New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

New Zealand won by 2 wickets –  Sri Lanka 135/6(20 overs), New Zealand 139/8 (19.5 overs)

The lung opener in the third version of the ICC T20 was the ideal script from an organizers view point. The pendulum swung both ways as New Zealand reached the target of 136 runs with just one ball to spare and two wickets in hand. The hero was none other than Nathan Mc Cullen who made it count by lofting Lasith Malinga for a glorious six over long off in the penultimate ball of the innings.

Sri Lanka winning the toss and electing to bat first made 135 for 6 wickets on a sluggish pitch that aided spin bowlers. Mahela Jayewardene was out standing with a stylish 81 which included two sixes and eight boundaries. Dinesh Chandimal the debutant batting at number four justified his selection with a well compiled 29 off 23 balls.

The right hander was caught brilliantly by Ross Taylor in the 16th over off the bowling of Nathan Mc Cullen with Sri Lanka on 103. Young Chandimal was involved in a 59 run partnership with senior pro Mahela Jayewardene for the 3rd wicket. TM Dilshan seems out of form and this has created immense pressure for the strong Sri Lankan batting line up. Dilshan faced 18 balls and scored only 3 runs which is a concern for Sangakkara and co.

The pick of the bowlers was Nathan Mc Cullen, he opened the bowling for the Kiwis and was miserly, conceding only 17 runs in his 4 overs and had an important scalp, that of Dinesh Chandimal.

As expected the black caps were excellent in their ground fielding and catching. They grabbed every opportunity, offered by their opponents.

Chasing a modest score of 136 for victory, the black caps lost Brendon Mc Cullen in the very first over off the bowling of Angelo Mathews for no score. Jessie Ryder and Martin Guptil then settled in, and batted with confidence to put on a good partnership of 62 runs for the second wicket. Muttia Muralidharan got the vital break through; when he had the dangerous Ryder bowled for 42. Guptil followed yorked by Jayasuriya for 19 with the Kiwis on 66 for 3.

The spinners then put the brakes on, however Ajantha Mendis was picked for two big sixes by Jacob Oram in the in the 15th over, which was a big turning point in this game. After the dismissal of Oram and Hopkins , the former bowled by Welegedera for 15 and the latter run out by Dilshan for 1 ,Sri Lanka took control with the Kiwis on 117 for 7 wickets in the 18th Over.

Cometh the hour cometh the man in Nathan Mc Cullen,  stroked 16, runs off 6 balls under tremendous pressure to help the Kiwis win with one ball to spare.

Sri Lanka are in a must win situation now against Zimbabwe who have played good T20 Cricket in recent times.

This Monday the Sri Lankans will have to be better than their best, otherwise an early exit from the competition looms in the air.


    srilanka players not playing good game. They want only cash.(Like IPL)
    SLC Also given good packages form them. But not use. What is the states of our cricket
    we lost 01st match in tournaments.
    Dilshan at the moments not good form . He should change he is batting place .
    malinga also should be drop . For next matches. Thissara or suraj should be play.
    SLC Team manager are you sleeping?

  • gamini wanigabaduge

    I am 100% agree with Prav and riyas Sanath sould open the batting with mahela. Sanath is a world class player. sanga and managment team please do not make mistake again. sanath must opening batting every games from the matara mula he was the main player 1996 team.
    Gamini from Sydney

  • riyaz

    sangakara has lost mentl bal that is why small playrs like kapu matts dilshan were sant ahead of him . plz open with sanath and mehala . ply peerara instead of kapu plz

  • Kumara-KSA

    What a game we watch Friday? What is happening with Our players(Sanga, Dilshan. Natuews. Kapu)
    Mahela coming back to form only the one resones of happy
    dropping Dilshan down the order and make Jayawardena and Chandimal to open
    Should be Maliga dropped in next match.
    Suraj should be play next match.
    Sanga do you thinking every thing. Not talking. Please do the work hardly.

  • http://crickinfo jude

    im worried abt the weather for monday.they r expecting rain through out the day, lets hope mother nature will spoli our hopes….

  • Prav

    Very disappointed with our batting. Sanga has something against Jayasuriya. He should have sent Jayasuriya after Chandimal. Very bad captaincy. I think they should also consider dropping Dilshan down the order and make Jayawardena and Jayasuriya to open. S.L first 7 batting line up should be 1) Jayawardena 2) Jayasuriya 3) Sanga 4) Dilshan 5,6&7 Chandimal/Kapu/Mathews (depends on how many overs left). Also Hopefully S.L will thrash Zim and get selected to the super 8. If S.L gets into the super 8’s they will be unstoppable. ;) :) GOOD LUCK GUYS.

  • RAM

    what are did Dilshan 02 only 17 bolwed? sAnga 04 for 11 bolewd . They play in Test????????
    Dont selection name wise. How dilshan play big scores . he didnt play IPL also.

    Maliga also play in very bad?

    sanga also capatancy is not correct way in T20( MIGHT be change)
    any way SL lost the match?

  • Randy

    Jayasooriya is a world renowned batsman who has fans around the world both Sri Lankans and Non-Sri Lankans.He is a sportman who introduced something new (with Kaluwitharana and Dav Whatmore)to International One-Day Cricket which was unchallengable at their time. Cricket is not only scoring runs or taking wickets.Many people around the world still like to watch Jayasooriya batting on the crease than any other batsman now or then, in Sri Lankan team. If there was another person ,that was only Aravinda De Silva.Jayasooriya may not be a good opener now, however, he should have been sent to the crease very much earlier than he was…..

  • Farzan

    I thing lasit malinga has to drop next match.
    when he is bowling under mumbai indians he is the best.
    whent he is bowling under Lanka he is careless because of big money
    this is not a firt time often.
    just see Australint players.
    I don’t want to see again Sri Lanka loosing crucial match
    it’s painfull.


  • ravi

    bad start for SL. What are doing our main batsmans (Dilshan. sanga. kapu. matuwes) its 135 is good Total? Dilshan no good touraments last IPL also.
    Sanga should be scores. Chandimal not bad.

    what to we dont have luck?

    its a our life…………………

  • kevin

    Its a shame we lost this match to New Zealand..!! I guess, this is a good eye opener for the team and the management + selection committee. I simply cannot understand why the team is playing Sanath if he is batting so low down the order!! Anyway, its really good to see Mahela coming back to form..! I only wish he retains this form! Hope for the best for the next match.

  • C Bernardus


    First of all in my opinion though I had a different side for this game, I finally agree with the combination the Team Management made for this game. We need to agree that New Zealand was always tough and even Zimbabwe on the day will be quite a challenge.

    But going back to the comments made by the Skipper after the toss on the wicket was spot on, how ever other than Mahela and Chandimal the rest of the batsman did not make good use of the 1st hand information. Knowing the status and behavior pattern of the wicket like Chandimal the rest of the batters should not have gone for big hits but worked it around. If we had one this on a consistent basis we would have ended up with an additional 15 to 20 runs. That?s why in any form of the game [Test, ODI, T/20] rotating the strike is very important. It not only helps to swell the total but put the bowlers off their line and length, that is one way of encountering an attach that may be dangerous as per the nature of the wicket.

    ?Cricinfo quote?
    It wasn’t the happiest of afternoons for Malinga, who missed two run-out chances in the field. A wild throw from Malinga at point in the sixth over meant Kumar Sangakkara couldn’t gather the ball, then in the final over he missed an underarm flick towards the stumps from a couple of yards away with Daniel Vettori stranded. In the end, the small errors added up for Sri Lanka.
    “We were a little off our game in most departments,” said Bayliss. “Our batting didn’t score as many runs in the first six overs as we normally do, our fielding could have been a bit better. It wasn’t too bad, but not quite good enough at this level.”
    This was never likely to be a high-scoring match, but Sri Lanka’s lack of early momentum with the bat had allowed New Zealand an early hold on the game. After six overs they were 36 for 1 and 30 of those had come from the blade of the promoted Mahela Jaywardene, opening for the first time in a Twenty20 international. At the other end the going had been much tougher.
    “Every batter goes through a bit of a lean trot,” said Bayliss. “In the last 18 months Dilshan has been unbelievable and you can’t have that sort of form and not be able to score runs. I’m sure in the next game or two we’ll see the best of him.”
    And Bayliss also had a very simple answer to how Sri Lanka will approach the tournament from here. “If we win every game from here we’ll be champions.” But there’s no room for anymore mistakes.

    I do agree with Bayliss?.. The Australian way????? KISS – Keep It Simple Simon?????.

    So come on guys do the simple things right and the final result will come your way. In away it is good to have a shake up at this stage rather than later on. So good luck and as mentioned in my earlier comment the other day, ?fielding is the key?. So good luck and the very best to all players. As for Sanga you need more than luck, so trust your players and they will stand by you.

    Use the old war horse with the bat he is bound to bail you out, remember he fielded well, bowled well and he is bound to come good with the bat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Carlton Bernardus

  • SLCfan

    Hi all
    What a game we watch yesterday? What is happening with Our players? SLC should think whether Dilshan should open and Sanga should follow.. It would be better to have a another chance for Sanatha with Mahela.. why? Dilshan and Sanga spend five overs, (30 balls score only 6 runs) specially in a 20-20 game.. what were they doing there? Are they playing test? And at the end Sri Lankan could have score more than 150 if they send the right playesr at the end.. last three overs are critical in a 20-20 game .. Instead of sending Sanath sent kapu and mathews .. see the outcome15 runs for 16 balls… if we play 20-20 like this…I do not know what to say.. to SLC
    WOuld be better to replace Mahela for 20-20 captaincy replacing Sanga as he even failed in IPL for future 20-20 games
    . ..