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March 22, 2014

22:46  NZ beat England by 9 runs via D/L method:  NZ 52-1 (5.2) vs Eng 172-6 | Scorecard

It continues to rain in Chittagong and the umpires had no choice but to call off the game.

New Zealand have been declared the winners by nine runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Kane Williamson was unbeaten on 24 from 17 balls, while Brendon McCullum smashed 16 from six balls as New Zealand prevailed in the rain-hit match.

Corey Anderson, who took two for 32, was named the man of the match.
21:47  - Scorecard

It has started raining here in Chittagong with New Zealand ahead on the Duckworth and Lewis. 

New Zealand were 52-1 in 5.2 overs when rain stopped play. 


21:20  - Scorecard

New Zealand are off a quick start in the chase of 173. 

Openers Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill have already hit the boundary boards. 

Willamson, who has been in terrific form latched onto Tim Bresnan, hitting him for consecutive boundaries.

But just as we speak, Jade Dernbach strikes for England, as he surprises Guptill with a short one and was caught by Chris Jordan at midwicket. 

At the end of four overs, New Zealand were 31-1. Williamson is on 19.
20:52  Scorecard

A late blitz from England's lower order have ensured that they finish with 172-6 after being put into bat by New Zealand.

England were off to a horrible start, losing Alex Hales off the third ball of the innings. 

However Moeen Ali and Michael Lumb stitched a vital 72 runs stand for third wicket to help England get some momentum back in their innings. 

New Zealand pacers didn't lose hope and kept a tight leash on the batsmen, which resulted in wickets as well as drying up the runs for England. 

In the end, Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan used the long handle to good effect to ensure that they cross the 150-runs mark. 

For New Zealand Corey Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-32. 

20:37  Scorecard

New Zealand pacers have kept a control on England's scoring in the final overs. Wickets have been falling at regular intervals. 

Southee has been impressive in his comeback spell and Corey Anderson has been the stand out bowler for Black Caps. 

New Zealand were sloppy too, despite clinging onto some brilliant chances. Luke Ronchi the culprit as he dropped a dolly off Southee of Ravi Bopara, following which, the batsman hit the bowler for a massive six. 

At the end of 17 overs, England were 145-5. Bopara is on 14 , while Jordan is on 8.
20:16  Scorecard

Tim Southee now comes to party as he removes dangerous Eoin Morgan for 12.

Morgan looking to up the ante chipped one to mid-on, where skipper Brendon McCullum took a tumbling catch. 

Southee does a brilliant job in his comeback, as he gives just two runs from his over. 

England 105-4 after 13 overs. Jos Butler is on 15, while Ravi Bopara is on 1.
19:57  Scorecard

It seems one can't keep Corey Anderson and Mitchell McClenaghan out of the game as its the latter, who removed well-set Michael Lumb for 33. 

Lumb sliced one towards third man and was caught brilliantly by a diving Anderson. 

New Zealand will look to bowl some quite overs now, with two new batsmen at the crease.

England were 77-3 after 9 overs.
19:52  Scorecard

Corey Anderson provides the much-needed breakthrough for New Zealand as he had Moeen Ali caught in the deep by McClenaghan for 36. 

Ali looking to punish a short ball from Anderson, didn't quite get the timing going and provided simplest of catches. 

Ali-Lumb duo added 72 runs for third wicket. 

England 75-2 after 8 overs. Lumb is on 33 and is joined in the middle by Eoin Morgan, who is yet to open his account.
19:37   Scorecard

Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali have opened up against New Zealand bowlers after losing Alex Hales early.

The duo took advantage of Tim Southee smoking him for two boundaries and a six as England got the much-needed momentum. 

Ali has been the aggressor of the two, where he punished Kyle Mills for similar figures -- two boundaries and six to ensure that England don't fall behind. 

At the end of 5 overs, England were 48-1. Ali is on 29, while Lumb is on 15.
19:29   Scorecard

Mitchell McClenaghan now into the attack. Moeen Ali at No. 3 flicks one off his pads for a boundary wide of mid one. 

McClenaghan hits Lumb's pads hard -- gets 3 leg byes. The left-armer tests Ali with a bouncer.

A dot to end the over as England were 9-1 after 2 overs. 

19:16   Scorecard

Michael Lumb and Alex Hales walk out to the middle on a pitch that still looks good for batting. 

New Zealand veteran Kyle Mills will open the proceedings. 

First up, Lumbs tucks one through the leg side for a single.

Hales time one straight to fielder -- no run. 

Hales chips down the track -- gets a top edge and is taken brilliantly at mid-off by Corey Anderson. 

Three dot balls to end the over as England were 1-1 after 1st over.
19:03   Welcome to the updates of the second game of World T20 between New Zealand and England in Chittagong.

The news from the middle is that New Zealand have won the toss and have elected to bowl first.

England skipper Stuart Borad said he would have liked to bowl first too.

- SA 160-8 (20 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

Malinga to bowl the final over with 15 runs needed. Miller is on strike and he will have to hit a couple of sixes to take SA to victory but that is next to impossible against Malinga's accurate bowling.

Dale Steyn is run out off the first ball as he sets for a quick single but is sent back. Miller falls off the next delivery as he sets for an impossible second run and is run out by miles after scoring 19.

Tahir hits a six off the final delivery but South Africa go down by five runs.
18:24   - SA 151-6 (19 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

Kulasekara to bowl the crucial 19th over. Miller gets a single from the first ball before Behardien holes out to Jayawardene at long-on for five. Miller then gets a couple from the next ball to long-on and picks a single from the fourth ball.

Four runs from the over leave SA to get 15 from the last over.
18:15  - SA 147-5 (18 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

Albie Morkel is on the attack from the word go. Mendis bowls a full toss and Morkel despatches it over the long-on fence for a six and repeats the shot off the next delivery for the same result.

Morkel tries to slog sweep the fourth ball, which is again a full toss, but is caught by Chandimal on the deep midwicket fence, for 12 from four balls.

14 runs from Mendis's fourth over as he registers expensive bowling figures of one for 44 in four overs.

SA need 29 from three overs and Miller will hold the key in the end overs.

Malinga has two overs remaining and he will bowl the 18th over. Miller crashes an over-pitched delivery through the covers for a boundary. Good running from Miller and Behardien as they convert a single to long-off into a couple as Thisara Perera is slow to get to the ball.

10 runs from the over. SA need 19 from two overs for victory.
18:03   - SA 120-4 (16 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

The big-hitting David Miller comes into the middle with SA needing 56 from six overs for victory. Mendis, who has two overs remaining, will come in to bowl his third. It is turning out to be an excellent over under the circumstances with South Africa getting only five singles. 51 needed from 30 balls for victory.

More spin as Senanayake comes to bowl the 16th over. Four runs from three balls before Duminy tries to break the shackles with a slog sweep but holes out to Dilshan at deep midwicket, who takes it inches inside the ropes. Duminy walks back after a good innings of 39 from 30 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes.

Four runs from Senanayake's final over, who finishes with superb figures of two for 22 in four overs.

SA need a big over, with 46 needed from 30 balls.
17:54  - SA 110-3 (14 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

South Africa need 72 runs from eight overs with eight wickets in hand. Malinga is back as de Villiers flicks the first delivery behind square on the leg side for a boundary. The pacer tries a short ball at de Villiers but it goes high over de Villiers and is called a wide for height as Malinga goes for nine in that over.

After 13 overs, Sri Lanka were 104 for three, while South Africa are placed slightly better at 103 for two, with 63 needed from seven overs.

Mathews comes back and it remains to be seen if SA's batsmen decide to go after him. He starts off well, giving three from the first four balls, before de Villiers hammers a full delivery past mid-off for a boundary. However, the pacer gets revenge with the wicket of de Villiers from the last delivery, who is caught behind for 24.
17:45   - SA 94-2 (12 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

Amla has also decided to get a move along as he comes down the track to Senanayake and lofts him over the cover region for a four. He sweeps the next ball for a couple to deep square leg to bring up the 50-run stand for the second wicket. However, Senanayake gets revenge as Amla tries another inside out chip but is caught in the covers after scoring 23 from 26 balls.

New batsman AB de Villiers is looking to get after the spinners right from the start. He comes down the track to Mendis and chips him over point for a couple before taking two more runs on the leg side. He then drives it down the ground for a couple before playing the inside out chip shot for a four to get 11 runs from the over.
17:37   - SA 75-1 (10 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

South Africa have decided to target Perera as Duminy slams the medium pacer past mid-on for a boundary. A few deliveries later he lofts a full delivery over mid-on for the same result. The left-hander then plays the scoop over the wicketkeeper for the third four of the over, which goes for 16 runs to bring the Proteas back into the contest.

Sri Lanka introduce mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis. Duminy chips him back over his head as Dilshan at long-off is unable to get to the ball and it goes for a boundary. He lofts the next over long-on and it carries all the way for a six to race to 30 from 17 balls.

After 10 overs, South Africa are 75 for one, with 91 needed from 10 overs for victory. They have scored 28 runs from the last two overs to get their innings back on track.
17:28  - SA 47-1 (8 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

Mathews comes back to bowl his second over. Amla walks across his stumps and flicks it through fine leg region for his first boundary as eight come from that over.

Another change as Thisara Perera replaces Malinga, who bowled an excellent first over to make the much-needed breakthrough with the wicket of de Kock.

Amla throws his bat at wide delivery but is beaten as Sangakkara appeals for caught behind but it is turned down. Good start from Perera giving away just two singes in his first over.

Senanayake to bowl round the wicket. South Africa have slowed down after the wicket of de Kock as the boundaries have dried up. The off-spinner concedes five singles in his second over as SA reach 47 for one in eight overs, with 16 runs coming from the last four overs.
17:23   - SA 32-1 (5 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

De Kock decides to go after Kulasekara. The left-hander lofts the third ball over long-on for a boundary before he flicks the next square on the leg side for a six. The youngster then hammers the fifth ball through the covers for another boundary as South Africa are off to a flier, reaching 26 in three overs.

Spin is introduced early as off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake is called to bowl the fourth over. De Kock gets another four as the fielder in the covers lets one go through his legs for a boundary as five come from that over.

A desperate Sri Lanka introduce their strike bowler Lasith Malinga to make the breakthrough. De Kock is beaten all ends up by a quick yorker and is bowled for a quick 25 from 18 balls.
17:18  - SA 11-0 (2 ovs) vs SL 165-7 | Scorecard

Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl the first over as the young Quinton de Kock walks out to open the batting along with the experienced Hashim Amla. A quiet first over as both batsmen pick two singles each.

Sri Lanka will hold back Lasith Malinga as Angelo Mathews comes on to bowl the second over. De Kock cuts the second ball through the point region for the first boundary of the innings as seven come from the second over.
17:15   - SL 165-7 (20 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

Morkel to bowl the 19th over. He gets the key wicket of Perera, who tries to slog it on the leg side but misses and is bowled for eight. Nuwan Kulasekara chips the next ball over the bowler's head for a couple followed by two singles as eight come from that over. A good spell from Morne Morkel, taking two for 32 in four overs.

Steyn to bowl the final over of the innings with SL keen to touch the 170-run mark. Mathews drives the first ball to long-on and sprints back for two and does the same off the next ball, getting two to the covers.

Steyn then cleans up Mathews, who is unable to keep out the yorker and is bowled after a good innings of 43 from 32 balls. Kulasekara edges the last ball for a boundary as Sri Lanka post a competitive 165 for seven in their 20 overs.
16:48  Rajneesh Gupta on Twitter says that Sri Lanka are heavy favourites whenever they post a target in excess of 150.

"On 20 previous occasions when SL made 150+ batting first, they went on to win 18 times. Both their losses came vs India. #SLvSA #wt20."
16:36   - SL 148-5 (18 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

Tahir comes back to bowl his final over as Mathews lofts the first ball over long-on and it goes over the fielder for a six. The leggie strikes with the wicket of Chandimal, who comes down the track but is beaten completely and is stumped for 12. Tahir finishes with three for 26 in four overs to help South Africa pull back things after Perera's blazing half-century.

Steyn is back for his third spell. Thisara Perera slams the first ball wide of long-on for a boundary before he takes one from the third ball. Mathews tries to heave Steyn on the leg side but gets a top edge which flies over the keeper for another boundary as 10 runs come from that over.
16:22  - SL 128-4 (16 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

Morne Morkel back into action now. Mathews looking to keep the runs coming as he slams the fifth ball through the covers for a boundary. He slaps the last ball on the leg side for a couple to get nine runs from the over.

His elder brother Albie comes on from the other end. Dinesh Chandimal chips the first ball past mid-off but Behardien makes a good stop running around from long-on to keep it down to two.

AB de Villiers misses the direct hit from covers as Chandimal attempts a near impossible single but he survives and gets an overthrow in the process. He laps the next ball over short fine leg for a boundary.

11 runs from that over takes SL to 128 for four in 16 overs.
16:10   - SL 108-4 (14 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

Another one spell from Steyn as he makes way for Tsotsobe now. Mathews chips the second ball on the leg side for a couple before Perera chips it over the cover region for a boundary. Mathews then chops a short ball over the off-side like a tennis ball forehand shot for a couple to get 11 runs from the over. Tsotsobe finishes with 31 runs from four overs.

Tahir gets the big wicket of the dangerous Perera, who tries another big shot but lofts a high catch on the off-side. He dismissed after a cracking innings of 61 from 40 balls, having hit six fours and three sixes.

Good over from Tahir, giving away just four while taking the wicket of Perera to check Sri Lanka's charge.
16:01  - SL 93-3 (12 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

South Africa's strike bowler Steyn comes back, to bowl the 11th over. He was taken off after bowling the opening over when he went for 17 runs, he still has three overs in his kitty.

Angelo Mathews gives Steyn the charge but misses as he attempts a wild swing and is then beaten off the first ball as he pokes at the outswinger.

Perera mistimes the pull shot off the last ball but it falls safely. An excellent over from the experienced Steyn giving away just a single.

Tahir continues his good start with the ball. Just four singles from five deliveries before Mathews spoils his figures, coming down to smash the last ball down the ground for a boundary.
15:55   - SL 84-3 (10 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir comes into the attack. Sangakkara is beaten off the second ball as he fails to pick the wrong one, which beats his waft outside the off-stump.

However, he falls off the fifth ball of that over. The top spinner does the trick as Sangakkara goes for a wild swing on the leg side but gets a top edge and is caught at short thirdman for 14.

At the halfway stage, Sri Lanka are 84 for three with Perera leading the charge on 52 from 31 balls, having hit five fours and three sixes.
15:46  - SL 81-2 (9 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

Albie Morkel is called into the attack. Sangakkara welcomes him by smashing the first ball over mid-off for a boundary. Perera turns the fourth ball of the over fine on the leg past the wicketkeeper for the second boundary of the over as Morkel is hit for 13 in his first over.

Duminy drops it short and Perera pulls it fine through the long leg region for a boundary to race to 49 from 28 balls. He nearly loses his wicket a couple of balls later as he comes halfway down for a single but Sangakkara sends him back in time.

Perera brings up his fifty, from just 29 balls, with a single on the leg side. He continues his good recent run, having scored his third fifty in four innings in T20 Internationals.

15:37  - SL 57-2 (7 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

Tsotsobe to continue, as he comes on to bowl his third over. Sangakkara goes after a short delivery but fails to connect with the pull shot before he takes one on the leg side.

Perera is dealing in sixes as he slams Tsotsobe over midwicket for his third six to raise SL's 50, in the sixth over.  Sri Lanka, led by Perera's charge (37 from 20 balls), have smashed 51 for two in six overs of Powerplay.

We have spin now in the form of left-arm spinner JP Duminy. A quiet over as Sangakkara and Perera pick three singles from that over.

15:27  - SL 43-2 (5 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

Jayawardene flicks a full delivery from Tsotsobe over the leg side as David Miller makes a good stop at deep square leg to keep it down to two.

Perera does the same a few deliveries picking from outside the off-stump over square leg for a boundary. Eight from Tsotsobe's second over.

Jayawardene gives Morkel the charge and smashes him through the packed off-side cordon for a boundary. However, the tall pacer gets revenge from the very next delivery as the right-hander chips it straight to the fielder at mid-on to fall for nine.
15:20   - SL 30-1 (3 ovs) vs SA | Scorecard

Left-arm pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe to bowl the second over. He starts with a wide down the leg side to Perera before the opener takes one from the third ball.

New batsman Mahela Jayawardene gets off the mark with a single on the off-side before Perera does the same off the last ball as four runs come from that over.

Morne Morkel into the attack as Steyn is taking off after just one over, where he went for 17 runs but also got a wicket.

Perera continues his attacking approach as he flicks Morkel over deep square leg, beating the fielder on the fence as it carries all the way for another six.

Nine runs from the over as SL race to 30 for one in three overs. Perera has got off to a flier, hitting 25 from 13 balls to give his team a flying start.
15:14  Steyn strikes in first over, Dilshan out for 0:  
- SL 17-1 (1 ov) vs SA | Scorecard

Steyn to bowl the first over as Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan walk out to open the innings for SL.

Left-handed Perera defends the first ball before lofting the next with some authority over mid-off for a boundary to get off the mark in confident fashion.

The next ball is placed perfectly in the gap through the covers for another four before Steyn bowls a wide down the leg side.

Perera showing scant respect for Steyn as he whips a full delivery over midwicket for a cracking six.

However, Steyn rocks Sri Lanka with the wicket off the last delivery. Dilshan plays all over a full delivery which shapes in and it ends up crashing into his stumps.
15:11  World T20: SL elect to bat vs SA:  Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa, in the Group 1 match of the World T20, in Chittagong, on Saturday.

AB de Villiers will captain South Africa in place of regular T20 captain Faf du Plessis, who was unable to play because of injury. But pacer Dale Steyn is fully fit and will play.