Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Munaf Patel has won a bike here, and PK has started riding it. He is doing wheelies with it. With Munaf riding pillion. Whoa. Well, that, as they say, is that from us. Do join us for the final

Presentation time
Viru Sehwag is MoM, he says: Today was a much better wicket to bat on. [Didn't seem like that from how the others batted]. I felt really disappointed when I got out because I could have taken us through to 270 or more. It is pleasing if centuries lead to victories. I ted to score hundreds in 100 or less than 100 balls, so that gives us the time. Looking forward to the Sri Lanka match - we lost the last one badly."

MS Dhoni says: "He is the only batsman who seems to be middling the ball. It was really good to bat with him. In the previous game too he scored 99, the this century was big too. In the second half of the game, the bowlers did the job for us. We give PK the new ball because he is a swing bowler and he has good control over his swing. Ashish is usually good. Munaf did a good job too. Mills told me he is taking Powerplay, and I arranged my field accordingly, and forgot to look at the umpire. When we asked in the fith over, how many overs left, the umpires said the Powerplay is not even on. But Mills stood by his word, and it was sorted out." So, basically Mills forgot to tell the umpires, but stood by his word.

Ross Taylor says: "The way Sehwag batted, it took the game away from us. The way they bowled, they bowled full and straight, they made us make tough decisions. Praveen Kumar was special. The ball has been swinging all through the tournament. Back to the drawing board. Thanks a lot to Sri Lanka Cricket."

So even after Mills's late entertainment, India have won comprehensively, making it to yet another Sri Lanka-India match. Yeah you heard it right. Back to the match. Jeff writes in, "15 single digit scores in this match, is this some kind of a record?" Will check that later

Nehra to Mills, OUT, PK hasn't had to move an inch at long-on to take this catch. The slower ball does it for India, Mills looks to hit this out of the ground but finds long-on

KD Mills c Kumar b Nehra 52 (47m 35b 7x4 3x6) SR: 148.57

30 | 2 Runs | NZ: 118/9 (106 runs required from 19.5 overs, RR: 3.93, RRR: 5.30)

  • Andy McKay3 (12b)
  • Kyle Mills52 (34b)
  • Ravindra Jadeja3-0-21-1
  • Ashish Nehra6-1-10-1
Jadeja to McKay, no run, and again, smeared into the pads, no run
Jadeja to McKay, no run, flat into the pads, beats him
Jadeja to McKay, no run, big appeal for lbw, but it is spinning away, and has only about kissed the pad on the way to the pad. Impossible to call for the ump
Jadeja to McKay, no run, full ball, driven to long-off
Jadeja to McKay, 2 runs, steered past short third man... Mills thinks of a single but comes back for two
Jadeja to McKay, no run, defended off the front foot by McKay

Jadeja comes back

29 | 4 Runs | NZ: 116/9 (108 runs required from 19.5 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.14)

  • Kyle Mills52 (34b)
  • Andy McKay1 (6b)
  • Ashish Nehra6-1-10-1
  • Praveen Kumar8-2-34-3
Nehra to Mills, no run, quick delivery, back of a length, beats him, but it sails over the stumps
Nehra to Mills, no run, looks to go along the ground this time, but can't beat that four-men cover ring
Nehra to Mills, FOUR runs, fifty for Mills! Thanks for the entertainment. Opens the face and lofts it over the cover ring. Fifty off 32 balls
Nehra to Mills, no run, slower ball, beats him, but it bounces in front of Dhoni, and it seems to have hit that injured middle finger of his right hand. Grimace. Pain. Audible pain
Nehra to Mills, no run, down the leg side, kisses the pad, hence not a wide
Nehra to Mills, no run, full and wide outside off, beaten

Hold-up. MS Dhoni seems to have imagined the Batting Powerplay is on. Umpires and New Zealand batsmen seem to suggest nothing of that sort happened. Actually it is agreed that the Powerplay is on, but nobody seems to know how many restriction overs have been bowled. Still walkie-talkies are out. And Asad Rauf announces, "MS, last over of the Powerplay." Funny how we missed it too. Quite crazily, Dhoni introduced Jadeja along with the Powerplay

28 | 17 Runs | NZ: 112/9 (112 runs required from 19.5 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.09)

  • Kyle Mills48 (28b)
  • Andy McKay1 (6b)
  • Praveen Kumar8-2-34-3
  • Ravindra Jadeja2-0-19-1
Kumar to Mills, 1 run, hit powerfully again, just wide of mid-off. Nehra makes a diving save, Mills retains strike

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

1st1BJ WatlingMJ Guptill
2nd5LRPL TaylorBJ Watling
3rd8GD ElliottLRPL Taylor
4th8GD ElliottSB Styris
5th19GD ElliottKS Williamson
6th1GD ElliottGJ Hopkins
7th10GD ElliottNL McCullum
8th1KD MillsNL McCullum
9th27KD MillsTG Southee
10th38KD MillsAJ McKay