ICC World Twenty20: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand – As it happened...
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New Zealand innings:
Over 15.3 || Score 60/10
Herath has been brought back to bowl his final over. Williamson charged down the wicket off the first ball, it cleared covers but as a result of a big mess, Williamson is run-out! Trent Boult is the last man in. He defends just one ball and edges the third one to Jayawardene at the slip cordon! It's all over for the Kiwis. What a spell Herath has bowled today. Where has been all this while we wonder? It looked like Sri Lanka had scored 20-30 runs short, but Lanka have comprehensively won the match by 59 runs!
TA Boult c Jayawardene b Herath 3 (8b)
KS Williamson run out 42 (43b)
Over 15 || Score 59/7
Malinga to bowl his second over. Fourth ball was a yorker, which was bowled down the leg side and Williamson guided that towards fine leg for a boundary!
Over 14 || Score 51/6
Senanayeke to bowl his third over. Mills tried a reverse-sweep off the third ball, missed the line and another one bites the dust! One run and a wicket for Senanayeke in that over. New Zealand need 69 runs to win from the last six overs.
KD Mills lbw b Senanayake 4 (9b)
Over 13 || Score 50/6
Mathews to bowl his third over. Second ball was a short delivery and Williamson pulled that convincingly past deep square leg for a boundary! Mathews bowled a length ball with width on offer and Mills smashed it past covers for a boundary! 12 runs from the over.
Over 12 || Score 39/6
Senanayake to bowl his second over. Just one run from the over. The spinners have restrained the majority of the run scoring for the Kiwis.
Over 11 || Score 38/6
Mathews to bowl his third over. Williamson charged down the wicket off the third ball and hit it straight down the ground for a boundary! Five runs from the over. Williamson is the only established Kiwi batsman, who is unbeaten. It is yet to be seen how much can he offer today, considering the fact that he is left to bat with the tail.
Over 10 || Score 33/6
Senanayake to bowl his first over. He too joins the party, McCullum hits one straight to mid-on! That was another soft dismissal. One run from the over and a wicket for Senanayeke.
NL McCullum c Mathews b Senanayake 2 (9b)
Over 9 || Score 32/5
Angelo Mathews to bowl his second over. Three runs from the over.
Over 8 || Score 29/5
Herath to bowl his third over and he is also on a hat-trick! Williamson played the hat-trick ball and defended it for no run. Rangana bowled one on the leg-stump, it swung away and hit Ronchi on the pads, now Ronchi is out lbw! Herath has looked unplayable today. For a second, just look at his bowling figures - 3-0-2-4 One run and a wicket for Herath in that over.
L Ronchi lbw b Herath 2 (4b)
Over 7 || Score 28/4
Skipper Malinga brings himself into the attack. Five runs from the over.
Over 6 || Score 23/4
Herath to continue. Taylor survived a close lbw appeal when he missed one from Herath which spun away and hit him on the back leg. The replays suggested that would have been out. But that won't cost Lanka much as Taylor failed to pick a wrong one from Herath and this time the umpire was convinced! Taylor is out lbw! James Neesham is the new man in. And he's bowled first ball! It was pitched up by Herath, it spun into the batsmen and Neesham was completely bamboozled. That is a massive over from Herath. New Zealand are under tremendous pressure now. Herath has bowled two overs, both were maidens and he has picked three wickets!
LRPL Taylor lbw b Herath 0 (5b)
Over 5 || Score 23/2
Kulasekara to bowl his third over. Ross Taylor is the new man in. Kula bowled a short ball to Williamson, who dispatched it past midwicket for a boundary! Five runs from the over.
Over 4 || Score 18/2
Rangana Herath has been introduced into the attack. Guptill works the first ball towards mid-on, wanted a single which wasn't there and he was half way down the crease when Sangakkara dislodged the bails! Brendon McCullum walks to the crease. He has played some important knocks for his side this series, and he got to play another one here to get his side to the semis. McCullum charged down the wicket off the last ball, it spun away from him and McCullum has been stumped! That's a a massive blow for the Kiwis. It is a maiden bowled by Herath and the Kiwis lost two wickets in that over.
BB McCullum st Sangakkara b Herath 0 (5b)
MJ Guptill run out 5 (9b)
Over 3 || Score 18/0
Kulasekara to continue. Williamson was looking to work the fourth ball for a slog sweep, didn't connect and got an edge which went for a boundary! Six runs from the over.
Over 2 || Score 12/0
Angewlo Mathews to bowl from the other end. Mathews bowled the last ball down the leg side and Williamson worked that fine past short fine leg for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 4/0
Nuwan Kulasekara to open the bowling attack for Sri Lanka. Good start for Kulsekara and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka innings:
Over 19.2 || Score 119/10
Neesham to bowl the final over. He started off with a full-toss outside the off-stump and Senanayeke hit it towards covers where Willamson took a good catch to his left! Lasith Malinga – the stand-in Sri Lankan skipper walks to the crease. Malinga tried to make some room for himself, Neesham followed him and the ball clipped Malinga's pads and went onto hit the stumps. New Zealand need 120 runs to seal their berth for the semis.
SL Malinga b Neesham 0 (1b)
SMSM Senanayake c Williamson b Neesham 17 (11b)
Over 19 || Score 119/8
Mills to bowl the penultimate over. Perera was charging down off the first ball, got a leading edge which flew over short third man for a boundary! Perera hit the second ball high in the air which was caught by Kane Williamson at deep backward point. Rangana Herath is the new man in. Seven runs from the over.
NLTC Perera c Williamson b Mills 16 (13b)
Over 18 || Score 112/7
Neesham to bowl his second over. Neesham bowled a lenght ball and Senanayake hit it over mid-off for a boundary! Senanayeke slapped the last ball of the over towards long-on where Anderson got into postion and the ball landed into his hands and popped out behind the ropes for a Six! Two good strikes from Senanayeke.
Over 17 || Score 98/7
Kyle Mills has been brought back into the attack. Perera saw some room off the fifth ball and he hit it over covers, and the diving fielder at deep cover couldn't get there and the ball touched the ropes. Five runs from the over.
Over 16 || Score 93/7
McClenaghan to bowl his final over. He begins with a length ball and Perera hits it straight down the ground for a boundary! McClenaghan offered some width to Kulasekara who hit the first ball he faced to Nathan McCullum at short cover. Eight runs from the over.
KMDN Kulasekara c NL McCullum b McClenaghan 0 (1b)
Over 15 || Score 85/6
McCullum to continue. Mahela charged down the wicket off the fifth ball and hit it powerfully through midwicket for a boundary! But Nathan had the last laugh as bowled Mahela round his legs! Four runs from the over and Sri Lanka are in some serious touble at the moment.
DPMD Jayawardene b NL McCullum 25 (32b)
Over 14 || Score 81/5
McClenaghan to bowl his third over. And he too gets a wicket, Mathews is caught behind! It was too wide and Mathews decided to have a go at it, not his day. Thisara Perera is the new man in. He is one batsman who can chage the course of the game with a cameo for Sri Lanka.
AD Mathews c Ronchi b McClenaghan 6 (10b)
Over 13 || Score 77/4
Finally time for spin, Nathan McCullum comes into the attack. Four runs from the over. Mahela hasn't shown signs of accelerating the pace of his innings as Sri Lanka are heading towards an average score in a must-win game.
Over 12 || Score 73/4
James Neesham has been brought into the attack. Thirimanne was offered some room off the first ball and he hit it high in the air over covers and was caught by Guptill! Angelo Mathews is the new man in. Eight runs from the over.
HDRL Thirimanne c Guptill b Neesham 20 (18b)
Over 11 || Score 65/3
Anderson to continue. Thirimanne managed to just clear the fielder at mid-on to score a boundary! Ten runs from the over.
Over 10 || Score 55/3
McClenaghan to bowl his second over. Another good over for the Kiwis, five runs from it. Mahela has scored 11 runs from 18 balls and he needs to step up the gas before it gets too late for the Lankans.
Over 9 || Score 50/3
Anderson to bowl his second over. Good over yet again from the left-armer, just two runs from it.
Over 8 || Score 48/3
Boult to bowl his final over. Thirimanne was offered some room off the fourth ball and he played that cheekily over third man for a boundary! Six runs from the over.
Over 7 || Score 42/3
Michell McClenaghan has been brought into the attack. Thirimanne scored a boundary in that over. Seven runs from it.
Over 6 || Score 35/3
Boult to continue. Second ball was too full and Sangakkara powerfully drove that through extra-cover for a boundary! But Boult has the last laugh as Sanga mistimed a pull shot, straight to Anderson at short cover. Five runs from the over. Thirimanne is the new man in. The Kiwi bowlers are currently displaying a sensational spell of seam bowling at the moment.
KC Sangakkara c Anderson b Boult 4 (11b )
Over 5 || Score 30/2
Corey Anderson has been brought into the attack. And he starts off with an excellent over.
Over 4 || Score 29/2
Boult to continue. He bowled a short one to Dilshan, who once again went for the Dil-scoop, but this time didn't time it that well and was caught by the keeper! Dilshan is OUT Kumar Sangakkara is the new man in and he now has the onus of stitching a big partnership with Mahela. Two runs from the over and a wicket for Boult.
TM Dilshan c Ronchi b Boult 8 (11b)
Over 3 || Score 27/1
Kyle Mills brought into the attack. He begins with a slower ball outside the off-stump, and Dilshan playes a dil-scoop over the keeper's head for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.
Over 2 || Score 20/1
Trent Boult has been brought into the attack. Perera was offered some room outside the off-stump and he smashed that past point for a boundary! Boult bowled a short ball to Perera, he tried to pull it and has been given out caught behind! Perera wasn't happy with that decision and he walked off the field shaking his head in disappointment. Mahela Jayawardene is the new man in. Eight runs from the over.
MDKJ Perera c Ronchi b Boult 16 (8b)
Over 1 || Score 12/0
Kyle Mills to bowl the first over, Kusal Perera and Dilshan will open for Sri Lanka. Perera was offered some room off the third ball on the leg side and he worked that fine past the fielder at short fine leg for a boundary! Fifth ball was a half-volley and Perera launched that high over the fielder at deep midwicket for a Six! Good start for Sri Lanka so far.
New Zealand have won the toss and Brendon McCullum has decided to bowl first.
Sri Lanka and New Zealand are up against each other in a do-or-die match. Both the teams currently have four points from three matches and the team that wins the match today, will be through to the semis, with South Africa being the second team from Group 1.
Sri Lanka were outshined in their previous game against England, where Alex Hales scored an incredible century and snatched the victory from them. Mahela and Dilshan were among the runs in the previous game, but the team would want them to score runs convincingly, as even though Mahela scored 89 runs against England, he was dropped on two occasions. Sri Lanka's mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis proved to be very ineffective in the previous game and the team management would want him to delivery in the must-win game.
New Zealand have had a mixed tournament so far. All their key batsmen – Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and skipper Brendon McCullum have all scored some crucial knocks, but they really need to fire together in today's match to take their side into the semis.
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