ICC World Twenty20, 1st Match, Group B: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Providence, Apr 30, 2010
ICC World Twenty20 - 1st match, Group B
New Zealand won by 2 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Played at Providence Stadium, Guyana (neutral venue)
30 April 2010 (20-over match)

We are back for New Zealand's reply. Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder are the openers. Mathews to bowl

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0.1

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, bowls it on a good length on middle, defended with a full face back to the bowler

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0.2

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, short of a good length, punched off the back foot to extra cover

0.3

Mathews to BB McCullum, no run, gets on the back foot and knocks it down into the off side, Dilshan fields well diving to his right at point

0.4

Mathews to BB McCullum, OUT, McCullum's gone! That was bowled short and it appeared it came on to hiim quicker than he expected, got into position to pull but mistimed it and Malinga, standing at midwicket, ran a few paces forward, dived and held on to a good low catch

BB McCullum c Malinga b Mathews 0 (1m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Guptill, the new man in. Early setback for New Zealand

0.5

Mathews to Guptill, no run, lands on a good length on the off, defended off the front foot to point

0.6

Mathews to Guptill, no run, short of a good length, gets forward and drops it in front of point

Sri Lanka have started off superbly. We saw Sangakkara walk up to the stumps off the second ball, and their slower bowlers will be eager to come on. A wicket maiden, they couldn't have asked for more.

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 0/1 (136 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 7.15)

    • MJ Guptill 0 (2b)
    • JD Ryder 0 (0b)
    • AD Mathews 1-1-0-1

Welegedara to bowl

1.1

Welegedara to Ryder, FOUR, starts poorly though, full on the pads, Ryder flicks him away with ease to the fine-leg boundary

1.2

Welegedara to Ryder, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, cut way wide of third man for a single, they think of a second but it's not there

1.3

Welegedara to Guptill, no run, rapped on the pads, struck outside the line, nipped back in, there were two sounds but even if it was pad and bat, that could not have bee given

1.4

Welegedara to Guptill, 1 wide, short and too wide, the batsman reaches but can't connect, they get a wide

1.4

Welegedara to Guptill, FOUR, pitched up and he connects superbly, drilling it hard down the ground past the bowler and mid-on for a boundary

1.5

Welegedara to Guptill, 1 run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot, drops it into the off side and races through for a single

1.6

Welegedara to Ryder, no run, bowls it on a good length on the off, holds its line, defended to cover

End of over 2 (11 runs) New Zealand 11/1 (125 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 6.94)

    • JD Ryder 5 (3b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 5 (5b 1x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 1-0-11-0
    • AD Mathews 1-1-0-1
2.1

Mathews to Guptill, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed towards extra cover

2.2

Mathews to Guptill, 1 run, shortish delivery outside off, slapped off the back foot towards mid-off for a single

2.3

Mathews to Ryder, SIX, powerfully struck, not quite length but he was committed to clearing the ropes there, short of a good length and he shovels it over deep midwicket for a big six

2.4

Mathews to Ryder, no run, lands on a good length on the off, driven straight to mid-off

2.5

Mathews to Ryder, no run, slower offcutter, tried to heave it over square leg but it cut away to beat the swing of the bat

2.6

Mathews to Ryder, no run, slower one again, tries to crack it hard through the off side, misses

End of over 3 (7 runs) New Zealand 18/1 (118 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.94)

    • JD Ryder 11 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 6 (7b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-1-7-1
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 1-0-11-0

Mendis into the attack now

3.1

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, short of a good length on middle,punches it to long-on for a single

3.2

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, fullish on the off, turns the face and drives it to long-on

3.3

Mendis to Guptill, no run, tight line just a fraction outside off, pushed it towards extra cover

3.4

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, dropped, flighted, lands full outside off and he creams it towards extra cover but Dilshan, diving to his right, cannot hold on to a tough chance

3.5

Mendis to Ryder, FOUR, the legspinner bowled at 94.5 kmph but down the leg side, he helps it on its way to the fine-leg boundary

3.6

Mendis to Ryder, 2 runs, short of a good length on middle, whipped through square leg, Malinga in the deep takes a while to cut that off, they have enough time to come back for the second

End of over 4 (9 runs) New Zealand 27/1 (109 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 6.81)

    • JD Ryder 18 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 8 (10b 1x4)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-9-0
    • AD Mathews 2-1-7-1

Malinga to bowl now

4.1

Malinga to Guptill, SIX, beautifully timed, slower one picked straight up, landed on a length outside off and Guptill lofted it elegantly over long-off, effortless shot and it sailed over the ropes

4.2

Malinga to Guptill, no run, slower one bowled short and cutting in, makes room to dab that past the keeper, can't get his bat to it

4.3

Malinga to Guptill, no run, did not pick the slower one this time, slips on the pads and he fails to connect, can't sneak a leg bye either

4.4

Malinga to Guptill, 2 runs, short on the off, makes room and mistimes a pull in front, and slightly wide, of long-on, Ryder calls for the second and makes it back in time with a dive, well done

4.5

Malinga to Guptill, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, the offcutter, didn't pick it, was into the pull too early, misses

4.6

Malinga to Guptill, no run, another slow and short one, goes for the pull again ,misses and is struck on the shoulder

End of over 5 (8 runs) New Zealand 35/1 (101 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.73)

    • MJ Guptill 16 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 18 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-8-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-9-0

Guptill is being attended to by the physio after being struck in the last over by a short ball from Malinga.

5.1

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, the offspinner, lofted it towards long-off, lands on the bounce, cleanly hit

5.2

Mendis to Guptill, 1 run, run-out missed, cut towards Malinga at point and Ryder calls for a single, there was no run there but Malinga returned a poor throw to Sangakkara, well wide of the stumps, giving him enough time to complete the single

5.3

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, chipped wide of long-off again for a single

5.4

Mendis to Guptill, no run, short of a length outside off, makes room and cuts it to point

5.5

Mendis to Guptill, 1 bye, slower through the air, spinning down leg but just wide of the stumps, had moved to off to pull it behind square, missed, they sneak a bye

5.6

Mendis to Ryder, 1 run, pushes it off the front foot wide of extra cover for a single

New Zealand have begun steadily, and recovered well after losing McCullum in the first over.

End of over 6 (5 runs) New Zealand 40/1 (96 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 6.85)

    • JD Ryder 21 (13b 2x4 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 17 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-13-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-8-0

Muralitharan to bowl

Patrick: "Did I just hear David Lloyd singing (trying to anyway) along with Shaggy? I can die now. My life is clearly complete. Or maybe I'm already in the tunnel and I'm hallucinating..."

6.1

Muralitharan to Ryder, no run, bowls it full outside leg, sweeps it straight to short fine leg

6.2

Muralitharan to Ryder, 2 runs, similar delivery, sweeps it wide of short fine this time for a couple of runs

6.3

Muralitharan to Ryder, FOUR, flighted and he sensed a chance, landed full on the off and he took it on the half-volley to smack it hard over the bowler's head and beat long-on

6.4

Muralitharan to Ryder, no run, ooh, short of a length on middle and turning away, tries to cut, misses and Sanga fumbles

6.5

Muralitharan to Ryder, 2 runs, turning sharply towards middle and keeps low, strikes the bottom of the bat as he tries to pull, a couple more in front of deep midwicket

6.6

Muralitharan to Ryder, 1 run, short of a length on the off, chops it towards short third man, Guptill calls for a single, Ryder responds late but the throw is to the wrong end

End of over 7 (9 runs) New Zealand 49/1 (87 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.69)

    • JD Ryder 30 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 17 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-9-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-13-0

Jayasuriya to bowl

7.1

Jayasuriya to Ryder, 1 run, short on leg stump, moves across and paddles it wide of short fine for a single

7.2

Jayasuriya to Guptill, 1 run, keeps low, short outside off, slapped wide of long-off for a single, 50-stand comes up

7.3

Jayasuriya to Ryder, 2 runs, fires it flat outside off, Ryder makes room and strikes it wide of deep cover for a couple of runs

7.4

Jayasuriya to Ryder, no run, moves well across to paddle it fine, it hits the bottom of the hand and lands in front of the bowler

7.5

Jayasuriya to Ryder, 2 runs, bowled flat outside off, he's already made room, cracked wide of long-off for another well-run couple

7.6

Jayasuriya to Ryder, 1 run, struck well but Welegedara fields well in the deep to keep them down to a single, slog-swept over midwicket and he runs to his left from long-on, slides and saves three runs

End of over 8 (7 runs) New Zealand 56/1 (80 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.66)

    • JD Ryder 36 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 18 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-7-0
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-9-0
8.1

Muralitharan to Ryder, SIX, clears the ropes, hitting it against the turn, landed on a length outside leg and turns in, bends low and sweeps it high, just good enough to clear deep midwicket, the fielder was standing a few yards inside the ropes

8.2

Muralitharan to Ryder, no run

8.3

Muralitharan to Ryder, OUT, bowled'im! Flat and quick, short on leg and spins sharply towards middle and off, Ryder makes a bit of room and tries to late-cut that behind point, it turns out quicker than he would have liked, misses and the bails are taken out

JD Ryder b Muralitharan 42 (36m 27b 3x4 2x6) SR: 155.55

Ross Taylor makes his way in after a solid cameo from Ryder. Bowling round the wicket

8.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, gets across to that tossed up delivery and works it behind square for a single

8.5

Muralitharan to Guptill, 1 run, turning in, pushes it past the bowler to long-on for a single

8.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, turns the face, keeps a little low that one, turned through square leg for one more

End of over 9 (9 runs) New Zealand 65/2 (71 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.22, RRR: 6.45)

    • LRPL Taylor 2 (2b)
    • MJ Guptill 19 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-18-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-7-0
9.1

Jayasuriya to Taylor, no run

9.2

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run

9.3

Jayasuriya to Guptill, no run, length ball, pushed to the right of the bowler

9.4

Jayasuriya to Guptill, no run, keeps it tidy, defended to short cover

9.5

Jayasuriya to Guptill, OUT, quicker ball does the job for Jayasuriya, a 96 kmh yorker is too good for Guptill, he's too late on the shot and is bowled, Sri Lanka are clawing their way back into this, middle stump knocked out

MJ Guptill b Jayasuriya 19 (39m 24b 1x4 1x6) SR: 79.16

9.6

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven along the ground to long-off for a single to end the over

End of over 10 (2 runs) New Zealand 67/3 (69 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.70, RRR: 6.90)

    • SB Styris 1 (1b)
    • LRPL Taylor 3 (4b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-9-1
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-18-1
10.1

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, lands on a good length outside off, pushed towards midwicket

10.2

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, turns the face to play it towards short fine for a quick single

10.3

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, moves well across and nudges it wide of Jayasuriya at short fine, he dives and keeps them to just a single

10.4

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, tossed up outside off, tapped wide of cover for a single

10.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, that went on straight, got across and defended it towards extra cover

10.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, plays it with soft hands in front of point for a quick single

End of over 11 (4 runs) New Zealand 71/3 (65 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.45, RRR: 7.22)

    • LRPL Taylor 5 (7b)
    • SB Styris 3 (4b)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-22-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-9-1

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11.1

Jayasuriya to Taylor, no run, targeting middle, defended back to the bowler

11.2

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, pushed towards backward point for a single

11.3

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, driven down towards long-on for a single

11.4

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, nudges it in front of extra cover to steal one more

11.5

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut wide of Malinga at point for one more

11.6

Jayasuriya to Taylor, no run, gave him a bit of a charge but that wasn't at the right length, defended to extra cover

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 75/3 (61 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.25, RRR: 7.62)

    • LRPL Taylor 7 (11b)
    • SB Styris 5 (6b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-13-1
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-22-1

Mendis is back

12.1

Mendis to Styris, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, driven wide of long-on for a couple of runs

12.2

Mendis to Styris, no run, the legspinner which he didn't pick, turned away from a good length and beat the outside edge as he played inside the line to that one

A slip comes in

12.3

Mendis to Styris, no run, gets an outside edge, made room to drive him, got a thick edge to point, no single on offer there, the pressure builds

12.4

Mendis to Styris, no run, held back the length, short on the off, punched to extra cover

12.5

Mendis to Styris, FOUR, some relief for New Zealand, short and he latched onto it, rocking back and pulling him between deep square leg and deep midwicket

12.6

Mendis to Styris, no run, short of a length outside off, slaps it straight towards extra cover

End of over 13 (6 runs) New Zealand 81/3 (55 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.23, RRR: 7.85)

    • SB Styris 11 (12b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 7 (11b)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-19-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-13-1
13.1

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, gets front and across, turns it wide of midwicket for a quick single, a direct hit at the bowler's end would have made things interesting

13.2

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, driven down the ground to long-on

13.3

Jayasuriya to Taylor, no run, played straight towards extra cover

13.4

Jayasuriya to Taylor, 1 run, slightly short, drops it in front of point for a single

13.5

Jayasuriya to Styris, no run, fires a full delivery on middle, makes room and drives hard but straight to extra cover

13.6

Jayasuriya to Styris, 1 run, keeps low, knocks it in front of extra cover for a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 85/3 (51 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.07, RRR: 8.50)

    • SB Styris 13 (15b 1x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 9 (14b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-17-1
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-19-0

This has built up to be a close encounter. Jayasuriya has just finished an excellent spell, and with 51 needed off 36, Sri Lanka will feel they have a slight edge at this point. Murali to bowl

14.1

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, dropped, short on the off, slow through the air, smacked hard to Jayawardene at extra cover and he can't hold on to a sharp one to his right

14.2

Muralitharan to Taylor, OUT, No lapses this time, Ross Taylor goes, he pulls out his trademark slog-sweep but doesn't connect well, gets plenty of elevation and Angelo Mathews does well to clasp a tough catch with the sun in his eyes near deep midwicket

LRPL Taylor c Mathews b Muralitharan 9 (19m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Vettori comes in.

14.3

Muralitharan to Styris, no run, pushed straight to midwicket

14.4

Muralitharan to Styris, 1 run, the doosra, got forward and defended it to extra cover

14.5

Muralitharan to Vettori, no run, beaten, closed the face on it but it zipped away from a good length to beat the outside edge

14.6

Muralitharan to Vettori, 1 run, flighted on middle, swept towards deep square leg for a single

End of over 15 (3 runs) New Zealand 88/4 (48 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.86, RRR: 9.60)

    • DL Vettori 1 (2b)
    • SB Styris 15 (18b 1x4)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-25-2
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-17-1

Murali finishes a tight spell including two crucial wickets of Ryder and Taylor. Malinga comes back

Mark: "This is New Zealand all over. They dawdle in the middle overs, don't take singles well and leave themselves with it all to do at the end. And then they fail more often than they are successful. They are just such a frustrating team to support."

15.1

Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, bowls it on a good length outside off, Vettori moves well across, flicks it to midwicket, and gets a single

15.2

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, slower offcutter, taps it wide of midwicket for a single

15.3

Malinga to Vettori, 2 runs, run-out appeal, moved across and worked that full and slower delivery behind square, rushes back for the second, it's a good throw to Sangakkara who flips it back onto the stumps but Vettori's dive has just managed to save him

15.4

Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, full outside off, steered down to third man for a single

15.5

Malinga to Styris, 1 run, slower one, pulls him awkwardly to fine leg, short delivery, he was intending to hit that squarer

15.6

Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, full outside off, slices it towards deep point for a single to keep strike

End of over 16 (7 runs) New Zealand 95/4 (41 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.93, RRR: 10.25)

    • DL Vettori 6 (6b)
    • SB Styris 17 (20b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-15-0
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-25-2

Mendis to bowl his final over. Malinga has two more

16.1

Mendis to Vettori, 1 run, comes down the track and almost yorks himself, dabs it into the off side for a single

16.2

Mendis to Styris, OUT, bowled'im! Could that be the decisive blow? Short of a good length, that held its line, Styris made room and tried to smash that over midwicket, missed and heard the death rattle

SB Styris b Mendis 17 (26m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.95

New Zealand in trouble now and will look to Oram.

16.3

Mendis to Oram, 1 run, quicker through the air, works it away behind square for a single, Oram slips at the non-striker's end, no chance of a second

16.4

Mendis to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori comes down the track, Mendis holds back his length, chips it towards extra cover for a single

16.5

Mendis to Oram, SIX, that's disappeared! Bowled it on a good length, Oram came down the track and launched it over long-on for a massive sixes

16.6

Mendis to Oram, SIX, Six more! Flighted and he had made up his mind, came down the track, got to the pitch and lofted it high with one hand, it seemed as though Welegedara at long-on had it well covered but it just about managed to clear him in the end, the wind may have taken it over

End of over 17 (15 runs) New Zealand 110/5 (26 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.47, RRR: 8.66)

    • JDP Oram 13 (3b 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 8 (8b)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-34-1
    • SL Malinga 2-0-15-0

Oram has evened things out here

17.1

Malinga to Vettori, no run, What is Sangakkara appealing for? Full outside off, he tries to steer that past point, the ball bounces after it misses the bat and gets to Sanga who goes up

17.2

Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, driven to long-off for a single

17.3

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, fullish outside off, tries to drop it into the off side, gets an inside edge, Vettori calls for a single, Oram responds late, but manages the single, blocking Malinga's view as he tries to aim at the non-striker's end

17.4

Malinga to Vettori, 2 runs, squeezes it behind square on the off side, completes the single and calls for the second, a throw to the non-striker;s end, Malinga flips it onto the stumps but Oram has made it in time

17.5

Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, low full toss on the off, drilled down to long-off for a single

17.6

Malinga to Oram, 1 run, yorker outside off, Oram makes room, digs it into the off side and gets the single he needs to be on strike

End of over 18 (6 runs) New Zealand 116/5 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.44, RRR: 10.00)

    • JDP Oram 15 (5b 2x6)
    • DL Vettori 12 (12b)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-21-0
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-34-1

Welegedara to bowl the penultimate over. 20 needed. Fine leg is up

18.1

Welegedara to Oram, OUT, Timber! Full and straight, Oram takes his right foot out and tries to swing it over wide long-on, misses and the stumps take a beating

JDP Oram b Welegedara 15 (6m 6b 0x4 2x6) SR: 250.00

Oram was looking threatening, striking those two sixes off Mendis but Sri Lanka have now removed a major obstacle in their defence of a competitive score

Hopkins to face

18.2

Welegedara to Hopkins, 1 run, OUT, run-out, full outside off, slices it behind point, Dilshan runs to his left from deep point and returns a powerful throw back to Sangakkara who collects on the half-volley and takes off the stumps to find Hopkins well short as he tries to make it back for the second, New Zealand are sliding now

GJ Hopkins run out 1 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Nathan McCullum comes in

18.3

Welegedara to NL McCullum, 1 run, pushed it full on the off, driven to long-off for a single

18.4

Welegedara to Vettori, FOUR, finds the gap, was bowled full, moved across and swiped it between deep square leg and deep midwicket for a boundary

14 needed off 8

18.5

Welegedara to Vettori, 1 run, yorker on leg stump, digs it out into the leg side behind square for a single

18.6

Welegedara to NL McCullum, 3 runs, missed run-out, low full toss on middle, gets across and chips it over midwicket, they steal two and McCullum attempts an unlikely third, the throw lands on the bounce to Welegedara who fails to collect and McCullum's dive saves him

End of over 19 (10 runs) New Zealand 126/7 (10 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 10.00)

    • NL McCullum 4 (2b)
    • DL Vettori 17 (14b 1x4)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 2-0-21-1
    • SL Malinga 3-0-21-0

Ten to win and 9 to tie. If it's a tie, we head to a one-over eliminator. Malinga to bowl the last over to McCullum.

19.1

Malinga to NL McCullum, 1 run, yorker on middle, all he can do is play it to mid-on for a single

Vettori now

19.2

Malinga to Vettori, 1 bye, missed run-out, full outside off,. Vettori tries to steer and misses, Sangakkara sends the ball back to Malinga as McCullum wants the bye, he has all the time to run to the stumps and take off the bails but he misses an under-arm flick onto the stumps, allowing them a chance to steal the run they wanted

19.3

Malinga to NL McCullum, FOUR, found the gap, full delivery and he moved across and swing that between fine leg and deep square leg, perfect placement, had found his spot and executed the shot brilliantly

4 off 3

19.4

Malinga to NL McCullum, 1 run, OUT, run-out, aiming for the blockhole, driven to long-on, Vettori tries an improbable second run and Malinga this time collects well and takes off the bails, eight down

DL Vettori run out 17 (33m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 113.33

Southee comes in, 3 off 2 needed

19.5

Malinga to NL McCullum, SIX, Six, Six, Six! What a blow, Nathan McCullum's handed New Zealand a thrilling win, lands on a length outside off, just perfect for McCullum who strikes it powerfully and cleanly over the long-off boundary to seal victory for New Zealand

An ear-shattering scream was heard right after he hit that shot, he knew it was heading over the ropes the moment he struck that. A fitting start to the World Twenty20. The conditions were not easy for the batsmen with the pitch playing slow, supporting spin and the ball keeping low on occasion. Sri Lanka, thanks to Jayawardene, had posted a competitive total. Ryder and Guptill overcame an early loss to put New Zealand's chase on course, but Jayasuriya and Murali combined to give Sri Lanka the edge. Just when it seemed New Zealand were slipping away, Oram smashed Mendis for consecutive sixes and Nathan McCullum came in to decide the game in two shots, a six and a four off Malinga. Sri Lanka had their chances. There were run-out chances missed, one in the last over and one off the last ball of the penultimate over where McCullum could have lost his wicket. But New Zealand held their nerve, and delivered an exciting finish which will. hopefully, set the tone for the rest of the competition. Join us in a bit for the presentation.

Sangakkara: "We probably lost the game in the last over. We fell about 10-12 runs short, Mahela batted well with Chandimal. The bowlers tried hard but we missed run-outs at the end. Malinga bowled brilliantly, but he was unlucky to go for that boundary off the third ball. We need to convert good starts into good totals and improve our fielding."

Vettori: "We were fortunate we played a few warm-up games here. 135 was pretty good but we knew how difficult Sri Lanka could be with their bowlers. We put ourselves under pressure with the way we batted in the middle, but Oram and McCullum rescued us in the end. It was easier for Nathan to hit at the end, and his four and six were pretty amazing. We need to be more aggressive with the bat."

Nathan McCullum is Man of the Match for his all-round effort.

McCullum: "I was pretty nervous but fortunately it came off in the end. I quite enjoy taking the new ball. Hopefully just an allrounder is what I would call myself."

That's it from us for this game, folks. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Stay put, for the second game of the day, between West Indies and Ireland starts fairly soon. Goodbye from me.

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