ICC World Twenty20, 11th Match, Group C: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg, Sep 15, 2007
ICC World Twenty20 - 11th match, Group C
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (neutral venue)
15 September 2007 (20-over match)

Righto, the openers are in. Tharanga to take guard and Sanath Jayasuriya

0.1

Bond to Tharanga, 1 run, off the mark with a slash over point, Bond slips that in just a little wide and the sweeper cuts it off

0.2

Bond to Jayasuriya, FOUR, full and wide, Jayasuriya gets a thick outside edge the ball goes flying to third man, one bounce over the ropes, despairign dive by the fielder

0.3

Bond to Jayasuriya, no run, better line, outside the off stump and left alone

0.4

Bond to Jayasuriya, FOUR, wide outside off, slashed over point and it's square, the fielder at the deep cant get to it

0.5

Bond to Jayasuriya, no run, good length outside off, Jayasuriya has a feel at it, lets it go through to the keeper

0.6

Bond to Jayasuriya, no run, full and on the legs, pushed to mid-on

End of over 1 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 9/0 (156 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 8.21)

    • ST Jayasuriya 8 (5b 2x4)
    • WU Tharanga 1 (1b)
    • SE Bond 1-0-9-0
1.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, fullish and outside the off stump, punched back towards the bowler

1.2

Martin to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, defended to the off side with soft hands for a quick single

1.3

Martin to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short ball banged in, Jayasuriya helps that around the corner with no difficulty whatosever, that's four from the moment it left the bat

1.4

Martin to Jayasuriya, 1 run, another one fetched from outside the off, this time hit in front of square, just the single as there's a fielder there

1.5

Martin to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, short of a driving length and on the stumps, played tentatively at and missed, struck on the pad

1.6

Martin to Jayasuriya, FOUR, fullish and outside the off, Jayasuriya waits on the ball and does not try to hit it hard. Instead he threads it into the gap in front of point and has timed it well enough for it to go all the way

End of over 2 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 20/0 (145 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 8.05)

    • ST Jayasuriya 17 (8b 4x4)
    • WU Tharanga 2 (4b)
    • CS Martin 1-0-10-0
    • SE Bond 1-0-9-0
2.1

Bond to Tharanga, 2 runs, fullish and on the off, Tharanga launches that over mid-on but has not hit the ball too well, a couple of runs as the fielder tidies up

2.2

Bond to Tharanga, FOUR, short of a good length and outside the off, Tharanga gives himself a bit more room and carves the ball through cover. Lovely shot for four

2.3

Bond to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed into the off side for a single

2.4

Bond to Jayasuriya, FOUR, full and outside the off, Jayasuriya gets his weight behind the ball and launches it over mid-off, that is a cracking hit

2.5

Bond to Jayasuriya, FOUR, overpitched and on the pads, the bowler over-compensating here, Jayasuriya goes right back and whips the ball over square-leg, another boundary

2.6

Bond to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, chopped down to short third-man

End of over 3 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 35/0 (130 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 11.66, RRR: 7.64)

    • ST Jayasuriya 25 (11b 6x4)
    • WU Tharanga 9 (7b 1x4)
    • SE Bond 2-0-24-0
    • CS Martin 1-0-10-0
3.1

Martin to Tharanga, SIX, down the wicket and bang! Tharanga taking chances here and getting away with it. This one is carved over the infield and has plenty on it. That one lands on the ropes and it's six!

3.2

Martin to Tharanga, no run, down the wicket and this time Martin follows Tharanga and bounces him. The batsman does well to get out of the way of that one. Good comeback from the bowler

3.3

Martin to Tharanga, no run, another short one banged in, good pace as well, just outside the off, played at and missed, through to the keeper

3.4

Martin to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, played down towards cover

3.5

Martin to Tharanga, no run, full and on the pads, attempted yorker, flick played and missed, rapped on the pad

3.6

Martin to Tharanga, 1 run, full and straight, hit back down the pitch, Martin half stops that, the batsmen pinch a cheeky single

End of over 4 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 42/0 (123 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.50, RRR: 7.68)

    • WU Tharanga 16 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 25 (11b 6x4)
    • CS Martin 2-0-17-0
    • SE Bond 2-0-24-0
4.1

Bond to Tharanga, no run, short of a length and outside the off, Tharanga moves towards leg and tries to hammer the ball over the off side, too quick and he misses, through to the keeper

4.2

Bond to Tharanga, SIX, short one banged in, Tharanga plays a pull shot, it's not terribly well hit but it's super effective, the ball sails high, wide and handsome into the stands over deep backward square-leg

4.3

Bond to Tharanga, no run, fullish and outside the off, again Tharanga gives himself room and tries to hit over the off side, again he misses

4.4

Bond to Tharanga, 2 runs, fullish and on the off, more authentic a cricket shot this time, powered past mid-off and that brings up the 50 in real quick time

4.5

Bond to Tharanga, 3 runs, another swipe, this time Tharanga gets hold of a length ball, not terribly well, and it's saved on the ropes at cover

4.6

Bond to Jayasuriya, no run, quick ball outside the off, that was express pace, Jayasuriya tries to heave the ball over the leg side and misses

End of over 5 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 53/0 (112 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.60, RRR: 7.46)

    • ST Jayasuriya 25 (12b 6x4)
    • WU Tharanga 27 (18b 1x4 2x6)
    • SE Bond 3-0-35-0
    • CS Martin 2-0-17-0
5.1

Martin to Tharanga, FOUR, full and on the stumps, Tharanga gets hold of this alright and clouts it over midwicket. Tharangha going after everything that's bowled at him

5.2

Martin to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, fullish and down the leg side, flick played and missed, off the pads to the on side

5.3

Martin to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of a length and on the stumps, Jayasuriya moves to leg and chops the ball to the off side

5.4

Martin to Tharanga, 1 run, good-length ball on the stumps, driven down to long-on

5.5

Martin to Jayasuriya, no run, full and speared in on the pads, Jayasuriya tries to heave the ball over the leg side but misses and is struck on the boot

5.6

Martin to Jayasuriya, no run, very full and on the stumps, well dug out but no chance of a run as point fields

End of over 6 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 60/0 (105 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 7.50)

    • ST Jayasuriya 26 (15b 6x4)
    • WU Tharanga 32 (21b 2x4 2x6)
    • CS Martin 3-0-23-0
    • SE Bond 3-0-35-0
6.1

Gillespie to Tharanga, 3 runs, low full-toss on the pads, Tharanga swats that ball down the ground towards long-on

6.2

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, SIX, Bang! short one banged in, Jayasuriya picks up the line and length very very early. Short-arm pull hit so well it goes all the way for six

6.3

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, SIX, Repeat! Another short one and again Jayasuriya swivels and sends the ball flat and powerfully into the stands

6.4

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, fullish and on the off, Jayasuriya goes straight back over the bowler's head this time, he gets under the ball too much and it goes high up in the air, Bond runs, dives but can't quite get to it

6.5

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, no run, fullish and on the stumps once more, this time Jayasuriya just chips the ball to mid-on, Bonds has a chance to make amends. Simple chance. Bond gets under the ball and somehow manages to drop that sitter! A life for Jayasuriya who was cursing himself and beginning to walk away

6.6

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, full and down the leg side, flicked and missed, wide called

6.6

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, worked away through the leg side, more runs, this is looking very difficult for New Zealand

End of over 7 (20 runs) Sri Lanka 80/0 (85 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 11.42, RRR: 6.53)

    • ST Jayasuriya 42 (20b 6x4 2x6)
    • WU Tharanga 35 (22b 2x4 2x6)
    • MR Gillespie 1-0-20-0
    • CS Martin 3-0-23-0
7.1

Vettori to Tharanga, 2 runs, short of a length and on the pads, worked through midwicket for runs

7.2

Vettori to Tharanga, no run, full and quite straight, defended back down the stumps

7.3

Vettori to Tharanga, OUT, tossed up, on the stumps, Tharanga tries to hit this one right out of the ground. He gets the elevation but not the distance. This time it's Martin under the catch at long-off and he takes it!

WU Tharanga c Martin b Vettori 37 (31m 25b 2x4 2x6) SR: 148.00

7.4

Vettori to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length and on the off, Jayasuriya defends. The ball pops back down the pitch to the off side

7.5

Vettori to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, played wide of point for a single

7.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, fullish and just drifting down leg, sweep played and missed, rapped on the pad

HRG tells us Jayasuriya has become the fourth batsman to aggregate 200 runs in Twenty20 cricket.

End of over 8 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 83/1 (82 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 10.37, RRR: 6.83)

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (1b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 43 (22b 6x4 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-1
    • MR Gillespie 1-0-20-0
8.1

Styris to Jayasuriya, 1 run, fullish and outside the off, played awkwardly away towards the off side

8.2

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish and on the off, Sangakkara eases the ball wide of long-off for a single

8.3

Styris to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, played away in front of point for a single

8.4

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length and on the off, driven awkwardly back down the pitch

8.5

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, fullish and outside the off, driven well but straight to the fielder at mid-off

8.6

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, short of a driving length and on the off, chopped down to point, end of a tidy over from Styris

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 86/1 (79 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.55, RRR: 7.18)

    • KC Sangakkara 1 (5b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 45 (24b 6x4 2x6)
    • SB Styris 1-0-3-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-1
9.1

Vettori to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full and outside the off stump, driven through cover for yet another single

9.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up and outside the off, Sangakkara plays for the spin and misses

9.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, flatter and just outside the off, Sangakkara sweeps, misses and is hit on the pad

9.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length and on the pads, played down to long-on

9.5

Vettori to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full and on the pads, swung away down to fine-leg for a single

9.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, down the pitch and lofted to long-on but on the bounce

It's over to Sriram Veera now for the commentary of the next ten overs.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 90/1 (75 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 7.50)

    • KC Sangakkara 3 (9b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 47 (26b 6x4 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-7-1
    • SB Styris 1-0-3-0

Thanks Anand

10.1

Styris to Sangakkara, 4 leg byes, slipping on to the leg side, runs off the pad

10.2

Styris to Sangakkara, no run, full-pitched on the stumps, driven through mid-on

10.3

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run

10.4

Styris to Jayasuriya, 1 run, slanting away from Jayasuriya who opens the bat-face and steers to short third man

10.5

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the off stump line, pushed to cover point

10.6

Styris to Jayasuriya, no run, fuller, straighter, tries to drill through the off side, gets an inside edge to fine leg

End of over 11 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 97/1 (68 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.81, RRR: 7.55)

    • ST Jayasuriya 48 (28b 6x4 2x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 5 (13b)
    • SB Styris 2-0-6-0
    • DL Vettori 2-0-7-1
11.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, floated outside off, full in length, swept through wide mid-on

11.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly short in length, outside off, cut to deep point

11.3

Vettori to Jayasuriya, no run, arm-ball, drifting away from Jayasuriya who can't connect with his cut shot. Lovely delivery, it just drifted away at the last minute

11.4

Vettori to Jayasuriya, no run, And again, again it curves at the last minute, beats the intended late-cut, McCullum appeals for the stumping, no luck

11.5

Vettori to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of length, on the stumps, turned to backward square leg

11.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and outside off, driven to long-off

End of over 12 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 102/1 (63 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.50, RRR: 7.87)

    • KC Sangakkara 9 (16b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 49 (31b 6x4 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-12-1
    • SB Styris 2-0-6-0
12.1

Styris to Sangakkara, FOUR, full in length, on the off stump line, driven over mid-on for a boundary

12.2

Styris to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the off and middle, stays back to push it to cover point

12.3

Styris to Jayasuriya, 1 run, fullish, outside off stump, mistimes a drive through square leg. That's his 3rd Twenty20 international fifty

12.4

Styris to Sangakkara, OUT, partnership-breaker Styris strikes. Short in length, pulled straight down the throat of deep square leg

KC Sangakkara c Taylor b Styris 14 (15m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

12.5

Styris to Jayawardene, FOUR, Slower one, Jayawardene picks it up early and smokes it over mid-off

12.6

Styris to Jayawardene, no run, bangs it short, outside off, Jayawardene tries to upper cut but can't reach it

End of over 13 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 112/2 (53 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.61, RRR: 7.57)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 4 (2b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 50 (32b 6x4 2x6)
    • SB Styris 3-0-16-1
    • DL Vettori 3-0-12-1
13.1

Oram to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, slashed to third man boundary where Bond makes a fine diving stop. Short in length, outside off, Jayasuriya flashes at it and top-edges it to right of third man

13.2

Oram to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full in length, angling away from Jayasuriya who tries to pull it across the line, misses and it runs off the thigh pad

13.3

Oram to Jayawardene, 2 runs, fullish, on the middle and leg, Mahela picks it over midwicket.

13.4

Oram to Jayawardene, 2 runs, lovely cut shot. It was full in length, on the off and middle, Jayawardene backs away a touch and cuts it from the stumps, past point.

13.5

Oram to Jayawardene, FOUR, shot-a-ball from Mahela continues. Length delivery on the middle stump line and he swings it disdainfully to long leg boundary

13.6

Oram to Jayawardene, 2 runs, fullish, on the off stump line, squeezed through backward point. Fulton rushes to his left from deep point and fires in a throw at McCullum who fumbles while gathering. Had he collected cleanly, Jayawardene would have been run out

End of over 14 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 125/2 (40 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.92, RRR: 6.66)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 14 (6b 2x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 53 (34b 6x4 2x6)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-13-0
    • SB Styris 3-0-16-1
14.1

Bond to Jayasuriya, no run, full-toss outside off, angling away from Jayasuriya who tries to swing it to the on side but misses

14.2

Bond to Jayasuriya, 1 run, bouncer at the right shoulder, pulled to right of long leg

14.3

Bond to Jayawardene, FOUR, short in length, on the off stump line, Mahela waits on the ball before cutting it through point. Chris Martin gets across but makes a mess of the sliding stop.

14.4

Bond to Jayawardene, FOUR, This is turning into a neat little cameo from Mahela. Shot-a-ball. Fullish, on the middle and leg, drilled through wide midwicket

14.5

Bond to Jayawardene, no run, in the zone outside off, Mahela misses an intended drive and McCullum gathers. And suddenly, in a whim, goes for an appeal. No one else supports him.

14.6

Bond to Jayawardene, 1 run, retains the strike with a square drive

End of over 15 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 135/2 (30 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 6.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 23 (10b 4x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 54 (36b 6x4 2x6)
    • SE Bond 4-0-45-0
    • JDP Oram 1-0-13-0
15.1

Oram to Jayawardene, 2 runs, fullish, on the off and middle stump line, square driven past point

15.2

Oram to Jayawardene, no run, a tad short in length, on the off stump line, cut to point

15.3

Oram to Jayawardene, 3 byes, Mahela shapes to paddle sweep and Oram hurls it wider outside off stump, Mahela misses but so does McCullum

15.4

Oram to Jayasuriya, no run, banged in short, outside off stump, Jayasuriya can't reach it, McCullum makes a half-stop and the ball rolls behind him. Jayasuriya wants a run, takes a step or two before beign sent back. Wise decision as McCullum had reached it quickly and fired a direct hit at the striker's end

15.5

Oram to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, yorker length, outside leg stump, off the pads to the square leg region

15.6

Oram to Jayawardene, SIX, That's a biggie! Full in length, on the middle and leg, Jayawardene cleared the front foot and smoked it over deep midwicket. Effortless strike.

End of over 16 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 147/2 (18 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.18, RRR: 4.50)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 31 (14b 4x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 54 (38b 6x4 2x6)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-21-0
    • SE Bond 4-0-45-0
16.1

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, no run, from round the stumps, yorker length on the off stump, stabbed back to the bowler

16.2

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, 1 run, just short of yorker length, homing in on the off stump, Jayasuriya opens his stance up and tries to swipe it across the line, gets an inside-edge on to the pad

16.3

Gillespie to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven hard to mid-off, Bond fires in a throw at the non-striker's end but misses and Jayawardene survives

16.4

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, no run, low swinging full toss from round the stumps, Jayasuriya edges it to the pad again.

16.5

Gillespie to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, full again, another swipe across the line doesn't connect and it runs off the pad to the off side

16.6

Gillespie to Jayawardene, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, drilled hard to deep point. That one sped across the turf.

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 151/2 (14 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.88, RRR: 4.66)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 33 (16b 4x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 55 (42b 6x4 2x6)
    • MR Gillespie 2-0-23-0
    • JDP Oram 2-0-21-0
17.1

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the middle stump line, fullish, worked behind square leg

17.2

Vettori to Jayasuriya, SIX, jumps down the track and lofts it just over the ropes at the long-on region.

17.3

Vettori to Jayasuriya, OUT, comes down the track again, Vettori fires it short and quick and Jayasuriya pulls it to deep midwicket

ST Jayasuriya c Fulton b Vettori 61 (44b 6x4 3x6) SR: 138.63

17.4

Vettori to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower in the air this time, spun past the off stump, Mahela cuts to deep point

17.5

Vettori to Silva, 2 runs, again slow and spinning away, cut to deep point

17.6

Vettori to Silva, 1 run, drifting in on the middle and off, poked to the on side

HRG informs me that Jayasuriya has hit ten sixes in Twenty20 games.

End of over 18 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 162/3 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 1.50)

    • LPC Silva 3 (2b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 35 (18b 4x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-23-2
    • MR Gillespie 2-0-23-0
18.1

Gillespie to Silva, 2 runs, the scores are level. Full and outside off, driven through point

18.2

Gillespie to Silva, no run, bouncer, over the middle stump line, sways away

18.3

Gillespie to Silva, no run, from round the stumps, full and slanted across Chamara Silva who square drives to cover point

Seven men in the ring now

18.4

Gillespie to Silva, no run, yorker length, on the middle and leg stump line, stabbed to midwicket. Chamara Silva is teasing the spectators

18.5

Gillespie to Silva, FOUR, Streaky edge through the vacant slip region does the trick. Full and angling across Silva who tries to flash it through cover.

Sri Lanka have won both their league matches rather convincingly. The players from both camps shake hands.

Man of the Match: Sanath Jayasuriya

One more match to go tonight. Bangladesh v South Africa. For now, on behalf of Anand Vasu, my co-commentator, this is Sriram Veera signing off.

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