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Cricket World Cup: New Zealand-Sri Lanka as it happened

  1. 0925 Commentary  

    Morning, everyone. It's nearly time for the first semi-final from the 2011 World Cup - but while New Zealand and Sri Lanka prepare to do battle in Colombo (play starts at 1000 BST) - the big news from the cricketing world is that Ricky Ponting has resigned as Australia captain. Not entirely unexpected, but big news nevertheless, and some leading cricketing figures have been paying tribute to the man nicknamed "Punter".

    The big question in the NZ-SL match centres on whether spinner Muttiah Muralitharan can coax his creaking body into action for what could be his last\u00a0game for Sri Lanka\u00a0(he's already said he's quitting internationals after the World Cup). Test Match Special's Kevin Howells has heard he'll play (Murali that is, not Kevin). The Kiwis' latest injury replacement in their squad\u00a0has been Andy McKay for Kyle Mills. Team/toss news as we get it.

  2. 0928 Commentary  

    As usual, whether you're supporting New Zealand or Sri Lanka, hailing from Dunedin or Dambulla, we want to hear from you during the game - you may know by now, but you can e-mail (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), text 81111 (with "CRICKET" as the first word), or tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup - go on, you know you want to!

  3. 0932 Commentary  

    A bit of team news coming in from TMS's Adam Mountford and Lee James on Twitter - Sri Lanka are unchanged so Murali's fit, while NZ bring in seamer Andy McKay, who's only just arrived as an injury replacement, for spinner Luke Woodcock.

  4. 0933 Commentary TOSS NEWS  

    New Zealand win the toss and will bat first. Those team changes confirmed - SL unchanged, NZ have McKay for Woodcock.

  5. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    On Twitter: "Sounds like 34,000 horns have entered the ground..The best nightclub in Colombo is about to get started."

  6. 0941 Commentary TEAM NEWS  

    Test Match Special will be on air shortly (from 0945 BST), but for now, here's the full team line-ups:

    New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (wk), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori (capt), Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Andy McKay.

    Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk),\u00a0Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera,\u00a0Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews,\u00a0Lasith Malinga,\u00a0Rangana Herath,\u00a0Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan.

    Umpires today are two of the best (in my humble view) - Pakistan's Aleem Dar and Australia's Steve Davis. South Africa's Marais Erasmus is on TV replays, with West Indies' Billy Doctrove as fourth ump. English representation is provided by match referee Chris Broad.

  7. 0948 Commentary  

    If you're not familiar with Andy McKay, he hails from Auckland his career statistics show he's taken 19 wickets at 26.94 in 13 ODIs since his debut in February 2010, having also featured in one Test and two Twenty20 internationals. Sadly he's not the same Andy Mackay who's the saxophonist from Roxy Music. But Daryl Tuffey, who was called into the NZ squad before McKay but seems to have been leap-frogged by him, may be a Jealous Guy.

  8. Twitter  

    From boredmatt: "Hoping to see another great fielding performance from NZ. Maybe SL will lose a wicket today?"

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  9. 0954 Commentary  

    Time for the anthems, both of which are quite long. New Zealand once more adopt the "arms around each other's shoulders" routine. Martin Guptill, who excelled in the field against South Africa, sings particularly lustily, as do a few "Beige Brigade" NZ fans in the stands. Sri Lanka's anthem is one you could certainly march to, plenty of drumbeats, and their players are sporting a variety of sunglasses. Spinner Ajantha Mendis, who used to be in the Sri Lanka army, is one of the keenest singers.

  10. Twitter  

    Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff: "Come on Sri Lanka! Murali man of the match!"

    If you didn't catch it last week, Flintoff spoke to the BBC Asian Network about "my mate Murali", his former Lancashire team-mate.

  11. 0959 Commentary  

    Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum opening for NZ as normal - I sense McCullum rather owes them a big innings. Lasith Malinga, alias "The Slinger", will take the new ball for the co-hosts. We're ready to roll.

  12. 1 over Commentary NZ 4-0  

    Guptill is watchful against Malinga, who only has one slip in but a man on the drive at short extra cover. Guptill gets the Kiwis under way with a lofted on-drive over mid-wicket for four.

  13. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I still think there's two or three years of good batting left in Ricky Ponting - just look at what Sachin Tendulkar has done - but I think it's the right decision for him to step down."

  14. 2 overs Commentary NZ 10-0  

    Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath takes the second over - and McCullum has a look at the first ball before rocking back to pull him for four through mid-wicket. Michael Vaughan on TMS thinks that with two right-handers in, they've gone for the slow left-armer rather than the off-spin of Tillakaratne Dilshan, who opened against England's left-handed opener Andrew Strauss in the quarter-final. A full toss is punched for a single by McCullum, Guptill dabs another.

  15. Commentary  

    From Jabbar Ahmed, TMS inbox: "Would be great to see New Zealand getting revenge for their semi-final loss against Sri Lanka in 2007. Hoping for McCullum to provide some fireworks at the top."

  16. Twitter  

    From sepo_efc: "Dilshan to go first ball today... used every ounce of luck on Saturday."

    You can read Dilshan's exclusive BBC column about the quarter-final against England if you've not seen it already. Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today.

  17. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "If I were another international team, I'd be tapping up the Sri Lanka physio - not only is he speedy when he runs out to the middle, but somehow Murali's out there! He\u00a0tore his hamstring a week ago, and ripped his groin against England, but he's out there!"

  18. 3 overs Commentary NZ 16-0  

    Skipper Sangakkara shuffles his bowlers as Malinga's off after one over and medium-pacer Angelo Mathews is on. His first ball is down the leg side, Guptill helps it on its way and a painful-looking dive from Murali at short fine leg can't stop the four. Guptill chips a two to leg, and a fan in the crowd is holding up a sign saying "I am on sick leave".

  19. SMS  

    From Kevin W, York: "Re: 0948 - perhaps Daryl Tuffey can 'Dance Away' his heartache?"

  20. 4 overs Commentary NZ 16-0  

    Bit of turn for Herath, sending down a maiden over to McCullum. If you've not seen them before, I can also recommend a look at the enhanced statistics for all World Cup matches, courtesy of our friends at BBC World Service.

  21. 5 overs Commentary NZ 20-0  

    Mathews overpitches and Guptill lofts him over his head for four, a steady start. And a wam welcome to seemingly the majority of the UK's student population, you all seem to be e-mailing or texting in saying you're following this game in your lectures or when you're supposed to be doing your coursework. Welcome one and all...

  22. Commentary  

    From Jonathan Britstone, TMS inbox: "Re Michael Vaughan's comments about Murali -\u00a0I think it shows how much it means to Murali to play for his country, unlike many other players in sport, especially football, where country comes second best to club."

  23. 6 overs Commentary NZ 29-0  

    Hello... McCullum swings for the fences, effortlessly slog-sweeping Herath over mid-wicket for six! Sri Lanka then appeal for lbw when McCullum is hit on the top of his pad playing a back-foot defensive shot, but decide against a review when Aleem Dar shakes his head. (Just as well, replays indicate it would have been "umpire's call"). They run a leg bye, and Guptill knocks the last ball for two.

    And a little SL-NZ stat from my colleague Jon Barbuti: Sri Lanka have won seven of their last 10 completed ODI meetings with New Zealand, including the 2007 World Cup semi-final.

  24. SMS  

    From Alex, Oxford: "If Daryl Tuffey is a Jealous Guy [0948] then Vettori needs to make sure his team Stick Together."

    Although strictcly speaking, Let's Stick Together was a Bryan Ferry solo\u00a0 number rather than Roxy Music...

  25. 7 overs Commentary NZ 32-0  

    Bryan Waddle and Michael Vaughan on TMS note the huge numbers of trumpeters around the R Premadasa Stadium, who never seem to have to pause for breath, as the Kiwis help themselves to three singles against Mathews' medium pace.

  26. 7.1 overs WICKET B McCullum b Herath 13 (NZ 32-1)  

    McCullum tries to sweep Herath but misses and is bowled by one which skids on!

  27. 8 overs Commentary NZ 34-1  

    So, McCullum's poor record against Sri Lanka continues - he averages 16 against them (compared to his overall ODI average of 28.94 before today), and has never hit a fifty. The burly left-hander Jesse Ryder, turquoise bandana visible under his helmet, is the new batsman, and he guides his first ball for a single to square leg. A single takes Guptill to 19 from 24 balls.

  28. BBC Test Match Special's Danny Morrison
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Danny Morrison  

    "Ryder's a key wicket for Sri Lanka to take as he's the form player\u00a0- and with Herath having bowled four overs, you wonder whether they might bring Dilshan or Murali on to turn the ball away from the left-hander."

  29. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "Re: sepo_efc [3rd over] -\u00a0yes, Dilshan will be out to the fist legitimate ball he faces, having hit all the 10 no-balls prior to that for sixes."

  30. 9 overs Commentary NZ 37-1  

    Mathews to continue, Guptill singles but Ryder can't quite time an attempted flat-batted blast, although eventually he chips a two through the covers.

  31. SMS  

    From Shaun in Ipswich: "Bored waiting to be picked as a juror in crown court,\u00a0thank goodness for\u00a0live text and mobile internet, just hope my battery is as reliable!"

    Whatever you do, if you're asked "guilty or not guilty", don't call for a review by the third umpire...

  32. 10 overs Commentary NZ 38-1  

    As predicted by Danny Morrison on TMS, Herath is off - but his replacement is off-spinner/leg-spinner/carrom-ball-spinner Ajantha Mendis. He shuffles in, Guptill straight-drives for a single but that's a tidy over from the 26-year-old from Moratuwa.

  33. Commentary  

    From Robert Frith, TMS inbox: "I guess Murali\u2019s going to need to 'Avalon' rest after this game!"

  34. 11 overs Commentary NZ 42-1  

    Umpire Steve Davis signals the fielding powerplay as Guptill steers Mathews for a single. An edge brings Ryder a single, and the increasingly assured Guptill knocks the last ball for two.

  35. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "Re: Jonathan Bristone (5th over). Any footballer who was approaching retirement would play through pain in a World Cup semi final even if they would normally put club before country."

    Many of us recall the 1990 football World Cup, where Gary Lineker had trained in slippers for part of the tournament to protect his notorious injured toe!

  36. 12 overs Commentary NZ 50-1  

    Mendis bowls a juicy pie of a long-hop to Ryder, who's unlikely ever to turn down a juicy pie of any description, and flays him through\u00a0cover point\u00a0for four. A single takes Big Jesse to nine, while Guptill carves a two anda\u00a0 single to bring up the Kiwi fifty. Solid if unspectacular from the Black Caps, and Danny Morrison on TMS thinks they'll be happy with this.

  37. Twitter  

    From sepo_efc: "Is it true that Guptill only has two toes? How does he not fall over when he's running?

    Indeed - he lost three toes in an accident while a teenager. Mind you, that still left him with seven - which is one more than the late Fred Titmus had. Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today.

  38. 13 overs Commentary NZ 57-1  

    Guptill is playing nice and straight, taking a single off the first ball of Mathews' sixth over. The Kiwi pair exchange singles, before Ryder hoists an off-cutter over cover for four. Mathews has 0-27 from six overs, may be time for a rest for him.

  39. 14 overs Commentary NZ 58-1  

    A tight over from Mendis, just a Guptill single is added. With sub fielder Perera on the field, TMS commentator Roshan Abeysinghe wonders if Muralitharan has hobbled off again - he was off for a spell earlier. I'd be interested to know if you think the umpires ought to be stricter on players who clearly come into the match carrying an injury (such as Murali and Vettori today) leaving the field. Equally, there's a suspicion that one or two international batsmen - such as Jesse Ryder in the NZ-SA quarter-final and India's Virender Sehwag in the odd ODI - are tending to bat without doing their share of fielding...

  40. Twitter  

    From walalR: "Only worry for SL is their lower order. The 5 have faced only 20 or so balls over the entire tournament."

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  41. 15 overs Commentary NZ 60-1  

    In fact, it's Mendis off the field as Muralitharan is on to bowl his first spell of the day - bowling round the wicket, he yields only two singles.

  42. BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold  

    "Sri Lanka will be happy with this score after 15 overs, but so will New Zealand."

  43. SMS  

    From Nick, Birmingham: "Re: 0948 - Daryl Tuffey's sitting on the players' balcony thinking that he flew all the way to Sri Lanka for 'More Than This'."

  44. 16 overs Commentary NZ 62-1  

    Ryder nudges Mendis for a single into the covers, Guptill nurdles another, but another tidy over from the former soldier. Guptill has 32 from 46 balls, while Big Jesse has 16 form 29.

  45. BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold  

    "I think the bowling unit is stronger than the side we had in 2007 - Malinga has matured, Murali's still there, while we used to bowl a lot of part-time bowlers, like Dilshan and me, but nowadays we've got more front-line spinners."

  46. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "Re: Martin Guptill's toes [13th over]. I lost 20 Kiwi dollars when a mate of mine in Christchurch said he had\u00a0seven toes. Obviously I said that's nonsense and accepted the bet. When Martin arrived he sure enough revealed a foot with\u00a0five toes and a foot with two!"

  47. 17 overs Commentary NZ 67-1  

    Single from Guptill as Murali continues to put the brakes on, then Ryder chops the ball between keeper Sangakkara's feet and they run three. Guptill rotates the strike again, then Ryder is denied by a great sprawling stop by BBC Sport\u00a0columnist Tillakaratne Dilshan, who swoops at cover to Dil-scoop the ball up.

    This is Murali's 39th World Cup game today, by the way - that's a Sri Lankan\u00a0record, passing Sanath Jayasuriya's 38.

  48. 18 overs DRINKS BREAK NZ 68-1  

    The mesmeric Mendis bowls a tight line to keep Guptill tied down, the Kiwi opener finally tipping-and-running a single into the covers off the last ball. Time for drinks.

  49. Twitter  

    From arsalanmajid7: "If New Zealand win today, John Wright will be the first coach to have taken two different teams to a World Cup final."

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  50. SMS  

    From Alex in Northumberland: "Tuffey hopes Guptill and co won't become 'Stranded' like Strauss so his nemesis will have something to bowl at!"

  51. 18.3 overs WICKET Ryder c Sangakkara b Muralitharan 19 (NZ 69-2)  

    Ryder changes bandanas during the drinks break - from turquoise to black - but it's a bad omen for him as after a single from Guptill, Big Jesse goes for a big hit and nicks one to the delighted keeper!

  52. Commentary  

    From Andy Robertson-Fox, TMS inbox: "Re: Murali, Ryder and co leaving the field - I recall that Zaheer Abbas broke a finger in a match for Gloucestershire. Their next game was against Hampshire and he was told that batting but not field was not acceptable. Gloucester had to choose between an XI without him or field with 10. He played and fielded... and Gloucestershire lost."

    I recall getting Zaheer's autograph at a Hants-Gloucestershire game when I was a wee lad. He was such a star, he even signed with his own pen rather than the battered biro I offered him!

  53. 19 overs Commentary NZ 72-2  

    The crowd are on their feet after Muralitharan's wicket, Ross Taylor is the new batsman and punches his first ball for a single to mid-on. Two more singles off the over - while a bearded man in the crowd, who might do well in a Murali lookalike contest, holds up a banner announcing: "Lions are having Kiwi for dinner tonight."

  54. 20 overs Commentary NZ 74-2  

    Herath replaces Mendis as Cap'n Sanga rotates his spinners, Taylor and Guptill manage a single apiece.

    By the way, during the interval between innings on TMS today, you can listen to Alison Mitchell's exclusive\u00a0interview with Shoaib Akhtar as they look ahead\u00a0to\u00a0tomorrow's India-Pakistan semi\u00a0-\u00a0the interview is\u00a0already available to listen to on the BBC Sport website. There will also be more reflection on Ricky Ponting's retirement as Aussie captain.

  55. Twitter  

    From albarr1978: "Sri Lanka keeping the scoring nice & low i can only see\u00a0one winner here, could be too easy."

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  56. 21 overs Commentary NZ 79-2  

    Murali sends down a wide to Guptill, the patient opener moves on to 39 with a single. Taylor nicks one through the vacant slip area, they run three as Malinga gives chase. CMJ on TMS describes Malinga's hair as "possibly dyed". In the same way that Doug Bollinger's hair is possibly\u00a0 a rug...

  57. 21.3 overs WICKET Guptill b Malinga 39 (NZ 84-3)  

    We're reaching the time where the ball may start to reverse-swing - so Bring On The Slinger! Lasith Malinga is recalled to the attack, Taylor tries to flick him to leg but edges it through slip for four. A single brings Guptill on strike, but then Malinga slings down a brute of an inswinging yorker, and Guptill is not able to get his bat (or his seven remaining toes) in line and is comprehensively castled.

  58. 22 overs Commentary NZ 84-3  

    Scott Styris is the new batsman - Michael Vaughan on TMS wonders whether a left-hander (Oram? Vettori?) might be in order against the rampaging Slinger, whose leonine appearance matches the cuddly toy lions being held by many Sri Lankan fans in the crowd. Styris just about manages to dig out his first ball, and looks happy to survive the over.

  59. Twitter  

    From priyen_mehta: "World cup semi and my boss arranges a team meeting! Why oh why? Although the milktart is good."

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  60. 23 overs Commentary NZ 84-3  

    The Slinger takes a drink on the boundary as Muralitharan trots in for his fifth over. Taylor is tied down, even an attemped late cut goes straight to a fielder, and Murali completes a maiden over - the old master has 1-16 from five overs. Mind you, many people thought New Zealand didn't score quickly enough against South Africa - and they still won that one!

  61. 24 overs Commentary NZ 90-3  

    Styris is off the mark with a two off his legs and a single down to Herath at third man. "I seem to recall Herath playing for Surrey," says CMJ on TMS. "I think nearly everyone's played for Surrey in recent years," adds Michael Vaughan. Taylor looks to force the pace a little, steering Malinga for a two and a single, while Styris has to dig out another yorker.

  62. Twitter  

    From Matthew)wehttaM: "Whether NZ win or lose, they can be proud that they were the only non-subcontinent side to reach the semi-finals."

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  63. SMS  

    From Kit and Alex in Gloucester: "Currently in maths, but our teacher is an avid cricket fan so he's got us working out New Zealand's run rate. New Zealand are going to pull it out the bag and put Pakistan to the sword in the final for us."

    Best maths question I was ever set was in my actual GCSE exam - we had to use matrices to work out Football League tables (alternatively with two points or three points for a win)!

  64. 25 overs Commentary NZ 93-3  

    A change in the bowling as Murali is replaced by part-time off-spinner (and BBC Sport columnist) Tillakaratne Dilshan. Michael Vaughan on TMS wants the NZ pair to get after the part-timer, but they can only add three singles to the total. We've reached the half-way mark of the innings.

  65. 26 overs Commentary NZ 102-3  

    Taylor carves Malinga for a single, while Styris punches a four through the covers - it's feverishly celebrated by the pocket of Beige Brigade fans in the stadium, even if they are vastly outnumbered by the effervescent Sri Lankan supporters. Another four from Styris, this time back past the bowler, takes the Kiwis into three figures.

  66. 27 overs Commentary NZ 109-3  

    Dilshan sends one down behind Taylor's legs, they run two and umpire Steve Davis signals it as a wide to boost the Black Caps' score. A lap-sweep brings Taylor two more, two singles mean this partnership is already worth 25.

  67. SMS  

    From Tan in Birmingham: "Just wanted to say a massive thank you to\u00a0TMS as work is busy and getting me down while the sunshine's outside and its monotony is broken by your commentary... Think I've got a bug coming on and I might not be able to come into work tomorrow, cough cough, nothing to do with a minor issue of a second semi-final between the biggest rivals since cricket began. Sri Lanka and Pakistan final, Pakistan to win the Cup in the final over."

  68. 28 overs Commentary NZ 113-3  

    Malinga is taken off and walks off the field... he's replaced in the attack by Herath and with two spinners on, Styris forsakes his black NZ helmet in favour of a black cap (should that be a black Black Caps cap? If you see what I mean!). Styris sweeps and misses, there's an appeal for lbw but he was well down the track. Herath sends down a wide, and three leisurely singles mean the slow left-armer has 1-22 from six overs.

  69. 29 overs Commentary NZ 118-3  

    Sri Lanka are able to slip through another over of Dilshan before Radio 4 LW listeners are whisked away for the Shipping Forecast, the Kiwis keep the scoreboard ticking with five singles against the part-timer.

  70. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "New Zealand will be happy with that over - taking five singles without having to take any kind of risk at this stage. But can they make Sri Lanka chase 250 plus tonight under the lights?"

  71. 30 overs Commentary NZ 122-3  

    Mendis replaces Herath, the Kiwis continue with low-risk accumulation - two singles and a two from the over. Taylor has 24, Styris has 21.

  72. SMS  

    From Michael Madden from Stroud: "Re: GCSE maths (26th over). Wow, maths exams have clearly dumbed down since then. Matrices are barely touched until Further Maths A-level these days, unfortunately with no sport-related questions!"

    This was in the early years of GCSE, when we were told by our elders that they were "far easier" than the old O-Levels. Clearly the trend has continued!

  73. SMS  

    From Shaun in Ipswich: "Re: 10th over - on my way home as accused changed plea to guilty, thus rendering jury unnecessary! Best go and read live text at work. Same tomorrow?"

  74. 30 overs Commentary NZ 124-3  

    Dilshan's off as Muralitharan returns, he's bowling round the wicket to the two right-handers but is noticeably shuffling in slower than usual because of the injuries he's carrying. But you wouldn't know it from the scorebook as Taylor plays out three dot balls before the batsmen plunder a single apiece. Murali has 1-18 from six overs.

  75. Commentary  

    From Peter Kay, TMS inbox: "Very pedestrian stuff from the Black Caps - are they expecting a South Africa-style 'choke' when Sri Lanka bat?"

  76. 32 overs Commentary NZ 134-3  

    I don't have a graphic for an "underwear adjustment break" rather than a drinks break - but Ross Taylor needs a break between overs to replace his thigh pad (which he took off while the spinners on) out in the middle. (And for those of you wondering, his underwear is the same colour as the black NZ kit). Malinga returns to the attack, and Styris powers NZ's first boundary for six overs as he pulls a four through mid-wicket. He flicks a yorker off his toes for a well-run two to long leg, before another four through the covers\u00a0off the last ball brings up the fifty stand. Styris has 32 from 38 balls.

  77. Twitter  

    From vani_nadarajah: "Come on Sri Lanka, bowl them, bowl them! Biting my fingernails in Madrid and following World Cup on the BBC."

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  78. 33 overs DRINKS BREAK NZ 137-3  

    Murali begins his seventh over, Taylor and Styris add three to the score before we reach another drinks break.

  79. SMS  

    From Harry, Newcastle: "Re: Peter Kay [33rd over] -\u00a0if Ross Taylor sticks around for 15 overs NZ will post over 250. See scorecard v Pakistan for further details."

    You can watch highlights of the NZ-Pakistan group game -\u00a0and a special edit of Taylor's 26 off one over - on the BBC Sport website.

  80. 34 overs Commentary NZ 139-3  

    There are some quite remarkably-dressed Sri Lankan fans\u00a0walking\u00a0past one of\u00a0the stands - I think they're meant to be lions, but equally could be yetis. Hairier than a Lasith Malinga/Barry Gibb DNA splice. We're in action again after the drinks break, Taylor takes a while to get Malinga away but he eventually runs a hesitant single to Chamara Silva at mid-off - rather him than me, as Silva's a good fielder. A single takes Styris to 33, that's a much better over from the Slinger who has 1-36 from six. Time for the compulsory ball change...

  81. SMS  

    From Shakti from Harrow: "Just got back from Mumbai. Saw these two teams play in the\u00a0Wankhede Stadium\u00a0about 10 days ago. Looking like the Lankans on their way to the final. Also Team India will beat Pakistan to meet Lankans in the best final ever, where Sachin will get his 100th hundred... go India!"

  82. 35 overs Commentary NZ 142-3  

    Rangana Herath is handed the "new" (cleaned and whitened) ball - Styris and Taylor add three singles. Meanwhile, Tom Moody on TMS thinks New Zealand should take the batting powerplay now, as it would force Sri Lanka to bowl Malinga (who has bowled six overs already) and take him out of the reckoning for two or three more. "Do what the opposition captain doesn't want you to do," is his view.

  83. 36 overs Commentary NZ 149-3  

    Cap'n Sanga keeps Malinga's last four overs up his sleeve as he turns back to Mendis, who is biffed down the ground for four by Styris - that's five boundaries for "The Penguin", who's looking in good touch today (if that's not a commentator's curse). A single brings Taylor on strike, and he guides one off his legs for a single. Styris punches another one down the ground to keep the strike. The average first-innings score on this ground at this World Cup is 202, by the way.

  84. SMS  

    From Richard in soggy Streatham:\u00a0"Re: GCSE maths [26th over]. All this talk of dumbing down exams presumes that at some point the trend went the other way. Between the Iron Age and the Egyptians? Was it an intellectualisation increase or a brain jump?"

  85. 37 overs Commentary NZ 153-3  

    Dilshan back into the attack, is this the time for New Zealand to take the handbrake off? Four singles pushes the Kiwis past 150 and the fourth-wicket stand to 69, but Sri Lanka will be happy to proceed at this speed.

  86. Twitter  

    From MsAMR25: "Dear Sri Lanka, a wicket right now would be a comforting thing. Just saying."

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  87. 38 overs Commentary NZ 159-3  

    Taylor sweeps Mendis, that looks like four until the fleet-footed Angelo Mathews dives brilliantly to save a likely boundary and restrict them to three. Mendis gives it a bit of width, Styris cuts and they run two. He drills the last ball for a single to long-on. This stand is worth 75 off 99 deliveries, Kevin Howells tells TMS listeners.

  88. Twitter  

    From sa9321: "Problem for\u00a0NZ is that these\u00a0SL slow bowlers are v. hard to smash, which\u00a0NZ prob need to do to score enough runs."

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  89. 39 overs Commentary NZ 161-3  

    Herath back for his fifth spell, these Sri Lanka spinners are rattling through the overs, mainly in one or two-over stints. Just two singles from the over. "He's not letting them get used to any bowler," notes Russel Arnold on TMS.

  90. Twitter  

    From farmio: "Backing NZ to spring a surprise today. Has there been any comedy fielding from Sri Lanka like at the weekend?"

    Not yet, they've fielded very well so far. Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today

  91. 39.1 overs WICKET Taylor c Tharanga b Mendis 36 (NZ 161-4)  

    Mendis drops it short, Taylor pulls and is caught on the mid-wicket boundary!

  92. 40 overs Commentary NZ  

    Kane Williamson is the new batsman - and while I'm sure Kane is able Sri Lanka will be thrilled to have removed Taylor before the batting powerplay, when he has the potential to be so destructive.

  93. Commentary  

    From Manny Mangat, TMS inbox: "How tantalising a final it would be between the world's highest run getter and the world's highest wicket taker."

  94. 41 overs Commentary STYRIS FIFTY - NZ 169-4  

    Herath to continue for his ninth over, Styris drives a single to mid-off and that's fifty (from 64 balls)\u00a0for the man CMJ on TMS compares to granite-jawed actor George C Scott. He and Williamson push a few singles against Herath, before a couple of Kiwi reserves dash on with towels at the end of the over.

  95. BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold  

    "New Zealand need to take the powerplay now and change the rhythm of the game."

  96. Twitter  

    From deanamite90: "Is it a coincidence that the best two bowlers during this world cup, Malinga and Afridi, could be competing in the final?"

    Probably not - bowlers would tell you that bowlers win you games! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today

  97. 42 overs Commentary NZ 180-4  

    New Zealand take the batting powerplay - and the Slinger is likely to bowl three of the five powerplay overs, when there will be a maximum of three fielders outside the circle. New Zealand need boundaries, Williamson can't force a full toss away, then there's an awful mix-up when Williamson prods to mid-off, Styris scampers through for a run, Williamson hesitates but Jayawardene's fierce throw to the bowler's end is evaded by Malinga and they complete the single. Jayawardene indicates he thinks Malinga should have stopped it, Malinga indicates that there was no need for Jayawardene to hurl the ball so hard when an underarm throw would have still run Williamson out. Styris, back in his helmet, rotates the strike while Williamson cracks his first four over mid-on for four. A chip over the covers from a no-ball brings him three, and Styris steers an easy single to cover. 11 from the first powerplay over.

  98. SMS  

    From Nick, Pompey:\u00a0"Looks like the Kiwis likely to go the same way as England at this rate. Just don't think they'll be able to contain SL unless they get 250."

  99. 43 overs Commentary NZ 190-4  

    Styris dabs Muralitharan for a single, then Williamson uses his feet well to loft the Kandy man over mid-off for four before square-cutting him for four. He adds a single, while Angelo Mathews limps off after it looks like he injured himself chasing one of those fours. Angelo won't be running away together with anyone, any time soon.

  100. Twitter  

    From julaibib: "Scott Styris scored his third ODI 50 against Sri Lanka - on both previous occasions he went on to get a century in a defeat."

    He might have to get a shift on to get a ton today... Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved

  101. 43.3 overs WICKET Williamson lbw b Malinga 22 (NZ 192-5)  

    Williamson drives at Malinga, that looks like another four before Jayawardene, who's normally a superb fielder to be fair, dives full-length to restrict them to a single. Styris moves to 55 with a single, but then Malinga traps Williamson in front as he tries to hoick him to leg.

  102. 44 overs Commentary NZ 192-5  

    You'd think New Zealand would send the big-hitting Jacob Oram in here, but they've gone with Nathan McCullum - and Kiwi commentator Bryan Waddle on TMS thinks that's because he's able to get going quicker than Oram. Meanwhile, umpire Aleem Dar has donned an ICC cap rather than his familiar white panama hat - presumably Malinga is slinging the ball down right in front of the aforementioned white hat! And for all that build-up Bryan Waddle gave him, McCullum can't get his first three deliveries away.

  103. 45 overs Commentary NZ 204-5  

    Styris tries to work Murali to leg and they scamper three leg byes. Williamson is off the mark with a two to leg, then goes inside-out to heave Murali for six over extra cover! The first four batting powerplay overs have brought NZ 35 runs for the loss of one wicket.

  104. Twitter  

    Aussie legend Shane Warne: "Been a long day - just caught up with all the news! Congrats to Ricky Ponting on a great time as skipper - well done mate!"

  105. 45.1 overs WICKET N McCullum c Sangakkara b Malinga 9 (NZ 204-6)  

    McCullum swings at the Slinger, and gets a thin edge to the keeper!

  106. Commentary  

    From Niall Malone, TMS inbox: "Mark, will NZ regret not promoting Oram after Williamson was out in the 44th over? They need to give it a go as they can\u2019t win with a 220 score surely."

  107. 46 overs Commentary NZ 210-6  

    "It's Big Jake!" enthuses Michael Vaughan on TMS as the tall left-hander Jacob Oram comes out to face the rampaging Malinga. He knocks a single off his legs, Styris scampers through to make his ground. A single takes him to 56, Oram jams his bat down on another fast yorker and edges it for four!

  108. Commentary  

    From MCC media manager\u00a0Clare Skinner, TMS inbox: "Please could you ask Michael Vaughan to refrain from saying 'there are many ways to skin a cat'. I am working from home with my two moggies alongside me and this sort of talk can be quite traumatic for them!"


    A collector's item this - the last international over Muttiah Muralitharan will bowl in his homeland. Styris and Oram help themselves to a couple of singles, Murali bowls a legside wide before Styris prods to mid-wicket, Oram has to turn quickly in mid-pitch to make his ground. And his last ball in international cricket in Sri Lanka... hits Styris on the pad and umpire Davis raises his finger! But spoilsport Styris calls for a review...

  110. 47 overs WICKET Styris lbw b Muralitharan 57 (NZ 213-7)  

    It looked to be hitting the top of leg stump... the ball-tracking system says "umpire's call" so Styris is out - and becomes the answer to a trivia question. "Who writes Murali's scripts?" asks Michael Vaughan as the veteran finishes with 2-42 from his 10 overs.

  111. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "New Zealand have got to be careful here. They've got three overs left, they've got to score runs but they can't be bowled out."

  112. 47.4 overs WICKET Oram c Jayawardene b Dilshan 7 (NZ 215-8)  

    Captain Daniel Vettori is the new batsman, what's more interesting is that with Mathews off the field injured, Sri Lanka turn to Dilshan's part-time spin - so you'd think either Herath or Mendis won't complete their spell. Oram and Vettori add a single apiece, Big Jake gives it the long handle and is easily pouched at long-on!

  113. 48 overs Commentary NZ 216-8  

    Tim Southee is the new batsman, but they crossed on that catch so it's Vettori on strike to steer a single to long-on. Southee defends his first ball, you sense his job will just be to keep his skipper on strike.

  114. Twitter  

    From CallMeSpits: "Murali takes a wicket with his last ever ball at home, let's face it, it would have been a massive injustice any other way."

    Having taken his 800th Test wicket with his last ball in Test cricket, he has a flair for it! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved

  115. 48.3 overs WICKET Southee c Sangakkara b Mendis 0 (NZ 217-9)  

    Cap'n Dan smears Mendis for a single, then Southee feathers a soft catch to Cap'n Sanga!

  116. 48.5 overs WICKET McKay b Mendis 0 (NZ 217 all out)  

    McKay is clearly number 11 on merit, playing and missing at his first ball and then failing to use his feet for his second and is bowled. Murali waves his cap to the crowd as he leaves to a hero's welcome.

  117. BBC Sport's Rishi Persad
    Contributor BBC Sport's Rishi Persad  

    On Twitter: "SL showing tremendous ability to stifle the opposition. Did it to Eng and NZ proving equally inept in the closing overs..."

  118. Commentary  

    Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan: \u201cIt\u2019s my last game and I got a wicket with my last ball - the same thing happened to me in Test cricket so I\u2019m very happy. Hopefully we\u2019ll win this match and the boys will give me a good send off.\u201d

  119. 1348 Commentary  

    Keep an ear on TMS - Simon Mann and Aggers are previewing tomorrow's India-Pakistan game, while you'll be able to hear Alison Mitchell's interview with Shoaib Akhtar, while for your visual perusal is Oliver Brett's blog reflecting on Ricky Ponting's career, and BBC News' Sydney correspondent Nick Bryant's view from Australia.

    We're likely to be starting Sri Lanka's reply at 1415 BST, now is a great time to grab that sandwich.

  120. Twitter  

    Aussie legend Shane Warne: "Congrats to Michael Clarke on his appointment as skipper of Australia - I believe and know he will do a great job."

    Is Warney jumping the gun here? No official announcement has been made on Ponting's successor - does he know something we don't?

  121. Twitter  

    From Mikefaulknerffc: "Sri Lanka might as well get the cup engraved already, simply too good."

    Has Mike just given Sri Lanka the kiss of death? Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved

  122. 1413 Commentary  

    Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan walk out to begin Sri Lanka's run chase - they need to score 218 to reach the World Cup final.

    Meanwhile, for those of you asking about why Murali referred to "his last ball" - I think he meant his last ball in Sri Lanka. Clearly he hopes they will reach the final, in Mumbai - although the fans will hope it doesn't take one last appearance by Murali with the bat!

  123. 1 over Commentary SL 6-0 (TARGET 218)  

    As before, New Zealand hand the new ball to right-arm off-spinner Nathan McCullum but Upul Tharanga serves notice of his intentions by hoisting the third ball of the innings over the bowler's head for six, and the crowd go wild!

  124. 2 overs Commentary SL 18-0  

    We're having a few computer problems here, my machine is on the go-slow and clearly I don't believe Upul Tharanga is a New Zealand off-spinner, somehow a line got lost there in that last over...

    Young right-arm paceman Tim Southee takes the second over - Dilshan is off the mark with a single, then Tharanga unleashes a beautiful cover drive ("which David Gower would not have disowned," notes CMJ on TMS. Southee swings a wide down the leg side from which they run two, and Tharanga rounds off the over by drilling another four back past the bowler. This is starting to look like the England game...

  125. BBC Test Match Special's Tom Moody
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Tom Moody  

    "I'm sure when teams play Sri Lanka, they concentrate on Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene at the top of the order - Upul Tharanga has flown under the radar a little."

  126. 3 overs Commentary SL 20-0  

    McCullum has a slip and a leg slip in for the right-handed Dilshan, and the Sri Lankan pair - who are the most prolific opening partnership in this World Cup by a distance - add a single apiece. And the Kiwis already have two sub fielders on - Jamie How for Scott Styris (who may have needed a bit of treatment after that long innings), and James Franklin for Jesse Ryder (who is virtually a "designated hitter" these days - he didn't field against South Africa).

  127. 4 overs Commentary SL 24-0  

    After Southee took a bit of tap in his first over, captain Daniel Vettori comes on to bowl his orthodox left-arm spin, perhaps a little earlier than he had hoped. Tharanga adds a two and a single before Dilshan nicks the strike.

  128. 5 overs Commentary SL 29-0  

    McCullum wheels away for his third over, but it looks all too easy for the Sri Lankans as Dilshan prods a single and Tharanga whacks his third four of the innings over the covers.

  129. Commentary  

    From Philip Turner, TMS inbox: "The Black Caps need a wicket, if they can get into the middle order this will be a very different game."

  130. 6 overs Commentary SL 34-0 (TARGET 218)  

    Dilshan and Tharanga milk Vettori for ones and twos - Dilshan is up to 400 runs for the tournament, 22 behind tournament leader Jonathan Trott. Tharanga's not far behind, on 388. He has 25 today, DIlshan has six.

  131. 7 overs Commentary SL 40-0  

    Dilshan tries to sweep McCullum and a leg bye ensues - Tharanga whacks a loose delivery through point for four. "New Zealand are only going to win this game by taking 10 wickets," says Tom Moody on TMS. A single takes Tharanga to 30, they're rattling along here without too much trouble.

  132. Twitter  

    From AlBlanch: "What happens if it ends in a tie? Least wickets lost? Bowl out? Super over?"

    It's a super over! Also known as an OOPSE - One Over Per Side Eliminator. Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved

  133. 7.2 overs WICKET Tharanga c Ryder b Southee 30 (SL 40-1)  

    Southee returns in place of Vettori, and Tharanga tries another fierce square cut but is brilliantly caught one-handed at backward point! By Jesse Ryder of all people! We didn't even realise he was back on the field, but the big man has pulled off an absolute blinder there!

  134. 8 overs Commentary SL 46-1 (TARGET 218)  

    I'm still struggling to take in that catch. Can Jesse Ryder really move that fast? Meanwhile, captain Kumar Sangakkara comes to the crease - he's off the mark with a single, while Dilshan tries to keep up the run rate by powering Southee through mid-wicket for four. A single takes him to 11.

  135. 9 overs Commentary SL 46-1  

    The tall Jacob Oram into the attack with his medium-fast seam. Dilshan is hit ont he pad, that looked high and there's no serious appeal. Dilshan is more watchful than normal, and is happy to play out a maiden over.

  136. Twitter  

    From nigel_dean: "In reply to AlBlanch [7th over]: "What happens if it ends in a tie?" - I will eat my hat! Shame NZ are struggling to make a game of it."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved

  137. 10 overs Commentary SL 47-1  

    Simon Doull on TMS has heard that the reason Styris is not fielding is because he was hit on the boot by Malinga while batting. Ouch! Sangakkara doubles his score with a single off Southee. Dilshan pulls, New Zealand appeal for a catch behind as Brendon McCullum takes it above his head... but it's not out, and Southee exchanges a bit of chat with the batsman. "When you get such a loud shout like that, and they they don't use the review, it shows up people who over-appeal," notes Simon Doull. Very good point, well made.

  138. 11 overs Commentary SL 51-1 (TARGET 218)  

    Fielding powerplay taken. Sanga gets an edge to Oram... but there's no slip in (much to the consternation of the TMS commentators) and it goes for four. It rtuins what would otherwise have been a second maiden over for the miserly Oram, whose bowling earned him the man-of-the-match award against South Africa.

  139. BBC Sport's Rishi Persad
    Contributor BBC Sport's Rishi Persad  

    On Twitter: "Jesse Ryder's beard makes him look a bit like a chunkier version of Wolverine."

    Interestingly, Ryder recently went through a "moustache" phase - but now has a beard without a moustache...

  140. 12 overs Commentary SL 59-1  

    Roshan Abeysinghe on TMS is concerned that Dilshan has gone into his shell a little after losing his partner, having played out 10 dot balls before this over. The run continues as Southee begins his fourth over - and it reaches 12 dots before Southee drops short and Dilshan effortlessly pulls it for four through long leg. Two balls later, Southee does the same thing... with the same result. And Scott Styris takes the field for the Kiwis at the end of the over\u00a0- they may need him to bowl his dibbly-dobbly medium pace a little later.

  141. SMS  

    From David, at work: "Come on you Kiwis! My pre tournament punt on Trott being top run scorer is still alive. Imagine that eh? A man who knows no boundaries (just about)."

  142. 13 overs Commentary SL 62-1  

    Steady and risk-free from Sangakkara and Dilshan against Oram, three from the over. Oram has 0-7 from three overs, but the Kiwis need wickets.

  143. Commentary  

    From Daniel Pratt, TMS inbox: "Sri Lanka might as well go with seven specialist bowlers for all the runs their middle order have put on."

    Although as the commentators have pointed out, the middle order\u00a0haven't really been needed that much!

  144. 14 overs Commentary SL 63-1  

    Vettori back for his second spell, a rapid over of left-arm spin yields only one single to his opposite number Sangakkara.

  145. Twitter  

    From sa9321: "Oram is something of a barometer for NZ. He needs to take wickets here, especially after this fast\u00a0SL start."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved

  146. 15 overs Commentary SL 67-1  

    Glorious cover drive from Sangakkara, threading Oram just wide of Martin Guptill at cover and away for four. Guptill fielded like an absolute genius against South Africa, but couldn't get down quickly enough for that one. Otherwise, the Sri Lanka skipper is resolute in defence, things are bubbling along rather nicely for them.

  147. SMS  

    From Avz: "As an Indian I'm hoping Sri Lanka go through so we can play them in the final. Then I hope the final is a tie so we have a super over of Tendulkar v Murali..."

    That really would be a Champagne Super Over in Mumbai!

  148. 16 overs Commentary SL 69-1  

    Vettori in for his fourth over, three singles from it - and the Kiwi skipper consults with keeper Brendon McCullum between overs. Having brought in Andy McKay as a specialist bowler, when are we going to see him? He can hardly be in the side for his batting, which was rather in the class of his fellow countryman Chris Martin...

  149. BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold  

    "We're seeing a very different Dilshan today - watching balls go by outside off stump. That's a sign of confidence with him - after that hundred a few days ago, it's given him confidence."

  150. 17 overs DRINKS BREAK SL 72-1 (TARGET 218)  

    And indeed it's McKay into the attack, facially he could be a DNA splice of Australia seamer Stuart Clark and Hampshire keeper Nic Pothas, but he bowls left-arm fast-medium over the wicket. Dilshannocks a single, Sangakkara prods one over the keeper's head but is denied by some good fielding. Then there's a big appeal for lbw from McKay, but keeper McCullum shakes his head, as if to say "don't bother with the review". Sanga tries to clip a single to short fine leg, it's called as a leg bye, and Dilshan on-drives a single - he's on 24 and this stand is worth 33.

  151. Commentary  

    From George Butcher, TMS inbox: "On the subject of Murali v Tendulkar, my bet would be on Murali to deliver a 'wonderball' and leave Tendulkar looking back (at his stumps) in anger..."

  152. 18 overs Commentary SL 76-1 (TARGET 218)  

    Returning after drinks, the bespectacled Vettori resumes the attack for New Zealand, but it's still slow and steady from Sri Lanka, who plod along with three singles. They need another 142 from 32 overs - required rate four and a bit.

  153. SMS  

    From Ricky in Stratford: "Been a bit of talk about the super over this afternoon but being fairly green with the one day game can you shed a bit more light on the format? Is it as simple as\u00a0ix balls, highest score wins?"

    Not quite. Each team nominates three batsmen and one bowler, and each side faces six legitimate balls from the opposition's bowler. But if you lose two wickets (ie two of your three batsmen are dismissed), your innings ends immediately. And highest score wins!

  154. 19 overs Commentary SL 76-1  

    For those of you not able to see the "worm graph" showing the two teams' scoring rates, Sri Lanka clearly started quicker than New Zealand but have remained steadily parallel to the NZ worm since then. Dilshan plays and misses against the leftie McKay, and indeed that's a maiden over.

  155. Twitter  

    Comedian Andy Zaltzman: "Ghost of Isaac Newton responds to Jesse Ryder catch: 'I might have been wrong about that apple on my head. Could have been coincidence'."

  156. 20 overs Commentary SL 83-1  

    Bring on the Penguin! Scott Styris has clearly been back on the field long enough to be allowed to bowl, he's into the attack (as NZ's sixth bowler) with his medium-pace trundlers which remind us of plenty of Kiwi seamers of years gone by. Sanga threads a single through the covers, while Dilshan unleashes Sri Lanka's first four for five overs with a brutal pull over square leg's head - and he's now overtaken Jonathan Trott as the tournament's top scorer. Texter\u00a0David (see 13th over) won't be pleased... Two more singles, that's seven from Styris's first over.

  157. 21 overs Commentary SL 87-1  

    "A class stroke by a class player" is how CMJ on TMS describes Sangakkara's forward prod that brings him four back past the bowler. And as the reigning president of MCC, CMJ is well placed to praise aesthetically pleasing cricket shots. Sanga sees off the rest of the over, the required rate is 4.51.

  158. SMS  

    From Baggar Billa: "As an Indian I was supporting NZ, as it'd be an easier final. But still one positive in SL winning: should Pakistan win they'll have a tougher final."

  159. 22 overs Commentary SL 92-1  

    Dilshan pushes Styris for a single, then Sangakkara prods one to cover and sets off, he's a braver man than me to take a quick single to the panther-like Martin Guptill... but both batsmen make their ground as the throw to the striker's end is slightly wild, even though Dilshan drops his bat as he makes his ground. A single takes the opener to 33, and the skipper moves to 23 with a single to point. Dilshan gets an inside edge off the last ball, but it runs away safely for a single to fine leg. This stand is now worth 52.

  160. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "As the game goes on, you wonder whether New Zealand will regret those last 10 overs of their innings. If only they'd made another 20-25 runs..."

  161. 23 overs Commentary SL 99-1  

    Dilshan and Sangakkara keep it going against McKay, that's too much width from the left-armer and Sangakkara smacks him through the covers for four. A single takes him to 28, he's closing on Dilshan who has 35.

    And the text inbox has received several messages just listing song titles (such as Vanessa Carlton's "1000 Miles". I think they have mistaken BBC Radio 1's text number (81199) for ours (81111)...

  162. Twitter  

    From KieronSmith: "Murali writes his own scripts - in the final he will take a wicket with his\u00a0last ball and then score the winning run off the final ball."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved

  163. 24 overs Commentary SL 110-1  

    Sangakkara carves a single to bring up three figures for his side, then a rank long-hop by the recalled Oram is hoisted over the mid-wicket fence for six by Dilshan! The opener clubs another four through the covers, he's up to 45 from 66 balls - Sanga has 29 from 47, and Sri Lanka are on cruise control.

  164. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "Sri Lanka are in about second or third gear at the moment. It's going to have to happen soon for New Zealand."

  165. 25 overs Commentary SL 116-1  

    Sangakkara and Dilshan take a single apiece against Nathan McCullum, then Sangakkara uses his feet superbly to the last ball of the over to place it wide of mid-on for four. We're at the half-way point of the innings in terms of overs, and at this stage Sri Lanka are in the box seat.

  166. Commentary  

    From James Latimir, taking a break from writing an essay on logic, TMS inbox: "If I was an Indian fan I would be supporting SL here, let them stroll through to the final without a challenge and be shocked when they play India and actually come up against resistance."

  167. 26 overs Commentary DILSHAN FIFTY - SL 120-1  

    Dilshan chops Oram into the covers, the ball bounces at a surprising angle and is taken by the surprised-looking Guptill. Dilshan brings up his fifty from 71 deliveries with a slightly streaky edge for four, but the Colombo fans won't mind.

  168. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "The 'Dilscoop' has gone into hiding at this World Cup, we haven't seen it very much! But there's no need for him to be playing it now."

  169. 27 overs Commentary SL 129-1 (TARGET 218)  

    McCullum sends down a wide to Sangakkara, then New Zealand's fielding - one of their big strengths against South Africa - is beginning to look a little ragged as no-one backs up a throw and Sri Lanka benefit from an overthrow. The second-wicket pair are taking singles at will against the off-spinner, while Sangakkara entertains the crowd with a lofted six over the bowler's head that nearly hits the sightscreen!

  170. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "I hope Radio 1 [see 23rd over] don't spend too long looking for the song 'man of the match' by Dilshan."

  171. 28 overs Commentary SL 137-1  

    Oram takes a rest and Cap'n Dan Vettori returns for his sixth over. There's a slip in. Dilshan chops him past backward point for two, then guides another two to leg, before whacking his seventh four through cow corner. But he looks like he's pulled something... send for the physio!

    And Roshan Abeysinghe on TMS reveals some news from the Sri Lankan dressing-room -\u00a0Angelo Mathews has a side strain and will bat if required. Which he won't be, at this rate. But they don't know if he'll be fit for the final.

  172. SMS  

    From Jay, London: "Everyone seems to be forgetting Murali, Malinga and Mendis have mediocre records in India. The winner will be India or Pakistan."

  173. 29 overs Commentary SL 143-1  

    Dilshan is patched up by Tommy Simsek, Sri Lanka's famous sprinting physio who runs quicker then many of his players. But he doesn't look like he's moving too easily as Southee returns to the attack, and the second-wicket pair exchange singles. Keeper Brendon McCullum dons a helmet to stand up to the stumps to Southee, but Sangakkara unleashes a superbly-timed punch past mid-off for four. "He's lovely to watch, but I think his placement is one of the keys for him," says former Kiwi bowler Simon Doull on TMS.

  174. SMS  

    From Jo: "Over\u00a0two matches that's 360 plus runs\u00a0for Sri Lanka now,\u00a0for the loss of just\u00a0one wicket. Frightening stuff."

  175. 30 overs Commentary SL 147-1  

    Dilshan tries to punch Vettori through backward point, but once again the burly Jesse Ryder leaps, salmon-like, to make the stop! After his fielding today, will the real Jesse Ryder please stand up? Dilshan connects better with another attempts and bisects two fielders to pick up four through third man. They "only" need 71 more from the last 20 overs.

  176. SMS  

    From Dom in Harrogate: "This Super Over malarkey. Is just one over really enough to decide a World Cup semi final? In football they play an extra 30% added time before penalties so is playing just an extra 2% really long enough?"

    But footballers are only on the field for 90 minutes - after 100 overs of an ODI, the last the players would want would be to go out there for another 30, if we apply your 30% rule!

  177. 31 overs Commentary SL 147-1  

    Vettori must be wondering where on earth the wicket he needs is coming from, as Southee begins his sixth over to Cap'n Sanga, who's on 46. But the skipper is in no hurry, playing out a maiden over.

  178. Commentary  

    From Michael West, TMS inbox: "Re: James Latimir [26th over] - if I was an Indian fan I'd be firmly focused on beating a very capable and unpredictable Pakistan side first!"

  179. 32 overs Commentary SL 153-1  

    Vettori tosses it up to Dilshan, who willingly accepts the challenge and heaves his ninth four through mid-wicket. A single brings the skipper back into the spotlight, still on the verge of a half century. Sangakkara drives, Ryder gets down well at short mid-wicket to half-stop it and the ball trickles to long-on for a single.

  180. BBC Test Match Special's Simon Doull
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Simon Doull  

    "It might seem as though the game is just meandering along from a New Zealand point of view, but Sri Lanka are going about their business very well."

  181. SMS  

    From Sam from Horsham: "Re: Jay [29th over] - 'Malinga, Murali and Mendis have mediocre records in India'? No need for Radio 1 to look for those then."

    Not 'arf!

  182. 32.4 overs WICKET Dilshan c Ryder b Southee 73 (SL 160-2)  

    Skipper Sanga steers Southee for three off his legs to bring up his 62nd ODI fifty (this is his 290th ODI), Dilshan pumps his 10th four through the covers, but then holes out to ball-magnet Big Jesse at backward point!

  183. Commentary  

    From Ben Cobb, TMS inbox: "Could they not try the village \u2018beer\u2019 match idea? 10 overs per side, Everyone bowls an over, batting order reversed. It would suit England's 10 \u2018bits and pieces\u2019 players approach."

  184. 33 overs Commentary SL 161-2  

    Former skipper Mahela Jayawardene joins his successor, who he still serves as vice-captain. He's off the mark with a single.

  185. BBC Test Match Special's Simon Doull
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Simon Doull  

    "New Zealand will be disappointed with their performance today, but they'll be happy with what they've done in this tournament. I think we may see a couple of retirements - possible Scott Styris or Jacob Oram - as they'll have a four-year cycle until the 2015 World Cup when they're co-hosts. They need to build the team around the likes of Southee, Williamson and Taylor."


    Vettori traps Jayawardene lbw, but the batsman calls for a review...

  187. 33.1 overs WICKET Jayawardene lbw b Vettori 1 (SL 161-3)  

    Clearly out, Umpire Dar's decision upheld and Jayawardene walks.

  188. Commentary  

    From Andrew Nicholson, TMS inbox: "Re: Dom in Harrogate [31st over] - also, the likelihood of something interesting happening in\u00a0one minute and 48 seconds of football (the aforementioned 2%) is about as high as Matt Prior's chances of getting player of the tournament."

  189. 34 overs Commentary SL 162-3  

    With Geoff Boycott's "add two wickets to the score" having been applied once more, have New Zealand got a smidgen of a chance here? Thilan Samaraweera is the new batsman, Vettori spins one past his outside edge! Big Jesse is in at silly point, possibly to hamper the batsman's view if he's blocking out a floodlight, for instance. The right-handed Samaraweera punches a quick single, and Cap'n Dan has figures of 1-35 - but only has one over left.

  190. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I've got my tactics sorted for the fish restaurant tonight. Yesterday I said it was Sir\u00a0Ian Botham's birthday (I was only six months out), tonight I'll say it's someone's anniversary. It'll get us our table of four. You should have seen the size of the lobster Beefy had last night\u00a0- only he could order it, and only he could finish it."

  191. 35 overs Commentary SL 167-3  

    World Cup debutant McKay back into the attack with the "new" (used) ball. Samaraweera nudges a single, Sangakkara - on whom a lot rests now to get his side over the line - threads another four through the covers.

    And in the latest Sri Lankan medical bulletin, Angelo Mathews' injury has now been changed from a side strain to a thigh strain. ("I've never seen anyone limp off with a side strain," chuckles Michael Vaughan on TMS). If you didn't hear earlier, he'll bat with a runner if necessary.

  192. Twitter  

    From junningtonsmyth: "I smell an OOPSE coming on."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved

  193. 36 overs Commentary SL 168-3  

    CMJ on TMS reckons Samaraweera is "more of a Test batsman than a one-day specialist" - he's going to face Vettori, who is going for broke by bowling his last over - and Samaraweera just knocks the last ball for a single. So Vettori, in what will be his last bowling spell as NZ captain unless they make the final, finishes with figures of 10-0-36-1.

  194. 36.2 overs WICKET Sangakkara c Styris b McKay 54 (SL 169-4)  

    After a single from Samaraweera, Sanga upper-cuts at McKay and is caught by Styris on the third man boundary!

    And you have to say, if this were South Africa batting, I'm afraid we'd be talking about "chokers"...

  195. BBC Test Match Special's CMJ
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's CMJ  

    "Vettori has had a great game as captain, I think they're going to miss him."

  196. 37 overs Commentary SL 169-4  

    New batsman is Chamara Silva - so New Zealand finally have the chance to put the squeeze on two new batsmen who haven't had much time at the crease at this World Cup. There's a slip in for Silva, but this is a good bowling spell from the skiddy McKay (who was plucked from domestic cricket a couple of days ago to replace the injured Kyle Mills), and Silva sees off the over.

  197. 38 overs Commentary SL 170-4  

    With Vettori's 10-over spell completed, New Zealand turn to Jacob Oram who has four overs left. (Sri Lanka still have a batting powerplay to take, but with six men in the circle at the moment anyway, it's fairly irrelevant). Samaraweera is on the defensive against the giant seamer, eventually guiding a single off his legs, while umpire Dar has a word with New Zealand for their ever-so-obvious tactic of throwing the ball in on the bounce(s) to scuff it up a little.

  198. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "The fans are all up and dancing again. Either they're all suddenly very optimistic, or they all love this song."

  199. SMS  

    From David, pretending to work in Milton Keynes: "Proper test now for the 'weak middle order' now against a Black Caps side who will have their tails up! Especially after some heroic fielding from the 'designated hitter'."

  200. 39 overs Commentary SL 172-4  

    Samaraweera edges left-arm seamer McKay for a single, there's a slip and a gully in now for Silva, who finally nudges a single off the last ball of the over. Silva has one from 10 balls, Samaraweera has six from 18 and McKay has impressive figures of 7-1-21-1.

  201. BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell  

    On Twitter: "A Sri Lanka wobble?! Didn't think they had it in them."

  202. 40 overs Commentary SL 174-4  

    Oram keeps it tight against Silva, the Kiwis suddenly have a spring in their step in the field, although Silva finally eases the pressure with a well-run two to third man. But that's the only scoring stroke. The run rate, which had been well under four, is creeping up towards four and a half...

  203. BBC Test Match Special's Adam Mountford
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Adam Mountford  

    On Twitter: "New TMS behind the scenes photos available from the Colombo semi-final."

  204. 41 overs Commentary SL 176-4  

    Samaraweera swings and misses, trying to waft McKay over cover, and Vettori's response is to take a man out of the slips and despatch him to the cover boundary. Samaraweera and Silva prod a single apiece, but two an over ain't enough... anyone for a super-over?

  205. Commentary  

    From Mike Chalmers, TMS inbox: "I wish you'd pick another colour for the comments from the great and the good - every time a new one flashes up I think it's a wicket...!"

  206. 42 overs Commentary SL 185-4  

    I was just about to speculate on Vettori's bowling conundrum - he has four overs left of McCullum, three from Southee, and two each from Oram and McKay... but instead of turning to them or sixth bowler Styris, who's only bowled two, Big Jesse's going to have a bowl! So much for my calling him a "designated hitter" after he failed to field against South Africa. Ryder bowls at a gentle medium pace, and sends down three dot balls before Silva square-drives for four past cover point. A delicate dab past the keeper, with no slip in, brings him four more - and a single ensures he keeps the strike. Big Jesse may have starred in the field, but his first over has cost nine.

  207. Twitter  

    From tangledfeet34: "My money is on Murali to hit the winning run off the final ball."

    Maybe that's what his scriptwriters have in store! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved

  208. 42.2 overs WICKET Silva b Southee 13 (SL 185-5)  

    Still no sign of a batting powerplay, Southee returns to the attack and strikes when Silva chops on to his stumps!

    So, who have the Lankans got left in the locker? Mathews (with a runner) - and four bowlers...

  209. 43 overs Commentary SL 185-5  

    Angelo Mathews is the new batsman, accompanied by Mahela Jayawardene as his runner. Mathews blocks out the rest of the over, I wonder how his injury may (or may not) impede him. A wicket maiden for Southee, who has 3-41 from eight.

  210. BBC Test Match Special's Tom Moody
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Tom Moody  

    "Vettori has suffocated the scoring well here - the only two boundary riders are at third man and deep fine leg. Samaraweera has to step up to the plate here."

  211. 44 overs Commentary SL 190-5  

    Rather surprisingly, Big Jesse gets a second over and Samaraweera is into double figures as he slaps a four through mid-wicket. He then knocks the ball into the covers, Taylor dives and half-stops but deflects it wide of Vettori - who's really struggling to move because of his injury - at mid-off and they run a single. Roshan Abeysinghe and Tom Moody on TMS agree that Jayawardene's experience as Mathews' runner should help the batting pair stay calm and see it through.

  212. 45 overs Commentary SL 196-5 (TARGET 218)  

    Samaraweera jabs Southee for what looks like two, but a wild throw by Oram brings them a couple of overthrows (or what Henry Blofeld would call "buzzers"). Samaraweera ducks a bouncer, then flicks a single through square leg. Mathews turns one off his (injured) leg and Jayawardene runs through for the single to get Mathews off the mark. 22 needed from 30 balls, stay with me for this one!

  213. Twitter  

    From the_oood: "Surely not another England-style finale!"

    Whether you take your Twitter name from a Doctor Who monster or not, do tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved and join in the fun


    The batting powerplay is enforced (as Sri Lanka have left it as late as possible) - but as the TMS commentators have explained, NZ have largely been bowling to powerplay fields anyway. McKay returns, but he's bowling a little short as Mathews turns a single off his legs. Samaraweera rotates the strike, then McKay betrays his inexperience as he sends one behind\u00a0 Mathews and that disappears for five wides as keeper McCullum can't get there in time. But next ball, New Zealand think they've got him caught behind... given not out but NZ call for a review!

  215. NOT OUT  

    As we thought, it's not out. With no Hotspot (or Snicko), no real way the third ump could give that out.

  216. BBC Test Match Special's Tom Moody
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Tom Moody  

    "We have a snickometer here in\u00a0the back of the box. It's called Michael Vaughan."

  217. 46 overs Commentary SL 204-5 (TARGET 218)  

    Mathews pulls the last ball of the over past his runner Jayawardene at square leg but keeps the bowling as they run one. Sri Lanka need 14 from 24 balls.

  218. Commentary  

    From Leon Chariker, TMS inbox: "In future World Cup tournaments the top teams should reverse the batting order for their top six or seven batsmen against the lesser teams. That way they will all have had some exposure to batting before the crunch matches."

  219. Twitter  

    From williamjcjones: "New Zealand look set to regret missing those final seven balls of their innings."

    Indeed, Michael Vaughan has been saying that since the collapse started.

  220. 47 overs Commentary SL 214-5  

    Mathews launches the first ball of Southee's last over for a huge six over long-on! Eight needed from 23, surely they can't blow it from here? Another big bash disappears to the same boundary, this time on the bounce for four, but that leaves only four more needed from 22 balls. The field comes in. A slower ball is pushes into the covers. Dot ball. Mathews misses one down the leg side, and there's a bit of confusion after a late call of "over" from umpire Steve Davis, four runs are needed from 18 balls.

  221. 47.5 overs Commentary SL 220-5  

    McKay begins the last over, but just as the bowler passes the umpire, umpire Dar calls "dead ball". For reasons we're not sure - possibly the premature letting off of some fireworks just outside the ground - but Samaraweera's not happy as he had hit the "dead ball" for four through the covers, but it won't count. Samaraweera steers a single, Mathews guides another one off his legs, leaving two needed from 16 balls. Samaraweera fishes and misses, then miscues a slow bouncer and can't get it away. Two from 14. And Samaraweera takes his country to the World Cup final with a snick between keeper and (wide) slip for four. Sri Lanka win by five wickets with 13 balls to spare.

  222. BBC Test Match Special's Tom Moody
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Tom Moody  

    "Sri Lanka went into this game as favourites and walked away as winners, but New Zealand made it difficult for them. It's a remarkable performance for them to reach two consecutive finals - they were tipped as one of the favourites and they've played accordingly. Their batting nearly gave New Zealand a chance, but Samaraweera saw them home with help from Mathews' little cameo. But New Zealand can leave with their heads held high."

  223. 1804 Commentary  

    Muttiah Muralitharan is carried on his team-mates' shoulders as they begin a lap of honour.

  224. Commentary  

    Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews: "The pressure was on, but I never had any doubt we would win. The injury is a concern, but we'll have to put some ice on it and see what it's like tomorrow. It's been great playing in front of our home crowd."

  225. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I always thought we celebrated Ashes series wins at The Oval a lot, but this crowd are absolutely bouncing - and Murali realises this is his final wave to a crowd in Sri Lanka. He's made it to the final so he's got one more game. They made the final in 2007, can they go one better? Have they got the depth in batting if they're put under pressure?"

  226. Commentary  

    New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori: "Unfortunately we just let ourselves down with the last 10 overs of our batting as we lost too many wickets towards the end. We scrapped and gave ourselves a chance, and we've been an outstanding fielding side throughout this tournament\u00a0but just missed out. Andy McKay did a great job\u00a0for us today.\u00a0I've loved this group of guys and the coaching staff so it's sad to step down as captain\u00a0but I look forward to keep on playing."

  227. Commentary  

    Sri Lanka captain (and man of the match)\u00a0Kumar Sangakkara: "The pressure was building a bit, but it was Murali's last game in Sri Lanka and everyone was keen to give him a good send-off. Credit to the bowlers as the score was heading towards 240 but we managed to keep them to under 220. The variety of our attack has been good, and Dilshan seems to have this magic touch. Murali is the icon of Sri Lanka, on and off the field as a human being and a cricketer, a good friend and the ultimate team man. We're going to do our best to give him a good send-off - but we haven't won anything yet - we've got to concentrate on the final."

  228. Twitter  

    Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff: "Well done Sri Lanka and a great effort from the Kiwis! Enjoy your lap of honour Murali, great bowler and a great man!"

    If you've not seen it already, you can check out the BBC Asian Network's interview with Flintoff about "my mate Murali".

  229. Twitter  

    From JimGrimmett: "Congratulations Sri Lanka for making the final. Looking forward to a cracking India v Pakistan match tomorrow."

  230. 1827 Commentary  

    Righty-ho, that's about it from us - thanks for all your messages today. An entertaining semi-final, Sri Lanka are worthy winners and have booked their place in Saturday's final.\u00a0Highlights of today's game can be seen on the Red Button (not Freeview) and the BBC Sport website from 2200 BST - then on BBC Two from 2320.

    But with respect to SL and NZ, we've got an even bigger semi-final for you tomorrow - Pakistan v India\u00a0from Mohali, starting at 1000 BST. Oliver Brett will be in this chair to play the straightest of straight bats with the live text coverage (make sure you join him from 0930, with TMS on air from 0945). Have fun, and I'll see you for the final...

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  • Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 5 wickets
  • New Zealand: 217 (48.5 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 220-5 (47.5 overs)
  • Venue: Colombo RPS

Sri Lanka Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 5 220
Tharanga c Ryder b Southee 30
Dilshan c Ryder b Southee 73
Sangakkara c Styris b McKay 54
M Jayawardene lbw b Vettori 1
Samaraweera not out 23
Silva b Southee 13
Mathews not out 14
Extras 10w 2lb 12


see also
Sri Lanka edge NZ to reach final
29 Mar 11 |  Cricket
New Zealand v Sri Lanka photos
29 Mar 11 |  Cricket
India beat Pakistan to make final
30 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Ponting resigns as Aussie captain
29 Mar 11 |  Australia
Sri Lanka knock out jaded England
26 Mar 11 |  England
Trio fined for quarter-final row
26 Mar 11 |  Cricket
S Africa collapse sees NZ through
25 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Captain steers Sri Lanka past NZ
18 Mar 11 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup 2011
09 Mar 11 |  Cricket

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