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Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy,2nd ODI, Date - 04/11/2012, Toss won by - New Zealand
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  • Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 14 runs (D/L method)
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Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

Sri Lanka go 1-0 up in this series with three more matches to play if rain permits. The next match is at Pallekele again on 6th November at 14.30 local time. Do join us for the live coverage for the same. Goodbye!

Lasith Malinga has been awarded the Man of the Match for his two wickets. He got some good swing during the first few overs of the match today and bowled a lengthy spell of 5 overs on the trot after a long time. Is very happy with his performance but wants to improve his match fitness.

Sri Lanka have won the match as they are 14 runs ahead of the par score which is 104. New Zealand will be utterly disappointed as they would have felt that they were in with a chance of restricting Sri Lanka today.

Rain has intervened yet again in this already affected series. The only difference this time is that we have a result courtesy Messrs Duckworth and Lewis.

The D/L par score is 104 and Sri Lanka are much ahead. Nothing to worry on those grounds. But, there is everything to worry about at the Pallekele ground where it is pouring down heavily now. Stay tuned for further updates.

The rain has shown up again. And it is getting heavier. The umpires call the ground staff with the covers tailing behind them.

22.5 N McCullum to M J'dena, Full and on middle. Defended back to the bowler. 118/3

22.4 N McCullum to M J'dena, On the pads, turned away to the leg side. No run. 118/3

22.3 N McCullum to A Mathews, Looped up on middle. Mathews jumps down and drives it down to long on for another single. 118/3

22.2 N McCullum to M J'dena, Full on off stump. Flicked away to the leg side for one. 117/3

22.1 N McCullum to A Mathews, Mathews chips down the track and plays it wide of long on, just for one though. 116/3

21.6 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, This time he drills it down to long on for a single off the last ball. 115/3

21.5 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Tries to work it off his pads but fins the short mid-wicket fielder. 114/3

21.4 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Tight outside off. Plays it down to the leg side, no run. 114/3

21.3 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, Some turn now. Looped up on off. The ball turns towards leg after pitching quite sharply. Jayawardena is experienced enough to tackle it. Turns it to leg for one. 114/3

21.2 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Pitches on off and turns in a bit. Mathews flicks it away to square leg for one. 113/3

21.1 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Slow and loopy on off stump. Mathews turns it down to the leg side. 112/3

The first drinks break of the Lankan innings has been called for. Sri Lanka need 139 off 29 overs with 7 wickets in hand.

20.6 N McCullum to M J'dena, Fuller and quicker. Mahela defends it off his front foot back to the bowler. 112/3

20.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, Comes down the track and takes it on the full. Manages to drag it to long on for one. 112/3

20.4 N McCullum to A Mathews, Goes on with the arm and doesn't turn in. Beats Angelo Mathews' bat as he plays for the turn. 111/3

20.3 N McCullum to M J'dena, Plays it down to the mid on region for a single after the boundary. 111/3

20.2 N McCullum to M J'dena, FOUR! Masterful! Full outside off. Mahela makes room and plays an inside out shot over extra cover and over the ropes on the bounce. 110/3

20.1 N McCullum to M J'dena, On the middle stump, Mahela turns it away to short mid-wicket. 106/3

Sri Lanka are 8 runs ahead on D/L.

19.6 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, Full on the pads and flicked away to square leg for one. 106/3

19.5 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, Tossed up on middle. The ball pitches and turns to the leg side. Mahela tries to sweep and misses. He is hit on the pads and the ball goes down to fine leg for a couple. 105/3

19.4 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, On the pads again. Mahela tries to paddle it away. Misses it and is hit on his pads. 103/3

19.3 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Flatter and shorter. Turns it away to the right of short mid-wicket. No run. 103/3

19.2 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Tossed up on leg stump. Mathews drivss it back to Nicol. 102/3

19.1 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, Betters his line to middle stump. Mahela turns it away to square leg for one. 102/3

19.1 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, WIDE! Badly directed. Way down the leg side. 101/3

Rob Nicol brought in to bat. Double bowling change here. Spin from both ends.

18.6 N McCullum to M J'dena, Flat delivery on middle, driven to long on for one. 100/3

18.5 N McCullum to M J'dena, Full on the pads, tucked away straight to short mid-wicket. 99/3

18.4 N McCullum to A Mathews, Gets off the mark. Turns this flat ball to the leg side for a single. 99/3

18.3 N McCullum to A Mathews, Tossed up to Mathews on off stump. He turns it away to short mid-wicket. 98/3

Angelo Mathews walks out at 5.

18.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, OUT! Spin does the trick! Full and slow on middle. Dilshan plays a tired looking stroke straight to Kane Williamson at short mid-wicket where he takes it at a comfortable height. Dilshan has thrown it away after getting set. 98/3

18.1 N McCullum to M J'dena, On the pads first up. Turns it away past short fine leg for a single. 98/2

Nathan McCullum will be introduced into the attack now. Time for some spin then.

17.6 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Franklin comes around the wicket and bowls full on off. Driven straight to mid off. 97/2

17.5 J Franklin to T Dilshan, FOUR! Angles it across Dilshan and ends up giving him room. he swings at it and clears extra cover easily. The ball speeds away to the boundary. 97/2

17.4 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Action replay of the last ball. Defended again off the back foot. 93/2

17.3 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Defends it off the back foot onto the wicket. 93/2

17.2 J Franklin to M J'dena, On a length on middle. Tucks it away to the leg side for one. 93/2

17.1 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Just back of a length on leg stump. Dilshan is cramped for room. He can't get enough bat onto it. They run through for a quick single though. 92/2

16.6 K Mills to M J'dena, Tighter line on off. Defended to the off side off the front foot. 91/2

16.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, Another short one. This time it bounces higher and Dilshan's pull is not timed well. it goes to mid-wicket and all they get is a single. 91/2

16.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, FOUR! Just about short on middle. Dilshan rocks onto the back foot and pulls it past mid on to the mid-wicket boundary. This short brings up the 50 run partnership. 90/2

Mahela Jayawardena is playing in his 224th day night match. More than anybody else. Second to him is Ponting at 215.

16.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, Good length ball on off. Dilshan defends it off his back foot into the off side. 86/2

16.2 K Mills to M J'dena, Better length this time by Mills. Just outside off and moving away. Mahela is squared up but adjusts well and taps it down to the off side for a single. 86/2

16.1 K Mills to M J'dena, FOUR! Cut away! Short and wide outside off. Mahela has no trouble in cutting this skilfully between point and third man for a boundary. 85/2

Mills is back on.

15.6 J Franklin to M J'dena, Magnificent piece of fielding in the deep. Back of a length on off. Jayawardena shows Dilshan how to place a punch in a better way. Wide of the fielder in the deep. He runs in from deep cover and makes a fine diving effort to keep them down to three. 81/2

15.5 J Franklin to T Dilshan, The punch again off the back foot to this length ball. They get a single. 78/2

15.4 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Short of a length on off, punched to the off side. No run again. 77/2

15.3 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Tight line on middle. Plays it down to mid-wicket again. No run. 77/2

15.2 J Franklin to T Dilshan, On the middle stump, turned away to mid-wicket 77/2

15.1 J Franklin to M J'dena, Full and angling across Mahela. He drives it just wide of mid off. He makes it to the non-striker's end after putting a few yards of pace in the single. 77/2

14.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Closer to the stumps and gets the ball to nip in off a length. Dilshan is foxed and gets hit on his abdomen. The ball falls down to the off side. No run. Southee is moving it both ways. 76/2

14.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Wide of the crease this time by Southee. He angles it into Dilshan at a full length. Dilshan defends it to the off side off his front foot. 76/2

14.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Just back of a length on off stump. Mahela taps it down with his wrists to the leg side and they run a single. 76/2

14.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Similar ball. Similar shot. This time the ball goes to the right of mid off. They have enough time to run for a single as the fielder has to dive. 75/2

14.2 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Full on the off stump. Dilshan drives it straight to mid off crisply. 74/2

14.1 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Lovely shot! Full on middle. Jayawardena gets his front foot out and plays the on drive past the non-striker. Mid on is very wide but long off comes around and keeps them down to three. 74/2

13.6 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Drags the length back this time. Same line on off. Dilshan tries to punch it hard but finds the extra cover fielder this time. 71/2

13.5 J Franklin to T Dilshan, FOUR! No holding back this time. Dilshan goes for a full blooded drive over extra cover as Franklin pitches this up on off stump. 71/2

13.4 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Pitches on a similar spot as the previous ball. This time he doesn't get the movement. Dilshan defends off his front foot. 67/2

13.3 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Beauty! Franklin gets some swing here at 123 kph. Draws Dilshan forward and beats him with the one going away. 67/2

13.2 J Franklin to M J'dena, Back of a length on middle and leg. Mahela tucks it away to deep square leg for a single. 67/2

13.1 J Franklin to M J'dena, Short of a length outside off. The ball bounces a bit after pitching. However, Mahela gets on top of it and keeps it down as he plays it towards point. 66/2

James Franklin will bowl some medium pace now.

12.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Tough to get this one away. On off stump in the channel. Dilshan takes a step forward as if he wanted to have a go at it but rightly decides to defend it back to the bowler. 66/2

12.5 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Just a bit short outside off. Mahela cuts it and Nicol again, at point makes a diving stop to keep then down to one. 66/2

12.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Fuller outside off stump. Mahela gets across with his back foot first and then gets onto the front to cover the swing. Defends it to the covers solidly. 65/2

12.3 Tim Southee to M J'dena, FOUR! Graceful! On the off stump, slightly full. Jayawardena gets his wrists into play and flicks it through the gap at mid-wicket for a lovely boundary. 65/2

12.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Full on off stump. Jayawardena drives it down to mid on. Hit too hard to allow them to run for a single. 61/2

12.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Wide! Follows a good ball with a bad one down the leg side. 61/2

12.1 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Phew! That was close to the edge. Bowls it in the channel again and squares Mahela up. He is beaten by the swing convincingly there. 60/2

11.6 T Boult to M J'dena, Taps this length ball on off away with soft hands and a quick single taken smartly. 60/2

11.5 T Boult to M J'dena, Better this time from Boult. Straight on middle stump, in the corridor of uncertainty. Mahela stays in his crease and defends it with a straight bat. 59/2

11.4 T Boult to M J'dena, On the pads and misses his flick. The Lankan batsmen have missed a few flicks today. They think of a leg bye but it is not there. 59/2

11.3 T Boult to M J'dena, Tight line on middle stump. Jayawardena turns it down to mic-wicket. No run. 59/2

11.2 T Boult to M J'dena, Length ball outside off stump. Lets it go to the keeper. 59/2

11.1 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Smashed away! Boult gives Mahela some width here. He transfers his weight and gets into position early to cut it away through point to the fence. 59/2

10.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Poor direction on the pads. Dilshan fails to get bat onto it. The ball hits the pads and rolls away towards sqaure leg. By the time the fielder comes in from the deep, the batsmen run through for a couple easily. Good running. 55/2

10.5 Tim Southee to M J'dena, On the pads this time, nudged away to the leg side for a single. 53/2

10.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Play and a miss! The ball lands on off stump and moves away leaving Jayawardena shocked and beaten. 52/2

10.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Strays down Dilshan's pads. He connects this time and whips it with strong wrists down to fine leg for one. 52/2

10.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Steers this length ball down to third man for one. 51/2

Dilshan becomes the third batsman this year to get to 1000 runs in ODIs, after his compatriot, Sangakkara and Kohli.

10.1 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Short ball on middle. Dilshan pulls it down to fine leg for a single. 50/2

9.6 T Boult to M J'dena, Short and just outside off stump. The Lankan captain tries to cut and misses. Good carry through to the keeper. The first Powerplay has yielded 49 runs and two wickets. 49/2

9.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Good running! Just back of a length on off. Dilshan pats it down to the off side with soft hands and they take a quick single. 49/2

9.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Almost 142 kph outside off on a length. Dilshan slashes it straight to Nicol at point. 48/2

9.3 T Boult to M J'dena, Squares him up this time. Length on middle and off. Jayawardena tries to defend off his back foot. The ball takes the outside edge and flies down to third man for one. 48/2

9.2 T Boult to M J'dena, Short and wide. Mahela cuts it hard but the point fielder dives to his left and stops it. Mahela will be disappointed. 47/2

9.1 T Boult to M J'dena, Bowled on a length on middle. Plays it away to mid off. No run. 47/2

8.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Tries too much here. Southee aims to extract swing from leg to off. The ball doesn't straighten and Dilshan misses one more ball on his pads. He hasn't been able to play the flick in this innings. 47/2

8.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Lovely delivery! Pitched up outside off. Dilshan was enticed onto his front foot. The ball moves away after pitching and beats Dilshan's bat. 47/2

8.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, On his hips and Mahela fails to connect. The ball hits his thigh pad and goes towards fine leg. They run a leg bye. 47/2

8.3 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Gets it to move away from the seam as Jayawardena lets it go through. 46/2

8.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Shout for LBW! Not out. The ball nips back after pitching just short of a length on off. Mahela is done in by the movement and the ball hits him high on his pads. Height was definitely an issue there. 46/2

8.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, WIDE! Angled in to the pads, but mis-directs it and the ball goes for a wide. 46/2

8.1 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, On the pads first up. Dilshan misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls away into the leg side and they take a leg bye. 45/2

Tim Southee will bowl first change.

7.6 T Boult to M J'dena, Tight line on off stump, on a length. Jayawardena pushes it to the off side gently. 44/2

7.5 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Better line and length on middle, Mahela flicks it uppishly past Latham at short mid-wicket and into the fence. He is underway with a boundary just as Sangakkara was. 44/2

7.4 T Boult to M J'dena, This time he bowls it outside the off stump and Mahela lets it go to Watling. He needs to make him play. 40/2

7.4 T Boult to M J'dena, WIDE! With two slips it is a bad idea to stray down the leg side. Left alone. 40/2

Two slips in for Mahela.

The Lankan captain, Mahela Jayawardena walks in at 4.

7.3 T Boult to K Sangakkara, OUT! Sangakkara is gone. Poor shot by him. That was bowled short and wide outside off stump. He just couldn't get on top of the ball and guided it straight to point where Rob Nicol plucks the ball to his right easily. The Lankan senior has thrown away his wicket in the first over after his resumption. 39/2

7.2 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Length ball outside off, moving away a bit. Sangakkara steers it wide of third man for a couple. 39/1

7.1 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Back of a length ball on off. Sanga defends it off his back foot back onto the wicket. 37/1

There will be a re-start now, without any OVERS REDUCTION as we managed to start off before an hour. The players make their way out now and hopefully, there shouldn't be any more stoppages.

Sadly, the rain drops haven't ceased and they are pouring down with some force now. The umpires have called for the green sheets everyone dreads to see in Sri Lanka. The pitch has been safely covered as I type this text. We will get back as soon as we have any update. Stay tuned.

6.6 K Mills to T Dilshan, The ball swings into Dilshan and he flicks it past the mid-wicket fielder. They run for a couple. 37/1

6.5 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Gets behind the line of this length ball and taps it down to the leg side for a single. 35/1

The rain drops are getting heavier by the second at Pallekele.

6.4 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Drifting on the pads, Sanga misses his flick. The ball goes down to fine leg and they take two. Watling appealed. No one knows why though. 34/1

6.3 K Mills to K Sangakkara, On middle and leg on a length. Plays it to mid-wicket. No run. 32/1

6.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Tight! Jags bag after pitching on off stump. Plays it into the off side and they run through quickly for one. 32/1

6.1 K Mills to T Dilshan, Mills bowls it on length and Dilshan stays back and punches it into the cover region. Straight to the fielder. 31/1

5.6 T Boult to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Caressed away! Wide half-volley outside off stump. Sangakkara leans into it and drives it thorugh point for his second boundary. 31/1

5.5 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Improves his line. Back of a length outside off, Sanga lets it go. Boult falls over on his follow through. 27/1

5.5 T Boult to K Sangakkara, WIDE! Does not continue the good work. Sprays this one down the leg side. 27/1

5.4 T Boult to K Sangakkara, One more dot! Uses the short ball to good effect. Sanga ducks under it and the umpire signals one for the over. 26/1

5.3 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Well bowled by Boult. Full on middle and swinging away. Sanga closes the face thinking that it would come in with the angle. Takes the leading edge and falls away safely to the off side. 26/1

5.2 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Length ball outside off at 139 kph. Sanga stays back and defends it on to the off side. No run. 26/1

5.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, Boult bowls it full just outside the off stump. DIlshan drives it to the covers and they take a quick single. 26/1

4.6 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Exaggerated movement there. Pitches on a length on off and moves away crazily. Wattling dives across and collects it on the left of first slip. Well done. 25/1

4.5 K Mills to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Classy! On a length on off stump. Sanga stays on his back foot, gets on top of the ball and guides it between point and cover to get off the mark in style. What a class act he is. 25/1

Kumar Sangakkara comes in at 3.

4.4 K Mills to U Tharanga, OUT! Got 'em! Short one outside off stump. Tharanga's eyes lit up and he goes for the pull again. But, this time he finds the bottom part of the bat and Watling takes an easy catch behind the wickets. New Zealand draw first blood. The umpires check with the third umpire for a no-ball. It was close, Mills' foot was just about inside the line. 21/1

4.3 K Mills to U Tharanga, FOUR! Cracked away! Banged in short on middle, Tharanga moves onto his back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 21/0

4.2 K Mills to U Tharanga, Good ball pitching on middle and tailing in. Tharanga defends it without moving his feet much. 17/0

4.1 K Mills to U Tharanga, Bounces Tharanga! Well directed delivery. Tharanga sways as the ball passes his helmet. Will Mills try one more? 17/0

3.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, Hesitation there! Safe in the end! DIlshan plays this length ball towards point off his back foot. Tharanga comes down for a run and is sent back. The fielder has a shy but misses. That would have been curtains for Tharanga had that hit. 17/0

3.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Good pace by Boult. On his pads and Dilshan is beaten for pace for the second time this over on his pads. He misses his flick. 17/0

3.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Banged into the wicket on a length. The ball jags off and goes at a good carry to the keeper as Dilshan shoulders arms. 17/0

3.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, WIDE! Bowls this way outside off. Dilshan lets it go and the umpire stretches his arms. 17/0

3.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, Angles it across this time on a length. Dilshan again has a slash at it and misses. The ball stays low again. Some inconsistency seen on the pitch now. 16/0

3.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, Full again on leg stump. Dilshan misses his flick and is hit on his pads. 16/0

3.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! Extremely lucky! Boult bowls it full on off stump. The ball moves in a bit and takes Dilshan's inside edge as he tries to go for a booming drive. The ball beats the keeper and goes into the fence behind him. 16/0

2.6 K Mills to T Dilshan, Just back of a length outside off. Dilshan stays back and punches it with good timing through the covers. McCullum again puts in a dive but can't reach for the ball. They take three comfortably. 12/0

2.5 K Mills to U Tharanga, On the pads of Tharanga, he whips it away to square leg for one. 9/0

There is some rain on the ground now. The groundsmen look ready to come on any time.

2.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, Punches this length ball on off to mid off and they sneak through for a single. 8/0

2.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, Tighter on the stumps, no room for Dilshan to free his arms. He punches it off his backfoot to the covers. 7/0

2.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Well fielded by McCullum! On a length outside off. Dilshan smashes it in his traditional style to the covers. McCullum, i.e Nathan, dives and stops a sure-shot boundary. 7/0

2.1 K Mills to T Dilshan, FOUR! Leg byes though. Poorly directed delivery on leg stump. The ball takes Dilshan's bat on the way to the fine leg fence. 7/0

1.6 T Boult to U Tharanga, Just back of a length outside off, Tharanga shoulders arms to it. 3/0

1.5 T Boult to U Tharanga, Makes him play this time. On off stump, keeps a bit low. Tharanga adjusts well and defends it back onto the wicket. 3/0

1.4 T Boult to U Tharanga, Length outside off and moving away from Tharanga, he lets it go. 3/0

1.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, Inside edge! Similar delivery to the previous one. Dilshan's drive goes to fine leg after the inside edge. 3/0

1.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, Full on middle and shaping in, Dilshan tries to drive but doesn't middle it at all. 2/0

1.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, Good ball first up. The ball pitches just outside leg stump and moves in, Dilshan is rapped on his pads. They go up in a huge appeal as the umpire turns it down calmly. 2/0

Trent Boult to bowl from the other end.

0.6 K Mills to T Dilshan, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single. 2/0

0.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, Beats him. Bowled on a length outside off, the ball doesn't get up much and goes on the bounce to the keeper as Dilshan tries to punch it to the covers. 1/0

This will be the highest successful chase on this ground if the Lankans get there.

0.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, Tight line on middle, defended off the back foot. 1/0

0.3 K Mills to U Tharanga, Fuller on off, Tharanga drives this crisply to the cover where Southee puts in a dive and stops the ball from racing away towards the boundary. Tharanga is off the mark with a single. 1/0

0.2 K Mills to U Tharanga, Short of a length outside off, Tharanga tries to cut but misses it. 0/0

0.1 K Mills to U Tharanga, Good tight ball first up. Tharanga defends it off his back foot to the off side. 0/0

Commentary (New Zealand innings)

The Sri Lankan fielding was not up to their own set standards but will have to bat really well to upscale this par-score first innings Kiwi score. Join us back in a while.

Even though Rangana Herath and Jeevan Mendis kept things quiet in tandem, they were negotiated and Taylor came mid-way through the innings and played outstandingly well in spite of a constantly hampering hamstring niggle. His innings was well-paced even though he was dropped in the death.

What started off on a very different note, New Zealand have posted a challenging total here. Nicol and Latham were literally stuttering early on under the new-ball controlled bowling by Malinga and Kulasekara. Nicol still slugged it out and Bradley Watling played well for his half-century.

49.6 L Malinga to A Ellis, OUT! A stinging way to end an innings and Malinga does, what he repeatedly does. Bowls the yorker at 140.4 kph, in-swinging onto the leg side, Ellis is late and the base of leg stump is cracked. 250/6

49.5 L Malinga to A Ellis, Ellis has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 250/5

49.4 L Malinga to A Ellis, Low full toss, clipped away through mid-wicket and the fielder in the deep, Jeevan Mendis does well there to give two runs. 248/5

49.3 L Malinga to A Ellis, A change of pace, the off-cutter, Ellis swings but the ball spins in, and just about misses the off-stump. 246/5

49.2 L Malinga to J Franklin, Full outside off at 133.8 kph, Franklin lofts it down to long off and takes one to end the over. 246/5

49.1 L Malinga to J Franklin, Bowls a wide and full delivery, outside the guidelines outside off but Franklin walked across to flick, and missed. A good decision from the umpire. 245/5

Change of ends for Lasith Malinga to wrap up things.

48.6 A Mathews to J Franklin, Helps it away through mid-wicket for a single to end the over. 245/5

48.5 A Mathews to J Franklin, Slow down the leg side, flicked away to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 244/5

Andrew Ellis walks in next.

48.4 A Mathews to N McCullum, OUT! Perera takes a skier. Mathews bowls a length delivery at 130 kph, McCullum looks to launch that one over mid-wicket but only manages to sky it high into orbit, Perera from long on, settles right under it for a fine catch. 242/5

48.3 A Mathews to N McCullum, Audacious! McCullum gets right across to reverse-sweep, misses and is hit on the pads, outside the line. The appeal is turned down. 242/4

48.2 A Mathews to J Franklin, Bowls nice and full this time, hit through mid off for a single. 242/4

48.1 A Mathews to N McCullum, Bowls a yorker down the leg side, McCullum digs it out to point for one. 241/4

Angelo Mathews to bowl.

47.6 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, Fuller length, McCullum makes some room for the heave but finds an inside edge down to fine leg for one. 240/4

47.5 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Tucks it away through mid-wicket. There is a shy at the stumps which missed the stumps though. 239/4

47.4 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, Full down the leg side, McCullum is hit on the pads and they take a leg bye. 238/4

47.3 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, Short of a length, 132.7 kph, pulled away over mid-wicket for a couple. 237/4

47.2 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, FOUR! Well done, McCullum. A full length delivery, McCullum makes some room and crashes it through the cover region. 235/4

47.1 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, A full length delivery, pushed away through covers for one. 231/4

46.6 L Malinga to N McCullum, FOUR! Excellent improvisation. McCullum anticipates the short ball, waits and just guides it over the slip region for a boundary. 230/4

46.5 L Malinga to N McCullum, A full toss, following the batsman down the leg side, McCullum lofts it away over mid on for a single. 226/4

46.4 L Malinga to N McCullum, Bangs in short, McCullum ducks under that one well. 224/4

46.3 L Malinga to J Franklin, A length delivery, 136.5 kph, pushed through covers for one. 224/4

46.2 L Malinga to N McCullum, Bowls it full down the leg side, McCullum tucks it away past square leg to take a single. 223/4

46.1 L Malinga to N McCullum, A short of a length delivery outside off, McCullum taps it to point and sets off, is sent back quickly by Franklin and the shy at the stumps from point does not hit. 222/4

Lasith Malinga comes back.

45.6 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, Full length delivery, McCullum drives it well to extra cover, where there is a good stop to restrict the boundary. 222/4

45.5 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, Bangs in short this time, McCullum ducks under that. 221/4

45.4 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, Wide outside off, McCullum slashes that hard but finds point. 221/4

45.3 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, A full length delivery, McCullum taps it down to mid on. 221/4

Nathan McCullum walks in next.

45.2 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, OUT! Captain caught by the vice-captain, Mathews. End of a wonderful, gritty innings from Rosco. A full length delivery, 131 kph, Taylor swipes it hard and it dips at cover-point. Angelo Mathews bends low and takes a good low catch to end Taylor's stay, who was struggling with his fitness though. 221/4

45.1 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, A low full toss outside off, Taylor mistimes his heave over extra covers and takes a couple. 221/3

44.6 T Perera to J Franklin, SIX! Magnificent hit. Perera bowls it down the leg side, 132.2 kph, Franklin makes some room and slams it straight down the ground for a wonderful biggie. 16 runs off that over. 219/3

44.5 T Perera to R Taylor, DROPPED BY THARANGA! The skipper's been put down. Not that tough a chance. Slow outside off on length, Taylor went to pierce the gap past mid off but got the elevation wrong, Tharanga moves to his left but ends up grassing it. 213/3

44.4 T Perera to R Taylor, SIX! Bang. Another change of pace, Taylor waits back for the long hop and absolutely nails it flat over long on. 212/3

44.3 T Perera to J Franklin, Short of a length, Franklin pulls it away for one. 206/3

And once again, Taylor is down. He hasn't looked comfortable from mid-way his innings. Not sure what exactly is hampering his health.

44.2 T Perera to R Taylor, Length delivery outside off, Taylor swipes that one away over long on to take one. 205/3

44.1 T Perera to J Franklin, A short of a length delivery down the leg side, Franklin attempts to tuck that but it brushes off his hips for a leg bye. 204/3

Change of ends for Thisara Perera.

43.6 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, Excellent yorker, right around off and Taylor pushes it back to end a good over. 203/3

43.5 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, SIX! Good bye, ball! A slower length delivery, well outside off, Taylor bends his knee and slams that over mid-wicket with the slog. That's where exactly he likes it. Up and over the cow corner fence. 203/3

43.4 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, A length delivery, pushed away through covers this time for one. 197/3

43.3 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, A full length delivery down the leg side, Franklin makes some room on his own and powers it down. Perera makes good ground from long on to save a couple of runs. 196/3

43.2 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Full and wide outside off, Franklin has a swing and a miss this time. 194/3

43.1 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, Bowls a full length delivery, Taylor knocks it down to long on for one. 194/3

Nuwan Kulasekara back on.

42.6 A Mathews to R Taylor, A low full toss, Taylor helps it away to deep mid-wicket and takes one to end the over. 193/3

42.5 A Mathews to R Taylor, FOUR! That's been clobbered away! A full length delivery, well outside off, Taylor slams that away over extra covers for a boundary on a bounce. 192/3

42.4 A Mathews to J Franklin, A length delivery, Franklin dabs it past point for one. 188/3

21st ODI fifty for Ross Taylor and his first fifty against Sri Lanka, after his hundred at this same ground.

42.3 A Mathews to R Taylor, A full length delivery, Taylor tucks it away wide off mid-wicket for a single to bring up a wonderful half-century. Had an issue with his hamstring but has come up strong though. 187/3

42.2 A Mathews to J Franklin, A slower delivery again, Franklin pushes it past point for one. 186/3

42.2 A Mathews to J Franklin, Wide! Slips a slower delivery but it goes down the leg side though. 185/3

42.1 A Mathews to J Franklin, A slow delivery on off, pushed away past point. Kulasekara with an uncalled for shy at the striker's end, goes off the ricochet for an extra run. 184/3

41.6 T Perera to J Franklin, Back of a length, Franklin comes out of the crease and pushes it through point for one. 182/3

41.5 T Perera to R Taylor, Length delivery, slow as well, Taylor pats it through point for a single. 181/3

9th 50 run stand between Ross Taylor and James Franklin.

41.4 T Perera to J Franklin, Full on the pads, 119.2 kph, Franklin helps it away for a single. 180/3

41.3 T Perera to J Franklin, Slower delivery, outside off, guided away to point this time. 179/3

41.2 T Perera to R Taylor, Slow and short outside off, Taylor looks for the slog but finds the inside edge onto his boot for a single. 179/3

41.1 T Perera to R Taylor, FOUR! Pulled away. Perera bowls that short on off, Taylor picks his gap, drags it from off and pulls it well between square leg and mid-wicket. 178/3

Thisara Perera back on.

40.6 A Mathews to R Taylor, A full length delivery, Taylor drives it back and takes one to end the over. 174/3

40.5 A Mathews to R Taylor, A very full delivery down the leg side at 127.7 kph, Taylor squeezes it past short fine leg and takes a couple of runs. 173/3

40.4 A Mathews to J Franklin, Franklin guides it to third man. They pick up a single. 171/3

40.3 A Mathews to R Taylor, Tight line on the stumps, pushed down through mid on this time for one. 170/3

40.2 A Mathews to J Franklin, Short of a length on the pads, worked away behind square leg to take one. 169/3

40.1 A Mathews to J Franklin, A length delivery, Franklin pats it down. 168/3

Angelo Mathews comes back to bowl.

39.6 L Malinga to R Taylor, A short of a length delivery on the pads, Taylor tucks it down past square leg to end the Batting Powerplay. 31/0 in that period. 168/3

39.5 L Malinga to J Franklin, Length delivery, pushed away through covers for one. 166/3

39.4 L Malinga to J Franklin, Another one of Sangakkara's antics. A full delivery outside off, Franklin looks to dig it away but ends up hitting the turf. Sangakkara goes up for a lame appeal after catching it and is already jumping up and down a for caught behind but no other fielder or even the bowler thought so. Umpire shakes his head. 165/3

39.3 L Malinga to J Franklin, Short on middle, flicked down past fine leg this time for an easy couple. 165/3

39.2 L Malinga to R Taylor, A short of a length delivery, change of pace as well, Taylor pulls it away for one. 163/3

39.1 L Malinga to R Taylor, Bowls a low full toss, Taylor digs it away but straight to Jayawardena at point. 162/3

38.6 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Four leg byes! Full outside off, 125 kph, Franklin gets across to scoop, it takes his pads and beats Sangakkara to race away to the third man fence. 162/3

38.5 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, Bowls it in the yorker zone, Taylor keeps it away well and takes a single. 158/3

38.4 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, Bowls short again, Taylor lines up for the pull shot but misses out. 157/3

38.3 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, A short ball, Taylor tries to pull that one but it ends up going to mid off. 157/3

38.2 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, FOUR! Squeezed away. Wonderful shot this. Kula still bowls the yorker length, on off at 126.7 kph, Taylor does well to put bat on ball and pierce the gap past point for a boundary. 157/3

38.1 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, A yorker outside off, Franklin pushes it away towards cover for a single. 153/3

37.6 L Malinga to R Taylor, Back of a length, on middle, tucked down safely on the leg side to end the over. 152/3

37.5 L Malinga to J Franklin, Short of a length, flicked away through mid-wicket to rotate the strike. 152/3

37.4 L Malinga to R Taylor, Ouch! A short of a length delivery, this time kicks off with extra zip, Taylor aims to pull, misses and Taylor is cracked right on the helmet while turning. Gets across to the other end and pulls his helmet out. Seems okay though and they take the leg bye. 151/3

37.3 L Malinga to J Franklin, A terrific yorker, right in the blockhole, Franklin is late in getting the bat down but somehow manages to fend it on the leg side for one. 150/3

37.2 L Malinga to R Taylor, A short of a length delivery, targeting the body at 117.9 kph, Taylor hops up and taps it to point for one. 149/3

37.2 L Malinga to J Franklin, Two wides! A short of a length delivery, dies down as Franklin misses out, goes on a bounce to Sangakkara who could not gather cleanly and they take a single. 148/3

37.1 L Malinga to J Franklin, Malinga keeps it nice and full, Franklin does well to block it away. 146/3

36.6 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, FOUR! Picks his spot, and the delivery well. The slower one, from the back of Kula's hand, Taylor waits and then slogs it well over mid-wicket to end the over. 146/3

36.5 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, Full and it's in the yorker zone, Taylor keeps it out well. 142/3

36.4 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Another pitched up delivery, 126.3 kph, Franklin punches it down towards Thirimanne who does well at mid on to give away just one. 142/3

36.3 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Fuller length on the pads, flicked down straight to mid on this time. 141/3

36.2 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, Bowls a short delivery, 125.2 kph, Taylor knocks it towards short cover and makes it quickly at the other end as the throw missed the stumps. Seemed to have pulled up something off his leg there. 141/3

36.1 N Kulasekara to R Taylor, Starts off with a pitched up delivery outside off, Taylor comes out of the crease but fails to connect. 140/3

Nuwan Kulasekara back on.

35.6 L Malinga to R Taylor, Bangs in short at 137.3 kph, Taylor is late in keeping the bat down but manages to fend it away to point. Three runs in the first over of the Batting Powerplay. Got hurt in the glove a bit there. 140/3

35.5 L Malinga to R Taylor, The first bouncer of the innings, short around chest height, Taylor drops out of that one. Just two runs so far. 139/3

35.4 L Malinga to J Franklin, A slower delivery on the pads, worked away through mid-wicket. Taylor wanted second but Franklin calls it off. 139/3

35.3 L Malinga to J Franklin, Another full length delivery, tailing away, Franklin keeps it out late towards cover. 138/3

35.2 L Malinga to R Taylor, Bowls full down the leg side, 135.9 kph, flicked away through square leg to take one. 138/3

35.1 L Malinga to R Taylor, Bowls full, around off, Taylor pushes it straight to mid on. 137/3

Lasith Malinga is the bowling change.

It's Drinks time. And the Batting Powerplay will be enforced on New Zealand. Time to up the scoring rate as there are ample wickets in hand.

34.6 J Mendis to R Taylor, A half-tracker again, punched away to sweeper cover for a single. 137/3

34.5 J Mendis to R Taylor, A touch short, Taylor goes deep and slams it hard but finds it going straight to cover-point. 136/3

34.4 J Mendis to J Franklin, Full and quick down the leg side, worked away to fine leg this time for a single. 136/3

34.3 J Mendis to J Franklin, The googly on middle, defended down on the off side. 135/3

34.2 J Mendis to R Taylor, Fuller and floated up, Taylor works it down through mid on and takes one. 135/3

34.1 J Mendis to R Taylor, FOUR! Poor delivery. Flat and quick, 65.2 mph, down the leg side and it's a full toss, Taylor gets across and whips it past backward square leg. 134/3

33.6 R Herath to J Franklin, A touch short on the pads, flicked away this time on the leg side. 130/3

33.5 R Herath to J Franklin, Full and quick, flicked straight to mid-wicket. 130/3

33.4 R Herath to J Franklin, Gets down on a flat ball and defends it down. 130/3

That was Mahela's 193rd catch in ODIs, Ponting lagging way behind at 160.

James Franklin walks in next.

33.3 R Herath to B Watling, OUT! Caught by the skipper and Herath is rewarded for his persistent bowling. A flatter delivery on middle, Watling attempts the slog-sweep again but only finds the ball flying off the inside part, it lobs down towards Jayawardena who does well to crouch low at mid-wicket for a fine catch. A very well compiled innings from Watling comes to an end. 130/3

33.2 R Herath to R Taylor, Full on the stumps, punched past extra cover for one more. 130/2

33.1 R Herath to B Watling, Bowls full around off, Watling drives it to long off and takes one. 129/2

32.6 J Mendis to B Watling, Fuller this time outside off, driven away through covers for a single to end the over. 128/2

32.5 J Mendis to R Taylor, Bowls the googly. Taylor gets around and flicks it with the spin through square leg to pick up one. 127/2

32.4 J Mendis to B Watling, Floater on off, knocked down to long on to rotate the strike. 126/2

32.3 J Mendis to B Watling, A touch short, punched away to short cover. 125/2

32.2 J Mendis to R Taylor, Flatter and full down the leg side, flicked away through mid-wicket for a single. 125/2

32.1 J Mendis to B Watling, Bowls full, driven down through mid off for a single. 124/2

32.1 J Mendis to B Watling, Wide. A short delivery, well down the leg side though. 123/2

Mendis back on.

31.6 R Herath to R Taylor, Moves across and tries to slog sweep this slow ball on off. Misses it and hits the pads. Taylor is getting restless here. 122/2

31.5 R Herath to R Taylor, The dot balls are frustrating Taylor here. He steps out and drives it straight back to Herath who stops it well. 122/2

31.4 R Herath to R Taylor, Drifting into Taylor, he defends it down to the leg side. 122/2

31.3 R Herath to R Taylor, Drives this powerfully, but straight to the cover fielder. 122/2

31.2 R Herath to R Taylor, Defends it off the front foot into the pitch. 122/2

31.1 R Herath to B Watling, On the pads and tucked away to deep square leg for one. 122/2

30.6 T Perera to R Taylor, FOUR! Just over! Length ball outside off, Taylor lifts it over mid off and into the fence. 121/2

30.5 T Perera to R Taylor, Taylor plays a walking shot and hits it in the air towards mid off. The ball goes on the bounce to Tharanga. He has a shy at the stumps and Watling would have been well short had that hit. 117/2

30.4 T Perera to R Taylor, Cuts this short ball straight to point. 117/2

30.3 T Perera to R Taylor, Length ball on off, defended off the front foot to the off side. 117/2

Watling gets to his 4th ODI fifty and second against Sri Lanka.

30.2 T Perera to B Watling, Short ball outside off, cut away to third man for a single and that is his fifty. 117/2

30.1 T Perera to R Taylor, Length ball on off, Taylor drives it to deep cover for one. 116/2

29.6 R Herath to B Watling, On the pads, he comes down a bit and tries to work it away but gets hit on his pads. Watling is appearing anxious here as he approaches his 50. 115/2

29.5 R Herath to B Watling, Drives this full ball straight to Jayawardena at covers. 115/2

29.4 R Herath to B Watling, Another dot ball as he is on 49 here. 115/2

29.3 R Herath to B Watling, Defends this ball to the off side. 115/2

29.2 R Herath to R Taylor, Slow and drifting in, Taylor waits and turns it to the leg side and into the gap for one. 115/2

29.1 R Herath to B Watling, Plays it down to mid-wicket for a single. 114/2

28.6 T Perera to R Taylor, Short and wide outside off. Taylor cuts it away to the left of deep cover. He calls for two and has to hurry in at the end. Makes it by a few inches. 113/2

Appeal for run out.

28.5 T Perera to R Taylor, Drives this length delivery straight to cover. 111/2

28.4 T Perera to R Taylor, FOUR! Tharanga messes up at deep cover. Good drive by Taylor on this full delivery outside off stump. Tharanga makes ground and puts in an awkward dive and fails to gather. 111/2

Perera's back leg almost stuck into the ground there. Dead ball.

28.3 T Perera to B Watling, Fuller this time, Watling drives it off the middle to deep cover. Taylor, back on strike. 107/2

28.2 T Perera to B Watling, Perera is getting wonderful carry here. Hits the pitch on a length and takes off again, as it did in his previous over. Watling is beaten. 106/2

28.1 T Perera to B Watling, Tight line on the stumps, Watling turns it away to the leg side. 106/2

27.6 R Herath to R Taylor, Comes down the track but drives it straight to Herath. Just four off the over, three of which came off the wides. 106/2

27.5 R Herath to R Taylor, Full on off, defends it off his front foot the off side. 106/2

27.4 R Herath to R Taylor, Full on off, played away to mid-wicket. 106/2

27.4 R Herath to R Taylor, WIDE! Drifts down the leg side yet again. Sanga fails to collect it as well and they get bonus runs. Herath had tried the carrom ball. They get three wides. 106/2

27.3 R Herath to B Watling, On the pads this time, tucks it away to deep square for one. Taylor to face now. 103/2

27.2 R Herath to B Watling, Defends this full delivery back to Herath again. 102/2

27.1 R Herath to B Watling, Angles this one in and gets it to turn. Watling defends it back to Herath. 102/2

26.6 T Perera to R Taylor, Good length ball on off, Taylor defends it off the front foot. 102/2

26.5 T Perera to R Taylor, Short outside off, cut away past point for a couple. He got good timing on that. 102/2

26.4 T Perera to R Taylor, Pushes this length delivery to point. 100/2

Captain Ross Taylor comes to bat at 4. He had scored a maddening 131* against Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup on this very ground and that too on his birthday.

26.3 T Perera to Rob Nicol, OUT! Caught behind! Nicol is gone on 46. On a length outside off, Nicol comes forward and tries to drive through the off side. The ball takes a faint edge and Sanga makes no mistake after the last ball's mishap. Nicol misses out on his 50. 100/2

26.2 T Perera to B Watling, Wide ball outside off, Watling tries to smash this and misses. So does Sanga behind the stumps, They get a bye. 100/1

26.1 T Perera to B Watling, What a beauty! The ball pitches on a length on off stump. It bounces viciously and moves away a bit. Watling is taken unawares there. 99/1

Perera back on.

25.6 R Herath to Rob Nicol, The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. 99/1

25.5 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Driven to wide of mid on and they run through for a couple. 99/1

25.4 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Tries to sweep it but misses as he doesn't pick up the length well. 97/1

This is the highest 2nd wicket partnership for New Zealand against Sri Lanka, in this country. 80 runs so far.

25.3 R Herath to Rob Nicol, This time he gets on the back foot and defends it. Herath is not giving anything away. 97/1

25.2 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Defends this off the front foot. 97/1

25.1 R Herath to B Watling, Full outside off and driven through the off side for a single. 97/1

At the half way mark they are 96/1.

24.6 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, On the pads and worked away to mid-wicket, no run there. It was a full toss and he could have done better with that. 96/1

24.5 J Mendis to B Watling, Cut away to deep point for one. 96/1

24.4 J Mendis to B Watling, FOUR! Second of the over. Slog sweeps this one past deep square leg and into the fence. 95/1

24.3 J Mendis to B Watling, Punched away straight to cover, no run available. 91/1

24.2 J Mendis to B Watling, Good slow ball on middle, genuine leg spinner, defends it off the front foot. 91/1

24.1 J Mendis to B Watling, FOUR! Pulled away. Watling picks up this googly, bowls it short on middle. It was easy pickings for Watling who hits it to the mid-wicket boundary. 91/1

23.6 R Herath to B Watling, Similar delivery, this time Watling finds the gap past the mid-wicket fielder for a single. 87/1

23.5 R Herath to B Watling, Full and quick on middle, turns it away to the leg side. 86/1

23.4 R Herath to B Watling, FOUR! Smashed! On a length on middle, Watling gets down and sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 86/1

23.3 R Herath to B Watling, A leadng edge yet again. On the leg stump, the ball moves away after pitching and takes the outside half of Watling's bat. It falls safely on the off side. 82/1

23.2 R Herath to B Watling, Slow and full on off, driven straight back to Herath. 82/1

23.1 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Full ball on off, driven down to long off for one. 82/1

Sri Lanka go 1-0 up in this series with three more matches to play if rain permits. The next match is at Pallekele again on 6th November at 14.30 local time. Do join us for the live coverage for the same. Goodbye!

Lasith Malinga has been awarded the Man of the Match for his two wickets. He got some good swing during the first few overs of the match today and bowled a lengthy spell of 5 overs on the trot after a long time. Is very happy with his performance but wants to improve his match fitness.

Sri Lanka have won the match as they are 14 runs ahead of the par score which is 104. New Zealand will be utterly disappointed as they would have felt that they were in with a chance of restricting Sri Lanka today.

Rain has intervened yet again in this already affected series. The only difference this time is that we have a result courtesy Messrs Duckworth and Lewis.

The D/L par score is 104 and Sri Lanka are much ahead. Nothing to worry on those grounds. But, there is everything to worry about at the Pallekele ground where it is pouring down heavily now. Stay tuned for further updates.

The rain has shown up again. And it is getting heavier. The umpires call the ground staff with the covers tailing behind them.

22.5 N McCullum to M J'dena, Full and on middle. Defended back to the bowler. 118/3

22.4 N McCullum to M J'dena, On the pads, turned away to the leg side. No run. 118/3

22.3 N McCullum to A Mathews, Looped up on middle. Mathews jumps down and drives it down to long on for another single. 118/3

22.2 N McCullum to M J'dena, Full on off stump. Flicked away to the leg side for one. 117/3

22.1 N McCullum to A Mathews, Mathews chips down the track and plays it wide of long on, just for one though. 116/3

22.6 J Mendis to B Watling, Good delivery, defended off the back foot. 81/1

22.5 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, Punched off the back foot to the off side for a single. 81/1

22.4 J Mendis to B Watling, Swept this one down to deep square leg for one. 80/1

22.3 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, Fuller and driven down to long off for one. 79/1

22.2 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, Beaten! The ball turns away from the batsman as he tries to cut it and misses. 78/1

22.1 J Mendis to B Watling, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total. 78/1

The players are out in the middle. Malinga to bowl and Nicol to take strike.

Dinesh Chandimal, Shaminda Eranga, Akila Dananjaya and Tharindu Kaushal sit out for Sri Lanka for this match. Jayawardena says that under the lights the ball should come on to the bat and chasing shoudln't be a problem for his team. "it's good to get out and play some cricket", he adds.

Toss - New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bat. They have left out Brendon McCullum, Jacob Oram, Ronnie Hira and Adam Milne. BJ Watling will keep wickets today. Ross Taylor agrees that the preparation has been in shambles due to heavy rains. So, this match could be as good as preparation in itself.

Pitch - After being subjected to sunshine over the last two days has lost its dampness and looks white. It looks hard as Craig McMillan hits his fist on it. The batsmen should have a good game here as the ball could come on to the bat generously.

Weather - Hold your breath! The sun is out for a change at Pallekele today. At least the start of the match won't be delayed.

Welcome to the live coverage of the 2nd ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The match has been shifted from the Premadasa to Pallekele due to heavy flooding on the ground. So far, rain has had a major say in the series. Today however, the forecast promises some play.

21.6 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, This time he drills it down to long on for a single off the last ball. 115/3

21.5 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Tries to work it off his pads but fins the short mid-wicket fielder. 114/3

21.4 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Tight outside off. Plays it down to the leg side, no run. 114/3

21.3 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, Some turn now. Looped up on off. The ball turns towards leg after pitching quite sharply. Jayawardena is experienced enough to tackle it. Turns it to leg for one. 114/3

21.2 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Pitches on off and turns in a bit. Mathews flicks it away to square leg for one. 113/3

21.1 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Slow and loopy on off stump. Mathews turns it down to the leg side. 112/3

21.6 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Leading edge and the ball goes to the cover fielder, they run one. 77/1

21.5 R Herath to B Watling, Full on middle, tries to flick it, find the outside edge and the ball goes to the off side. Beaten by the flight and spin. 77/1

21.4 R Herath to Rob Nicol, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total. 76/1

21.3 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Plays it to mid-wicket for no run. 75/1

21.2 R Herath to B Watling, Driven towards the mid-off region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 75/1

21.1 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Fuller outside off stump, driven past extra cover for a single. 74/1

The first drinks break of the Lankan innings has been called for. Sri Lanka need 139 off 29 overs with 7 wickets in hand.

20.6 N McCullum to M J'dena, Fuller and quicker. Mahela defends it off his front foot back to the bowler. 112/3

20.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, Comes down the track and takes it on the full. Manages to drag it to long on for one. 112/3

20.4 N McCullum to A Mathews, Goes on with the arm and doesn't turn in. Beats Angelo Mathews' bat as he plays for the turn. 111/3

20.3 N McCullum to M J'dena, Plays it down to the mid on region for a single after the boundary. 111/3

20.2 N McCullum to M J'dena, FOUR! Masterful! Full outside off. Mahela makes room and plays an inside out shot over extra cover and over the ropes on the bounce. 110/3

20.1 N McCullum to M J'dena, On the middle stump, Mahela turns it away to short mid-wicket. 106/3

20.6 J Mendis to B Watling, The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. The fielding side are asking the question. The Umpire isn't interested in the appeal. 73/1

20.5 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, Goodly! Bowls it full outside off, the batsman comes to the forward and plays it to the leg side for a single. 73/1

20.4 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, Width outside off, short as well, Nicol cuts it past point. The deep cover fielder comes around and picks up the ball as the batmesn run two. 72/1

20.3 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, Defends it back to the bowler. 70/1

20.2 J Mendis to B Watling, Drives it this time with more power down to long off for a single. 70/1

20.1 J Mendis to B Watling, Full on middle. Mendis dives to his right as Watling drives it towards long on. Good stop that. 69/1

Sri Lanka are 8 runs ahead on D/L.

19.6 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, Full on the pads and flicked away to square leg for one. 106/3

19.5 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, Tossed up on middle. The ball pitches and turns to the leg side. Mahela tries to sweep and misses. He is hit on the pads and the ball goes down to fine leg for a couple. 105/3

19.4 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, On the pads again. Mahela tries to paddle it away. Misses it and is hit on his pads. 103/3

19.3 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Flatter and shorter. Turns it away to the right of short mid-wicket. No run. 103/3

19.2 Rob Nicol to A Mathews, Tossed up on leg stump. Mathews drivss it back to Nicol. 102/3

19.1 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, Betters his line to middle stump. Mahela turns it away to square leg for one. 102/3

19.1 Rob Nicol to M J'dena, WIDE! Badly directed. Way down the leg side. 101/3

19.6 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Holds it back a bit and bowls it outside off stump. Nicol sticks his bat out and gets an inside edge. The ball rolls down to the leg side. 69/1

19.5 R Herath to B Watling, Driven past Hearth who tries to run behind it and save the single, but in vain. 69/1

19.4 R Herath to B Watling, Shout for LBW! The ball pitches on off and moves in with the arm, Watling is beaten. But, the ball was going down the leg side. Good decision. 68/1

19.3 R Herath to B Watling, On middle and leg, played down to the bowler again. 68/1

19.2 R Herath to B Watling, Fuller on middle and a tad quciker, driven straight back to Herath. 68/1

19.1 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Slower and on off stump, Watling drives it down to long off for one. 68/1

Rob Nicol brought in to bat. Double bowling change here. Spin from both ends.

18.6 N McCullum to M J'dena, Flat delivery on middle, driven to long on for one. 100/3

18.5 N McCullum to M J'dena, Full on the pads, tucked away straight to short mid-wicket. 99/3

18.4 N McCullum to A Mathews, Gets off the mark. Turns this flat ball to the leg side for a single. 99/3

18.3 N McCullum to A Mathews, Tossed up to Mathews on off stump. He turns it away to short mid-wicket. 98/3

Angelo Mathews walks out at 5.

18.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, OUT! Spin does the trick! Full and slow on middle. Dilshan plays a tired looking stroke straight to Kane Williamson at short mid-wicket where he takes it at a comfortable height. Dilshan has thrown it away after getting set. 98/3

18.1 N McCullum to M J'dena, On the pads first up. Turns it away past short fine leg for a single. 98/2

The 50 partnership between Nicol and Watling has come up with the single on the last ball.

18.6 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, On middle and fuller, turns it away past mid-wicket for a single. 67/1

18.5 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, Tries to hit it past the cover fielder but finds him yet again. 66/1

18.4 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, Better line outside off and fuller too, Nicol drives it straight to the cover fielder. 66/1

18.3 J Mendis to B Watling, Again on the pads, turned away to the leg side for one more single. 66/1

18.2 J Mendis to Rob Nicol, Fuller on the pads, flicked to mid-wicket for a single. 65/1

18.1 J Mendis to B Watling, Short ball outside off, cut away towards the covers for one. 64/1

Nathan McCullum will be introduced into the attack now. Time for some spin then.

17.6 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Franklin comes around the wicket and bowls full on off. Driven straight to mid off. 97/2

17.5 J Franklin to T Dilshan, FOUR! Angles it across Dilshan and ends up giving him room. he swings at it and clears extra cover easily. The ball speeds away to the boundary. 97/2

17.4 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Action replay of the last ball. Defended again off the back foot. 93/2

17.3 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Defends it off the back foot onto the wicket. 93/2

17.2 J Franklin to M J'dena, On a length on middle. Tucks it away to the leg side for one. 93/2

17.1 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Just back of a length on leg stump. Dilshan is cramped for room. He can't get enough bat onto it. They run through for a quick single though. 92/2

Jeevan Mendis to bowl now.

17.6 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Dull on off, Nicol tries to sweep it but misses and the ball hits his pads. Nicol is struggling against spin. 63/1

17.5 R Herath to B Watling, On the off stump, Watling drives this to long off for one. 63/1

17.4 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Fuller this time and driven to long on for a single. 62/1

17.3 R Herath to Rob Nicol, This time he is struck on his pads as he tries to tuck it away to the leg side. 61/1

17.2 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Bottom edge! Lucky there Nicol. Length ball outside off, coming in with the arm, the ball takes the bottom part of the bat and bounces past the stumps. 61/1

17.1 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Slower through the air, Nicol can't get his timing right on the cut. 61/1

16.6 K Mills to M J'dena, Tighter line on off. Defended to the off side off the front foot. 91/2

16.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, Another short one. This time it bounces higher and Dilshan's pull is not timed well. it goes to mid-wicket and all they get is a single. 91/2

16.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, FOUR! Just about short on middle. Dilshan rocks onto the back foot and pulls it past mid on to the mid-wicket boundary. This short brings up the 50 run partnership. 90/2

Mahela Jayawardena is playing in his 224th day night match. More than anybody else. Second to him is Ponting at 215.

16.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, Good length ball on off. Dilshan defends it off his back foot into the off side. 86/2

16.2 K Mills to M J'dena, Better length this time by Mills. Just outside off and moving away. Mahela is squared up but adjusts well and taps it down to the off side for a single. 86/2

16.1 K Mills to M J'dena, FOUR! Cut away! Short and wide outside off. Mahela has no trouble in cutting this skilfully between point and third man for a boundary. 85/2

16.6 A Mathews to Rob Nicol, Drives it down to long on for a single. 61/1

16.5 A Mathews to B Watling, Fuller on middle, Walting flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. 60/1

16.4 A Mathews to B Watling, FOUR! Punched away! On a length on off, pulls out the punch off his back foot and beat the diving fielder in the ring. The ball speeds down to the cover boundary. 59/1

16.3 A Mathews to B Watling, Back of a length outside off, punched to the cover region, no run. 55/1

New Zealand has never scored over 250 against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

16.2 A Mathews to B Watling, Drives this fuller length delivery on the stumps straight to mid on. 55/1

16.1 A Mathews to Rob Nicol, Just back of a length outside off, dabs it down to the off side for a single. 55/1

Mills is back on.

15.6 J Franklin to M J'dena, Magnificent piece of fielding in the deep. Back of a length on off. Jayawardena shows Dilshan how to place a punch in a better way. Wide of the fielder in the deep. He runs in from deep cover and makes a fine diving effort to keep them down to three. 81/2

15.5 J Franklin to T Dilshan, The punch again off the back foot to this length ball. They get a single. 78/2

15.4 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Short of a length on off, punched to the off side. No run again. 77/2

15.3 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Tight line on middle. Plays it down to mid-wicket again. No run. 77/2

15.2 J Franklin to T Dilshan, On the middle stump, turned away to mid-wicket 77/2

15.1 J Franklin to M J'dena, Full and angling across Mahela. He drives it just wide of mid off. He makes it to the non-striker's end after putting a few yards of pace in the single. 77/2

The umpire calls for a drinks break.

15.6 R Herath to B Watling, Down the leg side, Watling misses his flick. Wide not given. That did not seem to have touched anything on it's way to the keeper. 54/1

15.5 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Pitching on middle and going on with the arm, Nicol tries to tuck it away but the ball takes his pads and goes down to short fine leg for a leg bye. 54/1

15.4 R Herath to B Watling, On the pads this time, Watling turns it away to square leg for a single. 53/1

15.3 R Herath to B Watling, Slower this time and on middle, Watling defends it down dead onto the wicket. 52/1

15.2 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Fuller on middle and leg, driven down to long on for a single. 52/1

15.1 R Herath to Rob Nicol, Back of a length, doesn't turn much. The batsman stays back and cuts it straight to point. 51/1

14.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Closer to the stumps and gets the ball to nip in off a length. Dilshan is foxed and gets hit on his abdomen. The ball falls down to the off side. No run. Southee is moving it both ways. 76/2

14.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Wide of the crease this time by Southee. He angles it into Dilshan at a full length. Dilshan defends it to the off side off his front foot. 76/2

14.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Just back of a length on off stump. Mahela taps it down with his wrists to the leg side and they run a single. 76/2

14.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Similar ball. Similar shot. This time the ball goes to the right of mid off. They have enough time to run for a single as the fielder has to dive. 75/2

14.2 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Full on the off stump. Dilshan drives it straight to mid off crisply. 74/2

14.1 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Lovely shot! Full on middle. Jayawardena gets his front foot out and plays the on drive past the non-striker. Mid on is very wide but long off comes around and keeps them down to three. 74/2

Rangana Herath to bowl. Spin is on now.

14.6 A Mathews to B Watling, Crisply driven straight to mid off, no run. 51/1

14.5 A Mathews to Rob Nicol, Slower one on off stump. Watling and Nicol run through for a quick single. Had Thirimanne at cover collected the ball cleanly, it could have been a close call. 51/1

New Zealand get to their 50.

14.4 A Mathews to B Watling, On the pads and clipped away to deep square leg for one. 50/1

14.3 A Mathews to B Watling, Watling is timing the ball well for nothing. Drives this handsomely but straight to mid off. 49/1

14.2 A Mathews to B Watling, Watling covers the swing well and defends it down to the off side. 49/1

14.1 A Mathews to Rob Nicol, Back of a length outside off. Nicol plays it with good timing down to deep cover for a single. 49/1

13.6 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Drags the length back this time. Same line on off. Dilshan tries to punch it hard but finds the extra cover fielder this time. 71/2

13.5 J Franklin to T Dilshan, FOUR! No holding back this time. Dilshan goes for a full blooded drive over extra cover as Franklin pitches this up on off stump. 71/2

13.4 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Pitches on a similar spot as the previous ball. This time he doesn't get the movement. Dilshan defends off his front foot. 67/2

13.3 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Beauty! Franklin gets some swing here at 123 kph. Draws Dilshan forward and beats him with the one going away. 67/2

13.2 J Franklin to M J'dena, Back of a length on middle and leg. Mahela tucks it away to deep square leg for a single. 67/2

13.1 J Franklin to M J'dena, Short of a length outside off. The ball bounces a bit after pitching. However, Mahela gets on top of it and keeps it down as he plays it towards point. 66/2

13.6 T Perera to B Watling, FOUR! Can he hear us out there? Back of a length outside off, he stays back and guides it past point and beats third man as the ball goes swiftly over the ropes. 10 runs off this over. 48/1

13.5 T Perera to B Watling, Crisply driven on the up to the cover fielder. Watling needs to find the gaps, not the fielders. 44/1

13.4 T Perera to Rob Nicol, Pats this length ball to the off side and they scamper through for a single. Mendis has a wild throw and the ball hits Watling's bat. 44/1

13.3 T Perera to Rob Nicol, Fuller on off, Nicol drives it straight to mid off, can't find the gap. 43/1

13.2 T Perera to Rob Nicol, FOUR! Up and over! Nicol stands tall to this short and wide delivery and smashes it over point and past third man, into the fence. 43/1

13.1 T Perera to B Watling, On the pads on a length, Watling clips it down to fine leg for one. 39/1

James Franklin will bowl some medium pace now.

12.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Tough to get this one away. On off stump in the channel. Dilshan takes a step forward as if he wanted to have a go at it but rightly decides to defend it back to the bowler. 66/2

12.5 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Just a bit short outside off. Mahela cuts it and Nicol again, at point makes a diving stop to keep then down to one. 66/2

12.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Fuller outside off stump. Mahela gets across with his back foot first and then gets onto the front to cover the swing. Defends it to the covers solidly. 65/2

12.3 Tim Southee to M J'dena, FOUR! Graceful! On the off stump, slightly full. Jayawardena gets his wrists into play and flicks it through the gap at mid-wicket for a lovely boundary. 65/2

12.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Full on off stump. Jayawardena drives it down to mid on. Hit too hard to allow them to run for a single. 61/2

12.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Wide! Follows a good ball with a bad one down the leg side. 61/2

12.1 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Phew! That was close to the edge. Bowls it in the channel again and squares Mahela up. He is beaten by the swing convincingly there. 60/2

There are a lot of bees on the ground. Wonder what they have got to do in this match? Are they trying to drive the batsmen away as well along with the rains?

12.6 A Mathews to B Watling, The batsman plays the pull-shot. They pick up a single. 38/1

12.5 A Mathews to B Watling, Drives it to the covers this time. Length ball outside off. 37/1

12.4 A Mathews to B Watling, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 37/1

12.3 A Mathews to B Watling, Good looking drive again but straight to the bowler. 37/1

12.2 A Mathews to B Watling, Good looking stroke off the front foot by Watling to this length ball outside off. But, it goes straight to cover. 37/1

12.1 A Mathews to Rob Nicol, Just back of a length outside off, Nicol dabs it past point and takes a single. 37/1

11.6 T Boult to M J'dena, Taps this length ball on off away with soft hands and a quick single taken smartly. 60/2

11.5 T Boult to M J'dena, Better this time from Boult. Straight on middle stump, in the corridor of uncertainty. Mahela stays in his crease and defends it with a straight bat. 59/2

11.4 T Boult to M J'dena, On the pads and misses his flick. The Lankan batsmen have missed a few flicks today. They think of a leg bye but it is not there. 59/2

11.3 T Boult to M J'dena, Tight line on middle stump. Jayawardena turns it down to mic-wicket. No run. 59/2

11.2 T Boult to M J'dena, Length ball outside off stump. Lets it go to the keeper. 59/2

11.1 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Smashed away! Boult gives Mahela some width here. He transfers his weight and gets into position early to cut it away through point to the fence. 59/2

11.6 T Perera to B Watling, Some shape into Watling this time. Pitches it outside off as Watling comes forward and taps it down to the leg side. 36/1

11.5 T Perera to B Watling, Watling shoulders arms to this length delivery outside off stump. 36/1

11.4 T Perera to Rob Nicol, Shorter this time on off, Nicol cuts it to deep point for one. 36/1

Perera stands third in the highest wicket taker's list in 2012. Surprisingly, he did not bowl a single over in the World T20 where Sri Lanka reached the finals.

11.3 T Perera to Rob Nicol, Fuller on off stump. Nicol drills this to mid on where Malinga fumbles and they run for a second. 35/1

11.2 T Perera to Rob Nicol, Short of a length outside off. Nicol tries to cut but mistimes it. 33/1

11.1 T Perera to B Watling, On a length on middle, comes back in to Watling who turns it down to the leg side for a single. 33/1

10.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Poor direction on the pads. Dilshan fails to get bat onto it. The ball hits the pads and rolls away towards sqaure leg. By the time the fielder comes in from the deep, the batsmen run through for a couple easily. Good running. 55/2

10.5 Tim Southee to M J'dena, On the pads this time, nudged away to the leg side for a single. 53/2

10.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Play and a miss! The ball lands on off stump and moves away leaving Jayawardena shocked and beaten. 52/2

10.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Strays down Dilshan's pads. He connects this time and whips it with strong wrists down to fine leg for one. 52/2

10.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Steers this length ball down to third man for one. 51/2

Dilshan becomes the third batsman this year to get to 1000 runs in ODIs, after his compatriot, Sangakkara and Kohli.

10.1 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Short ball on middle. Dilshan pulls it down to fine leg for a single. 50/2

Thisara Perera is the change from the other end.

10.6 A Mathews to Rob Nicol, On a length outside off, Nicol sticks out his bat and misses the prod. 32/1

The keeper is up for Nicol.

10.5 A Mathews to B Watling, Tighter this time on the stumps. Watling defends and gets an inside edge to it. The ball rolls down to square leg and they run one. 32/1

10.4 A Mathews to B Watling, Watling wants to do nothing with it as it is bowled outside off stump. Lets it go again. 31/1

The outfield still appears damp as the ball did not travel past the ropes. The batsmen will have to hit it really hard for it to travel the distance along the ground.

10.3 A Mathews to B Watling, Lets this length delivery go through. 31/1

10.2 A Mathews to Rob Nicol, Jumps down the track Nicol, this time and punches it past the covers. Two fielders dive and don't get to it. The ball heads towards the boundary but stops dead just before the ropes. They have taken three. 31/1

10.1 A Mathews to Rob Nicol, Just back of a length outside off. Nicol stays back and defends it to the covers. 28/1

9.6 T Boult to M J'dena, Short and just outside off stump. The Lankan captain tries to cut and misses. Good carry through to the keeper. The first Powerplay has yielded 49 runs and two wickets. 49/2

9.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Good running! Just back of a length on off. Dilshan pats it down to the off side with soft hands and they take a quick single. 49/2

9.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Almost 142 kph outside off on a length. Dilshan slashes it straight to Nicol at point. 48/2

9.3 T Boult to M J'dena, Squares him up this time. Length on middle and off. Jayawardena tries to defend off his back foot. The ball takes the outside edge and flies down to third man for one. 48/2

9.2 T Boult to M J'dena, Short and wide. Mahela cuts it hard but the point fielder dives to his left and stops it. Mahela will be disappointed. 47/2

9.1 T Boult to M J'dena, Bowled on a length on middle. Plays it away to mid off. No run. 47/2

Angelo Mathews to bowl first change.

There was no 'power' in the first Powerplay.

9.6 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Pitches this one outside off and gets it to move in. The batsman lets it go as the ball goes past the off stump. 28 runs off the first Powerplay. 28/1

9.5 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Similar delivery, Watling lets it go to the keeper. 28/1

9.4 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Good length ball on off stump, plays it to point off his back foot. 28/1

Mathews is warming up at first slip.

9.3 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Good ball this time. Gets some shape away after pitching on middle and leg. Defends it back on to the pitch. 28/1

9.2 N Kulasekara to B Watling, FOUR! Flicked away! On the pads and fuller in length. Watling helps it away past square leg for New Zealand's third boundary. 28/1

9.1 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Kulasekars bowls it on a length just outside off. Watling punches it straight to extra cover. 24/1

8.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Tries too much here. Southee aims to extract swing from leg to off. The ball doesn't straighten and Dilshan misses one more ball on his pads. He hasn't been able to play the flick in this innings. 47/2

8.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Lovely delivery! Pitched up outside off. Dilshan was enticed onto his front foot. The ball moves away after pitching and beats Dilshan's bat. 47/2

8.4 Tim Southee to M J'dena, On his hips and Mahela fails to connect. The ball hits his thigh pad and goes towards fine leg. They run a leg bye. 47/2

8.3 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Gets it to move away from the seam as Jayawardena lets it go through. 46/2

8.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, Shout for LBW! Not out. The ball nips back after pitching just short of a length on off. Mahela is done in by the movement and the ball hits him high on his pads. Height was definitely an issue there. 46/2

8.2 Tim Southee to M J'dena, WIDE! Angled in to the pads, but mis-directs it and the ball goes for a wide. 46/2

8.1 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, On the pads first up. Dilshan misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls away into the leg side and they take a leg bye. 45/2

8.6 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Change of pace. Pitches back of a length on off stump. Nicol comes forwards and pats it down to the off side. This should be Malinga's last over. I wonder when was the last time Malinga bowled 5 overs on the trot. 24/1

8.5 L Malinga to B Watling, Full and almost a yorker. Watling digs it out to the leg side for a single. 24/1

8.4 L Malinga to B Watling, Full and on off stump. Watling gets across a bit and defends it down to the leg side. 23/1

8.3 L Malinga to B Watling, Tight line on the stumps this time. Makes sure Watling has to play at it. He does, and in time, else it would have been a close shout. 23/1

The skies have got a little bit darker now. Let us hope that the rain stays away.

8.2 L Malinga to B Watling, Good ball, short of a length outside off. Watling lets it go. He is looking confident here. 23/1

8.1 L Malinga to B Watling, Malinga bowls this just back of a length outside off. Watling defends it solidly off his front foot. 23/1

Tim Southee will bowl first change.

7.6 T Boult to M J'dena, Tight line on off stump, on a length. Jayawardena pushes it to the off side gently. 44/2

7.5 T Boult to M J'dena, FOUR! Better line and length on middle, Mahela flicks it uppishly past Latham at short mid-wicket and into the fence. He is underway with a boundary just as Sangakkara was. 44/2

7.4 T Boult to M J'dena, This time he bowls it outside the off stump and Mahela lets it go to Watling. He needs to make him play. 40/2

7.4 T Boult to M J'dena, WIDE! With two slips it is a bad idea to stray down the leg side. Left alone. 40/2

Two slips in for Mahela.

The Lankan captain, Mahela Jayawardena walks in at 4.

7.3 T Boult to K Sangakkara, OUT! Sangakkara is gone. Poor shot by him. That was bowled short and wide outside off stump. He just couldn't get on top of the ball and guided it straight to point where Rob Nicol plucks the ball to his right easily. The Lankan senior has thrown away his wicket in the first over after his resumption. 39/2

7.2 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Length ball outside off, moving away a bit. Sangakkara steers it wide of third man for a couple. 39/1

7.1 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Back of a length ball on off. Sanga defends it off his back foot back onto the wicket. 37/1

7.6 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, The one going away beats Nicol yet again. 23/1

7.5 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 23/1

7.4 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, FOUR! Nicol flicks this full in-swinging delivery over mid-wicket for a much needed boundary. He is trying to get a move on here. 23/1

7.3 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, The keeper is up to the stumps here. Kulasekara gets it to move outwards and Nicol is beaten. 19/1

Ian Gould, one of the umpires for today's match is umpiring in his 74th match.

7.2 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Nicol learns his lesson now. Lets this straight ball outside off stump go through to Sanga. 19/1

7.1 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Nicol takes a couple of steps down the wicket as Kulasekara brings it in to the batsman. He is beaten by the movement and gets struck on the pads. 19/1

There will be a re-start now, without any OVERS REDUCTION as we managed to start off before an hour. The players make their way out now and hopefully, there shouldn't be any more stoppages.

Sadly, the rain drops haven't ceased and they are pouring down with some force now. The umpires have called for the green sheets everyone dreads to see in Sri Lanka. The pitch has been safely covered as I type this text. We will get back as soon as we have any update. Stay tuned.

6.6 K Mills to T Dilshan, The ball swings into Dilshan and he flicks it past the mid-wicket fielder. They run for a couple. 37/1

6.5 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Gets behind the line of this length ball and taps it down to the leg side for a single. 35/1

The rain drops are getting heavier by the second at Pallekele.

6.4 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Drifting on the pads, Sanga misses his flick. The ball goes down to fine leg and they take two. Watling appealed. No one knows why though. 34/1

6.3 K Mills to K Sangakkara, On middle and leg on a length. Plays it to mid-wicket. No run. 32/1

6.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Tight! Jags bag after pitching on off stump. Plays it into the off side and they run through quickly for one. 32/1

6.1 K Mills to T Dilshan, Mills bowls it on length and Dilshan stays back and punches it into the cover region. Straight to the fielder. 31/1

6.6 L Malinga to B Watling, Malinga is bowling smartly as he is trying to swing the ball. Bowls it fuller on leg stump, trying to swing it outwards from there. It does move to middle stump and Watling turns it to the leg side for a couple. Well played. 19/1

6.5 L Malinga to B Watling, Pitches it on a length on off, Watling shoulders arms to it as the ball moves away from him and through to the keeper. 17/1

6.4 L Malinga to B Watling, Good ball first up to Watling. Bowls it on middle and takes it away. Watling watches it well and adjusts to defend it back onto the pitch. 17/1

BJ Watling comes in at 3. Surprise eh! Two right handers at the crease as there are 3 slips in position.

6.3 L Malinga to Tom Latham, OUT! Change of ball and change of luck for Malinga. Pitches it on off stump on a length and gets the ball to comes in slightly. Latham tries to pat it down to the off side but is late on it and is also beaten by the swing. The ball crashes into the off stump and that is the end of a snail-paced innings from Latham. 17/1

Surprisingly, the umpires have called for a change of ball. New Zealand haven't hit the skin off the ball though. However, the seam had some problem.

6.2 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Fullish on middle, drives this through mid off where Perera fails to collect the ball cleanly. They run two. 17/0

Malinga has been the leading wicket taker in ODIs this year with 44 wickets.

6.1 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, On the pads and Nicol clips it down to square leg for a single. 16/0

5.6 T Boult to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Caressed away! Wide half-volley outside off stump. Sangakkara leans into it and drives it thorugh point for his second boundary. 31/1

5.5 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Improves his line. Back of a length outside off, Sanga lets it go. Boult falls over on his follow through. 27/1

5.5 T Boult to K Sangakkara, WIDE! Does not continue the good work. Sprays this one down the leg side. 27/1

5.4 T Boult to K Sangakkara, One more dot! Uses the short ball to good effect. Sanga ducks under it and the umpire signals one for the over. 26/1

5.3 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Well bowled by Boult. Full on middle and swinging away. Sanga closes the face thinking that it would come in with the angle. Takes the leading edge and falls away safely to the off side. 26/1

5.2 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Length ball outside off at 139 kph. Sanga stays back and defends it on to the off side. No run. 26/1

5.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, Boult bowls it full just outside the off stump. DIlshan drives it to the covers and they take a quick single. 26/1

The ball is moving a lot for Nuwan Kulasekara. The previous one just took off from nowhere.

5.6 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, On the stumps this time. Latham pats it down to the leg side. No run on offer. 16/0

5.5 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, Takes off sharply! Bowls it on a length on off stump and moves away considerably past Latham's bat as he tries to cut it through point. 16/0

5.5 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, Wide! On the pads, Latham misses out as the ball goes past his thigh pad for a wide. 16/0

It will be interesting to see how the New Zealand quicks fare under their new bowling coach, Shane Bond.

Some hold up in play as there is a slight problem with the sight screen. The advertising curtains have come on all of a sudden. The rain has troubled the players enough for another factor to bring in some stoppage in play, though for a few minutes.

This is the first time Latham has opened the innings for New Zealand.

5.4 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, Lets this one go through to Sanga. He looks well composed. 15/0

240 is the average score by a team batting first here in ODIs. Could be a handful if the Kiwis get that score. Mind you, Sri Lanka would be batting under lights.

5.3 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, On the pads and Latham tucks it away past square leg to get off the mark with a couple. 15/0

5.2 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Slower one on the stumps, plays it to mid off and they take a run. 13/0

5.1 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Nicol walks down the crease and tries to play it with a straight bat. Gets hit on his pads and Kulasekara goes up in an over optimistic appeal. 12/0

4.6 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Exaggerated movement there. Pitches on a length on off and moves away crazily. Wattling dives across and collects it on the left of first slip. Well done. 25/1

4.5 K Mills to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Classy! On a length on off stump. Sanga stays on his back foot, gets on top of the ball and guides it between point and cover to get off the mark in style. What a class act he is. 25/1

Kumar Sangakkara comes in at 3.

4.4 K Mills to U Tharanga, OUT! Got 'em! Short one outside off stump. Tharanga's eyes lit up and he goes for the pull again. But, this time he finds the bottom part of the bat and Watling takes an easy catch behind the wickets. New Zealand draw first blood. The umpires check with the third umpire for a no-ball. It was close, Mills' foot was just about inside the line. 21/1

4.3 K Mills to U Tharanga, FOUR! Cracked away! Banged in short on middle, Tharanga moves onto his back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 21/0

4.2 K Mills to U Tharanga, Good ball pitching on middle and tailing in. Tharanga defends it without moving his feet much. 17/0

4.1 K Mills to U Tharanga, Bounces Tharanga! Well directed delivery. Tharanga sways as the ball passes his helmet. Will Mills try one more? 17/0

4.6 L Malinga to Tom Latham, Gets some shape into Latham's pads, he turns it to mid-wicket, no run available. 12/0

4.5 L Malinga to Tom Latham, Good ball just outside off stump. Latham tries to defend it off his back foot but misses it. 12/0

4.4 L Malinga to Tom Latham, Good drive, but straight to the cover fielder. He is unable to find the gaps. 12/0

4.3 L Malinga to Tom Latham, Shortish outside off stump. Latham tries to cut and gets an inside edge. The ball goes quickly to second slip on the bounce. Good stop. 12/0

4.2 L Malinga to Tom Latham, Lovely delivery! Yorker on middle stump and Latham gets his bat down in time to dig it away. 12/0

4.1 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Nicol has had enough it seems. He chips down the track and tries to force this length ball over the off side. Finds an edge and the ball flies down to third man for one. Latham to face Malinga for the first time. 12/0

3.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, Hesitation there! Safe in the end! DIlshan plays this length ball towards point off his back foot. Tharanga comes down for a run and is sent back. The fielder has a shy but misses. That would have been curtains for Tharanga had that hit. 17/0

3.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Good pace by Boult. On his pads and Dilshan is beaten for pace for the second time this over on his pads. He misses his flick. 17/0

3.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Banged into the wicket on a length. The ball jags off and goes at a good carry to the keeper as Dilshan shoulders arms. 17/0

3.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, WIDE! Bowls this way outside off. Dilshan lets it go and the umpire stretches his arms. 17/0

3.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, Angles it across this time on a length. Dilshan again has a slash at it and misses. The ball stays low again. Some inconsistency seen on the pitch now. 16/0

3.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, Full again on leg stump. Dilshan misses his flick and is hit on his pads. 16/0

3.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! Extremely lucky! Boult bowls it full on off stump. The ball moves in a bit and takes Dilshan's inside edge as he tries to go for a booming drive. The ball beats the keeper and goes into the fence behind him. 16/0

Good start by the Lankan bowlers here.

Tom Latham generally bats in the middle order. However, because Guptill is not playing in this ODI series, it has given the southpaw a chance to prove his worth at the top of the order.

3.6 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, Wrapped on the thigh pad. The ball pitches outside leg stump and Latham tries to whip it past square leg and misses the ball. 11/0

3.5 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, This ones a tad fuller outside off. Latham tries to drive it square but finds point. It was a good looking shot for no run. 11/0

3.4 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, Action replay of the previous delivery. Lets it go. 11/0

3.3 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, Another one well left. Nicol should take a leaf out of Latham's book. He is patiently leaving the ball and seems to be in no hurry. 11/0

3.2 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, This time Nuwan takes it away from the batsman who lets it go through to the keeper. 11/0

3.1 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, On a length on the stumps, plays it down to the leg side. 11/0

2.6 K Mills to T Dilshan, Just back of a length outside off. Dilshan stays back and punches it with good timing through the covers. McCullum again puts in a dive but can't reach for the ball. They take three comfortably. 12/0

2.5 K Mills to U Tharanga, On the pads of Tharanga, he whips it away to square leg for one. 9/0

There is some rain on the ground now. The groundsmen look ready to come on any time.

2.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, Punches this length ball on off to mid off and they sneak through for a single. 8/0

2.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, Tighter on the stumps, no room for Dilshan to free his arms. He punches it off his backfoot to the covers. 7/0

2.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Well fielded by McCullum! On a length outside off. Dilshan smashes it in his traditional style to the covers. McCullum, i.e Nathan, dives and stops a sure-shot boundary. 7/0

2.1 K Mills to T Dilshan, FOUR! Leg byes though. Poorly directed delivery on leg stump. The ball takes Dilshan's bat on the way to the fine leg fence. 7/0

2.6 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Gets the middle onto this one. Good defensive shot off his front foot down to the off side. 11/0

2.5 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Dabs it away to point this time for no run. 11/0

2.4 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, And again! Pokes his bat outside the off stump. Malinga is getting the better of Nicol until now. 11/0

2.3 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. A strong appeal from the bowler and fielders. The Umpire shows no interest in the appeal. 11/0

2.2 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, FOUR! Dropped! Malinga finds the edge of Nicol's bat this time as he tries to defend it onto the off side. Mathews at first slip reacts late as the ball flies past him to the third man boundary. Malinga will be disappointed. 11/0

2.1 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Malinga is consistently beating Nicol here. Nicol has to get his act together here. Beautifully bowled in the corridor of uncertainty just outside off. 7/0

1.6 T Boult to U Tharanga, Just back of a length outside off, Tharanga shoulders arms to it. 3/0

1.5 T Boult to U Tharanga, Makes him play this time. On off stump, keeps a bit low. Tharanga adjusts well and defends it back onto the wicket. 3/0

1.4 T Boult to U Tharanga, Length outside off and moving away from Tharanga, he lets it go. 3/0

1.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, Inside edge! Similar delivery to the previous one. Dilshan's drive goes to fine leg after the inside edge. 3/0

1.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, Full on middle and shaping in, Dilshan tries to drive but doesn't middle it at all. 2/0

1.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, Good ball first up. The ball pitches just outside leg stump and moves in, Dilshan is rapped on his pads. They go up in a huge appeal as the umpire turns it down calmly. 2/0

1.6 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, On a length and coming in this time. Latham defends it to the off side. No run. 7/0

1.5 N Kulasekara to Tom Latham, On a length outside off, moves away from Latham, he shoulders his arms to it. 7/0

Nuwan Kulasekara usually gets the ball to move away from the right-handers. If he manages to get one in, the batsman could well be in trouble.

1.4 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Tight run here! Nicol plays it down to the off side. Jeevan Mendis runs in from cover and has a shy at the stumps. Nicol has to put in a dive. Had that hit, it would have been very close. 7/0

1.3 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Beats him! This time it's the away swinger. Nicol tries to defend on the front foot and misses. 6/0

1.3 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, WIDE! Good save by Sangakarra. Kulasekara tries the in swing this time and sprays it down the leg side. Sanga dives to his left and gets his glove to it to prevent five wides. They run two though. 6/0

1.2 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, On the stumps this time by Kulasekara. Plays it down to the leg side. 3/0

1.1 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Nicol is playing cat and mouse with the ball here. Pokes at a length ball outside off. Slight movement away from him and is beaten. 3/0

Trent Boult to bowl from the other end.

0.6 K Mills to T Dilshan, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single. 2/0

0.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, Beats him. Bowled on a length outside off, the ball doesn't get up much and goes on the bounce to the keeper as Dilshan tries to punch it to the covers. 1/0

This will be the highest successful chase on this ground if the Lankans get there.

0.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, Tight line on middle, defended off the back foot. 1/0

0.3 K Mills to U Tharanga, Fuller on off, Tharanga drives this crisply to the cover where Southee puts in a dive and stops the ball from racing away towards the boundary. Tharanga is off the mark with a single. 1/0

0.2 K Mills to U Tharanga, Short of a length outside off, Tharanga tries to cut but misses it. 0/0

0.1 K Mills to U Tharanga, Good tight ball first up. Tharanga defends it off his back foot to the off side. 0/0

Nuwan Kulasekara to start from the other end.

0.6 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Some shape away from Nicol again. This time he gets an edge on to the ball which flies down to third man. Nicol retains strike for the next over. 3/0

0.5 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 2/0

0.4 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 2/0

0.3 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Another play and miss from Nicol. Good shape for Malinga here away from the batsman. 2/0

0.2 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Some swing this time. Pitching on a length just outside off, Nicol pokes at it and misses. 2/0

0.1 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Length ball on off stump, Nicol pushes it away through the covers for a couple. 2/0