1st T20I (N), Colombo, Sep 2 2009, New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka
(20 ov, target 142)138/9
New Zealand won by 3 runs
player of the match
Daniel Vettori
New Zealand
end of over 205 runs • 2 wickets
SL: 138/9CRR: 6.90 
Lasith Malinga4 (3)
Ajantha Mendis0 (1)
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."

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

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

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

Oram to Malinga, 1 run

a yorker on offstump, Malinga gets it away to mid-off for a single

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

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

Malinga is the batsman walking out

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

Malinga Bandara c McCullum b Oram 7 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.78
end of over 194 runs
SL: 133/7CRR: 7.00 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 runs from 6b
Malinga Bandara7 (8)
Nuwan Kulasekara12 (10)
Shane Bond4-0-27-0
Kyle Mills4-0-36-1
Bond to Bandara, 1 run

high full toss, another heave from Bandara sends the ball towards mid-off, a single to retain the strike, wonderful over from Bond

Bond to Bandara, no run

another dot ball, only three of the over do far, slower ball from Bond, great stuff, Bandara swings at it and misses

Bond to Bandara, no run

a dot ball, precious for New Zealand, Bandara swipes that towards short midwicket

Bond to Kulasekara, 1 run

high full toss, punched back towards the bowler, who gets a hand to it but can't stop the batsmen from taking a single

Bond to Bandara, 1 run

Bond goes for the yorker, it's a touch shorter than he wanted, the batsman squeezes it to mid-off

Vettori and Bond have a long chat

Bond to Kulasekara, 1 run

length ball outside off, driven crisply to long-off, hit too firmly to get a double

Bond to bowl the 19th