New Zealand 7-1 in Super Over
Sri Lanka have won this one! What a match this has been. Malinga has managed to take a wicket after Guptill was taken brilliantly on the boundary line. They were then down to eight runs from a ball and that was it.
Sri Lanka 13-1 in Super Over
Jayawardene lost his wicket in a run-out but SL have managed 13 runs in the Super Over. Two wides is what really made the difference since SL couldn’t score a single boundary.
Time for the super over folks. This has been an unbelievable match.
WICKET! Sri Lanka 174-6 after 20 overs
Lahiru Thirimanne run out 5 (4b, 1×4, 0×6)
Unbelievable stuff! With five runs needed from two balls, Thirimanne scores an audacious boundary to take it to one run needed from one ball. The field closes in, Thirimanne goes for run, throw comes and Taylor has dropped the ball before the bails come off. SL think they’ve won it but replays show that the dropped ball falls on the stumps and its out! Crazy!
WICKET! Sri Lanka 167-5 after 19 overs
Thisara Perera b Franklin 5 (3b, 1×4, 0×6)
Perera slashes at a loose ball for four and then Franklin uses slow ball to bowl him out. What a match this is turning out to be. Sl need eight off last over.
WICKET! Sri Lanka 161-4 after 18.1 overs
Dilshan run out 76 (53b, 5×4, 3×6)
What a wicket for the Kiwis! He smashes a six on the first ball of the over and then works it to the point region. Dilshan wants two runs but a great throw from Southee means McCullum has run him out with his bat in the air.
Sri Lanka 147-3 after 17 overs
Dilshan 64, Mathews 7
Not quite the great over for SL, but at least they get a boundary off Dilshan’s bat. That brings 28 runs closer to a win, but they have just 18 balls to do so.
WICKET! Sri Lanka 131-3 after 14.4 overs
Jeevan Mendis c Taylor b Franklin 8 (9b, 1×4, 0×6)
The match has taken a bit of a twist with this wicket. From a very comfortable position, Sri Lanka will have to tread carefully now. Mendis is taken by Taylor brilliantly at extra-cover. Angelo Mathews comes in to bat.
WICKET! Sri Lanka 92-1 after 12.1 overs
Kumar Sangakkara run out 21 (14b, 4×4, 0×6)
Good over from Nathan McCullum and it takes the required rate to 7.12. Even that way, it’s pretty comfortable for Sri Lanka at the moment. The batsmen want some quick runs though and try for a double, there’s some confusion and Sanga walks.
Sri Lanka 92-1 after 9 overs
Dilshan 42, Sangakkara 5
Dilshan and Sangakkara carry on the tradition of scoring a boundary every over. SL have done that consistently and the latest shot from Sangakkara was simply unstoppable through the mid-wicket boundary.
WICKET! Sri Lanka 80-1 after 7.2 overs
Mahela Jayawardene c Vettori b Oram 44 (26b, 3×4, 3×6)
Jayawardene first plays an absolutely beauty of a late flick past the keeper and tries to do it again… this time down the leg side and is caught at fine-leg. Finally NZ have their wicket.
Sri Lanka 76-0 after 7 overs
Dilshan 35, Jayawardene 40
No boundary in the sixth over for SL, but it hardly matters if they keep the scoreboard moving with their quick running. The required rate is just under 8-per-over and that is doable in this format of the game. Jayawardene ploughs on with a sweep that races away for four.
Sri Lanka 62-0 after 5 overs
Dilshan 31, Jayawardene 30
Quality batting… absolute quality. Jayawardene plays two lovely shots through the covers— one fizzing away for four before the other sails over extra-cover for six. But he’s in a ruthless mood as he smashes a length ball over mid-wicket for another huge six! Not to mention Dilshan’s four and six too. This is mad batting.
Sri Lanka 31-0 after 3 overs
Dilshan 19, Jayawardene 12
Jayawardene brings up his 1000 T20 runs with a single in the 2nd over. He then executes a lovely flick of his wrists… sending the ball soaring over square-leg for six. SL keep the scoreboard ticking with some quick singles too. This is a fine start.
Sri Lanka 17-0 after 1 over
Dilshan 16, Jayawardene 1
Great start for Sri Lanka. 1-4-6-0-2-4 from the 1st over, with Dilshan playing some exquisite shots.
SRI LANKA ARE OUT TO BAT
WICKET! New Zealand 174-7 after 20 overs
Kane Williamson run out 4 (4b, 0×4, 0×6)
Just nine runs from the last over as New Zealand couldn’t really finish in a way they would have liked to. They’ve batted well, but could be a tad short eventually. Sri Lanka though, need to bat well to reach a target of 175. This is going to be close.
WICKET! New Zealand 164-6 after 18.5 overs
Nathan McCullum b Malinga 3 (4b, 0×4, 0×6)
Typical of Malinga… in swinging yorker takes a bit of McCullum’s bat and pad before crashing into the stumps.
WICKET! New Zealand 159-5 after 18 overs
Jacob Oram c Dilshan b Kulasekara 6 (6b, 1×4, 0×6)
Now Oram’s walking. He hit it low and hard but Dilshan shows some excellent catching technique at long-off to send him back.
WICKET! New Zealand 157-4 after 17.2 overs
Ross Taylor b Kulasekara 23 (15b, 2×4, 0×6)
Crack! The leg-stump takes a beating as Kulasekara bowls a slower delivery which completely bamboozles Taylor. NZ will be looking at 180 from here.
WICKET! New Zealand 137-3 after 15.4 overs
Rob Nicol c Thirimanne b Dananjaya 58 (40b, 3×4, 4×6)
After that explosive over, Dananjaya must have certainly been under pressure to make something happen.. and he does. Nicol aims for that mid-wicket area again but he cannot quite clear the fence this time. Another wicket for the young starlet.
New Zealand 133-2 after 15 overs
Nicol 57, Taylor 7
Back-to-back sixes take Nicol to his half-century. He’s paced his innings brilliantly. But he wasn’t done as yet… as he smashed a third six before Taylor finishes off the over with two quick runs. 24 runs from the over.
WICKET! New Zealand 99-2 after 12.2 overs
Brendon McCullum c Perera b Mendis 25 (16b, 0×4, 2×6)
Big man’s gone! He tries to sweep Mendis over square-leg for six but doesn’t get enough on it and it’s taken in the deep. Still a healthy run-rate and lots of wickets in hand.
Injury scare: Nicol smacks a straight drive towards Dananjaya and he attempts to catch it. But the ball’s gone straight through his hands and hit him flush on the side of the head. His face is swollen but he’s up and should be okay.
New Zealand 80-1 after 10 overs
Nicol 25, McCullum 14
It’s not Mendis who is threatening the most at the moment. It’s young Dananjaya. Both bowlers do get hammered for a six each but the latter has mixed up his deliveries so well that the batsmen have no clue where it’s going to spin.
WICKET! New Zealand 57-1 after 7.3 overs
Martin Guptill c Perera b Dananjaya 38 (30b, 6×4, 0×6)
What a start to his career this is! 18-year-old Dananjaya, spotted by skipper Mahela has broken a vital stand. Guptill gets half a shot on a stopping delivery and it’s taken at long-off. Brilliant stuff.
New Zealand 55-0 after 7 overs
Guptill 38, Nicol 15
SL, who are usually very sharp in the field have actually muffled a few. First an oddly bounding ball fools Malinga at third-man and it runs away for four. Then J. Mendis dives towards the ball at deep square-leg and it just falls short. To top up a good over for NZ, they find a way through long-off for four more.
New Zealand 36-0 after 5 overs
Guptill 27, Nicol 7
NZ played Malinga pretty well and took nine runs off him in the 4th over. But Ajantha Mendis has come in and NZ have taken advantage of an overthrow and a cracking cut from Guptill to move up to 36 at the end of 5 overs.
New Zealand 17-0 after 3 overs
Guptill 13, Nicol 2
It’s all happening suddenly. Guptill realises that some runs need to scored quickly. He lifts one over the bowler for four, then gets dropped at mid-on before playing a lovely late-cut in the third man region for four more. Add to that a wide. This match has just begun.
New Zealand 4-0 after 2 overs
Guptill 2, Nicol 2
Ah, the ball is swinging in Pellekele. Angelo Mathews is getting a lot of it away from the batsmen and the length has also been brilliant.
New Zealand 2-0 after 1 over
Guptill 1, Nicol 1
New Zealand have won the toss and will bat first
Fine over from Kulusekara. He gets some movement on the first ball and it swings in to the batsman. The shout for LBW goes begging but he has given away just a couple of runs and the batsmen have looked a bit out of sorts.
Jayawardene has admitted that he’d have chosen to bat first too. He may have lost the toss, but a 90% fit Mendis is almost as dangerous and will be the prime weapon against New Zealand.
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Jeewan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Akila Perera
New Zealand squad: Martin Guptill, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills