World Twenty20: England v New Zealand as it happened

New Zealand beat England by nine runs on Duckworth/Lewis method after rain curtails their Group One opener in the World Twenty20.

22 March 2014 Last updated at 08:54 GMT

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  1. 17:23: 

    Looking ahead to tomorrow, we switch back to Group One action. We get our first look at the Aussies when they take on Pakistan at 09:30 GMT before India clash with West Indies at 13:30 GMT. What a line-up that is.

    Make sure you join us bright and early in the morning. Goodbye for now.

  2. 17:22: 
    Captain's view
    Stuart Broad

    England captain Stuart Broad: "It would have been a good game if it had gone the full 40 overs, 170-odd was a competitive total and we're obviously disappointed we finished losing this game. We should have come off with the lightning earlier, that would have saved us losing the game and that was distinctly average on the umpires' part."

  3. 17:16: 
    Captain's view

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "It was frustrating that the game finished like that because it was set up nicely. Both teams can walk away from this pleased with their performance and we're delighted to walk away with the win."

  4. 17:14: 
    Corey Anderson

    Man-of-the-match Corey Anderson, who took two fantastic catches and recorded bowling figures of 2-32: "It was a strange night where we played one innings and it's all over. It's nice to be on the right side of the result. We took wickets at crucial times and held them back when they looked about to tee off."

  5. 17:08: 

    With only two nations progressing to the semi-finals from the five-team group, it all means England need to win at least two of their remaining matches in the competition if they are to have any chance of progression. They face Sri Lanka on Thursday, South Africa next Saturday and the Netherlands on 31 March.

  6. 17:04: 
    NZ beat England by 9 runs

    The match has finally been called off and New Zealand have beaten England by nine runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Still raining, thunder and lightning."

  8. 16:54: 

    Well, Niall...let's have a look at the stats. The 29-year-old Yorkshire all-rounder had played 30 T20 internationals before today and scored 177 runs at an average of 14.75 and a strike-rate of 116.44. With the ball, he has 23 wickets at 34.34 with an economy rate of 7.86.

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    Niall ODonnell: Is Big Bressie in the team for his batting or bowling? Discuss.

  10. 16:51: 

    The rain continues to pour in Chittagong, but no decision has yet been taken to call the game off.

  11. 16:47: 

    The cut-off time for the match to resume is 23:23 local time - that's 17:23 GMT.

    Stuart Broad, Ashley Giles, Jade Dernbach
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    Michael Scofield: England's first game of T20 WC in 2010 was also affected by D/L after England posted a good total - are you thinking what I'm thinking?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The England players are heading inside. They're probably of the feeling that this is another thing in this winter that has gone against them."

  14. 16:35: 

    The rain continues to come down. It's never a good sign when the TMS lads are forced to recap on the first game of the day, when Sri Lanka held their nerve to beat South Africa.

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    Charles Isere: Bresnan & Broad were both punished in WI (& Bresnan in the warm-ups). Who's surprised that NZ have taken them both apart?

  16. 16:30: 

    Has anyone brought any games? It looks like we're here for a while.

  17. 16:28: 

    Scrap that. It's raining again and the covers are back on. In fact, it's raining heavily.


    John, Jodphur, India: This should be about cricket, not maths. They should change the rules and finish the game the next day: or at least only apply D/L after a decent portion of the game is through. Five overs isn't representative of an outcome.

  19. 16:26: 

    It has stopped raining and the sheets have been taken off. Maybe we're going to get a resumption after all.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The sheets are coming off and we are optimistic about a resumption."

  21. 16:18: 

    The umpires are out on the field, chatting with ground staff. Maybe there is hope for England after all.

  22. 16:15: 

    Former New Zealand bowler Danny Morrison on TMS: "As a group, New Zealand play for each other. I've been involved with the group and you can sense the vibe within the camp. They have a good nucleus of younger guys and a few experienced heads."


    Neil Mumford: In the inaugural World Cup in 1975 you had four sets of brothers, and two of them in the same team! New Zealand had Hedley and Geoff Howarth, and also had three in the form of Richard, Dayle and Barry Hadlee. Pakistan had Sadiq and Mushtaq Mohammed and of course Australia had Ian and Greg Chappell, making four sets of brothers in total.

  24. 16:11: 

    Maybe there is hope for England. "The rain is becoming lighter," observes Jonathan Agnew on Test Match Special.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special
    Stuart Broad and Brendon McCullum

    "I hadn't really factored in this. I remember South Africa rain was always a factor. At the moment it's tipping down and it's looking like England are going to be played one lost one."

  26. 16:05: 

    That rain is now torrential. The match can only be extended by 30 minutes, according to the rules. That means the match needs to be completed in 65 minutes from now.

    Chittagong weather forecast

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special
    Ground staff cover the middle

    "They've got one sheet that's covering the pitch. In Sri Lanka they magically put different pieces together very quickly and covered the whole ground."

  28. 16:04: 

    Brendon McCullum seemed to sense that storm was coming, slamming 16 runs in that fifth over. That could prove decisive. I wonder if the New Zealand captain knew a storm was likely when he decided to put England in at the toss?

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    Scott Lennon: Ridiculous that five overs can make a game. Especially considering those are unpredictable powerplay overs.

  30. 16:01: 

    The rain is coming down rather heavy now. Where were these storms during the Ashes?

  31. 15:59: 
    Brendon McCullum and Stuart Broad

    In fact, after two Chris Jordan deliveries, the rain arrives with New Zealand 52-1 after 5.2 overs. More crucially, Brendon McCullum's side are ahead on Duckworth-Lewis, meaning they will win the match if there is no more play.

  32. 15:59: 

    The umpires have a chat because there is some very big lightning lighting up the night sky. They decide to carry on. For now.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "All of a sudden England are charging around because if the game gets called off now that's them done and dusted."

  34. 5 overs: 
    NZ 47-1 (Williamson 19*, B McCullum 16*)

    The skipper, Stuart Broad, is into the attack and his opposite number Brendon McCullum flicks him for six over deep midwicket. B-Mac then runs down the track and miscues four over the slip cordon. He ends the fifth over with a lofted four back over the bowler's head. The reason for his urgency? A thunderstorm is brewing. And the Kiwis are now ahead on Duckworth-Lewis.

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    Bala: The weather is too tough to play in. Humid, wet and sticky. No matter what the total NZ will win.

  36. 4 overs: 
    NZ 31-1 (Target 173)

    That wickets brings Brendon McCullum to the crease. How England could do with getting rid of B-Mac early on.

  37. 3.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Guptill c Jordan b Dernbach 11 (NZ 29-1)
    Jade Dernbach

    Quality bowling from Jade Dernbach who gets good bounce out of the pitch, meaning Martin Guptill is hurried into a pull shot and the opener pops a fairly simple catch up to Chris Jordan at midwicket.

  38. 3 overs: 
    NZ 25-0 (Guptill 7*, Williamson 17*)

    How could I forget about the Coopers after that amazing Netherlands batting display yesterday? Good cricketing brothers knowledge, Russell and Jim.

    Tim Bresnan into the attack and he's lined up by Kane Williamson early on, the opener taking a couple of steps down the pitch and slamming four through extra cover. That messes with Bresnan's line and length and the big Yorkie delivers a rank short and wide delivery which Williamson slashes through point. Ten in total from a disappointing over.


    Russell Davis: Cricketing brothers - The Cooper brothers are playing for the Dutch. Niall O'Brian was a 12th man for the Irish so almost another set there.

    Jim Provan: Wikipedia tells me that three pairs of brothers played for Zimbabwe in a Test against NZ in 97 - Flowers, Strangs and Rennies. Not a tournament per se, but ...

  40. 2 overs: 
    NZ 15-0 (Guptill 7*, Williamson 7*)
    New Zealand batsmen run between the wickets

    England should be used to these dewy conditions because they were dipping the ball into a bucket of water at practice yesterday. Jade Dernbach's opening over gets off to a bad start when, after conceding a couple of singles, Martin Guptill drives four down the ground. Eight from the over.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The challenge for a bowler that bowls in the powerplays and at the death is you know you can either be a king or it goes awry. I like Dernbach's variation and I've always been impressed by what he's done."

  42. 1 over: 
    NZ 7-0 (Target 173)

    Moeen Ali conceded three singles from his first five balls but his figures are ruined from the sixth when Kane Williamson flashes a boundary past the cover fielders. Hang on to your hats...Jade Dernbach is ready to deliver the second over.

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    Charles Isere: Decent from England. They'll have to get all of Guptill, Taylor, B McC and Anderson cheaply though on this pitch.

  44. 15:32: 

    The players are back out on the park. Moeen Ali will open the bowling for England, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill the batting for New Zealand.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I hate to be a pessimist but I prefer Sri Lanka's 165 to England's score because England don't quite have that depth of bowling that Sri Lanka have, but 172 is a substantial total."

  46. 15:27: 
    View from the dressing room

    England batsman Moeen Ali: "It's a good pitch and I just said to Lumby 'I'm just going to keep going,' unfortunately I was caught but I'm loving every day waking up and playing for England."

  47. 15:23: 

    The Kiwis bowled well in patches after a terrible start. Here's their numbers: Mills 4-0-36-1, McClenaghan 4-0-22-1, Southee 4-0-46-1, Anderson 4-0-32-2, N McCullum 4-0-32-1.

    England run-rate 8.60.

  48. 15:22: 

    Have England got enough runs on the board? Here's the batting card:

    England v NZ
  49. 20 overs: 
    Eng 172-6 (Bopara 24*, Bresnan 17*)

    Here we go over of the innings.

    Corey Anderson to bowl it and Ravi Bopara hits a brace of twos before tipping the strike over to Big Tim who launches a monstrous 87m six down the ground. Two more singles to finish the innings. A decent effort by England at the end. They have set New Zealand 173 to win.

    Tim Bresnan
  50. 19 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 159-6 (Bopara 18*, Bresnan 10*)

    Has a cricket tournament ever had more than three sets of brothers playing in it before? Off the top of my head, I can think of the McCullums, Akmals and Morkels in this competition. Have I missed any?

    Back to the action, where Corey Anderson gets one hand to Tim Bresnan's hoick towards cow corner but can only tip the ball towards the boundary. Big Tim adds another four with a lofted whack over extra cover.

  51. 18 overs: 
    Eng 149-6 (Bopara 17*, Bresnan 1*)

    A bit of long handle from Tim Bresnan would be just what the doctor ordered from England's perspective. Just four runs and a wicket from Nathan McCullum 18th over. Well done bro, says Brendon as he dries the wet ball between overs.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was the right idea to try and clear the boundary but he didn't quite catch it perfectly. The redoubtable Bresnan next."

  53. 17.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Jordan c Southee b N McCullum 8 (Eng 148-6)

    I'm not sure England have got enough runs yet as Chris Jordan hits Nathan McCullum to cow corner and picks out Tim Southee on the boundary.

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    BenTurner98: We need Morgan in this tournament because without his power we have no chance of competing with all the other batting attacks.

    Rob Meech: Jos Buttler is a ringer for Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead. It's a shame the rest of England's team often play like zombies.

  55. 17 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 145-5 (Bopara 14*, Jordan 8*)
    Ravi Bopara

    New Zealand have pulled this back well. They'll fancy their chances if they limit England to less than 165. They almost get rid of England's dangerman Ravi Bopara when the Essex man edges behind but Luke Ronchi shells the chance. The bowler, Tim Southee, is furious - especially when Bopara hits him back over his head for six next ball up. Chris Jordan weighs in with a maximum of his own as he just flat bats six over long-off. That was Chris Gayle-esque.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I like the fact they have sent Jordan out now and I would think it would be with licence, with sensible Tim to come."

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    Neil, Coventry: I think England's kit was donated by motorway maintenance.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "We've had some good innings but they have all batted for about the same number of balls. Anderson is having a good day, two wickets and two blistering catches."

  59. 16 overs: 
    Eng 130-5 (Bopara 4*, Jordan 1*)

    Chris Jordan, who slapped an unbeaten 27 off 9 balls in England's final T20 international in West Indies last week, is in at number seven. Can England end with a flourish or will they fizzle out?

  60. 15.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler b Anderson 32 (Eng 129-5)
    Jos Buttler

    An entertaining 23-ball knock comes to an end when Corey Anderson, coming around the wicket, squeezes one through Jos Buttler's defences, via an outside edge.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "For old timers these are staggering shots. For players of this generation, playing that ramp is like the old timers playing a good cover drive. Buttler watches the ball like a hawk, he was in position before he let it go almost."

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  62. 15 overs: 
    Eng 126-4 (Buttler 32*, Bopara 4*)

    Jos Buttler finally gives in to temptation and brings out the ramp shot, waiting on a slower ball to chip three down to fine leg. Ravi Bopara is happy to play himself in for now, angling a single down to third man. Buttler has a second crack at the ramp and this time gets the desired result when the ball races away for four. He ends the over with another boundary when he squirts one through the off side.

    Martin Guptill dives in vain to stop the ball
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England don't play spin very well and if you compare their spin bowling resources with other nations it doesn't look great, so this Chittagong venue is preferable to Mirpur."

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    BillyBunter3rd: Another Morgan failure. Would he be picked if not VC? Time Giles made 'real' selection decisions instead of hoping things click.

  65. 14 overs: 
    Eng 114-4 (Buttler 21*, Bopara 3*)

    These two batsmen need to ensure they are there at the end so they are just pushing and poking the ball about for now. Wide, single, two, single, single, two, one. Calm before the storm.

    Jos Buttler
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bopara has played some beautiful innings for England but the slight cynic in me notes it's always when the game is up."

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    Sujan Gautam: New Zealand with their powerhouse batting will surely plough through England's total unless they get a minimum of 180.

    David: I always think you've got to look to double your 11th over total, that'd put England on about 190. That is doable. Target?

    Scott Lennon: Still going at 9 per over after 12 overs is good from England. Especially considering the times we lost the wickets.

  68. 13 overs: 
    Eng 105-4 (Buttler 15*, Bopara 1*)

    Here comes Ravi, who is off the mark with a single before Jos Buttler weaves out of the way of two Tim Southee bumpers. One wicket and one run (off the bat) from a very good over for New Zealand.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's getting in, Morgan, but not quite playing with the fluency we've seen and then getting out. England could end up getting 140 or 200. I wonder what they think a good score is?"

  70. 12.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c B McCullum b Southee 12 (Eng 103-4)

    Tim Southee outwits Eoin Morgan with an off-cutter and the England batsman is left groping forward before punching a catch to Brendon McCullum at mid-off.

    Projected score at current run-rate: 166

  71. 12 overs: 
    Eng 103-3 (Morgan 12*, Buttler 15*)

    Lovely stuff, Jos. The England wicketkeeper laces the ball to the cover boundary before hammering another four wide of long-on. He adds two more later in the over. Buttler is serving up a treat of an innings so far.

  72. 11 overs: 
    Eng 93-3 (Morgan 12*, Buttler 5*)

    England's short-term plan is clear - milk the ones, push for twos and offer up one big shot per over. That one big shot comes when Eoin Morgan powerfully slices four through point. Nine from the over.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "We know they have the capacity to do some damage if they get set, these two, but they haven't got set yet."

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    Sam Lear: Moeen with another typical innings. Bats beautifully to 36 and throws his wicket away - a bad habit. He needs to learn to bat on.

    AADZ: England do it time and again! Such a great start, just milk the bowling till 14th over and be 120-2 then launch.

    Padraig Spillane: And here comes England's almost compulsory batting collapse after such a good start!

  75. 10 overs: 
    Eng 84-3 (Morgan 7*, Buttler 1*)
    Eoin Morgan

    What's everyone worried about? England have raced to a decent start and their two biggest hitters now have 10 overs to blast the New Zealanders out of the game! Nathan McCullum, with his innocuous off-breaks, continues to toil away as Eoin Morgan pushes a brace of twos into gaps and then tips a single. Jos Buttler faces his first ball and he tucks it away for one. Steady.

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    Scott Lennon: Unless we choke and collapse here, which is more than likely, we're on course for 170+

    Amit Bhilwade: Ali did his job, great platform for Morgan..Eng need to make 170plus...they have good spin/all-round bowlers.

  77. 9 overs: 
    Eng 77-3 (Morgan 2*, Buttler 0*)

    The muscular Mitchell McClenaghan, who does a spot of modelling when he's not spearheading New Zealand's bowling attack, is getting some nice carry through to the keeper. He has sent Michael Lumb packing and now it's Jos Buttler at the crease.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's ebb and flow, it's such a volatile game. Two terrific catches from Anderson, the one to get rid of Hales was pretty good and there, coming from the third man boundary, he dived forward and took it inches from the ground. A big wicket that because England had a handsome spell but now two new batsmen - the danger batsmen - and both have got to get in."

  79. 8.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Lumb c Anderson b McClenaghan 33 (Eng 76-3)
    New Zealand congratulate Corey Anderson (second right)

    Let's hope for England's sake this isn't a sign of the wheels falling off. Michael Lumb goes for one big shot too many and skies the ball towards third man where a diving Corey Anderson produces another spectacular catch. These Kiwis know how to field, that's for sure.

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    Josh Payne: How can there be someone being paid to come up with a kit as bad as England's?

  81. 8 overs: 
    Eng 74-2 (Lumb 33*, Morgan 0*)

    That brings England's T20 gun player, Eoin Morgan, to the crease. Can Stuart Broad's men keep this momentum going?

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Apologies for putting the mockers on him, he has got a great strength of picking up deliveries and putting them away but when the boundary riders go out it is not easy. Wonderful innings though."

  83. 7.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Moeen Ali c McClenaghan b Anderson 36 (Eng 73-2)
    Corey Anderson celebrates

    The fun is over for Moeen Ali as he again latches on to a short ball but picks out Mitchell McClenaghan on the boundary.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The key for Ali is to bat in the first six overs, I'm not sure he has the power when the field moves out."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a decent start, more than decent."

  86. 7 overs: 
    Eng 66-1 (Lumb 26*, Ali 35*)

    If memory serves me right, Jonathan Trott made his England debut in T20 cricket and has gone on to score plenty of runs in Test cricket. Nathan McCullum is chucked the ball by his brother Brendon, but he is twice dispatched to the boundary by Michael Lumb as Ashley Giles's men continue to dominate with the bat.

    England batsman Moeen Ali and Michael Lumb run between the wickets
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    Si Lomas: Moeen Ali plays at exactly the sort of tempo that would fit well in Test side at number 3 or 4, and would offer fresh approach.

  88. 6 overs: 
    Eng 55-1 (Lumb 16*, Ali 34*)

    Is Moeen Ali staking his claim for a place in the England Test squad later in the year? He's got to be in the frame alongside the likes of Sam Robson and Jos Buttler.

    New Zealand call on left-arm medium pacer Corey Anderson to try and stem the run-rate but England milk a couple of singles before the bowler sends down a leg-side wide. A rare play and miss from Ali follows, but normal service is resumed when the Worcestershire man swivels on a short ball and pulls four down to fine leg. Two more fresh air shots, but England will be more than happy with their powerplay efforts.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali really has been the catalyst for the English, they really have put the pressure on the New Zealanders. It has been quality batting, not too much slogging, and I think the New Zealanders will have to change their lengths."

  90. 5 overs: 
    Eng 48-1 (Lumb 15*, Ali 29*)
    Michael Lumb

    Moeen Ali is middling everything that comes his way so far - pulling successive Tim Southee short balls for four and then dabbing a single down to third man. Michael Lumb is beginning to come to the boil too, pulling a six over midwicket and easing two through the covers.

    Projected score at current rate: 192.

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    Small Man Peaky: The issue isn't England's batting not being big enough. They just aren't good enough. No pinch hitting and awful under pressure.

    BillyBunter3rd: Why drag Bell half way round the world if he's not going to play? Better off with Warwickshire pre-season. Is Giles trying NOT to get the England job?

  92. 4 overs: 
    Eng 31-1 (Lumb 7* Ali 20*)

    Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali exchange singles before we see the first sign of real aggression from the former, who lofts four back down the ground. Whisper it quietly, but this is a fairly decent start for England after that early loss of Alex Hales.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "What's confusing for the batsmen is the umpires seem to be in exactly the same garb as the New Zealanders so they could mistake the umpires for a fielder!"

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  94. 3 overs: 
    Eng 25-1 (Lumb 2* Ali 19*)
    Moeen Ali

    Sticking my neck on the block, I think New Zealand have a very good chance of winning this tournament. They are energetic in the field early on as Kyle Mills gets one to rip past Moeen Ali's groping outside edge.

    However, the batsman recovers his poise to slam four over mid-off, latches onto a half-tracker and pulls it over the boundary for six before hammering four straight down the ground. Superb batting.

  95. 2 overs: 
    Eng 9-1 (Lumb 1* Ali 5*)

    Left-arm quick Mitchell McClenaghan shares the new ball and Moeen Ali works him for a classy four through the leg side before scampering a single. That should settle some nerves. MM's radar is slightly off early on, perhaps because of the dew, and that allows Michael Lumb to pull Ali through for three leg byes. A much better over for England.

  96. 1 over: 
    Eng 1-1 (Lumb 1*, Ali 0*)

    All the ones. One over, one run, one wicket.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's amazing how far that ball travelled, he got a leading edge and it very nearly cleared mid-off. That's not a great start for Hales and a lot of pressure on the new batsman Ali coming in, he's been tossed in at the deep end."

  98. 0.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Hales c Anderson b Mills 0 (Eng 1-1)
    Kyle Mills dismisses Alex Hales

    A terrible start for England. Kyle Mills gets one to stick in the pitch and induces Alex Hales into a leading edge towards Corey Anderson at mid-off who extends his Go-Go-Gadget arms to take a spectacular one-handed catch while back-pedalling.

  99. 13:41: 

    England's selection might seem muddled at times but there's always one constant: Alex Hales and Michael Lumb are their number one opening pair in T20 cricket. These two knocked off 143 runs without loss of wicket against the Kiwis last year. Play.

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    Ben Morgan: Cannot believe Ian Bell hasn't been selected. England's best batsman and is effective in any situation.

  101. 13:37: 

    First we have the New Zealand anthem, now it's time for God Save The Queen. It's time for England's World T20 campaign to begin.

  102. 13:34: 

    The umpires and players file their way on to the pitch. England are wearing luminous red shirts with dark blue trousers. They just don't match - they look like the kid at school who forgot his PE kit and had to raid the lost property box.

  103. 13:30: 

    Confirmation that the game will start 10 minutes later, at 13:40 GMT. Looking at that England team, I'm amazed that they have selected Ian Bell in their squad if he's not seen as first-choice. Would Australia drag Michael Clarke around if he wasn't going to play?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You've got to give the England players freedom to fail. If Eoin Morgan has one of his days when everything clicks, or one of the openers, or Buttler comes off, suddenly you have a score similar to that which Sri Lanka made, and it's game on."

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  105. 13:26: 

    If you're just joining us, TMS think the scheduled 13:30 GMT start will be delayed a little because of the delay in the previous match finishing. We've still yet to see the players emerge for the anthems.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Hopefully the dew factor won't be a major one because we don't want a tournament where the toss of the coin decides the match."

  107. 13:24: 
    New Zealand team news

    The England team is confirmed. This is the New Zealand team:

    Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum (capt), Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan.

    So from their squad of 15, they've left out Anton Devcich, Jimmy Neesham, Ronnie Hira and Trent Boult.

  108. 13:22: 
    England team news

    So, the England team - we think - will be Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad (capt), James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach.

    So that's four front-line seamers, one front-line spinner, and a bit of Ravi Bopara (whose medium pace was very effective in West Indies) and possible Moeen Ali's part-time off-spin.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think we're going to see lots of spin bowling here in Dhaka. I was speaking to our summariser Athar Ali Khan, the former Bangladesh all-rounder, who thinks it'll be 'win the toss, bowl first and win the game'."

  110. 13:19: 

    Just getting the team news in. We think England have left out Ian Bell, Chris Woakes and Stephen Parry, while Craig Kieswetter (the injury replacement for Luke Wright) is due to arrive in Bangladesh on Monday.


    England women's captain Charlotte Edwards on TMS: "We'll be using wet balls in training because of the dew. We had a good warm-up win against New Zealand, the bowlers are going well. We're in a tough group with all the subcontinent teams, but hopefully we can play some good cricket and get out of the group. It's my first time in Bangladesh, it's a cricket-crazy country and hopefully we can put on a good show for them."

  112. 13:13: 

    New Zealand win the toss and elect to field first. Stuart Broad, sporting the new "solar red" (orange) England T20 kit, admits he'd have bowled but hopes they'll adapt to the conditions.

    England women's captain Charlotte Edwards

    England women's captain Charlotte Edwards on TMS: "We've just arrived in Sylhet, it looks a fantastic ground and we're looking forward to our first game on Monday. We've got four games in eight days."

    Read our team-by-team guide to the Women's World Twenty20

  114. 13:12: 
    Luke Wright

    If you're just joining us, as we await the (delayed) toss, you may not have heard that England all-rounder Luke Wright has been ruled out of the tournament with a right side strain, joining Joe Root and Ben Stokes on the injured list.

    I say "all-rounder" - he's not bowled a lot for England lately, which may be a factor in the identity of his replacement in the squad - wicketkeeper/batsman Craig Kieswetter, who last played for England in January 2013, when he lost the limited-overs gloves to former county team-mate Jos Buttler.

  115. 13:10: 

    Keep your ears peeled on TMS - next up, they're going to be speaking to Charles Dagnall who's in Dhaka following the other group.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "AB de Villiers was looking a million dollars until he played a rash stroke, his wicket was the critical one as he's arguably the best batsman in the world at the moment. The Sri Lankans are a pretty venerable side with Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene who have played an awful lot of cricket, but they held their nerve and Malinga bowled a brilliant last over, while Kulasekara did a terrific job in the 19th."


    South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "I didn't think it was our best bowling performance, but our bowlers did a good job. If we want to win the tournament, we've got to chase down totals like that."

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm more worried about the players for the second game, who are going to be rushed into it. Perhaps they should start the first game earlier?"

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Twenty20 is supposed to be fast entertainment, yet this game is half-an-hour late finishing - if they're going to crack down, they've got to stamp their feet on it from the start of the tournament."

  120. 13:04: 

    Top-quality death bowling by Sri Lanka, who clearly know how to win these tight matches. The stats say they don't lose if they post more than 160 batting first. That's a fine record to have.

  121. 20 overs: 
    Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 5 runs

    Imran Tahir slams the final ball of the innings into the stands but it matters little because Sri Lanka have done enough to win the opening game of Group One in the World Twenty20.

  122. 19.5 overs: 

    Dot ball. Sri Lanka, barring a calamity, have won the match!

  123. 19.4 overs: 

    Malinga to Tahir, who hits it high into the night sky but the ball lands safely. Two runs mean it's 12 needed from the last two balls.

  124. 19.3 overs: 

    Another yorker and Imran Tahir digs it out but is sent back by Morne Morkel as he attempts a single. 14 from 3 needed.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I blame Morkel. He ran the first one slowly and Miller slowed down too, then Miller saw Morkel suddenly come for the second and it was too late. If Morkel had been out of the blocks in a jiffy then Miller would have made it."

  126. 19.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Miller run out 19 (SA 152-8)

    Calamitous from South Africa as David Miller hammers a yorker down the ground and tries to go for two, but the second run is never there and the big man is sent packing. Run out.

  127. 19.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Steyn run out 0 (SA 151-7)

    Lasith Malinga to David Miller. The batsman cracks the ball into the leg side and Dale Steyn sets off for a single and is turned back by Miller who wants to retain the strike. The ball is thrown in and Lasith Malinga deflects the ball onto the stumps. Out!

  128. 19 overs: 
    SA 151-6 (Target 166)

    Dale Steyn, who knows how to club a six or two, joins David Miller at the crease. Following the wicket it's two, single, dot, dot. 15 to win from the final over. Let's go ball by ball, shall we?

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "He had to go for it but the execution was poor. Kulasekara's delivery was so slow, much slower than his usual pace, and Behardien couldn't get the timing right. And importantly it's a dot ball."

  130. 18.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Behardien c Jayawardene b Kulasekara 5 (SA 148-6)

    A slower ball out of the back of the hand and Farhaan Behardien shovels it down Mahela Jayawardene's throat at long on.

  131. 18 overs: 
    SA 147-5 (Target 166)

    Lasith Malinga returns to the bowling attack as South Africa's tail has a net on the sidelines. Farhaan Behardien digs out a yorker for a single before David Miller blazes four through the covers. Another single through the leg side puts Behardien back on strike. He digs out another toe-crusher and punches one down the ground. Two more singles. 19 to win from 12 balls.

  132. 17 overs: 
    SA 137-5 (Target 166)

    What have you got, Farhaan Behardien? The new batsman is off the mark with three after David Miller narrowly avoids being run out going for the second of that three. SA need 29 from 18 now.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That full toss did not deserve a wicket but look at the batsmen to come. There are the bowlers and they are not great with the bat. There's not a lot to excite anyone. Miller is the key - he has shots right around the park but his wicket would turn this match."

  134. 16.4 overs: 
    WICKET- A Morkel c Chandimal b Mendis 12 (SA 133-5)
    Albie Morkel

    Six, six, out! Albie Morkel smashes Ajantha Mendis into the stands twice and is then caught on the deep midwicket boundary by Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal. Small margins.

  135. 16 overs: 
    SA 120-4 (Target 166)

    JP Duminy is distraught on the sidelines. South Africa have been strangled in recent overs by the skilful Sri Lankans. Albie Morkel, who certainly knows how to find Row Z, is out there with David Miller. The Proteas need 46 from 24 now.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a very timely wicket for Sri Lanka. This game is not over because although South Africa have two great finishers, Sri Lanka have Mendis and Malinga up their sleeve."

  137. 15.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Duminy c Dilshan b Senanayake 39 (SA 119-4)
    Sri Lanka bowler Sachithra Senanayake

    Big, big, big wicket. South Africa's set batsman is out when he fails to clear the ropes and picks out the safe hands of Tillakaratne Dilshan at deep midwicket.

  138. 15 overs: 
    SA 115-3 (Target 166)

    This one's going right down to the wire now. Super over anyone? The big-hitting David Miller joins JP Duminy at the crease as Ajantha Mendis is brought back into the bowling attack. Four singles from the over. The noose is tightening. South Africa won't choke, will they?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If De Villiers had stayed for another couple of overs you'd have thought South Africa would have been safe. He came running down the wicket as if Mathews was a spinner, tried to hit it over the top, but nicked it. That throws the match right back in the balance. This will go to the last over now."

  140. 14 overs: 
    WICKET- De Villiers c Sangakkara b Mathews 24 (SA 110-3)
    Angelo Mathews celebrates

    A massive wicket for Sri Lanka as AB De Villiers, fresh from hammering a yorker back down the ground for four, dances down the track and aims a wild slog at an Angelo Mathews delivery and Kumar Sangakkara takes a quality, tumbling catch behind the stumps.

  141. 13 overs: 
    SA 103-2 (Target 166)

    I reckon AB De Villiers has somewhere to be. He's blazing South Africa towards their total, helping a leg-side Lasith Malinga delivery around the corner for four more. The rest of the over? Single, single, wide (bouncer), dot, single, single. Textbook.

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    Paul Reaney: Even as an England fan I'd still like to see New Zealand do well. Play with lots of passion and pride and B McCullum is a superstar.

  143. 12 overs: 
    SA 94-2 (Duminy 31*, De Villiers 12*)

    AB De Villiers is not hanging around, helping himself to three sets of two before lofting four over midwicket, the ball almost carrying all the way for six. Eleven runs from the over.

  144. 11 overs: 
    SA 82-2 (Target 166)

    That wicket might actually do South Africa a favour because it brings skipper and star man AB De Villiers to the crease. South Africa need 83 runs from 54 balls.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This game is ebbing and flowing beautifully."

  146. 10.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Amla c Dilshan b Senanayake 23 (SA 82-2)

    The pressure to start dealing in boundaries tells on Hashim Amla as the opener skews a catch straight to Tillakaratne Dilshan at short cover.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "JP Duminy has changed the tempo of the innings. Batsmen these days look at the long-on fielder and think 'I can clear him'. It's still a good game though."

  148. 10 overs: 
    SA 75-1 (Amla 17*, Duminy 30*)

    It's time for some mystery spin - Ajantha Mendis jogging in from an angle and delivering sharp spinning deliveries from the back of the hand. JP Duminy is unperturbed as he helps himself to a four and then lofts six back down the ground. 12 from the over.

  149. 9 overs: 
    SA 63-1 (Target 166)
    JP Duminy

    That's better, JP. Duminy hammers Thisara Perera straight back down the ground for four before angling another single down to third man. The pressure continues to build on Hashim Amla though as he flays a single through the off side to the boundary rider. Duminy is batting well though, creaming another four over long-on before fortuitously scooping a maximum over the keeper's head. Sixer.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You just sense in this passage of play how much you want your best player in and for South Africa that's De Villiers. Someone is going to have to start looking for boundaries because the rate is creeping up."

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  151. 8 overs: 
    SA 47-1 (Amla 15*, Duminy 4*)

    South Africa do have plenty of firepower to come in the shape of Farhaan Behardien, AB de Villiers, David Miller and Albie Morkel. At what point do Hashim Amla and JP Duminy begin to play some big shots? They are trading in singles now as the field spreads. Just five from the over.

  152. 7 overs: 
    SA 42-1 (Target 166)

    Thisara Perera is getting some decent bounce from the wicket as Hashim Amla plays and misses before angling a single down to third man. It seems like the calm before the storm as JP Duminy plays exactly the same shot and also gets a single. Amla then flashes hard outside off stump and wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara is convinced the batsman has edged behind. The umpire's having none of it though.

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    Kartik: Watching those shots from De Kock makes me so excited to see what he can bring the Delhi Daredevils this year.

  154. 6 overs: 
    SA 40-1 (Amla 12*, Duminy 1*)
    Hashim Amla

    Angelo Mathews is following up his decent showing with the bat with the ball in hand, angling one across the left-handed JP Duminy. A single allows Hashim Amla the strike, and the opener registers his first boundary by helping a length ball around the corner. Eight from the over in total.

  155. 11:47: 
    How's stat?

    Lasith Malinga is now the leading wicket-taker in the history of World Twenty20 cricket. The Sri Lankan has 33 wickets, one more than Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal and two more than compatriot Ajantha Mendia. Malinga is playing in his 25th WT20 match and has a best of 5-31. England's leading wicket-taker is captain Stuart Broad with 26 - can he add to that total later against New Zealand?

  156. 5 overs: 
    SA 32-1 (Target 166)

    JP Duminy reminds me of Ravi Bopara: a player of undoubted ability with the bat, but one who has only ever shown it in flashes. He's the new batsman at the crease. Can he realise his potential in this tournament at long last?

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Not the first person to fall to Malinga and won't be the last, the ball before was an off cutter, almost a slower ball, and this one was fired in at yorker length. That's a blow for South Africa, De Kock was in good touch."

  158. 4.3 overs: 
    WICKET- De Kock b Malinga 25 (SA 32-1)
    Quinton de Kock

    He looks to have all the ability in the world, but Quinton de Kock still has a few rough edges as he plays all around a Lasith Malinga yorker and is bowled.

  159. 4 overs: 
    SA 31-0 (Target 166)

    Off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake, with a very economical bowling action, is into the attack and Quinton de Kock's eyes light up as he carves another four through the off side. Five more chipped from that target.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That could be the biggest six of the tournament. It wasn't a bad delivery but De Kock is on fire."

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  161. 3 overs: 
    SA 26-0 (de Kock 21*, Amla 5*)

    Quinton de Kock is one of South Africa's most promising young players. The 21-year-old, who I reckon has a look of Alastair Cook, already has four ODI hundreds to his name. He's getting stuck into the Sri Lankans here too - Nuwan Kulasekara being deposited to all parts by the left-hander who heaves four over long-on, pummels a six over deep square leg and then leans into a cover drive which brings four more. A star is born.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka don't open with Malinga these days, he doesn't bowl with as much pace as he used to and now they seem to use him for the sixth over."

  163. 2 overs: 
    SA 11-0 (Target 166)

    The England players have arrived at the ground ready for their match. Ian Bell and Luke Wright, who has been ruled out of the tournament with injury, are having a chat, Tim Bresnan is carrying a bat and checking out the action in the middle while Jade Dernbach is ignoring everyone and everything as he gets into the 'zone' with big headphones covering his ears.

    South Africa's chase is going along nicely early on - Quinton de Kock carving four past backward point before trading singles with Hashim Amla. Six from Angelo Mathews' first over.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Left-handed/right-handed opening partnerships are so important at the top of the order, you have to constantly change your line as a bowler."

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    Stew Costello: SA look a batsman light to me. Were they worried about Steyn breaking down during his four overs? It all shows how much Kallis is missed by the South Africans.

  166. 1 over: 
    SA 4-0 (de Kock 2*, Amla 2*)

    I've got to warn you, Sri Lanka fans... Hashim Amla always seems to score big runs whenever I do a live text commentary on a match involving South Africa. He's off the mark with a gentle tap into midwicket while, at the other end, Quinton de Kock is also helping himself to early singles. Four in total from the over.

  167. 11:25: 

    The Sri Lankans have had their huddle and we're ready to go. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock open up for South Africa and Nuwan Kulasekera has the ball in hand. Play.

  168. 11:23: 

    For those just joining us, England versus New Zealand will follow the conclusion of this match which sees South Africa chasing 166 to beat Sri Lanka. Game on.


    Erik Lawrenson: Trying to follow the World Cup T20 whilst in Chile and Argentina on a cricket tour. We have called ourselves the Barmy Union, although the locals have been calling us the Barmy Onion. Appreciate it if you can give us a mention.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's an ideal target for us neutrals. Perera played some extraordinary shots and there was some handy help from Mathews. South Africa as you would expect, are pretty disciplined, they are without their captain but De Villiers has captained many times. Tahir is almost seen now as a Twenty20 specialist. The crowd has built up and we have a game on."

  171. 11:16: 

    I'd say it's honours even at the turn of innings. Kusal Perera (61) and Angelo Mathews (43) top-scored for Sri Lanka who might have wanted a few more runs after the flying start they made. The required run-rate is 8.25 per over.

    Here are the South African bowling figures: Steyn 4-0-37-2 (9.25 economy), Tsotsobe 4-0-31-0 (7.75), M Morkel 4-0-31-2 (7.75), Duminy 2-0-13-0 (6.50), A Morkel 2-0-24-0 (12.00), Tahir 4-0-26-3 (6.50).

  172. 20 overs: 
    SL 165-7 (Kulasekara 7*, Senanayake 1*)

    A superb final over from Dale Steyn ends with Nuwan Kulasekara squeezing a boundary down to third man. That all means South Africa will need 166 to win this opening game in Group One.

  173. 19.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Mathews b Steyn 43 (SL 160-7)
    Angelo Mathews

    More quality fast bowling from Dale Steyn as he beats Angelo Mathews all ends up and splatters the Sri Lankan's timbers.

  174. 19 overs: 
    SL 156-6 (Mathews 39, Kulasekara 3*)

    Nuwan Kulasekara is the new man at the crease, with Sri Lanka's progress stalled by the clatter of wickets. Eight runs from the over.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Important wickets these, I said they weren't going to get bowled out but it's still possible they could be. A dot ball is almost as important as a wicket at this stage. Morkel is bowling with very good pace and that's their asset, sometimes it can undermine you because the ball just flies off the bat but Morkel has done a pretty good job."

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    Alexander Fell: Surely Buttler counts as a 'star player'...?

  177. 18.3 overs: 
    WICKET- T Perera b M Morkel 8 (SL 152-6)

    It's always pleasing for a paceman to bowl somebody trying to playing a big shot. Thisara Perera is bowled, the ball hitting the top of off stump. There's no substitute for class, eh Morne?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's doing a good job for his side Angelo Mathews, he hasn't hit many balls in the middle of the bat but he's found a way. It's a big game for this group because you feel these are the best two teams."


    Tony, Newcastle: Irrespective of Wright not taking part today, surely no shrewd cricket fan thinks we will progress in this competition, based on recent form.


    Somerset and England batsman Nick Compton: Congratulations to Craig Kieswetter on the call up brother... Wouldn't be surprised if you were England's leading run scorer.

    Craig Kieswetter: Absolutely delighted to head out to Bangladesh for the T20 WC. Disappointed for @lukewright204 - hope he recovers well!

  181. 18 overs: 
    SL 148-5 (Mathews 37*, T Perera 6*)

    Powerful all-rounder Thisara Perera joins in-form Angelo Mathews at the crease and begins the 18th over by slamming Dale Steyn to the boundary. The Proteas paceman decides to go fuller and, after a dot ball, Perera squeezes a single. Mathews continues his assault on the bowling by top-edging a pull shot and the ball runs away for a fortuitous four. 10 from the over.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no time. In a Test match you can change your strategy over the course of about 20 minutes but in T20 if you get it wrong, in a split second the consequences can be enormous."

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  183. 17 overs: 
    SL 138-5 (Mathews 32*, T Perera 1*)

    Interesting question from Hardik (see Tweet below). Take the England team, for example. I'd say only Eoin Morgan warrants 'star player' status? Back to the action, where Imran Tahir recovers well from being smashed for six by Angelo Mathews to finish with tremendous bowling figures of 4-0-26-3.

  184. 16.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Chandimal st De Kock b Tahir (SL 137-5)
    Imran Tahir

    More success for Imran Tahir as he deceives Dinesh Chandimal off the pitch and Quinton de Kock whips off the bails.

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    Michael Lewis: The side that plays spin best will win this tournament, especially if Tahir is taking wickets.

    Hardik Shah: Which team has got more "star" players (not necessarily "good" cricketers)? India?

  186. 16 overs: 
    SL 128-4 (Mathews 24*, Chandimal 11*)

    He ain't Morne, he's his brother! Albie Morkel is brought back into the attack and the Sri Lankan batsmen decide it's time to put the foot on the gas. Dinesh Chandimal slams two down the ground but is almost run out by AB De Villers when coming through for a second next up. The runs continue to flow when the skipper crouches and lifts a slower ball over backward square leg for four. There's nothing textbook about the next heave which brings a single to the boundary rider. Eleven in total from the over.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a good game on a good surface, the batsmen can play their shots, there's a bit of pace. Imran Tahir has bowled exceptionally well but he's coming off to my slight surprise."

  188. 15 overs: 
    SL 117-4 (Mathews 23*, Chandimal 2*)
    Morne Morkel bowls

    It seems to be a critical point in the game now as we enter the final five overs of Sri Lanka's innings. Morne Morkel gets away with one when he spears a full toss into Angelo Mathews' midriff but the batsman still manages to help himself to a couple before he smashes four through the covers. Two more to end the over. Finely poised.

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    George Wayman: Is it me or does Perera's bat sound like plywood? All the more impressive if so...

  190. 14 overs: 
    SL 108-4 (Mathews 15*, Chandimal 1*)

    It's good to see a leggie being successful - Imran Tahir now has figures of 3-0-16-2 as Dinesh Chandimal joins Angelo Mathews at the crease.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's one to watch. My goodness he hit some great shots, particularly over mid-wicket but Tahir is doing a good job, he's got two big wickets."

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  192. 13.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Perera c De Villiers b Tahir 61 (SL 106-4)

    A fantastic 40-ball knock comes to an end when Kusal Perera skies a catch to AB De Villiers at mid-off. Another key wicket for Imran Tahir.

    Imran Tahir

    Barry Linton, Southend: I'd like to see SA give fast bowler Beuran Hendricks his first cap. I saw him a couple of times at Newlands last month in the RAM Slam T20 tournament and he looks a hot prospect.

  194. 13 overs: 
    SL 104-3 (Perera 60*, Mathews 13*)
    Kusal Perera of Sri Lanka bats

    Dale Steyn and Allan Donald are chewing the fat on the boundary - the latter still looks like he could do a job with the ball. Lonwabo Tsotsobe begins his final over and again the two batsmen work the ball into gaps before Kusal Perera goes on the attack with a flashing cover drive. He adds a single before Angelo Mathews finishes the over with a tennis-like swat into the off side which brings two.

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    Chris Miller: Luke Wright's injured? Finally some good news for England.

    Navneet Gautam: A country with Lasith Malinga alone has to be considered favourite for the World Cup but Sri Lanka also have experienced players.

  196. 12 overs: 
    SL 93-3 (Perera 54*, Mathews 8*)

    That should settle the nerves for Angelo Mathews - the all-rounder hammering Imran Tahir for four down the ground. Eight from the over.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Dale Steyn has had this hamstring trouble and when that happens you do need a few overs to make sure everything is OK, but you've got no time for that in Twenty20. He seems to be hitting his straps now though and there's no doubt he is South Africa's best death bowler."

  198. 11 overs: 
    SL 85-3 (Perera 52*, Mathews 2*)

    Dale Steyn is back into the attack and the right arm quick beats Angelo Mathews' outside edge three times in a row before the batsman ducks under a bouncer. Mathews finally gets bat on ball with a single to third man before Kusal Perera top-edges a pull shot and the ball lands in space between the bowler and mid-on.

    BBC Radio Test Match Special
    The crowd is building up

    TMS: Crowd starting to build up here now in Chittagong. Plenty of noise with the DJ in good Saturday afternoon form.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa have picked up wickets at regular intervals and that has been important because it could have been carnage here."

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  201. 10 overs: 
    SL 83-3 (Perera 52*, Mathews 1*)

    Angelo Mathews is the new batsman and he's off the mark straight away with a single towards midwicket.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sangakkara was looking to target the midwicket area, he got down on one knee, tried to hoick it and I think it was the googly from Tahir. They really did need that."

  203. 9.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Sangakkara c Tsotsobe b Tahir 14 (SL 83-3)
    Imran Tahir celebrates

    Just what South Africa needed. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir is brought into the attack and Kumar Sangakkara tries to heave him over midwicket but succeeds only in getting a thick outside edge to Lonwabo Tsotsobe at short third man.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The challenge for the South Africans is they've got their speedster fielders on the boundaries making sure there are no twos but the problem is that leaves some of the slower ones like Tahir and Tsotsobe inside the circle."

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  205. 9 overs: 
    50 FOR PERERA- SL 80-2 (Perera 50*, Sangakkara 14*)

    England should be watching this Sri Lankan batting display and realising that touch players, like Ian Bell and Moeen Ali, can be just as successful as top order biffers. Kusal Perera continues to impress as he swivels in the crease and plunders another boundary before he helps himself to three leg byes. JP Duminy is posing no problems at all as the opener moves to his fifth international T20 half-century with a single off his pads.

    Shaun Pollock, Ex-South Africa captain on BBC Test Match Special
    Kusal Perera

    "It's been a good start from Sri Lanka with some wonderful shots from the left-handed Perera and they are putting South Africa under pressure. He's an incredible story. He's got to play a switch-hit if he's batted right-handed for so many years. He must know how to play that shot!

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  207. 8 overs: 
    SL 69-2 (Perera 45*, Sangakkara 12*)

    Albie Morkel is brought into the attack, rather shorter and less hostile than his brother, and his first ball is delightfully lofted over mid-off to the boundary by the graceful Sangakkara. Perera demonstrates his repertoire with a deft leg glance for another boundary and a wide down the leg side adds to an expensive over.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Duminy into the attack and if there is a weakness in Perera's game it is against spin, where he needs to improve. South Africa are a very dangerous team in these conditions, a lot of their players have experience."

  209. 7 overs: 
    SL 57-2 (Perera 40*, Sangakkara 5*)

    Time for a bit of spin, time for JP Duminy. The Sri Lankans immediately milk the ball into gaps, as though they could close their eyes and still tip a single. Six of them in the over.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa know this is a crucial wicket because they can get into the middle order. So the bowlers are really bending their backs."

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  211. 6 overs: 
    SL 51-2 (Perera 37*, Sangakkara 2*)

    There's some decent pace in this pitch, emphasised when Kumar Sangakkara is beaten for pace as Lonwabo Tsotsobe fires in a bumper. The tall left-arm seamer is landing the ball just short of a length and he's being back up by some energetic fielding inside the circle. However, there's nothing anybody can do when Kusal Perera decides to open his shoulders once again and muscles another six over cow corner. The 23-year-old is blazing a trail at the top of the order.

  212. 5 overs: 
    SL 43-2 (Perera 30*, Sangakkara 0*)

    Kumar Sangakkara replaces his best mate at the crease and gets off the mark with a gentle push into the leg side. Just five runs and a wicket for Morne Morkel in that over. Good work.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "You'd expect a bit of uneven bounce on this pitch so you'd expect it to be sluggish and two-paced. Jayawardene got it high on the bat but there was no need to take a chance, especially after a start like this."

  214. 4.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene c Steyn b M Morkel 9 (SL 42-2)

    It's always a shame when Mahela Jayawardene is sent packing - the little fella mistiming the ball and lobbing up a catch to Dale Steyn at mid-on. And all this after easing four through the covers one ball earlier.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special
    Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera

    "Kusal Perera was in England for the Champions Trophy and didn't do too well. This little fellow was a right-hander when he was a teenager, but he modelled himself on his idol, Jayasuriya, and bats left-handed now. People who don't know the story would say he's a natural."

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  216. 4 overs: 
    SL 38-1 (Perera 30*, Jayawardene 5*)

    I love the way Sri Lankan batsmen are capable of clearing the boundary without having spent two months in the gym and without needing bats the size of a small oak tree. While Mahela Jayawardene effortlessly dabs the ball into gaps, Kusal Perera is being the aggressor - again picking up a length ball and flicking it to the boundary. This time it only brings four through.

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    The International Cricket Council have tweeted a message from Jade Dernbach, Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali to England fans ahead of their opening World Twenty20 match.

    Who would be in your England XI for today's match against New Zealand?

    Here's the squad: Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad (captain), Jos Buttler (wk), Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan (vice-captain), Stephen Parry, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell.

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    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Kusal Perera's six was not a violent shot, it's perfect timing with these modern bats."

  219. 3 overs: 
    SL 30-1 (Perera 25*, Jayawardene 2*)

    All pace for South Africa it seems as Morne Morkel comes on for Dale Steyn, the gangly right-arm seamer being worked for a couple of singles before Kusal Perera nonchalantly flicks a maximum over deep square leg. Such a classy, wristy shot and the opener scampers through for another single to keep the scoreboard moving.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Steyn bowled an absolute jaffa to get rid of Dilshan but he's coming off and that's often the way in T20."

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    Tony in Leeds: At the office doing some work on Predictive Analytics. Don't think I need a sophisticated mathematical model to forecast the outcome for England in the tournament.

  222. 2 overs: 
    SL 21-1 (Perera 17*, Jayawardene 1*)

    Lonwabo Tsotsobe, the left-arm seamer who has been a limited-overs mainstay in the South African bowling attack, shares the new ball and he begins with a wide. He tightens up his lines and bowls a couple of dots, is worked for a single by Kusal Perera and then Mahela Jayawardene gets off the mark with a gentle dab down to third man. Just four from a more sedate second over.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Steyn is so pumped up I think he's been taken aback by the treatment he's received from Perera. Dilshan can be extremely dangerous and that's a big wicket."

  224. 1 over: 
    WICKET- Dilshan b Steyn 0 (SL 17-1)
    Dale Steyn strikes

    What an incredible first over. We have a couple of wides, two successive fours for Kusal Perera - one down the ground and one through the off side - and then a six over cow corner. Then a wicket...Dale Steyn recovering to bowl an absolute beauty which moves slightly off the pitch to rearrange Tillakaratne Dilshan's timbers.

  225. 09:31: 

    Plenty of support for Sri Lanka in the crowd. Let's play.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You can't come to too many conclusions after one match but lose two games and you are really struggling to get to the semi-finals. That's one of the beauties of this tournament, we've been to 50-over competitions when you think 'how much longer before we get to the semi-finals?'

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  227. 09:30: 

    It looks like Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan will open up for Sri Lanka. Dale Steyn is cranking himself up to deliver the first over.

  228. 09:27: 

    Lovely stuff. National anthems done, now it's time for some cricket. Sri Lanka, remember, are batting first.

  229. 09:27: 

    The Sri Lanka national anthem is still going...

  230. 09:25: 

    We're having the national anthems at the moment. Sri Lanka's is brilliant...but long. There's enough time to bake a cake while it's blared out.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stuart Broad was incredibly positive yesterday and let's hope that carries on. We've got a high quality contest coming up first though and I guess Sri Lanka and South Africa would be the favourites to go through from this group."

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    Sam McCormack: Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996. Perennial bridesmaids tag is a bit harsh.

    Daniel Dewey: Gutted for Luke Wright but a chance for Kieswetter to shine again! Come on England, let's turn things around!

  233. 09:23: 

    Here come the two teams, Sri Lanka in their traditional royal blue kit with yellow flashes. South Africa, meanwhile, look a bit different in their yellow tops with green trousers.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Craig Kieswetter got 82 not out against Worcestershire yesterday in Somerset's first friendly of the season. The biggest plus is he has got some experience of these tournaments and doing something."

  235. 09:20: 

    Sri Lanka are ranked number one in the world in this form of the game, and that's got a lot to do with their two superstars: Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who are second and fourth respectively on the all-time list of T20 run-scorers. For the record, New Zealand's Brendon McCullum is top of that particular pile. Watch out England.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On South Africa: "Plenty of batting, but I'll be surprised if their pace-based attack is effective here."

    On Sri Lanka: "Losing finalist in 2012 remains packed with experienced batting and plenty of spinning options. However, while spin will be key, they will be hampered by the heavy evening dew."

  237. 09:16: 

    Ahead of the tournament, Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew has been giving his verdict on the 10 teams which make up the second phase. Here's what he thinks about South Africa and Sri Lanka...

  238. 09:15:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special
    View from the Test Match Special commentary box

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    Matthew Coote: With all the injuries and considering how poor England have been, discarding Kevin Pietersen seems silly and arrogant from ECB.

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    So, the time has come. Can England pull themselves together and surprise us all by going far in this tournament? Do you fancy Sri Lanka or South Africa to do the business? Let's talk cricket - you can do so by tweeting us using #bbccricket or send an email to

  241. 09:12: 

    South Africa: Q de Kock, H Amla, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, D Miller, F Behardien, A Morkel, D Steyn, M Morkel, L Tsotsobe, I Tahir.

    Sri Lanka: M Perera, T Dilshan, D Jayawardene, K Sangakkara, L Chandimal, A Mathews, N Perera, K Kulasekara, S Senanayake, B Mendis, S Malinga.

    Player reaction

    Injured England all-rounder Luke Wright on Twitter: "Absolutely gutted to be leaving the World Cup injured. Hard to take but silver lining is I will now be at the birth of my second child."

  243. 09:08: 
    Wright out, Kieswetter in
    Luke Wright

    Sri Lanka versus South Africa looks very tasty indeed, but it's only the starter to our main course of England versus New Zealand at 13:30 GMT - also in Group One. Can England turn around a miserable winter as we head into spring? They'll have to do so without Luke Wright, however, because the all-rounder has been withdrawn from the tournament with a side strain and has been replaced in the squad by 2010 World T20 winner Craig Kieswetter.

  244. 09:07: 
    Captain's view

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "It looks a good surface but there's a bit of grass on it, we've got some pace bowlers and we'd like to make some in-roads. Dale Steyn is OK, he's a competitor and whenever he gets a sniff he will make it count."

  245. 09:05: 

    Sri Lanka win the toss and will bat first. "The pitch tends to turn so that's why I chose to bat first," said Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal out in the middle.

  246. 09:04: 
    Proteas on the prowl for glory
    AB De Villiers

    As for South Africa, there's plenty to like about their team if we forget about their recent record in international tournaments. They have one of the most explosive batsmen in the world in skipper AB De Villiers, one of the quickest bowlers in the world in Dale Steyn and possibly the best fielder in the world in Faf Du Plessis. Is their time now?

  247. 09:03: 
    Retiring greats
    Sangakkara and Jayawardene

    Do it for Kumar and Mahela must be the motto for Sri Lanka heading into their World Twenty20 opener against South Africa in Chittagong this morning. That's because the two great men, Sangakkara and Jayawardene, are retiring from international T20 cricket at the end of this tournament. Two of the all-time greats. Can they sign off from T20 as winners?

  248. 09:00: 

    They are always at the party, always arriving on time and usually lasting longer than most. Yet, for different reasons, they just can't seem to go the distance: fizzling out spectacularly the moment the prizes are handed out.

    Surely it's about time one of South Africa or Sri Lanka finally shed their respective tags of 'chokers' and 'bridesmaids' to finally lift a global limited-overs trophy?

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Live Scores - England v N Zealand


  • New Zealand beat England by 9 runs (D/L)
  • England: 172-6 (20.0 overs)
  • N Zealand: 52-1 (5.2 overs)
  • Venue: Chittagong

N Zealand Innings

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Guptill c Jordan b Dernbach 11
Williamson not out 24
B McCullum not out 16
Extras 1lb 1
Total for 1 52

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