Sri Lanka vs New Zealand
New Zealand win by 3 runs.
A truly unbelievable win for the Black Caps. Dlishan's hard-hitting knock looked to have sewn up the win for the home side, but a middle order capitulation gave the New Zealanders a sniff and they managed to hold on for a memorable victory.
Over 20 Oram W-W-1-lb-2-1
138-9 - WICKET! McCullum nearly ran past that one but takes a good catch in the end! Heaved out to long off where the Kiwi raced off the rope and nearly missed judged the catch. WICKET! Another one, this is unbelievable! Kulasekara hammers the ball out to long on where Broom takes the catch. Oram is on a hat trick! It's a good yorker which Malinga fends away for a single. Mendis moves way outside off stumps and manages to pick up a leg bye as the ball flies into the off side. Oooh, that was so close! Slashed into the extra cover region Nathan McCullum makes a valiant effort and nearly takes a superb catch. Five needed off the last ball. And it's just a single! Unbelievable, new Zealand have won it!
Over 19 Bond 1-1-1-0-0-1
133-7 - Bond is back for his last over. A single hammered down to long off for one. Another one down the ground. New Zealand have Brendon McCullum down at long off and he's doing well to make sure they just get the single. Punched back to the bowler where Bond half stops the ball and it's another single. Dot ball, those are like gold. Another dot, slightly indifferent stuff from Bandara as he goes for the big one and doesn't read the slower ball. Full toss to end from Bond, just a single though. A good comeback from bond after he was slaughtered by Dilshan early on.
Over 18 Mills 1-0-2-2-1-1
129-7 - Slashed out into the deep and for a moment it looks like it's going to find the fielder but falls short of Nathan McCullum. Good slower ball from Mills beats Bandara. After a great night in the field Ryder misfields and costs his side two runs. Punched down the ground and again there's a fumble and again it's a costly one with the batsmen picking up two when there was just one. Played out to Vettori at mid off and they sneak through for the single, a direct hit would have sent Bandara packing but he can't find the target. One more to end the over, this is going to be tight.
Over 17 Oram 1-1-3-1-1-W
122-7 - Sloppy stuff, Kulasekara wanted the single as he nudges the ball into the covers, McCullum hurls in a poor throw that McGlashan can't hold and they get an overthrow. One more as the ball is played out to long on. Well palyed by Kulasekara as he upper cuts the ball into the point region, it holds up in the outfield and won't get to the fence, and they pick up three. Just short of Mills at short third man and they sneak through for a single. Slashed out to deep cover for one more. WICKET! That changes things, Mathews his gone. He won't be able with that, chipping the ball back to Oram who takes the return catch.
Over 16 Butler 1-1-1-1-1-1
115-6 - Mathews dabs the ball into the covers and picks up a single. Kulasekara pushes forward and nudges the ball to third man. Neatly tucked round the corner by Mathews and he picks up a single. One more turned into the leg side, they're dealing in singles at the moment. Down the track and cracked through cover for a single. Six singles in total in that over, good batting.
Over 15 Vettori 0-1-0-1-0-W
109-6 - The skipper is back into the attack. Rupasinghe goes on the sweep and nearly holes out to Broom in the deep but the ball drops short. A bit short and the ball is slapped to long off where Oram fumbles but he isn't looks to clip the ball into the leg side and is hit in front.
Over 14 Oram 1-1-4-2-0-4
107-5 - A quick single turned into the leg side. Another flick of the wrists results in a single. Just chipping away at the total. Mathews has got that one away, swept over short fine leg for four, a definite release of pressure there. Didn't get hold of that one as he tries to whip the ball away, gets a leading edge and the ball loops over the bowlers head. Oooh, some more indecision nearly results in another run out as Mathews looks for a single that isn't there. Mathews ends the over well, taking the ball from outside off and depositing it behind square on the leg side for four.
Over 13 Bond 1-1-0-0-0-1
95-5 - Shane Bond returns to the fray. Mathews dabs the ball down to long on for a single. Nicely timed past a diving McCullum at point and they pick up a single. Another single down the ground to end the over, a good comeback from Bond.
Over 12 Mills 1-1-0-3-0-1
92-5 - Kyle Mills returns to the attack. Two run out chances there as Rupasinghe prods the ball into the covers and sets off for the single, Brendon McCullum swoops in and hurls a throw at the keepers end as the batsman decide against the run, it would have been out if he had found the target. The Sri Lankans decide to run the overthrow and Rupasinghe is nearly run out at the other end as the ball just flies over the stumps. Rupasinghe flicks the ball into the leg side and there is a poor misfield from Guptill in the deep, allowing the batsmen to get through for an extra two runs. A single to mid off to end the over.
Over 11 Vettori 0-0-0-0-1-0
86-5 - Vettori bowls a legside line to Rupasinghe, who can't beat the field with a series of prods and dabs. The varying pace from the bowler is excellent and also keeps the batsman guessing before he eventually gets a single to backward square leg for a stab. Just one from the over, and the required rate slips above six per over.
Over 10 Butler 0-4-1-0-0-W
85-5 - Butler continues but drops short to Rupasinghe, and the debutant pulls handsomely through midwicket for four to relieve some of the pressure. WICKET! However after managing a quick single from the next ball, Kapugedera gets stuck on strike and panics. The result is a wild heave and a miss at the final delivery which knocks back off stump. Angelo Mathews comes in with Sri Lanka needing less than a run a ball. Cool heads are required.
Over 9 Vettori 1-0-1-1-2-0
80-4 - Rupasinghe gets off the mark with a single to the legside, and Chamara Kapugedera follows suit with a drive to long-on. The new batsman also gets a couple for a paddle down to fine leg, but it's a cheap over and the pressure is just notching up a little here.
Over 8 Butler 4-1-1lb-2-0-W
75-4 - Shot boss! Butler bowls a yorker outside off stump, but Dilshan just sends it racing away square of the wicket for four. He just seems to find the gaps so easily! Butler digs the next ball in and Dilshan hooks it down to fine leg for a single, and Rupasinghe's wait for an international run continues as he gets a leg-bye. Dilshan whips the next ball through midwicket and comes scurrying back for a second. WICKET! Dilshan's gone! Butler switched to bowling around the wicket, and with his second ball like that he gets Dilshan to slice one to Ryder at backward point, where he takes a very good catch diving to his left. Game on now.
Over 7 Vettori 0-1-1-1-W-0
67-3 - Time for some spin, so Peter McGlashan's up to the stumps with his baseball grille covering his face. Vettori's drift brings unusual caution to Dilshan, who just gets a single from the first two deliveries. Another single two balls later takes him to 50 in just 23 balls (7x4s, 2x6s). WICKET! Sangakkara's furious with himself and it's easy to understand why because he's offered an easy catch for McCullum at short midwicket. New Zealand desperately need wickets if they're to haul themselves back into this match so that will offer hope. Gihan Rupasinghe pulls his first ball in international cricket but McCullum dives full length to prevent any runs.
Over 6 Oram 1-1-4-2-0-2
64-2 - Jacob Oram is thrown the ball for the final over of the powerplay, and New Zealand wisely put a man back on the cover boundary for Dilshan. At least that way they can safely bowl outside off - preventing any scooping - and just concede a single unless it's a ridiculously incredible shot. Of course Sangakkara's no mug in this game and he belts one back past mid-on for four, then hits the next ball to the other side of the same fielder and gets a couple more. Oram's final ball is a good yorker, but Sangakkara squeezes it past his stumps and gets two down to fine leg.
Over 5 Butler W-0-3-4-4-0
54-2 - WICKET Absolutely brilliant from Ryder! Dilshan chopped the ball to the Kiwi at wide-ish gully, where he flung himself to his left to make the stop, then pivoted to throw down the stumps and find Jayawardene - who looked shocked - short of his ground. Superb piece of fielding and it brings Kumar Sangakkara to the crease. He gets his second ball through the covers and earns three as Guptill slips in the outfield. That puts Dilshan on strike and of course he just lathers it through the offside for four. Fine leg is up as the offside is further protected, so Dilshan lifts the next one over his head and gets four more. He fails to repeat the shot with the final delivery, but Sri Lanka's equation already looks simple enough: 88 required from 90 balls.
Over 4 Mills 6-2-6-1-0-0
43-1 - Sixer! Dilshan's first of the innings as he swings hard at a shortish ball and just clears the rope at backward square leg. The second ball is clipped down to fine leg for a couple, but the third is dispatched over long-on with a huge hit for another maximum. A single to mid-off provides some relief for Mills as Dilshan moves onto 39 from just 15 deliveries, and Jayawardene misses out on the final two deliveries. With the rate Dilshan's going at, two dot balls are hardly a concern for Sri Lanka.
Over 3 Bond 3-0-1-0-0-0
28-1 - Jayawardene faces up to Bond, who drops short and is upper-cut past point by the batsman. A tag-team effort by the Kiwi fielders prevents the boundary but the Sri Lankans run hard and manage three. The rest of the over is very good from Bond, who bowls outside off stump on a good length that prevents any attacking shots. Extra bounce sees Jayawardene miss with an attempted dab down to third man, so just four runs come from the over in total.
Over 2 Mills 1-4-1-0-W-2
24-1 - With his batting partner in full flow already, an inside edge to backward point suits Sanath Jayasuriya just fine. Dilshan gets down on one knee to play his trademark scoop over the keeper's head and executes it to perfection, so that's four more. WICKET! Jayasuriya departs after getting caught halfway through his pull shot to top-edge a simple catch to Bond at short fine leg. Mahela Jayawardene comes in at number three but Dilshan has strike for the final delivery, which he flicks through midwicket for a couple.
- 2nd Sep 2009
- E A R de Silva and H D P K Dharmasena
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|Dilshan||c Ryder b Butler||57|
|Jayasuriya||c Bond b Mills||1|
|Sangakkara||c McCullum b Vettori||13|
|Rupasinghe||lbw b Vettori||15|
|Kulasekara||c Broom b Oram||12|
|Bandara||c McCullum b Oram||7|
|Total||Close, 20.0 Overs||138 - 9|