Day 5 of 5
Sri Lanka won by 96 runs.

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

Commentary

Last Updated: August 30, 2009 10:40am

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    SRI LANKA WIN BY 96 RUNS

    Good fight from the Kwis, but regardless of all their frustrations today, Sri Lanka can now celebrate a Test series win. Thanks for sticking with us. Catch you again soon. Cheers.

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    Over 123.5 Muralitharan 0-0-0-0-W

    397-10 - WICKET! And the ultimate nail in the Kiwi coffin has finally arrived. Vettori's slog sweep fetches the top edge and falls into the hands of the man running in from the midwicket fence. That took much longer than anticipated, but it's all over now.

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    Over 123 Herath 0-0-0-1-0-0

    397-9 - Who would have thought the tea interval would even come into the equation today? Well, it has, and Vettori and Martin are that much closer to enjoy a cuppa before the inevitable takes place.

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    Over 122 Muralitharan 0-0-1-0-0-0

    396-9 - No more of Thushara, again it's half-crocked Muralitharan. Plenty of fielders back on the fence when Vettori is on strike, but a lot of them come close in when Martin is on strike. But he's up to it, and blocks proceedings out.

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    Over 121 Herath 0-0-0-0-0-0

    395-9 - By the way, this is now the highest Test fourth innings total ever in Sri Lanka. Martin does well to get a decent stride in but he'd do well to get a bigger one in. Regardless, he has seen off a maiden.

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    Over 120 Thushara 0-0-0-0-4-4

    395-9 - Suddenly Vettori's strokeplay is all over the place, as three inside edges misses the stumps and fall short of the wicketkeeper's gloves. He eventually gets ahold of a hack across the line, swatting four through midwicket with that characteristic spin off the back foot of his. And another four, which takes Vettori to his highest Test score and first-class score - 138 not out - as square-leg fetches the powerful glance.

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    Over 119 Herath 0-0-0-W-0-0

    387-9 - WICKET! And there it is, finally! O'Brien pokes forward, fetches a feather of an edge and walks before Harper gets to raise his finger. Actually, I wonder if Harper would have raised his finger. Perhaps O'Brien should not have walked...? Martin is the last man in - and I said this an hour ago, I know - but the end is nigh. Five-for for Herath.

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    Over 118 Thushara 1-0-0-0-1-0

    387-8 - For one it's not a single for Vettori and the rest of the over to O'Brien, as the duo share the load for this over at least. Thushara james in a couple of yorkers, but those too can't snipe the desperate breakthrough.

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    Over 117 Herath 1-0-0-0-0-0

    385-8 - "He just looks like a door," television commentator Ian Bishop exclaims, as O'Brien lobs forward, sticks out is bat, and blocks out another over. Perhaps O'Brien should put in for a promotion above Patel in the order next time around...

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    Over 116 Thushara 1-0-0-0-0-0

    384-8 - Prasad is yanked out of the attack as his fellow fast bowler gets another chance to turn his arm over. Thushara persists with a nagging line outside the off-stump but O'Brien is in no way tempted to have a poke at it. Thushara needs to make the number 10 play more. He does so to end the over, but the tail-ender's defence is too 'good'.

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    Over 115 Herath 4-2-0-0-1-0

    383-8 - Four smashed through midwicket and two sliced through extra cover sees Vettori's front-foot play step to the fore, after which O'Brien is left to do what he does best: drop anchor and enjoy his newfound hope as wannabe all-rounder.

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    Over 114 Prasad 2-0-1-0-0-0

    376-8 - Well, whatever Sangakkara was hoping for from his pace ace certainly is not coming to fruition. O'Brien and Vettori remain resolute to say the least, and although this is still leaning toward farfetched: New Zealand might just begin to think of the win if they get through another high-scoring hour.

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    Over 113 Hearth 0-0-0-0-0-0

    373-8 - O'Brien pads up and short-leg catches the ball. All and sundry go up for the lbw shout - and the catch appeal - either will do - but neither are given. Sri Lanka running out of options here...

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    Over 112 Prasad 1-0-0-0-1-4

    373-8 - Prasad peppers O'Brien with more short balls and then does the same to Vettori, who does really well to go on the pull, roll his wrists over the shot and rocket the ball to the midwicket fence. And get this, the ball has stopped right in a puddle of water. More frustration for Sri Lanka.

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    Over 111 Herath 1-0-0-0-0-0

    367-8 - For the record, this is the longest period O'Brien has ever been at the crease in Test cricket - all of 46 deleveries' worth. Ouch, Sri Lanka. He's padding up left, right and centre and Vettori must be well proud. Dirnks break.

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    Over 110 Prasad 1-0-3-1-0-0

    366-8 - It's about time. Prasad, who put in a really good spell earlier today, returns to the attack and tests the tail-ender with some of the shorter stuff. O'Brien is up to this task too, and merrily bobs and weaves his way through the probing over.

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    Over 109 Herath 0-0-0-1-0-0

    361-8 - Why oh why has Sangakkara not turned to his pace aces? This constant approach of spin from both ends is getting very tired, very quickly. Especially given crocked Muralitharan is operating at half his capacity.

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    Over 108 Muralitharan 0-0-4-0-1-0

    360-8 - Thushara gets his fiedling on the long-on fence horribly wrong and lets through a boundary that really should only have been two. O'Brien is left to prod forward, rightly surviving a shout for lbw that was utterly hopeful to say the least - pitched outside off-stump and would not have gone onto hit.

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    Over 107 Herath 4-0-0-1-0-0

    355-8 - Congrats, mate. Vettori goes over the top for four and becomes New Zealand's first centurion of the series. It's the fourth of his career and his second away from home; his first against Sri Lanka. His third at number eight and his second as Kiwi captain. The obligatory list is endless, actually.

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    Over 106 Muralitharan 4-1-0-0-0-0

    350-8 - Stubborn is as stubborn does, with Vettori hammering four across the line through midwicket and then turning the strike over to his sidekick, who hauls out the straight bat stuff to thwart a gaggle of close-in fielders.

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Match Details

Date
26th - 30th Aug 2009
Toss
Venue
Colombo
Umpires
D J Harper and N J Llong

new zealand BATTING CARD

Batsman R
McIntosh b Prasad 7
Guptill c Jayawardene b Herath 28
Flynn lbw b Herath 50
Taylor c Jayawardene b Herath 27
Ryder lbw b Herath 38
McCullum b Muralitharan 13
Oram c Sangakkara b Dilshan 56
Vettori c Herath b Muralitharan 140
Patel c Kapugedera b Muralitharan 12
O'Brien c Jayawardene b Herath 12
Martin not out 0
Extras 1nb, 13lb 14
Total All out, 123.5 Overs 397
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Paranavitana 1 0 2 0
Thushara 23.3 1 78 0
Prasad 15 1 56 1
Herath 48 9 139 5
Muralitharan 28.2 2 85 3
Dilshan 6 0 15 1
Kapugedera 2 0 9 0
Full Bowling Card