Player of the Match
Player of the Match
765dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

New Zealand survive Malinga magic in thriller

Lasith Malinga took the 22 yards out of the equation in low-scoring thriller, but New Zealand survived him to register their first win over Sri Lanka in four years

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
KC Sangakkara
68(87) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 27 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
8 0 4 10 6 10 8 22
NL McCullum
NL McCullum
32(42) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 6 2 7 5 3 7

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
SL Malinga
O10
M2
R34
W4
Eco3.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MJ McClenaghan
MJ McClenaghan
O8.5
M0
R43
W4
Eco4.86
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Devashish Fuloria

Cracking game today, promise of more tomorrow when Pakistan take on South Africa for a day-nighter.. Thanks for your comments and feedback, this is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Ciao ciao

Presentation

"We probably needed 30-40 more runs. This was not the 200-run wicket that we originally thought, but we need to toughen up a bit," Angelo Mathews says. "The wicket dried up a little during the game. I had confidence in my bowlers, we didn't need more spinners. Dilshan bowled very well and Malinga almost won it for us. We have two more games and we need to tighten up on the batting side, but the bowlers and fielders showed good character."

"I am happy, though incredibly nervous at one stage," Brendon McCullum says. "Sri Lanka are always a dangerous side and we panicked a bit in the middle. They have excellent bowlers in the ranks and the ball started stopping a bit in the second innings. It is very important to scrap through, we have enough experience to deal with situations like this, although it did get tough towards the end. But I thought we played well for the majority of the games. Our bowlers were the reason that we won the game today."

"I used to be a lot more nervous when I was younger, but not anymore now," says Nathan McCullum, the Man of the Match. "Brendon has been around for a lot longer and he is the senior partner and he was guiding us through with that partnership. It was about batting as long as we could. I think it is a massive boost as opposed to if we had lost out today.. The mental baggage of the loss would have been a lot. It was not a 140 wicket, but things get difficult when the pressure comes on."

What an absolute corker of a game! At the halfway stage, it looked like New Zealand had the match already in the bag, but those three wickets right after lunch orchestrated by some menacing bowling from the Sri Lankans brought the game back to life. The McCullum brothers calmed the nerves and were about to finish the game by themselves, but then came Malinga.. In the end, the tailenders held their nerves and took New Zealand to a vital win... Stay with us for the presentation.

Tim: "Who needs coffee, I'm more awake than 5 cups of coffee, and shaking more too"

BJ: "Well played extras, bringing the Black Caps home!"

36.4
2w
Dilshan to McClenaghan, 2 wides, tossed up on leg stump, but this is down the leg side, and Sanga misses it.. They run back for the second, because there was a belated call for a wide.. it's over.. New Zealand have made it through...

Dilshan back to round the wicket for the left-hander.. Slip is in place.. Everyone comes in

36.3
1
Dilshan to Southee, 1 run, pushed through on the middle and leg line, the batsman dabs it to backward square leg with the turn for a single

It's Southee or never...

36.2
1
Dilshan to McClenaghan, 1 run, pushed through on the leg stump line, the batsman dabs it to square leg for a single
36.1
0
Dilshan to McClenaghan, no run, tossed up delivery wide outside off, the batsman lets it go

Six men in a conference in the middle..Who is it going to be? Looks like it's Dilshan.. The crowd has been treated to a super game here, and they are making themselves heard

END OF OVER:
36 | 1 Run | NZ: 135/9 (4 runs required from 13.3 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 0.28)

  • Tim Southee12 (20b)
  • Mitchell McClenaghan0 (1b)
  • Lasith Malinga10-2-34-4
  • Shaminda Eranga8-0-45-2

Malinga's excellent spell is over, but this match isn't...

35.6
0
Malinga to Southee, no run, it's a faster yorker outside off, the batsman blocks it out towards cover.

Where is that slower yorker now? It may be coming in now..

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st14L RonchiMJ Guptill
2nd34MJ GuptillKS Williamson
3rd1LRPL TaylorMJ Guptill
4th0JEC FranklinMJ Guptill
5th21JEC FranklinBB McCullum
6th10DL VettoriBB McCullum
7th35BB McCullumNL McCullum
8th7NL McCullumTG Southee
9th12KD MillsTG Southee
10th5TG SoutheeMJ McClenaghan

ICC Champions Trophy (ICC KnockOut)

Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
ENG32140.308
SL3214-0.197
NZ31130.777
AUS3021-0.68
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA33060.938
SA31130.325
WI3113-0.075
PAK3030-1.035