Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Best performances - Batsmen

BKG Mendis
BKG Mendis
79(53) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 20 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 1 31 0 4 5 12 24
LRPL Taylor
LRPL Taylor
48(29) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 4 4 1 3 4 0 31

Best performances - Bowlers

TG Southee
TG Southee
O4
M0
R20
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
PWH de Silva
O4
M0
R21
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Vishal Dikshit

Presentation coming up...

Ross Taylor is the Man of the Match: We knew 175 would be tough. Colin de Grandhomme got a lot of pressure off me with boundaries, so the asking rate was always in check. It's nice to know what your role is in the team and I can offer some experience at the other end while batting. We probably didn't field as well as we'd have liked. When Colin hit Udana for a four and a six was when we got the momentum. The focus is now on the T20 World Cup.

Malinga: It's a nice experience for the younger players to play under lights. For this kind of team we need to take opportunities as soon as we get them, but we couldn't. It happens in T20s. We were positive in this game and there were younger players in this game. Our bowlers need to be more accurate in such wet conditions and mental preparation is also important for next game.

Southee: The way Daryl finished it off was great with the bat. The experienced partnership got us back in the game and then the young guys at the end played with freedom. We were probably going to bat at the toss, but Ross and Colin got us back in the game, so who knows what would have happened. (On his unbeaten record): We have a great group of guys, younger ones play with some freedom and it's a great mix of youth and experience.

That's all we have from the game today in Pallekele. Do join us again on Tuesday for the second match of the series. Until then, it's goodbye and good luck from me, Vishal Dikshit, and Ankur Dhawan. Ciao!

Ahamed: "As a Sri Lankan fan, I will take this to the way we have been playing for the past two years in T20. This one was competetive until last two overs."

DJ: "@Osura Vindula, most heartbreaking matches are the test cricket. Haven't you watched that last ashes test and last SL vs NZ test? "

10.58pm How much did that drop of Ross Taylor cost Sri Lanka? The match probably. First, it was the consecutive sixes from Taylor against Akila Dananjaya, and then the four and six from de Grandhomme off Udana that brought the required rate under control, because they needed 113 in the last 10 overs. And the credit goes to NZ for keeping their nerve right till the end, including Daryl Mitchell who took on an in-form Malinga. The Sri Lanka captain accounted for two wickets with his yorkers, bowled 13 dots, but he didn't get much support from any other quick bowler. It was only debutant Hasaranga whose 2 for 21 from four overs kept Sri Lanka in the game but it wasn't enough.

Osura Vindula : "T20 is never a good format for heart patients. And they are proving it again & again."

19.3
2
Udana to Mitchell, 2 runs, on the stumps, worked to the leg side and they hurry back for the second as the throw goes to the bowler's end and New Zealand have won by five wickets
19.2
0
Udana to Mitchell, no run, beats Mitchell outside off this time, slower ball from the back of the hand this time. Kusal collects the ball and rushes to the stumps
19.1
1b
Udana to Santner, 1 bye, slower ball outside off, Santner misses despite swinging, they go for the bye and manage to make it because the keeper doesn't get the direct hit

Doesn't matter who bowls now, NZ are just three away. It's Isuru Udana and Malinga is setting the field

END OF OVER:
19 | 15 Runs | NZ: 172/5 (3 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.05, RRR: 3.00)

  • Daryl Mitchell23 (17b)
  • Mitchell Santner14 (7b)
  • Lasith Malinga4-0-23-2
  • Isuru Udana3-0-36-0
18.6
0
Malinga to Mitchell, no run, drama all around - almost a yorker, Mitchell pushes it down and comes out of the crease, Malinga stops the ball with his right foot and then throws it back at the stumps but it hits Mitchell's back on the way and Malinga appeals. Phew, Mitchell didn't change his direction so no it's not out

Just three more required

18.5
6
Malinga to Mitchell, SIX runs, full delivery, Mitchell doesn't want those singles or quick doubles, he has clubbed that over long-on's head for a six! It wasn't in the block hole, it was in the slot for him outside off and he made full use of it
18.4
1
Malinga to Santner, 1 run, low full toss around off, pushed down to long off easily for one

Long-on goes deep

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1MJ GuptillC Munro
2nd17MJ GuptillTL Seifert
3rd21C de GrandhommeTL Seifert
4th79LRPL TaylorC de Grandhomme
5th26LRPL TaylorDJ Mitchell
6th31DJ MitchellMJ Santner