23:12 Live World T20: West Indies edge England by 15 runs: Scorecard:
Two sixes by Morgan in the penultimate over bowled by Rampaul helps raise the 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
England need 23 from the last over. Samuels, with figures from none for 25 from two, will bowl the final over.
Hales (68) is out stumped in the fourth ball thereby ending a 107-run stand that came off just 58 balls.
England eventually manage 164 for four in their stipulated 20 overs. Morgan remains unbeaten on 71, his 36-ball knock comprising of four boundaries and five huge sixes.
West Indies win by 15 runs.
In the final analysis the first over of their innings cost the English dear.
22:58 Live World T20: WI inch close despite English fightback: Scorecard:
Ravi Rampaul is back into the attack in the 17th over, replacing an out of sorts Narine (3-0-26-0).
Morgan top edges the third ball for a six over fine leg. A spectacular piece of fielding by Russell denies the batsmen another six in the next ball but Mogan hits the fifth ball to the fence.
Morgan reaches his fifty in the next over by Narine, who ends with expensive figures of none for 33.
England 141 for three after 18 overs.
22:49 Live World T20: Hales, Morgan fighting a lost battle: Scorecard:
Hales and Morgan have put on a good little partnership for the fourth wicket here, and a good pace at that.
England reach the 100-run mark in the 14th over, courtesy a wide.
Hales, when on 59, survives a run out attempt.
England 119 for three after 16 overs.
22:35 Live World T20: Hales' 3rd T20 fifty aids English cause: Scorecard:
A spectacular catch by Pollard brings to an end Bairstow's (18) innings, Gayle being the beneficiary.
Bairstow's dismissal brings to an end a 55-run stand for the third wicket. Eoin Morgan comes out to join Hales at the crease.
A boundary off Samuels followed by a six helps Hales reach his third T20 fifty. He has played well. His team needs him to stay at the wicket.
England 85 for three after 13 overs.
22:22 Live World T20: Bairstow, Hales help England fight back: Scorecard:
Samuel Badree to share the new ball. He concedes just two runs first up.
Bairstow eases the pressure hitting Rampaul to the mid-on boundary. Alex Hales follows suit with successive boundaries off Badree.
The duo put together a 50-plus partnership for the third wicket to revive the English innings.
England 53 for two after nine overs.
21:55 Live World T20: Rampaul's twin strikes cripple England: Scorecard:
Ravi Rampaul strikes with his second ball for the West Indies.
Craig Kieswetter (0) plays a weird shot to get caught by Kieron Pollard at point. Luke Wright comes and goes, caught first ball by Chris Gayle.
Jonny Bairstow survives the hat-trick ball. It's a double wicket maiden for Rampaul.
England in touble at 0 for two after the first over.
21:38 Live World T20: England need 180 to get past Windies: Scorecard:
Broad rattles the timber of his opposite number Darren Sammy (4) in the penultimate over. The England captain gives away 10 runs in his final over to end with figures of two for 26.
The last over by Dernbach costs England 15 runs, with Dwayne Bravo (11 not out) finding the fence twice.
West Indies pile up a formidable 179 for five in their stipulated 20 overs.
It will take a herculean effort from England to win this match.
21:28 Live World T20: Charles helps Windies regain control: Scorecard:
Finn, England's best bowler (4-0-26-1), is brought back into the attack in the 15th over and he strikes first ball, having Pollard (1) caught by Luke Wright at deep point.
Charles eases the pressure with successive boundaries. Patel ends with expensive figures of none for 38.
Dernbach returns to have Charles (84) caught by Bairstow.
Charles' 56-ball knock was inclusive of 10 boundaries and three sixes.
West Indies 154 for four after 18 overs.
21:10 Live World T20: England hit back with quick wickets: Scorecard:
Johnson Charles is dropped on 39 by Finn at long-off. However, the fielder atones for his mistake in the next ball, catching Chris Gayle (58) to give Swann a reason to smile.
Gayle's 35-ball knock was inclusive of six boundaries and four sixes.
Marlon Samuels comes out to join a rampaging Charles. The latter reaches his maiden T20 fifty a couple of overs later, with a single off Patel.
However, Broad has Samuels (2) caught by Morgan at backward point.
West Indies 118 for two after 14 overs.
20:53 Live World T20: Gayle's ninth T20 fifty puts WI on top: Scorecard:
West Indies accumulate 47 without loss at the end of the powerplay period.
Graeme Swann is introduced into the attack in the seventh over, replacing Finn (3-0-14-0). Six runs come off the spinner's first over with Charles finding the fence.
It's twin spin for England with Samit Patel replacing Broad (2-0-16-0) at the other end. Gayle helps himself to three sixes in the over. That makes the Windies batsman the third player to hit 50 sixes in t20 after Brendon McCullum and Shane Watson.
Swann's second over is an expensive one, 18 coming off it with Charles helping himself to a couple of sixes.
Gayle completes his ninth T20 fifty in the next over to join McCullum.
West Indies 95 without loss after 10 overs.
20:32 Live World T20: Gayle, Charles help Windies consolidate: Scorecard:
Six runs come off Finn's second over, with Gayle helping himself to his fourth boundary.
Stuart Broad replaces Dernbach (1-0-12-0) in the attack in the fourth over and Gayle welcomes him with a boundary over short third man. Eleven runs come off the England's captain's first over with Charles also hitting to the backward point for his first boundary.
Finn concedes only three runs in his third over.
West Indies 40 without loss after five overs.
20:18 Live World T20: WI off to a great start at Pallekelle: Scorecard:
Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles open the batting for the West Indies while it is Steven Finn first up for England.
Six runs come off the opening over with Charles top-edging the final ball to the third man boundary.
Jade Dernbach to share the new ball. Chris Gayle smashes the third ball to the midwicket fence. The final two balls of the over also get a similar treatment.
West Indies 20 without loss after two overs.
19:40 Live World T20: WI win toss, bat first against England:
West Indies have won the toss and preferred to bat first against England in their Super Eights match at Pallekelle on Thursday.
Dwayne Bravo gets back to the Windies squad that also includes spinner Samuel Badree. England's lone change witnesses Samit Patel coming in for Tim Bresnan.
19:29 Super Over decides SL-NZ tied match:
SUPER OVERNZ 3-0 (0.2 ov) vs SL 13-1 (1 over)
New Zealand need 14 runs to win the tied match in the Super Over with just two wickets in hand.
Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill will open the innings for NZ, while Lasith Malinga will bowl the Super for the hosts. 1
Guptill on strike and he slices the first ball from Malinga over point for two runs.
The next ball is a low full toss and Guptill gets an inside edge for a single.3
Brendon McCullum is on strike and he gives Malinga the charge but is beaten and even wicketkeeper Sangakkara is beaten to give away two byes. 9 from 3.4
Malinga bowls another good delivery, full and swinging away from the batsman. McCullum gets an outside edge but again Sangakkara drops it and also gives away a run. 8 from 2.5
Guptill then lofts Malinga down the ground. It goes high but does not go all the way and it is caught by Dilshan on the long-off boundary. 8 from 1. SL are done with this it looks like.6
The result is just a formality now unless Malinga bowls a wide or no-ball. The last ball is full on the pads and McCullum gets an inside edge as it goes behind the wicket to give SL victory.
19:18 SL scored 13-1 in Super Over:
SUPER OVERSL 13-1 (1 over) vs NZ
Southee starts with a yorker on the leg stump as Mahela Jayawardene squeezes it to the fine leg region for two runs.2
Jayawardene then has to dig out full delivery on the off-side for one.3
Southee then bowls a wide delivery to Thisara Perera way outside the off-stump.3
Perera drives the next ball down to long-on and the two batsmen sprint across for two runs.
Southee bowls another wide delivery outside the off-stump and the two SL batsmen also steal a quick bye
Jayawardene then slaps a full delivery to midwicket and looks to take two runs but he is run out by a long distance. There was no second run in that. 9-15
Another good delivery from Southee, full and on the stumps and Dilshan can only get one. 10-16
Perera then walks across and scoops it over short fine leg fielder who fails to get to it but importantly concedes three runs when it should have been two.
19:06 Super Over to decide SL-NZ tied match:
Sri Lanka will bat first in the Super Over as they batted second in the match. The two teams will play an over each and only have two wickets in hand.
Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perere are the three batsmen for Sri Lanka.
New Zealand have nominated Tim Southee to bowl the Super Over.
18:56 Thirimanne run out from the last ball:
- ScorecardSL 174-6 (20 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Eight runs needed from six balls as Southee comes on to bowl from round the wicket. Mathews strokes it to sweeper cover for one to bring new batsman Lahiru Thirimanne on strike.
The left-hander walks across his stumps and looks to scoop it over the short fine leg fielder but can just one on the leg side.
Southee bowls a good yorker on the leg stump which Mathews plays to long-on for another single. 5 from 3.
Thirimanne is beaten outside the off-stump as he makes room and looks to flay a full wide delivery through the off-side. 5 from 2.
Thirimanne then shows great courage to walk across his stumps again but this time he gets the scoop over the short fine leg fielder for a four. 1 from 1.
If Sri Lanka fail to score from this delivery, it will be a Super Over.
Thirimanne looks to pull the last ball but fails to connect and it falls on the off-side as the two batsmen go for a quick single. Franklin sends down a quick throw which Taylor somehow drops on the stumps to run Thirimanne out and tie match, which means it will be a SUPER OVER!
Taylor was lucky because he failed to collect the ball cleanly but it somehow fell on the stumps to get the run out!
So both teams will play an over each to decide the winners of this contest!
- ScorecardSL 167-5 (19 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
21 runs needed from 12 deliveries for victory. Sri Lanka will be feeling confident with Dilshan out there in the middle.
He heaves Franklin for a huge six over midwicket to send the crowd into wild celebration and bring the equation down to 15 from 11 balls.
He steers the next ball past point and tries to sprint across for two runs but a quick flat throw from Southee catches him short of his ground.
Dilshan falls for a superb knock of 75 from 52 balls, during which he hit five fours and three sixes.
That wicket must have given NZ some fresh hope following that six off the first ball of that over. 14 needed from 10 balls.
Thisara Perera hits the first ball straight down to long-on for one. A good slower ball from Franklin that Mathews hits back past the bowler for another single.
Perera then throws his bat a wide delivery but the thick outside edge flies over the point region for a four.
But Franklin gets his man off the next ball as Perera is bowled for five, playing all over a good straight delivery.
18:40 SL 154-3 after 18 overs:
- ScorecardSL 154-3 (18 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Pacer Southee back into the attack with SL needing 28 from three overs for victory.
Dilshan takes a single from the first ball and Mathews can also manage just one from the next delivery.
Dilshan then sprints across for two runs as he digs out a yorker to midwicket and then gets a single from the next ball.
Another yorker to end the over as Dilshan gets a single to long-on.
- ScorecardSL 147-3 (17 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Vettori back into the attack now. Sri Lanka are content to play out his final over with much of a fuss. Just four singles from that over as SL reach 137 for three in 16 overs, with 38 runs needed from four overs.
Franklin to continue with the ball. He has so far bowled a good spell of two overs, taking one for 11.
Angelo Mathews chips the first ball on the off-side for one before Dilshan smokes it over the covers for a boundary to move to 62.
Dilshan takes a single from the next ball as SL reach 143-3 after 16.3 overs and incidentally NZ were on the exact score after 16.3 overs.
Mathews takes a single and Dilshan digs out a yorker to covers for one.
Mathews inside edges the last ball on the leg side as veteran Oram makes a good stop on the ropes to keep it down to two.
18:25 SL lose third wicket:
- ScorecardSL 133-3 (15 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Sri Lanka are still in control with 53 needed from seven overs and eight wickets in hand. Mendis takes a single from the first ball and Dilshan also gets one from the next ball. Another good over from NZ as McCullum concedes just four.
Sri Lanka have scored just 34 runs from the last five overs, while losing just one wicket.
Dilshan takes a single from the second ball of Franklin's seocnd over. Mendis then pulls a short ball behind square on the leg side for a four.
But Franklin gets his revenge from the next ball as Mendis is caught at covers for eight as Taylor completes a good low catch.
NZ keeping themselves in the hunt with regular wickets.
SL need 42 from the last five overs for victory.
18:18 SL 119-2 in 13 overs:
- ScorecardSL 122-2 (13 ovs) vs NZ 174-6WICKET: Sangakkara run out 21 (14b, 4x4)
New Zealand make a breakthrough finally. Dilshan hits James Franklin to deep midwicket and the two batsmen have a misunderstanding before Sangakkara is sent back, but he fails to reach the crease in time and is run out for 21.
Left-hander Jeevan Mendis is the new batsman and he gets off the mark with a single and Dilshan takes one from the next ball.
Just four singles from that over as NZ look to build the pressure with some tight overs.
- ScorecardSL 118-1 (12 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Off-spinner Nathan McCullum back into the attack after being hit for 17 runs in his first over. Dilshan defends the first ball before a single down the ground and Sangakkara does the same.
Dilshan completes his fifty off the final ball of that over with a single to the leg side, from just 32 balls.
- ScorecardSL 113-1 (11 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Two singles from the first two balls of Vettori's third over before Dilshan drives it to the cover for two runs followed by a single to lon-on.
Sangakkara then chips it over the cover region for a boundary and Vettori then bowls a wide down the leg side.
- ScorecardSL 103-1 (10 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Dilshan takes a single from the first ball of Oram's third over. Sangakkara chips down the wicket and strokes it back to the bowler who fails to stop it cleanly to give away one.
Dilshan steers the next ball to the thirdman region for one. Sangakkara is in a hurry as he is beaten outside the off-stump trying to play Oram on the up.
But he gets the next ball off the middle as he pulls a short ball behind square on the leg side for a four. He gives Oram the charge again, who drops short, but Sangakkara pulls it over midwicket for another boundary.
Sri Lanka are in control, having reach 103 for one at the halfway stage, need 72 from ten overs for victory.
- ScorecardSL 92-1 (9 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Dilshan takes a single from the first ball of Vettori's second over. Sangakkara fails to get a run from the next ball before chipping the third ball to long-on as it falls short of the fielder for one.
Dilshan flicks the fourth ball on the leg side for one. Sangakkara ends the over with a boundary as he jumps down the wickets and lofts Vettori over the midwicket region.
Sri Lanka are not letting the wicket of Jayawardene affect their scoring rate.
17:56 SL lose 1st wicket:
- ScorecardSL 85-1 (8 ovs) vs NZ 174-6WICKET: M Jayawardene c Vettori b Oram 44 (26b, 3x4, 3x6)
Jayawardene plays the late cut against Oram that goes past the wicketkeeper for a boundary. However, he is dismissed off the next ball as he top edges an intended pull shot and is caught on the fine leg boundary.
Jayawardene walks back after a quickfire knock of 44 from 26 balls, having hit three fours and three sixes.
In the same over, Dilshan repeats the Jayawardene shot as he steers him fine on the off-side for another boundary before a single to the thirdman region.
17:52 SL 76-0 after 7 overs:
- ScorecardSL 76-0 (7 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
New Zealand's most experienced bowler -- Daniel Vettori -- into the attack now. Dilshan takes a single from the first ball before Jayawardene sweeps him fine on the leg side for a four.
He strokes the third ball to long-on for one. Dilshan defends the next ball back to the bowler before a single to point.
Jayawardene chips the final ball through the covers for another single as SL reach 76 for no loss after seven overs.
- ScorecardSL 68-0 (6 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Medium pacer Jacob Oram into the attack now. Jayawardene steers the first ball to the thirdman region for one and Dilshan gets one from the next ball.
Jayawardene looks to breach the gap in the covers but hits the third ball straight to the fielder. He chips down the wicket off the next ball but fails to connect and the inside edge gets him one.
Dilshan turns the ball to midwicket for one and Jayawardene takes two runs from the final ball.
SL are comfortably placed at 68 for no loss after six overs.
17:43 SL 62-0 after 5 overs:
- ScorecardSL 62-0 (5 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
The boundaries are coming quite regularly for Sri Lanka. Dilshan pulls a short ball from Southee over the square leg region for a six to start the fifth over. An angry Southee then bowls a very high bouncer and it is rightly called a wide.
Dilshan then smashes the next ball through the cover region for a boundary as NZ's bowlers look completely clueless at this stage.
In the same over, Jayawardene flicks Southee over the midwicket fence for the second six of the over and then takes a single to the covers.
Sri Lanka get 19 runs from that over to reach 62 after five overs.
- ScorecardSL 43-0 (4 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Tim Southee into the attack to replace Nathan McCullum. Jayawardene welcomes him with a huge six over the leg side before a single to midwicket. Four more singles in that over as Sri Lanka continue to score at a good rate reaching 31 for no loss after three overs.
Jayawardene starts the fourth over, bowled by Mills, with a boundary as he strokes a full delivery through the cover region. Two balls later, he plays the inside out chip over the cover region again but this time it carries all the way for a six.
12 runs from that over as SL race to 43 for no loss. Dilshan is 20 from 10 balls while Jayawardene has hit 23 from 14 balls.
- ScorecardSL 20-0 (2 ovs) vs NZ 174-6
Pacer Kyle Mills comes on to bowl the second over. Jayawardene defends the first ball before hitting the second ball to point. Jayawardene takes a quick single on the off-side and Dilshan takes one off the next ball.
Jayawardene gets another one as just three runs come from the second over.
17:35 SL hit 17 runs from first over:
- ScorecardSL 17-0 (1 over) vs NZ 174-6
New Zealand are starting with a spinner as they open the bowling with off-spinner Nathan McCullum. Mahela Jayawardene will open the batting for Sri Lanka along with the dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Jayawardene takes a single from the first ball to the square leg region. Dilshan starts off with a boundary as he pulls a short ball past the short fine leg fielder.
Dilshan then jumps down the track and lofted McCullum over long-on for a six. He has started with a bang!!
Dilshan pulls the fifth ball on the leg side for two runs before chipping down the wicket again and hitting a full toss over the bowler's head for a six.
What a smashing start for Sri Lanka as they get 17 runs from the first over.
17:11 Nicol top scored with 58 for NZ:
- ScorecardNZ 174-6 (20 ovs) vs SL
Kulasekara starts with the slower delivery in his final over as Kane Williamson takes a single from the first ball.
Kulasekara then bowls a low full toss and James Franklin takes full toll of it, lofting it back over the bowler's head for a six.
The next ball is a yorker, which Franklin digs out back to the bowler, who misfields it to give away one.
Williamson turns it on the leg side for one and Franklin hits it straight to midwicket for one.
Williamson turns the last ball to deep square leg and tries to come back for two, but is caught well short of his ground to be run out for 4.
NZ finish on a healthy 174 for six in their 20 overs and they will be pleased with their effort but the pitch is good for batting and Sri Lanka will also confident of chasing down the total.
- ScorecardNZ 165-6 (19 ovs) vs SLWICKET: N McCullum b Malinga 3 (4b)
Malinga to bowl the 19th over. Nathan McCullum takes a single from the first ball before James Franklin taps it down the ground for one.
McCullum drives a full toss to the long-on region and gets just a single. Franklin defends the next ball, which is a yorker, back to the bowler Malinga who yet again misfields it to give away one.
McCullum backs away as Malinga looks to bowl it outside the off-stump but ends up bowling a wide.
Malinga then hits McCullum's leg stump with a quick yorker that gets the inside edge before deflecting back on to the stumps off the pads.
Just six runs from Malinga's last over, who finishes with one for 30 in four overs.
16:59 NZ 159-5 in 18 ovs:
- ScorecardNZ 159-5 (18 ovs) vs SLWICKET: Taylor b Kulasekara 23 (15b, 2x4)WICKET: Oram c Dilshan b Kulasekara 6 (6b, 1x4)
Kulasekara comes back into the attack. He starts with a wide down the leg side before Taylor edges the next ball past the wicketkeeper for a boundary.
Kulasekara then foxes Taylor with the slower delivery who looks to heave it across the line on the leg side but misses and is bowled for 23.
Nathan McCullum gets off the mark with a single as he taps a full toss on the leg side.
Jacob Oram then lofts a full toss down the ground and despite a valiant diving effort from the fielder at long-on, it goes for a boundary.
However, Kulasekara gets his man from the final ball of that over. He chips it straight to the fielder at long-off to be dismissed for six.
16:51 NZ 149-3 after 17 overs:
- ScorecardNZ 149-3 (17 ovs) vs SL
stage is perfectly set for the big-hitting Jacob Oram with four overs
left in the innings. NZ look in control with a score of 141 for three in
Oram drives the first ball straight to covers and
takes a few steps down the track but is sent back right in time by
Taylor. He, however, gets one from the next ball as Malinga bowls a
quick full delivery.
A few deliveries later, Malinga loses his line as the full delivery drifts down the pads which Taylor flicks fine on the leg side for a four and takes a single to end the over.
16:50 Dananjaya takes 2 wickets:
- ScorecardNZ 141-3 (16 ovs) vs SLWICKET: R Nicol c Thirimanne b A Dananjaya 58 (40b, 3x4, 4x6)
Dananjaya to bowl his fourth and final over. Nicol takes a single from the first ball before Taylor plays the paddle sweep for a couple.
Taylor tries the sweep again from the next ball but misses and the appeal for LBW is turned down.
However, Dananjaya gets his second wicket from the next ball. Nicol looks to play the slog sweep but this time gets a top edge and is caught on the leg side for 58 from 40 balls.
Taylor steals two runs from the next ball to midwicket before another couple to end the over.
An impressive start for Dananjaya as he takes two for 32 in four overs in his first outing in international cricket.
16:39 NZ 133-2 after 15 overs:
- ScorecardNZ 133-2 (15 ovs) vs SL
Nicol seems to have picked the quicker delivery from Ajantha Mendis as he slog sweeps him over the leg side for a six that takes him to 44.
And he completes his half-century in some style as he once again slog sweeps the next ball over midwicket for another six.
After a slow start, Nicol has blossomed quite well to complete his fifty from 36 balls, with the help of three fours and three sixes.
He drives the next ball to long-off for one before Taylor cuts it to the point region for one.
Nicol seems to have taken a liking for Mendis as he brings out the slog sweep yet again for the third six of the over.
Mendis tries another variation but misses his radar for a big wide outside the off-stump that gives them an extra run too.
Taylor then taps it down the ground and sprints across for two runs.
Mendis has been hit for 24 runs in that over as NZ are looking comfortable on 133 for two after 15 overs.
- ScorecardNZ 109-2 (14 ovs) vs SL
Leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis back for another spell. Taylor turns the first ball on the leg side for one before Nicol hits it down the ground for another single.
Nicol is then beaten off the next ball and is hit on the pads before a leg bye from the next ball as he fails to connect with the slog sweep.
Taylor then offers a straight bat defence to the next ball before two runs from the final ball.
Just five runs from that over as NZ reach 109 for two after 14 overs.
16:31 Ajantha Mendis claims second wicket for SL:
- ScorecardNZ 104-2 (13 ovs) vs SLWICKET: B McCullum c Perera b Mendis 25 (16b, 2x6)
Ajantha Mendis bowls a beauty to start his third over as McCullum is beaten outside the off-stump. McCullum then looks to slog sweep him across the line on the leg side but hits it straight down the throat of the fielder at deep square leg to be dismissed a quick knock of 25 from 16 balls, with the help of two sixes.
Nicol turns the third ball on the leg side for one to bring up NZ's 100 in the 13th over.
New batsman Ross Taylor gets off the mark with a single to the leg side from the first ball he faces.
Nicol then hits the ball wide of the fielder at long-on for two runs followed by a single to end the over.
16:27 NZ 99-1 after 12 overs:
- ScorecardNZ 99-1 (12 ovs) vs SL
Sri Lanka's spinners have not made the expected effect with the ball, having to bowl first on a fresh pitch.
Dananjaya to bowl his third over. Nicol (31) chips down the track and hits it straight back to the bowler who drops it but is hit on his face.
McCullum declines the run and immediately attends to the young spinner, who is clearly in some pain after that blow. The physio is attending to Dananjaya, who is bowling with cotton in his nostril to stop the bleeding and the left side of his face has swollen after that blow.
But the goods news is that he looks fit enough to continue bowling. He starts with a full toss and Nicol drives it down the ground for one.
McCullum edges the next ball on the off-side for one and Nicol gets another single from the next ball.
Dananjaya switches to round the wicket and McCullum jumps down the track and lofts it high over long-off for a huge six and ends the over with a single.
16:18 NZ 89-1 after 11 overs:
- ScorecardNZ 89-1 (11 ovs) vs SL
Ajantha Mendis is back into the attack after just one over from Jeevan Mendis. Nicol cuts the first ball that falls short of the short thirdman fielder for one and McCullum strokes it to long-on for another single.
Nicol then pulls a short ball through midwicket for a boundary as NZ start to take control.
The fifth ball is hit down the ground to long-off for one. McCullum swings the final ball across the line to midwicket to get another couple of runs.
16:15 NZ 80-1 after 10 overs:
- ScorecardNZ 80-1 (10 ovs) vs SL
McCullum is keen not to let the young spinner Dananjaya settle down. He chips down the track and lofts him back over his head for a six. McCullum was not fully to the pitch but his power and the breeze carried the ball over the ropes.
He takes a single from the next ball before Nicol defends the next ball back to the bowler.
Dananjaya is bowling all sort of deliveries, the off-spinner, leg-spinner, googly, carrom ball and everything else you can think of.
McCullum is lucky as he charges down the wicket and somehow gets the bat down the ball for an inside edge to the leg side that gets them two more runs.
Two more runs to end the over as NZ reach 80 for one after 10 overs.
- ScorecardNZ 68-1 (9 ovs) vs SL
It's spin from both ends now. Leg-spinner Jeevan Gupta is brought into the attack now. McCullum hits the first ball straight to covers before a single from the next ball. Nicol is not taking any risks as he gets a single from the fourth ball before McCullum gives him the charge but gets one to long-on.
Nicol then breaks the shackles as he chips down the track and lofts Mendis straight down the ground for the first six of the match.
16:08 Guptill falls for 38:
- ScorecardNZ 59-1 (8 ovs) vs SLWICKET: Guptill c Perera b Dananjaya 38 (30b, 6x4)
Mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya comes into the attack now. He is just 18 but has already becomes a huge sensation in Sri Lanka. Three months back he was bowling in the nets where Jaywardeene spottted him and fast tracked him to the national team.
The young spinner starts with a wicket in his first over. Guptill holes out straight to the fielder at long-off after scoring 38 from 30 balls.
Guptill was not to the pitch of the ball as he looked to play a big shot and ended up hitting it straight into the hands of Perera at long-off.
Nicol takes a single from the next ball before Brendon McCullum taps the last ball of that over to the leg side for one.
What a start for young Dananjaya! A wicket in his very first over in international cricket!
16:02 NZ 55-0 after 7 overs:
- ScorecardNZ 55-0 (7 ovs) vs SL
Mathews to bowl his second over as Nicol takes a single from the first ball. Guptill cuts the second ball over point but Malinga misfields running around from thirdman to give a boundary. It has not been a good day for Malinga so far!
Guptill then slog sweeps Mathews over the leg side as Jeevan Mendis makes a good diving stop at deep midwicket for two runs that takes NZ past the 50-run mark.
Tillakaratne Dilshan then makes a diving stop at point to save a run for his side.
Guptill then slaps it powerfully down the ground and again there is a misfield as Thisara Perera dives but fails to collect and gives away a boundary.
15:58 NZ 43-0 after 6 overs:
- ScorecardNZ 43-0 (6 ovs) vs SL
Malinga to bowl his second over. Nicol hits the first ball to covers but a slight fumble gives the Kiwis another free run.
Malinga then sends down a slower ball which is defended by Guptill and he plays the next ball straight to short midwicket for no runs.
Guptill then looks to charge Malinga who drops it short but the right-hander still manages to pull it back over the bowler's head for a four. He turns the final ball to deep square leg for two runs as NZ reach 43 for no loss after six overs.
- ScorecardNZ 36-0 (5 ovs) vs SL
Sri Lanka are desperate for a wicket now. They bring in mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis into the attack with the Powerplay overs still in operation.
The first ball is driven down the ground to long-on by Guptill for a single and Nicols does the same off the next ball.
Guptill then defends the third ball with a confident forward defensive push back to the bowler before he sprints across for two runs to the covers.
The next ball is edged to the short thirdman fielder but a wild throw from Malinga gifts the Kiwis two extra runs.
Guptill continues New Zealand's positive start as he crashes the final ball of that over through the covers for a cracking boundary.
NZ are 36 for no loss in five overs with Guptill on 27 from 21 balls and Nicol on seven.
15:50 NZ 26-0 after 4 overs:
- ScorecardNZ 26-0 (4 ovs) vs SL
Lasith Malinga is introduced into the attack now. The first ball is on the pads and Guptill helps it round the corner past the short fine leg fielder for another boundary.
Guptill is on fire at the moment.
The next ball is a peach as it holds it's line to beat Guptill all ends up outside the off-stump before a single on the leg side.
Nicol defends the next two balls before chipping the final ball over the short fine leg fielder for another four. Malinga struggled with his control in the first over and was hit for two fours in that over.
15:45 NZ 17-0 after 3 overs:
- ScorecardNZ 17-0 (3 ovs) vs SL
Kulasekara starts his second over with a wide down the leg side and Nicol gets a leg bye from the next ball.
Guptill then lofts him down the ground as it bounces once before hitting the ropes for New Zealand's first boundary. He tries the chip shot again as Thisara Perera at mid-on makes a good effort leaping high but fails to hold on to give away two runs.
Sri Lanka bring the thirdman fielder inside the circle, sending the mid-on fielder back to long-on. Guptill shows great presence of mind to steer the next ball past the short thirdman fielder for another boundary before a single to long-on to end the over.
13 runs from that over as NZ reach 17 for no loss after three overs.
- ScorecardNZ 4-0 (2 ovs) vs SL
Angelo Mathews to bowl the second over ahead of Lasith Malinga. Guptill hits the first ball straight to the fielder at point before steering the next ball to the thirdman region for one.
Nicols then defends the next ball back past the bowler for a single to mid-off. Mathews then beats Guptill with the outswinger that goes past the outside edge through to the keeper Sangakkara, who is standing up to the stumps.
He is beaten again as Mathews moves the next ball away from the right-hander before he defends the last ball to end another good over.
- ScorecardNZ 2-0 (1 over) vs SL
Martin Guptill and Rob Nicol will open the batting for New Zealand, while Nuwan Kulasekara will bowl the first over for Sri Lanka.
The hosts have three spinners in their team and it won't be long before we see the tweakers unleash their magic on a dry surface at Pallekele.
The first ball swings in sharply and hits Nicol on the pads but the umpire turns down the appeal for LBW. Replays show Nicol was lucky to survive that appeal as the ball hit him in line and looked certain to hit the middle stump. The right-hander hits the next ball to the midwicket and takes one to get his team off the mark.
Guptill lets the third ball, which is full outside the off-stump, go through to the wicketkeeper. He inside edges the next ball which bounces close to the stumps.
The fifth ball is flicked to short fine leg fielder and the two batsmen take a quick single.
Nicol then advances down the wicket but the ball stays a bit low and moves away from the batsman to beat him.
15:17 Ajantha Mendis fit to play vs NZ:
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor wins the toss and elects to bat against Sri Lanka in the Super Eights match of the World Twenty20 in Pallekele, on Thursday.
Taylor confirms that opener Martin Guptill is back in the squad and he will replace Adam Milne.
Sri Lanka have handed 18-year-old mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya his international debut. Ajantha Mendis has also been declared fit to play after a fitness test ahead of the game.
Dananjaya caught the eye of Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene with his bowling during a nets session. Jayawardene was so impressed that he asked for the young spinner to be fast tracked into the national side, even though he had not played even first class cricket at that point of time.
He played for Wayamba United in the Sri Lanka Premier League, where he further underlined his credentials as a spinner and was promptly made included in the team for the ICC World Twenty20.
This is the first match of the Super Eights stage.