing overs after an hour, we have lost approximately 14 overs till now.

This picture is not from Hambantota, but it's worth showing.

Ahmar_Jami: "I just cant accept the lightening issue. If lightening is the issue to avoid field, how come everyone played against Allan Donald."

Rain, lightning, we thought it was an issue for cricket.. not for these guys..

5.40 pm We have updates, but you're not going to like them. Our fearless reporter, Andrew Fernando says that just as the umpires stepped out for the first time in about half an hour, a huge fork lands a few kilometres away, followed by a noisy roll of thunder. The rain has pretty much stopped, but they don't seem to be considering a restart, with the lightning around.

SaS: "Rain has been kind to half centuries. Dili and Sanga is lucky to add another half century to their account."

D: "If we took Natalie Portman hostage and forced Thor to slow the rains would that work, or just make Thor angry?" Technically, isn't Thor the God of Thunder? Besides, I don't think he'd be bothered. Benjamin Millepied, her husband, might have something to say though.

5.25 pm Andrew Fernando says the weather that's approaching promises better..but it could only be a break in the rain as there are dark clouds around everywhere.

Dave Edmond: "Its a shame that we couldn't arrange some deals with Thunder God. Oh Thor! Please show us some mercy today"

5.15 pm Hmmm..... The official reason the game was stopped today is lightning. Firdose Moonda says it happens all the time in Joburg at the Wanderers. The golf course siren goes off and then the cricket stops too. David Hopps has seen it happen in some county games. Mohammad Isam says it happened last month in a Bangladesh domestic match. Peter Della Penna says in Florida, lightning detector goes off when it detects a strike within 5 miles and then everyone has to leave the field even if no rain.

4.50 pm Looks like we will have to soon move from sandwiches to seriously consider dinner options. It's chugging down in Hambantota now. It's not as bad as this though..

D: "Dambulla is best known for being one of Sri Lanka's drier areas. If rains on that ODI too, we'll know with absolute certainty that the rain gods hate cricket."

Durban: "How about the bunny chow served in south Africa.take out the insides of the bread fill it up with a mutton curry & potatoes put back the middle part of the bread back again & then just n joy!!!! better than the regular sandwich for sure!!!"

Ishfaaq: "Katta Sambol and Cheese.. There's your sandwich.."

Ribhav Bansal: "In hindsight, it turned out to be a masterstroke from NZL Cricket Board by resting their top players for this series and ensuring they are playing in domestic matches and match fit before the next series."

Rakesh Sampat: "If ever you guy's get around to having an opinion poll on Sandwiches; The Bombay Chutney sandwich available at every street corner in Mumbai will win hands down. It is the Best & Mumbai runs on it."

4.40 pm Still drizzling..Plenty of lightning though. Spare a thought for the poor Andrew Fidel Fernando, who in his best spirits, drove down five hours from Colombo to bring us regular weather updates.

As for your original question on Marmite + mature cheddar sandwich Matthew, you are clearly not alone.. Everyone loves that combo here, lot of moral support pouring in.

Kieran : "Surely when it comes to sandwiches you don't need to look further than tuna and sweetcorn? healthy, filling and tasty to boot."

The Connoisseur: "I'm partial to the odd cheddar and Marmite sandwich myself, it's quite delicious. However, my absolute favourite would be the sausage and mashed potato sandwich with a few pieces of chili sprinkled in. I could eat those all day."

SthAussie: "I've been told my concoction of eggs on toast with butter & vegemite/promite is quite odd, very nice in my opnion :)"

srinivas: "Hahaha...What about "Vada Pav dears"??? the all day refreshing with cutting. Would be great during the test match days when Sachin plays at Mumbai." ---- Vada Pav, that's one of my all-time favs..

Sam: "I wonder what the English will have as sandwiches in Australia after there expansive dietary requirements..." ---- Check out the latest episode of Switch hit on this issue..

JC: "Hating to be a pessimist but what is the latest time the NZ innings can start to get 20 overs in?" ---- something like 9.40 pm local time..

Indunil: "Look at the bright side that ur family not liking the marmite... i can keep the whole bottle to me.. only me...nobody touches it... this is the only thing i can keep to myself in fridge from my greedy brother.."

4.28 pm The ground is wrapped up completely, but it's only a slight drizzle.. Anyway, Lakshman sends a video of the Gabba groundstaff for our amusement.

Woody: "Marmite & strong cheddar = sandwiches fit for Kings. So good that when I make cricket teas for my club that's what is served. Cucumber should be banned - poisonous rubbish suitable only for softies playing football. :-)"

Rayner: "Matthew - a fan of mature cheddar and Marmite, works great as cheese on toast mate! none of that mild cheddar lark, it's not even cheese in my opinion."

I just hope there was a way to create a poll here to settle the debate about the best sandwich.

Paul: "No guys, marmite is good but you can not beat a crunchy peanut butter and banana sandwich, thanks." ----- Banana?

Nash: "Here is my very own recipe for a great sandwich. First, a layer of mayonnaise, then a slice of tomato, then a layer of crispy bacon and a slice of Apple on the top. Try n y'all will love it."

Nouman: "Nothing can beat Arabian Shawarma"

4.12 pm The covers are coming on properly now, as the rain begins to fall. Put the kettle on the boil, prepare your sandwiches as this could be a loooong delay.. Egg and watercress please.

Matthew : "On the subject of sandwiches i love mature cheddar and marmite. I know of nobody else who likes this combination. Im throwing it out to all Cricinfo-ists to help me prove to my friends and family that I am not alone in my madness!" ----- Marmite, love it.. I am with you on this combo. But Matt from Aus is keen on a BLT.

Another Matt: "Cannot beat a marmite and cheese sandwich! Also always been a fan of peanut butter and honey, and marmite and chips go well together too!"

SamSL: "One of my friends in Sydney was furious as he couldnt find Marmite there. Now I know why! For the record, I will try the combo tonight!"

Randi: "Well! being an aussie! I like Vegemite way more than marmite"

4.08 pm The umpires are out again and in discussion.

gav: "Not a fun move. Lightning is attracted to some metals." --- A wire-mesh suit works as a faraday cage, used by those inspection engineers around high-tension lines.

Anshul Goel: "New Zealand, as it turns out, will not miss Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum, because matches are not happening because of the weather!"

3.58 pm Umpires gather around after the clouds announce their arrival with a huge thunder..The teams are going off now.. The rain, as per Andrew Fernando's calculations, is 1 km away.. He says, four seconds between lightning and thunder, so maybe 1.4 kms away (let's say it's 1.2 kms.. ) .. That's precise.. It's not raining, they have ask to come in for safety reasons. Covers haven't been brought in yet.

Fernando says, "covers are being partially brought on to the field (square remains uncovered), in anticipation, more than anything else. This ground is effectively in the jungle, apart from the stands and floodlight towers themselves, and the occasional elephant, there is nothing for kilometres that would draw a lightning strike. So it's a fair call." ---- would be fun if they played cricket in metal suits.. No danger of a lightning strike then, a spectacle on tv too as they would have looked like gladiators..

shane-oh: "Is this the first time players have been taken from the field in anticipation of rain?"

Eric: "S.L are doing something we used to do at school. Bat first and call it a day without fielding! :D"

Maddy: "I still doubt whether Srilanka has found replacements good enough for Sanga, Dilshan, Mahela and other senior members..Every game you see the newer faces fading off and Seniors pitching in to lift the burden..Haven't the Team Management thought about grooming future players? I think SL batting lineup is weak barring the seniors and if they retire prior to 2015 WC, I doubt the chances of the team who has played 3 WC finals and won a World Cup...!!! Bowling department looks fine, but batting is set to crumble in Australia without the Sanga-Dil-Mahela trio..!!!"

Prbath: "@Maddy, well people always say that sri lanka is weak and they have no chance in ICC events (maybe people dont like to see srilankan team doing well), but they always turn up and go in to finals (which other so call favorites fail to do). so they will do just fine mate, as usual"

Shihan: "When we are talking about SL youngsters..just look at Rohith Sharma..its a process not a give them some time at least 2 years in one position at international level..."

Madu: "@Maddy : Your concern is right. But we should allow those three to play their maximum then at least two will play 2015 WC and then we may have experience players like Anji, Chandi, Thri, Kapu, Kusal, Thisara, Maharoof, Lokuarachchi etc"


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, flatter and quicker on the pads, the batsman is unable to get it away


Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker and on the stumps, the batsman pushes it softly to covers and calls for a single

End of over 21 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 118/1 (RR: 5.61)

    • TM Dilshan 52 (67b 9x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 55 (52b 6x4)
    • AP Devcich 5-0-31-0
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-12-0

Neesham to bowl the penultimate over


Neesham to Dilshan, 1 run, attempts a yorker, but it's a low full toss that Dilshan can only hit as far as midwicket

Dilshan misses out on that one. Frantic drying of the ball going on as well

X: "A real fighting knock by the rain! Around 20 more minutes and it would have won. Speaking of which, why cant we add Rain to the ICC Teams list? It could probably get past New Zealand!"


Neesham to Sangakkara, 1 run, he comes round the wicket and bowls a full delivery on the stumps, Sanga pushes it to mid-off and calls for a quick single, but a direct hit would have cut his stay short


Neesham to Dilshan, 1 run, beautifully bowled, a good yorker and the batsman can only dig it out as far as point


Neesham to Sangakkara, FOUR, he walks across to the off side and ramps it to the fine leg boundary, the length was full but not quite, allowed Sanga to get under it


Neesham to Sangakkara, FOUR, and again, he walks well outside off and even though it's much fuller, he still manages to get under it and finds the fine-leg boundary


Neesham to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowls a full toss on off which Sanga clubs down to long on for a single

Max: "If I were a newcomer, I'd love to be in SL team. Performance-wise, SL seniors provide the best cover for new players. Awesome!"

End of over 22 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 130/1 (RR: 5.90)

    • KC Sangakkara 65 (56b 8x4)
    • TM Dilshan 54 (69b 9x4)
    • JDS Neesham 3-0-25-0
    • AP Devcich 5-0-31-0

Last over of SL innings. They have added 13 off the last 8 balls. Andrew Ellis to bowl the last one


Ellis to Sangakkara, FOUR, he moves down the leg side, the bowler follows him with a fuller delivery, but Sanga just flicks it over midwicket, it is timed so well that it just bounces once before hitting the boundary


Ellis to Sangakkara, 1 run, he makes room by moving outside leg, but the bowler bowls a slower bouncer which keeps going away from him, the batsman can only dab it as far as point

Mid-off is up, mid-on goes back


Ellis to Dilshan, 1 wide, another slower bouncer, the batman waits to get some bat on that , but misses. Dilshan raises his bat way over his head, and gets the decision in his favour


Ellis to Dilshan, no run, another slower bouncer and again Dilshan misses it, the ball gripped the surface


Ellis to Dilshan, no run, bowls it full this time and Dilshan fails to get any bat on that. Everyone is inside the circle on off and had Dilshan got any bat on that, it could have gone to the boundary


Ellis to Dilshan, 1 run, bowls a shorter delivery, Dilshan pulls, but everyone is deep on the leg side, so only a single to deep midwicket

Now this is the extra ball. Last ball of their innings. Third man, cover and mid-off are back

Ajit: "Can we talk about how Sangakkara is getting better? It is not just that he is being consistent late in his career, but he is actually a more complete player now. Could never attack like this in his early 30s. Is there a better batsman in the world?"

Srini: "Re: Ajit : AB DeVilliers. Check yesterday highlights of his innings in a slow pitch against Ajmal and Co... and his records for last 3-4 years on all formats... and even he is a wicketkeeper..."


Ellis to Sangakkara, 1 run, he gets way across his stumps and gets hit on the helmet as he tries to ramp the short ball, manages only a single

A very good last over from Ellis, Sri Lanka have managed 21 runs after the break. New Zealand's target will be readjusted and I will let you know it soon.

End of over 23 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 138/1

    • KC Sangakkara 71 (59b 9x4)
    • TM Dilshan 55 (72b 9x4)
    • AM Ellis 1-0-8-0
    • JDS Neesham 3-0-25-0





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