Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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.

19.5
6
Malinga to NL McCullum, SIX runs, 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

Southee comes in, 3 off 2 needed

19.4
W
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 (sub [Randiv]/Malinga) 17 (33m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 113.33

4 off 3

19.3
4
Malinga to NL McCullum, FOUR runs, 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
19.2
1b
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

Vettori now

19.1
1
Malinga to NL McCullum, 1 run, yorker on middle, all he can do is play it to mid-on for a single

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.

END OF OVER:
19 | 10 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ: 126/7 (10 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 10.00)

  • Nathan McCullum4 (2b)
  • Daniel Vettori17 (14b)
  • Chanaka Welegedara2-0-21-1
  • Lasith Malinga3-0-21-0
18.6
3
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
18.5
1
Welegedara to Vettori, 1 run, yorker on leg stump, digs it out into the leg side behind square for a single

14 needed off 8

18.4
4
Welegedara to Vettori, FOUR runs, finds the gap, was bowled full, moved across and swiped it between deep square leg and deep midwicket for a boundary
18.3
1
Welegedara to NL McCullum, 1 run, pushed it full on the off, driven to long-off for a single

Nathan McCullum comes in

18.2
W
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 (Dilshan/†Sangakkara) 1 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Hopkins to face

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

18.1
W
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

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

END OF OVER:
18 | 6 Runs | NZ: 116/5 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.44, RRR: 10.00)

  • Jacob Oram15 (5b)
  • Daniel Vettori12 (12b)
  • Lasith Malinga3-0-21-0
  • Ajantha Mendis4-0-34-1
17.6
1
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
17.5
1
Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, low full toss on the off, drilled down to long-off for a single
17.4
2
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
17.3
1
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
17.2
1
Malinga to Vettori, 1 run, driven to long-off for a single
17.1
0
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

Oram has evened things out here

END OF OVER:
17 | 15 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 110/5 (26 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.47, RRR: 8.66)

  • Jacob Oram13 (3b)
  • Daniel Vettori8 (8b)
  • Ajantha Mendis4-0-34-1
  • Lasith Malinga2-0-15-0
16.6
6
Mendis to Oram, SIX runs, 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
16.5
6
Mendis to Oram, SIX runs, that's disappeared! Bowled it on a good length, Oram came down the track and launched it over long-on for a massive sixes
16.4
1
Mendis to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori comes down the track, Mendis holds back his length, chips it towards extra cover for a single

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
0BB McCullumJD Ryder
62JD RyderMJ Guptill
4LRPL TaylorMJ Guptill
20SB StyrisLRPL Taylor
10DL VettoriSB Styris
20DL VettoriJDP Oram
1DL VettoriGJ Hopkins
16DL VettoriNL McCullum
6NL McCullumTG Southee

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS22041.525
PAK2112-0.325
BDESH2020-1.2
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
NZ22040.428
SL21120.355
ZIM2020-1.595
Group C
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA22041.495
SA21121.125
AFG2020-2.446
Group D
TeamMWLPTNRR
WI22042.78
ENG2011-0.452
IRE2011-3.5
Group E
TeamMWLPTNRR
ENG33060.962
PAK31220.041
NZ3122-0.373
SA3122-0.617
Group F
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS33062.733
SL3214-0.333
WI3122-1.281
INDIA3030-1.117