Thursday, September 27, 2012

SL vs NZ: Now It Is the Super Over In First Super Eight: SL Wins Ultimately

After the match getting tied with both the teams making 174, it is the super over that is going to decide about the winner of the game. New Zealand, first batting, made 174 for the loss of 7 wickets and in reply Sri Lanka made 174 for the loss of 6 wickets. Though at the time of batting of Dilshan, Sangakara and Jayawardene, it was appearing as if Sri Lanka is having a cakewalk on the game. But gradually after these 3 batsmen left the ground, it became an uphill task for rest of the batsmen as the asking rate that had been brought down to over 6 runs per over, piled up to over 8.6 runs per over in last few overs.

Super over is the decider now. 3 batsmen from Sri Lanka to come to bat and New Zealand to decide for the bowler who is going to deliver 6 balls of the Super Over. My take would have been Southee. So it is excitement at Pallekele. Mahela Jayawardene and Thisara Perera are on ground. Tim Southee is the bowler.

First ball, brilliant shot, brilliant save, and brilliant throw. 2 runs taken. Second ball, 1 run taken. SL are 3 runs in 2 balls. Third ball from Southee, a wide. So third ball again, SL are 4 in 2 balls. Third ball, just in block hole and 2 runs. SL are 6 in 3 balls. 3 more balls to go. Fourth ball from Southee, Jayawardene is at 3; Perera at 2 and on strike. A wide and a run also stolen. Funny situation. Sri Lanka getting an edge and building psychological pressure over NZ and Southee.

SL are 8 and 3 balls to go. Fourth ball, run out. Jayawardene is gone at 4, trying stealing a second run that was not there. SL are 9 for 1, 2 more balls to go. Fifth ball from Southee - to he new batsman Tilakratne Dilshan. Only one run, ball right on spot with no space for a big shot. SL 10 for 1 in 5 balls. Last ball to go. Excellent bowling by Southee.

Last ball - Perera on strike - 3 runs stolen. Sri Lanka 13 runs with no fours and sixes in the Super Over. 2 wides from NZ bowler Southee in the Super Over.

Challenge for NZ is to make 14 to win in 6 balls.

Bowler from Sri Lanka to throw 6 balls of Super Over is Lasith Malinga. Brandon McCullum and Martin Guptill are opening for NZ.

First ball from Malinga to Guptill - 2 runs. Second ball to Guptill - just one run. 11 required in 4 balls to win. Third ball from Malinga, now to Brendon McCullum, 2 byes as ball went past the wicketkeeper after McCullum could not touch it.

9 required in 3 balls. Fourth ball, again left, gone to keeper, one run stolen. 2 balls and 8 runs now. a big hit is required. Guptill facing Malinga's fifth ball. Caught on the boundary. Guptill gone. Last ball 8 to be made. No chance for New Zealand to win this match. Last ball

Ultimately SL has won the match. 
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