World T20 - 30th match, Group 1

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 59 runs

7.30 pm Chittagong has turned up in hordes and they welcome Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera with loud roars. A rugged-looking Kyle Mills to kick things off for New Zealand. One slip in place

"Has anyone realised that if they don't go on to win this one, it could be the last international t20 for SriLanka's big three - Sangakkara, Jayawardena and Dilshan !! " Don't worry, Sid. There's a comment a minute about that. Dilshan's not retiring yet though, but it could well be the last time all three play together in a T20I

7.20 pm The teams are lining for the national anthems and both captains stride out with big smiles on their faces. Pressure? Pft!

dons: "I don't know why people are complaining about the dew factor. Look at the test matches? They spit and put their sweat on the ball and here they don't have to do that. If this was a test match, any team would love to bowl last. Don't you think?" That's the players controlling the amount of moisture that is put on the ball. Besides, they wipe it soon after on their trousers to shine the ball and get reverse swing. When there's dew the ball gets considerably more wet and it becomes a task in itself for the bowler to aim it properly

7.15 pm There's a cool breeze to ward off the dew. It's a pretty dry pitch, has been played on before. There's some cracks on it. The slower bowlers are expected to get some grip. The batsmen shouldn't aim too high and would want to get around 160

Bharat Singhvi: "From the sidelines, it would seem that Sri Lanka wont be affected by the toss. They have got wonderful batsmen in Jayawardane and Sangakkara and Dilshan is yet to fire (which is a good thing as per law of average). On the other hand, New Zealand has a poor bowling attack with an exception of McClenaghan. I think the par or sub-par score which McCullum reckons might be fantasy. All that said, I really wish for NZ to go through."

"Guys like McCullums, Taylors and Ronchis will have answer to Malinga's darters today." What if he changes the question with one of those slower balls, Urwik?

Karthi The Rock: "Dinesh Chandimal can be SL's regular captain in T20s but lot of decision making would be done by their on-field think tanks (Mathews, Sanga and Mahela). Also, Chandimal has not done anything notably in this tournament so far... I dont think SL will miss him so much...!"

7.00 pm We're almost ready for the toss and for the moment there is very little dew on the field. New Zealand have won the toss and elect to bowl Sri Lanka have included Rangana Herath for Ajantha Mendis. Lahiru Thirimanne takes the place of Dinesh Chandimal

Brendon McCullum says they've played "okay" so far but they wanted to up their performance against a very good Sri Lanka team. He adds that dew will arrive later and they want to keep the opposition to a par or an under-par chase. Unchanged team for New Zealand

"Good feeling for me [to captain Sri Lanka], looking forward to doing my best," says Lasith Malinga. "Getting better in the last couple of months, had struggled with my knee before. There's lesser dew today so hopefully the spinners will take up the opportunity and restrict them" He as some trouble remembering his team, and was hopping around wondering where to stand at the toss. Some funny scenes to temper what could well be a high-octane clash

6.55 pm As if we needed subplots in an all-or-nothing match, Sri Lanka without their regular captain Dinesh Chandimal. He has been suspended for maintaining a slow over-rate, and Lasith Malinga takes the reins - the first time it has happened in international cricket. But that man's used to all forms of pressure on a cricket field, isn't he? Oh, and let's throw in that the last time these two sides met, it ended in a tie.

Daniel Alexander: "Malinga's yorkers have master-minded many close finishes, all eyes on how he flips the coin. Go get 'em Lasith"

Ziad: "Sri Lanka should take Seekugge Prassanna into the team as he is a good hitter and can spin the bowl away from the right handers in the New Zealand team"

6.45 pm The dead rubber's done and dusted. I know England's woeful defeat to Netherlands begs about three books' worth of discussion, but the spotlight is on a virtual quarter final between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. It's a night match and dew is likely to play a major part. Will that help blunt Sri Lanka's medley of mystery spinners? Andrew Fernando might have some answers in his preview

0.1

Mills to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, back of a length, tucked off his hips softly towards square leg

0.2

Mills to Dilshan, 1 run, hint of away swing, but Dilshan doesn't pay any mind to it. Plays the angle into him and flicks the fuller ball to deep midwicket

80m-boundaries on either side.

0.3

Mills to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, picked away and there's the first four of the night. Straying too straight in his efforts to tuck him up, but Kusal's just as effective with the flick. Beats short fine leg on his right and scurries away

0.4

Mills to MDKJ Perera, no run, shortish and just a shade outside off, Kusal stands up tall and blocks

0.5

Mills to MDKJ Perera, SIX, oho! This is a brillliant strike, but Neesham on the deep midwicket boundary should have done a bit better. Full delivery on the pads and some handy wristwork has carried this all the way. Neesham was worried about treading on the rope, but he had some leeway behind him. Leaps as high as he could but the ball evades him

0.6

Mills to MDKJ Perera, no run, fullish and pushed across him, goes for a slog and misses completely

End of over 1 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0 (RR: 12.00)
MDKJ Perera    11* (5b 1x4 1x6)      KD Mills    1-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)     

1.1

Boult to Dilshan, 1 run, whipped off his hips to long leg as Boult starts off with a back-of-a-length indipper

1.2

Boult to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, slaps it in front of point as Boult goes short and wide. Set himself up on the back foot and thumped it

1.3

Boult to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, seeks third man as Boult fires in the yorker outside off. The angled bat fosters an inside edge which misses the stumps on its way to short fine leg

1.4

Boult to Dilshan, 1 no ball, there's not much dew out there, but Boult's lost control of this one. Beamer over middle stump, Dilshan ducks under it and the umpire issues a warning

1.4

Boult to Dilshan, 1 run, too straight and he clips this length ball to deep square leg

Mudassir Hashmi: "That was a Jaysuriya-looking shot from Kusal. " You can say that again

1.5

Boult to MDKJ Perera, OUT, strangled down the leg side! Boult comes back big time! Kusal goes for a flick, a shot he's already used to great advantage in this innings. Only he had planted his front leg a little too far across and his balance wasn't the best. Walks back shaking his head. Might have a reason to feel aggrieved there, think it might have been off the pad...

MDKJ Perera c †Ronchi b Boult 16 (8m 8b 2x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Mahela Jayawardene strides out at No.3

1.6

Boult to Jayawardene, no run, full and swinging in at him, Mahela's flick doesn't count for the movement and he's struck on the pads. Pitched outside leg stump though

End of over 2 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 20/1 (RR: 10.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (1b)      TA Boult    1-0-8-1
TM Dilshan    3* (4b)      KD Mills    1-0-12-0

2.1

Mills to Dilshan, FOUR, he had premeditated that and Mills attempts to outsmart him with a slower ball. Instead he has to watch it being dil-scooped from outside off stump to the boundary behind the keeper

2.2

Mills to Dilshan, no run, shortish ball with a bit of room outside off, goes for a slash and misses

2.3

Mills to Dilshan, no run, plants his front foot down the pitch and went for a flay over cover. This was a cross-seamer and grips on the pitch to duck back in at him. Misses the off stump by inches

2.4

Mills to Dilshan, 1 run, rapid single as he leans forward and pushes to mid-on.

Sahil: "Surely, Mendis, Herath and Senanayake can play together in these conditions. I dont understand why Mendis is not playing in this virtual quarter-final!"

2.5

Mills to Jayawardene, 1 run, hint of room on offer and Mahela chops it off the back foot to point. Sublime timing makes it pop out of the fielder's hands even though it was hit right at him

2.6

Mills to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, change of pace again as this is full and on leg stump. Dilshan waited, but not long enough to time the pick-up shot off his pads

End of over 3 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 27/1 (RR: 9.00)
TM Dilshan    8* (9b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-0-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (2b)      TA Boult    1-0-8-1

3.1

Boult to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, 140kph, full and curls in on leg stump. Another flick shot doesn't hit the middle. Actually it doesn't even hit the bat

3.2

Boult to Jayawardene, 1 run, lovely line for the shape he's getting. Kept it on fifth stump and the length was fullish as well. Mahela is forward and blocks into the leg side for a single

3.3

Boult to Dilshan, OUT, one dil-scoop too many! Well, this was the reverse one. Boult keeps it back of a length on middle. Dilshan backed away and tried to get under it, but it was just too quick and for that stroke. Only manages to lob it to a back-pedalling Ronchi

TM Dilshan c †Ronchi b Boult 8 (17m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Kumar Sangakkara has one slip in place

3.4

Boult to Sangakkara, no run, appreciable away swing! This was just back of a good length and outside off stump. Wanted him to fish for it, but Sanga doesn't

3.5

Boult to Sangakkara, no run, persists with the corridor outside off and Sanga doesn't want to play

3.6

Boult to Sangakkara, no run, 142kph, mild shout from New Zealand as they succeed in making Sanga poke outside his off stump. The shortish ball hasn't nicked the bat though

Baz: "time for Sanga and Mahela to build a platform" Seems like old times

End of over 4 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 29/2 (RR: 7.25)
KC Sangakkara    0* (3b)      TA Boult    2-0-9-2
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (3b)      KD Mills    2-0-18-0

Here's Anderson

4.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, 132kph, this ball is nipping around early. Good length ball curls in at him and Mahela was cramped up as he defends

4.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, pushes it across the right-hander, who dabs goes back and it to point

4.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, restrains his stroke just that little bit longer to guide that back of a length delivery down to third man

4.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, slower delivery on off stump, Sanga is forward and blocks

4.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, fuller and just a shade outside off, taps it to cover point

4.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, walks across to off stump and defends this fuller delivery back to the bowler

Lakshman Kumar: "Living by the Sword and Dying by it" suits Dilshan perfectly..! Got out playing his famous Dil-Scoop in what looks like his last International T20..!" It won't be his last T20, mate. Only Mahela and Sanga are retiring

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 30/2 (RR: 6.00)
KC Sangakkara    0* (6b)      CJ Anderson    1-0-1-0
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (6b)      TA Boult    2-0-9-2

5.1

Boult to Jayawardene, 1 run, keeps it tight on middle, but Mahela nudges it softly in the region of midwicket for a single

two slips in place

5.2

Boult to Sangakkara, FOUR, a bit too full despite the hint of away swing. Sanga is forward and drills one of his famous cover drives all along the ground

5.3

Boult to Sangakkara, no run, persists with a fuller length and Sanga respects it with a defence

5.4

Boult to Sangakkara, no run, 140kph, races down the track but Boult changes his length and digs it in. The batsman tries to slash it over the top on the off side but misses wildly

slip moves to short point

5.5

Boult to Sangakkara, no run, fullish delivery on off stump, he defends into the covers but New Zealand's fielders are quite agile

5.6

Boult to Sangakkara, OUT, holes out at mid-off! Hit his bat too high and it turned in his hand as he tried to drag a short ball from outside off. It's Boult's third over and New Zealand are rewarded for persisting with the quick. Sanga was getting twitchy for being kept so quiet and went after one that wasn't quite there

KC Sangakkara c Anderson b Boult 4 (9m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 35/3 (RR: 5.83)
     TA Boult    3-0-14-3
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (7b)      CJ Anderson    1-0-1-0

Michell McClenaghan's turn to bowl

6.1

McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 run, starts with a fullish delivery on the pads which is whipped away to long-leg

Lahiru Thirimanne takes strike for his first ball of the tournament

6.2

McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, 138kph, absolutely gorgeous! Drew him into a push outside off stump but the away swing on offer beats the outside edge

6.3

McClenaghan to Thirimanne, FOUR, thick edge, but though N Mac dives full length to his left and gets a bit on it. But it was always going away from him. Such a tough chance

6.4

McClenaghan to Thirimanne, 1 run, full and swinging in on middle, he drives down the ground

Balaji Shanmuga: "SL were 20/0 at 2.0 overs, but they last 3 wickets for next 15 runs in the next 4 overs, what a great move from NZ. Great effort from Boult especially. As a fan of India, I like to watch India vs NZ in the semi-finals!!!"

6.5

McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 run, there is definitely some extra bounce being derived from this pitch by these burly NZ quicks. This was shortish on and around off stump and Mahela has to yank his bottom hand off the bat while defending

6.6

McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, searing yorker on middle at 142kph. Thirimanne does excellently well just keeping it out.

End of over 7 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 42/3 (RR: 6.00)
HDRL Thirimanne    5* (4b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (9b)      TA Boult    3-0-14-3

7.1

Boult to Jayawardene, no run, 140kph, ducks back in off a good length. Mahela plants his front leg on middle and off and somehow defends around it

7.2

Boult to Jayawardene, 1 run, 139kph, back of a length on off stump, Mahela absorbs the pace and plays with soft hands towards square leg

Still two slips in place as Boult is in his final over

7.3

Boult to Thirimanne, no run, targets middle with one that was just back of a good length, he has to hurry into a defensive push.

7.4

Boult to Thirimanne, FOUR, 140kph, that's cheeky! But he's seen there's enough pace to work with and ramps the short ball outside off over the slips and to the third man boundary

7.5

Boult to Thirimanne, no run, 141kph, full on off stump, Thirimanne drives solidly into the covers

7.6

Boult to Thirimanne, 1 wide, loses his line just a touch as this good length ball slides down leg

Ashwin: "@Balaji Ind vs Nz is unlikely if Nz win this as they are almost certain to have a higher net run rate than South Africa which means that India will face SA." Actually if there isn't a washout, India will face SA

7.6

Boult to Thirimanne, no run, 140kph, finishes his spell with a good length ball that ducks back in at him. Thirimanne gets an inside edge onto his pads

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 48/3 (RR: 6.00)
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (8b 2x4)      TA Boult    4-0-20-3
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (11b)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-7-0

Anderson's back. A wide slip in place

8.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, 133 kph, Mahela lunges forward and looks to drive this wide, full delivery through the covers. Beaten

8.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, fullish and a lot closer to off stump, pushed towards short cover

8.3

Anderson to Thirimanne, 1 run, nudged away uppishly through the vacant midwicket to raise the Sri Lankan fifty. Strayed a little too close to the pads there

8.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, dug in short and just outside off, Mahela wanted to pull it first, then decided to ramp it midway through and because of his indecision, he can't put bat to ball

8.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, terrific delivery! He has slowed this down and it grips the pitch and cuts away. Mahela was poking outside off and is comfortably beaten

8.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, cut him in half! Anderson flings down the indipper around the fourth stump. Mahela was not expecting the movement and tries to block it. Too late on the shot and could have dragged it on too!

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 50/3 (RR: 5.55)
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (16b)      CJ Anderson    2-0-3-0
HDRL Thirimanne    10* (9b 2x4)      TA Boult    4-0-20-3

9.1

McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, shortish and just outside off, Thirimanne is lured into a dab square on the off side. The away movement defeats him

9.2

McClenaghan to Thirimanne, 1 run, 142kph, tucks him up on middle, but Thirimanne wants that as he picks it away through square leg

9.3

McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 run, 142kph, fullish on middle and leg, whipped away to deep midwicket

9.4

McClenaghan to Thirimanne, no run, walks across to off stump and McClenaghan adjusts his line and length. Shortish and pushed further outside off. Thirimanne can only defend

9.5

McClenaghan to Thirimanne, 1 run, 133kph, lovely timing, but it's only one to the sweeper on the deep. This was shortish and outside off again and Thirimanne chops it away

9.6

McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, 136kph, another neat little stroke to end the over. Too full and Mahela shuffles across to whip it to deep midwicket

End of over 10 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 55/3 (RR: 5.50)
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (18b)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-12-0
HDRL Thirimanne    12* (13b 2x4)      CJ Anderson    2-0-3-0

Raja: "Why still not into spin, Kiwis??" Cause their quicks have been burrilliant!

10.1

Anderson to Thirimanne, FOUR, 134kph, mid-on was back-pedaling and though he pulls out a last-minute leap, the loft beats him. Might just have grazed his fingertips. This was fullish on off stump and Thirimanne picked it up and just got enough elevation

10.2

Anderson to Thirimanne, 1 run, fullish and angled in at him, clipped off his pads behind square to the man in the deep

Slip is still firmly in place

10.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 wide, 105 kph, slower ball gone wrong as this is pushed full and well wide outside off

10.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, shortish delivery outside off stump, Mahela had cleared his front leg, perhaps a little too much as he fails to time the cut shot

10.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, 121kph, pulls a little bit of pace off this length ball on middle. Mahela tucks it away behind square leg

And in between all that, Anderson and Thirimanne have been looking daggers into each others' eyes

10.5

Anderson to Thirimanne, 2 runs, opens the face and guides this short of a length ball down to third man

10.6

Anderson to Thirimanne, 1 run, 115kph, no timing whatsoever as he goes for an almighty slog. Anderson's duped him with a slower ball on middle. Inside edge wanders down to deep square leg

SYED KHURRAM AL: "With this last boundary, I wish SL players are saying enough is enough, lets come back to game!!! "

End of over 11 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 65/3 (RR: 5.90)
HDRL Thirimanne    20* (17b 3x4)      CJ Anderson    3-0-13-0
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (20b)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-12-0

Jimmy Neesham has been brought on, Slip continues to stay

11.1

Neesham to Thirimanne, OUT, short and wide outside off but it ends up a wicket-taking delivery! Thirimanne has slapped it down the throat of deep third man! Possibly the worst ball of the match so far, but the pressure that's been put on Sri Lanka fetches the wicket. Think this went right off the bottom of the blade as he unleashed a cut to with the intent of clearing the ropes

HDRL Thirimanne c Guptill b Neesham 20 (21m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

Out walks Angelo Mathews, who had been practicing with two bats in the dug out

11.2

Neesham to Jayawardene, FOUR, full and curling down leg, Mahela glances it past the diving keeper and cashes in with an easy boundary

11.3

Neesham to Jayawardene, 1 run, dabs it past the slip fielder as this was back of a length and outside off

11.4

Neesham to Mathews, 2 runs, fired in full on leg stump, clipped to the right of deep square leg. Mathews is fresh at the crease and he's collected two

11.5

Neesham to Mathews, no run, ventures down the track and tries to crunch this back of a length ball past the bowler. Neesham doesn't let him with a little bit of movement away

11.6

Neesham to Mathews, 1 run, bit of width on offer and Mathews cuts down and to the right of backward point. The fielder though is good enough to get a hand to it

End of over 12 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 73/4 (RR: 6.08)
AD Mathews    3* (3b)      JDS Neesham    1-0-8-1
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (22b 1x4)      CJ Anderson    3-0-13-0

Ram: "Did I see that correctly? Anderson bowling at 155 kph?? " Sorry mate, was a typo. N Mac's in now, starts around the wicket

12.1

NL McCullum to Mathews, no run, keeps it full and flat and it goes on with the arm. Mathews was looking for the turn and edges to short third man

12.2

NL McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, closes his bat too early again and this fuller ball takes the leading edge into the covers

12.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela is more away of his tactics as he plays him for the straighter one and dabs into the coveres

12.4

NL McCullum to Mathews, no run, good length ball nudged into midwicket

12.5

NL McCullum to Mathews, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, Mathews drives to long-on

12.6

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, sees this on a length and on leg stump and goes for the reverse sweep. Just not enough room to strike it well enough.

End of over 13 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 77/4 (RR: 5.92)
DPMD Jayawardene    19* (24b 1x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-4-0
AD Mathews    5* (7b)      JDS Neesham    1-0-8-1

Abhas: "Uphill task for Mathews, atleast 130-140 should be on board to allow SL bowlers to defend." But he's managed to time the ball straight away

13.1

McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 run, back of a length on and around off stump, defended to the right of the bowler

13.2

McClenaghan to Mathews, no run, back of a good length and pushed across outside off, tapped into the covers

Slip still in place, in the 14th over

13.3

McClenaghan to Mathews, 1 run, change of pace as this is fullish on off stump. Mathews was a little early and was left playing away from the body. Manages to push it down the ground to long-on

13.4

McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 wide, 138kph, dug in short and pushed outside off. Mahela happily lets it go and collects the wide as it sailed over his head

13.4

McClenaghan to Jayawardene, 1 run, walks at him and McClenaghan answers with a back-of-a-length inducker. Negotiates it well enough as he guides this to deep point

13.5

McClenaghan to Mathews, OUT, nicks off and McClenaghan has his first of the night! Simple length ball pushed across him and Mathews chased after it. The on-the-up drive ends up resulting in an outside edge and Ronchi pouches a regulation catch

AD Mathews c †Ronchi b McClenaghan 6 (10m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Sam: "NZ bowling is Millblowing, Boultiful, Andermazing, Unplaynaghan today"

Thisara Perera touches gloves with Mahela, but it's not the celebratory kind

13.6

McClenaghan to NLTC Perera, no run, greets him with a yorker that's angled on middle and leg. Thisara digs it out to mid-on

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 81/5 (RR: 5.78)
NLTC Perera    0* (1b)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-16-1
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (26b 1x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-4-0

14.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, swept, but only as far as short fine leg. Mahela hasn't found his timing in this innings at all

14.2

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, another paddle as this is tossed up a little more outisde off. Can't beat short fine again

14.3

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, this is pushed through full on leg stump. Mahela attempts a fine sweep but can't connect

14.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, flighted outside off and he drags it off the front foot to midwicket

14.5

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, FOUR, betters the previous shot by dancing down the track to reach the pitch and he lofts it over the head of midwicket. If he can't get it through, he'll get it over

14.6

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, OUT, that's his fourth sweep shot in this over. None of them have been timed and this one is so bad that he misses it and sees his leg stump knocked back!

DPMD Jayawardene b NL McCullum 25 (56m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 78.12

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 85/6 (RR: 5.66)
     NL McCullum    2-0-8-1
NLTC Perera    0* (1b)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-16-1

15.1

McClenaghan to NLTC Perera, FOUR, low full toss on off stump, Thisara belts it down the ground. The bowler sticks his hands out to his right but he was nowhere near

15.2

McClenaghan to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, this was in the slot but Thisara's slash isn't off the middle. Finds deep point after a couple of bounces

Slip still in place

Ibrahim: "@sam, and forget about McCullumficent!!"

15.3

McClenaghan to NLTC Perera, 1 run, bunted to mid-on as this was on a length and outside off. McCullum was teased into striking the stumps at the bowlers' because the batsman hadn't grounded his bat

15.4

McClenaghan to Kulasekara, OUT, guided straight into the hands of short cover! Sri Lanka are being picked apart with the passing of each over. Back of a good length delivery pushed across him and Kula stays beside it and has smacked his first ball of the match straight to N Mac

KMDN Kulasekara c NL McCullum b McClenaghan 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

15.5

McClenaghan to Senanayake, no run, back of a length and outside off, Senanayake dabs it just wide of the slip fielder

15.6

McClenaghan to Senanayake, 1 run, chopped down to third man and Sena will keep the strike

James: "Do England and Sri Lanka share a batting coach, by any chance?"

End of over 16 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 93/7 (RR: 5.81)
SMSM Senanayake    1* (2b)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-24-2
NLTC Perera    7* (4b 1x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-8-1

Here's Mills again

16.1

Mills to Senanayake, 1 run, races down the track and goes for a heave, gets it off the inside edge to long leg. Think that was a slower ball again

16.2

Mills to NLTC Perera, no run, 130kph, back of a length and sliding across him. Thisara is lured into chasing it and he is soundly beaten

and finally the slip goes off

16.3

Mills to NLTC Perera, no run, takes off from the pitch as he bends his back. Shortish ball sails past his outside edge

16.4

Mills to NLTC Perera, no run, clears his front leg to cart this length ball outside off stump straight down the ground. No luck

16.5

Mills to NLTC Perera, FOUR, terrific effort from Guptill! The captain appreciates it despite the ball going for four. Thisara finally connects with a slash. He had placed it to the left of deep cover who had to run in as well. Throws himself forward and gets a fingertip to it.

bruce: "whatever the final total it's absolutely guaranteed nz batsmen will make it look hard " Ye of little faith

16.6

Mills to NLTC Perera, no run, just short of a good length on middle, Thisara nearly swings off his feet as the ball misses the middle bail by inches

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 98/7 (RR: 5.76)
NLTC Perera    11* (9b 2x4)      KD Mills    3-0-23-0
SMSM Senanayake    2* (3b)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-24-2

Faisal Sami Qad: "Hence proved that Chandimal is the backbone of Sri Lankan batting :p" Ye of way too much faith

17.1

Neesham to Senanayake, 1 run, fullish and outside off, drilled to the left of mid-off

17.2

Neesham to NLTC Perera, no run, slower ball, pushed wide of off stump. Thisara cleared his front leg to lash it over extra. Gave himself too much room

17.3

Neesham to NLTC Perera, 1 run, lenght ball tucking him up on middle and leg, Thisara belts it down the ground to long-on

17.4

Neesham to Senanayake, FOUR, much-needed strike from Sena! This was length again from Neesham and he's been tonked over mid-off.

17.5

Neesham to Senanayake, 2 runs, races down the track and though it was dug in short, Neesham doesn't have the pace to keep the batsman quiet. Sena's slapped it to the sweeper and Guptill is up for it

17.6

Neesham to Senanayake, SIX, long-on parries it over the ropes for six. Anderson's running off to the dug out, clutching the right hand. Think he's done something to it. Length ball again and Sena got under it nicely and swung straight down the ground

End of over 18 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 112/7 (RR: 6.22)
SMSM Senanayake    15* (7b 1x4 1x6)      JDS Neesham    2-0-22-1
NLTC Perera    12* (11b 2x4)      KD Mills    3-0-23-0

Mills for the penultimate over

18.1

Mills to NLTC Perera, FOUR, streaky boundary but they'll take it. Short of a length on middle, Thisara wants it over midwicket but accepts it over short third man

18.2

Mills to NLTC Perera, OUT, this is a skier, Williamson settles under it and takes it! Change of pace foils Thisara's big-hitting intent. Cutter from Mills kept on a full length outside off. He made room for himself to blast it over the covers. Only succeeded in getting a thick outside edge

NLTC Perera c Williamson b Mills 16 (20m 13b 3x4 0x6) SR: 123.07

18.3

Mills to Senanayake, 1 run, shortish on off stump, dabbed to short third man and he calls Herath through for a suicidal single! Direct hit would have caught him yards out

Abdul Rasheed: "I think Senanayake was playing more convincing shots then Parera. Now the challenge is that whether they would be able to play 20 Overs?"

18.4

Mills to Herath, 1 run, keeps him to a defensive push to mid-off. Absolutely no room given

18.5

Mills to Senanayake, no run, there was a run-out at either end and they've fluffed it! Short and wide and he's slapped it straight it point. Sena and Herath were confused whether they should go for it or not and were almost ready to shake hands in the middle of the pitch, The throw comes to Mills who runs back and underarms it at the stumps and misses

18.6

Mills to Senanayake, 1 run, fuller and just outside off, steered between short third man and point

End of over 19 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 119/8 (RR: 6.26)
SMSM Senanayake    17* (10b 1x4 1x6)      KD Mills    4-0-30-1
HMRKB Herath    1* (1b)      JDS Neesham    2-0-22-1

Nesham to finish off

19.1

Neesham to Senanayake, OUT, he's actually embarrassed by picking up that wicket. It was a juicy full toss with ample width outside off and Sena's slapped it into the hands of a diving Williamson

SMSM Senanayake c Williamson b Neesham 17 (17m 11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 154.54

Out walks the captain, at No. 11.

Sahil: "I think Malinga himself should have come in at No.10 atleast. Seen him slog quite a few out of the park!"

19.2

Neesham to Malinga, OUT, golden duck for Malinga on captaincy debut! Fuller delivery fired in down leg as he had seen Malinga making room for himself. Ricochets off the pads and clatters into the stumps

SL Malinga b Neesham 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

9.00 pm Most of the pre-match talk from the New Zealand camp was about playing a complete game. Well, I don't know how it can get any better than bowling out tournament favourites for 119. That's under run-a-ball!

Trent Boult, who claimed three wickets to damage Sri Lanka's top order says it was a heck of a job restricting a good team like Sri Lanka to this score. The job is half-done and up to the batters to tick it off. [The back of a length bowling] A couple of things: the wet ball and a skiddy wicket meant we thought it was the best plan. Even going into the death we persisted with it. There was a bit of swing there early on as well. It's pretty damp out there and hopefully the batters go out there and finish this off.

Ghaznavid: "Can't comment on a surface till 2 side have batted on it. 2 sides did - 133 proved too much. Maybe this one is still alive..."

Ben: "Best Captaincy of the tournament while bowling... right bowler at the right time..."

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The Sri Lankans gather to celebrate a stunning win, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong, March 31, 2014

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