Elliott does not overstep, so New Zealand will win by three runs, despite Vandersay's deft move across the stumps to paddle the ball to the fine leg boundary
6.20 pm New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0 after defending 184. The game was set up for them by a blistering century opening stand between Guptill and Williamson, both of whom made half-centuries. New Zealand looked set for 200 plus before Sri Lanka pulled it back in the end.
However, a glut of wickets inside the Powerplay severely hurt Sri Lanka's chase. They carried on scoring briskly and were always abreast with the asking rate but eventually the regular fall of wickets took its toll and they fell just short.
kyle: "oh my golly gosh SRI LANKA how did you lose that one."
Chamath: "It's tough being a Sri Lankan cricket fan. Losing games from a winning position is really disappointing." Comes with the territory, Chamath. Gunathilaka and Siriwardana played really well, ones to watch in the year ahead.
Tim has the final word on that singles debate: "If SL had gotten 5 singles instead of dropping those extra 5 wickets (compared to NZ's 4) they'd have won."
Big_G: "NZ almost gave it away with wides and no-balls. Must get more accuracy for 2nd T20."
Dan: "Grant Elliott is in the team as NZ's finisher it would seem. The last over is his job, with bat or ball."
Trent Boult is Man of the Match for his 3 for 21 in four overs.
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the slower ball outside off stump, mis-timed off the back foot to cover and that should be the game
Lakmal is the last man, Sri Lanka need 9 off two balls.
the blockhole delivery dug out to long on, Kapugedera has got to come back for the second, he has to try and keep the strike. But Guptill gets to the ball quickly from the boundary, he picks up cleanly and unleashes a flat and fast throw on the bounce to Ronchi who breaks the stumps with Kapugedera well short
Kapugedera on strike because the batsmen crossed. Vandersay at the other end.
Boult's taken the catch at deep midwicket. That slower ball was 88kph and Kulasekara slogged across the line, he was beaten by the change of pace and giving Boult an easy catch under the circumstances
half an appeal for lbw as Kapugedera plants his foot forward and outside off to slog to the leg, he misses and is hit on the pad, they run a leg bye on the off side
The keeper is standing up to the stumps.
Kapugedera tries to smash the ball over the off side but carves it in the air over point, it falls safe and they come back for two! Kapugedera keeps strike
McClenaghan bowled a superb over to leave Elliott with 13 to defend.
Clifford: "If SL wins, Kula is my man of the match"
a swinging full toss, beats the outside edge of the heave to the leg side and hits the pad for a leg bye on the off side
played to long on again for a single this time
nearly in the blockhole, dug out to long on, the batsmen run back for the second and McClenaghan is not happy and makes that quite clear
DanielAlexander: "How about starting the T20I carnival season with a super-over? #NZvSL "
the bouncer, Kulasekara backs away and pulls but is beaten, a dot ball is gold for New Zealand
a length ball outside leg stump, pulled to long leg, that was a loose ball but just the single
a low full toss, driven through cover for just the single
19 off 12 balls with three wickets in hand. Anyone's game here.
Happy: "Pure class by Trent Boult... 3 wickets and just 21 runs conceded! Add Matt Henry's wicket taking abilities and get Tim Southee fit and NZ will boast one of the best pace attacks around heading into the World T20!" Will those pitches suit them though?
McClenaghan to bowl ... Elliott will have to bowl the final over I think. How much can McClenaghan leave him?
short ball to finish his spell, pulled to deep midwicket
gets down on one knee again and slogs the ball towards wide long on, they race back for the second
is Munro going to catch that? No, it falls just over his head! Kulasekara got down on one knee and slogged the ball hard towards deep midwicket
Kapugedera tries to play a reverse swat and mis-times it, it falls near his feet
clears his front foot and lofts the ball back over the bowler's head, not timed well enough to beat Guptill at long on
taps his first ball towards short third man for a single
that is some catch from McClenaghan! Boult pitched the leg-breakish slower ball short of a length and Siriwardana pulled in the air towards deep midwicket. McClenaghan ran a long way from deep square leg and was going at a brisk speed when he slid to take the catch, superbly judged. Huge wicket.
and there's one of the ones, driven into the covers off the front foot and they take on the throw from the fielder on the edge of the circle
DanielAlexander: "Sri Lanka can win it with singles and doubles, no need to panic"