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261dThe Bulletin by Jamie Alter in Colombo

Fighting NZ overcome Dilshan blitz

New Zealand put a small part of their tour blues behind them by clinching a thrilling three-run win over Sri Lanka in the first of two Twenty20s at the R Premadasa Stadium

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LRPL Taylor
LRPL Taylor
60(45) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 22 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 1 8 6 17 3 7 18
TM Dilshan
TM Dilshan
57(28) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 26 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
4 11 6 0 16 9 7 4

Best performances - Bowlers

JDP Oram
O4
M0
R33
W3
Eco8.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DL Vettori
DL Vettori
O4
M0
R11
W2
Eco2.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00

Match days

2 September 2009 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

END OF OVER:
20 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | SL: 138/9 (4 runs required, RR: 6.90)

  • Lasith Malinga4 (3b)
  • Ajantha Mendis0 (1b)
  • Jacob Oram4-0-33-3
  • Shane Bond4-0-27-0

Who would have expected this result when Tillakaratne Dilshan was going hammer and tongs? Sri Lanka's lower-middle order has always been a bit of a question mark and it has come up short again.

New Zealand's comeback was sparked by a couple of superb pieces of fielding from Jesse Ryder, inflicting Jayawardene's run-out and taking a tough catch off Dilshan. Vettori was his miserly best, giving away only 11 runs,and the quicker bowlers kept it nice and full at the death, not allowing the Sri Lankans the chance to get under any deliveries. Bond's return was also satisfactory, coming back strongly after being clobbered for 16 runs in his first over.

Correction: Completely missed the fact that Jacob Oram has taken a hat-trick in this game, the second in Twenty20s after Brett Lee. Oram had got rid of Mathews off the last ball of the 17th over, before taking wickets off the first two balls of the final over. Thanks to Imran from India and a bunch of others for pointing that out.

Post-match presentation: Sangakkara: "With the start we had, not chasing 142 is inexcusable ... I think Dilshan has matured a lot over the past couple of years and is maximising his opportunities, unfortunately we couldn't support him today"

Vettori: "The fightback after we got Dilshan was really impressive. He's been the difference between the two sides in the Tests and today, and it's difficult to bowl to him given the wide range of shots he has... Our death bowling was the best display in a long time ... The fielding really stands out int Twenty20. " Vettori is also the Man of the Match.

Thanks everyone for joining in, that's it from us at Cricinfo. Last word today has to go to Joe from the United States: "Sri lanka gave 3 byes in the last ball which is equal to the margin by which NZ won."

19.6
1
Oram to Malinga, 1 run, New Zealand have won, wonderful comeback by them, the last ball was full and wide again, Malinga drives it to long-off for a single, three-run victory for New Zealand
19.5
2
Oram to Malinga, 2 runs, full and wide, Malinga gets under it and clobbers it towards sweeper cover, Nathan McCullum races across to his right to try complete a spectacular catch but can't hang on to it
19.4
1lb
Oram to Mendis, 1 leg bye, a leg bye, full outside off stump, tried to sweep, is struck on the pads, and the ball rolls towards point

Ajantha Mendis surveys the field

19.3
1
Oram to Malinga, 1 run, a yorker on offstump, Malinga gets it away to mid-off for a single
19.2
W
Oram to Kulasekara, OUT, Oram's on a hat-trick now, Kulaskeara holes out to long-on, another low full toss, Kulasekara's shot finds Broom, who has an easier catch than McCullum last ball

KMDN Kulasekara c Broom b Oram 12 (24m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 109.09

Malinga is the batsman walking out

19.1
W
Oram to Bandara, OUT, a great jumping catch from McCullum at long-off silences the crowd, a low full toss from Oram, Bandara lofts it straight at long-on, that's another dot ball, McCullum amde plenty of ground to his right before taking that one

HMCM Bandara c McCullum b Oram 7 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

  • Relieved Vettori praises team work

    Having won his first toss of what until this evening had been a disappointing tour, Vettori played a stellar role with the ball to help New Zealand sneak a humdinger at the R Premadasa Stadium

  • Fighting NZ overcome Dilshan blitz

    New Zealand put a small part of their tour blues behind them by clinching a thrilling three-run win over Sri Lanka in the first of two Twenty20s at the R Premadasa Stadium

  • Hand of Kulasekara

    Plays of the day for the first Twenty20 between Sri Lanka and New Zealand

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st22ST JayasuriyaTM Dilshan
2nd21DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
3rd24TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
4th8TM DilshanRJMGM Rupasinghe
5th10CK KapugederaRJMGM Rupasinghe
6th24AD MathewsRJMGM Rupasinghe
7th13KMDN KulasekaraAD Mathews
8th11HMCM BandaraKMDN Kulasekara
9th0SL MalingaKMDN Kulasekara
10th5SL MalingaBAW Mendis