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Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy,3rd ODI, Date - 06/11/2012, Toss won by - Sri Lanka
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  • Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 7 wickets (D/L method)
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Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

That's it from all of us here! Do join us for the 4th ODI at Hambantota on 10th November. Till then, good bye and take care.

Tillakaratne Dilshan has been named the Man of the Match for his terrific innings of 102 off 95 balls.

An emphatic victory for the Lankans! The Kiwis, led by Watling, did well to post 188 on the board after two rain breaks. The home side had to chase down the revised target of 197. They got off to a bad start losing Tharanga in the 5th over. Sangakkara and Jayawardena too didn't last long. But Dilshan was going well at the other end and he along with Mathews resurrected the innings and in fact made sure that the Lankans crossed the finish line without much of a stutter. The pair totally dominated the proceedings and did not let the bowlers settle down. Dilshan smashed a brilliant century while Mathews played a good helping hand. All in all, it was a comprehensive performance from the home side!

31.1 K Mills to A Mathews, FOUR! SRI LANKA WIN BY 7 WICKETS! A good length delivery, Mathews carves it through point and gets a boundary to finish off in style. His right hand seems injured after taking a blow today but he still carried through his bat and along with Dilshan, won the match for the hosts! 200/3

Kyle Mills to bowl, what could be the final over.

30.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, A wide delivery, slapped away through cover this time to take a couple. 196/3

14th ODI century for Dilshan! 1st against New Zealand!

30.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, SIX! That's some style to get to a century. A short of a length delivery, Dilshan backs away and absolutely nails it flat over the square leg fielder in the deep. Is quick to remove his helmet off and celebrates in style. 194/3

30.4 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, A length delivery, Dilshan makes the room but could connect with the heave. 188/3

30.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, FOUR! Reaches to 94. A slow and full delivery, Dilshan waits and heaves it away over the cover-point fence. 188/3

30.2 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Full and outside the leg stump, Dilshan heaves it straight to mid-wicket. 184/3

12th ODI fifty for Angelo Mathews, 3rd against New Zealand.

30.1 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Flicks a length ball away through mid-wicket for a single. Has been a solid support to Dilshan today. 184/3

29.6 J Oram to T Dilshan, FOUR! Inside edge and Dilshan edges closer to a century. Full again down the leg side, Dilshan aims to heave, finds the inside edge which races down to the fine leg fence in no time. 183/3

29.5 J Oram to T Dilshan, Follows the batsman and angles it down, Dilshan steps away and whips it through mid-wicket, Williamson in the deep and they come back for two. 179/3

29.4 J Oram to A Mathews, A length delivery down the leg side, flicked down to deep square leg this time for one. 177/3

29.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Dilshan has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 176/3

29.2 J Oram to T Dilshan, Angles down a full length delivery, Dilshan aims to heave it away but is caught on the pad. 175/3

29.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, FOUR! Pulled away this time. Oram bowls short outside off, Dilshan gives himself enough room to back away and slam it with the pull over mid-wicket. That's also the 50-run stand. 175/3

The Batting Powerplay is taken now, of three overs.

28.6 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Angles down a full length delivery, helped away this time to deep square leg to come back for two. 171/3

28.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, A short of a length delivery, slapped away this time to the fielder at deep cover for one. 169/3

28.4 Tim Southee to A Mathews, A slow and short delivery, Mathews backs away and dabs it to point for a quick single. 168/3

28.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Fuller length on the middle stump, flicked away this time to deep mid-wicket for a single this time. 167/3

28.2 Tim Southee to A Mathews, A good length delivery, punched away through covers to take one. 166/3

28.1 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Starts with a short and wide delivery, slapped away past point for a single this time. 165/3

27.6 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball on off stump. Punched away to the off side for another single. 164/3

27.5 J Oram to A Mathews, On the hips and nudged away to the on side for one. 163/3

27.4 J Oram to A Mathews, Short on middle and pulled away to the leg side for an easy couple. 162/3

27.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Dilshan backs away to this slower one and tries to smash it through the off side. Manages to hit it straight back for a single. 160/3

27.2 J Oram to T Dilshan, Tight ball on off sutmp. Dilshan plays it down to the off side. Consectuive dot balls there. 159/3

27.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball outside off. Driven to the off side for no run. 159/3

26.6 Tim Southee to A Mathews, On the pads. The ball goes between the bat and pad. They appeal for a caught behind but are turned down. Replays shows that the ball hit the back pad. 159/3

26.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, DROPPED! Dilshan gets a breather there! Short slower ball of the back of his hand outside off. Dilshan tried to cut it hard and the ball went over Rob Nicol. He jumped high and got both hands to it but the ball dropped onto the ground soon after. They took a run too. 159/3

26.4 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Full length on the pads. Dilshan misses his flick as he has done many times in this innings and his last. Gets struck on the pads. 158/3

26.4 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, WIDE! Tries a yorker on leg stump. Goes down the leg side instead. 158/3

26.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, On the pads again and flicked away to mid-wicket for a single. They are doing it smartly now. 157/3

26.2 Tim Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! Tickled away! Straying on the pads there. All Mathews had to do was get some bat onto it and that is what Mathews does. The ball goes down to the fine leg boundary. 156/3

26.1 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Bowls it on a length and Mathews defends it off his back foot onto the off side. 152/3

Southee comes back on.

25.6 J Oram to T Dilshan, FOUR! Scooped away! Not quite a Dilscoop.Gets down on one knee to this length ball outside off and lifts it to the left of short fine leg and into the boundary. 152/3

25.6 J Oram to A Mathews, TWO WIDES! Slower one gone wrong down the leg side.. They take an extra as the keeper fails to collect. 148/3

25.5 J Oram to T Dilshan, Full ball on middle and leg and Dilshan drives it to long off for one. He is the key for the Lankans, 146/3

25.4 J Oram to A Mathews, Lucky! Shortish ball on middle. Mathews tries to pull and the ball hits high on the splice and goes to long on for one. 145/3

25.3 J Oram to A Mathews, Slower length ball just outside off. Mathews defends it onto the wicket once again. 144/3

25.2 J Oram to A Mathews, Tight ball on the stumps. Mathews defends it from the crease back onto the wicket. The Kiwis need to break this partnership before it is too late. 144/3

There is a slight hold up as Mathews is receiving some treatment by Steven Mount. He looks fine now and puts his helmet back on after which the physio straps the fingers on his right hand.

25.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball on off. Played away to point. Rob Nicol has a shy at the striker's end and hits Mathews on his wrists as he completes the single. He looks hurt and the physio is out with the magic spray. 144/3

Oram to bowl now replacing Mills.

24.6 J Franklin to A Mathews, Slower delivery outside off, Mathews waits and steers it straight to short third man. 143/3

24.5 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Length delivery on the pads, flicked to short fine leg for a quick single. 143/3

24.4 J Franklin to A Mathews, Fullish on the pads, Mathews flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 142/3

24.3 J Franklin to A Mathews, FOUR! Brilliant placement! Fullish outside off, Mathews dances down the track and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary. 141/3

24.2 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Ouch! Length delivery outside off, Dilshan sits down for a dilscoop but misses and gets hit on the body. They run through for a leg bye. 137/3

24.1 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Length delivery on middle, Dilshan shuffles across and clips it past short fine leg for a couple. 136/3

63 required of 54 balls as Franklin comes on to bowl.

23.6 K Mills to A Mathews, FOUR! Poor bowling! A slower ball and that too short? Asking for trouble. Mathews waits and cuts it hard past a diving point to the boundary. 12 runs off that over. Sri Lanka are running away with it. Nills is livid with himself. 134/3

23.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, Slower one on off stump, an off cutter. Dilshan taps it to the off side for a single. 130/3

23.4 K Mills to A Mathews, On the pads and flicked through the leg side for a single. 129/3

23.3 K Mills to A Mathews, FOUR! Full and wide outside off. Mathews drives it square through point for a much needed boundary. 128/3

23.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Fuller on off stump. Dilshan tries to dil-scoop it but doesn't get bat onto it. They run for a leg bye. 124/3

23.1 K Mills to A Mathews, A loosener by Mills first up. Bangs it in short. Mathews pulls it straight to deep mid-wicket, just for one. 123/3

The Lankans are now 2 runs ahead of the D/L par score as Mills is brought back into the attack.

22.6 N McCullum to A Mathews, Fuller ball and quick, driven to long on for one. Good over for Sri Lanka that one. 122/3

22.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, FOUR! Drilled! Dilshan smashes this to the left of mid off where Mills makes a mess of it and the ball goes through him to the boundary. 121/3

22.4 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Punches this one to the off side for a single. 117/3

22.3 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Good ball again. Dilshan defends it off the back foot. 116/3

22.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Fired in quick outside the off stump at a full length. Dilshan steers it to short third man. Well fielded there and a dot ball again. 116/3

22.1 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Short on off stump. Dilshan makes room and cuts it to the right of deep cover. They take an easy two. 116/3

21.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, On the pads and flicked to mid-wicket for one. 114/3

21.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Defends this off the front foot on the off side. 113/3

21.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Full ball outside off. Dilshan drives it to mid off, where Brendon McCullum dives but can't stop the two. 113/3

Change of ball yet again.

21.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! Straight back! Dilshan has no half measures here. Full ball on middle. Dilshan darts it back just over Franklin's head as he ducks under it at the right time. Nearly took his head along to the boundary. 111/3

21.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. Spirited effort by the fielder to save runs for his team. 107/3

21.1 T Boult to A Mathews, Good length ball and Mathews just mistimes a slap to mid on for one. 107/3

FREE HIT now.

21.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, NO BALL! Length ball on middle stump. Dilshan tries to swing but doesn't middle it. The ball goes to long on for a single as Boult oversteps. 106/3

20.6 N McCullum to A Mathews, A little shorter this time and similar angle again. Mathews tries to cut and misses. Brilliant over by McCullum. 104/3

20.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, Another one going with the arm. Mathews is completely beaten. Watling does not collect it cleanly. 104/3

20.4 N McCullum to A Mathews, The angle from around the wicket to Mathews across him nearly beats him. He defends it to the off side. 104/3

20.3 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Close! Dilshan steps out and tries to drive. Gets an inside edge and the ball goes to short fine leg for a single. 104/3

20.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Bowled with some flight on off. Dilshan plays it back uppishly to the bowler. But, the ball bounces safely. 103/3

20.1 N McCullum to A Mathews, On the pads. Turned away to the leg side. 103/3

The ball has been changed. Nice dry ball for the spinner now.

The par score after 20 overs is 104.

19.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, Short of a length delivery and angling across Dilshan. He guides it straight to point. 102/3

19.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Length ball on middle stump. Dilshan tucks it to the leg side. But, no run there. 102/3

28th ODI fifty for Dilshan.

19.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Short ball outside off stump. Dilshan cuts it away to the left of deep cover for a couple. He gets to his half-century. 102/3

19.3 T Boult to A Mathews, Length outside off stump. Mathews plays it down to long off for a single. 100/3

19.2 T Boult to A Mathews, Good tight ball on the stumps. Mathews defends it to the off side. No run. 99/3

19.1 T Boult to A Mathews, Length ball on off stump. Mathews advances down the wicket and swings at it only to miss the ball. 99/3

James Franklin comes into bowl.

18.6 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Shortish on the pads and quick. Dilshan plays it straight to mid-wicket. 99/3

18.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, Slow ball on off stump. Played down to long on for one. 99/3

18.4 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Length ball and slow outside off. Driven away to deep cover for one. 98/3

18.3 N McCullum to A Mathews, Flighted ball on the pads. Flicked away to the on side for one. 97/3

18.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Full ball, takes the inside edge of the bat and goes away to the leg side for a single. 96/3

18.1 N McCullum to T Dilshan, FOUR! Smashed! A bad full toss at good height by McCullum. Dilshan makes room and plays an inside out shot over the covers and into the boundary. 95/3

17.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Full delivery on middle stump. Dilshan tucks it away to the on side for one. 91/3

Fine leg drops back and long on comes in for Dilshan.

17.5 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Short of a length outside off. Cut away to deep cover for one. 90/3

Mid on goes back and fine leg comes in.

17.4 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Short of a length on off stump, punched away to the off side for a single. 89/3

17.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Good length ball on off stump. Dilshan defends it into the gap in the cover region for a single. He is not panicking yet. 89/3

17.2 Tim Southee to A Mathews, On the pads this time. Mathews works it away to the leg side for a single. 88/3

17.1 Tim Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! Clubbed! Southee digs it in seeing Mathews advance. Mathews plays a tennis bat forehand shot over mid on for a much needed boundary. 87/3

114 required of 96 balls now for Lankans.

16.6 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Full and quicker to Dilshan. He defends it off his back foot to the leg side. 83/3

16.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, This time drives it harder down to long on for a single. 83/3

16.4 N McCullum to A Mathews, Quicker one on leg stump by Nathan. Plays away close to mid-wicket. His brother Brendon dives and prevents the run. 82/3

16.3 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Slow on a length on middle and leg. Flicked away through the same region as the previous ball. 82/3

16.2 N McCullum to A Mathews, Flicked away through mid-wicket for one. 81/3

16.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, TWO WIDES! Drags this one down the leg side as Mathews tries to sweep and misses. The keeper can't collect and they run an extra run. 80/3

16.1 N McCullum to A Mathews, Slow delivery on middle. Mathews works it away to the on side for one. 78/3

15.6 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Slightly strays down the pads. Mathews turns it down to mid-wicket for one to get off the mark and end the over. 77/3

15.5 Tim Southee to A Mathews, This time he plays this full delivery to mid on. No run again. Sri Lanka are behind the D?L par score at this moment. 76/3

15.4 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Similar shot there with better timing but straight to the same fielder at short extra. 76/3

15.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Back of a length ball on off. Punched to Taylor at short extra cover. 76/3

15.2 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Plays a flashing drive to a full ball to deep cover for one. 76/3

15.1 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Length ball outside off with some width. Dilshan flays his bat at it and connects well to hit it between point and third nan. Franklin runs from third man to put in a dive and save a boundary, keeping them down to two. 75/3

Tim Southee back on.

14.6 N McCullum to A Mathews, Mathews tries to step down the wicket first ball. The ball finds the inside edge and rolls away to the leg side. No run. 73/3

Angelo Mathews walks in to the crease. Vice captain replaces the captain.

14.5 N McCullum to M J'dena, OUT! Big Fish! Slow ball on off stump. Jayawardena tries to get cheeky by playing a reverse sweep. The ball takes the top edge and flies to Oram at short third man who is the tallest on the field and plucks it easily in the end. That could prove costly for the Lankans. 73/3

14.4 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Drives this full delivery to mid off for a single. 73/2

14.3 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Takes the edge of the bat and goes down to the off side. No run. 72/2

14.2 N McCullum to M J'dena, Slow ball on off stump. Plays the sweep and tries to clear short fine leg. Nicol, there puts in a full stretch dive and stops it. Can't prevent the single though. 72/2

14.1 N McCullum to M J'dena, Flighted delivery on middle and leg. Flicked away to mid-wicket. The batsmen run back for a second and there is a direct hit at the keeper's end as the fielder throws completely off balance. Mahela is in though. 71/2

Nathan McCullum to bowl some spin now.

13.6 J Oram to M J'dena, Short of a length. Guided to the point region for a single to end the over. 69/2

13.5 J Oram to M J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 68/2

13.4 J Oram to T Dilshan, The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg byes given by the umpire. 68/2

13.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball outside off, pushed to cover. 67/2

13.2 J Oram to M J'dena, Mahela is off the mark. Flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 67/2

13.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, On the pads to Dilshan who tucks it away to fine leg for one. 66/2

Captain Mahela Jayawardena comes in at 4.

12.6 K Mills to K Sangakkara, OUT! The pressure gets to Sangakkara! Short ball on middle stump. Sanga backs away and pulls it straight to Ross Taylor at mid-wicket who plucks it out of thin air. Kumar Dharmasena goes upstairs to check the front foot no-ball. Phew! It looked close as Mills' front foot slid after landing. Touch and go it was for sure. But, right decision prevails in the end. Not to forget what a stinger Taylor pulled off. 65/2

12.5 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Slower one at 108.5 kph. An off cutter actually. Sanga taps it down to point. Good change of pace there. 65/1

12.4 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Short of a length ball just outside off. Punches it away past a diving Nathan McCullum at extra cover to deep cover for a couple. 65/1

12.3 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Another back of a length ball on off, defended to mid off. Third dot ball here. 63/1

12.2 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Good length ball on off stump. Sanga plays it to the covers where McCullum dives to cut off the ball and give his side a dot ball. 63/1

12.1 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Length ball on middle and leg. Sanga tries to pull it even though it is not very short. Finds the inside edge onto his pads. No run. Required run rate is at 6.43 now. 63/1

11.6 J Oram to K Sangakkara, On the pads this time, tucked away past mid-wicket for an easy run to end the over. 63/1

There is a lot of dew on the ground now.

11.5 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Slower one at 111 kph on off stump. Sanga opens the face of the bat and plays it to point. Good dot ball. 62/1

11.4 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Good tight ball on the stumps. Sanga gets his front foot across and nudges it to mid-wicket for a well run couple. 62/1

11.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Short of a length outside off. Flayed away to deep cover for a single. 60/1

11.2 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Length ball outside off with a touch of away movement. Sanga drives it to deep cover for one. 59/1

11.1 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Length ball just outside off stump. Sanga defends it to point for no run. 58/1

10.6 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Slower one on Sangakkara's pads. He tucks it away to square leg for an easy single. Good over by Mills there, just two off it. 58/1

10.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, This time Dilshan plays it straighter to mid off for a quick single. McCullum fumbles there as the ball appears wet. 57/1

10.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, And again. Short of a length ball outside off. Punched away to Taylor again at short extra cover. 56/1

10.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, Short slower one outside off. Dilshan's eyes light up as he tries to cut hard but mistimes it completely to extra cover yet again. He seems to be having a liking to the fielder there. 56/1

10.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Just back of a length by Mills. Dilshan plays a good looking punch to the same fielder again. Two dot balls in two balls. 56/1

10.1 K Mills to T Dilshan, Full ball just outside off. Dilshan drives it hard to the extra cover fielder. No run for a hard hitting shot. 56/1

9.6 J Oram to K Sangakkara, On the pads of Sanga. He flicks it to deep square leg and they go through for a couple. 56/1

The fielder is seen wiping the ball there with a hankie. There seems to be some dew on the field.

9.5 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Pitched up on off stump. Sangakkara drives it back straight to Oram who fields it safely. 54/1

9.4 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Better line and length this time on off sutmp. Sangakkara defends it to point off the back foot. 54/1

9.3 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Full on Sanga's pads this time and he accepts it with a good looking flick wide of deep square leg. They have enough time for a second. 54/1

9.2 J Oram to T Dilshan, On the hips this time and Dilshan tucks it away to fine leg for one. 52/1

9.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, FOUR! Bang! Length ball outside off with some room. Dilshan gets his hand-eye co-ordination to perfection and drives it through the covers. 51/1

8.6 K Mills to K Sangakkara, On the stumps in the corridor again. Sanga taps it back onto the wicket. No run. 47/1

8.5 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Tight on off stump on a good length. Sanga defends it to the off side. 47/1

8.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, Short of a length outside off. Played away past point to deep cover for a single. 47/1

8.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, Good length ball just outside off. Dilshan plays a classical cover drive. Franklin at mid off gets across dives but just gets a hand to it. He then chases it and keeps them down to two. He should have stopped it in the first place. 46/1

8.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Pitched up on off allowing the ball to swing there by Mills. Dilshan waits for it to swing and drives it back to the bowler. 44/1

8.1 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Southee bowls it on a length on Sanga's pads who tucks it away to deep square leg for one. 44/1

7.6 J Oram to T Dilshan, Brings the ball in off a length on middle and leg. Hits Dilshan high on his pads there Jake. Good bowling. Oram has kept Dilshan quite this over. Oram starts off with a maiden. 43/1

7.5 J Oram to T Dilshan, Some width there as Oram bowls it just short of a length outside off. Dilshan hits it straight to Nicol at point. 43/1

7.4 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball again on middle and off. Dilshan defends it down the wicket. 43/1

7.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Good shape away from Dilshan after pitching on a length on off. Beats the bat comfortably. 43/1

7.2 J Oram to T Dilshan, Tight line and length on middle. Cramps Dilshan who plays it down to the leg side. 43/1

7.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, Back of a length outside off. Dilshan guides it straight to point. Nicol stops the ball easily. 43/1

Jacob Oram into the attack now.

6.6 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Length ball on off stump. Sanga doesn't time his drive well as it travels in the gap through the cover fielders for a couple. 43/1

Sangakkara has the highest average among batsmen of just over 44 this year in ODIs. He also leads the run chart this year.

6.5 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, On the corridor on off stump. Sanga defends it to mid off. 41/1

6.5 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, WIDE! Bouncer gone wrong! Bangs it in on leg stump and the ball goes past Sanga and the umpire calls it. Wastes the second one for the over. 41/1

6.4 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Good shot for nothing! Fullish outside off, Sanga tries to drive in typical left-handerd fashion but straight to squarish cover. 40/1

6.3 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Back of a length outside off. Sanga plays it down to point, no run again. Three dot balls here. 40/1

6.2 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Good bouncer to the Lankan star there. Southee bangs it short on leg stump and Sanga responds by getting well under it. 40/1

6.1 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Full ball on middle and off by Southee. Sanga plays it to mid on. No run. 40/1

5.6 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Tight on the middle stump on a length. Sanga whips it to fine leg for a single to get off the mark sedately. 40/1

5.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Length ball just outside off, Dilshan opens the face and plays it down to third man for a single. 39/1

5.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! Fortune favouring the brave there! Bouncer at head height. Dilshan plays the hook and the ball takes the top edge and flies over the keeper and into the boundary. 38/1

5.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, Again a good ball on off stump on a length. Patted to the covers off the back foot. 34/1

5.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, Defends this tight length ball with a straight bat back onto the pitch. 34/1

5.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! Crunched! Length ball just outside off stump. Dilshan stays where he was before the ball was bowled and smashes it through the covers for another boundary. He is on 20 off just 17 balls. He is probably expecting the rains and doesn't want to be behind the D/L score. 34/1

4.6 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Short of a length on middle and leg. Sanga tries to pull it but finds mid-wicket in the way. 30/1

Kumar Sangakkara comes in one down.

4.5 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, OUT! Gets his revenge very early! Bangs it in short again, into the body this time. Tharanga tries to play a half cocked pull shot there and finds the top edge which flies down to fine leg where Oram makes no mistake and takes it with his huge hands. 30/1

4.4 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, 4 Leg byes! The periscope shot there! Bounces him and the ball takes the helmet as it flies off it to the third man fence. Lucky there. Southee has a polite word with Tharanga. 30/0

4.3 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, FOUR! Impeccable! Length ball, nothing wrong with it as it was a tight line on off stump. Tharanga just pushes it past the cover fielders into the boundary. 26/0

4.2 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, Good response from the bowler. Lovely probing line just outside off stump. The ball moves away off the seam and beats Tharanga's prod outside the off stump. 22/0

4.1 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, Wide outside off on a length. Tharanga flays through the line and finds the point boundary this time. Easy pickings. 22/0

Tim Southee comes in first change.

3.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, Short and wide outside off. Dilshan tries to cut and misses. Boult should consider himself lucky there not to be belted through point again in the over. 18/0

3.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Full on middle and leg and swinging in. Dilshan flicks it straight to square leg. No run for that good shot. Better placement would have given him some runs there. 18/0

3.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Tightens the screws this time. Bowls it on a good length and on middle and off. Dilshan defends it to the off side. 18/0

3.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! A gift to Dilshan there! Width outside off on a length. Dilshan stays in the crease and slashes it through the covers for a bread and butter boundary for him. 18/0

3.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, Similar ball again! Dilshan gets bat onto it and plays it to mid on. No run though as it was too hard. 14/0

3.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, Good fast in-swinger there. Lands outside leg and darts in after pitching. Dilshan is hit on his pads and Boult goes up in an optimistic appeal only to be turned down. 14/0

2.6 K Mills to U Tharanga, Tight on middle and off. Tharanga defends it back to the bowler off his back foot. 14/0

2.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, On a length on the pads this time. Dilshan tucks it away between mid-wicket and mid on for a single. Tharanga moves out of the blocks slowly but makes it in the end. 14/0

2.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, Better line this time! On a good length on off. Dilshan pays due respect by defending it off the front foot back to the bowler. 13/0

2.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, FOUR! Bang! Shortish outside off with a hint of room. Dilshan stays on his back foot and smashes it to the point boundary by finding the gap easily. 13/0

2.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Full and pitched up on off. Dilshan plays a good drive straight to Mills who pouches it easily on his follow through. 9/0

2.1 K Mills to T Dilshan, Mills bowls a probing line outside off stump. Dilshan defends this one to the off side. No run on offer there. 9/0

1.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, On a good length just outside off stump. Dilshan plays it down to mid off with soft hands and runs through for a quick and safe single. 9/0

1.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Back of a length on off, cut away straight to point. No run there. 8/0

1.4 T Boult to U Tharanga, Short of a length ball on middle and off. Tharanga tries to pull this one. Doesn't get enough timing on it. The ball goes down to mid on where Franklin mis-fields. They don't take the second. 8/0

1.3 T Boult to U Tharanga, Fuller this time on off stump. Tharanga gets forward confidently and defends it to mid off. 7/0

1.2 T Boult to U Tharanga, Wonderful shape away from Tharanga after pitching on off stump on a length. Tharanga tries to force it through the off side on the up but misses. 7/0

1.1 T Boult to U Tharanga, Back of a length ball on middle. Defended off the back foot onto the off side. 7/0

Trent Boult to bowl from the other end.

0.6 K Mills to T Dilshan, On a length on off stump, Dilshan plays it onto the ground on the off side. 7/0

0.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, Dilshan missed a few flicks down the leg side in the last match. Not this time. Straying on the pads on a full length. He flicks it through mid on for a couple. 7/0

0.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, FOUR! Starts off in style! Mills bowls it wide of the off stump and full. Dilshan doesn't move much and drives it through the covers of the meat of the bat. 5/0

Dilshan in his 250th ODI match, will face Mills now.

0.3 K Mills to U Tharanga, Short of a length outside off. Tharanga steers this off his back foot to third man for one. 1/0

0.2 K Mills to U Tharanga, Back of a length on off stump. Tharanga stays in his crease and plays a nothing shot. The ball dies down onto the wicket. 0/0

0.1 K Mills to U Tharanga, Good first ball! On a length on off and moving in a bit. Tharanga shoulders his arms to it. 0/0

Commentary (New Zealand innings)

Watling played a gem of an innings as he carried his bat through the innings with an impressive 96. Sri Lanka get a revised target of 197 which looks challenging at just a feather below 6 an over. If the rains stay away. we will have a good match on our hands. Do join us for the second innings.

New Zealand were way behind when the match resumed after the interruption with a run rate under 4. Their last 5 overs yielded 67 runs as they lost just one wicket. The partnership between Watling and Nathan McCullum took them to a good score in the end.

32.6 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Slow and full on off stump. Watling moves across and tries to help it away over short fine. Gets an inside edge and the ball rolls away to the leg side for a single. What a knock that has been by Watling. He can't get to his century but he will be pleased. New Zealand end up with a satisfying 188. 188/6

32.5 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, Short of a length ball on off, punches it through the covers for a single. 187/6

32.4 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, SIX! Clean as a whistle! Pitched up to the batsman. He stays on his back foot and hits it straight over the bowlers head, high and into the sight screen. What a hit! 186/6

32.3 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Low full toss on leg stump. Flicks it hard but straight to Mendis at square leg. Etiher side of him and that would have been another boundary. They run a single. Watling on 95. 180/6

32.2 N Kulasekara to B Watling, FOUR! Smart shot! Slower one again on a length just outside off. Watling backs away early and adjusts well to lift it over the in field on the off side and into the cover boundary. 179/6

32.1 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, On a length on middle. A slower one. tucked away to mid-wicket for a single. 175/6

That's it from all of us here! Do join us for the 4th ODI at Hambantota on 10th November. Till then, good bye and take care.

Tillakaratne Dilshan has been named the Man of the Match for his terrific innings of 102 off 95 balls.

An emphatic victory for the Lankans! The Kiwis, led by Watling, did well to post 188 on the board after two rain breaks. The home side had to chase down the revised target of 197. They got off to a bad start losing Tharanga in the 5th over. Sangakkara and Jayawardena too didn't last long. But Dilshan was going well at the other end and he along with Mathews resurrected the innings and in fact made sure that the Lankans crossed the finish line without much of a stutter. The pair totally dominated the proceedings and did not let the bowlers settle down. Dilshan smashed a brilliant century while Mathews played a good helping hand. All in all, it was a comprehensive performance from the home side!

31.1 K Mills to A Mathews, FOUR! SRI LANKA WIN BY 7 WICKETS! A good length delivery, Mathews carves it through point and gets a boundary to finish off in style. His right hand seems injured after taking a blow today but he still carried through his bat and along with Dilshan, won the match for the hosts! 200/3

The one over of Batting Powerplay has been taken in the last over.

31.6 L Malinga to B Watling, Drills this full ball on middle down to long on and they are two fast for the fielder to keep them down to one. 174/6

31.5 L Malinga to B Watling, FOUR! Smashed! Full on the off stump this time. Watling crashes this past mid-off for the third boundary off this over. 172/6

50 partnership between the two, also brings up the highest individual score by a NZ batsman against Sl in Lanka.

31.4 L Malinga to B Watling, FOUR! Luck this time! Full on the pads and tries to flick. He finds the inside edge down to the fine leg boundary. 168/6

31.3 L Malinga to B Watling, FOUR! Good timing again! Slower one which is full on off stump. Watling waits smartly and drags it well past a diving long on for a boundary. 164/6

31.2 L Malinga to N McCullum, Plays this full ball to mid-wicket for a single. 160/6

31.1 L Malinga to N McCullum, Poor running! Patted away to extra cover. Watling wanted the run which was never there. Kula at cover tries to hit the stumps down with a wayward throw. The stumps would have had to be shifted for him to hit them there. Watling was gone had it been on target and he is cross with himself. 159/6

The players have made their way out to the middle. Rob Nicol and BJ Watling are the two batsmen at the crease. Malinga will start off proceedings for Sri Lanka.

New Zealand - Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, BJ Watling (Wk), Ross Taylor (C), James Franklin, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Kane Williamson, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

Sri Lanka - Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(Wk), Mahela Jayawardena (C), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga.

Toss - Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to field. They have gone unchanged. While, two changes for the Kiwis as Jacob Oram and Brendon McCullum replace Andrew Ellis and Tom Latham.

Pitch - There is not a lot of grass on the surface, it is filled with of cracks. It will slow down as the day progresses.

The Lankans are 1-0 ahead in the five match series, rains have played spoil sport in both the ODIs so far with the 1st match being abandoned and the home side winning the 2nd match on the basis of D/L method as it was curtailed due to rain. The Kiwis, led by their skipper Taylor, displayed a pretty good batting effort in their last game. They would be looking to hit back hard and draw level here. If the rain stays away, we can expect a cracker.

Hello and welcome to the coverage of the 3rd ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Pallekele.

Kyle Mills to bowl, what could be the final over.

30.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, A wide delivery, slapped away through cover this time to take a couple. 196/3

14th ODI century for Dilshan! 1st against New Zealand!

30.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, SIX! That's some style to get to a century. A short of a length delivery, Dilshan backs away and absolutely nails it flat over the square leg fielder in the deep. Is quick to remove his helmet off and celebrates in style. 194/3

30.4 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, A length delivery, Dilshan makes the room but could connect with the heave. 188/3

30.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, FOUR! Reaches to 94. A slow and full delivery, Dilshan waits and heaves it away over the cover-point fence. 188/3

30.2 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Full and outside the leg stump, Dilshan heaves it straight to mid-wicket. 184/3

12th ODI fifty for Angelo Mathews, 3rd against New Zealand.

30.1 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Flicks a length ball away through mid-wicket for a single. Has been a solid support to Dilshan today. 184/3

30.6 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Worked away to square leg and they scamper through again for a second as the fielder dives. 159/6

Highest ODI score for Watling bettering his previous 72* against West Indies.

30.5 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Advances down yet again to this length ball and Thirimanne is in the firing line here at deep cover. They scamper through for a second as he seems to be sloppy. 157/6

30.4 N Kulasekara to B Watling, FOUR! Same region, different shot! Shuffles down the wicket there Watling. Kula bangs it in short seeing him advance and Watling adjusts well to cut it hard much more away from Thirimanne this time to the point fence. 155/6

30.3 N Kulasekara to B Watling, FOUR! Crashed hard! Full outside off stump, a lot of width. Watling drives it square to the left of Thirimanne at deep cover. He runs across and dives but the ball beats him once again. What timing on it! 151/6

30.2 N Kulasekara to N McCullum, Full on off stump, drilled down to long off. They think of a couple but decide against it. What can Watling do now. 147/6

30.1 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Slower ball outside off stump and full. Watling pushes it to the off side for a single to deep cover. 146/6

29.6 J Oram to T Dilshan, FOUR! Inside edge and Dilshan edges closer to a century. Full again down the leg side, Dilshan aims to heave, finds the inside edge which races down to the fine leg fence in no time. 183/3

29.5 J Oram to T Dilshan, Follows the batsman and angles it down, Dilshan steps away and whips it through mid-wicket, Williamson in the deep and they come back for two. 179/3

29.4 J Oram to A Mathews, A length delivery down the leg side, flicked down to deep square leg this time for one. 177/3

29.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Dilshan has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 176/3

29.2 J Oram to T Dilshan, Angles down a full length delivery, Dilshan aims to heave it away but is caught on the pad. 175/3

29.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, FOUR! Pulled away this time. Oram bowls short outside off, Dilshan gives himself enough room to back away and slam it with the pull over mid-wicket. That's also the 50-run stand. 175/3

Kulasekara to bowl now.

29.6 L Malinga to N McCullum, Full and fast on middle stump. McCullum backs away a tad lesser than the previous ball and does the same thing. Digs it out back to the bowler. Just 8 off the over after the first ball six. Good comeback by Malinga. 145/6

29.5 L Malinga to N McCullum, Low full toss on off stump. McCullum manages to pat it to the cover fielder. No run. 145/6

29.4 L Malinga to N McCullum, Full on middle. McCullum moves to make room but has to dig it out in the end to the off side. 145/6

Watling becomes the first NZ batsman to score three back to back 50s against SL.

29.3 L Malinga to B Watling, Pushes this one to the covers for a single. 145/6

29.2 L Malinga to N McCullum, Around 114 kph after the six, full on off stump. McCullum flicks this to mid-wicket for a single. Captain Mahela has a shy at the non-striker's end as McCullum scurries to it and missed. 144/6

29.1 L Malinga to N McCullum, SIX! Dismissed! Banged in short by Malinga. McCullum was probably expecting it. Goes deep in his crease and hooks it over the square leg fence and into the crowd. 143/6

The Batting Powerplay is taken now, of three overs.

28.6 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Angles down a full length delivery, helped away this time to deep square leg to come back for two. 171/3

28.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, A short of a length delivery, slapped away this time to the fielder at deep cover for one. 169/3

28.4 Tim Southee to A Mathews, A slow and short delivery, Mathews backs away and dabs it to point for a quick single. 168/3

28.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Fuller length on the middle stump, flicked away this time to deep mid-wicket for a single this time. 167/3

28.2 Tim Southee to A Mathews, A good length delivery, punched away through covers to take one. 166/3

28.1 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Starts with a short and wide delivery, slapped away past point for a single this time. 165/3

28.6 J Mendis to N McCullum, Shortish on off stump. Cut away to deep point for one. 137/6

28.6 J Mendis to B Watling, WIDE! Fired in down the leg side for the second wide of the over. Mendis has been wayward and expensive in this over. The keeper fails to collect cleanly and concedes one more. 136/6

28.5 J Mendis to B Watling, FOUR! Full on middle and leg. Watling plays an uppish flick past mid on and to the mid-wicket boundary. Second of the over. 134/6

28.5 J Mendis to B Watling, Wide! Drags this short and wide outside the off stump. Left alone and the umpire calls it. 130/6

28.4 J Mendis to B Watling, Full toss on off stump. Driven to wide of long off for an easy couple. 129/6

28.3 J Mendis to B Watling, FOUR! Inside out! Watling waits for this slow wide delivery and lifts it over the cover fielder. Thirimanne at deep cover runs to his right slowly and puts in the dive at the last moment. The ball defeats his attempt though. 127/6

28.2 J Mendis to N McCullum, Comes across the stumps to this length ball and tries a reverse sweep. Can't get it in the middle, the ball hits his glove and goes to short third man for a single. 123/6

28.1 J Mendis to B Watling, Full on the pads, turned away to deep mid-wicket for a single. 122/6

27.6 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball on off stump. Punched away to the off side for another single. 164/3

27.5 J Oram to A Mathews, On the hips and nudged away to the on side for one. 163/3

27.4 J Oram to A Mathews, Short on middle and pulled away to the leg side for an easy couple. 162/3

27.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Dilshan backs away to this slower one and tries to smash it through the off side. Manages to hit it straight back for a single. 160/3

27.2 J Oram to T Dilshan, Tight ball on off sutmp. Dilshan plays it down to the off side. Consectuive dot balls there. 159/3

27.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball outside off. Driven to the off side for no run. 159/3

27.6 L Malinga to N McCullum, The bouncer was due and Malinga uses it on the last ball of the over. McCullum thinks of a pull but sensibly ducks under it. 121/6

27.5 L Malinga to B Watling, Slower one at 117 kph on off stump. Watling moves away and waits, drives it but finds the outside edge down to third man for a single. 121/6

27.4 L Malinga to N McCullum, Stays put this time to a good length ball on off. Clips it to deep mid-wicket for a single. Much more sensible against someone like Malinga. 120/6

27.3 L Malinga to N McCullum, McCullum tries to give himself some room to this length ball. Malinga follows him by delivering the ball onto his body to cramp him. Defended to the off side. No run. Good bowling. 119/6

27.2 L Malinga to N McCullum, On the pads and fuller length. McCullum flicks it past deep square leg and they run for a couple. Had it been a direct hit, McCullum would have been a goner. 119/6

27.1 L Malinga to N McCullum, Bangs the first ball of his new spell into the pitch. Doesn't rise much, but McCullum defends it off his back foot onto the pitch. 117/6

26.6 Tim Southee to A Mathews, On the pads. The ball goes between the bat and pad. They appeal for a caught behind but are turned down. Replays shows that the ball hit the back pad. 159/3

26.5 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, DROPPED! Dilshan gets a breather there! Short slower ball of the back of his hand outside off. Dilshan tried to cut it hard and the ball went over Rob Nicol. He jumped high and got both hands to it but the ball dropped onto the ground soon after. They took a run too. 159/3

26.4 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Full length on the pads. Dilshan misses his flick as he has done many times in this innings and his last. Gets struck on the pads. 158/3

26.4 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, WIDE! Tries a yorker on leg stump. Goes down the leg side instead. 158/3

26.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, On the pads again and flicked away to mid-wicket for a single. They are doing it smartly now. 157/3

26.2 Tim Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! Tickled away! Straying on the pads there. All Mathews had to do was get some bat onto it and that is what Mathews does. The ball goes down to the fine leg boundary. 156/3

26.1 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Bowls it on a length and Mathews defends it off his back foot onto the off side. 152/3

Nathan McCullum walks in at No 8. Malinga will come into bowl as well. He has got one wicket so far. Can he get in a few more? He is well capable of doing so.

26.6 J Mendis to K Williamson, OUT! Gone! Williamson chips down the track again to this flighted delivery and manages to get only the inside half of his bat onto it as he tries to clear mid-on. However, he finds Mathews who doesn't drop it this time. 117/6

26.5 J Mendis to K Williamson, Danced down the track and plays it wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple. 117/5

Watling gets to his third consecutive ODI 50 against Sri Lanka.

26.4 J Mendis to B Watling, Shortish on off, punched away to the off side for a single to bring up his half-century. 115/5

26.3 J Mendis to K Williamson, Full on the pads, flicked away down to wide long on just for one. Should have done better than that. 114/5

26.2 J Mendis to B Watling, Shortish outside off this time. Punched away through the covers for a single. He moves on to 49. 113/5

26.1 J Mendis to B Watling, Short on middle and leg. Watling rocks back and plays a mis-timed pull between mid-wicket and long on for a couple. It didn't get up much. 112/5

Southee comes back on.

25.6 J Oram to T Dilshan, FOUR! Scooped away! Not quite a Dilscoop.Gets down on one knee to this length ball outside off and lifts it to the left of short fine leg and into the boundary. 152/3

25.6 J Oram to A Mathews, TWO WIDES! Slower one gone wrong down the leg side.. They take an extra as the keeper fails to collect. 148/3

25.5 J Oram to T Dilshan, Full ball on middle and leg and Dilshan drives it to long off for one. He is the key for the Lankans, 146/3

25.4 J Oram to A Mathews, Lucky! Shortish ball on middle. Mathews tries to pull and the ball hits high on the splice and goes to long on for one. 145/3

25.3 J Oram to A Mathews, Slower length ball just outside off. Mathews defends it onto the wicket once again. 144/3

25.2 J Oram to A Mathews, Tight ball on the stumps. Mathews defends it from the crease back onto the wicket. The Kiwis need to break this partnership before it is too late. 144/3

There is a slight hold up as Mathews is receiving some treatment by Steven Mount. He looks fine now and puts his helmet back on after which the physio straps the fingers on his right hand.

25.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball on off. Played away to point. Rob Nicol has a shy at the striker's end and hits Mathews on his wrists as he completes the single. He looks hurt and the physio is out with the magic spray. 144/3

Mendis back on to bowl.

As a matter of fact, he made his debut in Sri Lanka, at Dambulla.

Kane Williamson has a strike rate of around 74 in ODIs.

25.6 R Herath to K Williamson, Full and flighted on off stump. Williamson plonks his front foot forward and defends it to Herath. 110/5

25.5 R Herath to B Watling, Short of a length ball outside off, Watling backs away a tad and punches it to deep cover for one. 110/5

25.4 R Herath to K Williamson, Length ball outside off, Williamson drives it to long off for one. 109/5

25.3 R Herath to B Watling, Shortish on off stump, cut away to deep point for a single. 108/5

25.2 R Herath to K Williamson, Full on off and driven well down to long off for a single to get off the mark. 107/5

25.1 R Herath to B Watling, On a length on off, punched away to the covers for a single. 106/5

Oram to bowl now replacing Mills.

24.6 J Franklin to A Mathews, Slower delivery outside off, Mathews waits and steers it straight to short third man. 143/3

24.5 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Length delivery on the pads, flicked to short fine leg for a quick single. 143/3

24.4 J Franklin to A Mathews, Fullish on the pads, Mathews flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 142/3

24.3 J Franklin to A Mathews, FOUR! Brilliant placement! Fullish outside off, Mathews dances down the track and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary. 141/3

24.2 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Ouch! Length delivery outside off, Dilshan sits down for a dilscoop but misses and gets hit on the body. They run through for a leg bye. 137/3

24.1 J Franklin to T Dilshan, Length delivery on middle, Dilshan shuffles across and clips it past short fine leg for a couple. 136/3

Kane Williamson comes in at 7 and Herath gets a change of ends too.

24.6 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, OUT! Franklin tries to win the battle in style and perishes! A length ball on middle and leg. Franklin gives him the charge outside leg stump and goes for a wild heave only to miss the ball. The ball doesn't miss the stumps though, shattering them and a well set New Zealand batsman's hopes to take his team to a good total too. 105/5

24.5 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Good yorker on leg stump. Well dug out by Franklin too. Good battle between the two here. 105/4

24.4 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Lovely slower one by Kula. On a length and on the stumps. Franklin watches it well and defends if off the crease. 105/4

24.3 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Fullish on off, clips it down to long on for one. 105/4

24.2 N Kulasekara to B Watling, On a length and just outside off, punched away through the covers for an easy couple. 104/4

24.1 N Kulasekara to J Franklin, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 102/4

63 required of 54 balls as Franklin comes on to bowl.

23.6 K Mills to A Mathews, FOUR! Poor bowling! A slower ball and that too short? Asking for trouble. Mathews waits and cuts it hard past a diving point to the boundary. 12 runs off that over. Sri Lanka are running away with it. Nills is livid with himself. 134/3

23.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, Slower one on off stump, an off cutter. Dilshan taps it to the off side for a single. 130/3

23.4 K Mills to A Mathews, On the pads and flicked through the leg side for a single. 129/3

23.3 K Mills to A Mathews, FOUR! Full and wide outside off. Mathews drives it square through point for a much needed boundary. 128/3

23.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Fuller on off stump. Dilshan tries to dil-scoop it but doesn't get bat onto it. They run for a leg bye. 124/3

23.1 K Mills to A Mathews, A loosener by Mills first up. Bangs it in short. Mathews pulls it straight to deep mid-wicket, just for one. 123/3

23.6 T Perera to J Franklin, Dabs it to the off side and takes a single. 101/4

50 stand up between Franklin and Watling!

23.5 T Perera to J Franklin, SIX! Effortless! Fullish on middle, Franklin shuffles across and just flicks it behind square leg for a maximum. 100/4

23.4 T Perera to J Franklin, Appeal for an LBW! Not out! Length delivery on middle, Franklin looks to flick but gets a bottom edge onto his pads. It stayed a touch low. The players appeal but the umpire says no. Had he missed it, he would have been a goner! 94/4

23.4 T Perera to J Franklin, WIDE! Drifts it down the leg side, Franklin misses his flick. 94/4

23.3 T Perera to B Watling, A tad short outside off, Watling pulls it to long on for a single. 93/4

23.2 T Perera to B Watling, FOUR! Brilliant shot! Fullish outside off, Watling leans forward and drives it past extra cover for a crunching boundary. 92/4

23.1 T Perera to B Watling, Length delivery on middle, tucked to mid-wicket. 88/4

The Lankans are now 2 runs ahead of the D/L par score as Mills is brought back into the attack.

22.6 N McCullum to A Mathews, Fuller ball and quick, driven to long on for one. Good over for Sri Lanka that one. 122/3

22.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, FOUR! Drilled! Dilshan smashes this to the left of mid off where Mills makes a mess of it and the ball goes through him to the boundary. 121/3

22.4 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Punches this one to the off side for a single. 117/3

22.3 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Good ball again. Dilshan defends it off the back foot. 116/3

22.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Fired in quick outside the off stump at a full length. Dilshan steers it to short third man. Well fielded there and a dot ball again. 116/3

22.1 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Short on off stump. Dilshan makes room and cuts it to the right of deep cover. They take an easy two. 116/3

Perera back on!

22.6 A Mathews to B Watling, Good length ball outside off. Cut away to deep point for a single. 88/4

22.5 A Mathews to B Watling, Yorker on off stump. Digs it out but the ball doesn't go far off from the wicket on the off side. 87/4

22.4 A Mathews to B Watling, FOUR! Lifted over! Fullish on off stump and Watling lifts it over mid-wicket for a well calculated boundary. 87/4

22.3 A Mathews to B Watling, Watling backs away to this shortish ball on off and cuts it away straight to point. He got very little timing on it as well. 83/4

22.2 A Mathews to J Franklin, Fullish on middle and off. Franklin plays the on drive to long on and they take a single. 83/4

22.2 A Mathews to J Franklin, WIDE! Strays down the leg side slightly, but wide it is. 82/4

22.1 A Mathews to B Watling, On a length on off stump. Watling drives it to long on for a single. 81/4

21.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, On the pads and flicked to mid-wicket for one. 114/3

21.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Defends this off the front foot on the off side. 113/3

21.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Full ball outside off. Dilshan drives it to mid off, where Brendon McCullum dives but can't stop the two. 113/3

Change of ball yet again.

21.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! Straight back! Dilshan has no half measures here. Full ball on middle. Dilshan darts it back just over Franklin's head as he ducks under it at the right time. Nearly took his head along to the boundary. 111/3

21.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. Spirited effort by the fielder to save runs for his team. 107/3

21.1 T Boult to A Mathews, Good length ball and Mathews just mistimes a slap to mid on for one. 107/3

FREE HIT now.

21.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, NO BALL! Length ball on middle stump. Dilshan tries to swing but doesn't middle it. The ball goes to long on for a single as Boult oversteps. 106/3

21.6 R Herath to J Franklin, FOUR! Two in two! Some luck this time. Bowls it down the leg side and Franklin pulls out the sweep, gets an inside edge as the ball evades Sanga and goes into the fence behind him. 80/4

21.5 R Herath to J Franklin, FOUR! Full on middle, Franklin makes some room and lifts it powerfully past long off and into the straight boundary. 76/4

21.4 R Herath to J Franklin, On the pads and quick, hit straight to Malinga who fields well at short fine leg. 72/4

21.3 R Herath to B Watling, Missed chance for a catch! Slog sweeps this full ball and the ball goes straight up between fine leg and deep square leg. Malinga from short fine runs after it and pulls out at the last moment thinking that the deep square leg fielder had it covered. Bad miss! 72/4

21.2 R Herath to J Franklin, Full on off, driven to mid-off. Franklin calls Watling through for a quick single. Well run! 71/4

21.1 R Herath to B Watling, Slower through the air. Pitches on a length on leg and turns off the strip. Watling was caught unawares there. Takes the edge and flies down to short third man and they take a run. 70/4

20.6 N McCullum to A Mathews, A little shorter this time and similar angle again. Mathews tries to cut and misses. Brilliant over by McCullum. 104/3

20.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, Another one going with the arm. Mathews is completely beaten. Watling does not collect it cleanly. 104/3

20.4 N McCullum to A Mathews, The angle from around the wicket to Mathews across him nearly beats him. He defends it to the off side. 104/3

20.3 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Close! Dilshan steps out and tries to drive. Gets an inside edge and the ball goes to short fine leg for a single. 104/3

20.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Bowled with some flight on off. Dilshan plays it back uppishly to the bowler. But, the ball bounces safely. 103/3

20.1 N McCullum to A Mathews, On the pads. Turned away to the leg side. 103/3

20.6 A Mathews to J Franklin, On a good length on off, Franklin punches it back to the bowler. 69/4

20.5 A Mathews to B Watling, Clever! Slower one just outside off. Watling was done in by that one as he tried to drive it and missed. Even Sanga behind the wicket was deceived as he fumbled it and allowed the batsmen to run for a bye. 69/4

20.4 A Mathews to B Watling, Shortish outside off again, Watling half cuts and half drives it past extra cover for a well run couple. 68/4

20.3 A Mathews to J Franklin, Sensible this time. Shortish outside off, steered down to third man for one. Watling back on strike. 66/4

20.2 A Mathews to J Franklin, Franklin advances to Mathews' length ball on middle and hits it nowhere, straight to mid-wicket. 65/4

20.1 A Mathews to J Franklin, On a length on off stump, Franklin defends it to the mid off region, no run. 65/4

The ball has been changed. Nice dry ball for the spinner now.

The par score after 20 overs is 104.

19.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, Short of a length delivery and angling across Dilshan. He guides it straight to point. 102/3

19.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Length ball on middle stump. Dilshan tucks it to the leg side. But, no run there. 102/3

28th ODI fifty for Dilshan.

19.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Short ball outside off stump. Dilshan cuts it away to the left of deep cover for a couple. He gets to his half-century. 102/3

19.3 T Boult to A Mathews, Length outside off stump. Mathews plays it down to long off for a single. 100/3

19.2 T Boult to A Mathews, Good tight ball on the stumps. Mathews defends it to the off side. No run. 99/3

19.1 T Boult to A Mathews, Length ball on off stump. Mathews advances down the wicket and swings at it only to miss the ball. 99/3

65 runs and 4 wickets down now. Vice captain Mathews comes in to bowl.

19.6 R Herath to J Franklin, Full on middle, takes the inside edge of Franklin's bat and hits his pads, rolls away to the off side. Would have been close had there been no edge. They run a single. 65/4

19.5 R Herath to B Watling, Short this time outside off, cut away to deep point for one. 64/4

19.4 R Herath to B Watling, Flighted outside off stump, tempting Watling to drive. He obliges with a booming attempt but misses it as the ball turns away after pitching. 63/4

19.3 R Herath to J Franklin, Shortish and quicker on the pads, Franklin tucks it away through mid-wicket for one. 63/4

19.2 R Herath to B Watling, Flighted delivery on off stump, Watling drives it back to him. The mis-timed shot gives them a single. 62/4

19.1 R Herath to B Watling, Flighted delivery on off stump, Watling drives it back to him. 61/4

James Franklin comes into bowl.

18.6 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Shortish on the pads and quick. Dilshan plays it straight to mid-wicket. 99/3

18.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, Slow ball on off stump. Played down to long on for one. 99/3

18.4 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Length ball and slow outside off. Driven away to deep cover for one. 98/3

18.3 N McCullum to A Mathews, Flighted ball on the pads. Flicked away to the on side for one. 97/3

18.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Full ball, takes the inside edge of the bat and goes away to the leg side for a single. 96/3

18.1 N McCullum to T Dilshan, FOUR! Smashed! A bad full toss at good height by McCullum. Dilshan makes room and plays an inside out shot over the covers and into the boundary. 95/3

Rangana Herath to bowl now.

If NZ score at 8 an over they will get to 173.

18.6 J Mendis to B Watling, Shorter this time by Mendis. Cut away to deep point for a single to end the over. 61/4

18.5 J Mendis to B Watling, Hit hard off the front foot straight to extra cover. Good shot for nothing. 60/4

18.4 J Mendis to B Watling, Googly there! Could not read it and is hit on the pads. Well disguised! 60/4

18.3 J Mendis to B Watling, FOUR! The first boundary for NZ in 43 balls. Full on middle. Watling gets down on his knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 60/4

18.2 J Mendis to B Watling, On a length on off and spinning away. punched to cover. 56/4

18.1 J Mendis to J Franklin, On the pads and flicked to mid-wicket. Franklin was looking for two but Watling turns him down, rightly so. 56/4

17.6 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Full delivery on middle stump. Dilshan tucks it away to the on side for one. 91/3

Fine leg drops back and long on comes in for Dilshan.

17.5 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Short of a length outside off. Cut away to deep cover for one. 90/3

Mid on goes back and fine leg comes in.

17.4 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Short of a length on off stump, punched away to the off side for a single. 89/3

17.3 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Good length ball on off stump. Dilshan defends it into the gap in the cover region for a single. He is not panicking yet. 89/3

17.2 Tim Southee to A Mathews, On the pads this time. Mathews works it away to the leg side for a single. 88/3

17.1 Tim Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! Clubbed! Southee digs it in seeing Mathews advance. Mathews plays a tennis bat forehand shot over mid on for a much needed boundary. 87/3

17.6 T Dilshan to J Franklin, Full outside off, Franklin puts his front foot forward and plays it down to long off. They run a single. Franklin has played some good looking drives in this over, just for singles though. 55/4

17.5 T Dilshan to B Watling, Shortish on middle, punched off the back foot to long on for one. 54/4

17.4 T Dilshan to J Franklin, Full outside off, crisply driven off the front foot past a diving cover fielder for a single. 53/4

17.3 T Dilshan to J Franklin, Franklin comes forward and defends this off side delivery to point. 52/4

17.2 T Dilshan to B Watling, On the pads and Watling flicks it away to mid-wicket for a single. 52/4

17.1 T Dilshan to J Franklin, Full outside off. Franklin comes forward and drives through the covers for a single. Good looking shot that. 51/4

114 required of 96 balls now for Lankans.

16.6 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Full and quicker to Dilshan. He defends it off his back foot to the leg side. 83/3

16.5 N McCullum to A Mathews, This time drives it harder down to long on for a single. 83/3

16.4 N McCullum to A Mathews, Quicker one on leg stump by Nathan. Plays away close to mid-wicket. His brother Brendon dives and prevents the run. 82/3

16.3 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Slow on a length on middle and leg. Flicked away through the same region as the previous ball. 82/3

16.2 N McCullum to A Mathews, Flicked away through mid-wicket for one. 81/3

16.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, TWO WIDES! Drags this one down the leg side as Mathews tries to sweep and misses. The keeper can't collect and they run an extra run. 80/3

16.1 N McCullum to A Mathews, Slow delivery on middle. Mathews works it away to the on side for one. 78/3

16.6 J Mendis to B Watling, Defends it back to the bowler. Good tight ball on off. 50/4

16.5 J Mendis to J Franklin, Off the strike first ball. Tucks this length ball on the pads to deep square leg for one. 50/4

16.4 J Mendis to J Franklin, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 49/4

James Franklin is the next man in.

16.3 J Mendis to J Oram, OUT! Appears to be plumb in front. Unnecessary from Oram. Tries to play the reverse sweep without even being set. That was the googly on middle stump and Oram clearly failed to read it and was caught in front. Two big hitters back in the hut now - Taylor and Oram. Replays show that it was pitching outside leg stump. 49/4

16.2 J Mendis to B Watling, Sweeps again and connects. The ball goes to square leg and they run for one. 49/3

Ross Taylor has got run out after three years. An indication of what a good runner between the wickets he is.

16.1 J Mendis to B Watling, Tries to sweep and misses the ball. Hits the pads and rolls away to the leg side. 48/3

16.1 J Mendis to B Watling, WIDE! Down the leg side. Easy call for the umpire. 48/3

15.6 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Slightly strays down the pads. Mathews turns it down to mid-wicket for one to get off the mark and end the over. 77/3

15.5 Tim Southee to A Mathews, This time he plays this full delivery to mid on. No run again. Sri Lanka are behind the D?L par score at this moment. 76/3

15.4 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Similar shot there with better timing but straight to the same fielder at short extra. 76/3

15.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Back of a length ball on off. Punched to Taylor at short extra cover. 76/3

15.2 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Plays a flashing drive to a full ball to deep cover for one. 76/3

15.1 Tim Southee to T Dilshan, Length ball outside off with some width. Dilshan flays his bat at it and connects well to hit it between point and third nan. Franklin runs from third man to put in a dive and save a boundary, keeping them down to two. 75/3

15.6 T Dilshan to B Watling, Chipped past the non-striker to long on for a single. 47/3

15.5 T Dilshan to J Oram, Punched away to the cover region to get off the mark. 46/3

15.4 T Dilshan to J Oram, Hurries onto the batsman off a length. Oram does well to get his bat down on time. 45/3

15.3 T Dilshan to B Watling, Dabbed away to point and they run through for one. 45/3

15.2 T Dilshan to B Watling, Watling defends this off the back foot back to Dilshan. 44/3

15.1 T Dilshan to J Oram, Punched away to cover for a single. 44/3

Tim Southee back on.

14.6 N McCullum to A Mathews, Mathews tries to step down the wicket first ball. The ball finds the inside edge and rolls away to the leg side. No run. 73/3

Angelo Mathews walks in to the crease. Vice captain replaces the captain.

14.5 N McCullum to M J'dena, OUT! Big Fish! Slow ball on off stump. Jayawardena tries to get cheeky by playing a reverse sweep. The ball takes the top edge and flies to Oram at short third man who is the tallest on the field and plucks it easily in the end. That could prove costly for the Lankans. 73/3

14.4 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Drives this full delivery to mid off for a single. 73/2

14.3 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Takes the edge of the bat and goes down to the off side. No run. 72/2

14.2 N McCullum to M J'dena, Slow ball on off stump. Plays the sweep and tries to clear short fine leg. Nicol, there puts in a full stretch dive and stops it. Can't prevent the single though. 72/2

14.1 N McCullum to M J'dena, Flighted delivery on middle and leg. Flicked away to mid-wicket. The batsmen run back for a second and there is a direct hit at the keeper's end as the fielder throws completely off balance. Mahela is in though. 71/2

Dilshan to bowl now.

14.6 J Mendis to B Watling, The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 43/3

14.5 J Mendis to B Watling, The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads 43/3

Jacob Oram comes to the crease.

14.4 J Mendis to R Taylor, OUT! Risky run there costs Taylor his wicket. Tucked to mid-wicket and the bowler goes after it. Taylor charged down but was well short of his ground. Mendis covered ground well and got the target accurately. 43/3

Appeal for a run out! The umpire has gone upstairs.

14.3 J Mendis to B Watling, Flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 43/2

14.2 J Mendis to B Watling, Close call! Pitching on leg and spinning away sharply. Beats the bat and hits the back leg, was spinning away so the umpire turns the appeal down. 42/2

14.1 J Mendis to R Taylor, Drifting on the pads, Taylor flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. 42/2

Nathan McCullum to bowl some spin now.

13.6 J Oram to M J'dena, Short of a length. Guided to the point region for a single to end the over. 69/2

13.5 J Oram to M J'dena, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 68/2

13.4 J Oram to T Dilshan, The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg byes given by the umpire. 68/2

13.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball outside off, pushed to cover. 67/2

13.2 J Oram to M J'dena, Mahela is off the mark. Flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 67/2

13.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, On the pads to Dilshan who tucks it away to fine leg for one. 66/2

Jeevan Mendis will start after the interruption.

Some good news coming in! The drizzle has stopped and the covers are off. The players are out to the middle, it's a 33 over game! Batting Powerplay will be of 3 overs.

Bad news again! The drizzle has got heavier, the covers are on and the players are off! Stay tuned for further updates.

13.6 T Perera to R Taylor, Comes forward and punches it beautifully to deep cover for a single to end the over. 41/2

13.5 T Perera to R Taylor, Shuffles across and defends it back to the bowler. 40/2

It has started drizzling again!

13.4 T Perera to B Watling, Stands tall and punches it to third man for a single. 40/2

13.3 T Perera to R Taylor, Appeal for an LBW! Not out! Length delivery on middle and leg, nips back in after landing. Taylor misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire says no. Meanwhile, they run through for a leg bye. 39/2

13.2 T Perera to R Taylor, Stays back and looks to cut but the ball hits the shoulder of the bat and rolls over to point, 38/2

13.1 T Perera to R Taylor, Comes forward and pushes it straight back past the bowler. Wants a single but is sent back. 38/2

Captain Mahela Jayawardena comes in at 4.

12.6 K Mills to K Sangakkara, OUT! The pressure gets to Sangakkara! Short ball on middle stump. Sanga backs away and pulls it straight to Ross Taylor at mid-wicket who plucks it out of thin air. Kumar Dharmasena goes upstairs to check the front foot no-ball. Phew! It looked close as Mills' front foot slid after landing. Touch and go it was for sure. But, right decision prevails in the end. Not to forget what a stinger Taylor pulled off. 65/2

12.5 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Slower one at 108.5 kph. An off cutter actually. Sanga taps it down to point. Good change of pace there. 65/1

12.4 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Short of a length ball just outside off. Punches it away past a diving Nathan McCullum at extra cover to deep cover for a couple. 65/1

12.3 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Another back of a length ball on off, defended to mid off. Third dot ball here. 63/1

12.2 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Good length ball on off stump. Sanga plays it to the covers where McCullum dives to cut off the ball and give his side a dot ball. 63/1

12.1 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Length ball on middle and leg. Sanga tries to pull it even though it is not very short. Finds the inside edge onto his pads. No run. Required run rate is at 6.43 now. 63/1

12.6 A Mathews to B Watling, Length delivery outside off, Watling prods it to the off side. 38/2

12.5 A Mathews to B Watling, Comes forward and pushes it to covers. 38/2

12.4 A Mathews to B Watling, Length delivery on off, it nips back in after landing. Watling looks to force it through the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Had he missed that, he would have been a goner. 38/2

12.3 A Mathews to R Taylor, Pats it with soft hands wide of mid-wicket and scampers through for a single. 38/2

12.2 A Mathews to B Watling, Fullish outside off, Watling drives it straight back past the bowler and scampers through for a single. He dives in at the non-striker's end and makes it as the fielder knocks down the stumps. 37/2

12.1 A Mathews to B Watling, Length delivery on middle, Watling pats it wide of mid on. 36/2

11.6 J Oram to K Sangakkara, On the pads this time, tucked away past mid-wicket for an easy run to end the over. 63/1

There is a lot of dew on the ground now.

11.5 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Slower one at 111 kph on off stump. Sanga opens the face of the bat and plays it to point. Good dot ball. 62/1

11.4 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Good tight ball on the stumps. Sanga gets his front foot across and nudges it to mid-wicket for a well run couple. 62/1

11.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Short of a length outside off. Flayed away to deep cover for a single. 60/1

11.2 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Length ball outside off with a touch of away movement. Sanga drives it to deep cover for one. 59/1

11.1 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Length ball just outside off stump. Sanga defends it to point for no run. 58/1

11.6 T Perera to R Taylor, Beauty! Good length delivery very close to the off stump, it straightens after landing. Taylor pokes inside the line but gets beaten. 36/2

11.5 T Perera to R Taylor, Fullish outside off, Taylor drives it straight to mid off. 36/2

11.4 T Perera to R Taylor, Play and a miss! Good length delivery outside off, Taylor goes for a punch off the back foot but misses it completely. 36/2

11.3 T Perera to R Taylor, Stays in his crease and defends it back to the bowler. 36/2

11.2 T Perera to R Taylor, FOUR! Flicked away! Length delivery on middle and leg, Taylor flicks it to fine leg for a boundary to get off the mark. 36/2

11.1 T Perera to B Watling, Pats it to mid-wicket and takes a single. 32/2

10.6 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Slower one on Sangakkara's pads. He tucks it away to square leg for an easy single. Good over by Mills there, just two off it. 58/1

10.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, This time Dilshan plays it straighter to mid off for a quick single. McCullum fumbles there as the ball appears wet. 57/1

10.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, And again. Short of a length ball outside off. Punched away to Taylor again at short extra cover. 56/1

10.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, Short slower one outside off. Dilshan's eyes light up as he tries to cut hard but mistimes it completely to extra cover yet again. He seems to be having a liking to the fielder there. 56/1

10.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Just back of a length by Mills. Dilshan plays a good looking punch to the same fielder again. Two dot balls in two balls. 56/1

10.1 K Mills to T Dilshan, Full ball just outside off. Dilshan drives it hard to the extra cover fielder. No run for a hard hitting shot. 56/1

10.6 A Mathews to R Taylor, Dropped! Mathews drops another one in this over but this time of the big fish, Taylor! Fullish outside off, Taylor is enticed into the drive, he checks his shot at the last moment and helps it straight back to Mathews who fluffs it at the waist height. 31/2

10.5 A Mathews to R Taylor, In the corridor outside off, Taylor leaves it alone. 31/2

10.4 A Mathews to R Taylor, Beauty! Nips away after landing outside off, Taylor pokes inside the line and gets beaten. 31/2

Ross Taylor is the new batsman.

10.3 A Mathews to B McCullum, OUT! LBW! Mathews makes amends this time! Length delivery on middle and leg, nips back in after landing. McCullum shuffles across a tad for a flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire lifts his finger. That decision looked dicey! Might have been missing leg! 50th ODI wicket for Mathews! 31/2

10.2 A Mathews to B Watling, Dropped! That should have been taken! Fullish on middle, Watling drives it uppishly straight back to Mathews who gets both the hands to it but then fluffs it. They run through for a single on the ricochet! 31/1

10.1 A Mathews to B Watling, Good length delivery outside off, Watling looks to force it through the off side but mistimes it to mid on. 30/1

9.6 J Oram to K Sangakkara, On the pads of Sanga. He flicks it to deep square leg and they go through for a couple. 56/1

The fielder is seen wiping the ball there with a hankie. There seems to be some dew on the field.

9.5 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Pitched up on off stump. Sangakkara drives it back straight to Oram who fields it safely. 54/1

9.4 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Better line and length this time on off sutmp. Sangakkara defends it to point off the back foot. 54/1

9.3 J Oram to K Sangakkara, Full on Sanga's pads this time and he accepts it with a good looking flick wide of deep square leg. They have enough time for a second. 54/1

9.2 J Oram to T Dilshan, On the hips this time and Dilshan tucks it away to fine leg for one. 52/1

9.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, FOUR! Bang! Length ball outside off with some room. Dilshan gets his hand-eye co-ordination to perfection and drives it through the covers. 51/1

9.6 T Perera to B McCullum, Stays back and pats it to point. 30/1

9.5 T Perera to B McCullum, Probing delivery outside off, McCullum shuffles across and leaves it alone. 30/1

9.4 T Perera to B McCullum, Good length delivery outside off, Watling looks to punch but mistimes it to covers. 30/1

9.3 T Perera to B Watling, Wide outside off, Watling cuts it to third man for just a single. 30/1

9.2 T Perera to B Watling, Good length delivery outside off, Watling stands tall and punches it to covers. 29/1

9.1 T Perera to B McCullum, A tad short outside off, McCullum dabs it to third man for a single. 29/1

8.6 K Mills to K Sangakkara, On the stumps in the corridor again. Sanga taps it back onto the wicket. No run. 47/1

8.5 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Tight on off stump on a good length. Sanga defends it to the off side. 47/1

8.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, Short of a length outside off. Played away past point to deep cover for a single. 47/1

8.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, Good length ball just outside off. Dilshan plays a classical cover drive. Franklin at mid off gets across dives but just gets a hand to it. He then chases it and keeps them down to two. He should have stopped it in the first place. 46/1

8.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Pitched up on off allowing the ball to swing there by Mills. Dilshan waits for it to swing and drives it back to the bowler. 44/1

8.1 K Mills to K Sangakkara, Southee bowls it on a length on Sanga's pads who tucks it away to deep square leg for one. 44/1

Thisara Perera into the attack now.

The players are out on the ground and it will be a 48-overs a side game. Mandatory Powerplay first 9 overs. Batting Powerplay for 5 overs!

Thankfully the drizzle has stopped and the covers are coming off!

Some bad news! The drizzle has just got heavier and the covers are on. The players are off. Stay tuned for further updates.

8.6 A Mathews to B Watling, Stays in his crease and punches it to short extra covers where the fielder shows good reflexes and makes the stop. End of Mandatory Powerplay! 28/1

8.5 A Mathews to B Watling, Length delivery outside off, Watling comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 28/1

It's started drizzling!

8.4 A Mathews to B McCullum, Looks to force it through the off side but gets a slight inside edge to the leg side for a single. 28/1

8.3 A Mathews to B McCullum, Length delivery on middle, McCullum goes back and pushes it to bowler. 27/1

8.2 A Mathews to B McCullum, Goes back and pats a length delivery on middle to mid on. 27/1

8.1 A Mathews to B McCullum, Length delivery on off, McCullum stays back and defends. 27/1

7.6 J Oram to T Dilshan, Brings the ball in off a length on middle and leg. Hits Dilshan high on his pads there Jake. Good bowling. Oram has kept Dilshan quite this over. Oram starts off with a maiden. 43/1

7.5 J Oram to T Dilshan, Some width there as Oram bowls it just short of a length outside off. Dilshan hits it straight to Nicol at point. 43/1

7.4 J Oram to T Dilshan, Length ball again on middle and off. Dilshan defends it down the wicket. 43/1

7.3 J Oram to T Dilshan, Good shape away from Dilshan after pitching on a length on off. Beats the bat comfortably. 43/1

7.2 J Oram to T Dilshan, Tight line and length on middle. Cramps Dilshan who plays it down to the leg side. 43/1

7.1 J Oram to T Dilshan, Back of a length outside off. Dilshan guides it straight to point. Nicol stops the ball easily. 43/1

Angelo Mathews comes into the attack.

7.6 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Good shot but no run! Fullish outside off, Watling drives it sweetly but straight to point. 27/1

7.5 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Watling has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 27/1

7.4 N Kulasekara to B Watling, FOUR! Lovely drive! Fullish outside off, Watling leans forward and drives it past mid off for a crunching boundary. 27/1

7.3 N Kulasekara to B McCullum, Edgy again! Length delivery outside off, straightens after landing. McCullum goes for a drive but gets an outside edge to third man for just a single. 23/1

7.2 N Kulasekara to B McCullum, Comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 22/1

7.1 N Kulasekara to B McCullum, Length delivery on middle, McCullum pushes it to mid on off the front foot. 22/1

Jacob Oram into the attack now.

6.6 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Length ball on off stump. Sanga doesn't time his drive well as it travels in the gap through the cover fielders for a couple. 43/1

Sangakkara has the highest average among batsmen of just over 44 this year in ODIs. He also leads the run chart this year.

6.5 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, On the corridor on off stump. Sanga defends it to mid off. 41/1

6.5 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, WIDE! Bouncer gone wrong! Bangs it in on leg stump and the ball goes past Sanga and the umpire calls it. Wastes the second one for the over. 41/1

6.4 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Good shot for nothing! Fullish outside off, Sanga tries to drive in typical left-handerd fashion but straight to squarish cover. 40/1

6.3 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Back of a length outside off. Sanga plays it down to point, no run again. Three dot balls here. 40/1

6.2 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Good bouncer to the Lankan star there. Southee bangs it short on leg stump and Sanga responds by getting well under it. 40/1

6.1 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Full ball on middle and off by Southee. Sanga plays it to mid on. No run. 40/1

6.6 L Malinga to B Watling, Comes forward and drives it sweetly to covers but no run! 22/1

6.5 L Malinga to B McCullum, FIVE runs! Good length delivery outside off, McCullum pats it to mid off and scampers through for a single. The Perera has a shy at the non-striker's end, misses. The ball hits McCullum's bat and ricochets to the fence. 22/1

6.4 L Malinga to B McCullum, Comes forward and pushes a length delivery outside off to covers. 17/1

6.3 L Malinga to B McCullum, Great work from Kulasekara in the deep! Length delivery outside off, swinging away. McCullum pokes at it and gets an outside edge to third man where Kulasekara dives to his left and flicks it back in. Saves a couple. 17/1

6.2 L Malinga to B Watling, Shuffles across a tad and flicks a length delivery on off past mid on for a run. 15/1

6.1 L Malinga to B McCullum, Length delivery on off, McCullum pats it wide of mid on and scampers through for a single. 14/1

5.6 T Boult to K Sangakkara, Tight on the middle stump on a length. Sanga whips it to fine leg for a single to get off the mark sedately. 40/1

5.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Length ball just outside off, Dilshan opens the face and plays it down to third man for a single. 39/1

5.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! Fortune favouring the brave there! Bouncer at head height. Dilshan plays the hook and the ball takes the top edge and flies over the keeper and into the boundary. 38/1

5.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, Again a good ball on off stump on a length. Patted to the covers off the back foot. 34/1

5.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, Defends this tight length ball with a straight bat back onto the pitch. 34/1

5.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! Crunched! Length ball just outside off stump. Dilshan stays where he was before the ball was bowled and smashes it through the covers for another boundary. He is on 20 off just 17 balls. He is probably expecting the rains and doesn't want to be behind the D/L score. 34/1

5.6 N Kulasekara to B Watling, In the corridor outside off, Watling leaves it alone. Good over from Kulasekara! 13/1

5.5 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Leans forward and drives a length delivery outside off to covers. 13/1

5.4 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Watling has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 13/1

5.3 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Terrific from Dilshan! Watling goes back and guides it to point where Dilshan dives to his right and makes the stop. 13/1

5.2 N Kulasekara to B McCullum, Length delivery on the pads, McCullum misses his clip and they run through for a leg bye. 13/1

5.1 N Kulasekara to B McCullum, Big appeal for an LBW! Not out! Length delivery outside off, swings in sharply, McCullum comes forward for a very late flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire says no. That looked very close! 12/1

4.6 Tim Southee to K Sangakkara, Short of a length on middle and leg. Sanga tries to pull it but finds mid-wicket in the way. 30/1

Kumar Sangakkara comes in one down.

4.5 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, OUT! Gets his revenge very early! Bangs it in short again, into the body this time. Tharanga tries to play a half cocked pull shot there and finds the top edge which flies down to fine leg where Oram makes no mistake and takes it with his huge hands. 30/1

4.4 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, 4 Leg byes! The periscope shot there! Bounces him and the ball takes the helmet as it flies off it to the third man fence. Lucky there. Southee has a polite word with Tharanga. 30/0

4.3 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, FOUR! Impeccable! Length ball, nothing wrong with it as it was a tight line on off stump. Tharanga just pushes it past the cover fielders into the boundary. 26/0

4.2 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, Good response from the bowler. Lovely probing line just outside off stump. The ball moves away off the seam and beats Tharanga's prod outside the off stump. 22/0

4.1 Tim Southee to U Tharanga, Wide outside off on a length. Tharanga flays through the line and finds the point boundary this time. Easy pickings. 22/0

It's getting a tad windy and overcast now!

4.6 L Malinga to B Watling, Good length delivery outside off, Watling comes forward and defends it to covers to end the over. 12/1

4.5 L Malinga to B Watling, Stays in his crease and squirts it defensively into the ground. 12/1

4.4 L Malinga to B McCullum, Good single! Stays back and pushes a length delivery with soft hands to covers. Scampers through for a quick single. 12/1

4.3 L Malinga to B McCullum, Stays back and defends a length delivery on off solidly to mid off. 11/1

4.2 L Malinga to B McCullum, Length delivery outside off, McCullum comes forward and pushes it to covers. 11/1

4.1 L Malinga to B McCullum, Good length delivery outside off, McCullum leaves it alone. 11/1

Tim Southee comes in first change.

3.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, Short and wide outside off. Dilshan tries to cut and misses. Boult should consider himself lucky there not to be belted through point again in the over. 18/0

3.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Full on middle and leg and swinging in. Dilshan flicks it straight to square leg. No run for that good shot. Better placement would have given him some runs there. 18/0

3.4 T Boult to T Dilshan, Tightens the screws this time. Bowls it on a good length and on middle and off. Dilshan defends it to the off side. 18/0

3.3 T Boult to T Dilshan, FOUR! A gift to Dilshan there! Width outside off on a length. Dilshan stays in the crease and slashes it through the covers for a bread and butter boundary for him. 18/0

3.2 T Boult to T Dilshan, Similar ball again! Dilshan gets bat onto it and plays it to mid on. No run though as it was too hard. 14/0

3.1 T Boult to T Dilshan, Good fast in-swinger there. Lands outside leg and darts in after pitching. Dilshan is hit on his pads and Boult goes up in an optimistic appeal only to be turned down. 14/0

3.6 N Kulasekara to B McCullum, Length delivery outside off, nips back in a tad McCullum comes forward for a steer but gets a slight outside edge to third man for one. 11/1

3.5 N Kulasekara to B McCullum, Length delivery on off, McCullum stays back and defends it into the ground. 10/1

3.4 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Length delivery outside off, Watling goes for a drive but gets an outside edge to third man for a single. 10/1

3.3 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Probing delivery outside off, Watling shoulders his arms to it. 9/1

3.2 N Kulasekara to B Watling, Length delivery outside off, swinging in. Watling defends it to the off side. 9/1

3.1 N Kulasekara to B Watling, In the corridor outside off, Watling leaves it alone. 9/1

2.6 K Mills to U Tharanga, Tight on middle and off. Tharanga defends it back to the bowler off his back foot. 14/0

2.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, On a length on the pads this time. Dilshan tucks it away between mid-wicket and mid on for a single. Tharanga moves out of the blocks slowly but makes it in the end. 14/0

2.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, Better line this time! On a good length on off. Dilshan pays due respect by defending it off the front foot back to the bowler. 13/0

2.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, FOUR! Bang! Shortish outside off with a hint of room. Dilshan stays on his back foot and smashes it to the point boundary by finding the gap easily. 13/0

2.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Full and pitched up on off. Dilshan plays a good drive straight to Mills who pouches it easily on his follow through. 9/0

2.1 K Mills to T Dilshan, Mills bowls a probing line outside off stump. Dilshan defends this one to the off side. No run on offer there. 9/0

2.6 L Malinga to B McCullum, Chin music straight away! Bouncer outside off, McCullum ducks under it. 9/1

Brendon McCullum is the new batsman.

2.5 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, OUT! Malinga removes Nicol! Length delivery outside off, swinging away. Nicol leans forward for a drive but gets an outside edge to second slip where Jayawardena pouches a good low catch to his right. The batsman waits to check whether the catch was cleanly taken but replays suggest that Jayawardena had taken it cleanly. This is a good start from the home side! 9/1

Jayawardena has taken a catch in slips, the umpire has gone upstairs!

2.4 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Goes back and punches a length delivery outside off straight to mid off. 9/0

2.3 L Malinga to B Watling, Length delivery outside off, swinging away. Watling stays back and guides it to third man for a single. Off the mark! 9/0

2.2 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Length delivery outside off, Nicol pushes it to point off the front foot and takes a single. 8/0

2.1 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, A tad full outside off, Nicol drives it straight to covers. 7/0

1.6 T Boult to T Dilshan, On a good length just outside off stump. Dilshan plays it down to mid off with soft hands and runs through for a quick and safe single. 9/0

1.5 T Boult to T Dilshan, Back of a length on off, cut away straight to point. No run there. 8/0

1.4 T Boult to U Tharanga, Short of a length ball on middle and off. Tharanga tries to pull this one. Doesn't get enough timing on it. The ball goes down to mid on where Franklin mis-fields. They don't take the second. 8/0

1.3 T Boult to U Tharanga, Fuller this time on off stump. Tharanga gets forward confidently and defends it to mid off. 7/0

1.2 T Boult to U Tharanga, Wonderful shape away from Tharanga after pitching on off stump on a length. Tharanga tries to force it through the off side on the up but misses. 7/0

1.1 T Boult to U Tharanga, Back of a length ball on middle. Defended off the back foot onto the off side. 7/0

1.6 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Good work from Thirimanne! Length delivery on the pads, Nicol clips it past short fine leg, Thirimanne dives to his right from deep square leg and flicks it back in. Three runs taken. 7/0

1.6 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, WIDE! Well done by Sangakkara! Drifts it way down the leg side, Nicol misses hsi flick, Sangakkara does well to get a glove to it and prevent a certain boundary. 4/0

1.5 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Beauty! This time the ball holds its line after landing outside off, Nicol is squared up and is beaten. 3/0

1.4 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Fullish inswinging delivery on middle, nips back in after landing. Nicol misses his flick and the ball brushes his pads and rolls over to short fine leg. 3/0

1.3 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Drifts it onto his pads this time, Nicol flicks it to long leg for a couple. 3/0

1.2 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Length delivery outside off, Nicol comes forward and prods it to the off side. 1/0

1.1 N Kulasekara to Rob Nicol, Length delivery on off, swinging in. Nicol comes forward and defends it to mid on. 1/0

Trent Boult to bowl from the other end.

0.6 K Mills to T Dilshan, On a length on off stump, Dilshan plays it onto the ground on the off side. 7/0

0.5 K Mills to T Dilshan, Dilshan missed a few flicks down the leg side in the last match. Not this time. Straying on the pads on a full length. He flicks it through mid on for a couple. 7/0

0.4 K Mills to T Dilshan, FOUR! Starts off in style! Mills bowls it wide of the off stump and full. Dilshan doesn't move much and drives it through the covers of the meat of the bat. 5/0

Dilshan in his 250th ODI match, will face Mills now.

0.3 K Mills to U Tharanga, Short of a length outside off. Tharanga steers this off his back foot to third man for one. 1/0

0.2 K Mills to U Tharanga, Back of a length on off stump. Tharanga stays in his crease and plays a nothing shot. The ball dies down onto the wicket. 0/0

0.1 K Mills to U Tharanga, Good first ball! On a length on off and moving in a bit. Tharanga shoulders his arms to it. 0/0

Nuwan Kulasekara will bowl from the other end.

0.6 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Stays in his crease and steers it to third man for a single. 1/0

0.5 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Good stuff from Malinga! Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty. Nicol leaves it alone cautiously. 0/0

0.4 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Beaten! Nice movement! Length delivery outside off, swinging away, Nicol feels for it and gets beaten. 0/0

0.3 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Well bowled! Good length delivery on middle, Nicol looks to defend but gets a slight outside edge to point. 0/0

0.2 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Stays in his crease and punches a length delivery on off to extra cover. 0/0

0.1 L Malinga to Rob Nicol, Length delivery outside off, Nicol comes forward and pats it to point. 0/0