Match Over - New Zealand won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 01 Sep 2019, 15:30 SAST
  • Winner: New Zealand
  • Man of the Match: LRPL Taylor


  • Umpire1: RR Wimalasiri
  • Umpire2: RMPJ Rambukwella
  • Third Umpire: LE Hannibal



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Sri Lanka



Overs: 19.3 / 20.0

New Zealand

Presentation coming up...

Ross Taylor is the Man of the Match: We knew 175 would be tough. Colin de Grandhomme got a lot of pressure off me with boundaries, so the asking rate was always in check. It's nice to know what your role is in the team and I can offer some experience at the other end while batting. We probably didn't field as well as we'd have liked. When Colin hit Udana for a four and a six was when we got the momentum. The focus is now on the T20 World Cup.

Malinga: It's a nice experience for the younger players to play under lights. For this kind of team we need to take opportunities as soon as we get them, but we couldn't. It happens in T20s. We were positive in this game and there were younger players in this game. Our bowlers need to be more accurate in such wet conditions and mental preparation is also important for next game.

Southee: The way Daryl finished it off was great with the bat. The experienced partnership got us back in the game and then the young guys at the end played with freedom. We were probably going to bat at the toss, but Ross and Colin got us back in the game, so who knows what would have happened. (On his unbeaten record): We have a great group of guys, younger ones play with some freedom and it's a great mix of youth and experience.

That's all we have from the game today in Pallekele. Do join us again on Tuesday for the second match of the series. Until then, it's goodbye and good luck from me, Vishal Dikshit, and Ankur Dhawan. Ciao!

Ahamed: "As a Sri Lankan fan, I will take this to the way we have been playing for the past two years in T20. This one was competetive until last two overs."

DJ: "@Osura Vindula, most heartbreaking matches are the test cricket. Haven't you watched that last ashes test and last SL vs NZ test? "

10.58pm How much did that drop of Ross Taylor cost Sri Lanka? The match probably. First, it was the consecutive sixes from Taylor against Akila Dananjaya, and then the four and six from de Grandhomme off Udana that brought the required rate under control, because they needed 113 in the last 10 overs. And the credit goes to NZ for keeping their nerve right till the end, including Daryl Mitchell who took on an in-form Malinga. The Sri Lanka captain accounted for two wickets with his yorkers, bowled 13 dots, but he didn't get much support from any other quick bowler. It was only debutant Hasaranga whose 2 for 21 from four overs kept Sri Lanka in the game but it wasn't enough.

Osura Vindula : "T20 is never a good format for heart patients. And they are proving it again & again."

19.3I Udana to DJ Mitchell, 2 runs, on the stumps, worked to the leg side and they hurry back for the second as the throw goes to the bowler's end and New Zealand have won by five wickets.
19.2I Udana to DJ Mitchell, No run, beats Mitchell outside off this time, slower ball from the back of the hand this time. Kusal collects the ball and rushes to the stumps.
19.1I Udana to MJ Santner, BYES, 1 run, slower ball outside off, Santner misses despite swinging, they go for the bye and manage to make it because the keeper doesn't get the direct hit.
End of over 19. 15 runs this over. 172/5 after 113 balls.
DJ Mitchell 23 (16b 0x4 2x6 ) SL Malinga 4-0-23-2
MJ Santner 14 (7b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Just three more required

New Zealand should be happy even with singles in this over now

End of over 18. 13 runs this over. 157/5 after 108 balls.
MJ Santner 11 (5b 0x4 1x6 ) I Udana 3-0-36-0
DJ Mitchell 16 (13b 0x4 1x6 ) more

So both teams have lost their reviews now and this is going to be a thriller. Last thing we want is a howler from the umpires

End of over 17. 3 runs this over. 144/5 after 102 balls.
MJ Santner 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) PWH de Silva 4-0-21-2
DJ Mitchell 15 (11b 0x4 1x6 ) more

10.38pm The players are back on the field, Mitchell Santner on strike now for the last ball of the over

10.30pm Good news: it's not raining anymore. The game is set to resume in the next 10 minutes or so. That's good news for Sri Lankan fans, actually, not for everyone.

Rikas Buhary: "Malinga to take another big decision. Whether to bowl last over or 19th... Mali can defend even 6, but I don't think no one else will defend even 15.."

10.17pm What a moment in the match - the big wicket comes for Sri Lanka, there's a review struck down and the rain comes down too. The umbrellas are out, the pitch covers are out and it's raining hard now. New Zealand need to be 139 at this stage according to DLS, so they are well ahead. New Zealand will be very happy if it keeps raining from here, they have only five wickets left and need another 31 from 19 balls. Remember, six of those will be bowled by Malinga, and if a bowler like him is defending even six in the last over, the pressure is on the batsman

End of over 16. 17 runs this over. 141/4 after 96 balls.
LRPL Taylor 47 (26b 3x4 2x6 ) CAK Rajitha 4-0-44-0
DJ Mitchell 13 (9b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 15. 3 runs this over. 124/4 after 90 balls.
LRPL Taylor 40 (23b 2x4 2x6 ) PWH de Silva 3-0-18-1
DJ Mitchell 3 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Excellent over, just three from it

End of over 14. 8 runs this over. 121/4 after 84 balls.
DJ Mitchell 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 3-0-8-2
LRPL Taylor 39 (20b 2x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 13. 11 runs this over. 107/3 after 77 balls.
C de Grandhomme 38 (26b 4x4 1x6 ) I Udana 2-0-18-0
LRPL Taylor 38 (18b 2x4 2x6 ) more

51 runs smashed off the last three overs

End of over 12. 17 runs this over. 96/3 after 72 balls.
LRPL Taylor 33 (15b 2x4 2x6 ) A Dananjaya 3-0-30-1
C de Grandhomme 33 (24b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 11. 13 runs this over. 75/3 after 65 balls.
LRPL Taylor 14 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) CAK Rajitha 3-0-23-0
C de Grandhomme 31 (22b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 10. 10 runs this over. 62/3 after 60 balls.
LRPL Taylor 11 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) PWH de Silva 2-0-15-1
C de Grandhomme 22 (18b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 7 runs this over. 52/3 after 54 balls.
C de Grandhomme 21 (16b 3x4 0x6 ) CAK Rajitha 2-0-10-0
LRPL Taylor 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 6 runs this over. 45/3 after 48 balls.
LRPL Taylor 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) PWH de Silva 1-0-6-1
C de Grandhomme 16 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 3 runs this over. 39/2 after 42 balls.
C de Grandhomme 11 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) CAK Rajitha 1-0-3-0
TL Seifert 15 (19b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 35/2 after 35 balls.
C de Grandhomme 10 (8b 2x4 0x6 ) I Udana 1-0-6-0
TL Seifert 12 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 10 runs this over. 29/2 after 30 balls.
C de Grandhomme 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) GSNFG Jayasuriya 1-0-10-0
TL Seifert 12 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 2 runs this over. 19/2 after 23 balls.
TL Seifert 7 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 2-0-13-1
C de Grandhomme 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 5 runs this over. 17/1 after 18 balls.
MJ Guptill 11 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 2-0-6-1
TL Seifert 6 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 11 runs this over. 12/1 after 12 balls.
TL Seifert 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 1-0-11-0
MJ Guptill 9 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 1 runs this over. 1/1 after 6 balls.
TL Seifert 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 1-0-1-1
MJ Guptill 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
MJ GuptillC MD Shanaka B A Dananjaya11121091.67
C MunroB SL Malinga0100-
TL SeifertC MDKJ Perera B PWH de Silva15211071.43
C de GrandhommeB SL Malinga442842157.14
LRPL TaylorLBW PWH de Silva482932165.52
DJ Mitchellnot out 251902131.58
MJ Santnernot out 14801175
SHA Rance -
SC Kuggeleijn -
TG Southee -
IS Sodhi -
Total 175/5
SL Malinga4.002325.75
A Dananjaya3.0030110
GSNFG Jayasuriya1.0010010
I Udana3.3038010.86
CAK Rajitha4.0044011
PWH de Silva4.002125.25