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ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand
March 31, 2014
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.
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 ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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