ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 11th match, Group C

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Welcome to day 5 of the ICC World Twenty20. We have New Zealand V Sri Lanka first up for you.

Toss: New Zealand choose to bat first.

S Rajesh, our man at the ground, is relishing the lovely weather. "The sun is out, but there is a nice breeze around to ensure it doesn't get too hot. Just perfect for cricket... or any outdoor sport for that matter."

The batsmen are out in the middle. All set for the start.

0.1

Vaas to Vincent, no run, lovely line to start off. Landed on a length, on the off and middle line, straightened a touch, Vincent was careful not to press his front foot across and dabbed it to the off side

0.2

Vaas to Vincent, no run, Even better. This one bends back in after landing on a length on the middle and off stump line, Vincent leant forward and was cramped up a touch as the ball curved in but he adjusts to push it to the off side

0.3

Vaas to Vincent, 1 run

0.4

Vaas to McCullum, no run, huge shout for lbw. McCullum takes a step or two and tries to whip a length delivery on the off and middle line across the line and is rapped on the pads. It would have crashed into the off stump.

0.5

Vaas to McCullum, 2 runs, almost caught by the point fielder running back. Offcutter this time, on the middle and off, McCullum again tries to whip across the line - can we play straight please? - and gets a leading edge over point. Dilshan ran back and stretched his hand out, gets a finger to it but cant' hold on

0.6

Vaas to McCullum, no run

End of over 1 (3 runs) New Zealand 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
BB McCullum    2* (3b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-3-0
L Vincent    1* (3b)     

1.1

Fernando to Vincent, 1 run, on the off and middle line, pushed to the off side for a quick single. Fernando lets rip a overthrow

1.2

Fernando to McCullum, 1 run, on the off stump line, leans forward to steer it to point

1.3

Fernando to Vincent, 3 runs, short in length, on the stumps, pulled over midwicket

1.4

Fernando to McCullum, 2 runs, Dropped by Jayasuriya at short fine leg. Banged in short, on the left shoulder, McCullum short-arm pulls it to Jayasuriya who got two hands to the ball climbing over him to his right but can't hold on to it.

1.5

Fernando to McCullum, no run, beaten. Fuller in length, in the zone outside off stump, McCullum tries to drive on the up but misses the line completely

1.6

Fernando to McCullum, 1 run, driven through the off side for a single

End of over 2 (8 runs) New Zealand 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
BB McCullum    6* (7b)      CRD Fernando    1-0-8-0
L Vincent    5* (5b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-3-0

2.1

Vaas to McCullum, 1 run, Vincent takes a step forward, Vass hurls a offcutter on the off and middle, McCullum is squared-up, gets a leading edge to third man

2.2

Vaas to Vincent, FOUR, Gave himself room by moving to the leg side and slammed a length delivery over extra cover. Predetermined but effective.

2.3

Vaas to Vincent, 1 run, full in length, driven to mid-off

2.4

Vaas to McCullum, no run, on the off stump line, on a length ,pushed to cover

Oh by the way, I am Sriram Veera and will be joined by Anand Vasu in a while

2.5

Vaas to McCullum, 1 run, slower one, off cutter on the off stump line, pushed to cover

2.6

Vaas to Vincent, 1 run, full in length, on the middle and leg, ugly swipe across the line attempted and the inside-edge gets the ball to fine leg

End of over 3 (8 runs) New Zealand 19/0 (RR: 6.33)
L Vincent    11* (8b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-11-0
BB McCullum    8* (10b)      CRD Fernando    1-0-8-0

3.1

Fernando to Vincent, no run

3.2

Fernando to Vincent, no run, slower one, bouncing over the stumps as Vincent misses a pull shot

3.3

Fernando to Vincent, no run, short in length, nipping in off the seam, defended back to the bowler

3.4

Fernando to Vincent, 1 run

3.5

Fernando to McCullum, 2 runs, Full in length, on the off stump line, McCullum checks his drive and gets a leading edge over cover point

3.6

Fernando to McCullum, OUT, Short and rising, McCullum pulls it straight to long leg. McCullum was dropped twice and Sri Lank have been third time lucky

BB McCullum c Malinga b Fernando 10 (16m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

End of over 4 (3 runs) New Zealand 22/1 (RR: 5.50)
     CRD Fernando    2-0-11-1
L Vincent    12* (12b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-11-0

4.1

Vaas to Vincent, 1 run, on the off stump, on a length, chopped to third man

4.2

Vaas to Fulton, no run, full in length, on the middle stump line, straightens, nudged to the on side

4.3

Vaas to Fulton, no run, offbreak this time, on the middle stump line, nudged back to the bowler

4.4

Vaas to Fulton, 1 run, off cutter, on the middle and off stump line, driven to the right of mid-off

4.5

Vaas to Vincent, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, punched to cover

4.6

Vaas to Vincent, 1 run, fuller, almost yorker length, on the off and middle, squeezed out to point. New Zealand are struggling here.

End of over 5 (3 runs) New Zealand 25/1 (RR: 5.00)
L Vincent    14* (15b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-14-0
PG Fulton    1* (3b)      CRD Fernando    2-0-11-1

5.1

Fernando to Vincent, OUT, Low full toss - waist-high - on the off and middle, Vincent goes for a slash down the ground, ends up scooping it between mid-off and mid-on and both nearly collide but Chamara Silva takes the catch

L Vincent c Silva b Fernando 14 (21m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

5.2

Fernando to Fulton, 1 wide, way down the leg side, wide called

5.2

Fernando to Fulton, SIX, short in length, on the off and middle, Fulton plays a lovely pull shot over deep midwicket. That kept travelling.

5.3

Fernando to Fulton, 1 run

5.4

Fernando to Taylor, 1 run, slower one on the off and middle stump line, checks his drive and the ball goes in the air towards mid-on

5.5

Fernando to Fulton, no run, short in length, on the middle and leg stump line, shapes to pull, inside-edge to the pad

5.6

Fernando to Fulton, FOUR, straying on the pads, Fulton shuffles across and drills it through midwicket

End of over 6 (13 runs) New Zealand 38/2 (RR: 6.33)
PG Fulton    12* (7b 1x4 1x6)      CRD Fernando    3-0-24-2
LRPL Taylor    1* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-14-0

6.1

Vaas to Taylor, 1 run, full in length, slanting away from the off stump, pushed to cover point for a single

6.2

Vaas to Fulton, 1 run, on the leg and middle, off a length, worked past square leg

6.3

Vaas to Taylor, no run, on a length, on the middle and leg, nudged to the on side

6.4

Vaas to Taylor, FOUR, fullish, outside the off stump, tries to whip it across the line, gets a outside edge to third man

6.5

Vaas to Taylor, 1 run, yorker length, on the leg and middle line, turned past square leg

6.6

Vaas to Fulton, SIX, poor ball, Vaas strays down leg side and Fulton stands tall and flicks it off his pads over the long leg boundary, he's using his leverage superbly

End of over 7 (13 runs) New Zealand 51/2 (RR: 7.28)
PG Fulton    19* (9b 1x4 2x6)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-27-0
LRPL Taylor    7* (5b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-24-2

Sanath Jayasuriya into the attack.

7.1

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, bowled flat on middle stump, pushed through midwicket for a single

7.2

Jayasuriya to Fulton, 1 bye, flighted delivery on middle stump, Fulton lunges forward and tries to slog sweep, the ball grips the pitch and turns a long way across Fulton

7.3

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, swept to long leg for one more

7.4

Jayasuriya to Fulton, no run, Fulton moves on to the back foot and tries to pull and gets hit on the pad, that would have hit the stumps but the ball pitched outside leg stump

7.5

Jayasuriya to Fulton, 1 run, played to short fine leg for a sharp single, the fielder hits the stumps direct at the batsman's end but Taylor was safe

7.6

Jayasuriya to Taylor, FOUR, flighted delivery on middle stump, Taylor gets down on one knee and sweeps powerfully to the square leg boundary

End of over 8 (8 runs) New Zealand 59/2 (RR: 7.37)
LRPL Taylor    13* (8b 2x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-7-0
PG Fulton    20* (12b 1x4 2x6)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-27-0

Gayan Wijekoon replaces Vaas.

8.1

Wijekoon to Fulton, 1 run, full ball on off stump, driven powerfully off the front foot towards mid-off where Mubarak dives to his right and fields

8.2

Wijekoon to Taylor, 1 run, full toss pulled to wide long-on for a single

8.3

Wijekoon to Fulton, 1 run, pushed into the covers for a single

8.4

Wijekoon to Taylor, 2 runs, full ball on middle stump, the batsman moves across his stumps and chips the ball over short fine leg's head

8.5

Wijekoon to Taylor, 3 wides, full and wide outside off stump

8.5

Wijekoon to Taylor, SIX, low full toss, right in the slot, swung over midwicket

8.6

Wijekoon to Taylor, 1 run, yorker length, on the off and middle, squeezed out to backward point

End of over 9 (15 runs) New Zealand 74/2 (RR: 8.22)
LRPL Taylor    23* (12b 2x4 1x6)      G Wijekoon    1-0-15-0
PG Fulton    22* (14b 1x4 2x6)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-7-0

9.1

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 2 runs, floated outside off, shuffled right across and fetches it from outside off and swings to long-on

9.2

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, slower through the air, lovely change of pace, on the off stump, the batsman was made to wait an eternity, no pace to work with and he ended up chopping it to the backward point

9.3

Jayasuriya to Fulton, no run

9.4

Jayasuriya to Fulton, 1 run, steps down the track and hits it to left of midwicket

9.5

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 leg bye, fullish, just outside leg stump, the yorker length beats the intended swing to the leg side and the ball runs off the pad to the off side

9.6

Jayasuriya to Fulton, 1 run, on the leg and middle again, turned past square leg

End of over 10 (6 runs) New Zealand 80/2 (RR: 8.00)
PG Fulton    24* (17b 1x4 2x6)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-12-0
LRPL Taylor    26* (15b 2x4 1x6)      G Wijekoon    1-0-15-0

10.1

Wijekoon to Fulton, 1 run, on the middle and off, mistimes a drive to right of midwicket

10.2

Wijekoon to Taylor, 5 wides, slips down the leg side, he doesn't connect with the intended flick shot, the bat touches the ground and Sangakkara can't gather

10.2

Wijekoon to Taylor, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, hit past midwicket

10.3

Wijekoon to Taylor, SIX, low full-toss, on the middle stump line, whacked over deep midwicket.

10.4

Wijekoon to Taylor, 1 run, dipping low full toss, on the middle, played to the on side

10.5

Wijekoon to Fulton, OUT, full and outside off stump, sliced straight to sweeper cover.

PG Fulton c Malinga b Wijekoon 25 (27m 19b 1x4 2x6) SR: 131.57

10.6

Wijekoon to Taylor, no run, slower one, outside off stump, tries to late cut it and is beaten

End of over 11 (15 runs) New Zealand 95/3 (RR: 8.63)
LRPL Taylor    35* (19b 2x4 2x6)      G Wijekoon    2-0-30-1
SB Styris    0* (0b)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-12-0

11.1

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, spins past Styris who fails to connect with his cut shot

11.2

Jayasuriya to Styris, 2 runs, this time connects and cuts to left of deep point

11.3

Jayasuriya to Styris, OUT, trapped in front. Full and on the middle and off stump, Styris shapes to play a reverse sweep, misses and that proves fatal. Hawk eye suggests it would have missed the off stump.

SB Styris lbw b Jayasuriya 2 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

11.4

Jayasuriya to McMillan, 1 run, floated on the middle, driven to cover

11.5

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run

11.6

Jayasuriya to McMillan, no run, McMillan moves outside leg-side, Jayasuriya fires it in between the leg stump and McMillan who can't connect with his drive and Sangakkara quickly whips the bails off. Smart work but McMillan had just dragged his back foot in.

Over to Anand Vasu.

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 99/4 (RR: 8.25)
CD McMillan    1* (2b)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-16-1
LRPL Taylor    36* (20b 2x4 2x6)      G Wijekoon    2-0-30-1

12.1

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, very full and outside the off, Malinga searching for the yorker, dug out to the off side for a single that brings up the hundred

12.2

Malinga to McMillan, 1 run, another yorker, once again there's little the batsman can do but dig the ball out for a single towards point

12.3

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, overpitched and outside the off, driven inside-out and through cover but there's a fielder on the ropes

12.4

Malinga to McMillan, no run, quick ball just short of a driving length, swing and a miss with no footwork and the ball just misses the stumps. Good ball that

12.5

Malinga to McMillan, OUT, fuller and on the stumps, the ball is punched to cover, the batsman head off for a single, McMillan isn't too quick, the throw comes to the bowler, Malinga catches the ball and breaks the stumps. The decision is referred to the third umpire ... and gone!

CD McMillan run out 2 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

12.6

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, very full and on the off, tailing inswing here, clipped away to the leg side

End of over 13 (4 runs) New Zealand 103/5 (RR: 7.92)
LRPL Taylor    39* (23b 2x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0
JDP Oram    0* (0b)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-16-1

13.1

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, fullish and outside the off, swung away to the leg side, one bounce to Jehan Mubarak on the ropes

13.2

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, low full-toss outside the off stump, driven down to long-off

13.3

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, again flat, full and straight, driven down to long-on for a single

13.4

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, another no-risk shot. a full-toss is clipped away to the on side

13.5

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, slightly slower, little shorter and a bit of width, cut but there's cover on the fence

13.6

Jayasuriya to Oram, FOUR, Brilliant shot! Oram reverse sweeps very fine, taking the ball on the full and just deflecting it between the keeper and short third-man

End of over 14 (9 runs) New Zealand 112/5 (RR: 8.00)
JDP Oram    6* (3b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-25-1
LRPL Taylor    42* (26b 2x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-0

14.1

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, full and outside the off, driven well through cover, but once again just the single

14.2

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, very full and on the off stump, good yorker, all Oram can do is dab the ball to off and pick up a single

14.3

Malinga to Taylor, 1 wide, down the leg side and very full, flick played and missed, a bit of a sound, that may have hit pad, but the umpire gives it wide

14.3

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, short of a good length and on the stumps, slower ball, defended to the on side for a single

14.4

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, very very full and outside the off, steered through cover for a single

14.5

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, another yorker, Malinga has an endless supply of these, excellent bowling, dug out to the off side

14.6

Malinga to Oram, no run, slower ball, excellent deception, swing and a miss, the ball just misses the stumps. After all those searing yorkers the slower ball, clever bowling

End of over 15 (6 runs) New Zealand 118/5 (RR: 7.86)
JDP Oram    8* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0
LRPL Taylor    45* (29b 2x4 2x6)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-25-1

15.1

Wijekoon to Taylor, SIX, Smack! Ross Taylor gets down on one knee, picks the line of the ball and crashes it over midwicket. That's a strong hit

15.2

Wijekoon to Taylor, no run, fuller this time and slanted away from the bat from over the stumps, played at and missed, Sangakkara collects standing up

15.3

Wijekoon to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball, slipping down leg, swung away but it's fielded well on the ropes

15.4

Wijekoon to Oram, 1 run, full-toss outside the off stump, driven powerfully down to long-off but attacking fielding keeps the batsmen down to one run

15.5

Wijekoon to Taylor, no run, back of a length and outside the off, Taylor heaves to the leg side and misses

15.6

Wijekoon to Taylor, 2 runs, this time there's a second as the ball is helped along to the leg side

Here's a stat for you from HRG: McMillan is the fourth New Zealand batsman to be run out in Twenty20. And another, Ross Taylor has scored the second Twenty20 fifty for New Zealand. Scott Styris was the first.

End of over 16 (10 runs) New Zealand 128/5 (RR: 8.00)
LRPL Taylor    54* (34b 2x4 3x6)      G Wijekoon    3-0-40-1
JDP Oram    9* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0

16.1

Malinga to Oram, 1 run

16.2

Malinga to Taylor, no run, fullish and outside the off stump, played at and missed, through to the keeper

16.3

Malinga to Taylor, 1 leg bye, slower ball, very full, drifting onto the pads, swing and a miss, rapped on the pad

16.4

Malinga to Oram, SIX, Oram does his thing! Malinga striving for the yorker. Oram gives himself some room and clatters the ball back down the ground, over Malinga's head for maximum

16.5

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, steered down towards third-man for a single

16.6

Malinga to Taylor, FOUR, fullish and outside the off stump, clattered over the infield and that will run away to the fence

End of over 17 (13 runs) New Zealand 141/5 (RR: 8.29)
LRPL Taylor    58* (37b 3x4 3x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-22-0
JDP Oram    17* (10b 1x4 1x6)      G Wijekoon    3-0-40-1

17.1

Fernando to Oram, 2 runs, fullish and on the off, Oram tees off. He gets a bit too much under that one and hits it very very very high but not too far. Jayasuriya gets under the ball but misjudges the tough catch and floors it

17.2

Fernando to Oram, 1 run, whacked over the infield, didn't quite get hold of that, safe enough

17.3

Fernando to Taylor, 2 runs, full and on the stump, good yorker swinging in, dug out and there's enough on the ball for the batsmen to come back for a second

17.4

Fernando to Taylor, no run, short of a length and outside the off, ugly swipe across the line, through to the keeper

17.5

Fernando to Taylor, no run, another one outside the off, another swing and completely missed. That was the slower ball and the batsman didn't pick it at all

17.6

Fernando to Taylor, 2 runs, full and on the stumps, dug out to the off side

End of over 18 (7 runs) New Zealand 148/5 (RR: 8.22)
LRPL Taylor    62* (41b 3x4 3x6)      CRD Fernando    4-0-31-2
JDP Oram    20* (12b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-22-0

18.1

Malinga to Oram, no run, very fast, inswinging, well-directed yorker. There's not much any batsman can do with that but dig it out. Superb death bowling

18.2

Malinga to Oram, FOUR, slightly short this time and outside the off, Oram doesn't get to the pitch of this slower ball but swats it over the infield one-handed and the ball just trickles away

18.3

Malinga to Oram, no run, fullish and outside the off, huge pull played, miss, through to the keeper

18.4

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, very full and outside the off, hit inside out to the man on the ropes at cover

18.5

Malinga to Taylor, OUT, very full, very straight, Taylor opens the face of the bat and tries to run the ball down to third-man. All he manages is a simple catch straight into Sangakkara's hands. End of a cracking innings from Taylor

LRPL Taylor c †Sangakkara b Malinga 62 (59m 43b 3x4 3x6) SR: 144.18

18.6

Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, fullish and on the stumps, played to the off side for a single

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 154/6 (RR: 8.10)
DL Vettori    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    4-0-28-1
JDP Oram    25* (16b 2x4 1x6)      CRD Fernando    4-0-31-2

19.1

Wijekoon to Vettori, 1 run, full and outside the off, driven back past the bowler to mid-off

19.2

Wijekoon to Oram, no run, full and on the stumps, a hint of swing, driven hard but straight back to the bowler

19.3

Wijekoon to Oram, SIX, fullish, outside the off, a bit of room from the batsman backing away to leg and that is clouted over point

19.4

Wijekoon to Oram, 1 run, hit over the off side for another run. attempted big shot but doesn't quite connect

19.5

Wijekoon to Vettori, 1 run

19.6

Wijekoon to Oram, 1 run, OUT, very full, straight, driven hard down to long-on, the batsmen run hard, coming back for the second but the throw is good and an easy run out ends the innings

DL Vettori run out 3 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

There's a fifteen minute break now. Excellent fielding from Sri Lanka and some tight bowling to the exception of Gayan Wijekoon has left New Zealand on 164 from their twenty overs. Now it remains to be seen what the Sri Lankan batsmen can do. One thing you have to say, it's a gettable target. See you soon.

End of over 20 (10 runs) New Zealand 164/7
JDP Oram    33* (20b 2x4 2x6)      G Wijekoon    4-0-50-1
     SL Malinga    4-0-28-1
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Sep 15, 2007

Mahela Jayawardene dazzled with his unbeaten 35, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Group C, Johannesburg, September 15, 2007

Mahela Jayawardene dazzled with his unbeaten 35

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Sep 15, 2007

The grassy embankments at the Wanderers make the perfect setting for a family outing, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Group C, Johannesburg, September 15, 2007

The grassy embankments at the Wanderers make the perfect setting for a family outing

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