Andrew Alderson

Andrew Alderson is a sport writer for the Herald on Sunday.

Cricket: Five key moments - Black Caps v Sri Lanka

Andrew Alderson's five defining moments of New Zealand's super over defeat to Sri Lanka at the Twenty20 World Cup.

1. Guptill dismissed after making a difference on return
7.3 overs - New Zealand 57 for one:
It was 18-year-old Akila Dananjaya's first over in T20 cricket and Guptill looked to teach the young 'un a lesson but got caught by Thisara Perera on the long off boundary. The shame for New Zealand was how menacing Guptill looked. He had 38 from 30 balls, returning to the side after missing the Pakistan match with a hamstring strain.

2. 19th over bowled by James Franklin
Sri Lanka 154 for three:
Best exemplified the match's ebb and flow. The over read: 6, 1 (Tillakaratne Dilshan run out 76), 1, 1, 4, Thisara Perera bowled off stump. Sri Lanka moved to 167 for five but without two players who could have got them home sans the extra over. Ross Taylor expected to use Franklin sparingly; the left-armer ended up bowling his complement.

3. Lahiru Thirimanne steps in for Dilshan
19.5 overs - Sri Lanka 170 for five:
The ghost of Dilshan returned for the final over. Thirimanne pre-empted death bowler Tim Southee by opting for a scoop on the penultimate ball. Southee was full and wide outside off stump so Thirimanne picked him up over short fine leg to tie the scores. Cue pandemonium.

4. Lahiru Thirimanne run out
19.6 overs - Sri Lanka 174 for six:
Southee bowls, Thirimanne gets an inside edge which bobbles off the pitch. Franklin bounce throws to Taylor who fumbles but the ball still dislodges a bail, according to television umpire Steve Davis. Surreal scenes envelop the ground. While a decision is made, the players shake hands, the army marches onto the field and the groundstaff prepares the pitch for the next match in the double header.

5. Martin Guptill caught in super over
20.5 - New Zealand 6 for one, chasing 14 to win:
Long off proved Guptill's bete noire for the second time in the match. This time Dilshan caught him, centimetres inside the boundary rope to seal the game in 'the chase' with New Zealand left needing eight runs off one ball. Guptill struck it well - it was worth the risk - but long off was always a threat.

Andrew Alderson flew to the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka courtesy of Emirates Airline (www.emirates.com/nz).

- Herald on Sunday

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