Sri Lanka in New Zealand, 3 ODI Series, 2019

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka - 3rd ODI

Venue: Saxton Oval, Nelson

Date & Time: 08 January 2019

Sri Lanka 249/10

RR: 5.97 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 115 runs

commentary

That is all we have for you from this ODI series. The Kiwis pick up the trophy and pose with it. The two sides now have a one-off T20I game to go. That game will be played on 11th January at the Eden Park, Auckland at 1900 local (0600 GMT). Do join in for that. Till then, cheers!

Victorious New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says that he is happy to see improvement in every game. Reckons that they were put under pressure in all the games and they did well to finish on top. Credits Taylor and Nicholls for their knocks today. Adds that this is a great team and hopes to continue winning games. On the upcoming World Cup, he feels that there is still time for it and wants to keep improving their game. Ends by saying that they are happy to win 3-0.

Sri Lanka's skipper, Lasith Malinga says the top 4 are getting runs but he is disappointed that in the last 15 overs they are not bowling well and going for plenty of runs. Also says before the World Cup, they need to get the team formation right. Mentions Dickwella and Kusal Perera are playing well and would like them to continue their good form. Ends by saying he is enjoying the captaincy and would like the results going his way in the upcoming matches.

Man of the Match, Ross Taylor feels that they were nervous at the start and wanted to get things back together. Mentions that all the three games were good and the guys raised their hands and played well. On his batting, he mentions that he keeps things simple. On the team's approach to batting, he replies that they grind up first and then catch up well to put the icing on the cake later.

For New Zealand, Lockie Ferguson was the most impressive bowler on show. He was quick and also used smart variations to deceive the batsmen. The other pacers though were not too convincing. Ish Sodhi with a 3-fer also left his impact as he along with skipper Kane Williamson bowled some tidy overs to create pressure.

Once Sri Lanka's top three departed, the middle order failed to cope up with the pressure. The century partnership between Thisara Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka reignited some hope in the Lankan camp but once the former fell to a stunning catch by Martin Guptill, the writing was on the wall. The last five wickets went down for just 5 runs as New Zealand registered a convincing win to make it 3-0.

A big win for the Kiwis this time! They weren't clinical in the previous two games but today everything clicked. Powered by Taylor and Nicholls' centuries, they posted a massive total on the board and then their bowlers put their best foot forward. However, in the beginning, the Lankan openers managed to scare them. In fact, they were going on smoothly initially and did well to keep the required rate under control.

41.4
0
Ish Sodhi to N Pradeep, OUT! Timber! All over for Sri Lanka. New Zealand win by 115 runs and take the series 3-0! Sodhi comes up with a googly for the number 11 batsman. He lands it outside off and gets it to spin back in. Pradeep swings his bat cluelessly and it goes under his bat to disturb the stumps. The Kiwi players are celebrating in the middle and shaking hands with the Sri Lankan batsmen.
41.3
0
Ish Sodhi to N Pradeep, Tossed up ball on middle, Nuwan gets on the front foot in defense.
41.2
0
Ish Sodhi to N Pradeep, Full and flighted on the pads, it's played off the pads to square leg.

Nuwan Pradeep is the last man to the crease. A slip in place.

41.1
0
Ish Sodhi to L Malinga, OUT! Stumped! Lovely googly! The ninth one is gone! Malinga goes off the first ball he faces. Flighted beautifully on middle and Lasith comes down the track to slog it over mid-wicket. But what he doesn't read is the googly. The ball spins back in after landing and the SL skipper is completely at sea. Seifert whips the bails off immediately. From 244/5 to 249/9. 4 wickets for 5 runs. The Lions have imploded quite spectacularly. One to go for 3-0.

Ish Sodhi back for another spell.

40.6
0
L Ferguson to L Sandakan, Play and a miss! Outside off, a speedy one, Sandakan throws his bat at it and misses. A couple of wickets from the over!

Lakshan Sandakan walks in at number 10.

40.5
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, OUT! Another one bites the dust and Ferguson gets his fourth! As mentioned earlier also, Gunathilaka is quite stiff and that means he has very limited movement inside the crease. Lockie hurls in a sharp length ball at 142.2 kph and angles it into the left-hander. Danushka remains glued inside the crease, probably in an attempt to run it down to third man but it takes the bottom half of his bat and cannons onto the stumps. The last recognized batsman is also sent packing. The end is nigh for Sri Lanka.
40.4
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Fullish and on off, driven off the front foot to extra cover.
40.3
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Oohhhh...this one nearly rolls back onto the stumps. A length ball angling into the batsman, Danushka offers a straight bat in defense but after blocking the ball moves back and goes over the stumps. Gunathilaka, who's a bit stiff, stood there watching the ball and didn't even try to shoo it away with his bat. Lucky there.

Lasith Malinga, the skipper makes his way to the middle now.

40.2
0
L Ferguson to D Chameera, OUT! Pouched by Southee running to his left from mid off. Around the wicket and bowled at good pace, 142.8 clicks outside off stump. Chameera just tries to loft the ball over covers but it just goes up in the air. Southee runs to his left and takes the catch at extra cover. Good take. The seventh one goes, I sense just formalities remaining now.
40.2
0
L Ferguson to D Chameera, Wide! Short and this one is down the leg side, the batsman leaves and the umpire stretches his arms.
40.1
0
L Ferguson to D Chameera, Speeds in from 'round the wicket and digs in a bouncer around leg, Chameera ducks.
39.6
1
M Henry to D Chameera, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
39.5
0
M Henry to D Chameera, Beaten! On a length outside off, Chameera pushes at it inside the line and misses.
39.4
0
M Henry to D Chameera, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
39.4
0
M Henry to D Chameera, Bouncer again, called a wide this time as it goes well over the head of the batsman.
39.3
0
M Henry to D Chameera, Too full in length and around off, Chameera brings down his bat in time and digs it out towards point.
39.2
0
M Henry to D Chameera, Bouncer to the number 8 batsman. Chameera sits underneath it.
39.1
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, A touch short and outside off, Gunathilaka stays back and runs it down to third man for a run.
38.6
0
L Ferguson to D Chameera, Too full and on off, Chameera pushes it out with an open-faced bat to the off side.
38.5
1
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Length ball outside off, guided away to third man for a single.
38.4
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Outside off on a length and the ball skids on after landing. Gunathilaka misses his attempted cut shot.

Dushmantha Chameera is the next batsman to the crease.

38.3
0
L Ferguson to T Perera, OUT! Martin Guptill flies like Superman and has taken a stunner! Take a bow, MG! Slower delivery has done the magic here. New Zealand have managed to remove the danger man and Sri Lanka's last hope is back in the pavilion. It's short and around off, Perera goes deep inside the crease and tries to flat-bat it through the line. But it catches the outside half of his bat and loops in the air behind backward point. Guptill runs back a bit, sticks his left hand out and plucks a stunning one-handed catch with a dive. Wow, catches like these win you matches. End of yet another threatening knock by Thisara Perera as well as the 101-run partnership that was really looking like taking the game away from the Kiwis. New Zealand can now smell 3-0!
38.2
0
L Ferguson to T Perera, Deceives the batsman with the slower one. Short and angling in from 'round the wicket, at 116.1 kph, Perera hops back and tries to slam it over point but fails to connect.
38.1
1
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Short delivery, Gunathilaka fetches it from outside off and pulls it wide of mid-wicket for a run.

Lockie Ferguson to steam in...

37.6
0
M Henry to T Perera, Pitches it up and outside off, Thisara drills his drive through the line but finds the extra cover fielder inside the ring. Dot ball to end the over, 7 from it.
37.5
0
M Henry to T Perera, Short again, around off and angling away, once again Perera fails to play the upper cut.
37.4
4
M Henry to T Perera, FOUR! Nicely played! Just uses the pace of the bowler and lifts it over the infield. A touch short and around middle and off, Perera hangs back and guides it over short third man for a boundary. The 100-run stand is up between these two.
37.4
0
M Henry to T Perera, Wide! A wild delivery, way wide outside off, Thisara flashes and misses.
37.3
0
M Henry to T Perera, Play and a miss! Appeared to be a slower bouncer. But the speedgun showed the pace to be 132.1 kph. Thisara tries playing the ramp shot but fails to connect.
37.2
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Angles in a length ball on middle and leg, Gunathilaka nudges it off his pads towards square leg and jogs across to the other end.
37.1
1
M Henry to T Perera, Short in length and wide outside off, Perera stays back-footed and powers it over covers. There is a sweeper in place and only a run results.

Matt Henry returns into the attack. 129 needed off 78 balls.

36.6
4
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Add insult to injury! Third boundary of the over. Short of a length aimed at the ribs, Gunathilaka swivels and finds the gap behind square leg, beating fine leg to his right. Brilliant over for the Lankans. 15 off it in the end. They're surely in the game.
36.5
1
Tim Southee to T Perera, On the pads, worked away to deep square leg for a single.
36.4
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, DROPPED! Is this the second ODI all over again? Thisara going for the big hits, smashing sixes and NZ dropping catches. Looks like. This is a slower ball outside off, and Perera tries to loft it over mid off. Mistimes this one as he gets the thick outside half and it carries to Taylor at cover. He tumbles while trying to take catch and grasses the opportunity. Another life for TP!
36.4
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, Wide! The pressure is showing as he sprays this down the leg side. The umpire signals wide.
36.3
4
Tim Southee to T Perera, FOUR! Two in two! Southee goes for the bouncer on middle and leg, Perera goes for the pull. Gets a top edge and it flies above the keeper's head for a boundary. Tim under pressure here.
36.2
4
Tim Southee to T Perera, FOUR! On the pads and Perera flicks it away in the air towards deep square leg. Splits the two fielders in the deep perfectly and Thisara picks up another boundary.
36.1
1
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Short of a length ball outside off, Gunathilaka guides it down to third man for a single.

Tim Southee is back on.

35.6
2
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Flatter one outside off once more, driven hard in the gap through the covers for another couple.
35.5
2
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Shorter outside off, cut away on the off side behind point for a couple.
35.4
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, DROPPED! Bowls a googly wide outside off! Thisara goes after the ball and tries to hoick it over covers but gets a thin outside edge that goes to Seifert. The ball goes in and out of the gloves. Perera has been dropped, let's see how much he can punish the Kiwis here.
35.3
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Shorter one on middle, Danushka punches it back down the ground off the back foot to long on for a single.
35.2
1
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Flighted one on off and middle, Thisara lifts it back over the bowler's head. The connection isn't too good and he gets just a single again.
35.1
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Flighted one on middle, almost yorker length. Gunathilaka digs it out towards cover and gets a single.
34.6
1
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Short one outside off, this time Danushka guides it down to third man for a single. Keeps strike as well.
34.5
1
J Neesham to T Perera, Half-volley on middle and Thisara fails to connect cleanly this time. A poor connection takes the ball in the air and towards long on, on a couple of bounces. Single taken.
34.4
1
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Shorter one outside off, punched away off the back foot towards deep cover for a single.
34.3
0
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, Ouch! What was Gunathilaka trying to do there? Looks like it was a leg cutter on middle and came in after landing. Danushka expected it go straight as he wanted to dab it down to third man. The ball comes in and hits him on his side. He looks okay to continue though.
34.2
1
J Neesham to T Perera, Wide outside off on a full length, Perera goes for the slog over cow corner reaching out to the ball. Gets an inside edge that runs between the stumps and his legs for a single. Lucky not to have chopped on.
34.1
1
J Neesham to D Gunathilaka, A touch short around off, angling away, Gunathilaka stays back and plays it to the left of point for a run.

Drinks break! New Zealand have picked up a few wickets and have sent half the side back to the pavillion. But they will know that the job is not done. The danger man Thisara Perera is still out there and has just warmed up with a few sixes. Can he take them home today? 156 more required off the remaining sixteen overs. James Neesham to bowl after the Drinks break.

33.6
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Taps it down to point and keeps strike with himself. 14 coming from this over, 156 needed off 96 balls.
33.5
1
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Half-tracker outside off, punched to sweeper cover for one.
33.4
6
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, SIX! Another big shot! Tossed up around leg, Perera kneels and nails his slog over square leg for a biggie. It's game on as far as Thisara is concerned.
33.3
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
33.2
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Beats the bat with a googly this time. It's around middle and off, turning away, Perera tries to defend but it beats the outside edge.
33.1
6
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, SIX! High and handsome! Into the crowd. Brings up his 10th ODI fifty in style. A googly landing full around leg, Thisara sits down on one knee and smokes his slog sweep over square leg. Once again Thisara is looking in the mood and New Zealand just cannot afford to relax.
32.6
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Fullish again, it's flicked on the leg side but once again he finds the mid-wicket fielder inside the ring.
32.5
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Turns it off his pads to the leg side but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
32.4
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Shout for an lbw! Not given and Kane Williamson decides not to take the DRS after consulting his bowler and keeper. A straighter delivery, Gunathilaka fails to flick it on the leg side and is rapped on the pads. They appeal but it pitched outside leg.
32.4
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Wide! Second of the over! Southee slips a length ball down the leg side this time. The batsman tries to flick but misses and Seifert collects it cleanly.
32.3
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, A length ball on middle and off, Gunathilaka taps it down to point and denies the single as Thisara was interested.
32.2
0
Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, Fuller and on middle, Gunathilaka defends it from the crease.
32.1
1
Tim Southee to T Perera, Back of a length delivery on middle, dragged off the inside half of the bat to mid-wicket for one.
32.1
0
Tim Southee to T Perera, Wide called for height! A short delivery on middle, well over the head of the batsman, Perera bails out of his pull shot at the last second. 50-run stand comes up!

Tim Southee is back on.

31.6
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Flatter and on middle, Gunathilaka covers the line and defends it back. Bowling from this end has been quite economical with the spinners operating.
31.5
1
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Tossed up ball on middle, Perera eases it through mid-wicket for a run.
31.4
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Tossed up and wide outside off. Thisara leaves it thinking it to be called a wide. Not given. Rightly so. Was inside the tramline.
31.3
1
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Flatter and fuller on middle, it's worked in front of square leg for one.
31.2
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Full and flighted on off, defended back off the front foot.
31.1
0
Ish Sodhi to D Gunathilaka, Tossed up ball on middle, defended off the front foot to the leg side.

Ish Sodhi back for another spell.

30.6
4
M Henry to T Perera, FOUR! Shot! Henry goes searching for the yorker but ends up dishing out a low full toss around leg, Perera whips it off his pads and sends it whistling to the deep mid-wicket fence. 10 from the over, 175 needed off 114 balls!

The bowler pulls out.

30.5
4
M Henry to T Perera, FOUR! Wasn't in full control though! A short delivery, rising more than expected, Perera goes for the pull but fails to middle it properly. It flies behind square leg and lands safely before going past the fence. Lucky!
30.4
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Width on offer outside off, Danushka sticks back and glides it down to third man for a run.
30.3
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Fuller and on middle, it's defended by covering the line.
30.2
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Good length ball around off, angling in, Danushka stays back and closes the face of the bat to help it towards mid-wicket.
30.1
1
M Henry to T Perera, Follows the batsman down the leg side with a length delivery, Thisara picks it off his pads and flicks it to deep backward square leg for a run.
29.6
1
K Williamson to T Perera, A low full toss on middle, dipping in, Perera is forward as he bunts it through mid on for a run.
29.5
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Too full and outside off, Gunathilaka drives it wide of extra cover and sends it to long off for a run.
29.4
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Extra flight this time, full and floated on off, it's driven off the front foot to extra cover.
29.3
1
K Williamson to T Perera, Thisara has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.
29.2
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Slower through the air, it lands full around leg, Gunathilaka nudges it in front of square leg for a run.
29.1
1
K Williamson to T Perera, Flatter and shorter on off, it's pushed firmly down to long on for one.

A change of bats here for Thisara Perera. Maybe he is looking for the one which helped him smash 140 in the previous game.

28.6
1
M Henry to T Perera, Digs in a short ball on middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for one. 12 from the over, 190 needed off 126 balls. This partnership is now worth 32 runs.
28.5
2
M Henry to T Perera, Safe shot! Full in length and around off, Thisara probably wanted to go straight but ends up lifting it over extra cover for a couple.
28.4
0
M Henry to T Perera, Shortish on off, punched from the crease to covers.
28.3
6
M Henry to T Perera, SIX! Clean as a whistle! A slower short ball around off, Perera exercises his arms and dismisses it with utter disdain over mid-wicket. One thing is for sure, he won't give up in the face of adversity.
28.2
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Fullish and on middle, pushed down the ground for a run.
28.1
2
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Fractionally short in length on middle and leg, it's glanced off the hips through backward square leg and Ferguson makes a sliding stop after coming across to his right from fine leg. Saves two for his side.
27.6
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Forces a full ball down to long off for a run. The Kiwi skipper is doing a great job.
27.5
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Fullish and on off, pushed off the front foot but straight to the cover fielder.
27.4
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Tossed up ball on middle, flicked off the pads to mid-wicket.
27.3
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Short again, outside off, Danushka cuts but finds the point fielder. Misses out on a boundary scoring opportunity.
27.2
2
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Flatter and shorter outside off, cracked off the back foot through point for a couple.
27.1
1
K Williamson to T Perera, Flighted delivery, a touch short and outside off, Thisara punches it to sweeper cover for a run.
26.6
1
M Henry to T Perera, Digs in a short ball on off, Perera gets back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
26.5
0
M Henry to T Perera, Fuller in length and outside off, driven firmly to covers where the fielder dived and parried it to mid off. Dot ball.
26.4
1
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Gunathilaka plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
26.3
0
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Play and a miss! Danushka is deceived by the lack of pace. It's short and outside off, Gunathilaka tries to play the upper cut but fails to connect.
26.2
1
M Henry to T Perera, A touch short and around middle, Perera turns it in front of square leg for a run.
26.1
4
M Henry to T Perera, FOUR! Mid on is up and Perera makes full use of that. Henry puts it on a fuller length around middle, Thisara powers it over the infield for a boundary. He is on his own again. Can he repeat his heroics?

Matt Henry is back for another spell.

25.6
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Full and on off, skidding in, Danushka pushes it with an angled bat to point.
25.5
0
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Gunathilaka has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
25.4
1
K Williamson to T Perera, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
25.3
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Works it off his pads on the leg side for a run.
25.2
1
K Williamson to T Perera, Shortish again and it has been drilled down to long off for another run. 150 up for Sri Lanka. The target isn't worth mentioning at this stage. Well in excess of 200 with half their side back in the pavilion.
25.1
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Flatter and shorter on off, punched past the diving cover fielder for a couple of runs.
24.6
0
L Ferguson to T Perera, Slower bounce this time, at 119 kph, Thisara tries to pull but is early into his shot. Misses by quite a distance.
24.5
1
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Back of a length delivery on off, Gunathilaka leans back and guides it to third man for a run.
24.4
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
24.3
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Bouncer at 141.8 kph, Danushka tries to duck by taking his eyes off the ball and takes a blow on his body. He already is stiff and this is the last thing he would wish for.
24.2
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Good length ball around off, Gunathilaka keeps his weight on the back foot as he defends this one.
24.1
0
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Fullish and outside off, it's dug out to covers.
23.6
0
K Williamson to T Perera, Slower ball on middle and off, Perera comes ahead and dead-bats. 4 runs off a part-timer, value over.
23.5
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Shorter one going outside off, Danushka cuts it away to deep point for a single.
23.4
1
K Williamson to T Perera, Flatter ball outside off this time, hit away hard to deep cover by Thisara. Single is taken.
23.3
0
K Williamson to T Perera, Flighted outside off, driven hard towards cover. No run though.
23.2
1
K Williamson to D Gunathilaka, Flatter one outside off, Gunathilaka gets off the mark as this one is driven through mid-off by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
23.1
1
K Williamson to T Perera, Flatter one outside off, driven down the ground by Perera for a single to long off.

Danushka Gunathilaka is in at number 7, an unfamiliar batting position? Also, Kane Williamson comes onto bowl, maybe some tactical play going on here!

22.6
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, OUT! Lockie Ferguson worked on good pace and has finally dismissed Kusal. Great comeback from him after getting pulled for a six on the first ball. Steams in from 'round the wicket and dishes out a sharp fuller length ball outside off at 144.2 kph. Kusal stands back to swing his bat across the line but fails to middle his shot. Also, there is some noise as it goes behind to the keeper. Seifert takes the catch, he appeals and the umpire agrees. KP doesn't look too sure but still goes for the DRS after consulting his partner. The replays roll in and the Hot Spot finds a tiny spot on his bat. The Ultra Edge also picks that disturbance. Kusal has to walk back. Ferguson who thought otherwise is delighted. He didn't appeal also and credit to the wicketkeeper here. A body blow to Sri Lanka.

Kusal Perera has been adjudged caught behind! He walks forward towards his partner and then takes the DRS. Ain't looking too sure there.

22.5
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Bowls fire again. 148.8 kph delivery and it's speared fuller on off, Kusal digs it back to the bowler who jumps, sticks his right hand out and makes the half-stop.
22.4
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Finds the middle of the bat but it has gone straight to the cover fielder. A length delivery outside off, Kusal stays back to force the issue but fails to find the gap.
22.3
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Once again the excessive pace results in the mistiming of the shot. On a length outside off, Kusal plays it back off the inner half of his bat.
22.2
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Beaten all ends up! That's a sharp delivery. Bowled at 148.7 kph. Lockie has switched the angle. Comes steaming in from 'round the wicket and hurls in a good length ball outside off. Kusal tries to punch it from the crease but is beaten on the inside edge.
22.1
6
L Ferguson to K Perera, SIX! Up and over! Short in length and on middle, Kusal turns inside the crease and nails his pull shot in front of square leg. There is a fielder near the boundary line but he is a mere spectator. Good start to the over.
21.6
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Fired in outside off and Thisara is happy to let it go.
21.5
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flatter one outside off, cut away by Kusal to deep cover for a single.
21.4
1
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Flighted ball on middle and leg, Thisara drives this all along the ground to long on for a single.
21.3
2
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Flatter one well outside off, Thisara rocks back and cuts it away easily in the gap. Sweeper cover comes around and stops the ball. Two runs are taken.
21.2
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flatter one on leg and middle, pulled away along the ground to deep square leg by Kusal. Single taken.
21.1
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Slower through the air on leg and turning in a bit. Kusal tries to work it away on the leg side but gets the inside edge onto the pads.
20.6
0
L Ferguson to T Perera, Short outside off, Thisara cuts this hard but straight to the fielder at cover-point who makes a tumbling stop. No run.
20.5
1
L Ferguson to K Perera, Fuller length ball outside off, hit hard towards mid off. 'The Pereras' exchange strike.
20.4
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Length ball outside off, punched towards cover from the crease.
20.3
4
L Ferguson to K Perera, FOUR! Pulled away by Kusal! Short of a length once more and outside off, KP has enough time to rock back and pull this through mid-wicket. Square leg cannot come around in time to stop it. Welcome boundary for the Lankans.
20.2
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Short of a length outside off, kept out towards point by Kusal riding the bounce of the ball.

Kusal Perera seems to have hurt his finger while playing this ball. It has bounced more and caught him on the gloves. The physio is out there in the middle and we have a halt in play.

20.1
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Short length ball aimed at the hips, Kusal keeps it out towards square leg while he was on his toes. Looks to have got him on the glove.
19.6
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Googly outside off, left alone by Thisara.
19.5
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flighted once more, Kusal comes down the wicket and hits it hard towards long off for a single.
19.4
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flatter one outside off, kept out watchfully towards the off side.
19.3
1
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Shorter length this time, the lefty rocks back and punches this one for a single towards cover-point.
19.2
2
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Flighted outside off, Thisara lifts it over the mid on region for a couple.
19.1
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Wrong 'un pitching outside leg and turning. Perera plays it along the ground towards mid wicket.
18.6
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Sharp delivery, on a fuller length at 144 kph, defended back to the bowler to end the over.
18.5
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Lands it on a good length and outside off, Kusal pushes it back towards the bowler. He was standing with an open stance inside the crease with the intention to slap it through covers but it didn't come from the middle of his blade.
18.4
0
L Ferguson to K Perera, Played to the point region by the batsman.
18.3
1
L Ferguson to T Perera, Quick single! A touch short and outside off, it's tapped down towards point and they cross for a run. Guptill has a shy at the bowler's end but fails to score the direct hit.
18.2
4
L Ferguson to T Perera, FOUR! That's the power of Thisara! Back of a length delivery outside off, the batsman hangs on the back foot and spanks it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary. He certainly loves pace on the ball.
18.1
0
L Ferguson to T Perera, Full and around off, Thisara is forward as he pushes it back from the inner half of his bat.

Lockie Ferguson returns into the attack.

17.6
1
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Shortish and on off, Thisara strokes it down from the crease to long off and gets off the mark.
17.5
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Flatter and shorter on middle, punched off the back foot but the mid-wicket fielder quickly moved across to his right to stop the ball.
17.4
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Full and flighted on off, driven back with the spin towards the bowler.
17.3
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, A googly, landing full around off, Thisara is forward in defense.
17.2
0
Ish Sodhi to T Perera, Flatter and on middle, the batsman goes back and punches it towards Sodhi.

Thisara Perera is in at number 6. No signs of Danushka Gunathilaka yet. 248 runs required off 197 balls now.

17.1
0
Ish Sodhi to D Shanaka, OUT! LBW! Misses the ball, gets struck plumb in front and the umpire has raised his finger without a second thought! Flighted ball on middle, Shanaka goes for the sweep and is beaten in flight as he misses the ball. Caught in front of middle, the umpire raises his finger immediately. Even if the umpire hadn't given that out, the batsman would have been run out as the ball lobbed off Dasun's pads and went behind. Seifert catches it and tries to flick the ball behind onto the stumps but misses. Taylor behind though picks it up and removes the bails. Shanaka was in wilderment, did not know where the ball was. But it never went till there as it was adjudged LBW straightaway. Hawk Eye, later on, shows us that it would have gone on to hit the middle of middle stump. Sri Lanka losing their way massively after a couple of good stands early on. Four down now for 117. NZ firmly ahead in the game.
16.6
4
J Neesham to K Perera, FOUR! Just gives a little bit of width and Perera pounces onto it. He rocks back inside the crease and smashes it through backward point for a cracking boundary.
16.5
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Spears in a very full ball on off, Kusal brings down a straight bat and digs it out in the direction of the bowler.
16.4
2
J Neesham to K Perera, Good length delivery sliding down the leg side, it's nudged behind square leg for a couple of runs.
16.3
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
16.2
1
J Neesham to D Shanaka, Fullish and on middle, Dasun shuffles across and flicks it through square leg for one.
16.1
0
J Neesham to D Shanaka, A length ball angling into the batsman, Shanaka plays it off his pads to the leg side, not in the gap.
15.6
1
Ish Sodhi to D Shanaka, Another flatter one, keeps a tad low on middle and leg. Dasun pulls this away to deep square leg for another single. Ends the over and retains strike. Eventful over that!
15.5
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Flatter one outside off, the southpaw pushes it away to deep cover for a single.
15.4
0
Ish Sodhi to D Shanaka, Loud appeal but turned down! Looked really close! Slower through the air, lands this on a length, and the ball seems to turn a bit towards off. Shanaka misses his flick and gets rapped on the pad, in front of the wickets. There is an appeal but the umpire is not interested. Maybe height was an issue. NZ decide not to review. Replays rolling in show us that the ball was in line, struck the pad in line as well and would have gone on to clip the top of leg stump. So in hindsight, a review would have just been a waste of time.
15.3
0
Ish Sodhi to D Shanaka, Outside off on a length, pushed away to cover-point off the front foot.
15.2
0
Ish Sodhi to D Shanaka, Flatter ball on middle and off, Shanaka defends this ball with a straight bat from the crease.

Drinks break. Sri Lanka got off to a flying start with their openers firing on all cylinders. But the Kiwis have managed to bounce back in the last few overs and now with three wickets down, the touring team once again is under the pump. Let's see how they respond from hereon. Dasun Shanaka is the new batsman.

15.1
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, OUT! The big screen flashes out! The third umpire deems it out because he feels the bat was on the line. Kusal Mendis departs without facing a ball. Huge blow for the Lankans. Flighted ball outside off, Perera defends it on the off side with soft hands and sets off for a quick single. The ball rolls in front of square on the off side and Williamson hares across to his right from the cover region. He picks up the ball and throws it in one motion. It is right into the keeper's gloves next to the stumps. Brilliant fielding. Seifert flicks off the bails in a flash and appeals. The square leg umpire takes it upstairs. The third umpire has a look at many replays from different angles. Finally even has to zoom in on one frame where the bail goes off and the bat is found to be on the line. Flashes the red light. That's a really brave decision. Was touch and go. Two wickets in two balls for New Zealand.

Appeal for a run out! It looks touch and go and has been referred upstairs. Let's wait and watch...

Kusal Mendis comes to bat at no 4.

14.6
0
J Neesham to N Dickwella, OUT! Dickwella has thrown it away! There was no need for this shot after having got a six already in this over but that is the way he plays and it has brought about his downfall. Second one goes down for the Lankans. Fuller ball outside off on a length, Niroshan goes for the lofted drive over cover. He swings hard but gets a thick outside edge. The ball has good speed on it, 139.5 clicks when delivered. It flies off the outside edge and towards the third man fielder. It seems to be dipping on Lockie Ferguson who was coming in but he does well to stay nice and low, pouching the ball comfortably. Another wicket against the run of play and Dickwella who was looking ominous departs after getting a start once more, not making it count.
14.5
0
J Neesham to N Dickwella, Length ball angling into the body from a length, defended back towards mid-wicket off the back foot.
14.4
1
J Neesham to K Perera, Shorter one outside off, Perera chops this away to deep point for another single. Good, sensible batting after getting a boundary early in the over.
14.3
1
J Neesham to N Dickwella, At the hips this time, worked away to fine leg for a single.
14.2
6
J Neesham to N Dickwella, SIX! Brings up the hundred for his team in style! Half-volley outside off and Dickwella lifts it over with power and into the stands over long on. Sri Lanka well and truly on their way in this chase.
14.1
0
J Neesham to N Dickwella, Length ball outside off, Dickwella goes for the punchy-drive but gets an inside edge that falls onto the ground and runs back towards the keeper.
13.6
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Fuller on middle, Dickwella goes down on one knee and sweeps it to fine leg. The batsmen cross ends.
13.5
1
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Slower this time on middle, KP lofts it over mid on for a single.
13.4
0
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Fuller this time on off, Perera pushes it towards the point region.
13.3
2
Ish Sodhi to K Perera, Drags it short on middle, Perera pulls it through fine leg for a brace.
13.2
1
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, A touch quicker on middle, Dickwella goes down on one knee and sweeps it through fine leg for a single.
13.1
0
Ish Sodhi to N Dickwella, Starts off with a tossed up delivery on middle, Dickwella defends it off the front foot.

Ish Sodhi comes on now, replacing his skipper.

12.6
0
J Neesham to K Perera, A touch short on middle, Perera pulls it but straight to the mid-wicket fielder.
12.5
1
J Neesham to N Dickwella, Around off, Niroshan guides it towards third man for another run.
12.4
1
J Neesham to K Perera, On a length on middle, Kusal tries to flick it, but gets an inside edge onto it and the ball goes towards the on side. The batsmen cross ends.
12.3
4
J Neesham to K Perera, FOUR! SHOT! Bangs it short on middle, Perera gets into position early and pulls it towards fine leg for a boundary. Perera has come out with positive intent.
12.2
1
J Neesham to N Dickwella, Slower delivery this time on off, Dickwella guides it towards third man for a run.
12.1
1
J Neesham to K Perera, Length delivery on middle, Perera works it through square leg for a single.
11.6
4
K Williamson to N Dickwella, FOUR! Wonderfully played! Spoils what would have been a really good over from the NZ skipper. Flatter ball on middle and leg, Dickwella gets inside the line and swipes across it. Lifts it over the head of square leg fielder inside the circle. No fielder back there and Niroshan gets a boundary. Intelligent batting this!
11.5
1
K Williamson to K Perera, Flatter outside off once more, cut away to deep cover for a single by Perera.
11.4
1
K Williamson to N Dickwella, Flatter one one middle, Dickwella goes for the reverse sweep. The ball goes off the top half of the bat and flies on the bounce to Sodhi at short third man. Single taken. Sodhi has a shy at the stumps, misses it. The keeper collects and whips off the bails but by that time the batsman is in.
11.3
1
K Williamson to K Perera, Short outside off, cut away to deep point for a single.
11.2
0
K Williamson to K Perera, Slow, very slow and keeps very low outside off! Perera goes for the slog hit over mid-wicket but misses the ball as it keeps really low.
11.1
0
K Williamson to K Perera, Flatter ball on middle, defended back to the bowler.

Kane Williamson on for a bowl.

10.6
1
J Neesham to K Perera, Fuller on off, Perera hits it fiercely towards the bowler. Neesham gets a hand to it and the ball goes towards mid off. The batsmen manage to get a run in the process.
10.5
0
J Neesham to K Perera, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
10.4
4
J Neesham to K Perera, FOUR! Streaky but effective! Fuller delivery on off, Perera tries to go over covers but gets an inside edge onto it. The ball then goes past the keeper and to the fine leg boundary.
10.3
1
J Neesham to N Dickwella, A tad short on middle and leg, Dickwella tucks it around the corner for a single.
10.2
0
J Neesham to N Dickwella, Fuller on off, ND pushes it towards point.
10.1
0
J Neesham to N Dickwella, Length delivery outside off, Dickwella tries to whack it over mid-wicket but misses it completely.

Powerplay 2 begins now. 4 fielders can now be stationed outside the ring. Also, James Neesham is into the attack.

9.6
0
M Henry to K Perera, Full on middle, Kusal drives it towards mid off for a single. 73 came off the Powerplay. Brilliant for the visitors.
9.5
1
M Henry to N Dickwella, Fuller on off, the batsman pushes it towards mid off. The batsmen rotate strike.
9.4
1
M Henry to K Perera, Back of a length on middle, Kusal works it to the leg side for a run.
9.3
0
M Henry to N Dickwella, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
9.2
0
M Henry to K Perera, Touch short on middle and leg, Perera flicks it to the leg side.
9.1
1
M Henry to N Dickwella, Fuller on off, Dickwella pushes it to mid off for a quick single.

Matt Henry is back into the attack.

8.6
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 4 runs and a wicket from the over, a successful one for the Kiwis!
8.5
4
Tim Southee to K Perera, FOUR! Pierces the gap! Southee angles across a good length delivery outside off, Perera stands back and steers it through the gap between point and cover-point for a boundary. Lovely timing, shot of a batsman in prime form.
8.4
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, On and around off, bowled on a length, Kusal blocked it from the crease.
8.3
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, Width on offer outside off, Perera slaps it through the line but fails to beat the cover fielder inside the ring.
8.2
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, Lands it on a length around off, Perera stays back and defends it on the off side.

Kusal Perera walks in at number 3. 299 runs needed in 251 balls.

8.1
0
Tim Southee to de Silva, OUT! Struck in front and the umpire raises his finger! Dhananjaya has to go, a wicket for NZ against the run of play. Length ball on middle that seems to have skidded on after landing. De Silva looks to whip it away but misses the ball and gets struck in front of the wickets. He's caught in the crease and gets rapped on the pads, slightly above the knee roll. Consults his partner for the review, Dickwella reckons it is out and Dhananjaya walks away without going upstairs. New Zealand have their first! The replays, later on, show that it was going on to clip the leg stump, so the on-field's decision would have stayed anyway.
7.6
1
L Ferguson to de Silva, Fuller length ball! Pacy! 148.1 kph! Dhananjaya drives it towards mid on and sets off for a quick single. 8 runs off this over, another good one for SL. 31 runs off the last three.
7.5
0
L Ferguson to de Silva, Length ball outside off, Dhananjaya mistimes his drive as the ball goes back down the pitch.
7.4
6
L Ferguson to de Silva, SIX! Just lands outside the rope! Ferguson goes for the bouncer. Dhananjaya comes inside the line and goes for the hook across the line, taking his eyes off in the process. The ball goes high and is carried just over the rope at backward square leg. Helped by the wind flowing in that direction.
7.3
0
L Ferguson to de Silva, Length ball on top of off stump, pushed towards cover-point by de Silva.
7.2
0
L Ferguson to de Silva, Length ball on middle, defended watchfully onto the ground.
7.1
1
L Ferguson to N Dickwella, Fuller length ball on middle and leg, Dickwella goes to smash it over mid on but the ball runs fine towards deep fine leg for a single.
6.6
1
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Full and on middle, Dickwella forces it down the ground and Sodhi makes a tumbling stop moving across to his right. A run taken, 11 from the over.
6.5
1
Tim Southee to de Silva, Picks it off his pads and works it in front of square leg for one.
6.4
4
Tim Southee to de Silva, FOUR! Streaky this time! Back of a length ball around off, straightening a bit, de Silva tries to glance it on the leg side but gets a leading edge safely through backward point. Sri Lanka off to a flying start in this run chase.
6.3
4
Tim Southee to de Silva, FOUR! Misfield by Sodhi! Short in length and outside off, Dhananjaya stands back inside the crease and pulls it powerfully wide of mid on. Sodhi runs across to his right inside the ring, puts in a sliding effort but it sneaks past him. 50 up for Sri Lanka in quick time.
6.2
0
Tim Southee to de Silva, This is a short length ball going down leg. Dhananjaya comes down the ground and tries to pull it away but gets a faint part of his clothing and the ball goes to the keeper. Should have left it alone, would have been a wide.
6.1
1
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Flatter one on the leg side, worked away off the hips by Niroshan to square leg for a single.
5.6
1
L Ferguson to N Dickwella, Quick single driven towards mid off. Dickwella keeps strike. 12 runs off this over. Expensive start from Lockie.
5.5
6
L Ferguson to N Dickwella, SIX! Dickwella has picked the bones out of this one. Short of a length and a real easy one for the lefty. He clears his front leg and stands tall and pulls this way over the deep mid-wicket boundary. Huge one! Right out of the middle of the bat.
5.4
4
L Ferguson to N Dickwella, Top edge and FOUR! Pacy bouncer on middle and Dickwella looks to pull this one. The ball goes off the top edge and above the keeper's head for a boundary. Sri Lanka won't mind how they come as long as they come.
5.3
1
L Ferguson to de Silva, Wide outside off, de Silva runs it down to third man where Sodhi makes a tumbling stop. Single taken.
5.2
0
L Ferguson to de Silva, Another length ball and coming in after landing, almost cuts the batsman in half. Dhananjaya just about manages to fend it off towards mid-wicket.
5.1
0
L Ferguson to de Silva, Short of a length ball on middle, defended back to the bowler by Dhananjaya.

Lockie Ferguson is the first change in bowling.

4.6
0
Tim Southee to de Silva, On middle and leg, the batsman tucks it around the corner for a run. Given as a leg bye.
4.5
0
Tim Southee to de Silva, Outside off, de Silva lets it go.
4.4
1
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Run out opportunity goes begging. Length delivery on off, Dickwella taps it towards point and takes off. De Silva was not ready for the run but still went for it. The fielder at point has a shy at stumps at the striker's end but misses it. If he had hit that, Dhananjaya would have been a goner.
4.3
0
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, DROPPED! Fuller delivery on middle, Dickwella comes down the track and goes uppishly and struck straight to the bowler. Southee gets a hand to it but cannot grab it.
4.2
0
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Fuller on middle, Dickwella defends it with a straight bat.
4.2
0
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, WIDE! Bowls it wayyy wide down leg, Niroshan still tries to flick it but misses it. Umpire signals a wide.
4.1
0
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Length delivery on middle, Dickwella defends it from within the crease.
3.6
4
M Henry to de Silva, FOUR! What a way to end the over for Sri Lanka! 10 runs off it in the end! Length ball and straying onto the hips, flicked away beautifully towards square leg. The ball was in the air slightly but well away from the fielder in the circle. Timing was amazing there. Looking really good here Dhananjaya.
3.5
0
M Henry to de Silva, Oooh! So close to playing on! Length ball outside off, de Silva pushes at it lazily without moving his feet. The ball comes off the under edge and rolls inches away from off stump.
3.4
4
M Henry to de Silva, FOUR! Crunched through the covers! That's the thing with these Sri Lankan batsmen. Look so good when they play good cricketing shots with beautiful timing. On a length outside off, Dhananjaya comes slightly ahead and drives it beautifully through cover-point for a boundary. No stopping that!
3.3
0
M Henry to de Silva, Length ball outside off, Dhananjaya mistimes his drive as the ball runs down towards mid off.
3.2
2
M Henry to de Silva, Length ball outside off, de Silva goes for the loft over mid off but gets a thick edge and the ball flies over point. Lands in no man's land and the batsmen get a couple.
3.1
0
M Henry to de Silva, Length ball outside off, punched off the back foot towards mid off.
2.6
0
Tim Southee to de Silva, Drifts on his pads, de Silva tries to flick it but is hit on the pads. The ball goes towards the leg side. The batsmen get a run in the process.
2.5
1
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Fuller outside off, Dickwella opens the face of the bat and tries to guide it through third man. But a superb effort from Ish Sodhi at short third man where he goes to his left and denies it from going to the boundary.
2.4
1
Tim Southee to de Silva, A touch fuller on middle, de Silva flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
2.3
1
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Length delivery on middle, Niroshan works it to the leg side for a run.
2.2
4
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, FOUR! Nicely played! Slower delivery on off, Dickwella opens the face of the bat and guides it through short third man for a boundary.
2.1
2
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Fuller on middle, Dickwella flicks it to fine leg for a couple of runs.
1.6
0
M Henry to de Silva, Length ball outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
1.5
4
M Henry to de Silva, FOUR! What a shot! Incredible wrists that! On middle and leg, de Silva doesn't have much feet movement there but he flicks it away beautifully through mid-wicket all the way to the fence.
1.4
1
M Henry to N Dickwella, Length ball on off stump, Niroshan defends the ball down the ground and gets to the other end with a quick single.
1.3
2
M Henry to N Dickwella, In the air... but safe! Length ball on middle, Dickwella clears his leg and lifts this in the air. Looked to go over mid-wicket but the ball goes off the top edge and towards deep square leg. Lands in no man's land luckily for him. Two runs taken.
1.2
3
M Henry to de Silva, Shorter length ball on middle, pulled away by Dhananjaya behind square on the leg side. The ball is just stopped inside the fence by Southee who comes around from fine leg. Saves a run for his team as the SL batsmen pick three.
1.1
0
M Henry to de Silva, Wide outside off on a length to start off, Dhananjaya pushes this away on the off side where the point fielder makes a diving stop to his left. Saved a couple for sure.

Matt Henry to bowl from the other end.

0.6
1
Tim Southee to de Silva, Fuller one outside off, Dhananjaya comes on the front foot and drives it wide of mid off for a single to end the over. Keeps the strike does de Silva.
0.5
0
Tim Southee to de Silva, Length ball outside off with a little shape, defended by de Silva coming a little ahead.
0.4
1
Tim Southee to N Dickwella,Fuller one outside off, driven down towards mid off by Dickwella. A quick single is taken. Good bowling from Southee so far but solid batting as well.
0.3
0
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, On the pads this time, flicked away towards the mid-wicket fielder.
0.2
0
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Another full ball on middle and coming in, Niroshan drives to mid off with a straight bat.
0.1
0
Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Length ball on off and shaping into Dickwella, the lefty flicks it towards square leg.