March 18, 2011: The New Zealand line-up had no answers to the guile and deception of the Sri Lankan spinners as they were bowled out for a meagre 153 while chasing 265. Losing wickets frequently, the Kiwis innings never really looked set to take off and stuttered and stumbled all the way through. Meanwhile the old warhorse Muttiah Muralitharan demonstrated his wily potency yet again, knocking back 4 Kiwi wickets for a mere 25 runs from 8 overs. Ross Taylor was the only Black Cap to offer some resistance, top-scoring with 33.
The Kiwis innings seemed to begin in positive fashion with Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill each knocking a four off Nuwn Kulasekara in the 4th over. But then Angelo Mathews got the opening breakthrough when he had McCullum caught by Mahela Jayawardene at slip for 14 in a decision which was referred to the third umpire. New Zealand were 29/1 in 6.2 overs.
Jesse Ryder then settled in with a four off Mathews to round of the over. But in the very first ball next over, Kulasekara trapped Guptill plumb in front for 13 of 23 balls and the Kiwis had slipped to 33/2.
Just as the bowling powerplay was taken in the 10th over, Malinga came in for some stick. Ryder sliced him to third man where Kulasekara dropped a catch, the ball trickling over the boundary and then Ross Taylor clobbered him for another boundary and a six as the Kiwis moved past 50 in the 11th over.
Ryder and Taylor kept the scoreboard ticking along till in the 17th over, Mendis had Ryder caught behind for 19 off 23. Two overs later, Murtalitharan came to the fore, having Kane Williamson stumped for 5. The Kiwis were now in dire straits at 89/4 in 19.3 overs.
But the slide only continued with Murali then trapping Taylor plumb in front for 33 off 55 balls. James Franklin hit a four off Ajantha Mendis to take the score past 100 in the 23rd over. But at the end of the next over, Scott Styris gave an easy return catch to Murali and was on his way for 6 off 10 balls.
Then Tillakaratne Dilshan struck to remove Nathan McCullum by having him caught at slip for 4 and the Kiwis sunk deeper into trouble at 115/7 in 26.5 overs. Franklin couldn't hold out for very much longer either, departing to Murali for 20 off 29 balls as the scoreboard now read 129/8 in 31.3 overs.
The next to go was Tim Southee trapped in front by Mendis, for 8, and then after Jacob Oram tried to delay the inevitable with a couple of powerful fours, Malinga targetted the other end and bowled Hamish Bennett for a duck. New Zealand had folded in their chase for 153 falling 112 runs short of Lanka's score.