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Sri Lanka won by 112 runs.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

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Last Updated: March 18, 2011 4:43pm

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    Sri Lanka win by 112 runs

    A convincing win in the end for the Sri Lankans. Murali and Mendis built on from the good work done with the bat by Sangakkara and Jayawardene to ensure that the Black Caps were given little chance of triumphing here. Unfortunately, many will point to the moment when in the Sri Lankan innings when Nathan McCullum appeared to have a legitimate caught and bowled catch ruled not out as a turning point. But in truth that would be clutching at straws as the Sri Lankans dominated for the majority of the game.

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    Over 35 Malinga 4-4-0-1-0-W

    153 - The batting powerplay has been taken and Malinga returns to the attack. Oram isn't going to waste any time, heaving the ball wide of mid on for four. Two from two as the next delivery is smashed down the ground for four more. Not particularly impressed by the start to the over, Mainga fires in a fast full toss that Oram - who was moving all over his crease - can do little about. Wicket! The penultimate ball of the over is a fiery bouncer, and Malinga follows it up with a full delivery on the stumps and there's nothing Bennett can do about it but watch as his stumps are disturbed.

  • Over 34 Mendis wd-1-1-1-W-0-0

    144-9 - Mendis returns, he's bowled well today, but begins this spell with a leg side wide. Wicket! Another one gone! Southee is trapped in front pushing forward and umpire Rauf has little hesitation in raising the finger. They go for the review, but he was plumb and Mendis has his second wicket!

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    Over 33 Dilshan 1-1-1-1-1-1

    140-8 - Six off the over, all singles as Oram and Southee show some restrained and kept the scorecard ticking over.

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    Over 32 Muralitharan 1-1lb-W-0-4-1lb

    134-8 - Wicket! Clever flight from the bowler and complementary field placement from the captain sees Franklin squirt one straight to short cover, where Dilshan lays in wait for a dolly of catch. Great thinking from Sangakkara there, who knew the spinner had it in him to outfox the left-hander, whose tendency to play at the ball a touch too early proves his undoing. Southee in now.

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    Over 31 Dilshan 0-2-1-1-0-0

    127-7 - Oram runs down the track and heaves through the spin, making do with a couple of runs skewed through square-leg. Dampness still an issue for the bowlers, with Dilshan wiping away at the ball furiously between each and every delivery.

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    Over 30 Muralitharan 1-0-0-0-1-0

    123-7 - Oram goes on the sweep in trying to power one through midwicket, but is entirely flummoxed by a severe lack of pace and bounce from this dull track. New Zealand don't want to dig themselves into too much of a whole here. Yes, they've qualified for the quarter-finals, but they don't want to compromise their net run-rate and fall to fourth in their Group rather than third.

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    Over 29 Dilshan 1-1-0-0-0-0

    121-7 - The light tower is back on to its fullest extent and there's a big cheer from the crowd. Oram, meanwhile, has switched to Test match mode in deadbatting anything and everything set before him.

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    Over 28 Muralitharan 0-1-1-0-1-1lb

    119-7 - Under a lot less light than a couple of overs ago, Oram and Franklin dig their way through another fine over from the spinner. As if Muralitharan's wizardry wasn't enough for the New Zealanders to worry about, now they've got a failed set of floodlights to contend with too.

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    Over 27 Dilshan 1-1-0-1-W-0

    115-7 - More round arm than ever, Dilshan churns out his low and slow affair. Franklin is defensive for the most part, until a gap through the off-side simply must be taken. That leaves McCullum to the strike, who can't resist a lot more air from the spinner. Wicket! The end result sees an attempted drive succeed only in scooting an edge to first slip, where Jayawardene takes a sharp catch midships. This, ladies and gents, is the beginning of the end for the Kiwis. Oram in now. Meanwhile, one of the floodlight pylons has failed, but both sides have agreed to play on without it.

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    Over 26 Muralitharan 1lb-0-4-0-1-0

    112-6 - Franklin manages to pick a quicker, straighter one from the spinner to dart it down through third man as his deft touch brings four welcome runs to New Zealand. Muralitharan won't mind that, for as long as the batsman is playing shots the bowler is in with a chance of getting him out.

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    Over 25 Dilshan 1-0-1-0-1-0

    106-6 - Dilshan back into the attack with his part-time spin. No need for risky cricket from New Zealand, with McCullum and Franklin happy to just nudge the singles on offer around the park.

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    Over 24 Muralitharan 1-0-0-1-W-1

    103-6 - Plenty of circumspection on the defence from the left-handed Franklin, who eventually gets one away through fine-leg as Muralitharan errs in line. Wicket! Having battled for grip thanks to the ensuing dew and damp ball, Muralitharan is then entirely pleased with the ripper that has Styris plank it straight back to the bowler for an easy return catch. McCullum in now.

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    Over 23 Mendis 0-0-1-4-0-0

    100-5 - Ooh, the spinners are really troubling the batsmen here as Styris nearly edges back onto his stumps. A chance for some runs and to get the ball wet as Mendis strays down leg and it's turned around the corner for four. Murali 'chased' after that one but he really isn't moving too well. The umpires are taking a look at the ball, Sri Lanka aren't happy with it but they're going to have to make do. If the ball is wet from the dew that's their problem, they knew this would happen when they chose to bat first.

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    Over 22 Muralitharan W-0-1-0-1-0

    95-5 - Wicket! After a lot of thought umpire Rauf raises the finger as Taylor is hit on the pads pushing forward. They go for the review but it's hitting middle of middle and there's no getting around that one! Franklin is the new man and he gets off the mark, defending the ball into the off side for a single.

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    Over 21 Mendis 1-0-0-1-1-1

    93-4 - Styris and Taylor are content to knock the ball around for a few singles as they look to steady the ship.

  • Over 20 Muralitharan 0-W-1-0-0-0

    90-4 - So brief was his time off the field that Murali is free to bowl again. Wicket! He's picked up the wicket of Williamson, great work from Sangakkara! Williamson pushes forward and is beaten by the doosra, quick as a flash Sangakkara whips off the bails and Williamson had never regained his ground. Into the all-rounders now with Stytis the new man in.

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    Over 19 Mendis 1-0-0-0-0-0

    188-3 - A tight over from Mendis, keeping Taylor quiet. Murali is back on the field.

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    Over 18 Muralitharan 1-0-1-3nb-0-0-0

    87-3 - And here he is. Having spent some time off the ground, Murali has been back on the field for a sufficient period to have a bowl. Naughty, naughty as Murali oversteps, and to make mattes worse, Williamson cuts it away for three. The free hit is fired in and bowls Taylor but of course it doesn't matter! Murali trots off the field again, but it looks like he will be back, perhaps the strapping is just causing a problem or too.

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    Over 17 Mendis 0-1-0-1-W-1

    83-3 - Murali should be allowed to bowl in an over or two, for now it's Mendis though. ooh, Ryder gets away with one as the ball squirts off the insiede of his bat as he looks to heave the ball into the leg side, Silva at short midwicket nearly came into play. Wicket! Nothing close about that one though, it;s out for sure! Ryder pushes forward and as the ball moves away from him a touch he gets a little outside edge which is snaffled up by Sangakkara.

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Match Details

Date
18th Mar 2011
Toss
Venue
The Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Umpires
Asad Rauf and R A Kettleborough

new zealand BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Guptill lbw b Kulasekara 13
McCullum c Jayawardene b Mathews 14
Ryder c Sangakkara b Mendis 19
Taylor lbw b Muralitharan 33
Williamson st Sangakkara b Muralitharan 5
Styris c&b Muralitharan 6
Franklin c Dilshan b Muralitharan 20
McCullum c Jayawardene b Dilshan 4
Oram not out 20
Southee lbw b Mendis 8
Bennett b Malinga 0
Extras 1nb, 6w, 4lb 11
Total All out, 35.0 Overs 153
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Malinga 5 0 38 1
Kulasekara 7 0 19 1
Mathews 3 0 19 1
Mendis 6 0 24 2
Dilshan 6 0 24 1
Muralitharan 8 0 25 4
Full Bowling Card