New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand - 3rd T20I

Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Date & Time: 06 September 2019

New Zealand 88/10

RR: 5.5 | Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 37 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Colin Munro bowled Lasith Malinga (C) bowled Lasith Malinga (C) 121211
Tim Seifert c Danushka Gunathilaka & b Lasith Malinga (C) c Danushka Gunathilaka & b Lasith Malinga (C) 81310
Hamish Rutherford lbw Lasith Malinga (C) lbw Lasith Malinga (C) 0100
Colin de Grandhomme bowled Lasith Malinga (C) bowled Lasith Malinga (C) 0100
Ross Taylor lbw Lasith Malinga (C) lbw Lasith Malinga (C) 0100
Daryl Mitchell run out run out 6700
Mitchell Santner stumped Akila Dananjaya stumped Akila Dananjaya 161510
Scott Kuggeleijn bowled Akila Dananjaya bowled Akila Dananjaya 0100
Tim Southee not out not out 282303
Todd Astle lbw Wanindu Hasaranga lbw Wanindu Hasaranga 3500
Seth Rance lbw Lakshan Sandakan lbw Lakshan Sandakan 81700
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 2, w 5, nb 0)
Total 88 (10 Wkts, 16.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
15-1 (Colin Munro,2.3), 15-2 (Hamish Rutherford,2.4), 15-3 (Colin de Grandhomme,2.5), 15-4 (Ross Taylor,3), 23-5 (Tim Seifert,4.4), 46-6 (Daryl Mitchell,8.1), 46-7 (Scott Kuggeleijn,8.2), 47-8 (Mitchell Santner,8.4), 52-9 (Todd Astle,10), 88-10 (Seth Rance,16),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lasith Malinga4 1 6 5 1.50
Akila Dananjaya4 0 28 2 7.00
Lakshan Sandakan4 0 33 1 8.25
Danushka Gunathilaka1 0 7 0 7.00
Wanindu Hasaranga3 0 12 1 4.00

Right then. That ends the series and the tour. New Zealand will take yet another good earnings from this one, losing the first and final matches of the tour - the opening Test and the final T20I. In between, they won a Test and 2 T20Is, so overall, it has been a good outing for them. The Lankans too, will not mind the series too much, trusting their young guys to deliver and they did. Only consistency is an issue. Can they build on this learning and be a bit more consistent in future? Only time will tell. For now, we take a break and we shall be back when the next series arrives. You can enjoy the Ashes and the Bangladesh-Afghanistan contests till then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious New Zealand captain, Tim Southee, says that he was captaining a young side and it fell under pressure in this game. Praises Sri Lanka but is happy to have won the series overall. On Malinga, Southee calls him a class bowler and admits that there was nothing much any batsman could do. On the last-wicket stand threatening to spoil Malinga's party, Southee says that it was nice to have some fun but then credits Sri Lanka for keeping it tight. On the series and tour overall, Tim says that he enjoyed captaining this side, enjoyed the reception by the Lankans and also adds that there was plenty to learn from.

Now, Malinga is called for a chat. Seems a little disappointed on the series result but stresses that the Lankans always tried their best. However, it did not come nicely in the first two games but here it came. Dedicates this to the fans in the stadium and everywhere else. On his 4-ball wicket saga, Malinga says that he just kept it simple, targetting the stumps. On captaincy and leading the bowling pressures, Lasith says that there is no such pressure and he only wants to share his experience with the younger members and give them as much opportunity as he can, supporting everyone. Thanks the New Zealand Cricket Board and players for agreeing to come to tour in spite of the off-field incidents. Then, thanks the supporters for believing in the team and urges them to continue being with his side.



Time for the presentation now...

Roshan Abeysinghe takes the interview of Kusal Perera. The latter feels that they did tremdously well to win the game. Calls Malinga a legend. Says he uses the pace well and bowls superb line and length. On being asked about his role in the Malinga hat-trick, prompting his skipper to take the LBW review against Hamish Rutherford, Kusal says that he sees everything from behind the wickets and knows what is going to come from Malinga's hand. Adds that according to him, Rutherford looked to be plumb and hence he asked his skipper to go for the review.

An innings which has only 3 batsmen in double figures, 8 in single digits and 4 of those being one-ballers, does not have much to say. It was perhaps beginning to be a night to remember as the Kiwis inched towards a series whitewash, but in the span of 30 minutes, it has become a night to forget for the visiting side.

That over - 0, 0, W, W, W, W - literally broke the back of the Kiwis and they could never recover after that. Malinga then came back to pick up his fifth wicket to end with his best figures in T20Is. His first wicket in this game was also his 100th in this format. The other bowlers were barely required but Akila Dananjaya impressed with a couple of scalps.

A drubbing. Victory by 37 runs after making just 125. JUST. Not many would have given Sri Lanka a chance at the halfway stage but after Slinga Malinga's second over, no one gave New Zealand any more chance.

L Sandakan to S Rance, OUT! Game over! What a terrific bowling effort from the hosts. A flighted ball on middle, Rance looks to sweep but fails to get bat on ball. He is hit flush on the pads. The Lankans appeal and the umpire agrees to end the New Zealand innings. Rance looks for a review but then he is informed that there is none left for New Zealand. Would not have mattered. Hawk Eye shows the impact to be umpire's call, around off and clipping the off stump, again, on umpire's call. The 36-run stand would've given the Lankan fans some worry. Rance should've tried to negotiate the ball and get Southee on strike but he went for the sweep to confirm the eventual.
L Sandakan to S Rance, Full ball, worked towards mid-wicket.
L Sandakan to S Rance, Beats the bat this time. Bowls a quicker one outside off. Rance looks to push at the ball but misses.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Shortish ball, tapped towards point for a single.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, NOT OUT! The verdict arrives, finally. That looked close but the back leg is down in time. Full ball, outside off, Southee looked to reverse sweep but couldn't get bat on it. Kusal Perera collected and whipped off the bails and appealed. It was referred upstairs but replays confirmed that Southee was safe.

Appeal for Stumping taken to the third umpire. The umpire is taking a lot of time in making the decision.

L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Some football skills from Southee this time. Flatter ball around off, Southee looks to cut but gets an inside edge. The ball rolls towards the stumps but Southee is aware of it and kicks to ball away towards point.

Sandakan to finish his spell.

W Hasaranga to S Rance, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
W Hasaranga to Tim Southee, Loopy ball on middle, Southee goes for the heave but mistimes it. The ball goes wide of the long on fielder. They take a run.
W Hasaranga to S Rance, And again. Another inside edge which misses the timber and goes to fine leg. They pick up a single this time.
W Hasaranga to S Rance, Almost a wicket! Fuller ball, Rance looks to drive this through covers but gets an inside edge which passes the stump and goes towards fine leg for a couple.
W Hasaranga to S Rance, Quicker one again, blocks awkwardly off the back foot.
W Hasaranga to S Rance, Flatter one and a quick one. Looks to work it down the leg side but misses to hit on the stumps.
L Malinga to Tim Southee, Another yorker. Southee negotiates it well with a push back to the bowler. End of a superb spell from Malinga. 4 overs, 6 runs and 5 wickets.
L Malinga to S Rance, Goes for the yorker but dishes a full toss. Worked towards mid on for a single.
L Malinga to S Rance, The batsman has driven it through mid-off.
L Malinga to S Rance, Another yorker. This time Rance blocks it well.
L Malinga to S Rance, Just missed the timbers! Another yorker which misses the timber, only just. Malinga can't believe it.
L Malinga to S Rance, Goes for the yorker straight away. Rance pushes this right of Malinga who dives to stop but the ball goes towards mid on.

Mali to wrap things up for the hosts? He is on now!

L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Flighted ball on middle, pushed back to the bowler. 20 from the over.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, SIX! Third of the over. Fullish ball to Southee who slogs this powerfully over the deep mid-wicket fence. Some hammering this.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, SIX! Southee is not going to hold on. Flighted ball around off, Southee lines up and slogs it over the long on fence for another maximum.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, WIDE! Another one going down the leg side. Southee again goes for it but misses again.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, WIDE! This one is down the leg side. Southee goes after it but can't get bat on it.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, SIX! A rare shot in an innings devastated by swing bowling. A full toss, on off, Southee bludgeons this straight back into the sightscreen.
W Hasaranga to Tim Southee, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
W Hasaranga to S Rance, This time misses the stumps off an inside edge. Looks to drive but gets an inside edge which goes fine down the leg side. They take three.
W Hasaranga to S Rance, Almost the end of the game. This a googly which beats the bat to go onto the pads. Hasaranga appeals but the umpire is not interested.The Hawk Eye shows that this was just clipping which means even if the Lankans had a review, the umpire's call would have been the final one.
W Hasaranga to Tim Southee, He is lining up for a slog but Hasaranga bowls smartly, another quicker one which goes towards mid on. They take a run this time.
W Hasaranga to Tim Southee, Quicker one on the pads this time as Hasaranga sees the batsman going across the leg side.
W Hasaranga to Tim Southee, Bowls a quicker one around off, pulled towards deep mid-wicket and denies a single.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Outside off, punched through the covers for one.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Outside off, Southee swings hard but misses.
L Sandakan to S Rance, Full on middle, Seth hammers this straight back to Sandakan who fumbles while trying to field and allows it through. A run taken.
L Sandakan to S Rance, Outside off, Rance looks to drive but misses.
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Works this through mid-wicket for a single.