ICC World Cup, 39th Match, Super Eights: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at St George's, Apr 12, 2007
ICC World Cup - 39th match, Super Eights
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
12 April 2007 (50-over match)

Hi and welcome to Sri Lanka v New Zealand game. I am Sriram Veera and will be bringing you all the live action today.

Toss NZ choose to bat. Mahela indicates that he would have chosen to do the same thing. Malinga will miss the game. They don't want to risk him. Farveez Maharoof comes in. .

For NZ: Ross Taylor and Mark Gillespie in. Hamish Marshall and Jeetan Patel out.

A high-quality contest in the offing. It's likely that these two sides might meet again in the semi-final. Remember, the No 1 team plays no. 4 and 2 and 3 meet up.

Sangakkara: "We have an attitude where we've managed to balance our aggression with a professional approach. Even leaving the ball with positive intent is a show of aggression to the opposition."

Vettori: "We can control our own destiny if we win tomorrow. If we want to go on and win [the World Cup] we know that we're going to have to beat one of these three teams, either in a final or a semi-final, so it's a good wake-up call and a realisation that we've got to play well."

Some stats for your perusal: Plenty to prove for Fleming and Bond

New Zealand will equal their longest one-day winning streak if they win today. The previous run, of 10 victories, came in 2004 when they won the last five games of a home series against South Africa and won five more games in England. Australia ended that march in the Champions Trophy.

HR Gopalakrishna chimes in with another stat: "Fleming overtakes Mohammad Azharuddin's record of 23 games as a captain in World Cup games. This will be Fleming's 24th game as a skipper."

0.1

Vaas to Fulton, 1 run, some swing to start off. Full and on the middle and leg, it curved in slightly, Fulton leans forward, turns it to right of midwicket for a single

One slip and a gully in place. Asad Rauf and Billy Doctrove are the umpires.

Similar field set up for Fleming

0.2

Vaas to Fleming, no run, around the off stump line, full in length, Fleming eases forward, pushes it out to cover region

Fleming has had a poor run against Sri Lanka. He averages less than 20 from 31 matches, with only two half-centuries. Peter Fulton has a fine record: in eight innings against them he has scored a hundred and two half-centuries, for an impressive average of 57.

0.3

Vaas to Fleming, no run, lands on a length, on the off and middle line, curves away a touch, Fleming gets behind the line, steers to point

0.4

Vaas to Fleming, no run, pitched on leg and middle line, straightened, Fleming falls over a touch while trying to work it to on side, and doesn't connect well.

0.5

Vaas to Fleming, OUT, Fleming's disastrous run against SL continues. Lands outside off stump, on a length, Fleming leans forward and is struck just outside the line. It was hitting off but the point of impact was just outside off and he was playing a shot. But Asad Rauf raises the finger. It was pretty close. It looked as if he was hit in front of off but the replays suggested he was outside.

SP Fleming lbw b Vaas 0 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.6

Vaas to Taylor, no run, probing line on the off and middle, pushed to the off side

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/1 (RR: 1.00)

    • LRPL Taylor 0 (1b)
    • PG Fulton 1 (1b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 1-0-1-1
1.1

Fernando to Fulton, no run, probing line on the off and middle, pushed to the off side

1.2

Fernando to Fulton, 1 wide, sliding down the leg side. Fernando grunts in disgust.

1.2

Fernando to Fulton, 2 runs, on the legs, flicked past square-leg

1.3

Fernando to Fulton, no run

1.4

Fernando to Fulton, no run, beaten. In the temptation zone outside off, Fulton has a waft inside the line and it teases the outside edge.

Miller: "The party stand is right next to me. I can count the inhabitants on the digits of my hands and toes" Ah!

1.5

Fernando to Fulton, no run, full-pitched and straight on the middle and leg stump line, driven to mid-on.

1.6

Fernando to Fulton, no run, peach. Landed on a length, around off stump line and shaped away. Fulton had to play at it and he did. Luckily for him, he pushed inside the line.

End of over 2 (3 runs) New Zealand 4/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • PG Fulton 3 (7b)
    • LRPL Taylor 0 (1b)
    • CRD Fernando 1-0-3-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 1-0-1-1
2.1

Vaas to Taylor, OUT, Stunner from Sangakkara. Full in length, landed on the off and middle and slanted away. Taylor has a stab at it, gets a outside edge and it flies low to the right of Sangakkara who dived full-length and plucked it inches off the turf. Fab effort. Double strike from Vaas has NZ reeling. What a start for SL.

LRPL Taylor c †Sangakkara b Vaas 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

2.2

Vaas to Styris, no run, around the off stump line, Styris leans forward, pushes it to cover region.

2.3

Vaas to Styris, no run, slants away from Styris who shoulders arms

2.4

Vaas to Styris, no run, close. This one came back in and almost trapped Styris. Fullish, on the middle peg line, Styris was leaning across, arrested the front foot movement quickly and turned it to the on side.

2.5

Vaas to Styris, no run, leans back, hits a length-delivery on the up, to cover

2.6

Vaas to Styris, no run, beaten Off cutter and it shaped away from Styris. He is sucked into a forward prod. Almost fatal.

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 4/2 (RR: 1.33)

    • SB Styris 0 (5b)
    • PG Fulton 3 (7b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 2-1-1-2
    • CRD Fernando 1-0-3-0
3.1

Fernando to Fulton, no run, back of length, outside off, stands up tall and punches it to point

3.2

Fernando to Fulton, no run, lands on a length, on the off and middle, straightens, Fulton gets behind the line, pats it gently to the cover region

3.3

Fernando to Fulton, no run

3.4

Fernando to Fulton, no run, nagging line and length. On the off and middle and full in length. Fulton gives the full respect. Defends on the front foot.

3.5

Fernando to Fulton, no run, And again. Just outside the off stump this time and again pushed to the cover region.

3.6

Fernando to Fulton, no run, Short of length, outside off stump and punched to point.

Miller is not in a happy mood. "The Kiwis are saving their money for the rugby World Cup, and Sri Lanka were never going to be India or Pakistan in disguise, so there's a case for Bangladesh and Ireland attracting more supporters, albeit by accident. It's daft. The two of the most watchable teams in the competition, and they are almost certainly the least commercially viable. This is the final this tournament deserves"

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 4/2 (RR: 1.00)

    • PG Fulton 3 (13b)
    • SB Styris 0 (5b)
    • CRD Fernando 2-1-3-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 2-1-1-2
4.1

Vaas to Styris, no run, Vaas continues to tease the outside edge. Another off cutter that angled away and Styris is attracted to it.

4.2

Vaas to Styris, no run, Pushes that one even further and Styris doesn't chase. Leans across and shoulders arms.

4.3

Vaas to Styris, no run, lands on the off stump line, on a length, breaks away, Styris intends to punch it to cover, adjusts for the movement, opens the bat-face, runs it to point

4.4

Vaas to Styris, no run, fuller, outside off stump line, driven to mid-off

4.5

Vaas to Styris, no run

4.6

Vaas to Styris, no run, maiden over. Another off cutter , around the off stump line, tapped back down the track. Three maidens in a row. The squeeze is on.

End of over 5 (maiden) New Zealand 4/2 (RR: 0.80)

    • SB Styris 0 (11b)
    • PG Fulton 3 (13b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 3-2-1-2
    • CRD Fernando 2-1-3-0

Maharoof comes in. Hmm.... Fernando was bowling pretty well. Wonder what's the plan.

5.1

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, on the off and middle, pushed back to the bowler

5.2

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, In the zone outside off, Fulton moves closer to the line, makes sure it's not curving back in and lets it go through to the 'keeper

5.3

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, lands on the off stump line, slides on, pushed to cover

5.4

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, hits the deck short of length, outside off and goes on straight, left alone

5.5

Maharoof to Fulton, 1 run, risky single. A push to mid-off. It was full in length, on the middle stump line, Fulton pushes it towards mid-off and sees an opportunity for a run and sets off. Styris responds well. He is yet to get off the mark btw.

5.6

Maharoof to Styris, no run, he will stay on zero. Full and in the channel outside off, left alone

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 5/2 (RR: 0.83)

    • SB Styris 0 (12b)
    • PG Fulton 4 (18b)
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-1-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 3-2-1-2
6.1

Vaas to Fulton, no run, Full and moving away, Fulton lets it fly past him.

Kris: "Frankly, the organizers deserve this flopped affair - low attendance, ridiculous ticket pricing and policy, exorbitant pricing on hotels and facilities and to cap it all off ... some indifferent and poor showing by WI - they all add up.

6.2

Vaas to Fulton, 1 run, a run. The sparse crowd clap. Sarcasm. On the middle and leg, tickled past square-leg

6.3

Vaas to Styris, no run, slow off cutter, around off stump, Styris picks it late, adjusts and defends

6.4

Vaas to Styris, no run, Poor styris. He slammed that one but Dilshan dives and prevents him from getting off the duck. Short in length and outside off, thumped to right of point where Dilshan makes a neat diving stop.

6.5

Vaas to Styris, no run

6.6

Vaas to Styris, no run, slowish off cutter, on the off stump line, pushed to the point region.

End of over 7 (1 run) New Zealand 6/2 (RR: 0.85)

    • SB Styris 0 (16b)
    • PG Fulton 5 (20b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 4-2-2-2
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-1-0
7.1

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, full in length, on the off stump line, pushed to cover

7.2

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, huge shout for lbw. Doctrove doesn't pull out the gun. It landed on a length, outside off, slided in and Fulton pushed forward to defend. The ball evades the bat and strikes him on the off stump line. It was hitting off. It was close.

7.3

Maharoof to Fulton, FOUR, Good reply. Shortish and Fulton swivelled off the front foot to pull it over midwicket. Now we have a contest.

7.4

Maharoof to Fulton, no run

7.5

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, outside off, stays in that zone, left alone

7.6

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, fuller and closer to the off stump line, driven crisply but straight to mid-off

Shefeer: "In response to Miller - I agree that they are the most watchable teams mainly cause they have the most excitable followers but that does not mean that they deserve to be in the finals, especially not when you consider their pathetic performance in the earlier half of the WC. Australia, begrudingly I'll say this, seem to be deserved winners...with a final against South Africa. As for the Kiwis and SL - all the power to them to prove me wrong!"

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 10/2 (RR: 1.25)

    • PG Fulton 9 (26b 1x4)
    • SB Styris 0 (16b)
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-5-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 4-2-2-2
8.1

Vaas to Styris, no run, Deja-vu. Vaas beats Styris. Another off cutter. It pitched on a good length, around off and middle and curved away. Styris has a waft and is beaten

8.2

Vaas to Styris, no run, still on 0. 18 balls faced. Leans forward and defends a length-delivery on the off stump line

8.3

Vaas to Styris, no run, Again, that nagging line around off and middle, pushed towards mid-off

8.4

Vaas to Styris, FOUR, Styris breaks free with a four through cover. Slightly short in length, on the off stump line, Styris leans forward, head over the ball and punches it through the off side. He can breathe easy now.

8.5

Vaas to Styris, 1 run, dabs to third man for a single.

8.6

Vaas to Fulton, no run, on the off stump line, kept a touch low after pitching on a length, punched to mid-off

End of over 9 (5 runs) New Zealand 15/2 (RR: 1.66)

    • PG Fulton 9 (27b 1x4)
    • SB Styris 5 (21b 1x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 5-2-7-2
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-5-0
9.1

Maharoof to Styris, no run, ful-pitched outside off, driven straight to mid-off.

HRG: "This was Fleming's second duck as a captain in the World Cup games. First occasion was against West Indies in the 1999 edition."

9.2

Maharoof to Styris, 2 runs, leans forward, punches a length-delivery through cover

9.3

Maharoof to Styris, no run

9.4

Maharoof to Styris, no run, pitched on a length, around off and middle stump line, pushed to mid-off

9.5

Maharoof to Styris, 1 run, fullish, on the off stump line, Styris works it behind square-leg

9.6

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, lands on a length, outside off, seams in, Fulton stands tall, pushes it back down the track

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 18/2 (RR: 1.80)

    • PG Fulton 9 (28b 1x4)
    • SB Styris 8 (26b 1x4)
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-8-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 5-2-7-2

Sangakkara stands up to the stumps.

10.1

Vaas to Styris, no run, Ah! Guess what happened? Yep, Vaas beats the bat. Again. And again. Around the off stump line, the only difference was that Styris' bat came outside the line and the ball squeezed through the bat and pad gap.

10.2

Vaas to Styris, no run

10.3

Vaas to Styris, no run, Back to regular programming. Beaten. Full and outside off, Styris drives, meets air, ball nestles into Sangakkara's gloves

10.4

Vaas to Styris, 1 run, Murali misses a run out. Full and on the middle, driven to mid-on and they rush across. Murali picks the ball, has a shy but doesn't hit. Styris had given up. Ian Smith, on air, screams, "NZ are panicking here."

10.5

Vaas to Fulton, no run

10.6

Vaas to Fulton, FOUR, Slightly short in length and Fulton capitalises. Leans back and pulls it high over square-leg. Cracking stroke.

End of over 11 (5 runs) New Zealand 23/2 (RR: 2.09)

    • PG Fulton 13 (30b 2x4)
    • SB Styris 9 (30b 1x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 6-2-12-2
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-8-0
11.1

Maharoof to Styris, 2 runs, Hmm... Styris is definitely feeling stifled. He tries to break free of the shackles with a slog. It was full in length, on the off and middle, he took out the front leg from the line and tried to heave it over the on side, just about gets it over mid-on

11.2

Maharoof to Styris, FOUR, Whack. He gets it right this time. Leant forward and drove a over-pitched delivery over widish mid-on area. Sangakkara runs across to have a chat with the bowler

11.3

Maharoof to Styris, FOUR, The aggressive strategy seems to be working. Maharoof drags back the length but offers some width outside off and Styris stands tall, gets on top of the bounce and punches it through backward point.

11.4

Maharoof to Styris, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to the off side

11.5

Maharoof to Styris, no run, slower one, dips outside off, tapped to the off side

11.6

Maharoof to Styris, no run, Half-volley outside off, Styris leans forward, drives but straight to mid-off

Wonder whether Mahela will persist with Maharoof. Will he bring back Fernando?

End of over 12 (10 runs) New Zealand 33/2 (RR: 2.75)

    • SB Styris 19 (36b 3x4)
    • PG Fulton 13 (30b 2x4)
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-18-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 6-2-12-2

Fernando is back. Replaces Vaas.

12.1

Fernando to Fulton, no run, Fingers on either side of the seam, it lands on the off and middle stump line, defended back to the bowler

Raj Padmanathan, who earlier predicted that Vaas would strike twice in the first three overs ( Did you put any money on that boss?!), writes in, "SL need to keep on tightening the runs given. The more economical they are, the better it is. If they manage to keep the runs under 100 by the 30th over, they have a great chance of getting NZ out cheaply."

12.2

Fernando to Fulton, no run, full-pitched on the off stump line, pushed to cover

12.3

Fernando to Fulton, no run, appeal for run out. Full and outside off, jabbed to backward point and Fulton wants a run. Dilshan swoops in, Styris sends Fulton back and he makes it in time to beat the direct hit. It is refered upstairs and not out is the verdict

12.4

Fernando to Fulton, no run, back of length, on the middle stump line, dabbed to midwicket

One slip in place. There is a short fine leg as well.

12.5

Fernando to Fulton, no run, yorker-length, Fulton wants to drill it straight down the track, gets a inside-edge on to the boot.

12.6

Fernando to Fulton, no run, full-pitched , on the off stump, Fulton goes across the line, drives to mid-on. He wanted to get it through widish mid-on but can't get his placement right.

End of over 13 (maiden) New Zealand 33/2 (RR: 2.53)

    • PG Fulton 13 (36b 2x4)
    • SB Styris 19 (36b 3x4)
    • CRD Fernando 3-2-3-0
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-18-0
13.1

Maharoof to Styris, no run, on a length, on the middle and leg line, straightens, Styris wants to drive it to the on side, gets a leading edge to point

13.2

Maharoof to Styris, 1 run, Thwack. He backs away and has a slog, gets a inside-edge and it runs past midwicket

13.3

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, fullish and outside off, driven to mid-off

13.4

Maharoof to Fulton, 1 run, nice change of pace. On the off stump, Fulton was beaten initially but adjusted to get bat on ball. Inside-edge takes it behind square-leg

13.5

Maharoof to Styris, 1 run, on the middle and leg, flicked to deep midwicket

13.6

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, beaten. In the channel outside off, straightens and Fulton drives loosely.

One more left in the second Powerplay. Will they take the third rightaway?

End of over 14 (3 runs) New Zealand 36/2 (RR: 2.57)

    • PG Fulton 14 (39b 2x4)
    • SB Styris 21 (39b 3x4)
    • MF Maharoof 5-0-21-0
    • CRD Fernando 3-2-3-0
14.1

Fernando to Styris, no run, banged in short, outside off, swatted to Murali at mid-on

14.2

Fernando to Styris, 1 run, shuffles across, places a length-delivery on the off stump line, through extra cover. Jayasuriya moves across from mid-off to make the stop.

14.3

Fernando to Fulton, FOUR, picked-up over short fine-leg. It was a slower one but slipping down leg side, Fulton leant forward, flicked it behind square-leg

14.4

Fernando to Fulton, 1 run, fullish, on the middle and leg, squirted to long leg. It was not a flick. It was not wristed away, rather the bat came across in an angle and he sort of swat-drove it across the line

14.5

Fernando to Styris, no run

Asad Rauf gives a warning to the bowler for running on to the danger area.

14.6

Fernando to Styris, no run, lands on the off stump, on a length, kicks up a touch, Styris is surprised at that, adjusts by arching back, taking the bottom-hand off the handle, taps it to the off side

End of over 15 (6 runs) New Zealand 42/2 (RR: 2.80)

    • SB Styris 22 (43b 3x4)
    • PG Fulton 19 (41b 3x4)
    • CRD Fernando 4-2-9-0
    • MF Maharoof 5-0-21-0
15.1

Maharoof to Fulton, no run, Maharoof continues. On the off stump line, punched to cover.

15.2

Maharoof to Fulton, (no ball) 1 run, Caught by Mahela but it was a no ball. Such is life. Such is cricket. A slower ball on the middle and leg, Fulton is through his shot early - he tries to flick it and scoops to Mahela at midwicket.

15.2

Maharoof to Styris, FOUR, There he goes. Styris charges down the track, backed to the leg side and lofts a fullish delivery over mid-off

15.3

Maharoof to Styris, FOUR, ANOTHER. Styris is piling on the pressure on Maharoof. He backed away and drilled a length-delivery through widish mid-on. The counterattack is on. Maharoof is bleeding runs. Sangakkara moves up to the stumps.

15.4

Maharoof to Styris, no run, Fullish, on the off stump line, slight change of pace, driven to point

They took the 3rd Powerplay at the start of the over

15.5

Maharoof to Styris, no run, similar ball, similar shot.

15.6

Maharoof to Styris, no run

End of over 16 (10 runs) New Zealand 52/2 (RR: 3.25)

    • SB Styris 30 (48b 5x4)
    • PG Fulton 20 (43b 3x4)
    • MF Maharoof 6-0-31-0
    • CRD Fernando 4-2-9-0
16.1

Fernando to Fulton, 1 run, fullish length ball on off, tapped away to mid-off and completes a quick single.

16.2

Fernando to Styris, 1 no ball, no ball called by Asad Rauf just as Fernando delivers and it's a wayward ball as well (could have well been called wides).

16.2

Fernando to Styris, no run, straighter this time, that's a good length slightly short of good length. Slightly slower one that, bowled with split fingers. Tapped away towards point

16.3

Fernando to Styris, no run, that was another slower one, drifting in on leg stump and it's full. Had that been straight, it could have been an lbw candidate. Styris tries to flick it but can't make contact. Ball deflects to the off side

16.4

Fernando to Styris, 1 run, pushes to mid-off and takes off for a single, Jayasuriya goes for the direct hit but that misses. Had it hit, that might have been referred upstairs

16.5

Fernando to Fulton, 1 run, short and slightly outside off, Fulton pulls but can't get the timing, ball trickles away towards short midwicket and they complete a single

16.6

Fernando to Styris, 3 runs, caressed through the covers. Full ball from Fernando and outside off, Styris leans into the drive and pierces the gap. Chamara Silva huts it down, dives close to the cover fence and prevents a boundary.

End of over 17 (7 runs) New Zealand 59/2 (RR: 3.47)

    • SB Styris 34 (53b 5x4)
    • PG Fulton 22 (45b 3x4)
    • CRD Fernando 5-2-16-0
    • MF Maharoof 6-0-31-0

For those who are wondering, the third Powerplay is on at the moment. Chaminda Vaas returns to the attack. Jayawardene adjusting the field, Sangakkara standing up

17.1

Vaas to Styris, no run, That is a huge appeal. Down the leg side from Vaas and Styris tries the scoop paddle, appears to have come off the face of the bat and the ball snucks between Sangakkara's pads. A raucious appeal from both bowler and keeper and neither can believe it, Stysis wonders why it hasn't been called a wide

17.2

Vaas to Styris, FOUR, similar ball, slightly fuller on leg and Styris pulls off the paddle scoop this time, past short fine leg for a four this time. Was lucky but he seems to be making most of it

17.3

Vaas to Styris, no run, back foot defence to cover

17.4

Vaas to Styris, no run, driven to extra cover on the front foot, straight to the fielder

17.5

Vaas to Styris, no run, straight and curving in from Vaas, can't do much with those. Styris plays it cautiously back to the bowler

17.6

Vaas to Styris, no run, straight and short of a length again, Styris has no room to drive expansively, driven straight to cover

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 63/2 (RR: 3.50)

    • SB Styris 38 (59b 6x4)
    • PG Fulton 22 (45b 3x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 7-2-16-2
    • CRD Fernando 5-2-16-0
18.1

Fernando to Fulton, FOUR, That's a cruncher from Fulton, slightly short and wide of off and he latches on to the pull this time. Stands up tall (and unlike in the last over when he missed out) clatters it to midwicket for a cracking boundary

18.2

Fernando to Fulton, no run, on the back foot and patted awawy to the off side. And for those of you who ask, Sangakkara is not standing up when Fernando is bowling

18.3

Fernando to Fulton, no run, full and on off, appears to have split the seam this time as well, driven straight to mid-off

18.4

Fernando to Fulton, 2 runs, full and swinging from off to middle, Fulton turns the face of the bat and gets it past short midwicket for a brace

18.5

Fernando to Fulton, no run, Another slower ball and Fulton tries to loft it over midwicket. Too early on the shot and the bottom edge luckily doesn't go back onto the stumps. That could have easily been played on

18.6

Fernando to Fulton, 1 no ball, oversteps this time, it's a full ball and Fulton works it away to the off side

18.6

Fernando to Fulton, no run, driven to the off, better line this time just outside off

End of over 19 (7 runs) New Zealand 70/2 (RR: 3.68)

    • PG Fulton 28 (52b 4x4)
    • SB Styris 38 (59b 6x4)
    • CRD Fernando 6-2-23-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 7-2-16-2
19.1

Vaas to Styris, no run

19.2

Vaas to Styris, no run, full-pitched outside off, driven to mid-off

19.3

Vaas to Styris, 1 run

19.4

Vaas to Fulton, no run, slower one, on the off and middle, pushed to on side

btw some confusion with Shefeer's comments. He was talking about India and Pak, not about these two teams. Some of you have misunderstood it.

19.5

Vaas to Fulton, OUT, Goddim! Fullish, on the middle and leg, swung straight to Chamara at deep square-leg. Vaas is thrilled to bits. And why not.

PG Fulton c Silva b Vaas 28 (92m 54b 4x4 0x6) SR: 51.85

19.6

Vaas to McMillan, no run, beaten. Another off cutter curving away past the outside edge.

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 71/3 (RR: 3.55)

    • CD McMillan 0 (1b)
    • SB Styris 39 (62b 6x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 8-2-17-3
    • CRD Fernando 6-2-23-0

Just as many of you wished, Muralitharan comes on. Slip and short-leg in place

20.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 wide, from round the stumps, lands on the leg stump line, turns down leg side. Styris tries to flick, misses.

20.1

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, Huge shout for lbw. Landed on the middle stump line, turned in and struck him in front of middle and leg. That looked pretty close but Asad Rauf doesn't agree. It was a faster one.

20.2

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, on the leg and middle, bunted through mid-on

20.3

Muralitharan to McMillan, no run, topspinner, on the off stump line, the bearded McMillan pushes at it, gets a outside edge and Mahela, at slip, dives to make a neat stop

20.4

Muralitharan to McMillan, 1 run, swept from outside the off stump to long leg

20.5

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, doosra, breaks away , pushed to point

20.6

Muralitharan to McMillan, no run, pushes that one through flat and quick, on the leg side, tickled to short fine-leg

End of over 21 (4 runs) New Zealand 75/3 (RR: 3.57)

    • CD McMillan 1 (4b)
    • SB Styris 41 (65b 6x4)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-4-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 8-2-17-3
21.1

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, drifts in from outside off, pushed to cover point

21.2

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket

21.3

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, on the off stump line, worked to point

21.4

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, slower in the air, on the off and middle, Styris is early into his drive, edges it through cover point

21.5

Jayasuriya to McMillan, no run, arm-ball, on the off and middle, defended on the front foot.

21.6

Jayasuriya to McMillan, no run, slower, fuller, on the middle, driven back down the track.

Tight first over. Lots of arm-balls. And nice change of pace.

End of over 22 (1 run) New Zealand 76/3 (RR: 3.45)

    • CD McMillan 1 (6b)
    • SB Styris 42 (69b 6x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-1-0
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-4-0
22.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, on the middle and leg, flicked past square-leg

slip and short-leg in place. He is bowling from round the stumps.

22.2

Muralitharan to McMillan, OUT, Murali removes McMillan. Tossed-up, on the middle stump line, on a length, McMillan tries to sweep, the ball turns in and bounces, gets a top-edge and bobs away to the left of short fine-leg fielder. Sri Lanka are on top here. And this is Murali's second over. Eight more to tackle. NZ in big trouble.

CD McMillan c Silva b Muralitharan 1 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

22.3

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, beaten. From over the sticks, it landed outside leg stump and turned sharply. Oram pushes at it and is beaten by the big spin.

22.4

Muralitharan to Oram, no run

22.5

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, fuller, on the middle and leg stump, line, turns across Oram who leans forward to defend

22.6

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run, Nearly holed up to deep midwicket. Another sweep that went awry. Murali is getting considerable turn and bounce on this track and the sweep shot is going to be risky. On this occasion, it falls well short of Dilshan.

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 78/4 (RR: 3.39)

    • JDP Oram 1 (4b)
    • SB Styris 43 (70b 6x4)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-6-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-1-0
23.1

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, low full-toss, driven to long on

Abhishek wonders, "What is an arm-ball?? " It is the onethe lef-arm spinner bowls. It lands, say outside off stump, and comes in with the angle . With the arm. Doesn't turn away or straighten.

23.2

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, on the off stump line, driven to cover

23.3

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, flicked past square-leg for a single

23.4

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, full, driven through cover

23.5

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, on the middle stump line, worked to deep midwicket.

23.6

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, slower in the air, bit more flight, driven to long-on

End of over 24 (6 runs) New Zealand 84/4 (RR: 3.50)

    • SB Styris 46 (73b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 4 (7b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-7-0
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-6-1
24.1

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, shout for a catch at short-leg. Tossed-up, on the middle and leg, turns,Styris tries to drive, misses and it bounds off the pad to short-leg.

24.2

Muralitharan to Styris, no run

24.3

Muralitharan to Styris, 2 runs, on the middle stump line, Styris drives with the turn, to right of Fernando at long-on and they run hard to complete two runs

slip and silly point in now.

24.4

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, on the off and middle line, turns in, jabbed away with bit of bat and pad. Sangakkara screams out, "How is that?" No one else appeals. Rauf remains impassive.

24.5

Muralitharan to Styris, no run

24.6

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, lands on the leg and middle, doosra, breaks away from Styris who picks it off the turf, adjusts, runs it down to short third man region

End of over 25 (3 runs) New Zealand 87/4 (RR: 3.48)

    • SB Styris 49 (79b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 4 (7b)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-9-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-7-0
25.1

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, flighted delivery, outside off stump, Stryis was looking to sweep it and then changes tack and pats it to off side

25.2

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, outside off stump, Styris lets it go through to Sangakkara who whips the bails off and appeals. The toe was planted inside the crease.

25.3

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, brings up his fifty with a drive to long-off. This is fifth WC 50.

25.4

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, shorter, flatter, faster, on the middle stump line, Oram waits, punches it down to long on

25.5

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, almost squeezed through. Arm ball. Lands outside off, comes in with the angle, Stryis pushes a touch outside the line, edges it on to the pad

25.6

Jayasuriya to Styris, 3 runs, outside off, Styris leans forward, square-drives it through backward point.

End of over 26 (5 runs) New Zealand 92/4 (RR: 3.53)

    • SB Styris 53 (84b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 5 (8b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-12-0
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-9-1
26.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, on the middle stump line, turns in, wristed behind square-leg

26.2

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven to long-off

26.3

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, on the middle stump line, topspinner, Styris picks it, opens the bat-face, guides it to point

26.4

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, flatter, quicker,, landed outside leg stump, turns in, Oram leans forward and defends.

26.5

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, slower but similar line and length. again, defended

26.6

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, almost edged to Mahela at slip. Just short of him. Oram pushes at a delivery spinning right across him, edges but it falls short of Mahela who makes a half-stop

End of over 27 (3 runs) New Zealand 95/4 (RR: 3.51)

    • JDP Oram 6 (12b)
    • SB Styris 55 (86b 6x4)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-12-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-12-0

Richard has a dig at the king of spain. "So an "arm ball" is a ball that doesnt spin...? Bit like Giles then?"

27.1

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, picks up a single with a drive through the on side

27.2

Jayasuriya to Oram, 2 runs, Lovely anticipation from Sangakkara. Almost pulled off a catch. On the middle stump line, Oram opts for a paddle sweep, Sangakkara moves to his right and the ball flies past his helmet. Good work from him.

27.3

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run

27.4

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run

27.5

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, beaten. Slower in the air, outside off stump, short in length, Styris cuts but misses.

27.6

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, gets the cut shot right this time. 100 up.

End of over 28 (5 runs) New Zealand 100/4 (RR: 3.57)

    • SB Styris 57 (90b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 9 (14b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-17-0
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-12-1
28.1

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, on the off and middle, driven to long on

28.2

Dilshan to Oram, no run, fullish, on the middle and leg, jabbed to left of Dilshan who dives and stops.

28.3

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run, comes down the track and drives to long-off.

28.4

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, slightly short in length, turns in from outside off, driven through cover

28.5

Dilshan to Oram, 2 byes, attempted reverse sweep. Oram misses but so does Sangakkara. It was outside off stump, and kept low, and it actually brushed his gloves and went down, Sangakkara couldn't bend quickly enough. A bye is signalled. hmm...

28.6

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run

End of over 29 (6 runs) New Zealand 106/4 (RR: 3.65)

    • JDP Oram 11 (18b)
    • SB Styris 59 (92b 6x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-4-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-17-0
29.1

Jayasuriya to Oram, no run, on the off stump line, not much turn, worked to midwicket

29.2

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, on the off and middle, worked to the on side for a single

29.3

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, beaten. Really slow through the air, Styris is too early into his drive and the ball whooshes past the outside edge. Clever bowling.

29.4

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, leans forward and waits this time before turning it towards midwicket

29.5

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, floated full in length, on the middle stump line, driven to long on

29.6

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, flighted delivery, on the middle and off, driven inside-out to long off

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 110/4 (RR: 3.66)

    • SB Styris 61 (95b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 13 (21b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 5-0-21-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-4-0
30.1

Dilshan to Styris, no run, lands on the off stump line, turns in slightly, nudged to midwicket

30.2

Dilshan to Styris, no run, similar ball, similar stroke. Again it is Mahela who does the fielding

30.3

Dilshan to Styris, no run, outside off stump, Styris shapes to push it , misses and it thuds into the pad. Outside off stump though. Not even Sangakkara appeals. That must tell you something.

30.4

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, comes down the track, drives to long off

30.5

Dilshan to Oram, no run, again mahela does the fielding. This time at cover. No he is not running around, just the left and right batting combination.

30.6

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run, another drive to long-off from Oram. Another single.

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 112/4 (RR: 3.61)

    • JDP Oram 14 (23b)
    • SB Styris 62 (99b 6x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-6-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 5-0-21-0

Shakirah: " have faith in New Zealand. They are my adopted team. They always pull through"

Well... hips don't lie, eh? Btw Shakira, the dancer, was in Mumbai recently. Big event. Didn't go. So didnt'g get to see the famous hips.

31.1

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, swept to long leg

31.2

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, comes down again, drives inside-out to sweeper cover

31.3

Jayasuriya to Oram, no run

31.4

Jayasuriya to Oram, no run, on the off stump line, turns in, flicked to midwicket.

31.5

Jayasuriya to Oram, no run, reverse-sweep, straight to short third man fielder.

Do you know Duleep Singh ji, the nephew of Ranji, played the reverse sweep as far back as 1928. It's not a modern stroke.

31.6

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, driven to long on for a single

End of over 32 (3 runs) New Zealand 115/4 (RR: 3.59)

    • JDP Oram 16 (28b)
    • SB Styris 63 (100b 6x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 6-0-24-0
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-6-0
32.1

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run, comes down the track, Dilshan drags back the length, Oram lunges forward, dabs to the off side

32.2

Dilshan to Styris, no run, on the off stump line, driven to midwicket

32.3

Dilshan to Styris, no run, Nice. Styris was charging down the track and Dilshan slowed up the pace. Styris was made to wait and he merely pushed it back down the track

32.4

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, flicked past square-leg

32.5

Dilshan to Oram, 1 run

32.6

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, on the off stump line, slightly short, worked past square-leg

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 119/4 (RR: 3.60)

    • SB Styris 65 (104b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 18 (30b)
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-10-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 6-0-24-0
33.1

Jayasuriya to Styris, 2 runs, outside the off stump line, paddled away to fine-leg

33.2

Jayasuriya to Styris, 2 runs, on the off stump line, Styris leans forward, waits, square-drives towards deep cover

33.3

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, tossed-up, on the middle stump line, driven down the track and Jayasuriya moved to his right, dived to make the stop. And he is a so called veteran.

33.4

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run

33.5

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, on the off stump line, driven to cover. Good tight over in progress.

33.6

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, yorker length, dug out. "Good Bowling," screams Sangakkara. Who else?

Adam and a couple more, are backing Giles. "donĀ“t you remember the ball that got Damien Martyn at Old Trafford 2005 from the King of Spain, pitched just outside leg and knocked off his Offstump ???? Many greetings from sunny northern Germany"

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 123/4 (RR: 3.61)

    • SB Styris 69 (110b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 18 (30b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 7-0-28-0
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-10-0

Colin comes back with this: "No the arm ball has to be intentionally designed to not spin, so very unlike Gilo as he tries very hard!!"

Can we go easy on good old Giles?

34.1

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, defended on the front foot

34.2

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, beaten! Fuller, almost yorker-length, outside off stump and it squeezes past the hurried jab of Oram

34.3

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned to midwicket region

no close-in fielders.

34.4

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 no ball, on the leg stump line, flicked to short-fine leg

34.4

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, shout for lbw. Rauf doesn't agree. It landed on the off and middle, Styris shaped to drive and it straightened and hit him on the pad. Hawk eye suggests it would have shaven the off stump.

34.5

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run

34.6

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 127/4 (RR: 3.62)

    • JDP Oram 20 (34b)
    • SB Styris 70 (113b 6x4)
    • M Muralitharan 5-0-16-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 7-0-28-0

Ben sends a chuckle across. On the arm-ball. "Often also called a nude ball. Because there is nothing on them"

35.1

Jayasuriya to Oram, no run, fullish, driven to left of Jayasuriya who again rushes to his left to make the stop

35.2

Jayasuriya to Oram, no run, on the middle stump line, jabbed away

35.3

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, slid down leg side, tickled away fine

35.4

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, leans forward, drives through extra cover

35.5

Jayasuriya to Oram, 2 runs, chipped over cover. Not in control. He came down the track and had a heave but was beaten in the flight and ended up scooping it over cover.

35.6

Jayasuriya to Oram, 1 run, sweeps to deep square-leg region

End of over 36 (5 runs) New Zealand 132/4 (RR: 3.66)

    • JDP Oram 24 (39b)
    • SB Styris 71 (114b 6x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 8-0-33-0
    • M Muralitharan 5-0-16-1
36.1

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, on the off stump line, patted back down the track

36.2

Muralitharan to Oram, no run, landed outside leg stump, turns across Oram who nudges it to the off side

36.3

Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run, on the leg side, worked to backward square-leg

36.4

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, from round the stumps, lands on the leg and middle, goes on straight, pushed away down the pitch

36.5

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, on the middle, turns, worked to midwicket

36.6

Muralitharan to Styris, 2 runs, another reverse-sweep. It was a full-toss that dipped on the leg stump line, swept past point

End of over 37 (3 runs) New Zealand 135/4 (RR: 3.64)

    • SB Styris 73 (117b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 25 (42b)
    • M Muralitharan 6-0-19-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 8-0-33-0
37.1

Dilshan to Oram, SIX, That's a biggie. First six of the match. Oram backs to the leg side and swung a full delivery over wide long on.

37.2

Dilshan to Oram, no run, on the middle and Oram pays respect.

37.3

Dilshan to Oram, OUT, Dilshan has the revenge. Oram falls. He came down the track, Dilshan dragged back the length, Oram went through with his lofted drive, but the bottom-hand came off the handle and the ball went high up in the air towards long-on. It hung in the air for a long time and then swirled down, Maharoof went forward, then to his left, then to his right as the ball kept swirling and lunged to his left to hold on to it. Mahela is first to rush across to give Mahroof a big hug.

JDP Oram c Maharoof b Dilshan 31 (52m 45b 0x4 1x6) SR: 68.88

37.4

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, fullish, on the middle, driven to long-on

37.5

Dilshan to McCullum, 1 run

37.6

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, leans forward, drives to long on

End of over 38 (9 runs) New Zealand 144/5 (RR: 3.78)

    • SB Styris 75 (119b 6x4)
    • BB McCullum 1 (1b)
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-19-1
    • M Muralitharan 6-0-19-1
38.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 leg bye, doosra, lands outside leg stump, turns in, Styris tries to flick, misses and it runs off the pad

slip and silly point in place. Deep midwicket and long on as well. A in-out field as they say.

38.2

Muralitharan to McCullum, OUT, McCullum goes cheaply. From round the stumps, it landed on the middle and leg stump line, turns in slightly, McCullum pushes at it, the bat comes outside the line, the ball thuds into the pad. Murali turns around and appeals. No luck. The ball bobs off the pad to left of silly-point where Arnold grabs it. They appeal for a catch and it's given. McCullum is unhappy. As he walks past Rauf, he asks him something and shakes his head at the response. Confirmation comes from the umpire that it was given LBW He was struck in front of leg and middle.

BB McCullum lbw b Muralitharan 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

38.3

Muralitharan to Vettori, no run

38.4

Muralitharan to Vettori, no run

38.5

Muralitharan to Vettori, 1 run

38.6

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run

End of over 39 (3 runs) New Zealand 147/6 (RR: 3.76)

    • SB Styris 76 (121b 6x4)
    • DL Vettori 1 (3b)
    • M Muralitharan 7-0-21-2
    • TM Dilshan 4-0-19-1
39.1

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, on the middle and leg, driven to long on

39.2

Dilshan to Vettori, 2 runs, slow through the air, on the leg stump line, flicked to deep midwicket. Tharanga fires in a wild throw at the non-striker's end. Had it was more accurate, it could have got interesting. Dilshan is not impressed.

39.3

Dilshan to Vettori, 1 run

39.4

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run

39.5

Dilshan to Vettori, 1 run, outside off stump, swept away to deep midwicket

39.6

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 154/6 (RR: 3.85)

    • SB Styris 79 (124b 6x4)
    • DL Vettori 5 (6b)
    • TM Dilshan 5-0-26-1
    • M Muralitharan 7-0-21-2
40.1

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, doosra on the middle and leg Styris picked it well, drove inside-out to cover

40.2

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, leans forward to defend

40.3

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, flatter, on the middle and leg stump line, turns, flicked to backward square-leg

40.4

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, tossed-up, on the off and middle, driven with the turn, down to long on

40.5

Muralitharan to Vettori, OUT, Another fatal sweep. A flighted-delivery on the middle stump line, Vettori went for a sweep and swung it straight to deep midwicket.

DL Vettori c Silva b Muralitharan 5 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

40.6

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, swept past square-leg

Ashu: "McCullum didnt go for duck as you typed out. Do you hv a volatile memory?"

I am getting old. In my defence I changed it asap but obviously it was not that quick

End of over 41 (2 runs) New Zealand 156/7 (RR: 3.80)

    • SB Styris 81 (129b 6x4)
    • JEC Franklin 0 (0b)
    • M Muralitharan 8-0-23-3
    • TM Dilshan 5-0-26-1
41.1

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, fastish ball, pushed back to the bowler

41.2

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, patted to the off side

41.3

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, another quick ball turned away to short midwicket

41.4

Jayasuriya to Franklin, 1 run, waist high full toss, it appears to have slipped out of his hand, Franklin taps it to long-on for a single. That deserved a mighty hoick but he's just in

41.5

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, whipped away to leg, Jayasuriya specialises in fastish straight ones

41.6

Jayasuriya to Franklin, 1 run, full toss again, he's flighting them to Franklin and firing them in to Styris. Whipped away to midwicket for a single

Abhishek Saxena says: "Don't know if anyone noticed but this was the third occasion in this tournament when the opposing team's wicketkeeper got out LBW off the first ball he faced from Murali. First it was Dhoni, then Boucher, and now McCullum"

End of over 42 (4 runs) New Zealand 160/7 (RR: 3.80)

    • JEC Franklin 2 (2b)
    • SB Styris 83 (133b 6x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 9-0-37-0
    • M Muralitharan 8-0-23-3

Dilshan returns

42.1

Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run, loopy ball on off, tapped away to the off side for a single

42.2

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, flat on off, Styris moves across and turns it away in the vacant gaps near square leg. Another easy single

42.3

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, flat on off, defended solidly to the off

42.4

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, flighted and some turn there, Franklin tries to drive but bobs it up dangerously, drops a foot or so in front of the bowler. He is a fantastic catcher Dilshan, they would know it

42.5

Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run, patted away to the off side for a single

42.6

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, fastish ball on middle, turned away to leg for a single

End of over 43 (4 runs) New Zealand 164/7 (RR: 3.81)

    • SB Styris 85 (135b 6x4)
    • JEC Franklin 4 (6b)
    • TM Dilshan 6-0-30-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 9-0-37-0
43.1

Jayasuriya to Styris, 2 runs, fired in again, Styris down the ground and chips it in the air to extra cover for a couple. Sensible shot that

43.2

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, tries a similar tactic on the leg side, on the back foot this time and turning it to midwicket. Only a single, though

43.3

Jayasuriya to Franklin, no run, fired into off, Franklin gets behind the line and defends solidly

43.4

Jayasuriya to Franklin, 1 run, another full toss, that should have been put away, slapped to cover for a single. Three full tosses to Franklin and just three runs

43.5

Jayasuriya to Styris, 2 runs, whipped away to midwicket after shuffling across and theys camper through a quick two

43.6

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, fast one on middle, Styris moves across the stumps and flicks behind square

End of over 44 (7 runs) New Zealand 171/7 (RR: 3.88)

    • SB Styris 91 (139b 6x4)
    • JEC Franklin 5 (8b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 10-0-44-0
    • TM Dilshan 6-0-30-1
44.1

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, lands on the leg stump line, goes on straight, nudged to the on side

44.2

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, almost caught at cover. Decieved by the doosra. On the leg and middle stump line, Styris shapes to turn it to the on side, gets a leading edge and it goes in the air but to the left of cover.

44.3

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, leans forward, pushes to cover point

44.4

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, shout for lbw. It landed outside off stump, from round the stumps, turned in, Styris is beaten, but it struck him outside the off stump.

44.5

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, goes back, picks the doosra this time, turns it to point region

44.6

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 run, turns it past square-leg

End of over 45 (4 runs) New Zealand 175/7 (RR: 3.88)

    • JEC Franklin 7 (10b)
    • SB Styris 93 (143b 6x4)
    • M Muralitharan 9-0-27-3
    • ST Jayasuriya 10-0-44-0
45.1

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, on the off stump line, Franklin steers it to point

45.2

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, drifts in from outside off, pushed towards mid-on region but the short midwicket fielder moves to his right to cut it

45.3

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, similar line, worked to midwicket

45.4

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, almost chipped back to the bowler. Slow in the air, on the off and middle line, Franklin pushes at it, it stops on him but it falls short of the bowler

45.5

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, leans forward to defend a length-delivery on the off and middle

45.6

Dilshan to Franklin, no run, it's a maiden over. Over no 46. on the leg and middle, turned to short fine-leg fielder

End of over 46 (maiden) New Zealand 175/7 (RR: 3.80)

    • JEC Franklin 7 (16b)
    • SB Styris 93 (143b 6x4)
    • TM Dilshan 7-1-30-1
    • M Muralitharan 9-0-27-3
46.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 2 runs, landed outside leg stump, Styris sweeps hard to long leg region. Maharoof rushes across to his right and dives to make the stop

46.2

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, fullish, on the middle and leg, dug out back to the bowler

46.3

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 wide, landed outside leg stump, doosra, turned in, Styris shapes to sweep, misses.

46.3

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, on the off stump line, driven to Jayasuriya at long-off

46.4

Muralitharan to Franklin, 1 leg bye, on the middle and leg, Franklin muffs a sweep shot, it bounds off the toe of the bat, towards point

46.5

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, flatter, outside off stump, turns in, wristed to square-leg

46.6

Muralitharan to Franklin, no run, Murali finishes his quota. On the off stump line, defended towards cover

End of over 47 (6 runs) New Zealand 181/7 (RR: 3.85)

    • JEC Franklin 7 (18b)
    • SB Styris 97 (147b 6x4)
    • M Muralitharan 10-0-32-3
    • TM Dilshan 7-1-30-1
47.1

Dilshan to Styris, 1 run, comes down the track and drives straight back down the track. Dilshan misfields. That's rare.

47.2

Dilshan to Franklin, 2 runs, chipped over cover. Just over. He backed to the leg side and drove uppishly, Mahela jumps but can't reach it

47.3

Dilshan to Franklin, SIX, Biggie. Came down the track and sent it soaring over long-off.

47.4

Dilshan to Franklin, 2 runs, flatter, drifting in from the middle stump line, turned past square-leg. Fernando charges in, fires in a throw. It bounces in front of Sangakkara who gathers, whips the bails off but Franklin drags his bat inside the crease. Only just. It was referred to third umpire.

47.5

Dilshan to Franklin, 2 runs, driven towards long-on and again they run hard to come back for two

47.6

Dilshan to Franklin, 1 run, flatter, short of length, punched to long-on

End of over 48 (14 runs) New Zealand 195/7 (RR: 4.06)

    • JEC Franklin 20 (23b 1x6)
    • SB Styris 98 (148b 6x4)
    • TM Dilshan 8-1-44-1
    • M Muralitharan 10-0-32-3
48.1

Fernando to Franklin, 1 run, yorker-length, on the off and middle, squeezed down to third man

48.2

Fernando to Styris, 1 no ball, short and wide, Styris had backed away a touch, reached out for it and cut it straight to cover

48.2

Fernando to Styris, no run, screaming yorker, swings in late, Styris tries to get his bat down in a hurry, has a stab, misses and the ball flies past the leg stump

48.3

Fernando to Styris, no run, And again. This is brilliant stuff from Fernando. Reverse-swinging yorker. Kissing past the leg stump.

48.4

Fernando to Styris, FOUR, 100 up for Styris. Fourth ODI ton. Brought up in style. After two yorkers, Fernando went for a short of length delivery and Styris moved to the leg side and pulled it to deep midwicket boundary

48.5

Fernando to Styris, 1 run, attempted yorker, jabbed away to square-leg

48.6

Fernando to Franklin, 1 run, low full-toss, on the off stump line, pushed to cover

End of over 49 (8 runs) New Zealand 203/7 (RR: 4.14)

    • JEC Franklin 22 (25b 1x6)
    • SB Styris 103 (153b 7x4)
    • CRD Fernando 7-2-31-0
    • TM Dilshan 8-1-44-1
49.1

Vaas to Franklin, 2 runs, Fullish, on the legs, flicked over midwicket. Sangakkara is standing up to the stumps.

49.2

Vaas to Franklin, 5 wides, Slips down the leg side, Sangakkara can't reach it and it runs to the boundary

49.2

Vaas to Franklin, 1 run, fullish, on the off stump line, driven to long -on

49.3

Vaas to Styris, 2 runs, fullish, on the off stump line, driven to left of long-on and they will pick up two. Styris on strike.

Vaas pulls away just prior to the release. Franklin was backing up too early and Vaas wanted to send a signal to him.

49.4

Vaas to Styris, no run, Swing and a miss. In the zone outside off, Styris tried to drive it inside-out over cover.

49.5

Vaas to Styris, 2 runs, attempted-yorker, ends up as a low full-toss, on the middle stump line, scooped to right of long-on

49.6

Vaas to Styris, FOUR, Styris finishes the innings with a four. Full-pitched, on the middle and leg stump line, swung to widish long-on region. Fab effort from Styris. He started off very slowly but recovered to guide the lower-middle order to lift NZ to a fighting total

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Sanath Jayasuriya has plundered 1423 runs against New Zealand, the most by any batsman from either side. However, none of the Sri Lankan batsmen have outstanding records against New Zealand - in fact Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, the main men for Sri Lanka in the middle order, have fairly ordinary stats.

Sri Lanka batsmen v New Zealand Batsman Innings Runs Dismissals Average Balls Strike Rate Russel Arnold 16 415 11 37.72 544 76.28 Upul Tharanga 9 320 11 35.55 458 69.86 Sanath Jayasuriya 41 1423 41 34.7 1540 92.40 Kumar Sangakkara 22 548 20 27.40 751 73.96 Mahela Jayawardene 24 587 22 26.68 887 66.17

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End of over 50 (16 runs) New Zealand 219/7

    • SB Styris 111 (157b 8x4)
    • JEC Franklin 25 (27b 1x6)
    • WPUJC Vaas 9-2-33-3
    • CRD Fernando 7-2-31-0
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