Sri Lanka in New Zealand, 3 ODI Series, 2019

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka - 2nd ODI

Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

Date & Time: 05 January 2019

Sri Lanka 298/10

RR: 6.43 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 21 runs

commentary

Right then! The second ODI ends. What a humdinger of a game. Still recovering from the blues. The series is gone but Sri Lanka have begun 2019 on a wonderful note. Fought hard in the first ODI, almost crossed the line here. Can they get lucky the third time and avoid a whitewash? The third and final ODI is a day game and will be played on Tuesday, January 8, 2018 at 11 am local (2200 GMT, previous night). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, says that they were clinical for nearly 85 percent of the game. Praises his batters for batting well and his bowlers for doing a great job, till Thisara came along. Is reminded of that Marcus Stoinis knock at Eden Park. Admits that too many fumbles were made, including himself and is relieved that it did not cost them the match. Stresses that the side needs to move on from here and focus on the next game and try to maintain the same intensity. On the team as a whole, Williamson is happy with the guys performing their roles better. Is happier for this game because his batsmen adjusted on a slower wicket. Sees these as good signs for the future but wants his unit to react well to momentum shifts as it does not take time for the tides to change. Credits Jimmy Neesham for doing well with the bat and adds that it was his knock which was able to ward off the Thisara threat in this game. Is excited to witness the new age of New Zealand cricket.

Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga, manages to put in a smile. He says that in spite of getting good partnerships at the top, the middle order collapsed. Praises Thisara Perera and reckons that he always believed that he is a match-winner. Like Thisara, Malinga too, says that the Lankans learnt a lot from the first game, especially bowling according to the wind factor. On the final match, Lasith says that they have the talent but they need to play according to the situation by analyzing things correctly.

THISARA PERERA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Anyone surprised? Not really. Perera says that he is really proud of himself as he got his maiden ODI century. Stresses that in the last couple of years, he has been batting at number 9. If he gets to bat at number 7 or higher, he reckons he can play more valuable knocks. Thanks the management for giving him that opportunity. On his knock today, Thisara says that he figured out that in the previous match, the Lankan batters struggled to hit big shots because of the wind. So he planned accordingly in this game. Adds that once Malinga got out, he was trying to face as many balls as possible, as many as 5 in an over. On being asked about revenge against Neesham and trying to hit 6 sixes in an over, Thisara smiles humbly and says that he does not look for revenge or any such stuff. Just concentrates on playing the game. What a modest fellow.

Earlier in the day, the Kiwis rakes up 319/7 after electing to bat on a sluggish surface. They lost two wickets cheaply but Munro's 87, Taylor's 90 and a quickfire 64 from 37 by Jimmy Neesham took them past the 300-mark. Looking at the margin of victory, one can just sense the importance of that Neesham knock. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

Coming to the bowling, it was clinical for most part from the Kiwis. They kept their cool when wickets were not coming regularly and then that period in the middle stages where Sri Lanka lost 6/16 in 5 overs turned the tide. However, after that plenty of dropped catches were put down - as many as 7 - which nearly cost them the game. Ish Sodhi was the pick of the bowlers, with 3/55.

It has been so much Thisara Thisara Thisara that we barely feel like describing anyone else. But we have to. There was another player who fought hard, with a 73-ball 71. Danushka Gunathilaka. When he was there in the middle, it seemed like Sri Lanka were in with a chance. But Kusal Mendis' wicket triggered a collapse as the Lankans slipped from 112/2 to 128/7. Just imagine the work put in by Thisara.

In a team's total of 298, one man scores 140. All the sixes in this innings were hit by him - 13 to be precise - almost letting out his frustration on having conceded 10 sixes in 2 matches. But one guesses that in the end, it was just too much work to do. He tried hard, aiming to fathom a ridiculous win but in the end, the team deserving to win the game for 85 percent of the time eventually won. This was pretty similar to the Marcus Stoinis' knock at Eden Park, Auckland on January 30, 2017 - where his unbeaten 146 off 117 revived the Aussies from 67/6 to 280 - falling just 6 short.

Sigh. Pity that this game had to end in this manner. When Stumps were drawn on the third day of the Australia-India Test, Sri Lanka did not deserve to win. When a T20 league had kicked off somewhere in Bangladesh and another one was being played in Australia, we were dreaming of going home early. When the South Africa-Pakistan Test resumed, we were wondering what are the players still doing out there in the middle. But now, as the clock touches 9 am in Greenwich Meridian Time, a sad thought crosses our hearts - couldn't Lady Luck stay with Thisara for a few balls more?

Whether you are a Kiwi supporter, or a Sri Lankan fan or care for neither - you have just got to stand up and applaud. NARANGODA LIYANAARACHCHILAGE THISARA CHIRANTHA PERERA - take a bow. What a knock. Period. What a knock. Exclamation. The entire Bay Oval is standing up as one to applaud. None of the Kiwi team members are celebrating. Showing good courtesy, each and every player is beside Thisara, hugging him and patting him on the back. Sportsmanship of the greatest level. And what is that man made of? Thisara does not show his disappointment. Takes his helmet off, smiles to each and everyone, politely shaking hands, as if it is his last day in the office and everyone is wishing him good luck for the future. What a human being. Floored.

46.2
0
M Henry to T Perera, OUT! Caught! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 21 RUNS! The match ends. The crowd looks stunned. Now, it slowly starts to rejoice. A slower ball, fuller in length, Thisara backs away and looks to clear long on. But he is not quite able to time it. Trent Boult comes running in from long on, keeps his eyes on the ball, dives forward and just about hangs on to it! What a match! Who would have thought? The Kiwis take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
46.2
0
M Henry to T Perera, WIDE! Henry smiles. But a wry one. A bouncer, around middle and leg, Perera ducks. It has been wided for height. Did not look that high...

Problems! Thisara Perera has called for the physio. He is down on the ground. Cramps? Back issue? Hamstring? He is being given some stretching exercises now...

46.1
3
M Henry to N Pradeep, Pradeep is off strike! And gets three runs as well! What a result for Sri Lanka. Full and outside off, Nuwan reaches out and drives it through the covers. Colin Munro runs after the ball and just about stops it near the ropes. Should he have allowed it to cross the boundary? Perera is back on strike!

Matt Henry has been summoned. 9-1-48-1 so far. Can he remove the tail-ender and end the game?

45.6
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, A bouncer to end the over. TP cannot retain the strike. He can only duck to see the ball off. But what an over - 6, 6, 0, 6, 6, 0!
45.5
6
Tim Southee to T Perera, SIX! This is a monstrous one! Southee is not landing the ball and Thisara keeps taking flight. Another full toss, the third one in this over, Perera clubs it over square leg for half a dozen! 26 needed from 25 balls now!
45.4
6
Tim Southee to T Perera, SIX! This one goes too! Full toss, on off, Thisara backs away and swings it over mid-wicket!
45.3
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, Another slower ball, outside off, TP swings but misses.
45.2
6
Tim Southee to T Perera, SIX! Change of ball but no change in the result! Another maximum as the Lankans are 38 away from a eye-popping win! A full toss, around off, Thisara backs away and swings it high in the air. Long on and long off get around... but the ball clears long on!

We have lost the ball. It has gone somewhere into the car park and one reckons that a kid has it in his hand. Runs away when the camera focusses on him. A replacement ball is brought on.

45.1
6
Tim Southee to T Perera, SIX! SPANKED! He is trying. He is really trying. A length ball, around middle, angling away, Perera backs away and swings it into oblivion over mid-wicket! 44 more needed from 29!
44.6
0
J Neesham to N Pradeep, Pradeep survives. A bouncer, right at the face, around off, Nuwan backs away from the line of the ball and ducks. 13 from the over, Neesham's figures read 7-0-48-2.
44.5
1
J Neesham to T Perera, A short ball again, Perera backs a long way to the leg side and tries to pull. Is in no position to play that and gets a top edge. Luckily for him, it limps towards long on who cannot get there, neither can mid off running to his left. A single taken.
44.4
0
J Neesham to T Perera, A short ball, around middle, TP backs away and looks to pull but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
44.3
6
J Neesham to T Perera, SIX! Outrageous shot. Perera backs away to the leg side and Neesham bowls it full and wide outside off. The southpaw reaches out, throws his bat at that one and still manages to clear cover! Moves to 115 from 65 balls. The stand moves to 15 from 9.
44.2
6
J Neesham to T Perera, SIX! SMOKED! Picks the slower one to perfection this time. A length ball, around off, Thisara waits and then swings it over mid-wicket! 57 needed from 34 balls now.
44.1
0
J Neesham to T Perera, A lovely slower delivery, outside off, Perera swings but misses.
43.6
0
Tim Southee to N Pradeep, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
43.5
0
Tim Southee to N Pradeep, Excellent yorker on middle, dug out back to the bowler.
43.4
0
Tim Southee to N Pradeep, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
43.3
1
Tim Southee to T Perera, DROPPED! Another one goes down. And looks like someone has hurt himself. Guppy it is. A full toss outside off, pace taken off, TP backs away and looks to swing hard. Mistimes it badly and Martin Guptill at long off has an easy chance running in. Gets to the ball but plonks it down. Hurts his finger as well. A single taken.
43.2
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, Full and outside off, Perera swings but misses again.
43.2
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, ANOTHER WIDE. Wayyy outside off, Thisara swings hard but misses.
43.2
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, WIDE. This one is wided. Full and miles outside off, Perera leaves it alone again.
43.1
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, Teasing the wide guideline outside off, a full toss, almost outside the line, Thisara lets it go. Not wided by the umpire.

Nuwan Pradeep is the last man in. Tim Southee to bowl as well. 6-0-41-1 so far.

42.6
0
J Neesham to L Sandakan, OUT! Caught! The 9th wicket falls. A short ball, around off, Sandakan looks to pull but is cramped for room. The bounce takes the glove, then the top edge and lobs behind. Ross Taylor comes forward quickly from first slip and takes it nicely. 66 more needed from 42 balls.
42.5
0
J Neesham to L Sandakan, A bouncer on middle, Lakshan ducks.
42.4
0
J Neesham to L Sandakan, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
42.3
1
J Neesham to T Perera, A short ball, around middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
42.2
1
J Neesham to L Sandakan, EDGED, DROPPED! This was a tough one. A length ball outside off, Sandakan plays away from his body and guides it towards third man. Ross Taylor has been stationed at wide slip and he dives to his right, but can only get fingertips to it. The ball deflects towards third man and a run is taken. 50-RUN STAND IS UP AS WELL.
42.1
1
J Neesham to T Perera, A length ball outside off, no pace to work with, Perera swings wildly, his bottom hand comes off the bat and the ball skews towards mid-wicket. A single taken.

Jimmy Neesham is back on. 5-0-32-1 so far.

41.6
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 10-1-61-1 so far.
41.5
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, Full and outside off, driven straight to point.
41.4
1
T Boult to T Perera, MAIDEN ODI CENTURY FOR THISARA PERERA! Monumental effort from him. Came in when Sri Lanka were 121/5. 2 overs later, saw them slip to 7 down. Has single-handedly taken the Lankans from 128/7 till here. Fantastic effort. Is a win too much to ask from here? Full on middle, Thisara clips this through square leg and crosses over to the other end. Barely celebrates. Just a simple removal of the helmet and the kiss on the badge. Does he believe a win can be achieved?

The crowd getting excited... Can Thisara Perera get to his ton

41.3
1
T Boult to L Sandakan, Outside off, Lakshan steers this behind point towards third man for a single.
41.3
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, WIDE. Slips this down the leg side, Sandakan misses his flick.
41.2
1
T Boult to T Perera, Full on middle, pushed towards long on for a single. Moves to 99...
41.2
0
T Boult to T Perera, WIDE. A bouncer, around middle, too high, TP ducks.
41.1
6
T Boult to T Perera, SIX! 98! Wow. Thisara on the cusp of his maiden ODI century. Full and outside off, Perera gets right underneath this and sends it sailing over long off!
40.6
0
Tim Southee to L Sandakan, On a length outside off, Lakshan backs away and looks to steer it to third man but misses.
40.5
0
Tim Southee to L Sandakan, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
40.4
1
Tim Southee to T Perera, Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
40.3
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, A yorker now, dug out back to the bowler.
40.2
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
40.1
1
Tim Southee to L Sandakan, Outside off, Sandakan pushes at it but gets a thick inside edge towards fine leg. A single taken.

We have a Powerplay 3. Did not think it would go this far. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Tim Southee is back on. 5-0-39-1 so far.

39.6
0
T Boult to T Perera, Full and around off, watchfully pushed back.
39.5
0
T Boult to T Perera, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
39.4
6
T Boult to T Perera, SIX! SMASH! No chance of even thinking about catching this one. A length ball around middle, Thisara wallops into the 90s by hammering the bones of this one, right over long on.
39.3
0
T Boult to T Perera, Another yorker, nicely dug out.
39.2
6
T Boult to T Perera, DROPPED, SIX! Butter-fingers all around the park. Reminds us of the 2015 World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa. Though, that was not at this venue. Full and outside off, Perera looks to go over the top but mistimes it. Kane Williamson runs across to his left at long off, leaps but the ball just bursts through his fingers beyond the ropes. Thisara moves to 85...
39.1
0
T Boult to T Perera, A yorker outside off, dug out back to the bowler.
38.6
1
M Henry to T Perera, Smart cricket again from Perera. Chips this uppishly, not with hard hands, just so that the ball just about lands in front of long on. A single to retain the strike.
38.5
2
M Henry to T Perera, Full on middle, TP flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
38.4
4
M Henry to T Perera, FOUR! Well played sir. A short ball outside off, not that wide. Thisara arches back and then ramps it over short third man for a boundary.
38.3
2
M Henry to T Perera, Smart cricket. A yorker on middle, Thisara jams it out towards mid-wicket. Sees that the fielders are in the deep and chances their arm to come back for the second. Makes it easily.
38.2
0
M Henry to T Perera, A bouncer now, Thisara ducks.
38.1
0
M Henry to T Perera, A length ball outside off, a wild swing and a miss.
37.6
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, A bouncer on middle, Sandakan ducks.
37.5
1
T Boult to T Perera, A short ball now, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
37.4
6
T Boult to T Perera, SIX! STUPENDOUS! A length ball around middle, Perera gives himself room to the leg side and swings it over mid-wicket!
37.3
1
T Boult to L Sandakan, Down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
37.2
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, On a length outside off, Sandakan pushes inside the line and is beaten by the away movement.
37.1
1
T Boult to T Perera, Full and outside off, bashed down to long off for a single. Strange. Now he runs on the first ball of the over.
36.6
2
M Henry to L Sandakan, JUST OVER! A short ball, angling into the batsman, Sandakan looks to pull but then tries to get out of the way. The ball takes the glove and just eludes a leaping Tim Seifert behind the stumps. Two runs taken.
36.5
0
M Henry to L Sandakan, A short ball around off, Sandakan ducks.
36.4
0
M Henry to L Sandakan, A yorker outside off, dug out back to the bowler.
36.3
1
M Henry to T Perera, On a good length around middle, defended past the bowler. Now he runs a single towards long off.
36.2
2
M Henry to T Perera, Outside off, driven through the covers. Long off has to cover some distance to his right and hence this time, Thisara runs. Comes back for the second.
36.1
0
M Henry to T Perera, Full and around off, pushed down to long off. DOES NOT RUN.
35.6
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover. 4 runs and a wicket from the over, Boult's figures read 7-1-29-1.
35.5
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
35.4
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, Goes back in his crease and blocks.
35.3
0
T Boult to L Sandakan, Around off, watchfully defended.

Lakshan Sandakan is in at number 10. Can he hang around with Thisara to help him get close to a century?

35.2
0
T Boult to L Malinga, OUT! BOWLED! The slower delivery does the trick. A fuller ball, around middle, Malinga backs away to the leg side, looking to flick but misses as he is early into the shot. The ball hits the pads and then deflects onto the stumps. The 75-run stand is broken. Made no difference to the run chase but at least gave us some entertainment.
35.1
4
T Boult to L Malinga, FOUR! Another one off the top edge. This is getting frustrating for the Kiwis. A short ball, Malinga backs away looking to pull but gets a top edge. It flies over the keeper to the fine leg fence. 200 IS UP.
34.6
4
M Henry to T Perera, FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Thisara leaps and cuts it over point for a boundary.
34.5
1
M Henry to L Malinga, TOP EDGE, DROPPED! What is happening? Are the floodlights causing an issue? Another sitter put down. A short ball around off, Malinga backs away and looks to pull. But he is cramped for room as the ball comes in and gets a top edge. Trent Boult runs across to his right from mid off, gets to the ball but puts it down! A single taken.
34.4
0
M Henry to L Malinga, Full and outside off, pushed straight to mid off.
34.3
2
M Henry to L Malinga, Dropped short, pulled over mid-wicket for a couple.
34.2
0
M Henry to L Malinga, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
34.1
0
M Henry to L Malinga, Outside off, slower delivery, Malinga backs away, looking to cut but misses.

DRINKS BREAK. Matt Henry is back on. 6-1-27-1 so far.

33.6
0
T Boult to T Perera, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
33.5
1
T Boult to L Malinga, DROPPED! Well, sloppy fielding. A short ball, Malinga pulls it towards mid-wicket. Colin Munro comes running in for the catch at the boundary, gets to the ball but then drops it. A single taken.
33.4
1
T Boult to T Perera, Outside off, driven through off for a run.
33.3
1
T Boult to L Malinga, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
33.2
0
T Boult to L Malinga, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
33.1
0
T Boult to L Malinga, Full and around off, Malinga looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.

Trent Boult is back on. 5-1-22-0 so far.

32.6
2
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Full and outside off, TP comes down the track and looks to go big but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Skews it horribly and the ball goes high in the air. Cover backtracks, long off gets across to his right but the ball reminds us of a chapter in geometry in school math. Bisection. Lands right in between. Two runs taken. 20 from the over, 31 from the last 2!
32.5
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Outside off, short in length, punched straight to cover.
32.4
4
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, FOUR! 28-BALL 50 FOR THISARA! Forget the match situation, this has been one wonderful inning to witness. Gets there with a punch through the covers. He is enjoying himself but the batting has been of high quality. 10th ODI Fifty for Thisara Perera, first against New Zealand.
32.3
2
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Comes down the track and hits it down the ground again. This time long on gets around to stop it. Two runs taken.
32.2
6
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, SIX! Two in two! This is dropped short, Thisara rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket! 50-RUN STAND IS UP AS WELL!
32.1
6
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, SIX! Simple as you like! Floated around middle, Perera jumps down the track and lofts it as clean as a whistle straight back over the bowler's head, over the sightscreen!
31.6
0
Tim Southee to L Malinga, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 11 from the over.
31.5
1
Tim Southee to T Perera, Full and outside off, hammered down to long off for a single.
31.4
4
Tim Southee to T Perera, FOUR! Full and outside off, Thisara lofts it over mid off and gets a boundary. Playing a 'I-have-nothing-to-lose' innings.
31.3
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
31.2
6
Tim Southee to T Perera, SIX! SLAUGHTERED! A short ball, on middle, Thisara swivels and pulls it over mid-wicket. Matt Henry rushes to his left and gives Superman a good run for his money... but the ball eludes his left hand. He literally flew. The man usually wearing blue and red costume would have thought his job is in danger.
31.1
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
30.6
2
Ish Sodhi to L Malinga, The ball takes the outside edge goes towards the slip region. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
30.5
2
Ish Sodhi to L Malinga, Short and outside off, cut through point for a couple.
30.4
0
Ish Sodhi to L Malinga, NOT OUT! It is not missing leg. It is not missing middle. It is not missing off. It is not going over the top. What is it missing then? We don't know. The batsman has been adjudged not out because HAWK EYE TECHNOLOGY WAS NOT AVAILABLE. So because the on-field umpire had given it not out, it stays not out. Another googly outside off, Malinga looked to defend but missed and was hit right in front of the stumps. Sodhi appealed but the umpire was firm and shook his head. Williamson just had one look at his keeper and bowler and straightaway went for the review. Gosh. Everyone waited and waited and waited, only to be informed that due to lack of technology, no further help can be provided. New Zealand do not lose the review.

Review time again. Sodhi reckons that he has Malinga plumb in front. What does the third umpire have to say on this? Looks close. Really close...

30.3
4
Ish Sodhi to L Malinga, FOUR! Nice shot from the skipper to get off the mark. Full and around of, Malinga gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary!
30.2
0
Ish Sodhi to L Malinga, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
30.1
1
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Short and around off, punched through the covers for a single. 150 UP FOR SRI LANKA.
29.6
0
Tim Southee to L Malinga, Another bouncer, same reaction from the skipper.
29.5
0
Tim Southee to L Malinga, A bouncer now, around middle, Lasith ducks.
29.4
0
Tim Southee to L Malinga, EDGED! Does not carry. A length ball wide outside off, Malinga flashes his bat at that and gets a thick outside edge. It does not carry to Tim Seifert behind.
29.3
1
Tim Southee to T Perera, Down the leg side, helped to the leg side for a single.
29.2
4
Tim Southee to T Perera, FOUR! Now the other side. A length ball this time, Thisara goes up and over mid off this time. Consecutive boundaries.
29.1
4
Tim Southee to T Perera, FOUR! Full and around middle, Perera flicks it over mid-wicket and gets a boundary!

Williamson going for the kill. Tim Southee has been brought back. 3-0-19-1 so far.

28.6
1
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, On middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a run.
28.5
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
28.4
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Full again, well blocked out.
28.3
4
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, FOUR! Short and outside off, Perera goes back and punches it wide of mid off for a boundary!
28.2
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
28.1
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, The googly around leg, Thisara pushes it back to the bowler.
27.6
0
J Neesham to L Malinga, Slower ball, leg cutter, outside off, Lasith pushes at it but is beaten by the slowness of the delivery. Almost edges it.
27.5
0
J Neesham to L Malinga, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
27.4
1
J Neesham to T Perera, DIRECT HIT AND MALINGA WAS A GONER. School cricket. Thisara pushes it towards mid-wicket and sets off for a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Replays show that the skipper just plonked his bat in. AFTER the throw had passed him.
27.3
4
J Neesham to T Perera, FOUR! That will help Sri Lanka a bit. Not quite sure very much but at least to soften some of the wounds. Full on middle, Thisara pushes it through mid on and finds the gap and the boundary.
27.2
0
J Neesham to T Perera, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
27.1
2
J Neesham to T Perera, A short ball outside off, slapped over cover for a couple.

Into the bowlers now. Lasith Malinga is the first of them.

26.6
0
Ish Sodhi to S Prasanna, OUT! Another drag on! Pandemonium out there. Wickets are falling are like a pack of cards. Number 7 is down and this match is going away as quickly as fire goes off a matchstick if you hold it for a while. Full and outside off, Prasanna gets across and looks to slog. Gets a thick inside edge which deflects onto the stumps. Sorry state for the Lankans now.
26.5
0
Ish Sodhi to S Prasanna, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
26.4
0
Ish Sodhi to S Prasanna, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
26.3
0
Ish Sodhi to S Prasanna, On middle and leg, worked to the leg side.

Seekkuge Prasanna is in at number 8, replacing Gunaratne.

26.2
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, OUT! Gunaratne is run out now. Full and down the leg side, Thisara looks to work it to the leg side but the ball goes off his inner half of his bat towards short fine leg. The batsmen decide to go for the single but Jimmy Neesham is quick as a flash to get to the ball. Returns a very accurate throw to the keeper who manages to dislodge the bails. Asela Gunaratne dives in and the appeal is referred upstairs. Replays show that it is not enough.

Is that wicket number 6? A run out appeal is referred upstairs...

26.2
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, WIDE. Down the leg side, Perera misses his flick.
26.1
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Full and around middle, flicked towards mid-wicket.
25.6
1
J Neesham to T Perera, Short and outside off, cut through point for one.
25.5
0
J Neesham to T Perera, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
25.4
0
J Neesham to T Perera, A bouncer now, Perera ducks.
25.3
1
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, On middle and leg, flicked towards the leg side for a single.
25.2
4
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, FOUR! Not convincing. A short ball, around middle, Gunaratne looks to pull but the ball comes in with the angle, takes the top edge and goes over the keeper to the fine leg fence. The fielder at the ropes is pretty square.
25.1
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, Landed outside off, punched straight to point.

Into the bowlers who can bat. Or batsmen who can bowl. Or players who can hit the ball hard. Whatever. They are termed all-rounders. Thisara Perera is the first of them.

24.6
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, OUT! Wrong shot to a wrong 'un and Chandimal is gone too! Suddenly, a cluster of wickets have fallen. The googly outside off, Dinesh goes back to cut but the ball spins back in sharply, stays low, goes beneath the bat and hits the stumps! Half the side is down in the hut now. The match and the series seems to be going away from the Lankans... 9/3 in the last 3 overs!
24.5
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
24.4
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
24.3
1
Ish Sodhi to A Gunaratne, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
24.3
0
Ish Sodhi to A Gunaratne, WIDE. Down the leg side, Gunaratne misses his flick.
24.2
1
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Full and outside off, Dinesh gets down and sweeps it through mid-wicket for a single.
24.1
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Huge, massive appeal for LBW! Not out. No review taken again. Was there bat involved? Let's see. The googly from Sodhi, Chandimal lunged to defend but missed and was hit on the pads. There was a massive deviation after it passed the bat and on closer look, an inside edge is revealed. Excellent umpiring.
23.6
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 4 runs and a wicket from the over, 6/2 in the last 2.
23.6
0
J Neesham to A Gunaratne, WIDE. On a length around middle, Gunaratne gets across and looks to flick but misses.
23.5
1
J Neesham to D Chandimal, On middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.

Asela Gunaratne walks in next at number 6, replacing Gunathilaka.

23.4
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, OUT! Caught! Gunathilaka's wonderful and entertaining knock ends. He tried his best while being out there and now, Sri Lanka are in big trouble with both set men dismissed. A length ball, around off, Danushka jumps down the track and looks to go big, aiming to hit it over long off. But the bounce gets big on him and the away-moving ball means that he has to fetch it from outside off. Gets a top edge which goes straight up in the air. Tim Seifert calls for it moving to his left but almost puts it down. Somehow manages to clasp it right at the end of his gloves. The Kiwis tightening the noose...
23.3
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
23.2
1
J Neesham to D Chandimal, On middle and leg, helped through square leg for a run.
23.1
1
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Landed outside off, chopped down to third man for a single.
22.6
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler. 2 runs and a wicket for Sodhi, technically a maiden for him. His figures read 5-1-17-1.
22.5
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
22.4
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Huge shout for LBW, turned down. That looked close. No review taken. The googly from Sodhi, pitched around middle and off, Chandimal looked to sweep but missed and was hit on the pads. The bowler and keeper appealed but not that intensely. Hawk Eye shows why. The wrong 'un is predicted to be sliding down leg.
22.3
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Similar ball, watchfully defended.
22.2
0
Ish Sodhi to D Chandimal, Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.

Dinesh Chandimal walks in at number 5, replacing Mendis.

22.1
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, OUT! Caught down the leg side! Sodhi has his first. A short ball, real loosener, down the leg side, Mendis looks to pull but somehow, misses it. He tries to execute that shot down on a knee and is cramped for room. Maybe he was trying to help it more than pull it. Hence the cramp. The ball takes the inside edge and goes to the keeper who is blinded but still, manages to take it after a fumble in the first attempt. Sodhi and Seifert appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The appeal goes even louder but now, Mendis himself starts to walk. Slowly, the umpire's finger is raised. Another decent stand ends. Sri Lanka not doing too badly as of now. 208 more needed from 167 balls.
21.6
1
J Neesham to K Mendis, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
21.5
1
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for another single.
21.4
1
J Neesham to K Mendis, A short ball outside off, Mendis hops and dabs it towards point for one.
21.3
0
J Neesham to K Mendis, Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
21.2
1
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
21.1
1
J Neesham to K Mendis, Landed outside off, dabbed towards third man for a single.
20.6
1
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, A long hop, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
20.5
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
20.4
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, JUST OVER! A short ball around off, Mendis looks to pull but mistimes it badly. The ball just lobs over a leaping short mid-wicket.
20.3
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
20.2
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
20.1
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
19.6
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, A dot to end an expensive over for the Kiwis, 10 from it. On a length and around off, it is kept out.
19.5
2
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Too much width again on offer outside off. Gunathilaka slashes at it, the ball goes uppishly but over point for a brace.
19.4
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
19.3
4
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Super timing once again and once again the outfield being lightning quick is evident there. On the shorter side, Gunathilaka just guides it into the gap at point and it gets to the fence like a tracer bullet.
19.3
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, A huge appeal but the umpire in return, turns towards the scorers and signals a wide. No review from the Kiwis so the appeal might be to put the umpire off. Down the leg side, Gunathilaka goes to flick but misses. An appeal follows but the umpire is not interested.
19.2
2
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, A full toss on the second ball. Gunathilaka strokes it through covers and the batsmen run two.
19.1
1
J Neesham to K Mendis, Starts off with a ball on the pads, Mendis tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball rolls towards square leg and a run is taken.

James Neesham is on now.

18.6
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, The googly on off, Gunathilaka tries to pull it against the turn, gets a bottom edge towards short fine leg,
18.5
1
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Flatter and on middle, Mendis pushes it to mid-wicket for another run.
18.4
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Tosses it up on middle, it is kept out.
18.3
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Good batting! Got a boundary on the last ball, now strokes it to long on and takes a run.
18.2
4
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Brings out the reverse sweep and it is hit well. Right off the middle and it races through the backward point region for a boundary.
18.1
1
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, The googly on middle, Mendis picks it and works it through square leg for a run.

DRINKS!

17.6
1
M Henry to K Mendis, Shortish and on middle, Mendis stands tall and pulls it through square leg for a run. 9 from the over.
17.5
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Good length on off, Gunathilaka guides it towards third man for a single.
17.4
2
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Overthrow! Good running again! First Gunathilaka drops it beside the pitch on the off side the batsmen go for a run. Guptil charges in and tries to underarm it on the stumps at the striker's end but misses. The fielder backing up is too deep and hence, the batters take another run.
17.3
1
M Henry to K Mendis, Attacks the stumps, Mendis pushes it to mid on for a quick run. They need to keep the singles ticking over.
17.2
0
M Henry to K Mendis, On the shorter side, the batsman ducks under it.
17.1
4
M Henry to K Mendis, FOUR! Excellent timing! Shorter in length and the slightest of width on offer outside off. Mendis goes back and then just guides it through point. It is right off the middle, the ball races across the turf and into the fence in a jiffy.
16.6
1
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Yes, he can, only a single on the last ball as Mendis eases it down to long on.
16.5
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Just a run from the first 5 balls as Mendis defends this one onto the ground. Can Sodhi end the over well?
16.4
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, On the pads, it is worked around the corner for a run. Just a run from the first 4 balls.
16.3
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Gives it a lot of air and lands it on off, Gunathilaka prods forward and keeps it out.
16.2
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Another tossed up delivery and once again it is played to mid-wicket.
16.1
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
15.6
4
M Henry to K Mendis, FOUR! Up and over! Not perfectly timed but due to the small boundaries, it races away. On middle and it is just ahead of a length. Mendis lofts it over the bowler's head and it trickles over the fence.
15.5
0
M Henry to K Mendis, Slightly fuller this time on middle, Mendis strokes it back towards the bowler who makes a good stop by going down low to his right.
15.4
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, A risky run but no harm done! Gunathilaka pushes it towards cover and calls for a run. Mendis responds. Nicholls in that position is quick to the ball, picks it up and has a shy but misses. Replay shows, had he hit, Mendis was a goner. Even the dive would not have saved him there.
15.3
1
M Henry to K Mendis, On the pads, Mendis flicks it nicely but can't find the gap in the square leg region. A single is taken.
15.2
0
M Henry to K Mendis, Back of a length on middle, Mendis defends it.
15.1
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Fifty for Gunathilaka, his 8th in ODIs. He is making full use of the life he got but he needs to continue. His job is only half done and he would know that. He gets there by guiding it down to third man for a single.
14.6
0
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Gives it nice air and lands it around off, Mendis lunges and blocks it. A good delivery to finish by Sodhi.
14.5
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Flatter and outside off, Gunathilaka guides it to point for a run.
14.4
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, This one stays a touch low as it is bowled on the pads. DG does well to adjust and get bat to it.
14.3
4
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! DEFT! Very nicely played that! It is tossed up outside off, Gunathilaka waits for it and then at the very end, guides it through the vacant slip region and into the third man fence.
14.2
1
Ish Sodhi to K Mendis, Floats it up on middle, Mendis flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. He gets off the mark.
14.1
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Flatter and on off, Gunathilaka clips it through mid-wicket, with the turn for a single.

Ish Sodhi is on now.

13.6
0
M Henry to K Mendis, Hits the length again on off, Mendis is solid in defense. Three dots to end the over, a very good one. A run and a wicket from it.
13.5
0
M Henry to K Mendis, Back of a length on off, Mendis blocks it out.
13.4
0
M Henry to K Mendis, Flicks it with the angle to the man at mid-wicket.
13.3
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, A little too straight on middle, Gunathilaka works it through mid-wicket for a run.

One Kusal replaces the other. Mendis comes out at number 4.

13.2
0
M Henry to K Perera, OUT! In the air... taken! The dangerous Perera departs. A well-deserved wicket for Henry. He is amidst a good spell and gets the reward. It is slightly short outside off, Perera looks to drag his pull but the extra bounce on the delivery proves to be his undoing. It takes the top edge, it goes towards third man. It is with the wind and hence carries easily. Boult there judges it well and takes it. So a timely wicket for the Kiwis as this partnership was starting to look good. Sri Lanka will now have to look to re-build again. Hence, the Kiwis can now pile up some more pressure by bowling a few tight overs.
13.1
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, On a length and around off, it is guided down to third man for a run.
12.6
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Closer to the off pole this time but the length is same. Gunathilaka this time hits it to sweeper cover for a single.
12.5
4
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Another much-needed boundary! Just a little loose from Williamson, it is short and outside off. Gunathilaka has enough time to go back and cut it through point. Neesham in the deep runs to his right, dives but fails to stop it.
12.4
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Fires it on the off stump, Gunathilaka keeps it out.
12.3
1
K Williamson to K Perera, Slower through the air but the line is outside off, Perera slaps it through covers for a run.
12.2
0
K Williamson to K Perera, This is closer to the off pole, Perera hit it to covers.
12.1
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Slightly short outside off, Gunathilaka cuts it through cover-point and a single is taken.
11.6
0
M Henry to K Perera, Full and around off, driven straight back to the boler.
11.5
0
M Henry to K Perera, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
11.5
0
M Henry to K Perera, WIDE. A slower bouncer around middle, Perera lets it go.
11.4
0
M Henry to K Perera, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
11.3
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Dropped short, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
11.2
1
M Henry to K Perera, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
11.1
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Full and wide outside off, Gunathilaka reaches out and drives it through the covers for a single.
10.6
0
K Williamson to K Perera, BEATEN! Short and outside off, Perera looks to cut but is done in by the extra bounce. End of a very good first over by Williamson. Only a single from it, he could have easily had a wicket too.
10.5
0
K Williamson to K Perera, On the shorter side again, Perera slaps it to the man at covers.
10.4
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Flatter and outside off, Gunathilaka pushes it through covers for a single.
10.3
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Floats it on off, DG lunges and blocks it out.
10.2
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Slower through the air outside off, Gunathilaka looks to drive but it goes off the bottom edge back towards the bowler.
10.1
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, DROPPED! The skipper almost struck off the very first ball! Sri Lanka should have been two down, that was a sitter there for Nicholls. Not the greatest of deliveries, it is short and outside off, Gunathilaka goes for the cut. He does not keep it down though. Henry at point, tries to take it, gets two hands to it but does not hang onto it. A life for Gunathilaka, can he make the Kiwis pay?

Powerplay 2 has been signaled now! A maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over. Also, Kane Williamson has brought himself into the attack.

9.6
0
M Henry to K Perera, On the middle stump, Perera pushes it back to the bowler. A maiden to end Powerplay 1! Sri Lanka's score is the same as New Zealand's. The only difference is, the Kiwis had lost a wicket extra.
9.5
0
M Henry to K Perera, On the shorter side, Perera pushes it to covers.
9.4
0
M Henry to K Perera, On off, Perera blocks it out.
9.3
0
M Henry to K Perera, Back of a length on off, the batsman stands tall and blocks it out.
9.2
0
M Henry to K Perera, A low full toss on off, Perera strokes it to mid off.
9.1
0
M Henry to K Perera, On a length and around off, Perera tries to slap it through the off side, ends up mistiming it towards mid off. Gunathilaka wants a run but is sent back by his partner. The fielder at mid off fumbles and DG makes it back easily.
8.6
4
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Pierced the gap to perfection. There are around three fielders in that point region, Gunathilaka still finds the gap and then, the ball races away. Good way to end what was a tight over till then. 50 up for Sri Lanka and it has come up in good time.
8.5
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Shortish and outside off, Gunathilaka this time is beaten by pace as he is a touch late in trying to cut it.
8.4
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, The slower one outside off, Gunathilaka tries to guide it down to third man but is beaten by the pace on the delivery.
8.3
1
T Boult to K Perera, Works it with the angle towards mid-wicket for a single.
8.2
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. The batsmen have run through for a single. The umpire signals a leg Bye.
8.1
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Back of a length on off, DG pushes it back to the bowler.
7.6
0
M Henry to K Perera, A couple to end! On the pads, once again Perera fails to flick, the ball hits his pads and goes towards square leg. The batsmen run the first one hard, go for the second and complete it. It is signaled as leg byes. Another decent over, 7 from it and 14 from the last two for Lanka, just the rate they need to go at.
7.5
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, On the pads, it is worked around the corner for another single.
7.4
4
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW! Gunathilaka receives a half volley, he takes full toll of it as he lofts it over the bowler's head and into the fence.
7.3
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Swing and a miss! The sucker ball, full and wide outside off. Gunathilaka tries to go over covers but misses.
7.2
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Good fielding again! This will just keep building the pressure and frustrate the batsman. On a length and around off, Gunathilaka guides it towards point. Guptill makes a good stop diving to his left. Saves at least a couple.
7.1
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Length ball outside off, Gunathilaka swings at it but the ball goes off the inner half towards mid on.

Matt Henry is on now.

6.6
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, A single! Gunathilaka guides it down to third man and gets to the other end. A good over this for Sri Lanka after a quiet period.
6.5
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Back of a length on off, Gunathilaka guides it towards point.
6.4
4
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! This was on the cards right, a big shot? The good thing for Sri Lanka is, it has come off. This should ease a little pressure now. Gunathilaka gives the pacer the charge. Boult does shorten his length. DG still whacks it over the mid off fielder and into the fence.
6.3
1
T Boult to K Perera, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
6.2
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Back of a length around off, Gunathilaka guides it through point and a run is taken. Good effort in the deep by Sodhi, he makes good ground to his left and stops it with a dive. Not letting the pressure let off here.
6.1
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Fuller on the pads, Perera works it towards square leg. There were runs on offer there, Gunathilaka will be disappointed he could not put that away.
5.6
1
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Another single to end as Gunathilaka works it to fine leg. Good period this for the Kiwis.
5.5
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, So finally a run for Sri Lanka. On the pads, Perera tries to flick but misses. The ball hits his pads, rolls towards square leg and the batsmen take a leg bye.
5.4
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, On the off stump, Perera defends it out.
5.3
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, Perera tries to find the gap through point as he opens the face of the bat. His shot though finds point.
5.2
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, Back of a length on off, Perera keeps it out.
5.1
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, 8th dot in a row! Length and around off, Mendis keeps it out.
4.6
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Yes, he can! Top over this by Boult. Continuously bowled it on a length and on the off stump line. Does that so on the last ball also, the batsman can't do a lot about it. He defends it onto the ground. Good follow-up over after the wicket in the last one. Exactly what the Kiwis wanted.
4.5
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, 5 dots in a row! Attacks the off pole again, Gunathilaka is solid in defense. Can Boult bowl a maiden?
4.4
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Tight lines this from Boult. Once again it is on off and just behind a length. Gunathilaka is half-forward as he defends the ball.
4.3
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, A little too straight this time, DG shuffles across and works it towards mid-wicket.
4.2
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, On a length and around off again, this time Gunathilaka plays it with a straight bat and back towards the bowler.
4.1
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Excellent stop! Saves a few runs for his side. On a length and around off, Gunathilaka opens the face of the bat and tries to guide it through cover-point. Neesham there dives to his right and makes a brilliant stop.

Kusal Perera comes in at number 3, replacing Dickwella.

3.6
0
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, OUT! Chops it on! Early strike by the Kiwis. Dickwella is gone. A slower ball, around off, 107.8 kph, Dickwella looks to run it down to third man but the ball comes slowly off the surface, takes the inside edge and hits the stumps. A sluggish knock from the southpaw today.
3.5
2
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
3.4
1
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
3.3
1
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
3.2
0
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
3.1
1
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, A short ball, around off, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
3.1
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, WIDE. Down the leg side, this time Gunathilaka misses his flick.
2.6
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
2.5
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Outside off, steered towards third man for a single.
2.4
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
2.4
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, WIDE. Full and down the leg side, slower delivery gone awry, Gunathilaka misses his flick. In fact, lets it go at the last moment.
2.3
4
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! SLAP! Boult seems to be struggling a bit here. Under pressure is he. A short ball, down the leg side, Gunathilaka swivels and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary! He has moved on to 13 from 10 balls.
2.2
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Landed outside off, left alone.
2.1
0
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, A length ball outside off, Gunathilaka looks to go inside out with a wild slash but misses.
1.6
4
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, FOUR! Lovely shot to end the over. Full and around middle, Dickwella comes forward and flicks it over mid-wicket for a boundary! 12 from the over.
1.5
1
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
1.4
2
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Down the leg side, helped through fine leg for a couple.
1.3
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
1.2
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
1.2
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, WIDE. Down the leg side, Danushka misses his tuck.
1.1
4
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Fine shot. On a length outside off, Gunathilaka punches this through the covers for a boundary!

Tim Southee to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, IN THE AIR... DROPS SHORT! Almost a wicket. Full on middle, Dickwella pushes this uppishly towards mid on. Henry Nicholls comes charging in to his right but is not quite able to get to the catch.
0.5
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Full and outside off, Gunathilaka looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge towards third man. A run taken.
0.4
1
T Boult to N Dickwella, On a good length outside off, tapped towards cover for a run.
0.3
1
T Boult to D Gunathilaka, Around off, pushed towards cover for a single.
0.2
1
T Boult to N Dickwella, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single. Sri Lanka are away.
0.1
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Full and around middle, pushed towards mid on.

The beautiful Bay Oval is bathed in sunshine as the Kiwis get into a huddle. Out come the Lankan openers now - Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka. 119 last time around. Can they do it again? Here comes Trent Boult. He will bowl to Dickwella first up.