15.4 he has his second wicket! Nicol attempted to clear the deep midwicket boundary by trying to slog sweep but got a top edge, hitting the ball high in the air and not far enough. Thirimanne settled under the catch 137/3
    7.3 he's struck! And look at that joy on his face, he's beaming! Guptill came forward again and attacked the bowler, lofting down the ground and straight to the fielder on the long-off boundary, Thisara Perea took a straightforward catch 57/1
    12.2 caught at deep square leg! McCullum didn't make good contact with the slog sweep, hitting the one that spins away in the air and into Thisara's waiting hands 99/2
    17.2 bowled him with the slower ball! Taylor had finished swinging across the line by the time the ball reached him. He was on the front foot and played much too early, Kulasekara hit leg stump. That slower ball was out of the back of the hand 154/4
    17.6 caught at long off! Oram came out of his crease, made room and hammered the length ball flat and hard towards Dilshan, who moved to his right, got his body behind the ball and caught it nicely 159/5
    18.5 bowled him, I think off the inside edge, on to the pad, and on to the base of leg stump. McCullum backed away towards leg to make room and swung hard, he was beaten by the yorker 164/6
    not out
    19.6 in the blockhole outside off stump, Williamson drives the ball towards deep point but gets run out while attempting a desperate second. Sangakkara had plenty of time to remove the bails 174/7
    9 (lb 4, w 5)
    174/7 (20 Overs, RR: 8.7)
    Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Martin Guptill, 7.3 ov), 2-99 (Brendon McCullum, 12.2 ov), 3-137 (Rob Nicol, 15.4 ov), 4-154 (Ross Taylor, 17.2 ov), 5-159 (Jacob Oram, 17.6 ov), 6-164 (Nathan McCullum, 18.5 ov), 7-174 (Kane Williamson, 19.6 ov)
    KMDN Kulasekara403328.2595020
    AD Mathews201407.0052000
    SL Malinga403017.5084010
    BAW Mendis4048112.0042310
    A Dananjaya403228.0070200
    BMAJ Mendis201306.5050100
    7.2 he's been caught at fine leg! Mahela tried to pull a ball that was a bit too full and he top edged it to Vettori, who ran forward and to his right to take the catch 80/1
    18.2 cut out to the deep fielder at cover, Southee returns well, and Dilshan is diving in coming back for the second and is short of his ground he was desperate to come back and keep the strike but a great piece of work on the cover boundary again gives New Zealand hope 161/4
    12.1 full and flicked out to deep midwicket, they refuse the second and Sangakkara is really struggling but the throw is wild and McCullum has to go a long way to take it and get back to the stumps but he gets there and Sangakkara has to go, giving New Zealand a glimpse of an opening. There was a muddle-up in considering the second and Sangakkara was sent back, terminally 119/2
    14.4 driven into the off side but arial and taken at extra cover. A good time for Taylor to get his fielding spot on, taking a sharp low chance down to his right-hand side. It was driven from about off stump, full of length, it didn't get up that far off the ground but enough to produce a chance that was well held 131/3
    not out
    18.6 slower ball on off stump and Perera swings and loses his off stump. Franklin atoning slightly, bowling a great slower ball on a good length, Perera took a huge swipe at it and lost his off stump 167/5
    19.6 slap into the off side off an inside edge, easy run out at point surely to the non-striker's end but I think Taylor dropped the ball, he did! Taylor dropped it and Sri Lanka have won!! But no!! On the replay the ball has deflected off Taylor's hand and deflected into the stumps!!! Amazing stuff so New Zealand have effected the run out and this is going to be a Super Over...so much checking to see what actually caused the bails to come off but it looks as if it was ball...here comes the third umpire...it's OUT!!! 174/6
    3 (lb 1, w 2)
    174/6 (20 Overs, RR: 8.7)
    Fall of wickets: 1-80 (Mahela Jayawardene, 7.2 ov), 2-119 (Kumar Sangakkara, 12.1 ov), 3-131 (Jeevan Mendis, 14.4 ov), 4-161 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 18.2 ov), 5-167 (Thisara Perera, 18.6 ov), 6-174 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 19.6 ov)
    NL McCullum302508.3352100
    KD Mills201507.5051100
    TG Southee4044011.0032310
    JDP Oram302618.6654000
    DL Vettori402907.2563010
    JEC Franklin403428.5053100

Match Details


New Zealand , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

15.30 start, First Session 15.30-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.10, Second Session 17.10-18.30

Match days

27 September 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee


Sri Lanka 2, New Zealand 0

Match Notes

  • Early signs encouraging for Dananjaya

    Sri Lanka took a gamble by throwing a rookie spinner into deep end and he responded with the best figures of the match. It should promise more opportunities at the highest level

  • Taylor's fumble, Dilshan's catch

    ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Sri Lanka v New Zealand in Pallekele

  • SL concern lies in middle order

    With one of the strongest and most experienced top orders in world cricket, it is the middle order that need to find form for Sri Lanka to be a real force

  • 'Neither of you deserve to win'

    There is no super speed with a Super Over. Add to that the bail that seemed to have jumped off on its own volition, and the whole process seemed to take longer than the game itself

  • Sri Lanka prevail in Super Over

    Lasith Malinga came good in the Super Over, defending 13 and trumping a super effort from Tim Southee to give Sri Lanka their first Super Eights points

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st80DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
2nd39TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd12TM DilshanBMAJ Mendis
4th30TM DilshanAD Mathews
5th6AD MathewsNLTC Perera
6th7AD MathewsHDRL Thirimanne