Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Live Score (T20)

Date: Friday, 06 September, 2019 IST Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy Match Status: Match Ended

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 37 runs

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Wanindu Hasaranga not out 14 10 0 0
Lasith Malinga (C) not out 6 11 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Tim Southee 4 0 16 0
Seth Rance 3 0 29 0
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Tim Southee (C) not out 28 23 0 3
Bowling 0 M R W
Lasith Malinga 4 1 6 5
Akila Dananjaya 4 0 28 2
  • Now, how will the Kiwis bat on this slow surface? The Lankans have three spinners in their ranks and they surely have the capability of defending this total. New Zealand, on the other hand, would want to finish this off on a winning note before they sign off from Sri Lanka. Join us back to find out.
  • Niroshan Dickwella has a chat with Roshan Abeysinghe. The former says that it is quite a slow wicket. But admits that the Lankans are 10-15 runs short. Calls it a wicket for the spinners and adds that the Lankans too have three good spinners. Agrees that it was always challenging to bat on this wicket but blames himself for not capitalizing on his start. Not only tonight, but even in the previous two matches.
  • For the hosts, only Gunathilaka and Dickwella could hang around for a while to play a few delightful strokes but they couldn't hang on for a longer time, leaving them stranded. Lahiru Madushanka gave some resistance but he was done by a beautiful ball from Santner. After that, Kiwis didn't offer any freebies and made sure the Lankans have an underpar score.
  • After a decent start from the openers, the Lankan innings could never get going as the Kiwis struck on timely basis to rock the hosts' momentum. The spin duo of Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle starred for the visitors as they returned with three apiece.
  • So, a T20I ends without a six. Very rarely happens these days with the shorter boundaries and the massive willows. However, that did happen here. Courtesy a brilliant bowling performance from the New Zealand bowlers.
  • 19.6 SAFE. A length ball, around middle, Hasaranga drags this through mid-wicket and calls for two. He pushes himself into it and then has to dive at the striker's end. Seifert collects and whips the bails off and appeals. Replays show that while diving, the bat did go up but after it touched the crease. By the time Seifert takes the bails off, the batsman is safely in. SRI LANKA FINISH ON 125/8!
  • It is definitely not a six or a four. In fact, we have a run out review. Looks to be safe. That means two runs to the total.
  • Last ball. Fine leg and third man both in. Can we have a six?
  • 19.5 A length ball, around off, Malinga swings this towards deep mid-wicket for another single.
  • 19.4 Outside off, punched through cover for one.
  • 19.4 WIDE. A bouncer, but down the leg side. Wanindu gets across to pull but then lets it pass.
  • 19.3 Outside off, carved over cover for a couple.
  • 19.2 A short ball, heaved to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • Kuggeleijn comes charging in but Malinga gets across to play a paddle. Scott bails out then.
  • 19.1 Outside off, Hasaranga swings hard but gets a bit of an inside edge through mid-wicket. A single taken.
  • 18.6 Full and outside off, the cutter, LM backs away and slashes hard, only to miss again. 116/8
  • 18.6 WIDE. Short and well outside off, slower in pace, a slash and a miss.
  • 18.5 Outside off, once again, LM backs away, aiming to punch down the ground but finds Southee once more.
  • 18.5 WIDE. Slower ball goes awry, well outside off, the skipper looks to slash but misses.
  • 18.4 Outside off, a cutter again, Lasith backs away to the leg side to punch it down the ground but mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • 18.3 Slower ball, Malinga is early into his pull and mistimes it towards long on. That lack of timing allows the second run.
  • 18.2 Outside off, bunted straight to point.
  • 18.1 TOP EDGE, DROPPED! Well, Colin de Grandhomme does all the hard work, picking the ball in the night sky and then charging in. But when he gets to the ball, he cannot hold on. It was a length ball outside off, slower one, Hasaranga backed away and went hard at it, aiming to go inside out but sliced it towards sweeper cover.
  • 17.6 A length ball, rises off the pitch, Lasith backs away, looking to defend but almost pops it straight back to the bowler. Lands well short though. 111/8
  • 17.5 Nice yorker, Malinga looks to dig it out but the ball scoots off the inside edge past short fine leg. Two runs taken.
  • 17.4 Outside off, another cutter, Malinga swings but misses.
  • 17.3 Around middle, defended watchfully. Again some confusion between the middle but all is well in the end.
  • Lasith Malinga comes in at number 10, replacing Akila.
  • 17.2 OUT! BOWLED! Change of pace again. The cutter from Kuggeleijn, around leg and middle, Dananjaya backs away to the leg side, attempting to run it down to third man but misses. Castled.
  • 17.1 Outside off, on a length, a play and a miss.
  • Akila Dananjaya walks in at number 9, replacing Udana. Scott Kuggeleijn is back on as well. 2-0-10-0 so far.
  • 16.6 OUT! Mix-up, mix-up, mix-up and a run out this time! Action replay of the previous delivery but with a wicket now. Udana, like Hasaranga on the previous ball, steered this behind point and charged back for the second. His partner, like Udana on the previous ball, sent Isuru back. Only this time, Udana had come a meter too far. He has to stop, turn and then get back. By that time, Santner had returned a rocket throw to the keeper who fired it to the bowler. Rance collects and takes the bails off. 109/7
  • 16.5 Mix-up, but safe! Outside off, Wanindu steers it towards third man. He takes the single. Now, he wants the second but Udana is busy shouting, 'NO! NO! NO!' Hasaranga is halfway down the track and has to take a u-turn. Luckily for him, the throw comes to the keeper who relays it at the non-striker's end. He hits the stumps but Wanindu is well in.
  • 16.4 Full and outside off, Hasaranga reaches out and steers it behind point. Scott Kuggeleijn slips while fielding and that allows the second.
  • 16.3 Outside off, eased through the covers for a run.
  • 16.2 Full and outside off, this is driven through cover for a single.
  • 16.1 Full and outside off, squeezed behind point for a couple.
  • Seth Rance returns at the death. 2-0-21-0 so far.
  • 15.6 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 4-1-12-3 for Santner. Excellent returns. 101/6
  • 15.5 Beautiful flight outside off, Udana looks to push it towards the off side but is beaten.
  • Isuru Udana comes out to bat. Perfect situation. 26 balls left. Go full throttle.
  • 15.4 OUT! LBW! That is what dots can do. Put pressure. Madushanka comes down the track to try and manufacture something, aiming to flick it against the line but misses. Is hit on the pads. Santner appeals, the umpire takes his time and then raises the finger of slow death.
  • 15.3 Action replay of the previous delivery. Almost stumped him this time as Lahiru plays and misses but he gets back.
  • 15.2 Flighted outside off, Madushanka is drawn into the drive but misses as the ball spins away.
  • 15.1 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
  • Mitchell Santner is back on. 3-1-11-2 so far.
  • 14.6 Around off, worked through mid-wicket for a couple. 4-0-28-3 for the night for Astle. 100/5
  • Wanindu Hasaranga comes out to bat now. Down to the all-rounders.
  • 14.5 OUT! In the air... and caught! Third wicket for Todd Astle. Full and outside off, Shanaka lines up for another slog sweep. But this time, extra bounce and extra time for the ball to arrive does him in. Gets a top edge which balloons towards deep mid-wicket where Daryl Mitchell takes it calmly. The bowler rushes towards the fielder to celebrate and mouths, 'GOTCHA!'
  • 14.4 A length ball, a dart, pushed through to long on for one.
  • 14.3 A short ball, heaved it towards long on for a run.
  • 14.2 FOUR! THUMP! Full and outside off, Shanaka gets down and mows a slog sweep over mid-wicket, to the right of the man in the deep!
  • 14.1 Full and around middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
  • Todd Astle to bowl out. 3-0-19-2 so far.
  • 13.6 Another slower ball, pushed through mid on for a single. 91/4
  • 13.5 Around middle and off, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 13.4 FOUR! Nicely played! Full and outside off, Madushanka reaches out and steers this beautifully behind point. Sweeper tries to sweep from cover but cannot get there.
  • 13.3 Outside off, eased down to long off for a single.
  • 13.2 Around off, coming in slightly, watchfully defended.
  • 13.2 WIDE. FIRST OF THE GAME! Excellent discipline from the Kiwis. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
  • 13.1 Full and down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Colin de Grandhomme comes in to bowl. 6th bowler to be used.
  • 12.6 Excellent change of pace. Lot of loop, outside off, pushed towards point for a single. 81/4
  • 12.5 Outside off, Madushanka looks to punch this through the off side but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 12.4 Full on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 12.3 Outside off, pushed through mid off for a single.
  • Dasun Shanaka walks in at number 6, replacing Dickwella.
  • 12.2 OUT! Caught! Second wicket for Santner and both set batsmen are gone now. Full and around middle, Dickwella gets down and laps it fine. But he has only lobbed it straight into the lap of Colin Munro at short fine leg. Again, just when some momentum was being gained, it has been cut off.
  • 12.1 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • Mitchell Santner is back on. 2-1-6-1 so far.
  • 11.6 FOUR! This time he connects well. Short and wide outside off, Dickwella reaches out and carves it over point for a boundary! 76/3
  • 11.5 Outside off, excellent change of pace, Dickwella reaches out to slash but is beaten by the lack of pace.
  • 11.4 Another short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 11.3 A short ball again, Lahiru looks to pull but misses.
  • 11.2 Down the leg side, Madushanka looks to flick but the ball goes off his pads through third man. Two runs taken.
  • 11.1 A short ball outside off, Madushanka looks to pull but mistimes it towards short mid-wicket.
  • Skipper Tim Southee comes back to exert some control. 2-0-6-0 so far.
  • 10.6 Full and outside off, driven through mid on for a couple. 13 from the over! 69/3
  • 10.5 Oohhh... Astle is lucky to get away with that. Full and down the leg side, Niroshan gets down and plays the paddle sweep this time. Hits it straight to the fielder at short fine leg, Colin Munro, but he misfields. Concedes a couple. Astle is lucky that he does not give away a boundary. A metre either side and this was a hat-trick.
  • 10.4 FOUR! This time goes fine! Back-to-back boundaries. Full and down the leg side, Dickwella gets down and sweeps it very fine, past the man at short fine leg.
  • 10.3 FOUR! Welcome boundary for Sri Lanka. Floated outside off, Dickwella comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it cleanly over cover. Long off gets across to his right and dives but in vain.
  • 10.2 Tossed up outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
  • 10.1 The quicker one outside off, Madushanka looks to cut but misses.
  • 9.6 Finally someone has connected the reverse sweep well. Flighted around off, Dickwella reverse sweeps this over the point fielder to pick a couple as the ball goes towards third man. 56/3
  • 9.5 Fuller ball this time, tapped towards point with soft hands for a single.
  • 9.4 The batsman dances down the track. One run added to the total.
  • 9.3 Flatter one this time, pushed towards cover for a single. First T20I runs for Madushanka.
  • 9.2 Dickwell this time dances down the track to this loopy ball on middle to flick but misses to get an inside edge onto the bat. The ball goes towards the off side for a run.
  • 9.1 Fired a ball around this time, Dickwella looks to work it down the leg side but misses. The keeper fumbles but no runs.
  • Mitchell Santner is back on. Change of ends for him. Started off with a maiden and got the wicket of Fernando as well.
  • 8.6 Flatter around off, guided towards third man. 50/3
  • Lahiru Madushanka comes in now. Under some pressure.
  • 8.5 OUT! Another googly and another ball shatters the timber. Astle gets his number two. Pitched on middle and leg, Gunathilaka looks to block but he is squared up as he reads the spin wrong. Expected it be a leg spinner but it turns just a hint to miss the block and hit the woodwork behind. That is a good start wasted. Gunathilaka was looking in good shape out there. Correction. He was the only man looking in good shape out there but fails to go on.
  • 8.4 And again, another reverse sweep attempt but finds the point fielder this time.
  • 8.3 Another reverse sweep attempt. Not sure what happened there as ball goes towards short third man. They take a single. Probably it hit the keeper's pads. No, runs given. So must have been a bottom edge.
  • 8.2 Goes for a slog sweep but manages to do so along the ground to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 8.1 Huge appeal from the bowler but it looked as if it hit the bat. Flatter ball on middle, Gunathilaka looks to reverse sweep and manages to get it towards third man. A couple of runs. The umpire after thinking for a long time signals leg byes. That pitched outside leg as well.
  • 7.6 Full and just around off, solidly defended towards cover for a single. 46/2
  • 7.5 On middle and leg, helped through square leg for a single.
  • 7.4 Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a single.
  • 7.3 Around off, this is blocked solidly.
  • 7.2 Outside off, fuller in length, Danushka reaches out and tries to steer it towards third man. Almost ends up guiding it straight to the keeper.
  • 7.1 Full and outside leg, Gunathilaka works it through mid-wicket. Calls for two and gets them easily. Very good running.
  • 6.6 Outside off and a quicker one. Dickwella can't get any bat on that one. Five and a wicket for Astle in his first. 41/2
  • 6.5 Powerfully driven but the long off fielder Santner does well to save two. Flatter ball around off. Dickwella creams his drive but Santner moves to his right and makes a superb stop.
  • Niroshan Dickwella walks in at number 4, replacing Avishka.
  • 6.4 OUT! BOWLED! This was a googly. And more importantly, this was an excellent change of pace. Landed outside off, Fernando goes back to punch it through the off side. But he is foxed twice. First, he thinks this is a leg spinner. Strike 1. Then, he reads it off the surface and looks to punch it through the off side, against the spin but does so a bit too hurriedly. The ball is a touch slow, spins in slowly and goes past the bat to hit the stumps. Strike 2. MAIDEN T20I WICKET FOR TODD ASTLE!
  • 6.3 Flatter around off, punched off the back foot for a couple of runs this time as the deep cover fielder fumbles.
  • 6.2 NOT OUT! That was very close but Gunathilaka does well to drag his bat inside the line. Flatter ball on off, Gunathilaka looks to heave this over the covers but misses. Seifert behind the wicket fumbles as the ball goes towards short third man. Fernando wants a run there but Gunathilaka responds late but goes for it eventually. A direct hit there would've been curtains for him but it wasn't one. Astle received the throw and smartly dropped it on the stumps but Gunathilaka dragged the bat like the old school to get in.
  • Run out appeal! It was a confusion for a run between the two batsmen but eventually, the batsmen went for the single. The throw came in at the bowler's end and Astle parried it onto the stumps. Referred upstairs. Replays show that Gunathilaka is in.
  • 6.1 Goes for the reverse sweep straight away. Lands it on off as Gunathilaka goes for the reverse sweep to miss the shot.
  • Time for the leggie. Todd Astle into the attack.
  • 5.6 Goes for the heave over mid off this time but misses. Good length ball outside off, Fernando after playing three dot balls is frustrated and wants to hammer this over mid off but does so by staying in the crease. 36/1
  • 5.5 Fuller ball again, Fernando drives it firmly but straight to cover.
  • 5.4 Fuller ball on middle this time. Fernando misses again and finds the mid-wicket fielder on the bounce as he looks to flick.
  • 5.3 Length ball around off, pushed towards point this time.
  • 5.2 FOUR! He would've holed out to Todd Astle at mid on. Kuggeleijn bowls another short ball on middle, Fernando wants to power it over the mid on fence but can't get the timing right on that one. But enough for it to go over the leaping effort of Todd Astle.
  • 5.1 Poor ball to start but there is a protection at deep mid-wicket. Shortish length on middle and leg. Gunathilaka pulls it well but straight to the fielder. Just a single.
  • Scott Kuggeleijn into the attack now to bowl the final over of the Powerplay.
  • Isuru Udana is having a chat with Russel Arnold. On being asked about what can Sri Lanka do differently in this game, Udana says that it is a slow wicket, so the bowlers can use the change of pace tactic. Is hopeful of the young guys doing well tonight.
  • 4.6 A wicket maiden to start from Santner. Flatter one this time, Fernando blocks it off the back foot. 31/1
  • 4.5 Slower and flighted one around off, Fernando goes to drive this through covers but because of the slowness of the ball, he is early into the shot and drags the ball onto his boot.
  • 4.4 On off this time, blocked towards cover again.
  • 4.3 Another quicker one on middle, Fernando finds the mid-wicket fielder this time.
  • 4.2 Gets his line right does Santner and fires it on off and middle. Fernando blocks it towards cover.
  • Avishka Fernando is the new man in.
  • 4.1 OUT! He strikes first ball. Not the ball on which you get out to. Kusal will be kicking himself for this one. It is a poor ball down the leg side. Perera looks to paddle this fine down the leg side but he can only manage to lob this one straight in the hands of Todd Astle at short fine leg.
  • Spin time as Santner is into the attack.
  • 3.6 Good length ball around off, tapped towards third man for a couple this time. 18 runs from the over! 31/0
  • 3.5 FOUR! Make that four boundaries from the over. Good length ball on the pads this time, Gunathilaka swivels and hammers a pull towards the square leg fence. He is on fire.
  • 3.4 A run out chance? Fuller and on middle, Gunathilaka pushes it back towards the bowler and ventures out of his crease to take a run. Rance does well to get down, pick up the ball and throw it back to the stumps at the striker's end, but he misses the stumps. Gunathilaka dives to get in.
  • 3.3 FOUR! Poor ball and another boundary. This time Rance goes fuller but this one is on the pads. Gunathilaka glances it fine down the leg side.
  • 3.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries. Good length ball on off, Gunathilaka again gives himself room and creams the cover drive for another boundary.
  • 3.1 FOUR! A much needed boundary this time. Fuller ball on off, Gunathilaka gives himself room and crunches it down the ground. No chance for the mid off fielder.
  • 2.6 Good effort at mid on by Kuggeleijn. Fuller ball on middle and leg this time. Perera hammers it towards mid on who moves to his right and does well to stop. A boundary saved there. 13/0
  • 2.5 Poor ball but Perera can't do anything to it. Full toss outside off. Perera goes hard after it but finds Santner at cover.
  • 2.4 Fuller but on the pads. Gunathilaka works it towards mid-wicket to change ends.
  • 2.3 Shortish ball around off, Gunathilaka swivels to pull this but mistimes the shot. The ball goes towards mid-wicket for a couple this time.
  • 2.2 Good length ball this time around off, blocked towards cover.
  • 2.1 Fuller ball on off, Perera drives this towards mid off for a single.
  • 1.6 Slightly fuller this time. Gunathilaka looks to guide this through point but the ball takes an outside edge and goes towards third man. They take two before the fielder returns the ball to the keeper. 9/0
  • 1.5 Beaten with a beauty! Rance lands this one on the fourth stump and gets it to move further away. Gunathilaka goes for the drive but can't hit the ball.
  • 1.4 Good length in the channel this time, tapped straight to point.
  • 1.3 Good length on middle, Perera looks to pull but can't get proper timing as the ball goes to the square leg region for a run.
  • 1.2 Fuller ball this time, jammed nicely.
  • 1.1 Good length outside off, Perera throws his bat but can't get bat on ball. Lucky not to edge that on.
  • Seth Rance to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Yorker this time, Perera jams his bat down and flicks it for a single. 6/0
  • 0.5 Good length ball outside off, goes for a drive but gets an inside edge and the ball goes down the leg side for no run.
  • 0.4 Good length ball this time, punched nicely off the back foot.
  • 0.3 FOUR LEG BYES! Huge appeal for the LBW but that looked going down the leg to the naked eye. Fullish ball on the pads for Perera. He looks to flick it fine down the leg side but can't get bat on ball. Southee appeals loudly but nothing from the umpire. It clips him on the pads and goes to the fine leg fence. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be pitched outside leg.
  • 0.2 Another ball which is on a good length on middle, a slight inward movement on that one. Perera goes for a pull but hits it onto his boot.
  • 0.1 Quick single first up to get the Sri Lankan innings underway. Good length ball on middle, tapped towards mid off and takes off for a run. Gunathilaka is off the mark with that.
  • The players are out in the middle and we are all set for the game to begin. Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka to open the innings for the Lankans. Captain Tim Southee will start off proceedings to Danushka. Here we go...
  • New Zealand (Playing XI) - Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford (IN FOR MARTIN GUPTILL), Tim Seifert(wk), Ross Taylor (IN FOR TOM BRUCE), Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee(c), Seth Rance, Todd Astle (IN FOR ISH SODHI) and Scott Kuggeleijn.
  • New Zealand captain, Tim Southee, smiles on being asked about his team status and says that they have just enough resources to field a playing XI. Informs that Martin Guptill and Tom Bruce are injured while Ish Sodhi have been left out. Adds that they are replaced by Ross Taylor, Hamish Rutherford and Todd Astle. Feels that it has been great cricket from both sides and wants to end this series on a high.
  • Sri Lanka (Playing XI) - Kusal Perera(wk), Danushka Gunathilaka (IN FOR KUSAL MENDIS), Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Madushanka (IN FOR SHEHAN JAYASURIYA), Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga(c) and Lakshan Sandakan.
  • Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga, says that the reason to bat first is because it is a used wicket. Wants his team to put up a high score. Admits that the last match was a tough pill to swallow, with the game going away in the last few moments. Wants his unit to forget that and end the series on a high. Informs that Mendis and Jayasuriya miss out due to injuries sustained during that collision in the previous game and are replaced by Gunathilaka and Madushanka.
  • TOSS - It is now time for the spin of the coin. Heads is the call from Tim Southee but it is a Tail. SRI LANKA, surprisingly, ELECT TO BAT FIRST. Well, with the rain around and also given that they have lost both their previous matches, one would have thought Malinga would choose to chase tonight.
  • Ross Taylor had an interview with Roshan Abeysinghe before the start of the game. Says confidently that he is fit to play and is happy and excited to be amongst the youngsters. Praises Tom Bruce for his heroics in the previous game but also admits that he is injured and will be replaced by Hamish Rutherford. On the planning for the WT20 next year, Rosco says that conditions and the outfield will be different in Australia and there will be a couple of more series coming up which would give them a clearer indication.
  • PITCH REPORT - Kyle Mills observing the track says that it is the same one which was used during the second T20I. Sees plenty of cracks, almost like a jigsaw puzzle and predicts fast bowlers to use cutters. Expects it to be a slow wicket.
  • WEATHER - The ground was covered and a heavy shower was sweeping across the ground 90 minutes ago. However, all the covers are off, albeit the skies are overcast. We don't want to say anything about the rain forecast as weather in Sri Lanka changes every minute.
  • Series done. Tour about to get over. New Zealand victorious. Sri Lanka, still unsure of their progress. What can be taken from a dead rubber? Well, positives and confidence are some shout, if one would like, keeping the WT20 next year in mind. Lasith Malinga would want his young side to keep learning but winning while New Zealand would want a whitewash. There are a few injury concerns to both sides, so let us see who eventually plays. Hello and a warm welcome to the third and final T20I between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Pallekele.

Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Live Score (T20) Ball by Ball 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.
  • 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 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 Full ball, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 15.4 Beats the bat this time. Bowls a quicker one outside off. Rance looks to push at the ball but misses.
  • 15.3 Shortish ball, tapped towards point for a single.
  • 15.2 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 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 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 87/9
  • 14.5 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 And again. Another inside edge which misses the timber and goes to fine leg. They pick up a single this time.
  • 14.3 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 Quicker one again, blocks awkwardly off the back foot.
  • 14.1 Flatter one and a quick one. Looks to work it down the leg side but misses to hit on the stumps.
  • 13.6 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. 83/9
  • 13.5 Goes for the yorker but dishes a full toss. Worked towards mid on for a single.
  • 13.4 The batsman has driven it through mid-off.
  • 13.3 Another yorker. This time Rance blocks it well.
  • 13.2 Just missed the timbers! Another yorker which misses the timber, only just. Malinga can't believe it.
  • 13.1 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 Flighted ball on middle, pushed back to the bowler. 20 from the over. 82/9
  • 12.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 12.4 SIX! Third of the over. Fullish ball to Southee who slogs this powerfully over the deep mid-wicket fence. Some hammering this.
  • 12.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 12.2 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 WIDE! Another one going down the leg side. Southee again goes for it but misses again.
  • 12.2 WIDE! This one is down the leg side. Southee goes after it but can't get bat on it.
  • 12.1 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 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single. 62/9
  • 11.5 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 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 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 Quicker one on the pads this time as Hasaranga sees the batsman going across the leg side.
  • 11.1 Bowls a quicker one around off, pulled towards deep mid-wicket and denies a single.
  • 10.6 Outside off, punched through the covers for one. 57/9
  • 10.5 Outside off, Southee swings hard but misses.
  • 10.4 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 Outside off, Rance looks to drive but misses.
  • 10.2 Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 10.1 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 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. 52/9
  • 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 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 9.4 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 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 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 Quicker one around off, blocked towards the point region.
  • Wanindu Hasaranga now.
  • 8.6 The batsman been hit on the back pad. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg bye signalled by the umpire. 49/8
  • 8.5 Comes down the track and pushes it towards long on for a run.
  • Todd Astle walks in at number 10, replacing Santner.
  • 8.4 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 Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Captain Tim Southee walks in now, to face the music.
  • 8.2 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 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 Flatter ball on middle this time, punched towards long off for a single. 45/5
  • 7.5 Flighted ball on middle, worked towards mid off for a single this time.
  • 7.4 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 Shortish ball, closer to off pole. Santner punches this off the back foot through covers for a couple.
  • 7.2 Flighted ball on middle, pushed towards mid off this time.
  • 7.1 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • Gunathilaka comes in to bowl now.
  • 6.6 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. 38/5
  • 6.5 Another short ball but on middle, this time Santenr cuts it straight to point.
  • 6.5 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 Slightly short this time. Mitchell taps it through covers for a single again.
  • 6.3 Fuller ball outside off, punched off his front foot through covers for a single.
  • 6.2 Flighted ball outside off, Mitchell walks across the off stump to work it down the square leg for a single.
  • 6.1 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 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. 31/5
  • 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 Shortish one again, worked towards mid off for a single.
  • 5.4 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 Shorter ball, closer to the off pole. Santner punches it straight to cover.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Another short ball but this is outside off, Santner this time punches it through point to get a boundary.
  • 5.1 Flatter ball on middle, punched through mid on for a single.
  • 4.6 Another yorker but Santner defends it solidly this time. Another top quality over from Malinga. 25/5
  • 4.5 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 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 Gets the line right this time and the yorker as well. Blocked towards short cover.
  • 4.3 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 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 Another yorker. But this is outside off, tapped towards point by Seifert.
  • 3.6 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single. 22/4
  • 3.5 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 Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 3.3 Comes down the track, takes the ball on the full and whips it through wide long on. Two runs taken.
  • 3.2 Full and around middle, swept straight to square leg.
  • 3.1 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 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. 15/4
  • Ross Taylor walks in now. He has got a big, big, big, job to do.
  • 2.5 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 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 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 Bouncer this time, Munro ducks under it.
  • 2.1 Fuller ball on middle, tapped towards point this time.
  • 1.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 15/0
  • 1.5 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 FOUR! Hammered with a pull. Slightly shorter one on middle, Munro swivels and pulls it behind square to get a boundary now.
  • 1.3 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 WIDE! This one goes down the leg side. Munro looks to work it with a flick but misses. Called wide.
  • 1.2 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 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 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. 3/0
  • 0.5 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 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 Fuller ball around off and middle this time, blocked onto the pitch nicely.
  • 0.2 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 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.

Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Live Score (T20) Ball by Ball Commentary

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
6 Sri Lanka 4191 91
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
6 New Zealand 7114 245