Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 148/8 (23 runs required, RR: 7.40)

  • Malinga Bandara4 (4b)
  • Lasith Malinga0 (0b)
  • Shane Bond4-0-18-3
  • Jacob Oram3-0-27-1

A professional performance from New Zealand, there were a few hiccups in the first game, today there were the frontrunners from the beginning to the end. Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder gave a cracking start, and the batting built on that to set a tall target. Their new-ball bowlers gave the early breakthroughs, and Nathan McCullum's double-strike almost ended Sri Lanka's chances. Sangakkara resisted with an innings packed with innovation but even his 69 wasn't enough to prevent defeat.

Vettori had been pleased with the death bowling on Wednesday, today they were just as good, firing in the yorkers at will. It was well planned bowling effort as well, illustrated by the bowling to Jayasuriya to whom they hardly bowled any length balls. New Zealand's fielding was world-class as well in both games.

Post-match presentation: Sangakkara: "We gave them a few too many runs in the field, and it was not the greatest of starts, apart form that we gave it our all, I have to say they outplayed us. A lot of things to work on going into the one-day series. Our bowling has been very good in the recent past, but they had one off day today. Our batting unit needs to start firing."

The Man of the Match is Jesse Ryder: "Yeah, it was good to hit a few off the middle. I've struggled a bit since I got here, so it was good. Baz got the team off to a good start, and our bowlers backed it up after that." Ryder is also the Man of the Series.

Vettori: "It's been a nice turnaround after the Tests series." He praises the openers for their great start. "Shane Bond and Mills also gave us a superb start with the ball, but Sri Lanka put us under a bit of pressure with that Sangakkara and Jayawardene partnership." He is also happy with Nathan McCullum's performance, the two wickets in McCullum's over put New Zealand in charge of the game again.

The New Zealand team are posing with trophy, deserving victors of the series. That's it from us at Cricinfo, thanks for all the mails and the company, do join us on September 8 for the first match of the Compaq Cup ODI tri-series.

Bond to Bandara, no run, an immaculate final delivery confirms New Zealand's victory, sticks to the full and outside off formula, the batsman misses and the ball goes through to the keeper
Bond to Kulasekara, OUT, this time the length is slightly shorter, Kulasekara can get underneath one finally, but he hits it too high with nowhere-near enough distance, the ball swirls towards Taylor at cover

KMDN Kulasekara c Taylor b Bond 2 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Bond to Bandara, 1 run, Bond is on target again, a yorker outside off, Kulasekara bottom edges it towards point
Bond to Kulasekara, 1 run, overpitched outside off, Kulasekara's powerful drive doesn't beat the man at extra cover
Bond to Bandara, 1 run, slow full toss on middle and leg, 118kmh, Bandara gives himself room and flays that towards midwicket
Bond to Bandara, 2 runs, a bouncer on offstump, the batsman flat bats it over the bowler's head, timing isn't enough to get a boundary

19 | 12 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 143/7 (28 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.52, RRR: 28.00)

  • Nuwan Kulasekara1 (2b)
  • Jacob Oram3-0-27-1
  • Shane Bond3-0-13-2
Oram to Sangakkara, OUT, a great innings from Sangakkara comes to an end, he top-edges a pull back to the bowler, a killer blow from Oram, not to forget that's a dot ball as well, the crowd starts to head for the exit

KC Sangakkara c & b Oram 69 (71m 50b 7x4 0x6) SR: 138.00

Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR runs, Sangakkara shaped as if to go for the reverse-sweep but doesn't, Oram follows the batsman down the leg side, can;t stop Sangakkara from launching that towards the midwicket boundary
Oram to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara goes for the fine reverse-sweep again, misses the ball, he's annoyed with himself
Oram to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full ball again, Sangakkara reaches his highest Twenty20 score by punching the ball wide of mid-on, great running from Kulasekara to come back for the second
Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR runs, innovation from Sangakkara, his previous reverse-sweep was very square, this one is only a few yards to the left of the keeper
Oram to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Like the rest of New Zealand's bowlers, Oram keeps it full outside off, Sangakkara paddles it to fine leg

18 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 131/6 (40 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.27, RRR: 20.00)

  • Kumar Sangakkara57 (44b)
  • Nuwan Kulasekara1 (2b)
  • Shane Bond3-0-13-2
  • Daniel Vettori3-0-27-0
Bond to Sangakkara, 1 run, keeps it full, chopped towards point for a sngle, Sangakkara keeps the strike, brilliant over from Bond, he was on-target at the death in the previous game as well
Bond to Kulasekara, 1 run, a yorker outside off, slower ball as well, Kulasekara walks across and flicks it towards short fine leg
Bond to Kulasekara, no run, that's a superb bouncer, the umpires thought whether to call that a wide for height but decided it was okay, another dot ball

Kulasekara is the new batsman

Bond to Rupasinghe, OUT, low full toss does the trick for Bond, Rupasinghe gets it very low on his bat and can only lob it towards cover, Vettori completes a simple catch

RJMGM Rupasinghe c Vettori b Bond 18 (26m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Bond to Rupasinghe, no run, full ball outside off, Rupasinghe was backing away so much that he can't reach it, dot ball
Bond to Rupasinghe, 2 runs, starts with a sharp bouncer, Rupasinghe top edges a pull over the keeper's head

A small hold-up as Sangakkara has some drinks. Bond is back

17 | 8 Runs | SL: 127/5 (44 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 14.66)

  • Gihan Rupasinghe16 (15b)
  • Kumar Sangakkara56 (43b)
  • Daniel Vettori3-0-27-0
  • Ian Butler4-0-34-0
Vettori to Rupasinghe, 1 run, Rupasinghe stays on the back foot and pushes it towards mid-on for an easy single
Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted delivery outside the off stump, Sangakkara lashes it towards sweeper cover
Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, a powerful reverse-sweep from Sangakkra, cut off at deep backward point, no boundary yet in this over
Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, swings it towards midwicket, 'catch' is the cry but it lands well short of the fielder
Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, driven to long-off's right for a couple
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Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st2ST JayasuriyaTM Dilshan
2nd0ST JayasuriyaML Udawatte
3rd9ST JayasuriyaDPMD Jayawardene
4th67DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
5th2KC SangakkaraAD Mathews
6th49KC SangakkaraRJMGM Rupasinghe
7th14KC SangakkaraKMDN Kulasekara
8th5HMCM BandaraKMDN Kulasekara
9th0HMCM BandaraSL Malinga