Saturday, May 1, 2010

WC.T.20. Day1. Match.1. SriLanka vs Newzealand


The first match at Providence, Guyana between Sri Lanka and Zealand turned out to be a nail biting affair. New Zealand winning by two wickets. It was clear from ball one, that the pitch will play slow, and a score of 150 would be defendable.
Sri Lanka in spite of a classic 81 of 51 by Mahela, could finish only at 135 for 6. Chandimal 29 of 23 supported Mahela. Dilshan wasted too many deliveries. Sangakara did nothing of note. Nathen McCullum 1 for 17, Southee 1 for 21, Bond 2 for 35, Oram 1 for 23 and Styris 1 for 13, were among the wickets. Nathan McCullum, picked up three well judged catches in the deep.


Though the NewZealand's first wicket fell at no score, Guptil and Ryder put on 62 for the second wicket in 43 deliveries, before Ryder fell for a well made 42 of 27. Guptil followed soon after for 19 of 24. Wily Jayasurya and the magician Muralidharan spun a web in the mid overs and at 118 for 7 in the 18.2 over, when Hopkins fell, it looked a Sri Lankan game with the 20th over to be bowled by the accurate Malinga. 12 were required of the last over.

The first one was a good yorker played to mid on for a single. Second ball was a comedy of errors. Running for a bye, both the batsmen were at the same end. Sankakara's throw collected by Malinga and his flick misses the stumps, allowing the batsmen to cross over. Malinga had all the time in the world to walk to the stumps and take the bails off. Nathen swung the third ball between fine leg and deep square leg for a well timed four. Fourth ball Vettori was run out running an impossible second. Three needed of two balls. Nathan swung the fifth ball, cleanly over the Long of boundary for a six. New Zealand finished at 139 for 8 to win by two wickets. Nathan McCullum had a wonderful day picking three catches in the deep, taking a wicket and scoring the winning run for a crucial 16 runs of six balls.

Now Sri Lanka should win their second match against the dangerous Zimbabwe on the 7th March at Guyana.


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