New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 31, 2014

Herath flummoxes Taylor

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand

The head-shake strike-rate

Having made a brisk start, Kusal Perera's shock at wrongly being given out caught down the leg side for the second time in as many matches was expressed with a bout of furious head-shaking that almost outstripped his rate of scoring. From the moment the umpire's finger was raised, until he exited the field, it almost seemed as if Kusal was watching two tennis players at the net. What's more, it was infectious. Incoming batsman Mahela Jayawardene approached the square in visible disbelief as well.

The win some, lose some moment

Strength becoming a weakness. Tillakaratne Dilshan scored his first boundary with a scoop off Kyle Mills, but in the next over from Trent Boult he tried to reverse scoop the left-armer over slip and only succeeded in providing a catch to Luke Ronchi.

The useful overthrow

There is never really a good outcome to conceding free runs in T20 - a format that can be decided by the narrowest margins - but when Brendon McCullum had a slightly unnecessary shy at the non-striker's stumps, lulled into by the batsman teasing to leave his ground, and the resulting deflection gave away a single, there was a silver lining for New Zealand. Next delivery, Nuwan Kulasekara drove on the up and picked out Brendon's brother, Nathan, at short cover to leave Sri Lanka 93 for 7.

The not out, then out

All of Rangana Herath's overs were special - in what would become one of the great T20 spells - but in his second he made Ross Taylor, a very fine player of spin, look clueless. The third ball of the over slid on past the inside and took the pad to short leg (the loud appeal correctly turned down) then the next delivery turned considerably, squared up Taylor and struck him on the back leg. Rod Tucker, again, declined the appeal and this time Sri Lanka were harshly done by as off stump would have been hit flush on. At their third time of asking, however, Sri Lanka got the response they wanted when Taylor was again beaten, this time by one that skidded, and Tucker's finger went up.

The dislocation

When Corey Anderson failed to hold Sachithra Senanayake's mow down the ground in the 18th over it was a double blow for New Zealand. Not only did it concede six, but Anderson immediately left the field clutching his right hand and was soon on his way to hospital for treatment for a dislocation. It meant he was not available for New Zealand's innings, but given the margin of defeat it may not have made a difference to the result.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rizwan on April 1, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Fantastic match between NZ and Sri Lanka- Brilliant bowling by Herath but both teams deserve credit for an entertaining game.

    McCallum was magnanimous in defeat and could not have been more gracious--Also Malinga showed he does not have an ego when he allowed Mahela to be the on-field captain

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    what will be happen if Srilanka have Hearath,Mendis,Sennanayake,Mallinga And Kulasekra as their bowlers ...20 overs under fire batsman...Hope PAK will qualify and see a fight Against them....I think dilshan should be changed for Mendis...

  • Amindha on April 1, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    sri lanka should play same team in next match

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Umpire Tucker gave so many wrong decisions against Sri Lanka. In my opinion he should not be standing as an umpire. I dont think he is biased bust just not competent enough. Against England Kusal was given out, a wrong decision,. But the commentators were only harping about Mahela not being given out. Come come Hussain what about the wrong decision that went against Kusal.

  • Harry on March 31, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Anderson may have had an impact had he come up the order and played Herath. NZ sorely lacked good quality left handed batsmen in their line up to counter Herath.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Herath you beauty! This was exactly was SL was missing during Eng and SA matches. And did anyone realise... That Netherlands 133 was the highest innings total of the day!? And also the only inning to finish the full 20 overs!? What a wierd day...

  • Kay on March 31, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Knock out game, less than run a ball to defend with all 10 opposition wickets still in hand and in comes Herath in the power play. That's a bowling spell that will be remembered for a long time to come.

  • Fictionaliser on March 31, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Well done Lanka! One of the most consistent ODI/T20 teams over the last decade. Asian Teams have been regular finalists at key ICC events since 1992 (Pak World Cup Win in Oz). India/Pak/SL, let's resolve to win in 2015 WC in Oz.

  • Asanka Sharmal on March 31, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Play on the head shake is very poor in taste, What else can we expect from a guy undone twice. Wasn't their any other worthy plays..... other than this to call. Cannot understand the bias towards the continous ridcule of SL cricket after being on the receiving end of elite umpiring!.....

  • Android on March 31, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    congrats Sri Lanka... job weldone

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