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

commentary

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.

TIM SOUTHEE HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE SERIES.

LASITH MALINGA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH.

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.

15.6
0
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.
15.5
0
L Sandakan to S Rance, Full ball, worked towards mid-wicket.
15.4
0
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.
15.3
1
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Shortish ball, tapped towards point for a single.
15.2
0
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.

15.1
0
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.

14.6
0
W Hasaranga to S Rance, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
14.5
1
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.
14.4
1
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.
14.3
2
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.
14.2
0
W Hasaranga to S Rance, Quicker one again, blocks awkwardly off the back foot.
14.1
0
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.
13.6
0
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.
13.5
1
L Malinga to S Rance, Goes for the yorker but dishes a full toss. Worked towards mid on for a single.
13.4
0
L Malinga to S Rance, The batsman has driven it through mid-off.
13.3
0
L Malinga to S Rance, Another yorker. This time Rance blocks it well.
13.2
0
L Malinga to S Rance, Just missed the timbers! Another yorker which misses the timber, only just. Malinga can't believe it.
13.1
0
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!

12.6
0
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Flighted ball on middle, pushed back to the bowler. 20 from the over.
12.5
0
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
12.4
6
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.
12.3
0
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
12.2
6
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.
12.2
0
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, WIDE! Another one going down the leg side. Southee again goes for it but misses again.
12.2
0
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, WIDE! This one is down the leg side. Southee goes after it but can't get bat on it.
12.1
6
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.
11.6
1
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.
11.5
3
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.
11.4
0
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.
11.3
1
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.
11.2
0
W Hasaranga to Tim Southee, Quicker one on the pads this time as Hasaranga sees the batsman going across the leg side.
11.1
0
W Hasaranga to Tim Southee, Bowls a quicker one around off, pulled towards deep mid-wicket and denies a single.
10.6
1
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Outside off, punched through the covers for one.
10.5
0
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Outside off, Southee swings hard but misses.
10.4
1
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.
10.3
0
L Sandakan to S Rance, Outside off, Rance looks to drive but misses.
10.2
1
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
10.1
2
L Sandakan to Tim Southee, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple.

Seth Rance is the last man in. Lakshan Sandakan returns as well. 1-0-7-0 so far.

9.6
0
W Hasaranga to T Astle, OUT! Hasaranga strikes for Sri Lanka now. Just a wicket away from a win. This is a fullish ball, Astle wants to sweep it fine down the leg side but can't get bat on the ball. He is wrapped on the pads. Hasaranga appeals along with the entire stadium. The umpire agrees. Astle wants the third umpire to have a look at it but only for the sake of it. Ultra Edge shows no bat. The Hawk Eye shows that this is going to topple the middle stump which means Astle will have to walk back.

Astle has been adjudged LBW! He takes the review though. Looks plumb, if no inside edge. Nothing on the Ultra Edge as the ball goes past the bat. Hawk Eye shows three reds. Wicket number 9 goes.

9.5
0
W Hasaranga to T Astle, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
9.4
2
W Hasaranga to T Astle, And again! This one would have hit the timber but Sri Lanka don't have a review. Astle looks to punch but it goes off the inside edge towards fine leg for a couple.
9.3
0
W Hasaranga to T Astle, Flatter ball on middle, Astle looks to block but is hit on the pads. An appeal follows but the umpire is unmoved. That looked close.
9.2
1
W Hasaranga to Tim Southee, Almost a wicket again! Shorter one on middle, Southee looks to heave this over the long on but mistimes it. It goes to the fielder on the bounce.
9.1
0
W Hasaranga to Tim Southee, Quicker one around off, blocked towards the point region.

Wanindu Hasaranga now.

8.6
0
A Dananjaya to Tim Southee, The batsman been hit on the back pad. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg bye signalled by the umpire.
8.5
1
A Dananjaya to T Astle, Comes down the track and pushes it towards long on for a run.

Todd Astle walks in at number 10, replacing Santner.

8.4
0
A Dananjaya to M Santner, OUT! STUMPED! The foot is behind the line and this is the third wicket of the over. Madness in Pallekele. We are not even halfway through the innings and 80 percent of the team is in the hut. The googly, outside off, Santner looks to run it down to third man but misses. Now, that shot makes him drag his foot outside the crease and Kusal Perera is quick as lightning to whip the bails off. Perera is running towards the bowler in celebration even as the square leg umpire refers it upstairs. Replays show that the foot is out of the crease.

Stumping appeal. Kusal Perera is flying and confident! Is Santner gone? Replays show that the foot is outside!

8.3
1
A Dananjaya to Tim Southee, Works this through mid-wicket for a single.

Captain Tim Southee walks in now, to face the music.

8.2
0
A Dananjaya to S Kuggeleijn, OUT! BOWLED! Again, a 2-in-2 situation for Sri Lanka. Only this time, the bowler is not on a hat-trick. The leg spinner outside off, Kuggeleijn lunges to defend but the ball hits his elbow and goes onto the ground. Then, it rolls back, hits the pads and trickles onto the stumps!

Scott Kuggeleijn walks in at number 8, replacing Daryl Mitchell.

8.1
1
A Dananjaya to D Mitchell, OUT! Now a run out and Mitchell can not believe it. This is a fullish ball on middle, Mitchell works it towards mid-wicket and wants a couple straight away. There was never a couple as the fielder hared at the ball. It was a rocket throw from Wanindu Hasaranga from the deep mid-wicket position for Perera who tries to break the stumps. However, while doing so, he loses control of the ball. It is referred upstairs and replays show that the ball indeed popped out of Perera's gloves and his gloves did hit the stumps, but in between these two actions, the ball deflected onto the stumps. And Mitchell is found short of his crease. This is going to end way too early it seems.

And we have a run out appeal on the first ball! Mitchell is unsure. He is on the ground. Kusal Perera has lost control of the ball, as per the replays. And then hit the stumps with his gloves. But before the gloves can hit the stumps, the ball deflects onto the sticks!

Akila Dananjaya is back. 3-0-25-0 so far.

7.6
1
D Gunathilaka to D Mitchell, Flatter ball on middle this time, punched towards long off for a single.
7.5
1
D Gunathilaka to M Santner, Flighted ball on middle, worked towards mid off for a single this time.
7.4
2
D Gunathilaka to M Santner, Loopy ball on middle, Santner looks to block but it goes off his inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket. He played with a soft hands which means he can go for the second. He slips while taking the second run but does well to get back in.
7.3
2
D Gunathilaka to M Santner, Shortish ball, closer to off pole. Santner punches this off the back foot through covers for a couple.
7.2
0
D Gunathilaka to M Santner, Flighted ball on middle, pushed towards mid off this time.
7.1
1
D Gunathilaka to D Mitchell, Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.

Gunathilaka comes in to bowl now.

6.6
2
L Sandakan to M Santner, Poor ball this and deserved a boundary but just a couple. Another short ball outside off, Santner goes back and carves this through point for a couple.
6.5
0
L Sandakan to M Santner, Another short ball but on middle, this time Santenr cuts it straight to point.
6.5
0
L Sandakan to M Santner, WIDE! Poor ball this time. He is not finding his line and length right. Bowls a short one again but going down the leg side. Looks to pull but misses.
6.4
1
L Sandakan to D Mitchell, Slightly short this time. Mitchell taps it through covers for a single again.
6.3
1
L Sandakan to M Santner, Fuller ball outside off, punched off his front foot through covers for a single.
6.2
1
L Sandakan to D Mitchell, Flighted ball outside off, Mitchell walks across the off stump to work it down the square leg for a single.
6.1
1
L Sandakan to M Santner, Starts with long hop on middle, Santner punches it towards long on for a single.

Lakshan Sandakan to bowl his left-arm chinaman.

5.6
0
A Dananjaya to D Mitchell, NOT OUT! That looked going down the leg side and the Hawk Eye confirms the same. Malinga went for the review and this is maybe the only mistake he has committed in this match. This a loopy ball on middle, Mitchell looks to block it towards the leg side but can't get bat on ball as it spins in and hits him on the pads. Appeal follows but the umpire says not out. A good decision from him.

LBW review against Daryl Mitchell! Malinga goes for the 'T'. Seems to be missing leg. Yes. Hawk Eye confirms. Loss of review. Waste of review.

5.5
1
A Dananjaya to M Santner, Shortish one again, worked towards mid off for a single.
5.4
0
A Dananjaya to M Santner, This is again short one but clsoer to off pole. Not the ball one can cut away. Santner does well to punch it straight to the fielder.
5.3
0
A Dananjaya to M Santner, Shorter ball, closer to the off pole. Santner punches it straight to cover.
5.2
4
A Dananjaya to M Santner, FOUR! Another short ball but this is outside off, Santner this time punches it through point to get a boundary.
5.1
1
A Dananjaya to D Mitchell, Flatter ball on middle, punched through mid on for a single.
4.6
0
L Malinga to M Santner, Another yorker but Santner defends it solidly this time. Another top quality over from Malinga.
4.5
2
L Malinga to M Santner, Almost number six for him! Another fullish ball but this on the pads. Santner flicks it uppishly towards deep square leg to get off the mark with a couple. The square leg fielder thought that there was a chance but it was too high from his diving attempt.

Mitchell Santner walks in at number 7, replacing Seifert.

4.4
0
L Malinga to Tim Seifert, OUT! Malinga has five. Are you kidding me? Another one bites the dust for the visitors. A fullish ball this time outside off. Seifert after showing good defense goes for a drive over the covers but the outswing does him and he can only manage an outside edge to Gunathilaka at wide first slip. He has 8 balls left in his spell. How many Kiwi wickets can he rip apart?
4.3
0
L Malinga to Tim Seifert, Gets the line right this time and the yorker as well. Blocked towards short cover.
4.3
0
L Malinga to Tim Seifert, WIDE! Oh well, he is a human at the end of the day says the commentator on air. Malinga goes for another yorker but it looked as if it slipped out of his hands to go down the leg side. Seifert looks to pull but misses.
4.2
0
L Malinga to Tim Seifert, Beauty again. Another brilliant yorker but Seifert does well to jam it down. 'Mali, Mali!' is the roar from the crowd at the moment.
4.1
0
L Malinga to Tim Seifert, Another yorker. But this is outside off, tapped towards point by Seifert.
3.6
1
A Dananjaya to Tim Seifert, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
3.5
4
A Dananjaya to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Full and outside off, Seifert brings out his reverse sweep and gets it past a diving Niroshan Dickwella at short third man!
3.4
0
A Dananjaya to Tim Seifert, Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
3.3
2
A Dananjaya to Tim Seifert, Comes down the track, takes the ball on the full and whips it through wide long on. Two runs taken.
3.2
0
A Dananjaya to Tim Seifert, Full and around middle, swept straight to square leg.
3.1
0
A Dananjaya to Tim Seifert, Full and around middle, pushed towards the bowler.

Daryl Mitchell now comes in to face the music. Luckily for him, Malinga's over is done. So a break for at least 6 balls.

2.6
0
L Malinga to R Taylor, OUT! Malinga... Malinga... Four in four for him. This man is just out of the world. He is making a mockery of this Kiwi batting line-up. Ross Taylor is out of here now. This time a fullish ball to the new man. The ball lands and just shapes a hint away from the push of Taylor. He can't get bat on ball and his hit on the pads. Malinga appeals along with the crowd. The umpire agrees. Malinga roars. The crowd roars. What a magician with the ball in hand. New Zealand are already on the mat inside three overs.

Ross Taylor walks in now. He has got a big, big, big, job to do.

2.5
0
L Malinga to de Grandhomme, OUT! Malinga you champion. Hat-trick number two for him in T20I. He is on fire. And the Kiwis can do nothing about him. What a ripper from Malinga again. Another inswinging yorker. De Grandhomme is late to bring his down again. The ball goes onto disturb the timbers once again. They are checking for the front foot no ball and it is a very close call. However, the third umpire deems it in the favor of the bowler this time as Malinga breathes a sigh of a relief. What a legend!

Interesting. Colin de Grandhomme walks in at number 4, to face the hat-trick ball.

2.4
0
L Malinga to H Rutherford, OUT! Two in two for Malinga. A duck for Rutherford on return. On the pads this time on a fullish length. The new batter, Rutherford goes for a flick but he is very late on the stroke. The ball swings in and goes to hit the pads hard as the Lankans make a loud appeal. The umpire does not agree but Malinga wants the third umpire to have a look at it. The Ultra Edge shows no bat. The Hawk Eye rolls in and it shows that it was hitting the leg stump. The umpire will have to change his decision here and a great review from the Lankan skipper.

LBW review against Rutherford straight away! Was it doing too much? Missing leg? Nope! Hitting! Malinga has two in two!

Rutherford is the new man in for the visitors.

2.3
0
L Malinga to C Munro, OUT! Castles Munro with a beauty. 100th T20I wicket for him. You can't keep Malinga out of the match for a long time. Goes to his main weapon as he bowls this quick yorker. Munro looks to flick and misses. The ball sneaks through the bat to hit the leg pole. Munro couldn't have done much to that one as it swung late. Can he continue doing the magic and help them defend this total?
2.2
0
L Malinga to C Munro, Bouncer this time, Munro ducks under it.
2.1
0
L Malinga to C Munro, Fuller ball on middle, tapped towards point this time.
1.6
0
A Dananjaya to Tim Seifert, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
1.5
1
A Dananjaya to C Munro, He goes for a loft over the long on but can't get any timing. The ball goes to the long on fielder on the bounce. They take a single.
1.4
4
A Dananjaya to C Munro, FOUR! Hammered with a pull. Slightly shorter one on middle, Munro swivels and pulls it behind square to get a boundary now.
1.3
0
A Dananjaya to C Munro, Falls short of the mid off fielder. Munro wanted to power this over the cover but mistimes it towards mid off. Goes on the bounce to Malinga there.
1.3
0
A Dananjaya to C Munro, WIDE! This one goes down the leg side. Munro looks to work it with a flick but misses. Called wide.
1.2
6
A Dananjaya to C Munro, SIX! First one of the match. Another loopy ball from Akila, this time Munro lines up and swings it hard over the long off fielder to get a six. A very good shot that one.
1.1
0
A Dananjaya to C Munro, Starts with a fullish loopy ball on middle, Murno pushes it towards cover.

Spinner from the other end as Akila Dananjaya to share the new ball from the other end.

0.6
0
L Malinga to C Munro, Fuller but on the pads. Munro looks to flick it but can't get bat on ball. The ball goes towards short fine leg and the batters cross for a leg bye.
0.5
0
L Malinga to C Munro, Good bumper this one. Malinga bends his back and bowls a short ball on middle, Munro does well to sway away from it.
0.4
1
L Malinga to Tim Seifert, Shortish ball around off, tucked towards mid-wicket for a single. Called for a couple initially but decided against it. He is off the mark with that one.
0.3
0
L Malinga to Tim Seifert, Fuller ball around off and middle this time, blocked onto the pitch nicely.
0.2
1
L Malinga to C Munro, Slightly shorter one on middle, Munro punches it off the inner half of the bat towards mid on for a quick run. Akila fumbles there and they eventually make it comfortably. Munro and New Zealand are underway.
0.1
0
L Malinga to C Munro, Firmly driven but straight to cover. Starts with a good length ball closer to the off pole. Munro drives it straight to the cover fielder.

The Lankans are in the huddle before they take their positions on the field. The Kiwi openers, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert are out in the middle too. Lasith Malinga to start for the hosts.