New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Dambulla, Nov 16, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 36 runs (D/L method)
16 November 2013 (50-over match)

11.28 am The players are coming out to the field. It is Mahela Jayawardene opening with Tillakaratne Dilshan. Two slips for Kyle Mills. A minute's silence was observed to honour Irwin Jayawardene, a former executive committee member at SLC who passed away on November 13.

Allocated time for the first innings is between 11:30 am and 2:31 pm and for the subsequent one is 3:01 pm to 6:01 pm

11.19 am Cricket triumphs again. We have confirmation that the game will start at 11.30 am, albeit the teams will have to contend with a 43-overs-a-side match. Andrew Fernando dissects the game conditions for us: Powerplay is 13 overs in total - nine in the mandatory period and four chosen at the discretion of the batting team. Three bowlers can bowl nine overs each, and two can bowl eight.

11.13 am Andrew Fernando says the sun has been out for the past few minutes and even better, the ground is in good condition. There is a bit of drying going on in one of the square boundaries.

Pardeep Chandel: "Today NZ will be looking at a new record.. Bcoz if the Kiwies win today then it will be their first series win in 29 years in Sri Lanka.. And today a wash out match by rain is enough for them... Intresting to watch....." Correction, NZ's first bilateral-series win in Sri Lanka. They won a tri-series in 2003

Safras: "@Sunil, I think we need Thisara more as a finisher with his power hitting rather than as an opener. With Dilly, Sanga and Mahela at the top I don't see the lights of Chandi and Thri getting opportunities to develop themselves and batting around the seniors. More often than not they tend to come in the slog overs which is not their game or in pressure situation where they don't get to express themselves. So, it will be good to give them chances at the top like India have done with their youngsters..."

10.49 am Andrew Fernando spies the umpires going out to the middle for an inspection. Good news on the horizon? Patches of blue break through the clouds, but sunshine is yet to make its way through.

Again folks, we are looking at a curtailed game if it starts. We shall provide you with the specifics as soon as we can.

Sunil: "Everyone talks abt chandimal and Thiri ! why anyone doesnt think that Thisara Parera should open and just destroy the bowling attacking of opponents and be successful like jayasuria !"

Jayanth: "Its better to establish Indoor cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka like the one in Melbourne" But Docklands stadium hosted its last match in 2006. Overhead conditions are a big part of cricket after all.

Kenu: "Now that overs have been lost Sri Lanka will surely not play any youngsters first up."

Nilupul: "I agree with Safras... Chandimal or Thirimanne would be nice to open with Dilshan... :)"

parakkandy: "Most of the outdoor games play under same conditions. How about playing cricket in wet weather conditions with modifications?" So we are planning to finally kill spinners off, are we?

Daniel Alexander: "@ Safras - Hambantota pitch is not flat and the boundaries are not short"

Safras: "On a different note I would like SL to try opening with Chandimal where he would have time to construct an innings and play freely. He could be successful as Rohit."

10.35 am Red Rain alert: The rain has completely stopped. The groundsmen stride purposefully onto the field, but It is still a bit gloomy. The covers are coming off

dila: "rain rain go away:) oh i forgot this is srilanka by the way"

10.30 am Andrew Fernando, from the ground, says the rain has eased a bit

10.23 am We have started losing overs now. Dambulla's facilities to host a day-night match are not quite up to the mark, which means there is only a 15-minute cushion period after scheduled end of play today, which means this shall not end up being a 50-50 match

Faraz Ali: "It helps the good bowlers (i.e. bowlers who can bowl yorkers and have variations e.g. Ajmal and Steyn),, and hurts bad bowlers (i.e, who bowl bad deliveries everytime regardless of the pitch and conditions e.g Sharma and Faulkner)... As simple as that...!"

Andy: "I think the new rule is ridiculous. People have argued (using the recent Ind vs Aus tour as example) that there are more sixes scored and that is because of better bats and shorter boundaries. A counter argument to this is that more batsmen are willing to go for big hits more because they know there aren't any fielders at the boundary to catch it if its a mis-hit. So they usually go all out on big shots and usually gets more sixes as a result. Also the new rule is devastating on spinners. Having two new balls is bad enough with the balls not getting roughed up enough to get purchase; They have to bowl faster and flatter in order to keep runs down this in turn makes them less able to take wickets because they aren't willing to flight the ball. They are also afraid to use variations as well; Because the field will usually be set save a boundary of a stock delivery and if they try a ball going the other way and get it wrong even by a bit they might get punished because a fielder was not placed on the boundary in that direction."

CHANGA: "The article on cricinfo yesterday about the sizes of the grounds is one the what everybody should be looking at. Having all 9 fielders outside the circle during the AUS vs IND recently wouldnt have changed anything if you look at both teams 6 counts! I think we should focus more on the size of the grounds and decent wickets that would help bowlers a bit ( atleast more than what it does in IND at the moment with ODI's)."

Ali ibne Hasan: "Wasn't Dambulla supposed to be the dry zone of Srilanka??" Not quite at this time. Nearly every place in Sri Lanka is affected by rain in October-November

manoj: "My opinion is it should help the bowlers because a bowler can decide where he can bowl and an extra fielder inside the ring is gift to fielding team"

Charak: "Consistency of rain and performance of pak cricket team is a great combination !"

Gordon: "I think people are way too obsessed with the young SL players getting experience. NZ would kill to have batsmen the caliber of the SL big 3. Play your best team I say!"

Sameera: "I think extra fielder factor is not big thing. But pitch should be alive. Not a flat wicket like India..."

Shihan: "No way it wont help bowlers at all..even sometimes miss hit can go for boundires.."

So that gives us more time for our discussion (I'm a horribly glass half-full person, aren't I?) : Does having an extra fielder inside the circle hurt or help the bowlers?

sarith: "this is ridiculous from Lankans.3 seniors will bat top of the order.if they fires every one will praise them & criticize young generation.if they failed youngsters have to come with 3 for nothing and bat under tremendous pressure." Again folks, we are not 100% certain who will come out to open.

9.57 am And the rain has picked up. It's quite heavy now. Additional covers are being pulled onto the field. You'd better sit back, folks. This looks to be a longish delay

Sunil: "I have never seen a game without rain in lanka ! that seems to be an amazing record !"

9.50 am Hold your horses, people. It's started drizzling again. The groundstaff are into action. Andrew Fernando from Dambulla goes on that the rain in the east doesn't bode well as that is where this weather is coming from. Covers are coming on, I'm afraid

Kyle Mills, the NZ captain, was wary about rain and wanted to make use of the early swing on offer. He wanted a lift in the bowling performance and hoped the momentum they picked up from the last match would help in that regard

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews would have preferred to bowl as well on this "fresh wicket" and with Duckworth-Lewis expected to come into play. He said their loss in the last match was unfortunate because they hadn't counted on conditions playing spoilsport.

Alistair Campbell is out there for the pitch report. He says there is a tinge of green on the good length area and seamers would enjoy bowling on this wicket. But cautions that history has suggested scores around 280-300 are not impossible.

Sameer: "This is a good move. Mahela open the inning. I remember Mahela open the inning when SL play against PAK and SL chase 280 odd runs in Dambulla. Mahela scored 123. This is the highest chase @ Dambulla...." Just to clarify, the batting order is suspect to change at the discretion of the captain.

Mark: "Surely with the class and experience of Mahela he should bat at 5 to give the opportunity to the young gun Thiri to open up and have more time to settle in. When will Sri Lanka learn....."

"That's why bowler has got a chance to bowl 2 bouncers with in one over" I don't think it has anything to do with that, Sujeewa. Having only four fielders in the deep and the two-bouncers-per-over rule are two separate events.

Bob from Belgium: "Hope the youngsters bat higher up. The likes of Chandimal and Thiri. Otherwise they will never learn."

9.30 am New Zealand have won the toss and have decided to field

Sri Lanka have made one change: Dimuth Karunaratne sits out for allrounder Thisara Perera. Hmm, does that mean Mahela will be opening? New Zealand have made one change as well, a straight pace for pace swap: Adam Milne out for Mitchell McClenaghan

NZ team as tweeted by @BLACKCAPS: Tom Latham, Anton Devcich, Rob Nicol, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), James Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills (capt), Andrew Ellis, Mitchell McClenaghan

Uwaisul Karnain: "Can't wait to see Sri Lanka's playing 11. Will they give a chance to few youngsters today? Also hoping to see the return of Thisara Perera."

Our first question of the day, Angelo Mathews joins a veritable band wagon of people who are worried about the impact of the new ODI rules on the bowlers. What do you guys think? Does having an extra fielder inside the circle hurt or help the bowlers?

Jayanth: "This match should be no less than the thriller. Black caps made a tremendous come back after being thrashed by Bangladesh. Its interesting to see how they go on this match."

Sumit Chauhan: "hope for the best cricket today. srilanka will do a counter attack after losing their previous match. but we can't underestimate the black caps.. after winning the last match they are on the driving seat."

9.25 am And as if to help enable that, the sun breaks through at Rangiri Dambulla.

Time for a refresher course. Dig into this preview, people. And for those who speed-read, here is your next challenge. New Zealand have set their sights on two men. Care to guess who they are?

khb: "Its funny how it rains exactly on the match days. It didnt rain in Dambulla in last 2 days. But since today morning theres a little drizzle."

9.15 am The toss will be coming up in a few minutes now. Our Sri Lanka correspondent Andrew Fernando swaps through his many hats and pulls out this weather update for us: "It's very gloomy, and it's drizzling on and off. There's also been some mist about which is quite unusual"

9.10 am Hello and welcome to live coverage of the third and ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand from Dambulla. Both previous matches have been cut short by erratic weather conditions, but we did get in a complete match and a what a thriller it was! Do we have something similar on the cards today?


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, good length ball just outside off, with a little bit of movement away. The batsman is not interested


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, targeted at the batsman as Mahela gets on top of the bounce and defends with soft hands


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, fullish ball on and around off stump, Mahela is tentative in defense as he gets an inside edge onto pad


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, pushed down the ground to mid-on off a full length ball on middle


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, oh, he goes for a cut. It wasn't quite short enough for that, but it definitely had room. Comes up with just air though


Mills to Jayawardene, no run, maiden to start with. You could have bet on that as he finishes off with a good length ball on the off stump corridor. Mahela tightens up and lets it through

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0 (RR: 0.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (6b)
    • TM Dilshan 0 (0b)
    • KD Mills 1-1-0-0

Mitchell McClenaghan will partner Kyle Mills and he will have two slips to bolster his search for wickets as well


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, that was inviting and Dilshan just could not help himself. Threw the bat at that as he went for a thunderous cover drive but cannot connect.


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, that goes right over off stump! Very brave from Dilshan as he lets that go to the keeper as this one pitched outside and ducked inward at the stumps.


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, on a length on middle and Dilshan steps forward to block


McClenaghan to Dilshan, FOUR, slammed down the ground as SL and Dilshan get off the mark. It was quite full and Dilshan presented a very strong straight bat


McClenaghan to Dilshan, 2 runs, goes short and that was pulled straight at the square leg umpire, who manages to step out of the way as it goes down to long leg

Daniel Alexander: "Dilshan's swat would have dried the pitch a bit :D"


McClenaghan to Dilshan, 1 run, on the pads again and he stays in his crease and picks it off behind square on the leg side

End of over 2 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • TM Dilshan 7 (6b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (6b)
    • MJ McClenaghan 1-0-7-0
    • KD Mills 1-1-0-0

Mills to Dilshan, no run, maintains a good line and length outside off and Dilshan refrains from playing at it


Mills to Dilshan, no run, gets just that tad bit closer to off stump and Dilshan wanted to drill this through the off side, but he was a little too early into his drive and only manages an inside edge to mid-on


Mills to Dilshan, no run, back of a length on off stump as Dilshan gets back behind it and blocks


Mills to Dilshan, no run, excellent line from Mills. Keeps to a fifth stump line and this one was just short of a length and Dilshan is happy to let that through to the keeper


Mills to Dilshan, no run, a bit fuller, but still on that off stump corridor, with a little seam away. Dilshan watchfully leaves it alone again


Mills to Dilshan, FOUR, too full this time and Dilshan gets this one right off the middle of the bat through cover. Mills provides a rare half-volley and the batsman tucks into that one. He was just looking to pierce the gap and Dilshan's power does the rest

End of over 3 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 11/0 (RR: 3.66)

    • TM Dilshan 11 (12b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (6b)
    • KD Mills 2-1-4-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 1-0-7-0

McClenaghan to Jayawardene, no run, good bowling there. Hint of inward movement restricts Mahela to defend that good length ball down the pitch


McClenaghan to Jayawardene, FOUR, attempts the short ball again and he just uses the pace available to send it packing to the fine leg boundary. He should be looking to bowl a lot fuller than that


McClenaghan to Jayawardene, no run, sticks to back of a length again, but this time his direction is better. It was on off stump and gets a little more bounce than Mahela thought. Shaves the bat and gets struck on the thigh


McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, oh, Anton Devicich, that was not needed. Unnecessary throw to the keeper, but it was far too wide of him and they sneak a single. It was a very good shortish ball again as Mahela's pick-up shot was of no use as he gets struck on the body and the ball runs off to point


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, loads of carry there. Dilshan banks on it as he lets the back of a length ball on middle and off through to the keeper by swaying away


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, gets forward to meet the good length ball on middle with a stoic, straight bat

Foreboding message from Tino: "i live in mahiyanganaya which is 100km away from is absolutely belting down here..bad news guys..the rain will be there in 2hrs there..sorry guys washout for sure"

End of over 4 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 16/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • TM Dilshan 11 (14b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 4 (10b 1x4)
    • MJ McClenaghan 2-0-11-0
    • KD Mills 2-1-4-0

But for now the sun is out. And elsewhere, India have won Sachin Tendulkar's final and 200th Test


Mills to Jayawardene, 1 run, charges him but hasn't time it. Thick outside edge goes uppishly past point and down to third man


Mills to Dilshan, no run, wanted to play at that, but in the end pulls his bat away from the back of a length ball on that curiously tempting off stump corridor


Mills to Dilshan, 1 wide, oh, sprays the full length down leg and the umpire reprimands him. Was looking for that magic away-swinger I think


Mills to Dilshan, FOUR, oh, exquisite. He seems to have shoveled the full length ball swinging away from him through the covers for another powerful four

Sachin Tendulkar is crying as he walks off a cricket ground for the last time in his career


Mills to Dilshan, FOUR, back to back boundaries and this one is on the opposite side of the ground. Mills over-pitches again with the slower off-cutter and the batsman spots it and flicks it away effortlessly through midwicket


Mills to Dilshan, FOUR, magnificent. Thuds into the pitch and leaps over the infield on the off side and scurries off to the cover boundary. Brilliant drive from Dilshan


Mills to Dilshan, no run, a little extra bounce defeats another flashing drive from Dilshan. This was held back in length a little bit, but he was enticed by the room on it

End of over 5 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 30/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • TM Dilshan 23 (19b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 5 (11b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 3-1-18-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 2-0-11-0

McClenaghan to Jayawardene, no run, on a length on middle and leg as Mahela gets back behind it and defends


McClenaghan to Jayawardene, no run, oh, extra bounce again and Mahela's tentative defense is beaten as the ball goes past the outside edge


McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 wide, too short and Ronchi does well to leap high and collect the ball well over his head.


McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 wide, this time he loses his line down the leg side. Mahela was looking for a tickle to collect another boundary but isn't successful

Daniel Alexander: "Dilshan's is leading the fireworks as Sachin leaves the field for the last time"


McClenaghan to Jayawardene, no run, this time he gets bat to it but goes straight to short fine leg. On a length on the pads again but Jimmy Neesham saves a bit of the blushes for the bowler as that flick was well timed


McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 run, quick single and easily done in the end. Came forward to the length ball on off stump and dropped it in front of cover. Grant Elliott is not quick enough


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, oh he gets him with a little tangle there as the quick, shortish ball pushes him back and evades the little flick shot he tries and hits him on the stomach


McClenaghan to Dilshan, FOUR, was that glove?! Yes it was. Would be too cruel to call it a drop as Ronchi jumps as high as he can and the ball ricochets off the top of his glove and to the fine leg fence. Good short ball from McClenaghan, hurried into Dilshan as he wanted to hook

End of over 6 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 37/0 (RR: 6.16)

    • TM Dilshan 27 (21b 6x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 6 (15b 1x4)
    • MJ McClenaghan 3-0-18-0
    • KD Mills 3-1-18-0

Bowling change: Andrew Ellis takes over from Kyle Mills. Strange, the NZ captain usually bowls a longer first spell.


Ellis to Jayawardene, 1 run, just a little bit of extra bounce again but Mahela negotiates it well, playing it off with soft hands into the leg side and run through for the single


Ellis to Dilshan, 1 run, risky single and had that been a direct hit, Mahela would have been gone! He wasn't even in the frame as Dilshan whips it away to the short leg fielder and looks for the single. Mahela responds, but that could have been curtains


Ellis to Jayawardene, no run, on a length on middle stump as he keeps it out with soft hands again. Is there anyone better at manouvreing the ball as good as this guy?


Ellis to Jayawardene, FOUR, and as if to prove my earlier comment, he goes down on one knee and sweeps it fine of the man at short fine. This one was well outside off stump


Ellis to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length ball outside off and he stays back to steer it down to third man and collect a single


Ellis to Dilshan, 1 run, full length ball outside off stump invites Dilshan into the drive again. He's not been shy with that shot but this time the fielder at cover misfields to give away a single

Dilshan: "Too many old stars in this Sri Lankan team just like Marcello Lippi's 2010 WC squad. Sangakkara is Sri Lanka's Pirlo, they should keep him in the side and rotate the other senior players in order to give more exposure to the younger players because we need to find our Balotelli as soon as possible."

End of over 7 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 45/0 (RR: 6.42)

    • TM Dilshan 29 (23b 6x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 12 (19b 2x4)
    • AM Ellis 1-0-8-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 3-0-18-0

Only one wide slip in now


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, beats him for pace and bounce. There was appreciable inward movement after pitching as well as Dilshan was cramped for room and the ball runs down to slip off his thigh


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, short ball again, rising toward his chest as Dilshan stays in line of it and blocks, pulling the bottom hand off the bat


McClenaghan to Dilshan, 2 runs, fuller this time, but his search for inward movement keeps him on the pads of the batsman. Dilshan flicks this away square of short fine leg and collects two


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, digs it into the middle of the pitch again, but this one doesn't rise as high and isn't quick enough either as Dilshan sways away from the line effortlessly

Round the wicket


McClenaghan to Dilshan, 1 run, the angle helps his short-pitched bowling as he draws the batsman into a pull shot that isn't fully under Dilshan's control. But the square leg area is vacant and the single is taken

Back over the wicket to Mahela


McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets a little bit extra off the pitch as this one goes right off the shoulder of Mahela's bat. He did well, removing his top hand on impact and tucked it towards fine leg

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 49/0 (RR: 6.12)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 13 (20b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 32 (28b 6x4)
    • MJ McClenaghan 4-0-22-0
    • AM Ellis 1-0-8-0

Mahela Jayawardene has gone past Sourav Ganguly in the top run-scorers list in ODI cricket


Ellis to Jayawardene, 2 runs, that's in the air and evades the midwicket fielder by a couple of yards. Grant Elliott was the man chasing after that miscue as Mahela stepped across to the off side and looking to play the pick up shot over midwicket. Instead he got a leading edge


Ellis to Jayawardene, no run, much better as he meets the good length ball on off stump with a solid forward defensive


Ellis to Jayawardene, FOUR, what a shot! That was what he wanted to do two balls ago and he holds his pose. Length ball with just enough room outside off for him to hoick it over cow corner. It was a slog, but he looked so very good


Ellis to Jayawardene, no run, ducks into the batsman off a length as Mahela moves to the leg side and steers it away to point


Ellis to Jayawardene, 1 run, full and on the pads as Mahela plays it below his eyes and whips it away to short miwicket. It as timed too sweetly for the fielder to stop comepletely


Ellis to Dilshan, no run, false shot from Dilshan and that could have been his end had Ellis been a little taller. It was a slower ball and he was drawn into an uppish drive. The leading edge squirts to the left of the bowler and he dives full length, parallel to the ground, but cannot reach

End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 56/0 (RR: 6.22)

    • TM Dilshan 32 (29b 6x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 20 (25b 3x4)
    • AM Ellis 2-0-15-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 4-0-22-0

Spin introduced: Anton Devcich

Suween: "@Dilshan: Too many old stars? There are 3 "Old Stars", what about the other 7 players. Stop worrying about SL, they have talented youngsters. btw nice to see Cricket in this beautiful stadium, good crowd too."


Devcich to Jayawardene, 1 run, offers up a little room and he places the cut shot just wide of the man at point to pick up a single


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, pushed through on off stump and Dilshan gets forward to keep it out


Devcich to Dilshan, 1 run, short and wide again, but there is a cover point in place to bolster the part-time left-armer. Dilshan's cut shot goes straight to him


Devcich to Jayawardene, no run, another cut, this one didn't have too much room, but Mahela's footwork made that shot possible as he makes room by going back behind leg stump and drilling it to point


Devcich to Jayawardene, 1 run, again makes some room outside leg and punches the short of a length ball on off stump through the covers


Devcich to Dilshan, no run, full length ball on off stump as Dilshan pushes to mid-off off the front foot

End of over 10 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 59/0 (RR: 5.90)

    • TM Dilshan 33 (32b 6x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 22 (28b 3x4)
    • AP Devcich 1-0-3-0
    • AM Ellis 2-0-15-0

Daniel Alexander: "Also, Kumar Sangakkara need 52 more for 12,000 ODI runs"

No slips


Ellis to Jayawardene, no run, on a length on middle and leg and he turns it away to midwicket


Ellis to Jayawardene, no run, looks to play the same shot, but this one had a little more inward movement and Mahela can't connect.


Ellis to Jayawardene, no run, comes forward to the line of the full-length ball outside off stump and works it away to the man at midwicket


Ellis to Jayawardene, 1 run, slides down the pads again and Mahela waits for it to come to him and nudges it away to deep fine leg


Ellis to Dilshan, 1 run, off cutter, bowled full just outside off as he drives to mid-off off the front foot

BigBeard: "Looking at Devchich and Ellis, are beards in fashion? Just wondering..."


Ellis to Jayawardene, 1 run, This time he beats midwicket as the full length ball on off stump is whipped to the man in the deep

End of over 11 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 62/0 (RR: 5.63)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 24 (33b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 34 (33b 6x4)
    • AM Ellis 3-0-18-0
    • AP Devcich 1-0-3-0

Devcich to Jayawardene, FOUR, brilliant. He spotted that ball tossed up and was immediately down on one knee. Though the ball was outside off stump, his sweep shot connected perfectly, so much so it went for a one-bounce four down to fine leg


Devcich to Jayawardene, no run, pushed through on middle and leg as he blocks to mid-on


Devcich to Jayawardene, FOUR, and when he tosses it up again, Mahela pulls out the sweep. Action replay of that last boundary with short fine leg still up in the circle


Devcich to Jayawardene, no run, steers it to point off the front foot as he holds this one back


Devcich to Jayawardene, FOUR, terrible ball, the spinner drags it down the middle of the pitch and it is just too easy for Mahela as he cuts it fine of the point fielder.


Devcich to Jayawardene, FOUR, delivers a full toss now. Mahela's completely rattled the part-timer here. Easy put away through straight of midwicket after he went forward to meet it before it pitched

End of over 12 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 78/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 40 (39b 7x4)
    • TM Dilshan 34 (33b 6x4)
    • AP Devcich 2-0-19-0
    • AM Ellis 3-0-18-0

Dilshan: "@Sween: Talented? Yes, when they were playing for their respective schools. But check out their international ODI averages. Chandimal 30.68, Thirimanne 28.34, Karunarathne 17.00, Kusal Perera 21.22 & Jeevan Mendis 20.34. I think it's about time we start worrying."


Ellis to Dilshan, 1 run, punched off the back foot to long-on as this is angled into the batsman from outside off stump


Ellis to Jayawardene, 1 run, tucked away off his hips as he waits for the slower ball, pitched a little short of a lenght, to come to him


Ellis to Dilshan, no run, he's concentrating on bringing the ball into the batsman, and this one is on a fuller length, causing the batsman to come forward and defend


Ellis to Dilshan, no run, oh, he's missed that. It was full and on the pads. Looked to be an easy flick through midwicket and he just played all around that


Ellis to Dilshan, FOUR, oh, and he makes up for it immediately. Deft little touch past the wicketkeeper to signal another boundary. This was coming into him as well but the length - short - helped him ease into a lovely little late cut


Ellis to Dilshan, no run, on a length on off stump and he punches it into the covers to end the over.

End of over 13 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 84/0 (RR: 6.46)

    • TM Dilshan 39 (38b 7x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 41 (40b 7x4)
    • AM Ellis 4-0-24-0
    • AP Devcich 2-0-19-0

Devcich is off and Rob Nicol comes on in his place. How will Mahela respond here? Deep midwicket, long-on in place. Mid-off comes up and he comes around the wicket


Nicol to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, a little too much as this is a full toss. Mahela wanted to beat short-fine leg but the fielder moved to his right to save the boundary


Nicol to Jayawardene, FOUR, this time he cannot stop it. It is a sweep shot again, Mahela's been exceptional with that shot today as he plays that all along the ground to the left of short fine leg


Nicol to Jayawardene, no run, nudged to short fine leg again off a flighted ball on leg stump


Nicol to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on middle and it is worked away to deep square leg


Nicol to Dilshan, 1 run, oh, that was close! Gets a little extra bounce and Dilshan who was looking to late cut that gets a thick bottom edge and it was dangerously close to the off stump before going towards point


Nicol to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up outside off and it is pushed to cover. Drinks are on the field

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 90/0 (RR: 6.42)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 46 (45b 8x4)
    • TM Dilshan 40 (39b 7x4)
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-6-0
    • AM Ellis 4-0-24-0

Nathan McCullum comes on to see if he can stop the sudden deluge - of runs for a change. Long leg is firmly in place

Ichabod Crane: "@BigBeard: I'm glad at least the Kiwis are trying to do something different. Cricket needs its own El Shaarawys and S├ębastien Chabals."


McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, whipped away to deep midwicket off the back foot as the length ball is delivered from around the wicket


McCullum to Jayawardene, OUT, oh, what have you done, Mahela?! He's fallen on his own sword as he goes for a paddle sweep. The ball was not full enough and it was outside off stump as well. He should have pulled out of the stroke, but went through with it, and the ball runs off his face straight up in the air and Ronchi picks up the simplest of catches

DPMD Jayawardene c †Ronchi b McCullum 46 (65m 46b 8x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

And in comes Sri Lanka's most prolific batsman in 2013, Kumar Sangakkara

stays around the wicket, with a slip in


McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on off stump and he comes forward to defend solidly


McCullum to Sangakkara, OUT, oh my God, N Mac how do you keep doing this?! It was a good length ball on off stump. Sanga misread it and went for the pull, missed completely, almost comically as the ball stayed a little low and went under his bat. Just shaves the off stump and the bails are disturbed. The umpires are in discussion though. They want to make sure it wasn't the keeper's gloves that disturbed the bail. To me it looks like Sanga has to walk back and it is confirmed by the third umpire.

KC Sangakkara b McCullum 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Steven: "hey guys just a heads up movember is quite big in NZ could be easily part of that"

Lahiru Thirimanne is the new man and he has a slip and gully for company


McCullum to Thirimanne, no run, pushed through on leg stump as he comes forward and keeps it out


McCullum to Thirimanne, no run, flights it this time on middle and leg as the batsma gets a good stride forward and blocks

End of over 15 (1 run) Sri Lanka 91/2 (RR: 6.06)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 0 (2b)
    • TM Dilshan 41 (40b 7x4)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-1-2
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-6-0

Nicol continues with a headband and glasses, possibly as a result of those two wickets. Pressure squarely on Dilshan now. Round the wicket


Nicol to Dilshan, 1 run, worked away to the right of midwicket as he starts off with a length ball on middle and leg

Slip in place


Nicol to Thirimanne, 1 run, excellently flighted just outside off and Thirimanne gets nicely forward and drives it to long-off


Nicol to Dilshan, FOUR, oh another deliciously soft dab to go off to the boundary, this time to fine leg. He played it with the turn and the ball was already on leg stump. Dilshan showing his versatility here

finally he comes over the wicket


Nicol to Dilshan, no run, tossed up outside off stump and he gets forward to defend


Nicol to Dilshan, 2 runs, held it back as he keeps it outside off stump and he goes back to punch it through to deep cover


Nicol to Dilshan, 1 wide, nicely flighted on leg stump and as Dilshan looks to sweep and misses, the umpire calls wide


Nicol to Dilshan, 2 runs, nudged straight of the man at midwicket and he rushes through for a couple. Fifty for Dilshan

12.47 pm Andrew says, "some ominous looking clouds in the direction the weather is coming from"

End of over 16 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 102/2 (RR: 6.37)

    • TM Dilshan 50 (45b 8x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 1 (3b)
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-17-0
    • NL McCullum 1-0-1-2

Daniel Alexander: "Hopefully Thirimanne and Chandimal will make use of this golden opportunity"


McCullum to Thirimanne, no run, gives it some air, all the spinners are happy to do that with Mahela's exit, as he comes forward and blocks


McCullum to Thirimanne, no run, pushed off to mid-off as this one is full and outside off as well

Nikhil Khatri: "i feel Sanga was in a hurry to see sachins farewell commentary by Cricinfo. it made me cry ...# Legend SRT"


McCullum to Thirimanne, FOUR, uses the flight of the bowler as he charges down the pitch. He had almost overrun the ball but managed to give himself enough room to use a full swing of the bat and slam it straight over the bowler's head


McCullum to Thirimanne, 1 run, worked away square on the leg side as he collects a single. Intelligent batting


McCullum to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed through on off stump. Very little spin on offer here as the ball goes on with the arm. Dilshan stays back just to check if it would turn and when it didn't, nudged it away to cover


McCullum to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up outside off and he drives to extra cover

End of over 17 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 108/2 (RR: 6.35)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 6 (8b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 51 (46b 8x4)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-7-2
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-17-0

Mitchell McClenaghan is back


McClenaghan to Dilshan, 2 runs, drills it past the man at point as he bowls a yorker outside off stump.


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, well bowled and well played. There was a hint of in dip from this full length ball on middle and he presented a good straight bat to counter it

Daniel Alexander: "Dilshan gets to his mandatory half century"


McClenaghan to Dilshan, no run, oh, a little loos there but he survives. It was a good length ball angled across the right-hander. Excellent change-up from McClenaghan, which drew Dilshan into an on-the-up drive


McClenaghan to Dilshan, OUT, but this time he's nicked it! It was much fuller, so the drive was on, but McCleaghan got it to move just the right amount and just late enough to beat the middle of the bat and catch the edge. The bowler and keeper erupt

TM Dilshan c †Ronchi b McClenaghan 53 (84m 50b 8x4 0x6) SR: 106.00

The captain, Angelo Mathews is in. Can he arrest this sudden slide?


McClenaghan to Mathews, OUT, another one, same ball, same shot. Sri Lanka are faltering here. Excellent outswinger from McClenaghan again as Mathews goes for a loose waft outside his off stump. He should be a lot more tighter so early in the innings. The edge is taken and Ronchi takes a good low catch as the umpire relents to the appeal

AD Mathews c †Ronchi b McClenaghan 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Hat-trick ball coming up. NZ have been on the receiving end of that twice in the recent past. Can they dish one out? Dinesh Chandimal is the new batsman

Dinesh: "Youngsters, all yours now."


McClenaghan to Chandimal, no run, solidly defended. It was on a length, using the angle across the right-hander, who gets behind the line of it to keep it out

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 110/4 (RR: 6.11)

    • LD Chandimal 0 (1b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 6 (8b 1x4)
    • MJ McClenaghan 5-0-24-2
    • NL McCullum 2-0-7-2

Razmi: "This is the situation - everybody waited. So, we can see how talent our youngesters are after dilshan's departure. In separate note, SL is still not in good position to beat good teams in outside SL. The selecters/board should step up & evaluate this. specially the bowlers."


McCullum to Thirimanne, no run, nicely flighted again as he gets forward and prods down to mid-on


McCullum to Thirimanne, 1 run, pushed through on middle and leg as he goes back and whips it away to midwicket

1.00 pm Andrew Fernando says "It's become quite dark, and the groundsmen are stirring. Those quick wickets could be brilliant for NZ if Duckworth Lewis comes into it" Its begin to drizzle now

leg gully and slip in play


McCullum to Chandimal, no run, nudged to midwicket off a length ball on the pads


McCullum to Chandimal, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and it is carefully worked away to midwicket again


McCullum to Chandimal, no run, gets down the track and having not reached the pitch, he blocks


McCullum to Chandimal, no run, forays past the batting crease again and blocks to end the over

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 111/4 (RR: 5.84)

    • LD Chandimal 0 (5b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 7 (10b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-8-2
    • MJ McClenaghan 5-0-24-2

Two slips in


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, loud appeal for leg before but that was too high. McClenaghan is asking loads of questions as he finds consistent movement off the pitch. The left-hander had stepped forward and was struck above the knee-roll though as the ball darted into him


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, gets back behind that length ball and defends safely off the back foot


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, FOUR, square drive, opens the face of the bat on impact and gets the ball past point. And it has enough timing to beat deep third man as well. That should release some of the pressure for Sri Lanka


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, holds a steady length and line, but this was just a little too far outside off to interest the batsman


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, on a good length but he is still affording a little too much room outside off to draw the batsman into a shot


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, 1 wide, bowls this one from wide of the crease for variation, but he doesn't get the result he wanted as the ball was far too wide outside off


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, FOUR, well played. second boundary off the over and certainly the best of the two. It was full and coming in at him, but Thirimanne stayed balanced at the crease and punched the ball down the ground. Mid-on dives but cannot stop it

End of over 20 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 120/4 (RR: 6.00)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 15 (16b 3x4)
    • LD Chandimal 0 (5b)
    • MJ McClenaghan 6-0-33-2
    • NL McCullum 3-0-8-2

Devicich is back and he has a slip and short cover in play

khb: "Sri Lanka's next Sanga & Mahela at the crease now. Lets see how they are gonna handle the pressure."


Devcich to Chandimal, no run, tossed up on middle as he comes confidently forward to defend


Devcich to Chandimal, 1 run, turns that into a full toss and drives fluently down the ground. Mid-off does well to save it


Devcich to Thirimanne, 1 run, keeps it flighted outside off as he steps towards the ball and tucks it away through midwicket


Devcich to Chandimal, FOUR, horrible ball as he races down the track and meets it at just below the high high full toss and slams it over wide long-on for a four


Devcich to Chandimal, 2 runs, worked away through midwicket and he runs well to come back for the second


Devcich to Chandimal, FOUR, excellent use of the feet again and though he didn't quite seem to have reached the pitch of that ball, Chandimal goes through with the shot, always looked to hit it straight and lofted it over mid-on

End of over 21 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 132/4 (RR: 6.28)

    • LD Chandimal 11 (10b 2x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 16 (17b 3x4)
    • AP Devcich 3-0-31-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 6-0-33-2

McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, this time he takes it away from the left-hander, who was drawn into a a defensive prod. McClenaghan continues getting some late movement


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, this one is too short and so it goes on a straight line outside off stump. Thirimanne lets it go


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, slower ball this time from Mitch as Thirimanne gets forward and defends


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, on a fullish length outside off stump, but after that poke, Thirimanne refuses to be tempted

Suween: "I know this isn't a D/N match, but can they use the floodlights if it gets too dark to play in the evening?" The light facilities at Dambulla don't allow for that. That was why we had only a 15-minute cushion for this match after scheduled close of play.

2.51 pm The officials have decided that it will be 33-overs-a-side. But with the evening fast approaching, I wonder if it wouldn't be wiser to play a 20-over shoot out.

indrachapa: "I feel that `the rain god` more loves T20`s than 50 overs"

2.44 pm Andrew Fernando has ferreted out that the game will resume at 3.00 pm. He's been having to do a lot of leg work this series with all the delays. We are still waiting for the specifics.

2.36 pm Lots of whispers regarding scores and overs but no confirmed reports just yet. The umpires trudge out to the pitch for another inspection.

2.20 pm Get yer updates, get yer rain-updates while they're hot: Andrew Fernando has caught sight of the rest of the covers coming off.

Sri: "Lets put our all eggs in the basket of T20 matches. No rain in here at Kandy."

Navoda: "SLC must think of building some new cricket grounds in every part of Sri Lanka where people are in need of rain."

Praveen: "Its ironic that in Colombo its bright and sunny and no sign of rain, been like that for few days"

2.11 pm A throng of groundstaff are standing around an uncovered pitch, Andrew Fernando reckons the number is close to 100. But the rest of the square is still protected

Veez: "@Reg I'm guessing Mills got picked for captaincy because he has experience in it. He captained his domestic side Auckland for at least a season a few years back if I recall correctly"

1.59 pm The umpires are plodding onto the pitch for another inspection. Keep your fingers crossed people (though for what outcome is up to you) The covers are also slowly being peeled off. All signs point to play beginning soon

Reg: "Kapil is mainly right. Mills SHOULD be using his best bowler. And not just because SL are tottering - also because if there are any more rain delays they may not need to bowl the part-timers at all. But don't blaim Mills - As far as i can see he has no experience at capaincy in any form or grade and is just there to spare NZCriket's blushes . . ."

SD: "Oh !!! Is there a match being played here ?? I doubt if you are getting even 1% of the mails what you got in the most memorable Test Ever !!! Sachin's Last Test !!!" Yes, feedback has been a little sluggish, but that is not to say it has been as bad as that.

1.46 pm Good news, folks. Andrew Fernando from the ground hollers that the rain has stopped. The covers are still on the ground, though.

1.36 pm It is still drizzling, but not quite as consummately as before. A minor update. We had already lost seven overs owing to the rain delay right after the toss and now more go down the drain. We shall give you the concrete details momentarily

samantha: "sorry to say it is belting down here ..and from last 2 days same time and i can assure you its comes even bigger at around 4pm!!sorry folks, no way the this game has a result."

Ankur: "First real cricket post #Sachin and even the Gods can't help but shed tears......."

Razmi: "The last 4 fours will really be helpful in deciding duckworth lewis. well done young guns! good thinking."

1.14pm And with the drizzle keeping up, the umpires have called the covers to come back on the ground. There are some angry clouds on the horizon as well. The rain is becoming quite heavy now and it looks like a long break is on the cards. The ground has taken a bit of water as well says Andrew Fernando considering the very short amount of time for the groundsmen to prepare

Sri Lanka were chugging along with Mahela and Dilshan at the crease, both batsmen balancing deft touches with good, strong drives. But Nathan McCullum's introduction completely turned the match on it's head. His first over accounted for both Mahela and Sanga and later Mitchell McClenaghan, in his second spell, garnered some late movement to dismiss Dilshan and Angelo Mathews off successive balls.

Kapil: "Poor captaincy from Mills really. He should look to get the wickets by bringing himself in. A wicket or 2 here and SL would be restricted. No point in getting in overs from Part timers"


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, full length on middle and off and he gets forward to block


McClenaghan to Thirimanne, 1 run, yorker length ball on leg and he clips it off to fine leg quite comfortably

End of over 22 (1 run) Sri Lanka 133/4 (RR: 6.04)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 17 (23b 3x4)
    • LD Chandimal 11 (10b 2x4)
    • MJ McClenaghan 7-0-34-2
    • AP Devcich 3-0-31-0

Mills takes the ball straight away


Mills to Thirimanne, no run, steered to point as it was shortish with just a little room outside off


Mills to Thirimanne, 1 run, this time he runs it off the face of the bat to third man as the bowler goes a lot closer to off stump with his back of the length ball


Mills to Chandimal, no run, on middle and off and he gets forward to block quite solidly


Mills to Chandimal, 1 run, oh, that could have been close despite Chandimal's dive. The fielder at mid-off was a little slow and had that been a direct hit that would have been out. It was a good ball, which might perhaps have risen a little higher, as the ball went up in the air off the splice of the bat


Mills to Thirimanne, FOUR, excellent strike. It was full and he exploits the room available on it as he leans forward and drives through extra cover


Mills to Thirimanne, no run, solidly back behind that full length ball on off stump as he blocks

End of over 23 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 139/4 (RR: 6.04)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 22 (27b 4x4)
    • LD Chandimal 12 (12b 2x4)
    • KD Mills 4-1-24-0
    • MJ McClenaghan 7-0-34-2

Jimmy Neesham is the new bowler


Neesham to Chandimal, no run, back of a length as Chandimal gets up on his toes to dab it away to point


Neesham to Chandimal, no run, short ball again, dare I say he's one of those heavy ball bowlers? This one thuds into Chandimal as he chops it to cover point


Neesham to Chandimal, 1 run, thick outside edge carries the full-length ball just outside off down to third man

manoj: "OK play has started but is rain still around??@" No rain


Neesham to Thirimanne, 1 run, easily flicked off the hips to deep fine leg as Neesham strays in line with this shortish ball


Neesham to Chandimal, 1 wide, bouncer, but the direction was all wrong. There was appreciable height on it, maybe a little too much.


Neesham to Chandimal, no run, looked to whip that back of a length ball through midwicket and though he did make contact and his wrists were working in overdrive, he can't get it away


Neesham to Chandimal, 1 run, this one is much fuller and on the pads as well making this an easy put away. Chandimal clips it strongly to deep square leg

End of over 24 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 143/4 (RR: 5.95)

    • LD Chandimal 14 (17b 2x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 23 (28b 4x4)
    • JDS Neesham 1-0-4-0
    • KD Mills 4-1-24-0

A bit of saw dust is being put on the wet patches in the ground


Mills to Chandimal, 1 run, short of a length ball angled into the body of the batsman is picked off his hips behind square on the leg side


Mills to Thirimanne, OUT, lobbed it to mid-off. It was a slower ball from Mills and Thirimanne was into his shot early. He's been driving quite well this innings, and maybe this was a little bit of over-confidence because that ball wasn't half-volley length. It hits him high on the bat and Tom Latham completes a relatively simple catch

HDRL Thirimanne c Latham b Mills 23 (47m 29b 4x4 0x6) SR: 79.31

Thisara Perera is in. Can he give us some fireworks?


Mills to Perera, no run, starts off with a bouncer rising up around head-high as he gets back behind it and blocks


Mills to Perera, no run, he tries, but the extra bounce beats him. It was a little too close to cut as well as Mills keeps it just outside off stump with the shortish ball


Mills to Perera, no run, length ball homing in on off stump is nudged to mid-on off the crease

SrIdhar: "Here's a wild thought. Maybe ODIs in venues likely to experience rain should start off with 20overs each side. If weather permits, they both play a 2nd innings of 30overs each. The best of all 3 formats in one game!"


Mills to Perera, 1 run, another slower ball to end the over, but Perera has seen this and dabs it just to the right of point who dives but cannot save the single

End of over 25 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 145/5 (RR: 5.80)

    • NLTC Perera 1 (4b)
    • LD Chandimal 15 (18b 2x4)
    • KD Mills 5-1-26-1
    • JDS Neesham 1-0-4-0

Neesham to Perera, no run, back of a length on middle and leg and Perera blocks it down the pitch


Neesham to Perera, 1 run, this time his line is a little too straight and he clips it down to fine leg off the back foot


Neesham to Chandimal, OUT, the umpire waited a long time to give that one. Chandimal has a little word with the umpire as he walks off. Neesham was very earnest in his appeal having angled this one on a fuller length - something he's been sparse with in this short spell - and makes the batsman play all around it. Impact was just below knee-roll on the front pad, no bat involved. Could just have clipped leg stump

LD Chandimal lbw b Neesham 15 (33m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 78.94

Kula comes out to the crease


Neesham to Kulasekara, no run, shortish ball outside off stump as he dabs it away to point off the back foot


Neesham to Kulasekara, no run, short of a length outside off stump as he lets it go to the keeper


Neesham to Kulasekara, 2 runs, dropped That was hit back fiercely by Kula. Neesham went at it gingerly and the ball ricocheted off towards extra cover. But wait, Neesham is running off the field. He seems to have hurt his little finger while going for that

End of over 26 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 148/6 (RR: 5.69)

    • KMDN Kulasekara 2 (3b)
    • NLTC Perera 2 (6b)
    • JDS Neesham 2-0-7-1
    • KD Mills 5-1-26-1

N Mac comes into the attack around the wicket

Andy: "One has to wonder whether Kyle Mills will ever overtake Dan Vettori as New Zealand's highest wicket-taker. He is currently 48 wickets behind."


McCullum to Perera, 1 run, pushed through on off stump as he comes forward gingerly to push into the covers


McCullum to Kulasekara, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off as he steps forward and drives through the covers


McCullum to Perera, 1 run, shortish ball with a little room outside off stump as Perera cuts it behind square on the off side


McCullum to Kulasekara, no run, tossed up on middle and leg as he plods forward with a straight bat


McCullum to Kulasekara, 1 run, get to this on the full and times the straight drive quite well, but a long-off is in


McCullum to Perera, 1 run, opens the face on impact as he drives this full length ball out to cover point

YK: "@SrIdhar: Love that idea. maybe the batsman only get 1 life though."

saqib: "interesting suggestion sridhar! worth more consideration dan dis D/L SYSTEM!"

End of over 27 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 153/6 (RR: 5.66)

    • NLTC Perera 5 (9b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4 (6b)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-13-2
    • JDS Neesham 2-0-7-1

Neesham's back on the field, with a bandage on his little finger.


Neesham to Perera, 1 run, keeps it right up there on the block hole as he digs it out to mid-off


Neesham to Kulasekara, 1 run, length ball on off stump, but because of the angle, he works it away to fine leg off the back foot


Neesham to Perera, 1 run, room afforded outside off as he persists with a shortish length and Perera flays it through extra cover


Neesham to Kulasekara, no run, oh, well bowled. That got a little extra bounce and with a straight seam, it gets a little movement away as well. Kula wanted to play at that and misses


Neesham to Kulasekara, 1 leg bye, goes full and straight as Kula moves to the off side and goes for a wild slog with his weight on the back foot. Doesn't connect with bat, but sneaks an extra


Neesham to Perera, no run, drilled to cover as he continues pushing a few full-length deliveries with his staple length which seems to be just shortish

End of over 28 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 157/6 (RR: 5.60)

    • NLTC Perera 7 (12b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5 (9b)
    • JDS Neesham 3-0-10-1
    • NL McCullum 4-0-13-2

It's Andrew Ellis' turn to bowl


Ellis to Kulasekara, (no ball) FOUR, poor start, very poor start as he offers up a half-volley which Kula duly deposits over extra cover with a full flow of his bat


Ellis to Kulasekara, 1 leg bye, very well bowled. It was the slow yorker, brave choice that for the free-hit ball. Kula was setting himself up to slog it over the leg side but very few people could have got under that and it squirts off to fine leg off the pad


Ellis to Perera, 1 run, employs the wide yorker to keep Perera quiet as he gets his bat down in time to push the ball wide of mid-off

Third man comes up, Fine leg goes square, and Square leg, midwicket and long-on on the fence


Ellis to Kulasekara, 1 bye, slower ball bouncer which is left alone, but the keeper fumbles as the ball bounces just before him and they sneak a bye


Ellis to Perera, OUT, slower ball dupes him. No feet there from Perera as Latham gets under it at point and the batsman has to go. Or does he? umpires are checking for the no ball. There was enough room for Perera's flay over the off side, but the lack of pace did him in as he gets a top edge. Third umpire confirms it's out after a smidge of his boot landed behind the line

NLTC Perera c Latham b Ellis 8 (20m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Mohamed: "@Sridhar.. but what if the rain abandons a match after a side played 10 overs in the second innings?"

Scahithra Senanayake strides out to the crease


Ellis to Kulasekara, 1 wide, steady diet of slower balls here from Ellis, but this off cutter grips a little too much on the pitch and goes down the leg side


Ellis to Kulasekara, 1 run, shortish ball on middle and off is whipped away through vacant midwicket but there is a man in the deep


Ellis to Senanayake, 1 run, on a length as he opens the face of the bat to dab it to point, who is right on the 30-yard circle and Kula pulls him through for the single

End of over 29 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 168/7 (RR: 5.79)

    • SMSM Senanayake 1 (1b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10 (13b 1x4)
    • AM Ellis 5-0-33-1
    • JDS Neesham 3-0-10-1

Neesham to Senanayake, 1 wide, length ball pitched way outside off and moved further away. Take it over umpire


Neesham to Senanayake, no run, steered to point who swoops in quickly to prevent the single as he bowls a length ball on off stump


Neesham to Senanayake, 2 runs, pulled away towards square leg as the shortish ball darts in at him. The lack of timing helps them get a couple with the man stationed in the deep


Neesham to Senanayake, no run, excellent bowling again as he gets this to straight off a length. The batsman poked at it feebly to no avail


Neesham to Senanayake, 2 runs, length ball just outside off and he lofts it over cover and the ball lands safely. Good running from Sri Lanka as they take a couple


Neesham to Senanayake, 2 runs, another beauty as he pegs the batsman on the glove while he was charging down the track. Senanayake was ducking for cover and the ball lobs over the keeper. Excellent bowling this from Neesh


Neesham to Senanayake, no run, short ball to finish up and this time the batsman ducks underneath

End of over 30 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 175/7 (RR: 5.83)

    • SMSM Senanayake 7 (7b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10 (13b 1x4)
    • JDS Neesham 4-0-17-1
    • AM Ellis 5-0-33-1

Mills to Kulasekara, no run, on a length just outside off stump as he gets back behind it and defends

Wilfred Hickenshire: "Almost every possible result in that last over from Ellis: A no ball, a boundary, a leg bye, a bye, a wide, a wicket, and a couple of singles to bring some normalcy to proceedings, lol."


Mills to Kulasekara, 3 runs, change of pace again as he moves to the leg side and slams it over point's head. The ball was dribbling away to the boundary but Anton Devcich chases it down with the help of two of his comrades


Mills to Senanayake, FOUR, slower short ball from Mills but this time the batsman had seen it and pulled it away in the gap wide of mid-on who escorts it to the boundary


Mills to Senanayake, no run, oh, french cut and Ronchi does well to save it from going for runs. It was shortish just a little outside off and the cut shot gets a thick inside edge


Mills to Senanayake, 1 run, on a length as he uses the room outside off stump to dab it to point

cover point goes back and square leg comes up


Mills to Kulasekara, 1 run, drives the slower ball pitched up to the batsman outside off down the ground to retain strike

End of over 31 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 184/7 (RR: 5.93)

    • KMDN Kulasekara 14 (16b 1x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 12 (10b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 6-1-35-1
    • JDS Neesham 4-0-17-1

Batting Powerplay is on now. Neesh continues. Third man and long leg back


Neesham to Kulasekara, OUT, that goes straight up in the air and the first ball of the batting powerplay fetches a wicket. He kept it full and on middle and leg, Kula moves outside leg to slam this down the ground but he can't get enough bat on it as Mills runs around from mid-off to pick up the catch

KMDN Kulasekara c Mills b Neesham 14 (29m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

Rangana Herath is the new man


Neesham to Senanayake, 1 run, yorker speared in on leg stump and Senanayake makes some room himself and drills it to Elliott at cover


Neesham to Herath, no run, fiery short ball that goes right over leg stump. The batsman left it looking for a wide, but he has to contend with some disappointment


Neesham to Herath, FOUR, but he doesn't let that get to him as he cuts crisply through point. There wasn't much room on offer, but he made his own and timed it perfectly

around the wicket


Neesham to Herath, no run, back of a length as he angles it at Herath's body. he goes for a wild hoick and misses as Neesham gets a little more bounce than he expected


Neesham to Herath, FOUR, oh my God, he just flicked that over cover's head. It was full on off stump and he shoveled it over the in field and collects another much needed four

End of over 32 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 193/8 (RR: 6.03)

    • HMRKB Herath 8 (4b 2x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 13 (11b 1x4)
    • JDS Neesham 5-0-26-2
    • KD Mills 6-1-35-1

And that is it. We have only one over of Powerplay for this innings


Ellis to Senanayake, 1 run, follows the batsman as he makes room outside leg with a short ball, but the batsman is good enough to pull it to deep square leg


Ellis to Herath, 1 wide, that sailed over Herath's head. The ploy was good as he invested in a quick, short ball but he extracted a little too much bounce


Ellis to Herath, FOUR, flat batted down the ground. The bat face had turned on impact as he met this slower ball with an agricultural slog with his front foot out of the line of his bat swing.


Ellis to Herath, FOUR, he's pierced the gap between the two points! This is excellent hitting from Herath! He was making room for himself again and the bowler tried to fox him by bowling a full yorker outside off. It ended up a full toss and he reached out and met the ball at just the right time to get it over the two men


Ellis to Herath, 1 run, full length ball well outside off stump and he drags it away to long-on with another flat-batted slog

SaS: "Angelo should consider this is a 20 over match and make the necessary bowling changes. I am pretty sure we cant have all the 33 overs in the NZ innings." Looks like Herath is doing just that


Ellis to Senanayake, SIX, that's outta here! Length ball from Ellis and Senanayake gets under it and imbues enough power to sent it sailing over the wide long-on bounday. 17 off this over alreadly


Ellis to Senanayake, 1 run, full length ball on middle but he drills it right into the stumps. The deflection takes it towards midwicket and the batsmen sneak a single as 18 come off that over

3.55 pm Whoa, what just happened there? New Zealand were looking in the ascendancy ever since N Mac's double-strike and even after the rain break they did away with Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne quickly. But Rangana Herath came in and struck the ball all round the park. Sachithra Senanayake hit a crucial six in the last over as SL's total ballooned to 211 for 8. We are going into a very short break now but don't go too far, the chase will be coming at you in a few

Sandeep: "can i know where to Rangana Herath buys his bats from?"

Sameera: "This is interesting. Last match NZ againt Herath. Looks like this is pay off time for NZ.... :)"

Kapil: "36 in last 4 overs.. getting difficult for NZ.. SL favorites if Latham doesn't fire :)"

End of over 33 (18 runs) Sri Lanka 211/8

    • SMSM Senanayake 21 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 17 (7b 4x4)
    • AM Ellis 6-0-51-1
    • JDS Neesham 5-0-26-2





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