Sri Lanka in New Zealand, 3 ODI Series, 2019

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka - 1st ODI

Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

Date & Time: 03 January 2019

Sri Lanka 326/10

RR: 6.65 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs

commentary

So that's it from the first ODI at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. The hosts did really well with the bat as expected but what was nice to see was the response of Sri Lanka with the bat. If this game is anything to go by, we should be in for a good series. The second match will be on the 5th of January at the same ground. It will begin at 1400 local (0100 GMT). See you and till then, take care. You can now switch tabs to catch the action from the Cape Town Test where Pakistan are in all sorts of trouble after being put to bat. Cheers!

Victorious New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says that it was a good surface and the outfield was very quick. Also adds that the wind was also a factor. Mentions that both sides played really competitive cricket and admits that it was tough for the bowlers. Feels that they need to get a bit smarter with the ball and hit the right areas and pick wickets to build scoreboard pressure. Further mentions that the effort was there and a lot of credit goes to Sri Lanka for the way they batted. On Guptill returning, Williamson says that he is a world class player and his knock helped them set the platform. Praises the likes of Neesham, Taylor and Nicholls who pushed the total further which was crucial. On Neesham's all-round show, Kane terms it as the match-changing performance.

Sri Lanka skipper, Lasith Malinga says that they didn't bowl too many wicket-taking deliveries and they have to analyze that and come back hard. Adds that they will be playing on the same surface again in the second ODI and they have to work on their variations. Feels that all the players realize that they are not bowling well. He is happy with the batting as they got good partnerships going and hopes to do even better in the next game.

Man of the Match, Martin Guptill says that he is really happy with the outing he had with the bat. Informs that he played in the T20 Leagues in West Indies and England and has worked hard to get back in the team. States that it's been quite frustrating past few months for him, struggling with injuries but everything has settled down and his body is feeling pretty good. Adds that he lost his rhythm a couple of times today but overall it was a good outing for him and his team.

Earlier in the afternoon, New Zealand got to 371 on the back of a century from the comeback man, Guptill, his big stand with Williamson and quickfire knocks from Ross Taylor and James Neesham. The latter was devastating with his cameo of 47 off just 13 balls. He would later come on to bowl and pick up 3/38 as well. Thus, all in all, it was a more complete performance from NZ that saw them trump the Island nation here today. Presentation to follow...

The Lankan chase began superbly with a 100-plus run partnership for the opening wicket. Both the left-handed openers did really well but both fell in quick succession. Kusal Perera who came in at number 3 played a magnificent knock and got to his century but it was in a losing cause as wickets were falling around him and he didn't have much help from others. Once he departed, the game was all but over. In the end, the runs conceded in the final few overs of the first innings came to haunt the Lankans. Maybe 30 runs less and the story could have been completely different.

A high-scoring game here! But in the end, you can say the difference between the two teams was the James Neesham burst at the end of the first innings. 372 was always going to be a little too much for the visitors to chase and even though they had good partnerships and top 3 batsmen playing well, one would have always backed the Kiwis because a couple of wickets was all that was needed to sky-rocket the required rate. And that's exactly what happened.

48.6
0
M Henry to L Malinga, OUT! Bowled 'em! It's all over here. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 45 RUNS AND GO UP 1-0 IN THE THREE-MATCH SERIES. A perfect yorker, somewhat like giving Malinga a taste of his own medicine. The Lankan skipper can't keep it out and the ball knocks the stumps. The NZ players are elated and Malinga and Pradeep wait patiently to shake hands. Been a great performance by both teams but the Kiwis were better in the end.
48.5
0
M Henry to L Malinga, Yorker length ball on middle, kept out by the batsman.
48.4
6
M Henry to L Malinga, SIX! Another biggie, this time from the bat of Malinga. Short of a length ball on middle and Lasith pulls it hard over mid-wicket for a maximum. A lady in the crowd seems to have been hit by the ball, hope she's okay.
48.3
2
M Henry to L Malinga, Dropped! Fuller outside off, Lasith Malinga lifts it towards mid off and Nicholls out there cannot take this one moving to his right. Drops it and the batsmen come back for two by the time the ball is returned.
48.2
2
M Henry to L Malinga, Short length ball on middle. Pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a couple by Malinga on this occasion.
48.1
0
M Henry to L Malinga, Length ball on middle and leg following the batsman, defended off the back foot with a straight bat.
47.6
6
T Boult to N Pradeep, SIX! What a well timed shot by the no. 11 batsman. Uses the pace of Boult and lifts it over the bowler's head and all the way for six. Brought a smile to his face. Boult ends with 2/65 off 10 overs.
47.5
0
T Boult to N Pradeep, Length ball outside off, driven towards mid off by the batsman.
47.4
0
T Boult to N Pradeep, Fuller outside off, dug out towards cover by Pradeep.

Nuwan Pradeep is the last batsman.

47.3
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, OUT! Cleaned up the no. 10 batsman. Pacy and on target, you miss I hit stuff. Too good for Sandakan who tries to hit it through the covers. Knocks the off stump as he misses. Boult gets his second wicket and mere formalities left now.
47.2
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, Fuller length once more, Lakshan gets an inside edge as he tries to hit it on the off side. That runs to the keeper missing the leg stump by inches.
47.1
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, A play and a miss this time! Angling in from around the wicket, Sandakan goes for the swing but misses.
46.6
1
L Ferguson to L Sandakan, Fuller length ball on middle and Lakshan drives it down to long on for a single, keeping strike.
46.5
0
L Ferguson to L Sandakan, On middle, dropping on a length, Sandakan defends this off the back foot with a straight bat.
46.4
1
L Ferguson to L Malinga, Full toss on middle, Malinga backs away and tries to slash. Gets a thick outside edge to third man for a single.
46.3
1
L Ferguson to L Sandakan, Another one that is played down to third man. This time with the angled bat to a full length delivery.
46.2
4
L Ferguson to L Sandakan, FOUR! Full outside off, Sandakan makes room and swings. Gets an outside edge that runs fine to third man for a boundary.
46.1
0
L Ferguson to S Prasanna, OUT! The third umpire signals it and Seekkuge Prasanna has to leave. What a catch from the debutant! That is his fourth catch today. A length ball on middle and Prasanna who was looking to slog it on the leg side gets a faint under edge that sneaks between the batsman and the leg stump. The ball goes low to the keeper's left and Seifert takes it inches above the surface. Well done! Sri Lanka all but done now.

There is an appeal for caught behind. Prasanna is the man in question. The umpire is unsure and has taken in upstairs. The soft signal has been given as out.

45.6
1
T Boult to S Prasanna, Short and on middle, Prasanna tries to pull but gets a top edge wide of the keeper for a single.
45.5
2
T Boult to S Prasanna, On the pads, eased away through backward square leg for a couple.
45.4
0
T Boult to S Prasanna, Sharp delivery, short and wide outside off, Prasanna tries to cut but misses.
45.3
2
T Boult to S Prasanna, Turns a length ball behind square leg and collects a couple.

Lasith Malinga is in at no. 9.

45.2
0
T Boult to K Perera, OUT! Kusal Perera departs and with that Sri Lanka's hopes also if there was any left. Boult dishes out a fuller length ball wide outside off, Kusal Perera hangs back to heave it square of the wicket on the leg side but it takes a big top edge and flies behind. Seifert moves across to his left and takes the simplest of catches. The centurion is on his way. Top knock but he needed more support. New Zealand smelling a win now.
45.1
1
T Boult to S Prasanna, Full toss outside off, hit to covers for a single.
44.6
0
L Ferguson to S Prasanna, Appeal for an lbw! Not given. A sharp delivery, full and on middle, angling down, Seekkuge fails to flick and is rapped on the pads. The appeal comes but the umpire shakes his head. Missing leg in all likelihood. They cross for a leg bye.
44.5
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Fires in a full ball on middle and leg, Perera tries flicking but misses. It goes off his pads to square leg for a leg bye.
44.4
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Shortish and outside off, played down from the crease to point.
44.4
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Wide! Short and sliding down the leg side, Kusal turns, sees the line and then lets it to the keeper.
44.3
1
L Ferguson to S Prasanna, Full and on middle, forced down to long on for a run.
44.2
0
L Ferguson to S Prasanna, Beaten! On a length and outside off, Prasanna throws his bat at it but fails to connect.
44.1
6
L Ferguson to S Prasanna, SIX! Gone the distance. The length is short and outside off, Prasanna picks it up early and pulls it massively over mid-wicket for a biggie.
43.6
1
M Henry to S Prasanna, Plays it down to covers and crosses to the other end. 10 from the over.
43.5
1
M Henry to K Perera, A length ball outside off, Kusal cracks it down through mid off for a run.
43.4
4
M Henry to K Perera, FOUR! Hundred number 4 for Kusal Perera in ODIs! Outstanding knock by the southpaw. Fuller and wider outside off, Perera drills his drive through the line and the sweeper cover fielder fails to stop with a valiant dive near the fence. He is fighting a lone battle for Sri Lanka and is running out of partners. How much closer can he drag this game?
43.3
4
M Henry to K Perera, FOUR! Short and on the hips, swivels and pulls it away above fine leg for a boundary. Moves onto 97 now.
43.2
0
M Henry to K Perera, Just outside off again, and on a fuller length. Perera lets it go and expects a wide to be signalled. It isn't and the batsman is furious. But it was a perfect call from the umpire to a perfectly executed delivery.
43.1
0
M Henry to K Perera, Outside off and just inside the tram line, Perera cannot make connection on this one.

Matt Henry back on for his last two overs maybe.

42.6
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Turns it off his pads to the leg side, finds the gap at mid-wicket and crosses to retain strike.
42.5
1
Ish Sodhi to S Prasanna, Tossed up ball around off, Seekkuge goes down and slog sweeps it towards cow corner for a couple of runs.
42.4
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Short delivery and outside off, punched through covers for one.
42.3
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Play and a miss! Full around off, Kusal tries to play the reverse sweep but fails to connect.
42.2
1
Ish Sodhi to S Prasanna, Goes on the back foot and slaps it to sweeper cover for a run.
42.1
0
Ish Sodhi to S Prasanna, Tossed up ball on middle, flicked on the leg side but not in the gap.

Seekkuge Prasanna will bat at number 8.

41.6
0
L Ferguson to T Perera, OUT! Thisara falls and it's a big blow to Sri Lanka. The power-hitter is gone without doing any damage. Ferguson bowls it on a length and wide outside off. Thisara chases it away from his body and tries for a big shot over the off side. But it catches the outside half of his blade and he ends up slicing it in the air over backward point. Munro runs back and across from short third man and grabs the catch with ease. 99 needed off 48 balls, getting increasingly difficult with the fall of continuous wickets.
41.5
0
L Ferguson to T Perera, Good bouncer, nicely directed around middle, Thisara ducks underneath it.
41.4
1
L Ferguson to K Perera, Back of a length delivery outside off, at 135.7 kph, it's pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
41.3
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Another slower short ball at 114.7 kph, angling down, Kusal fails to properly connect with his pull shot yet again.
41.2
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Ouch! A nicely-disguised slower one, cutting back into the batsman from around off and Kusal is way too early into his pull shot. Fails to connect and is hit on the stomach. Feeling the pain.
41.1
1
L Ferguson to T Perera, Fuller and sliding down the leg side, it's flicked behind square leg for a run.

Lockie Ferguson is onto bowl now.

40.6
3
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Angling down the leg side, Thisara glides it fine down the leg side for three runs. A throw at the bowler's end would have made things interesting.
40.5
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Nearly chips back a return catch. Flighted and on middle, stopping a bit onto the batsman, Thisara is forward as he pushes it back a shade uppishly.
40.4
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Tossed up ball around leg, Kusal gets back and taps it in front of square leg for a run.

Thisara Perera is at the crease now. He will be hurting after conceding 34 in an over while bowling but he can more than make up for it if he takes his team over the line here. Will he?

40.3
0
Ish Sodhi to A Gunaratne, OUT! Straight down the throat of the deep mid-wicket fielder. The 56-run stand is broken. Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Gunaratne sits down on one knee and tries to slog sweep it into the stand at mid-wicket. But he fails to get enough behind the shot and Ferguson takes the catch safely. 105 needed off 57 balls as the Kiwis continue to chip away at the wickets at regular intervals.
40.2
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Short and outside off, cut through point for a run.
40.1
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flighted and full on middle, defended back to the bowler.

Powerplay number 3 begins. 106 needed off 60 balls. New Zealand can now have an extra player outside the ring, which means five personnel manning the rope.

39.6
1
T Boult to K Perera, Lands it on a length and outside off, Perera slaps it down to widish mid off for a run. Fine over for the tourists, 11 from it.
39.5
1
T Boult to A Gunaratne, Back of a length delivery angling away from the batsman, Asela stands back and deflects it down to third man for a run.
39.4
0
T Boult to A Gunaratne, Gunaratne has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
39.3
1
T Boult to K Perera, Digs in a short ball, it's pulled over square leg and Ferguson in the deep stops it on one bounce. A single taken.
39.2
4
T Boult to K Perera, FOUR! No half measures there! A full toss on the pads, Perera picks it up and whips it behind square leg for a cracking boundary. Kusal playing a gem here.
39.1
4
T Boult to K Perera, FOUR! Good start to the over for Sri Lanka! Not in control of the shot though. A length ball outside off, Kusal swings his bat across the line and the top edge flies down to third man for a boundary.

Trent Boult is back on for another burst.

38.6
0
Ish Sodhi to A Gunaratne, On middle, helped to short fine leg. Dot ball to end a 9-run over, 117 needed off 66 balls.
38.6
0
Ish Sodhi to A Gunaratne, Wide! Short and going down the leg side, the batsman fails to pull and the keeper also fails to connect. Although he has done well to parry it straight to short fine leg.
38.5
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Tries flicking but misses and it goes off his pads to the leg side. They cross for a leg bye.
38.4
4
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, FOUR! Wonderful innovation! A flighted delivery down the leg side, Perera picks the line very early and reverse sweeps it with authority over point for a boundary. 250 up for Sri Lanka. They are still hanging in.
38.3
1
Ish Sodhi to A Gunaratne, A low dipping full toss on off, Gunaratne gets down and across before sweeping it to deep square leg for a single.
38.2
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, A googly on leg, on the shorter side, Kusal hangs back and pulls it down to long on for a run.
38.1
1
Ish Sodhi to A Gunaratne, Flighted on middle, worked wide of mid on for a run.

Ish Sodhi is back on.

37.6
1
M Henry to A Gunaratne, Another half-tracker and Asela pulls it down to fine leg for one. End of an eventful over, 11 runs from it and also a couple of scary moments for Kusal.
37.5
1
M Henry to K Perera, Short ball and it's pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
37.4
0
M Henry to K Perera, A terrific yorker. Right in the blockhole. Perera does well to dig it out but it takes the bottom edge and rolls behind to go over the stumps. Kusal was ready to push it away but that wasn't needed. Surely for a moment, his heart would have been in his mouth.
37.3
6
M Henry to K Perera, SIX! But Southee nearly took a ripper! He is on as a substitute and almost left his impact. Henry's short ball has been pulled in front of square leg and Southee at the edge of the boundary line jumps to attempt for the catch. But he fails to do anything miraculous and falls beyond the rope along with the ball. Good attempt though.
37.2
2
M Henry to K Perera, Follows the batsman down the leg side with a shortish delivery, Perera hangs back to swing his bat but fails to middle his shot properly. It squirts to deep backward square leg and they get a couple.
37.1
1
M Henry to A Gunaratne, Short and around off, Gunaratne jumps out of the crease and pulls it over mid-wicket. Will get only a run though.
36.6
1
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Full toss on middle, it's been worked through square leg for a run. They need to put at least the bad ones away, the asking rate is already touching almost 11.
36.5
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Too early into the shot! A slower delivery outside off, it's short and Asela tries to pull but fails to connect. Truly got foxed there. This is smart bowling.
36.4
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Slower ball, on a length around off, it's defended from the crease to the leg side.
36.3
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
36.2
1
J Neesham to K Perera, On one bounce to the deep square leg fielder. Neesham delivers it on a length outside off, Kusal heaves it over the leg side for a run.
36.1
1
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Straighter delivery, it's flicked behind square leg for a run.
36.1
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Wide! Down the leg side, Asela fails to take any advantage of it.
35.6
1
M Henry to A Gunaratne, A cutter on the slower and shorter side, Gunaratne gets inside the line and tickles it fine down the leg side for one. 141 needed off 84 balls.
35.5
1
M Henry to K Perera, Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it down to mid off for a run.
35.4
0
M Henry to K Perera, Swing and a miss! Henry delivers it short and wide outside off, Kusal jumps out of the crease and tries to power it over the off side. Fails to connect though.
35.3
1
M Henry to A Gunaratne, On the pads, Asela works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
35.2
0
M Henry to A Gunaratne, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
35.1
0
M Henry to A Gunaratne, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

Matt Henry is back on.

34.6
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Cuts the batsman in half. Excellent movement on this one. A touch short around off and nipping back in. Perera is caught in awkward position inside the crease as he tries to work it away. Fails to get bat on ball as it sneaks through the gap between his willow and body.
34.5
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Play and a miss! Slower one, fetching extra bounce from the surface, Gunaratne tries to cut but misses. Seifert gets some bad bounce and they steal a bye.
34.4
1
J Neesham to K Perera, Back of a length ball on middle, Perera taps it down to square leg and rotates the strike.
34.3
2
J Neesham to K Perera, Angling down the leg side, Perera plays it with soft hands in front of square leg and scampers back for the second run.
34.2
1
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, On middle and leg, Asela rotates his wrists and flicks it behind square leg for one.
34.1
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Fullish and on off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
33.6
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, A full toss on the pads, it's hit straight to mid-wicket.
33.5
4
L Ferguson to K Perera, FOUR! Uses the pace on offer. The length is on the shorter side and it's angled into the batsman. Kusal swivels on the back foot with the pull shot and nails it to fine leg for a boundary. Kusal continues his merry way. Under 150 needed now.
33.4
2
L Ferguson to K Perera, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. Two runs added to the total.
33.3
1
L Ferguson to A Gunaratne, Works it off his pads to the on side, finds the gap and takes a run.
33.2
1
L Ferguson to K Perera, Slips a full ball on middle and leg, Kusal tickles his flick shot off the inside half to square leg. A single taken.
33.1
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
32.6
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Four leg byes! Easy runs for Sri Lanka. Neesham loses his radar this time and slips a length ball down the leg side. Asela fails to flick and it takes his pads on its way to the fine leg fence. End of a successful over for Neesham though.
32.5
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Pitches it up and outside off, at 141.1 kph, Gunaratne gets forward and drives it to covers.

Asela Gunaratne comes in at number 6, replacing Dinesh Chandimal.

32.4
0
J Neesham to D Chandimal, OUT! Third wicket for James Neesham. This man is making his comeback truly memorable. A slower one deceiving the batsman. He hurls in a 116.6 kph short ball around off, Chandimal tries to pull but it arrives a bit late and takes the top edge. It balloons in the air, goes in the night sky and by the time it comes down at mid-wicket, Taylor is ready with his bucket-hands to catch it. With this catch, Taylor also goes past Stephen Fleming as the person with most catches in international cricket for New Zealand. Another developing partnership is nipped in the bud. 161 needed off 104 balls.
32.3
1
J Neesham to K Perera, Fetches a short delivery from outside off and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
32.2
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Slower one this time, mixing up his pace smartly. Angles in a length ball on off, Kusal defends it after picking the variation a bit late.
32.1
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Beaten all ends up! Neesham clocks 139 kph and bowls a length delivery outside off. Perera sticks back to punch it through the line but is beaten for pace, probably.
32.1
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Wide down the leg side, Perera tries his best to pull it off his hips but fails to get any wood behind it.
31.6
1
L Ferguson to K Perera, Puts it full and outside off, Kusal goes hard at it and gets it away off the inner half of his bat. It travels to long on and they collect a run.
31.5
1
L Ferguson to D Chandimal, Fullish and on middle, change in pace, Dinesh adjusts well and clips it in front of square leg for a run.
31.4
0
L Ferguson to D Chandimal, Short and wide outside off, cracked off the back foot but straight to the point fielder.
31.3
0
L Ferguson to D Chandimal, In the air but drops short of short cover. Effort delivery, rising onto the batsman on off, Chandimal is hurried up as he tries to fend. Gets a leading edge which falls safely.
31.2
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Bowls it quick and full on the leg stump line, Perera is beaten by pace as he fails to flick. It goes off his pads to square leg for a leg bye.
31.1
1
L Ferguson to D Chandimal, Angles in a full length ball on middle, Chandimal bunts it in front of mid on and rushes across to the other end as the fielder scores a direct hit. No harm done.

Drinks Break. Sri Lanka are still alive in this game. They need 167 runs in 114 balls now. Kusal Perera has rode his luck on the way to a half-century and has Dinesh Chandimal for company. NZ, on the other hand, have exhausted their review and worse news is that Ish Sodhi has limped off the field with some cramps. The physio was seen giving him some stretches outside the boundary but Ish didn't look too good. Lockie Ferguson to bowl now after the break.

30.6
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Another one that goes just beside the stumps. Perera is a really lucky man today. He is early into the drive to this length ball outside off. The ball seemed to have stuck a bit in the surface after landing. Gets an inside edge and onto the pads once more and the ball rolls just wide of leg stump. Tidy over from James, just 3 off it in the end.
30.5
1
J Neesham to D Chandimal, Length ball on middle, pushed down the ground to long on for a single by Chandimal.
30.4
1
J Neesham to K Perera, Short of a length ball on the hips, Perera swivels and pulls it away fine for a single. This brings up the fifty for Kusal Perera, his 12th in ODIs. He celebrates with a small fist bump and a point towards the sky but nothing extravagant. Knows the job on hand is a huge one and he has to go on. 168 runs required off 116 balls now.
30.3
1
J Neesham to D Chandimal, This time Chandimal gets good connection to this length ball as he flicks this away for a single to the deep fielder on the leg side.
30.2
0
J Neesham to D Chandimal, Almost played on! Shorter slower one outside off, Chandimal tries to pull it away on the leg side but the ball goes off the inside edge and onto the pads. Lucky for SL.
30.1
0
J Neesham to D Chandimal, Wonderful stop! Short and wide outside off, Chandimal cuts it away to the right of point where Guptill makes a diving stop. Saving just a single maybe but still the kind of stuff that can lift a team when they're under the pump.

James Neesham is back on.

29.6
1
T Boult to D Chandimal, Short delivery, Chandimal pulls this away to deep square leg for a run.
29.5
1
T Boult to K Perera, On the hips once more, the bowlers just have not got their angles right here today. The southpaw flicks it away for a single.
29.4
4
T Boult to K Perera, FOUR! Easy pickings for Perera. The ball is full and drifting on the pads, flicked away fine and beats a diving Seifert to go for a boundary.
29.3
0
T Boult to K Perera, Length ball on off stump, slightly shorter than the previous one. Defended off the back foot by KP.
29.2
4
T Boult to K Perera, FOUR! Just picks it up and deposits it over the head of mid on for a boundary. Looked very easy on the eye. Length ball on off and middle, Perera has no problem in hitting this across the line and over the infield.
29.1
1
T Boult to D Chandimal, Aimed on the pads, flicked away wristily by Chandimal towards square leg for a single.
28.6
2
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, On the pads and full, pushed towards the deep square region which is vacant. A double is taken by the batsmen. Good running, putting pressure on the fielder.
28.6
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Wide! Very wide ball outside off and Perera lets it go. Wide signalled.
28.5
1
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Short and lots of time for Chandimal to rock back and pull this one. He puts it straight in the direction of the fielder though. Could have got a few more there had he placed it better.
28.4
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Quicker and fired in near the off stump line, pushed back down to the bowler by DC.
28.3
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flatter one at the pads, worked away towards deep square leg for one.
28.2
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flatter one on middle, Perera punches it out to cover. Lots of 'Lovely Ish' calls from behind the sticks.
28.1
1
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Lots of air on this one outside off, driven down the ground to long off for a single by Dinesh Chandimal.
27.6
1
T Boult to D Chandimal, Stays back to a shortish delivery and punches it behind square on the off side for a run.
27.5
0
T Boult to D Chandimal, Boult switches to 'round the wicket and hurls in an effort delivery. Bends his back to generate extra pace and bounce on his shorter delivery around off, Chandimal rises on his back foot and then leaves it alone.
27.4
0
T Boult to K Perera, Digs in a short ball on off, Perera is a week early into the pull shot and hence fails to connect. It hits him on the body and deflects in the gap on the off side. They steal a leg bye.
27.3
0
T Boult to K Perera, On a good length and outside off, Perera plays it with an angled bat to point.
27.2
0
T Boult to K Perera, Perera has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
27.1
2
T Boult to K Perera, A length delivery angling down the leg side, Perera tickles it off his pads through backward square leg and takes a couple of runs.

Trent Boult is brought back into the attack. 191 needed off 138 balls.

26.6
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, NOT OUT! The original decision remains as the ball is seen to be missing the leg stump on the Ball Tracker. New Zealand lose a review. The ball was a flatter one pitching around leg and straightening a little bit but not enough it felt like. Chandimal missed his flick and got rapped on the pads. There was an appeal from the bowler and keeper but no interest was shown by the umpire. Sodhi and Seifert then suggested it was going down leg too and the leggie seemed to be walking back to his bowling mark but that was when Kane Williamson suddenly decided to take it upstairs. No one knows exactly why??? Could have been a miscommunication of sorts. Anyhow, NZ lose their review and Chandimal survives.

An appeal for LBW against Chandimal. The umpire says no but the Kiwis have taken it upstairs. Looked like it was missing the leg stump to the naked eye.

26.5
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flatter ball on length and at the pads, flicked away for a single to deep square leg.
26.5
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Well down the leg side, Perera tries to sweep it but misses. The ball is signalled as a wide.
26.4
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flatter length outside off, punched to cover by Perera.
26.3
1
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Off the mark straightaway. Chandimal flicks it away off the pads to deep square leg for a run.

Dinesh Chandimal comes in finally at number 5, replacing Kusal Mendis.

26.2
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, OUT! Inside edge onto the pads, lobs up in the air and is taken by the keeper. Ish Sodhi has broken the 52-run stand. Lovely drift on this ball, delivered from a good height. There was good pace on the ball too. Mendis comes ahead to defend but the ball takes the inside edge on to the pads and lobs up for an easy catch for Seifert to his left. A really crucial juncture in the game.
26.1
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flatter ball on middle, pushed down the ground off the back foot to long off for a single.
25.6
4
M Henry to K Mendis, FOUR! Deliberately played this time! Outside off and Mendis plays it very late and guides it fine to third man for a boundary. Runs are flowing here. Good batting from Kusal square.
25.5
0
M Henry to K Mendis, Outside off and pushed towards point.
25.4
1
M Henry to K Perera, Goes on to the hips once more, worked away to deep backward square leg for a run.
25.3
0
M Henry to K Perera, Slower ball! Beats Perera who was trying to feel for it. Length ball on off and the ball turns in the last moment to beat the willow of the southpaw on the outside.
25.2
1
M Henry to K Mendis, Another one drifting down the pads, Mendis works it away to deep square leg and gets another run.
25.1
1
M Henry to K Perera, Length ball at the pads, flicked away to square leg for a single by Kusal.
24.6
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, A defense from within the crease to end the over.
24.5
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Perera is surviving like a cat with nine lives. Another very close run-out call. Perera pushes it to cover and goes for a quick single. Nicholls picks it up and has a shy at the one stump he can see at the non-striker's end. Misses else KP would be a goner.
24.4
1
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Another quicker one on the pads, worked away for a single.
24.3
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, A little air on this one and turning in slightly. Perera flicks it away for a single again.

James Neesham has gone off the field. Tim Southee is in his place.

24.2
1
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Coming straight down once more, flicked away to deep square leg for a single.
24.1
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Length ball and fired at the hips, Mendis turns it away but finds the short fine leg fielder.

Ish Sodhi comes back for another spell.

23.6
4
M Henry to K Perera, FOUR! Two in two for Perera! Short ball outside off and the southpaw pulls it from there to deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Cracking sound off the bat. 11 off the over, a great one for the visitors.
23.5
4
M Henry to K Perera, FOUR! Mendis won't mind, Sri Lanka won't mind. French cut for four. The ball is on a length outside off and the left-hander goes for the slash through covers but gets an inside edge and the ball runs away for a boundary towards fine leg.
23.4
0
M Henry to K Perera, This one is on a length outside off, pushed to the point fielder from within the crease.
23.3
2
M Henry to K Perera, Length ball at the pads, flicked away to the vacant square leg region. Double taken.
23.2
1
M Henry to K Mendis, Outside off on a length, guided to third man for a single with the angled bat by Mendis.
23.1
0
M Henry to K Mendis, Length ball on top of off stump, defended back from within the crease.

Matt Henry into the attack.

22.6
4
L Ferguson to K Perera, FOUR! Fetch that! Power shot from Perera. Length ball outside off, Perera lofts it over covers powerfully for a boundary.
22.5
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Fuller length ball on off, KP tries to drive it back down the ground. Gets a thick inside edge onto the pads.
22.4
4
L Ferguson to K Perera, FOUR! This is another short ball and Perera is already expecting it. He pulls it wide of mid on in the air but well away from the fielder. All the way to the fence after beating the diving mid on fielder.
22.3
2
L Ferguson to K Perera, Another short ball served to the lefty, pulled away in the air slightly towards deep mid-wicket. Double taken.
22.2
1
L Ferguson to K Mendis, Close! That would have been mighty close if it had hit. Length ball on off stump, Mendis drops it on the off side and sets off for a quick single. Guptill at cover reaches the ball really quickly and has a shy at the striker's end. The ball misses the stumps and Perera is safe. Replays show he would have been a goner had the ball hit.
22.1
1
L Ferguson to K Perera, Effort ball first up on middle, pulled away by Perera to deep square leg for a run.
21.6
1
J Neesham to K Perera, Short length ball and coming in with the angle, Perera does well to ride the bounce and play it with soft hands on the off side and pick up a quick single.
21.5
1
J Neesham to K Mendis, Length ball on middle and leg, worked away to the square leg region for another single.
21.4
0
J Neesham to K Mendis, Length ball on the money from Neesham. Watchfully defended back to him by Mendis.
21.3
1
J Neesham to K Perera, Short of a length delivery, KP gets on top of the bounce. Drops it on the off side and gets to the other end.
21.2
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Outside off on a length, Perera flashes and flashes hard but does not make any connection with the ball.
21.1
1
J Neesham to K Mendis, On the pads once more, worked in the mid-wicket region for a single.
21.1
0
J Neesham to K Mendis, Wide! Going well down the leg side. It is signalled as a wide by the umpire as Mendis fails to flick.
20.6
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Another ball outside off, 147.4 kph. Perera hangs his bat out there and the ball goes off the middle with good timing but straight to point.
20.5
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Around the wicket and outside off, driven straight to cover by the left-handed Kusal.
20.4
1
L Ferguson to K Mendis, Short ball aimed at the hips, flicked away to deep backward square leg for a single.
20.3
4
L Ferguson to K Mendis, FOUR! Exquisite timing! Using all the pace on the ball. Kusal Mendis just flicks this away wide of deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Lovely to watch.
20.2
0
L Ferguson to K Mendis, Another one bowled from wide of the crease and coming in with the angle, Mendis defends.
20.1
0
L Ferguson to K Mendis, Length ball, pacy on middle. Mendis closes his bat too early. The ball goes off the leading edge and rolls towards cover.

Lockie Ferguson is back for another spell.

19.6
1
J Neesham to K Mendis, On a length and outside off, Mendis pushes it in the gap at covers and takes a quick single.
19.5
1
J Neesham to K Perera, Lands it on a length and outside off, Perera stays back and hits it in front of square on the off side for one.
19.4
4
J Neesham to K Perera, FOUR! Pulled away in style! Neesham digs in a short ball around middle, Perera stands tall inside the crease, turns and pulls it powerfully behind square leg for a boundary.
19.3
0
J Neesham to K Perera, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
19.2
1
J Neesham to K Mendis, Drifting down the leg side, Mendis eases it off his pads to deep backward square leg for a run. Off the mark.

The other Kusal, Kusal Mendis walks in at number 4.

19.1
0
J Neesham to N Dickwella, OUT! Drags it on! What a game Neesham is having! Quickfire runs with the willow and now he has dismissed both the set openers. Nice and full, wide outside off. Dickwella hangs back to punch it through the line but it takes the inside edge and goes onto the stumps. Niroshan is disappointed with himself and this game has turned on its head. New Zealand are again in the front seat with two new batsmen in the middle, 246 needed off 185 balls.
18.6
0
C Munro to K Perera, A low full toss this time, sliding down the leg side, Perera misses to work it around and is hit on the pads.
18.5
1
C Munro to N Dickwella, Sliding down the leg side, worked in the gap at mid-wicket for one.
18.4
1
C Munro to K Perera, An off cutter on the shorter side, around off and moving back in, Kusal goes deep inside the crease and punches it to sweeper cover for a run.
18.3
1
C Munro to N Dickwella, A length ball around off, Dickwella helps it away in the gap at mid-wicket and runs across for a single.
18.2
4
C Munro to N Dickwella, FOUR! Using whatever pace there was. Munro offers width outside off, Niroshan goes back and opens the face of his bat at the last second. Plays it almost off the keeper's gloves and guides it fine down to third man for a boundary.
18.1
0
C Munro to N Dickwella, Angles in a length ball on middle, Dickwella defends it on the leg side.

Colin Munro to bowl now. Kane Williamson trying to get in some quick overs from his part-timer at this stage...

17.6
0
J Neesham to K Perera, A length ball outside off, Kusal drives it on the up on the off side but finds the fielder at covers.
17.5
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Beaten! Very full and wide outside off, Perera tries driving through covers but fails to connect.

Kusal Perera is in at number 3, replacing Danushka Gunathilaka. Surprising that he has come ahead of Dinesh Chandimal who is the usual suspect at this position.

17.4
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, OUT! Caught down the leg side. Not a wicket-taking delivery but Neesham won't complain. Back of a length delivery angling down the leg side, Gunathilaka tries to glance it across the line but gets a thin inside edge behind to the keeper. Seifert makes no mistake, they appeal and the finger has gone up. End of a 119-run stand. Can New Zealand pick a few more now? 253 needed off 194 balls.
17.3
1
J Neesham to N Dickwella, Top edge and once again the batsman is safe. Neesham delivers a pacy short ball to deceive the batsman. Dickwella top edges his attempted pull shot and it loops in the air. Sodhi runs forward from fine leg, Seifert sprints across to his right, the latter puts in a dive but it falls safely. A single taken.
17.2
6
J Neesham to N Dickwella, SIX! High and handsome! Neesham angles in a slower length ball around off, Niroshan Dickwella picks it early and deposits it over long on for a maximum.
17.1
0
J Neesham to N Dickwella, Serves a length delivery outside off, getting it to cut back in a hint, Dickwella tries to push it through the line but it takes the inside edge and hits him on the pads.

Drinks break. It's been a superb start for Sri Lanka in this big run chase. Their openers are going strongly and have already raised a century partnership. The Kiwis need a wicket and that too soon to gain some control on this match. 260 needed off 198 balls.

16.6
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Another googly, landing full around leg, Dickwella sweeps it through square leg for a run. 15 in the last 3 overs, New Zealand trying to choke the flow of runs.
16.5
0
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, A googly landing outside leg, Dickwella fails to flick and is hit on the pads. The keeper appeals but nothing from the umpire.
16.4
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Leans forward to a full ball and plays a controlled drive through mid off for a run.
16.3
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, A floated leg spinner on middle, Gunathilaka gets forward and defends it back with a straight bat.
16.2
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Too full and around leg, Dickwella tries to play the conventional sweep but it comes from the outer half of the blade and rolls in front of square leg. Only a run this time.
16.1
2
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Well played! Flighted and full around leg, Dickwella nails his reverse sweep past the diving point fielder for a brace.
15.6
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Play and a miss! Short and wide outside off, DG tries to cut it through the line but is beaten due the extra bounce.
15.5
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Full and angling into the batsman around off, Gunathilaka gets forward and closes the face of his bat to play it towards mid-wicket.
15.4
1
J Neesham to N Dickwella, Reaches out for a length ball and slaps it down to sweeper cover for a run.
15.3
4
J Neesham to N Dickwella, FOUR! Superbly played! A half-volley outside off, Dickwella goes hard at it and drags his heave off the inside half of the bat. It races through mid-wicket and finds the fence. Neesham is not amused.
15.2
1
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Good half-stop by Taylor. A length ball outside off, Danushka makes room and drills his drive to extra cover. Rosco stationed there dives across to his right and takes the pace off the ball. A single taken.
15.1
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Speeds in from 'round the wicket and delivers a full ball outside off, Gunathilaka drives it off his front foot to covers.

James Neesham is introduced into the attack. He was in hot form with the bat, can he do something similar with the ball? His team is in a desperate need of a breakthrough here.

14.6
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, A half-tracker on middle, Danushka pulls it over mid-wicket. There is protection in the deep and hence only a run.
14.5
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Flatter again, short and outside off, Gunathilaka punches it to covers.
14.4
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Drags his length short and lands it outside off, it's pulled down to long on for a run. The century stand comes up but there is still a long way to go. 272 needed off 212 balls.
14.3
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Flatter and on middle, Danushka shuffles across and works it off his pads through square leg for one.
14.2
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Gets forward to a full ball and drives it to covers.
14.1
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Tossed up ball on middle, Dickwella forces it down through mid on for a run.
13.6
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
13.5
1
L Ferguson to N Dickwella, Fullish and outside off, driven through covers for a run.
13.4
4
L Ferguson to N Dickwella, FOUR! Genius stuff! Dickwella brings up his 9th ODI fifty with a fine shot. Short in length and wide outside off at 143.2 kph, Dickwella reaches out for it and ramps it down to third man for a run. His partner congratulates him. This has been a great start for Sri Lanka in this big chase.
13.3
1
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Lands it on a length and outside off, Gunathilaka just uses the pace of the bowler and runs it down to third man for a run.
13.2
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, A yorker length ball around off, Gunathilaka digs it out from the inner half of his bat.
13.1
4
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Just wide of the diving keeper! A short delivery around the rib cage, Gunathilaka stands back to glance it across the line but gloves it behind. Seifert flies to his right but the ball speeds past him to the fine leg fence.
12.6
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Stays on the back foot to a short delivery and pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
12.5
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Play and a miss! Turning away from the left-hander, Danushka tries to play the square cut but misses.
12.4
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Quicker and full on leg, Dickwella sweeps it through square leg for a single.
12.3
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Spinning down the leg side, it's tickled wide of short fine leg for one.
12.3
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Wide! Flatter and fuller down the leg side, DG tries to flick but misses. The keeper collects the ball and breaks the stumps but Gunathilaka never left his crease.
12.2
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Tossed up ball around leg, Gunathilaka taps it off his pads to mid-wicket.
12.1
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Full and flighted on middle, Dickwella runs down the track and eases it down to long on for a run.
11.6
1
L Ferguson to N Dickwella, It's been driven superbly through the covers. One run added to the total.
11.5
1
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Top edge... SAFE! Gunathilaka survives a scary period. Ferguson hurls in a shortish delivery on middle and gets some extra bounce on this one. Danushka turns inside the crease to work it around but doesn't go through with his shot due to the extra lift. It catches the top edge, balloons in the air towards deep backward square leg but falls in no man's land. A single.
11.4
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Sharp delivery, a short one at 145.3 kph angling in from outside off, Gunathilaka is beaten by pace as he fails to connect with his attempted pull shot.
11.3
1
L Ferguson to N Dickwella, Short in length and on middle, Dickwella pulls it through to deep square leg for a run.
11.2
1
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
11.1
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, On middle and off, defended off the back foot.
10.6
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, A half-tracker and Sodhi gets away with it. It's pulled straight to the fielder in the deep mid-wicket region for one. End of a pretty innocuous first over by Ish.
10.5
2
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Short and on middle, pulled in front of square leg for an easy couple of runs.
10.4
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, The batsman plays a sweep shot. One run added to the total.
10.3
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Shortish and outside off, Gunathilaka taps it down in the gap at backward point for a run.
10.2
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Flighted and full on middle, it's clipped through square leg for a run. Wanted the second but the fielder was quick to the ball.
10.1
2
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, A tossed up ball around leg, Dickwella gets down on one knee and helps his sweep shot to fine leg for a couple of runs.

Powerplay 2 time. Now, a maximum of 4 fielders are allowed outside the ring. Here comes the leggie. Ish Sodhi to roll his arm...

9.6
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Short delivery going down leg, Gunathilaka tries to pull it away fine on the leg side but fails to connect. Missed out there and Danushka is disappointed. 70/0 at the end of the Powerplay, Sri Lanka would have exceeded their expectations. But there is still a lot of work to be done.
9.5
1
L Ferguson to N Dickwella, Very full and angling in, Dickwella tries to make room but the bowler has followed him. The ball comes off the inside edge and onto the pads. A quick single is taken.
9.4
1
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Fuller length outside off, pushed towards mid off by Gunathilaka as he sets off for a quick single and completes it.
9.3
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Short ball outside off, Danushka stands tall and defends it towards the cover fielder.
9.2
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Again coming in with the angle, worked down the leg side but this time straight to the short fine leg fielder.
9.1
4
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Poor delivery first up, very full and down the pads. Gunathilaka just has to get some bat on it and clip it down fine on the leg side for a boundary.

Lockie Ferguson is the first change in bowling for the Kiwis.

8.6
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Ugly looking swipe across the line! Completely misses the short of a length ball outside off and that is the end of the over.
8.6
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Wide! Boult goes for the bouncer but the ball is just too high above the head of Dickwella. Signalled a wide.
8.5
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Yorker length! Full and on off stump, Niroshan does well to dig it out to cover.

There seems to be a change of ball here. Kane Williamson and Co. don't seem to be too happy with the ball. The umpire does the regulatory check and then decides to call for a different ball. Fourth umpire brings the variety he has at his disposal and gives it for choice to the on-field umpires.

8.4
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Length ball at the pads, worked towards mid-wicket.
8.3
6
T Boult to N Dickwella, SIX! That is easily done by Dickwella. Uses the pace of Boult to just ramp this one over the third man region for a maximum.
8.2
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Outside off, Danushka opens the face of the bat for a single down to third man.
8.1
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Pacy bouncer on middle, Gunathilaka looks to go for the pull but connects only with thin air.
7.6
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Outside off, guided away to the third man fielder for a single. Danushka Gunathilaka keeps strike.
7.5
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Shorter length, this time Gunathilaka defends from the crease.
7.4
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Slightly fuller length outside off, Danushka comes ahead and defends.
7.3
1
M Henry to N Dickwella, Length ball on the pads, worked away to the fine leg fielder for a single.
7.2
4
M Henry to N Dickwella, FOUR! Full toss outside off and Dickwella drives this in the air slightly but also in the gap wide of mid off. Once the ball beats the infield, there's no stopping it, even if you are Kane Williamson who's giving chase.
7.1
0
M Henry to N Dickwella, Outside off, Dickwella goes for the pull but it seems to be pacy and the batsman misses the ball completely.
6.6
1
T Boult to N Dickwella, Length ball outside off, Niroshan has no footwork on this ball and it goes off the outside half towards third man. Single taken and it brings up the 50-run stand for Sri Lanka.
6.5
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Short delivery once more, almost a half-tracker. The ball seemed to have got stuck in the pitch as Dickwella tries to pull it away. No timing and it runs straight to the mid on fielder.
6.4
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, A short ball on off, Gunathilaka goes for the pull as he gets an inside edge onto the pads. Single taken as the ball rolls onto the leg side.
6.3
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Outside off once more, pushed towards the point fielder.
6.2
1
T Boult to N Dickwella, Wide outside off once more, Niroshan opens the face of his bat as he guides this towards third man for a run.
6.1
3
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Wide outside off, Danushka gets this punchy-drive off the back foot in the gap towards deep cover. Guptill gives chase and does really well as he pulls the ball in at the last moment. Saves a run for his team. Applauded well by the crowd.
5.6
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Fuller outside off, driven to mid off for a quick single. Good running.
5.5
2
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, In the air... and Munro almost got there in the end. He does not manage to get his hands on the ball though. Does well to stop it to just two runs. Short ball on length and hurried onto Gunathilaka, he goes for the pull and mistimes this in the air. The ball goes with the wind and helped taking it away from the fielder in the deep at square leg. Lucky escape.
5.4
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Short length ball on the leg stump, Danushka tries to flick it but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
5.3
1
M Henry to N Dickwella, Shorter in length, Dickwella pushes this ball wide of the point fielder and gets a run.
5.2
0
M Henry to N Dickwella, Another length ball, Dickwella tries to make room but Henry follows him and the batsman can just pat it towards cover.
5.1
0
M Henry to N Dickwella, Length ball on middle, Dickwella defends it from within the crease.
4.6
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Fuller length ball on off stump, kept out comfortably by Danushka.
4.6
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Wide! Full and down the leg side. Wide signalled.
4.5
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, What happened there? The ball was a short length one on middle and leg, Gunathilaka tries to pull it away but misses the ball. It goes off his chest and through to Seifert who drops this one. Nothing alarming though as there was no bat on it which replays suggest.
4.4
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Full length ball on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket.
4.3
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Short length ball at the pads, Dickwella misses it and the ball goes off the pads to the fine leg fielder for a leg bye.
4.2
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Fuller this time and pushed with soft hands towards mid off. Easy single taken.
4.1
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Oooh! Good ball from Boult. On a length and just outside off. Swinging away at the last moment, Gunathilaka gets his bat down to drive but gets it away off the outside half as the ball runs to the cover fielder.
3.6
4
M Henry to N Dickwella, FOUR! Through again, just wide of point! Full and around off, Dickwella moves back to make some room, goes down on one knee and strokes it through the gap between point and cover-point. 11 from the over, 37 in 4 overs, an excellent start for Sri Lanka.
3.5
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Digs in another short delivery on off, Gunathilaka swivels inside the crease and pulls it through square leg for one.
3.4
2
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Back of a length delivery on top of off stump, Danushka leans back and steers it down to deep point for a couple of runs.
3.3
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Doles out a fuller length ball on middle, DG gets forward and drives it down to mid on. A loud shot denying the run surfaces.
3.2
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Beaten! The bowler bounces back. Serves a good length delivery outside off, bowled with a scrambled seam, Danushka tries forcing it through the line but is beaten by the extra bounce.
3.1
4
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Up and over! Lovely shot! Full in length outside off, angling away from the left-hander, Gunathilaka picks it up and lofts it over covers for a boundary.
2.6
4
T Boult to N Dickwella, FOUR! Two in two to end the over. The ball was short and wide outside off, Dickwella stands tall and cuts it over the head of the point fielder for a boundary. Sri Lanka off to a flying start here.
2.5
4
T Boult to N Dickwella, FOUR! What was that? Sounded really good, whatever it was! A short ball on middle and off, Dickwella plays a shot that looks like a half-pull and gets it to the left of mid-wicket for a boundary. Great timing on that one.
2.4
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, On the pads once more, this time the left-hander finds the gap on the leg side with a wristy shot and gets to the other end.
2.3
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Straighter ball, no swing on this one as it holds the line and goes onto the pads. Flicked away by Gunathilaka but straight to the fielder in the circle.
2.2
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Slightly fuller outside off, Danushka comes ahead and defends this ball.
2.1
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Length ball outside off, played off the back foot towards the point fielder.
1.6
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Full ball outside off once more, Gunathilaka does not drive this with great timing but that helps the batsman get a single towards mid off who was at the edge of the circle.
1.5
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Fuller outside off, pushed with hard hands towards cover-point.
1.4
1
M Henry to N Dickwella, Length ball on the pads, worked away towards mid-wicket for a single.
1.3
4
M Henry to N Dickwella, FOUR! Free Hit missed so what? The next one is lifted over the infield and all the way for a boundary. Length ball on middle and Dickwella swipes through the line to get a four towards the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
1.2
0
M Henry to N Dickwella, Free Hit! Full and outside off, Dickwella misses out. He goes for the same shot once more and this time he cannot get inside the line. The ball gets the inside edge and goes onto the the batsman's body. Good chance to get some more early runs is wasted.
1.2
6
M Henry to N Dickwella, No ball and a SIX! Pre-empted and what a shot! The ball was on a length on middle, Dickwella comes inside the line early and scoops it over the short fine leg fielder for a maximum. The bowler overstepped and the umpire signals a no ball as well. Free Hit coming up...
1.1
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Yorker first up! Full and swinging inward in the air. Gunathilaka does well to dig it out towards the point region and gets to the other end.

Matt Henry to bowl with the other new ball.

0.6
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Fuller ball outside off, Dickwella pushes the ball to mid off to end the over.
0.5
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, On the middle stump now, Gunathilaka pushes the ball to the left of mid on and gets off the mark.
0.4
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Short of a length outside off, Danushka punches it wide of mid off but the fielder is quick to the ball and prevents the single.
0.4
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Wide! Well down the leg side, wide signalled.
0.3
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Good ball first up to Gunathilaka, on the off stump line and slightly moving away. The batsman defends it back.
0.2
1
T Boult to N Dickwella, Another similar delivery outside off, played with soft hands to the right of cover for a quick single.
0.1
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Length ball swinging away outside off, pushed on the front foot to cover.

We are back for the run chase. The NZ fielders are out in the middle followed by the two SL openers, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella. They need a good start first up, if they want to get close to this total. Trent Boult with the first new ball for the Kiwis.