Sri Lanka crush Bangladesh

Johannesburg – Sri Lanka have defeated Bangladesh by 64 runs in a group F match of the Super Eights in the Twenty20 championships at the Wanderers on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka’s win ensures Pakistan one of the two semi-final berths from the group.
The winner between Australia and Sri Lanka in Cape Town on Thursday will take the other spot

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 147-5 in 20 overs; Bangladesh 83 all out in 15.5 overs.
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Pakistan won by 33 runs.

Pakistan put in an inspired display with bat and ball to seal a 33-win over Sri Lanka in their Super Eight ICC World Twenty20 match in Johannesburg.

WORLD TWENTY20, Johannesburg:
Pakistan 189-6 bt Sri Lanka 156-9

PAKISTAN WIN BY 33 RUNS

20th over – Sri Lanka 156-9That’s it – a very comprehensive victory indeed by Pakistan, who brought their A-game to the Wanderers today.

19.3 overs – WICKET – Malinga c Younus b Gul 1 – Sri Lanka 155-9 Malinga tries to pull the ball but it ends up caught by Younus.

18.5 overs – WICKET – Dilshan c Younus b Hafeez 38 – Sri Lanka 150-8 Finally, finally. Dilshan connects with a full toss and almost decapitates the DJ. Another six follows next ball. Hafeez is not thrilled. Younus Khan then drops him on the boundary – so that’s three sixes in the over so far. But as he attempts to hit a fourth he is caught in the deep – Younus holding on this time.

18th over – Sri Lanka 130-7Just two overs left now and Sri Lanka require 60 to win from the final 12 balls. Another tidy over from Gul, while Dilshan is having major problems laying bat on ball.

17th over – Sri Lanka 125-7Sohail Tanvir back into the attack, running through the crease without really bothering with a delivery stride. You can see why people try to compare him with Wasim Akram. He has given away a few extras but looks to be a real find. Sohail finishes with figures of 1-26 from four overs.

16th over – Sri Lanka 119-7Dilshan has brought out the long handle but I do not think that will be enough. Looking at his batting, though, I reckon he could smash a golf ball several hundred yards. Another good over from Gul.

15th over – Sri Lanka 116-7Afridi’s spell finishes. It has been brilliant, with figures of 3-18 from his four overs. All over now, surely.

14.4 overs – WICKET – Wijekoon c Hafeez b Afridi 0 – Sri Lanka 115-7 Another wicket for Afridi. Wijekoon tries to smash the ball out of the park but gets a top edge.

14th over – Sri Lanka 113-6Pakistan very much on top now at Wanderers. Lanka have lost crucial wickets at key moments.

13.3 overs – WICKET – Mubarak c Afridi b Gul 0 – Sri Lanka 112-6 Jehan Mubarak tries to pull the ball but it is on him quickly and he is caught by Afridi coming in from mid-wicket.

12.5 overs – WICKET – Silva b Afridi 38 – Sri Lanka 111-5 Silva hits a couple of fours but then plays around a straight one and is bowled by Afridi, who tends to have a say on the outcome of a match one way or another. Silva was looking the form man for Sri Lanka.

12th over – Sri Lanka 102-4Pakistan are speeding through their overs. It looks for a moment as though Silva might be caught sweeping but the ball goes for six.

11th over – Sri Lanka 90-4Another top over from Afridi, who now has figures of 1-6 from his two overs.

10.1 overs – WICKET – Jayawardene c Hafeez b Afridi 28 – Sri Lanka 88-4 Mohammad Hafeez takes an excellent catch above his head at deep square leg to send the Sri Lankan captain on his way.

10th over – Sri Lanka 88-3The 50 partnership between Jayawardene and Silva comes up in just 31 balls. Hafeez, like Afridi before him, is mixing up his bowling to keep the Sri Lankans guessing. Hafeez’s over goes for just four runs – 16 deliveries since a boundary.

9th over – Sri Lanka 84-3Shahid Afridi into the attack, mixing up his length and pace to good effect. He concedes just four singles.

8th over – Sri Lanka 80-3Seems like a quiet over but Sri Lanka still manage to pick off nine runs. Silva hits the only boundary of the over.

7th over – Sri Lanka 71-3Another messy over from Pakistan sees Sri Lanka move to 50 with Silva hitting a four. He then plays a lovely cut for another boundary and, after a no-ball from Asif, he top edges the free hit for six. Asif is harshly penalised for another no-ball, which Silva hits for four with an outside edge.

6th over – Sri Lanka 49-3Sohail Tanvir drifts down leg again and is clipped for four. He also pings down a couple of wides. Another wideish delivery is run down to third man for a single by new batsman Chamara Silva. Mahela Jayawardene then smashes a very big six

5th over – Sri Lanka 35-5Sri Lanka’s habit of losing wickets is undermining their cause.

4.5 overs – WICKET – Sangakarra b Asif 18 – Sri Lanka 35-3 Sangakarra pulls the first ball of Asif’s over for a boundary. Maybe the pressure is starting to move on to Pakistan as Asif bowls an extremely wide, wide. Should be penalised two runs. Sangakarra gives himself some room and hits a majestic four. Pure class. But next ball Sangakarra tries to make room again and plays on after the ball hits his arm and rolls on to the stumps. He look very, very angry with himself. Asif sends him on his way with some directions as to where he should be going.

4th over – Sri Lanka 24-2Sohail Tanvir starts to drift a little leg side, conceding a wide and, later, clipped for four. Another solid over for Sri Lanka, who are under pressure after their poor start.

3rd over – Sri Lanka 15-2Pakistan are trying to turn the screw with another tight over. Well, almost a tight over before Kumara Sangakkara makes room and cuts the last ball of Asif’s over for six.

2nd over – Sri Lanka 6-2Pakistan have made a great start and Sri Lanka look a little unsettled by Sohail Tanvir’s unorthodox action. Just one run off the over.

1.1 overs – WICKET – Jayasuriya b Sohail 5 – Sri Lanka 5-2 I take it all back. Old strange action Sohail Tanvir bowls it fast and full and Jayasuriya is on his was back to the pavilion, or dugout, or whatever it is they have in this crazy world of Twenty20.

1st over – Sri Lanka 5-1Oh dear – could that be a major incident in the course of the match? Sanath Jayasuriya tries to pull the ball but it is on him quickly and he top edges. Sohail Tanvir comes in from the deep but spills the chance.

0.2 overs – WICKET – Thuranga c Gul b Asif 0 – Sri Lanka 0-1 Pakistan strike early – Upul Thuranga goes for the big one and gets a top edge. He is caught at third man off just the second ball of the innings. Game on.

PAKISTAN INNINGS

20th over – Pakistan 189-6Misbah-ul Haq hits a big six off Jayasuriya’s second ball – should he not have been in before Kamram Akmal. Misbah deposits the final ball of the over for a massive straight six. Great clean hitting. Jayasuriya has gone for 64 runs in his four overs.

19th over – Pakistan 171-6Six balls left and a big over required by Pakistan. The final over will be bowled by Jayasuriya – who has gone for 46 in his previous three overs.

18.4 overs – WICKET – Shahid Afridi b Malinga 17 – Pakistan 170-6 Another over for Malinga, who has come back well after an awful first over earlier in the innings. Afridi shuffles across his stumps and paddles it from outside his off-stump over the man at short fine leg for four. Amazing from Boom Boom. Of course, he is out next ball, a full delivery striking his leg stump.

18th over – Pakistan 164-5The excellent Fernando is back into the attack and he almost deflects a drive on to the stumps at the non-striker’s end, nearly running out Afridi. The boundaries have started to dry up. There are just two runs off the first five deliveries before Kamran Akmal edges the final ball of the over to the ropes.

17th over – Pakistan 158-5Afridi hits a short ball around the corner for four and moves on to 12. What sort of damage can he do in the remaining three overs?

16.4 overs – WICKET – Shoaib Malik c Dilshan b Malinga 57 – Pakistan 152-5 Malinga continues and is bowling a full length. Afridi plays a couple of relatively conservative shots – by his owns standards of course. However, Malik goes for another big shot but gets underneath it and is caught in the deep.

16th over – Pakistan 147-4Malik reaches his 50 with a huge six, his half century coming off just 27 balls. Shahid Afridi is out in the middle now and I’m struggling to keep up.

14.6 overs – WICKET – Younus Khan c Dilshan b Malinga 51 – Pakistan 134-4 After a superb innings Younus falls, caught at deep mid-off trying to drive Malinga for a high, straight six.

14.1 overs – Pakistan 126-3Malinga is back into the attack after a first spell that comprised one over. A leg side wide does not bode well for the slinga! Younus then gets a leading edge to a fuller delivery and collects the run he needs to raise his 50, which comes up from 32 balls.

14th over – Pakistan 121-3Wijekoon continues and he is smashed through mid-wicket for six by Younus, who is clearly having a very good time indeed thank you. Apparently one of Younus’ sixes went 103 metres. The last five overs have gone for 71 runs.

13th over – Pakistan 109-3Another six and no less than 20 runs in total from the over. Pakistan are playing their way back into this match.

12.2 overs – Pakistan 100-3Younus moves to leg, Jayasuriya tries to follow him but the Pakistan batsman clubs a six and follows that up with a beauty of a reverse swept four. The 100 comes from 77 balls.

12th over – Pakistan 89-3Pakistan are running plenty of twos to keep the scoreboard moving. This is intelligent batting but some big hits are required because this is a pretty decent track.

11.1 overs Pakistan 82-3The 50 partnership comes up between Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik. A lot rests on these two players as far as Pakistan are concerned. Malik has 33 from 16 balls.

11th over – Pakistan 81-3Jayasuriya continues but a half-decent over is somewhat ruined when the penultimate ball is clubbed to cow corner for four. Ones and two keep the scoreboard ticking over.

10th over – Pakistan 69-3Gayan Wijekoon into the attack, but the boundaries are starting to flow and Pakistan are trying to work their way towards a half decent total.

9th over – Pakistan 63-3Another good over for Pakistan, who are now after Sanath Jayasuriya. Skipper Shoaib Malik hits a boundary over the bowler’s head and ends the over with a six after some great footwork down the track. At first I thought he had hit it too high but it cleared the ropes with a couple of metres to spare.

8th over – Pakistan 49-3Lasith Malinga into the action. The blonde locks are back and flowing. I’m sure that when I saw him they other day they weren’t there, perhaps he’d had them temporarily braided or something. Malinga slings down a wide and is then whipped through midwicket for a couple by Younus Khan – though Pakistan are still struggling for boundaries. Hold on a minute – Younus Khan finds the rope with another shot through the on-side. It looks as though Pakistan are after Malinga.

7th over – Pakistan 37-3Very much a case of singles for under-pressure Pakistan. That is until Younus Khan plays a delightful straight drives that nets him two runs. Still, Sri Lanka are very much on top. Just four runs off the over.

5.5 overs – WICKET – Hafeez b Fernando 10 – Pakistan 33-3 This Hafeez fella really does like trying to hit the ball into space. Down the track to the first ball of Fernando’s over and misses completely. Fernando then deceives Hafeez with the second slower ball of the over. Hafeez then drops on to one knee to attempt a delicate paddle and top edges into the grill of his helmet. Insert gag about dentists. A fourth dot ball follows and then a yorker sees Hafeez on his way. The over ends with a dot ball. That’ll be a wicket maiden then. Anything Pollock can do, Fernando can do better.

5th over – Pakistan 33-2Mohammad Hafeez comes down the track and misses completely. Looks really ugly. The next ball he smashes Vaas for a one-bounce four. Repeats the dose next ball. I kind of like Hafeez’s stand and deliver approach. A decent over for Pakistan with nine runs coming off it.

4th over – Pakistan 24-2Another good over for Sri Lanka ends – they are very much on top against a team who look nervous.

3.1 overs – WICKET – Salman Butt b Fernando 12 – Pakistan 22-2 First ball of the next over sees Butt move to leg to make room. Too much room. Fernando hits the top of his off stump and that is another failure for the Pakistan top order.

2.6 overs – WICKET – Imran Nazir c Mubarak b Vaas 7 – Pakistan 22-1 Oh dear. Imran Nazir is initially fooled by a slower ball but cannot check his shot in time and lobs up a dolly to

Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (capt), Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt, Umar Gul, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul Haq, Younis Khan, Imran Nazir, Sohail Tanvir.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Dilhara Fernando, Sanath Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga, Jehan Mubarak, Kumara Sangakkara, Chamara Silva, Upul Tharanga, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Gayan Wijekoon.

2nd over – Pakistan 17-0Oh (Dilhara) Fernando, there is no room in this game for a no-ball. Butt creams the free hit into the air, far too high but nonetheless collects two runs. The ball is swinging but that does not prevent Imran Nazir from clipping the ball off his legs for six later in the over. The dancers move into action.

“Does your statement that “Pakistan make on change” mean “one” or “no” changes? We are very much used to the accuracy of Ben Dirs here at work.”Peter, Preston, in the TMS inbox
Peter, I am from Preston. Lets stick together eh.

1st over – Pakistan 7-0Salman Butt drives Chaminda Vaas through the covers for four – the highlight of a steady first over. The ground is far from full.

1658: The dancers are here again, grinding away close to the boundary rope. They get seriously on my nerves. One of the umpires today is Nigel Llllllllllllong.

1655: The Pakistan openers are very keen, arriving too early and then retreating to sit down on some steps for a couple of minutes. Chill out lads.

1650: Apparently there have been 137 sixes so far in the Twenty20 World Cup, clubbed by 50 different batsmen. Of course, Bangladesh badly let me down in this regard on Sunday, when a few more would have netted me the office sweep.

The biggest hit so far at Wanderers came from Chris Gayle, who leathered the ball 101 yards. Right then, no more stats unless they are massively interesting.
TOSS Sri Lanka win the toss and decide to field first. They are unchanged from the team that beat New Zealand.

Pakistan make one change from the team defeated by India, with seamer Yasir Arafat replaced by spinner Mohammad Hafeez.

“Pakistan are a good side in Twenty20. All we have to do is to take the positives from the last game and do it all over again.”Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene by bbc news

Sri Lanka: 156/9 (20.0 Ovs)

Chaminda Vaas—- 12(13)

Dilhara Fernando* ——- 0(0)

Pakistan: 189/6 (20.0 Ovs)

Mohammad Hafeez* —— 4-0-46-1
Umar Gul —– —– 4-0-14-2

Run Rate: 7.80
Last Wicket: Lasith Malinga c Younis b Gul 1(2) – 9/155 in 19.4 ov.
Previous Overs: . 1 Wd 1 . 2 1 1 1 1 . 1 1 1 6 6 Wd 6 W 1 Wd 1 1 1 W 1 1

The Pakistanis would be delighted to win this game comprehensively and with these points, they now move up to the 2nd spot in the table just below the Aussies who are ruling the charts. This was an outstanding all round display of good cricket from them with their key batsmen getting amongst the runs and then the bowlers complimented them well.

The spinners bowled well excepting the last over from Hafeez which went for runs. Shahid Afridi came up with a superb bowling performance which ensured that his side restrict the Lankans. Hope you enjoyed this game. Do join us tomorrow for all the LIVE action which starts from 08:00 GMT. Till then from all of us here in the comm box, it is good night and good bye. Adios…
Younis Khan is the Man of the Match for his valuable knock of 51 off just 35 balls.

Pakistan win by 33 runs.

19.6 Gul to Vaas, 1 run, slower delivery on the middle and leg, good length, Vaas goes on the backfoot, waits for it and pulls it away to mid wicket, just a single and that is all over
19.5 Gul to Vaas, no run, a low full toss on the off, Vaas comes on the frontfoot and punches it straight to the fielder at cover

Dilhara Fernando, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Gul to Malinga, out Caught by Younis at long off!! good length delivery outside the off stump, Malinga goes on the backfoot and looks to slog it away, top edge and a good catch by Younis diving forward Malinga c Younis b Gul 1(2)

19.4 Gul to Malinga, THATS OUT!! Caught!!

19.3 Gul to Vaas, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the middle and leg, Vaas goes on the backfoot and looks to pull it away, bottom edges it to mid wicket

19.2 Gul to Malinga, 1 run, yorker length delivery on the middle and leg, Malinga stays on the backfoot and pushes it to long on for just a single

19.1 Gul to Vaas, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the middle and leg, Vaas drives it to long on, just a single

19.1 Gul to Vaas, WIDE, starts off with a wide down the leg side

So Sri Lanka need more than a six a ball to win this match

18.6 Hafeez to Vaas, 1 run, flattish delivery on the middle and leg, Vaas comes on the frontfoot and drives it to long on for a single

Lasith Malinga, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Hafeez to Dilshan, out Caught by Younis at deep mid wicket!! He goes for the slog sweep again, hits it well and this time to the left of Younis, he runs across, brings in the slide and takes a beautiful catch, makes up for the last one Dilshan c Younis b Hafeez 38(28) [6s-4]

18.5 Hafeez to Dilshan, THATS OUT!! Caught!!

18.4 Hafeez to Dilshan, SIX!!, flat and full on the middle and leg, Dilshan kneels down again and goes for the big slog sweep, makes good contact and sends it soaring over deep mid wicket, in fact it goes straight into the hands Younis Khan and he DROPS!! it and tickles it over the ropes!!!

18.4 Hafeez to Dilshan, wide, quicker delivery down the leg side, Dilshan looks to reverse sweep, misses

18.3 Hafeez to Dilshan, SIX!!, flighted delivery on the middle and leg this time, Dilshan kneels down again and slog sweeps it over deep mid wicket, that is as flat as a pool table!!!

18.2 Hafeez to Dilshan, SIX!!, another full toss on the stumps, Dilshan kneels down and slog sweeps it over deep mid wicket, that clears the fence easily!!!

18.1 Hafeez to Vaas, 1 run, a low full toss outside the off stump, Vaas goes on the backfoot and pushes it to sweeper cover

Mohammad Hafeez is back into the attack

17.6 Gul to Vaas, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the middle and leg, Vaas goes on the backfoot and pulls it away to short mid wicket for a quick single, a direct hit would have been interesting

17.5 Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, yorker length delivery on the middle and leg, Dilshan comes on the frontfoot and looks to go for the drive, inside edges it to deep square leg

17.4 Gul to Dilshan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Dilshan reaches for it and looks to drive, misses

17.3 Gul to Vaas, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the middle and leg, Vaas goes on the backfoot and pulls it away to deep mid wicket, just a single again

17.2 Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the stumps, Dilshan makes room for himself by going outside the leg stump and slices it to deep backward point for just a single

17.1 Gul to Vaas, 1 run, yorker length delivery on the middle and leg, Vaas comes on the frontfoot and drives it to mid wicket, quick single

16.6 Tanvir to Vaas, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Vaas comes on the frontfoot and punches it to cover, a single to retain strike

16.5 Tanvir to Vaas, 2 runs, short of length delivery on the stumps, Vaas goes on the backfoot and pulls it away to deep square leg

16.4 Tanvir to Vaas, no run, back of a length delivery on the middle and leg, Vaas goes on the backfoot and looks to flick it away, rapped on the pads but a bit too high

16.3 Tanvir to Dilshan, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Dilshan reaches for it and slaps it to sweeper cover, just a single

16.3 Tanvir to Dilshan, wide, way down the leg side on that occasion

16.2 Tanvir to Dilshan, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Dilshan goes on the backfoot, opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man, he is hurrying for the second and gets it, ONE SHORT!! signals the umpire, that was tactical I believe as Dilshan wanted the strike

16.1 Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, left arm round the wicket to the right hander, slower delivery to start off with, good length and outside the off stump, Dilshan looks to scoop it and misses
Sohail Tanvir is back into the attack

15.6 Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Dilshan comes on the frontfoot and drives it to cover, straight to the fielder but he gets a quick single

15.5 Gul to Dilshan, no run, good length delivery and just outside off on that occasion, Dilshan backs off and looks to hit it over cover, misses, pressure telling on Dilshan here

15.4 Gul to Dilshan, no run, back of a length delivery outside the off stump, Dilshan goes on the backfoot and looks to cut it away, misses

15.3 Gul to Dilshan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Dilshan shuffles across, kneels down and looks to scoop it to fine leg, misses

15.2 Gul to Vaas, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the middle and leg, Vaas goes on the backfoot and mistimes a pull to mid wicket, he is off the mark

15.1 Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Dilshan comes on the frontfoot, reaches for it and smashes it to long off, straight to the fielder in the deep

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

Match Details
New zealand won the toss (Elected To Bat)
Umpires: Mark Benson and Daryl Harper
Third Umpire: Nigel Llong
Match Referee: Chris Broad
Sri lanka
Captain:
DPMD Jayawardene
Wicket Keeper:
KC Sangakkara
New zealand
Captain:
DL Vettori
Wicket Keeper:
BB McCullum
New zealand 1st Innings
New zealand Batting: 164/7 Batsman Status Ru Mi Ba 4s 6s
L Vincent c LPC Silva b CRD Fernando 14 21 16 1 0
BB McCullum c SL Malinga b CRD Fernando 10 16 12 0 0
PG Fulton c SL Malinga b G Wijekoon 25 27 19 1 2
RL Taylor c KC Sangakkara b SL Malinga 62 59 42 3 3
SB Styris lbw b ST Jayasuriya 2 3 3 0 0
CD McMillan runout () 2 6 5 0 0
JDP Oram notout 33 30 20 2 2
DL Vettori runout () 3 4 3 0 0
SE Bond Did Not Bat
MR Gillespie Did Not Bat
CS Martin Did Not Bat

Extras: 13
lb – 2,
w – 10,
nb – 0,
Overs: 20.0, 86 mins, 7 wickets

Bowing

Bowling Bowler Ov Ma Ru Wic Wid Nb
WPUJC Vaas 4.0 0 27 0 0 0
CRD Fernando 4.0 0 31 2 1 0
ST Jayasuriya 4.0 0 25 1 0 0
G Wijekoon 4.0 0 50 1 2 0
SL Malinga 4.0 0 28 1 1 0

Fall of wickets:
22 (BB McCullum, 3.6 Ov)
25 (L Vincent, 5.1 Ov)
95 (PG Fulton, 10.5 Ov)
97 (SB Styris, 11.3 Ov)
102 (CD McMillan, 12.5 Ov)
153 (RL Taylor, 18.5 Ov)
164 (DL Vettori, 19.6 Ov)
Sri lanka 1st Innings
Sri lanka Batting: 168/3 Batsman Status Ru Mi Ba 4s 6s
WU Tharanga c CS Martin b DL Vettori 37 31 25 2 2
ST Jayasuriya c PG Fulton b DL Vettori 61 – 44 6 3
KC Sangakkara c RL Taylor b SB Styris 14 15 19 1 0
DPMD Jayawardene notout 35 – 18 4 1
LPC Silva notout 9 – 7 1 0
TM Dilshan Did Not Bat
J Mubarak Did Not Bat
G Wijekoon Did Not Bat
CRD Fernando Did Not Bat
SL Malinga Did Not Bat
WPUJC Vaas Did Not Bat

Extras: 12
lb – 8,
w – 1,
nb – 0,
Overs: 18.5, 3 wickets

Bowling Bowler Ov Ma Ru Wic Wid Nb
SE Bond 4.0 0 45 0 0 0
CS Martin 3.0 0 23 0 0 0
MR Gillespie 2.5 0 29 0 1 0
DL Vettori 4.0 0 23 2 0 0
SB Styris 3.0 0 16 1 0 0
JDP Oram 2.0 0 21 0 0 0

Fall of wickets:
82 (WU Tharanga, 7.3 Ov)
108 (KC Sangakkara, 12.4 Ov)
158 (ST Jayasuriya, 17.3 Ov)

FULL COMMENTARY

Second Innings First Innings
Batting : Sri Lanka
Bowling : New Zealand

New Zealand has been comprehensively beaten by Sri Lanka by seven wickets with seven balls to spare. Sri Lankan openers Jayasuriya and Tharanga got them off to a flier as they took the New Zealand bowlers to the cleaners. Kiwi bowlers failed to leave any impression out there as they were clobbered to all parts of the ground. First a 82 runs stand between the Sri Lankan openers and then a breezy knock by skipper Jayawardena ruled New Zealand out of the match. Jayasuriya picked up his second consecutive Man of the Match for his scintallating knock of 61. So the Lankan lions will be on a high morale heading into the Super Eight stage after this great win and by topping the Group C. Thank you for being with us throughout the live commentary of this game.

18.5 M Gillespie to C Silva, The ball takes the edge of the bat of Siva and races to the third man boundary. Sri Lanka beats New Zealand by seven wickets. 168/3

18.4 M Gillespie to C Silva, Played through mid-wicket by Silva. No runs again. 164/3

18.3 M Gillespie to C Silva, Driven through the covers by Silva for no runs. 164/3

18.2 M Gillespie to C Silva, Silva lets that bouncer from Gillespie go past his head. 164/3

18.1 M Gillespie to C Silva, Driven through the covers by Silva for a couple. 164/3

18 D Vettori to C Silva, Silva flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single. 162/3

17.5 D Vettori to C Silva, Silva plays the Square-Cut. Two runs added to the total. Silva gets off the mark. 161/3

17.4 D Vettori to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 159/3

Chamara Silva is the next batsman.

17.3 D Vettori to S Jayasuriya, OUT – Jayasuriya again comes down the track and smashes the ball on the leg side. This time Jayasuriya fails to connect the ball cleanly. Fulton pouches the catch on the boundary line. 158/3

17.2 D Vettori to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya comes down the track and connects the ball cleanly. That was six from the time it left the bat of Jayasuriya. Third six for Jayasuriya. 158/2

17.1 D Vettori to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena has flicked the ball off his pads for a single. 152/2

Vettori has brought himself back into the attack for a final attempt to pick up a wicket.

17 M Gillespie to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena drives through the covers for another single in this over. 151/2

16.5 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya edges the ball for a single towards the third man region. Good over uptil now by Gillespie. 150/2

16.4 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, That ball has taken the inside edge and thudded into Jayasuriya’s pads. No rund conceded. 149/2

16.3 M Gillespie to M Jayawardena, Driven through the off side by Jayawardena. One run added to the total. 149/2

16.2 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has played it fine down the leg side for a quick single. 148/2

16.1 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has played that with the full face of the bat. 147/2

Mark Gillespie replaces Shane Bond in the bowling attack. Vettori will expect Gillespie to tighten things out there.

16 J Oram to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena clobbers the ball over mid wicket region. The ball clears the ropes easily for a massive six. Great timing by Jayawardena. 147/2

15.5 J Oram to S Jayasuriya, The ball strikes Jayasuriya very low on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. Umpire Harper signals leg bye. 141/2

15.4 J Oram to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has attempted to put bat on ball – but fails. 140/2

15.3 J Oram to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena tries to play the ball but fails to connect. The ball passes the keeper. Good running between the wickets to pick up three runs. Byes signalled by Umpire Harper. 140/2

15.2 J Oram to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena plays the square-cut but straight to the fielder for no runs. 137/2

15.1 J Oram to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena smartly places the ball bisecting the off side field for a couple. 137/2

15 S Bond to M Jayawardena, Played to the point region by Jayawardena for a single. 135/2

14.5 S Bond to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena has attempted to play that one – but missed. The fielding side are asking the question. Umpire Benson isn’t interested in the appeal. 134/2

14.4 S Bond to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena lofts the ball clearing the mid on fielder. The ball has crossed the ropes. Jayawardena is playing a blinder out there. 134/2

14.3 S Bond to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena hammers the ball through the point region. Martin dives but can’t prevent the boundary. Umpire Benson signals four runs. 130/2

14.2 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has hooked that one only for a single. 126/2

14.1 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has attempted to play that one – but missed. 125/2

Shane Bond is brought back into the bowling attack to bowl his final over.

14 J Oram to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena has played the square drive for an easy couple. 125/2

13.5 J Oram to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena belts the ball over the mid wicket region for a boundary. Jayawardena is continuing from where he left yesterday. 123/2

13.4 J Oram to M Jayawardena, Played to the point region by Jayawardena for another couple in this over. 119/2

13.3 J Oram to M Jayawardena, It’s a clean strike over mid wicket by Jayawardena. Two runs added to the total. 117/2

13.2 J Oram to S Jayasuriya, Edged by Jayasuriya. One run more for Jaysuriya and Sri Lanka. 115/2

13.1 J Oram to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya smartly guides the ball towards the third man region. A spirited effort by Bond to ensure the ball doesnt cross the line. The batsmen pick up a couple. 114/2

Jacob Oram is the new bowler in the bowling attack. He will try to get a quick breakthrough.

13 S Styris to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena has attempted to play that one – but missed. 112/2

12.5 S Styris to M Jayawardena, Jayawardena has lofted that over mid off. The ball races to the boundary. Jayawardena gets off the mark in a stylish way. 112/2

Sri Lankan skipper Jayawardena is the next batsman in for Sri Lanka.

12.4 S Styris to K Sangakkara, OUT – Sangakkara lofts the ball on the leg side. Taylor pouches the catch on the boundary line. Sri Lanka have lost their second wicket. 108/2

Fifty runs for Jayasuriya off 32 balls. Third international T20 fifty for Jayasuriya.

12.3 S Styris to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has flicked the ball for a single on the leg side. 108/1

12.2 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara has pushed it to the cover region. One run conceded. 107/1

12.1 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara hammers the ball over the mid on region. The ball thuds into the fence in a flash. Four runs has been signalled by Umpire Benson. 106/1

12 D Vettori to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara drives through the covers for a single. 102/1

11.5 D Vettori to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single. 101/1

11.4 D Vettori to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya goes after a wide one and misses. Poor delivery by Vettori. 100/1

11.3 D Vettori to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has attempted to put bat on ball – but fails. 100/1

11.2 D Vettori to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara rocks onto the backfoot and punches the ball. One run conceded. 100/1

11.1 D Vettori to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara plays the slog sweep but only for a couple. 99/1

11 S Styris to S Jayasuriya, Thick inside edge by Jayasuriya

10.5 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Pushed to the cover region by Sangakkara. One run added to the total. 97/1

10.4 S Styris to S Jayasuriya, Played to the point region by Jayasuriya for a quick single. 96/1

10.3 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara drives through the covers. One run conceded. 95/1

10.2 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara drives through the leg side for no runs. 94/1

10.1 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Ball hits Sangakkara low on the pads and races pass the keeper for a boundary. Umpire Benson gives four Leg byes. 94/1

10 D Vettori to K Sangakkara, It’s been lofted over Mid-on by Sangakkara for a single. 90/1

9.5 D Vettori to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya plays a sweep shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. Good tight bowling from Vettori. 89/1

9.4 D Vettori to K Sangakkara, Punched off the backfoot by Sangakkara. One run added to the total. 88/1

9.3 D Vettori to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara has been hit on the pads as he tried to sweep that one. Again a dot ball. 87/1

9.2 D Vettori to K Sangakkara, That’s hit Sangakkara on his pads. No appeal from the fielding side. 87/1

9.1 D Vettori to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya drives through the covers for an easy single. 87/1

9 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Played to the point region by Sangakkara. No runs conceded again. 86/1

8.5 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Driven through the off side by Sangakkara. No runs conceded. 86/1

8.4 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Dot ball. 86/1

8.3 S Styris to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya plays the ball towards the point region only for a single. 86/1

8.2 S Styris to K Sangakkara, Driven through the off side by Sangakkara for a single. 85/1

8.1 S Styris to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has played that with the full face of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single. 84/1

Scott Styris is brought into the bowling attack.

8 D Vettori to K Sangakkara, Sangakkara plays a sweep shot but straight to the fielder for no runs. 83/1

7.5 D Vettori to S Jayasuriya, Played to the point region by Jayasuriya. One run added to the total. 83/1

7.4 D Vettori to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya gets a leading edge on that one. No runs conceded. 82/1

Sangakara is the next batsman in for Sri Lanka.

7.3 D Vettori to U Tharanga, OUT – Tharanga tries to clear the long off fielder. It’s been taken at the boundary by Martin. Skipper Vettori strikes immediately in his first over. 82/1

7.2 D Vettori to U Tharanga, Tharanga drives the ball straight down the ground. Dot ball. 82/0

7.1 D Vettori to U Tharanga, Played through mid-wicket by Tharanga for a couple. 82/0

Vettori intoduces himself into the bowling attack hoping to get an immediate break through.

7 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has flicked the ball off his pads. A spirited effort by to ensure the ball doesnt cross the line. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 80/0

6.5 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, The ball is way wide on the leg side but Jayasuriya still goes after it. Wide signalled by Umpire Benson. 78/0

6.5 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya again lofts the ball over Mid-on. Bond has dropped a sitter at mid on. It was a school boy catch that Bond dropped. 77/0

6.4 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, It’s been lofted over mid-on by Jayasuriya. A diving effort by Bond; however he couldn’t hold on to it. Two runs added to the total. Good attempt by Bond. 77/0

6.3 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya again whips the ball off his pads for second consecitive huge six off this over. It is raining sixes out there. 75/0

6.2 M Gillespie to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya grinds the ball on the leg side for a huge-huge six. That was a great hit by Jayasuriya. 69/0

6.1 M Gillespie to U Tharanga, Driven through the leg side by Tharanga. Good effort by Vincent to save a certain boundary. Batsmen have managed to run three. 63/0

Veetori is looking for a desperate breakthrough. Mark Gillespie is brought into the bowling attack.

End of Power Play. Sri Lanka totally dominated the Power Play scoring 60 runs.

6 C Martin to S Jayasuriya, Played to the point region by Jayasuriya. 60/0

5.5 C Martin to S Jayasuriya, The ball strikes Jayasuriya very low on the pads 60/0

5.4 C Martin to U Tharanga, Driven through the leg side by Tharanga. One run added to the total. 60/0

5.3 C Martin to S Jayasuriya, Driven through the off side by Jayasuriya for an easy single. 59/0

5.2 C Martin to U Tharanga, Tharanga has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. One run conceded. 58/0

5.1 C Martin to U Tharanga, Elegantly driven through the leg side field by Tharanga. The ball races to the boundary. Umpire Harper signals four runs. Sri Lankan batsmen are having a party out there. 57/0

5 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has attempted to put bat on ball – but fails. 53/0

4.5 S Bond to U Tharanga, Tharanga gloriously lofts the ball over the cover field. That’s an excellent chase by Vettori. Good running between the wickets to pick up three runs. 53/0

Fifty runs partnership between Jayasuriya and Tharanga off 28 balls.

4.4 S Bond to U Tharanga, Tharanga has driven it through the off side. Good athleticism shown by Vettori. Onlt two runs conceded. 50/0

4.3 S Bond to U Tharanga, Tharanga has attempted to put bat on ball – but fails. 48/0

4.2 S Bond to U Tharanga, Tharanga tries to hook the ball. The ball takes the top edge of the bat but still flies for a six over fine leg region. Total demolition by the two Sri Lankan openers. 48/0

4.1 S Bond to U Tharanga, Tharanga has attempted to play that one – but missed. 42/0

4 C Martin to U Tharanga, Tharanga has driven it straight down the ground for a single. Good comeback by Martin after being hit for a six off the first ball. 42/0

3.5 C Martin to U Tharanga, Ball hits Tharanga low on the pads. Dot ball. 41/0

3.4 C Martin to U Tharanga, Tharanga has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 41/0

3.3 C Martin to U Tharanga, Martin again dugs the ball short. Tharanga again lets that bouncer go past his head. Martin is fired up after Tharanga’s six. 41/0

3.2 C Martin to U Tharanga, Tharanga lets that sharp bouncer from Martin go past his head. Good comeback by Martin. 41/0

3.1 C Martin to U Tharanga, Tharanga lofts the ball over the cover field. That was six from the time it left the bat of Tharanga. Excellent timing off the ball by Tharanga. 41/0

3 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya has pushed it to the cover region. No runs conceded. 35/0

2.5 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya gently flicks the ball using his wrist for another boundary in this over. Jayasuriya is taking Bond to the cleaners out there. 35/0

2.4 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya lofts the ball over mid off. The ball has crossed the ropes. Excellent batting by Jayasuriya. 31/0

2.3 S Bond to U Tharanga, Driven through the off side by Tharanga. The batsmen have run through for a single. 27/0

2.2 S Bond to U Tharanga, Tharanga slams the ball off the backfoot piercing the off side field. The ball races to the boundary. First boundary for Tharanga. 26/0

2.1 S Bond to U Tharanga, It’s been lofted over Mid-on by Tharanga for a couple. 22/0

2 C Martin to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya crunches the ball through the point region. The fielder has no chance of stopping the ball as it races to the boundary. Jayasuriya gets Sri Lanka off to a flier. 20/0

1.5 C Martin to U Tharanga, Ball hits Tharanga low on the pads. One run conceded. Leg byes given by Umpire Harper. 16/0

1.4 C Martin to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya works it down the leg side for a single. 15/0

1.3 C Martin to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya smartly pulls the ball off the front foot. Tha ball runs to teh boundary. It was just a short arm jab from Jayasuriya. 14/0

1.2 C Martin to U Tharanga, Driven through the off side by Tharanga. The batsmen have run through for a single. 10/0

1.1 C Martin to U Tharanga, Tharanga has played that with the full face of the bat. 9/0

Chris Martin will share the new ball with Shane Bond. He too will hope to strike some early blows from his end.

1 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Driven through the leg side by Jayasuriya for no runs. 9/0

0.5 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya goes after a wide one and misses. Poor delivery by Bond and equally poor shot execution by Jayasuriya. 9/0

0.4 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Jayasuriya slams the ball off the backfoot piercing the off side field for a boundary. That is a typical Jayasuriya shot. 9/0

0.3 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Left alone by Jayasuriya. 5/0

0.2 S Bond to S Jayasuriya, Edged by Jayasuriya. McMillan’s efforts go in vain as the ball races to the boundary. Jayasuriya gets off the mark with a boundary. 5/0

0.1 S Bond to U Tharanga, Tharanga has slammed the ball through point for his first runs. 1/0

Shane Bond will open the bowling attack for New Zealand. He will hope to put some early inroads to give New Zealand a realistic chance of winning.

Sri Lankan openers Jayasuriya and Tharanga are out at the crease. Both the openers will like to give their team a great start and chase down this total comfortably.

First Innings
Batting : New Zealand
Bowling : Sri Lanka

New Zealand has made 164-7 off their 20 overs. Jayawardena must be happy with his bowler’s performance as they restricted New Zealand to this chaseble total. Sri Lankan players were dominating from the start of the innings as they fielded and bowled well. Sri lankan bowlers kept things tight out there and never let New Zealand get off the hook. Dilhara Fernando bowled excellently today and scalped two wickets as his reward. For New Zealand Ross Taylor dazzled with a quick fire 62 runs. Join us for the live commentary after the innings break to see how Sri Lanka goes about their chase.

20 G Wijekoon to J Oram, OUT – Oram has driven it through the off side. Good pick up and throw by Wijekoon to run Vettori out. One run conceded. Sri Lanka needs 165 runs to win. 164/7

19.5 G Wijekoon to D Vettori, Driven through the leg side by Vettori. One run added to the total. Good tight stuff by Wijekoon. 163/6

19.4 G Wijekoon to J Oram, Pushed to the cover region by Oram for a quick single. 162/6

19.3 G Wijekoon to J Oram, Oram has taken the risk and lofted it over the in field. Up

19.2 G Wijekoon to J Oram, Driven through the off side by Oram. The batsmen have run through for a single. 156/6

19.1 G Wijekoon to D Vettori, Driven through the off side by Vettori for a quick single. 155/6

Gayan Wijekoon is brought back into the bowling attack to bowl the final over of the innings.

19 L Malinga to D Vettori, Vettori has pushed it to the cover region. One run conceded. Vettori gets off the mark. 154/6

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori joins Oram at the crease.

18.5 L Malinga to R Taylor, OUT – Taylor has knicked that one. Sangakkara takes a straight forward catch. New Zealand has lost the crucial wicket of Taylor. 153/6

18.4 L Malinga to J Oram, Oram has lofted it over covers for a single. 153/5

18.3 L Malinga to J Oram, Oram goes for the pull shot but misses the ball completely. 152/5

18.2 L Malinga to J Oram, Oram smashes the ball over the mid on region for a boundary. Useful runs for New Zealand at this stage. 152/5

18.1 L Malinga to R Taylor, Taylor has dug out that yorker at the last second. The batsmen have run through for a single. 148/5

18 Dilhara Fernando to R Taylor, Taylor has pushed it to the cover region for a single. Good over in the depth by Fernando. New Zealand will try to up the temp with only two overs left. 147/5

17.5 Dilhara Fernando to R Taylor, Taylor has failed to put bat on the ball for the second time in the row. 146/5

17.4 Dilhara Fernando to R Taylor, Taylor fails to put bat on ball as he tried to slog the ball. 146/5

17.3 Dilhara Fernando to R Taylor, Driven through the leg side by Taylor for a couple. 146/5

17.2 Dilhara Fernando to J Oram, Oram plays the pull-shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 144/5

17.1 Dilhara Fernando to J Oram, Oram has top edged the ball. Jayasuriya fails to get a hand on the ball at mid off. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 143/5

Dilhara Fernando brought back into the bowling attack for his final spell of the match.

17 L Malinga to R Taylor, Taylor whacks the ball over the cover field for a boundary. End of a fruitful over for New Zealand. 141/5

16.5 L Malinga to J Oram, Oram guides it to third man. One run added to the total. 137/5

16.4 L Malinga to J Oram, Oram smashes the ball straight over the mid off region for a massive six. Good strike by Oram. It is the 90th six of the inaugural WT20. 136/5

16.2 L Malinga to R Taylor, Taylor goes after a wide one and misses. Poor delivery by Malinga. 129/5

16.1 L Malinga to J Oram, Driven through the leg side by Oram for a single. 129/5

16 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor sweeps the ball fine for a couple on the leg side. 128/5

15.5 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor goes for the sweep but fails to connect it. 126/5

15.4 G Wijekoon to J Oram, Oram has driven it through the off side. One run conceded. 126/5

15.3 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor has played it through mid-wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single. 125/5

Fifty runs for Ross Taylor off 30 balls. Ross Taylor brings up his fifty in a stylish way by hitting a massive six.

15.2 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor has attempted to put bat on ball – but fails. 124/5

15.1 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor blasts the ball over the deep mid wicket region for a big six. Wijekoon is welcomed to the crease for his second spell with a mighty six. 124/5

Jayasuriya is replaced by Wijekoon in the bowling attack.

15 L Malinga to J Oram, Oram is beaten by Malinga outside his off stump. Good delivery by Malinga. 118/5

14.5 L Malinga to R Taylor, Taylor has dug out that swinging yorker from Malinga at the last second. The batsmen have run through for a single. 118/5

14.4 L Malinga to J Oram, Pushed to the cover region by Oram. The batsmen have run through for a single. 117/5

14.3 L Malinga to R Taylor, Taylor drives the ball straight down the ground for a single. 116/5

14.2 L Malinga to R Taylor, The ball is way wide on the leg side but Taylor still goes after it. Wide signalled by Umpire Harper. 115/5

14.2 L Malinga to J Oram, Oram defends the ball off the backfoot and takes a quick single. 114/5

14.1 L Malinga to R Taylor, Driven through the covers by Taylor. One run added to the total. 113/5

14 S Jayasuriya to J Oram, Oram has played the reverse sweep using the pace of the ball. The ball races to the boundary in a flash. Good innovative shot by Oram for his first boundary. 112/5

13.5 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Played to the point region by Taylor. One run conceded. Good rotation of the strike by both the batsmen. 108/5

13.4 S Jayasuriya to J Oram, Driven through the leg side by Oram for a single. 107/5

13.3 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Driven through the leg side by Taylor. One run more to Taylor. 106/5

13.2 S Jayasuriya to J Oram, Oram has driven it through the off side for a single again. 105/5

13.1 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Played through mid-wicket by Taylor. One run added to the total. 104/5

13 L Malinga to R Taylor, Played through mid-wicket by Taylor for an easy single. End of an excellent first over by Malinga. 103/5

With half of the New Zealand back in the pavilion, Jacob Oram comes at the crease.

12.5 L Malinga to C McMillan, OUT – Driven through the covers by McMillan. Run out at the non-striker end by Malinga! Umpire Harper takes the help of the Third Umpire who signals red light this time. 102/5

12.4 L Malinga to C McMillan, McMillan is beaten by the extra pace of Malinga. 102/4

12.3 L Malinga to R Taylor, Taylor drives through the covers. One run added to the total. 102/4

12.2 L Malinga to C McMillan, Played to the point region by McMillan. The batsmen have run through for a single. 101/4

12.1 L Malinga to R Taylor, Taylor has played that off the front foot and into the ground for a single. 100/4

Lasith Malinga is introduced into the bowling attack.

12 S Jayasuriya to C McMillan, McMillan has attempted to play that one – but missed. Sangakkara knocks the bails in a flash. Umpire Benson signals towards the Third Umpire who gives green signal. 99/4

11.5 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Taylor drives through the leg side. One run conceded. 99/4

11.4 S Jayasuriya to C McMillan, Driven through the off side by McMillan. The batsmen have run through for a single. 98/4

Craig McMillan is the next batsman in for New Zealand.

11.3 S Jayasuriya to S Styris, OUT – Ball hits Styris low on the pads. The fielding side is asking the question. Umpire Benson raises his finger. Jayasuriya strikes with his first wicket. 97/4

11.2 S Jayasuriya to S Styris, Styris has played it to the point region for a couple. 97/3

11.1 S Jayasuriya to S Styris, Styris has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 95/3

11 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 95/3

10.5 G Wijekoon to P Fulton, OUT – Fulton has taken the risk and lofted it over the in field. Malinga pouches the catch on the boundary line. Fulton departs trying to accelerate the run rate. 95/3

Styris is the next batsman in for New Zealand.

95/3

10.4 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Driven through the leg side by Taylor. The batsmen have run through for a single. 95/2

10.3 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor has lofted that over mid wicket. This one’s gone all the way over the ropes for a six. Excellent shot by Taylor. Up go the arms of Umpire Harper. 94/2

10.2 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor drives through the leg side for a couple. 88/2

10.1 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, The ball is way wide on the leg side but Taylor still goes after it. The ball misses the keeper and runs down to the boundary. Umpire Harper signals five wides. 86/2

10.1 G Wijekoon to P Fulton, Played through mid-wicket by Fulton. One run added to the total. 81/2

10 S Jayasuriya to P Fulton, Fulton flicks the ball for a single on the leg side. 80/2

9.5 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Ball hits Taylor low on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg byes given by Umpire Benson. 79/2

9.4 S Jayasuriya to P Fulton, Fulton drives through the leg side for a single. 78/2

9.3 S Jayasuriya to P Fulton, The ball is way wide on the leg side but Fulton still goes after it. 77/2

9.2 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Played to the point region by Taylor. One run conceded. 77/2

Fifty runs partnership between Taylor and Fulton off 24 balls. Both will try to gain some momentum and post a huge total on board.

9.1 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Taylor plays the slog sweep. The ball goes to the mid on region only for a couple. 76/2

9 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor has played it to the point region for a single. 74/2

8.5 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor belts the ball over the mid wicket region for a huge six. First six for Ross Taylor. 73/2

8.4 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Wide outside off stump

8.4 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Taylor tries to sweep

8.3 G Wijekoon to P Fulton, Fulton has played that with the full face of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single. 62/2

8.2 G Wijekoon to R Taylor, Driven through the leg side by Taylor for another single in this over. 61/2

8.1 G Wijekoon to P Fulton, Driven through the off side by Fulton. One run added to the total. 60/2

Gayan Wijekoon replaces Vaas in the bowling attack.

8 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Taylor sweeps the ball against the spin for a boundary. Fine shot by Taylor. 59/2

7.5 S Jayasuriya to P Fulton, Fulton has flicked the ball off his pads. Fulton reaches the crease in time as Sangakkara removes the bails. Umpire Benson takes the help of the Third Umpire who gives green signal. 55/2

7.4 S Jayasuriya to P Fulton, Ball hits Fulton low on the pads. 54/2

7.3 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Taylor works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single. 54/2

7.2 S Jayasuriya to P Fulton, Fulton goes for the sweep but fails to connect it. The batsmen have run through for a single. Byes has been called by Umpire Benson. 53/2

7.1 S Jayasuriya to R Taylor, Played through mid-wicket by Taylor. One run conceded. 52/2

Spin is introduced into the bowling attack. Jayasuriya is brought into the attack.

7 C Vaas to P Fulton, Fulton excellently flicks the ball off his pads for the maximum. Great shot by Fulton. Umpire Harper raises his arms in the air to signal a six. 51/2

6.5 C Vaas to R Taylor, Played through mid-wicket by Taylor. One run added to the total. 45/2

6.4 C Vaas to R Taylor, Taylor edges the ball. The ball races through the lush green outfield to the boundary. First boundary for Taylor. 44/2

6.3 C Vaas to R Taylor, Defended off the front foot by Taylor. 40/2

6.2 C Vaas to P Fulton, Fulton has flicked the ball off his pads for a single. 40/2

6.1 C Vaas to R Taylor, Taylor has played that off the front foot and into the ground. The batsmen have run through for a single. 39/2

Power Play is completed. Sri Lanka have struck with two wickets and have kept things tight out there.

6 Dilhara Fernando to P Fulton, Fulton strikes the ball cleanly over the mid wicket region. The ball has crossed the ropes. End of an expensive over by Fernando. 38/2

5.5 Dilhara Fernando to P Fulton, Fulton has been struck on the thigh-pad. 34/2

5.4 Dilhara Fernando to R Taylor, Taylor has played that off the front foot and into the ground. One run conceded. 34/2

5.3 Dilhara Fernando to P Fulton, Driven through the leg side by Fulton. The batsmen have run through for a single. 33/2

5.2 Dilhara Fernando to P Fulton, Fulton flicks the ball for a massive six over the leg side field. First six of the match came of the bat of Fulton. 32/2

5.1 Dilhara Fernando to P Fulton, The ball is way wide on the leg side but Fulton still goes after it. Umpire Benson has signalled a wide. fernando wastes the hat-trick ball. 26/2

Ross Taylor is the next batsman in for New Zealand.

5.1 Dilhara Fernando to Lou Vincent, OUT – Vincent pulls the ball high in the air. It’s taken by Silva at mid off. Fernando is on a hat-trick. 25/2

5 C Vaas to Lou Vincent, Pushed to the cover region by Vincent. Dilshan goes for a direct hit but misses the stumps. One run conceded. 25/1

4.5 C Vaas to Lou Vincent, Vincent has punched the ball off the backfoot for no runs. 24/1

4.4 C Vaas to P Fulton, Driven through the off side by Fulton. The batsmen have run through for a single. 24/1

4.3 C Vaas to P Fulton, Fulton has played that with the full face of the bat. 23/1

4.2 C Vaas to P Fulton, Fulton has played it through mid-wicket. No runs conceded. 23/1

4.1 C Vaas to Lou Vincent, Played to the point region by Vincent for an easy single. 23/1

Peter Fulton

4 Dilhara Fernando to B McCullum, OUT – McCullum hooks the ball over square leg region. It’s been taken at the boundary by Malinga. New Zealand have lost an early wicket. 22/1

3.5 Dilhara Fernando to B McCullum, McCullum has taken the risk and lofted the ball over the in field. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 22/0

3.4 Dilhara Fernando to Lou Vincent, Vincent has played that off the front foot and into the ground for a single. 20/0

3.3 Dilhara Fernando to Lou Vincent, Vincent has played that with the full face of the bat. 19/0

3.2 Dilhara Fernando to Lou Vincent, Vincent is again beaten outside his off stump by Fernando. 19/0

3.1 Dilhara Fernando to Lou Vincent, Vincent tries to hit the ball outside his off stump but fails to connect. 19/0

3 C Vaas to Lou Vincent, Vincent flicks the ball pass the short fine fielder for a single. 19/0

2.5 C Vaas to B McCullum, McCullum plays the ball off the front foot and takes a single. 18/0

2.4 C Vaas to B McCullum, McCullum has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 17/0

2.3 C Vaas to Lou Vincent, Vincent has driven it through the off side. One run conceded. 17/0

2.2 C Vaas to Lou Vincent, Vincent makes some room and hits the ball over mid off region. The ball bisects the field and has crossed the ropes for the first boundary of the New Zealand innings. 16/0

2.1 C Vaas to B McCullum, The ball has found the edge of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single. 12/0

2 Dilhara Fernando to B McCullum, McCullum has driven it through the off side for a single. 11/0

1.5 Dilhara Fernando to B McCullum, McCullum has attempted to put bat on ball – but fails. 10/0

1.4 Dilhara Fernando to B McCullum, McCullum top edges the ball. Good ball by Fernando. Tough chance for the fielder at short fine leg. Two runs added to the total. 10/0

1.3 Dilhara Fernando to Lou Vincent, Vincent pulls the ball hard for three runs on the leg side. 8/0

1.2 Dilhara Fernando to B McCullum, McCullum pushes the ball through the cover region for a single. 5/0

1.1 Dilhara Fernando to Lou Vincent, Vincent defends the ball off the front foot and pinch a quick single. 4/0

Dilhara Fernando will partner Vaas in the bowling attack from the other end.

1 C Vaas to B McCullum, McCullum has played that off the front foot and into the ground. End of a good tight first over by Vaas. 3/0

0.5 C Vaas to B McCullum, McCullum top edges the ball over the point fielder for a couple. 3/0

0.4 C Vaas to B McCullum, Ball hits McCullum low on the pads. Dot ball. 1/0

0.3 C Vaas to Lou Vincent, Vincent drives through the leg side for a single. Vincent and New Zealand gets off the mark. 1/0

0.2 C Vaas to Lou Vincent, Vincent plays the ball off the front foot for no runs. 0/0

0.1 C Vaas to Lou Vincent, Vincent has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 0/0

Chaminda Vaas will open the bowling attack for Sri Lanka. Vaas will hope to strike some early blows to hamper the New Zealand batting plans.

New Zealand openers Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum are out at the crease. Both the openers will like to put on a good opening stand so that the middle order batsmen can capitalize on it.

Mark Benson (Eng) & Daryl Harper (Aus) are the two on field officials for today’s game while Nigel Llong (Eng) is the third umpire.

New Zealand wins the toss and elects to bat first on this batsmen’s paradise wicket.

The forecast at Wanderers is bright and sunny. The pitch is reasonably hard with very little grass on it. As the past few matches at Wanderers, the batsmen are expected to prosper again today on this belter of a pitch.

Hello and welcome to the Group C encounter between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.

It is a battle of two giant contenders for the ICC WT20 Championship as both the teams are equally matched. Both Kiwis and the Lankan lions are coming into this game at the back of their thumping wins over minnows Kenya. Sri Lanka was virtually unstoppable yesterday as they powered to a massive record total of 260 with both their key batsmen Jayasuriya and Jayawardena looking in supreme touch. New Zealand batsmen didn’t have much of outing in the middle but Vincent, McCullum and Fulton showed that the Kiwis possess a power-house batting line-up at the top.

The contest between Jayasuriya and Shane Bond will be a must to watch as it will be interesting to see who comes on top today.

One more player to watch out today is Mark Gillespie who was the chief destructor for New Zealand in their first game. With pride at stakes, the two sides will like to win this game and top their group heading into the Super Eight stage

Sri Lankans cruise to record win

Sri Lanka amassed the highest ever Twenty20 international total as they crushed Kenya by 172 runs in a Group C Twenty20 World Cup game at the Wanderers.

Having been put into bat, they blasted 30 fours and 11 sixes in a pulsating 260-6, Sanath Jayasuriya firing 88 off 44 balls with 11 fours and four sixes. Mahela Jayawardene added an attractive 65 from 28 balls with nine fours and two sixes and Jehan Mubarak lashed four sixes in an over in 46 from 13 balls.
Chamara Vaas then struck with the third ball as Kenya were all out for 88. The Sri Lankans, sporting a new lighter blue strip, quickly recovered from the loss of Upul Tharanga, who failed to make contact with an attempted pull and saw his middle stump knocked back in the third over.
Jayasuriya was soon into his stride with some trademark strokes, a square drive fizzing like a tracer bullet to the point fence for six and a short-arm jab sailing over mid-wicket for another maximum.
The assured Kumar Sangakkara kept the scoreboard ticking over competently, working the ball into the gaps before he was bowled around his legs trying to sweep. Skipper Jayawardene allowed himself one delivery to acclimatise before nonchalantly flicking his second delivery many rows back at mid-wicket, to bring up the 100 from the final ball of the 10th over.
The Kenyans did themselves no favours, Thomas Odoyo and Lameck Onyango colliding in comical fashion when a rare Jayasuriya top-edge looped to deep mid-wicket. Then skipper Steve Tikolo, perhaps still conscious of his belief he could restrict Sri Lanka to 150-160, over-stepped, allowing a free hit which was promptly thumped past mid-wicket for four more by Jayasuriya.
Jayawardene was stylish at all times, often backing away effectively to glide the ball stylishly through the off-side. Jayasuriya sent his final six into the back of the large tunnel, the same distant territory found by Chris Gayle on Tuesday, but could not emulate the West Indian’s century and departed for 88 from 44 balls when he miscued to mid-on.
Obuya fumbled a skier from Chamara Silva on the boundary but atoned with a smart piece of ground fielding that ran out the right-hander. The innings did not exactly need extra impetus, but Mubarak gave it some anyway, despatching the ball to all parts of the ground in a pulsating cameo. He took 29 from one Onyango over, but was denied the fastest Twenty20 fifty when he failed to connect with the final ball of the innings. Whatever was said between the Kenyan batsmen in the short interval failed to provide the inspiration as they chased 13 per over.
Chaminda Vaas found immediate swing and trapped Ouma in an opening wicket maiden. Mishra provided the highlight of the innings, connecting perfectly with a swipe at Vaas that sailed many a mile at mid-wicket. The left-arm seamer exacted his revenge on Obuya, who sank to the turf in a fashion that could only mean he had been hit in one specific area. Lasith Malinga, complete with an extravagant new hairstyle, was rather too sharp and tricky for the hapless Kenyans, deprived of the injured Odoyo with the bat, and they were swept away by the stylish Sri Lankans. By source – bbc.co.uk