ICC T20 World Cup Super Eights: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand- As it happened...

Last Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 14:49

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Sri Lanka won in the Super Over.

Super Over I New Zealand: Score 6

New Zealand needed 14 to win.

Guptil and McCullum took strike for New Zealand. Malinga was bowling for Sri Lanka.

1st ball: 2 runs
2nd ball:1run
3rd ball: 2 runs
4th ball: 1 run
5th ball:Guptil out
6th ball:1 runs

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Super Over I Sri Lanka Score: 13

1st ball: 2 runs
2nd ball:1 run
wide: 1 runs
3rd ball: 2 runs
Wide and a run, means 2 runs
4th ball: Batsman looks to come back for the second. In the process, Jayawardene was run out. It will be 1 run.
5th ball: Good ball. leg bye. 1 run.
6th ball: 3 runs

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Sri Lankan Innings

Over: 20 I Score: 174/5

In the very next ball he was dismissed looking for a second run, and in the process giving away his wicket. The Sri Lankan bench looked tensed. Dilshan scored a commendable 76 off 53 balls. Perrera had just arrived in the middle when he got a freebee from Franklin outside off-stump and he picked up a boundary. The very next ball Franklin dismissed him with a slower delivery.

8 runs to get off the last over. Matthews picked up a single off the first ball, exposing new Thirimanne on strike. He managed to pick up a single and return the strike to Matthews. A dot ball increases the pressure. It's 5 off 2. Thirimanne finally launched the Dilscoop to get a boundary. Final ball was the most controversial ball ever possible, one off one required for Sri Lanka to win and a run out takes place. Match was tied.

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Scores are level. Match has been tied. Super Over would take place.

Over: 15 I Score: 133/3 (Dilshan 56*, Mathews 1*)

Dilshan and Sangakkara were looking to steady the ship with singles and doubles, and in the process getting closer to the target. But a moment of genius in the field by McCullum got rid of Sangakkara who was run out for 21 off 14 balls. His dismissal gave the Kiwis a sniff. Jeevan Mendis arrived and the run-rate dipped due to some tight and disciplined bowling by Mills. Nathan McCullum also kept things tight. Singles became the order of the day. Finally a short ball by Franklin was put away by Mendis only to get out in the very next ball. Ross Taylor at covers held on to a dipping low catch. Dilshan, meanwhile, completed his 50. At the end of 15 overs, Sri Lanka stood at 133 for 3 still requiring 42 off 30 balls with seven wickets in hand.

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Over: 10 I Score: 103/1 (Dilshan 44*, Sangakkara 14*)

Jacob Oram finally brought the joys on the face of the New Zealanders as he picked up Jayawardene for 44 (26 ball, 3 fours and 3 sixes) to end an entertaining 80-run opening partnership. The wicket brought down the run-rate a little bit for a very brief period. But Kumar Sangakkara came into his groove immediately and ensured that his team did not lose the momentum given by the two openers. He slammed three fours in Oram's over. Dilshan, however, continued batting with a lot of fire and in that process completed 1000 runs in T20 Internationals. At the end of 10 overs, Sri Lanka were cruising along with 103/1.

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Over: 5 I Score: 62/0 (Dilshan 31*, Jayawardene 30*)

Chasing 176 to win, Sri Lanka got off to a flying start, courtesy openers Mahela Jayawardene and Tilakaratne Dilshan. They took the team past 50 in the 5th over. Initially, it was Dilshan who started to attack the hapless New Zealand bowling, Mahela Jayawardena then joined the party. Tim Southee got under the hammer. At the end of 5 overs, Sri Lanka posted 62 without losing any wicket.

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New Zealand Innings

New Zealand got off to a good start, amassing 50 in quick time before losing Guptill. Brendon McCullum and Rob Nicol capitalised on the start and powered the Kiwis to a challenging total of 175/6. Rob Nicol top scored with 58 off 40 balls while Nuwan Kulasekara was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with two wickets. At one stage the Kiwis were looking all set to finish close to 200 but thanks to lethal Malinga and Kulasekara Sri Lanka clawed back into the match in the death overs and restricted the Kiwis to well under 200.

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Over: 20 I Score: 174/6

Sri Lankan bowlers-Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara- bowled really in the final overs to restrict a rampaging New Zealand side to 174/6. AT one point in time the Kiwis were looking all set to post close to 200 but some fantastic death bowling by the Lankan pacers ensured that New Zealand don’t post more than 174/6.

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Over: 15 I Score: 133/2 (Nicol 57*, Taylor 7*)

At the end of ten overs Kiwis were looking in the driver’s seat with Brendon McCullum looking to get into his elements. With inexperienced spinners Jeevan Mendis and Dananjay operating, things were looking to slip out of hands but trickster Mendis managed to seduce McCullum (25 off 16 balls) into a sweep shot, he could not keep it along the turf and top edged it, only to be pocketed in the deep. Then Ajanta Mendis was taken to the cleaners by Nicol. He smashed him out of the park on two consecutive deliveries and then another one in the same over. He completed his half-century in this over. At the end of fifteen overs, it is advantage New Zealand.

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Over: 10 I Score: 80/1 (Nicol 25*, McCullum 14*)

New Zealand openers played well, putting together 57-run stand. They took 12 runs from the 7th over bowled by Angelo Mathews. But Debutant Akila Dhananjaya, the new mystery spinner in Sri Lankan cricket, struck in his first over as he removed Martin Guptil for 38. Guptil tried to hit him over the long off area but was holed out in the deep. Dananjaya, who was a net bowler just three months back, impressed everyone with his bowling skills. At the end of 10th over, New Zealand were 80/1.

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Over: 5 I Score: 36 (Guptil 27*, Nicol 8*)

Good start for New Zealand. They made 36 for no loss after 5 overs. They made a little cautious start but Sri Lankan bowlers failed to get any breakthrough. Martin Guptil and Rob Nicol were watchful. Guptil was more attacking among the two. Sri Lankan bowlers started well giving away just 4 runs in two overs. But the fifth over, which was bowled by Ajantha Mendis, cost Sri Lanka 10 runs.

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Toss Report: New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor win the toss and decide to bat first against Sri Lanka.

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Pitch Report: The pitch at Pallekele looks to be absolutely fine and promises a lot of runs for both the teams.

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Preview: With one win and a loss in their respective group games in the league stage, both Sri Lanka and New Zealand would look to sort out their weaknesses quickly and get off to a winning start when they clash in the first Super Eight match of the ICC World Twenty20 in a short while from now.

Match starts at 3.30 PM (IST)

Sri Lanka were runners-up to South Africa in Group C, while New Zealand finished second to Pakistan in Group D after both of teams lost to strong opponents on their way to the Super Eight stage.

Sri Lanka after crushing Zimbabwe by 82 runs in their opening match of the tournament, subsequently lost to South Africa by 32 runs in a rain-curtailed seven-over-a-side game.

New Zealand, on the other hand, entered the knock-out stage after posting a 59-run win over Bangladesh, riding on Brendon McCullum`s superb 123 off 58 balls. They lost to Pakistan by 13 runs in the next match but the result had no bearing on their chances, as the net run rate was healthy enough for the Kiwis to emerge from their group.

Teams

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene(c), Kumar Sangakkara(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Akila Dananjaya Perera

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum(w), Ross Taylor(c), Kane Williamson, Rob Nicol, Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills



First Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 22:50

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