New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by two wickets in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 2010 in the National Stadium in Guyana.
Nathan McCullum won the game with a six of Lasith Malinga on the penultimate ball after Sri Lanka had set a target of 136 runs.
Mahele Jayawardene the most of his debut as an opening batsman to hit 81 in 51 balls to boost the population of Sri Lanka, runners-up to Pakistan in the tournament last year, to 135 for six in 20 overs at the crease, Shane Bond taking two wickets for 35.
In response, New Zealand had a stand of 62 between third pedestrian Jesse Ryder and Martin Guptill, Ryder’s top scorer with 42 before McCullum Nathan closed the game with 16 runs from six balls.
Captain Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat on a humid day in Georgetown, with temperatures in the high 80s Fahrenheit.
His side were 44 for two in the ninth inning, when more than Jayawardene was accompanied by Dinesh Chandimal, and the pair put on 59 for the third wicket before Chandimal was caught at long on a ceiling by Ross Taylor off Nathan McCullum with the score 103 for three.
Jayawardene was caught at mid depth in the penultimate stop on Nathan McCullum off Tim Southee, with the score 124 for four, before 11 runs were added in the remaining 11 balls.
innings in New Zealand had a shaky start as Brendon McCullum was out fourth ball, caught by Lasith Malinga was Angelo Mathews.
Member Ryder opener Guptill New Zealand has started again, putting on 62 runs in 47 balls before Ryder was shot by Muttiah Muralitharan of 42 of 27 balls.
Guptill was shot and then for 19 of 24 balls by Sanath Jayasuriya in the 10th over with only four runs added to reach 67 for three at the half.
The tracks were not arriving quickly enough, while Jacob Oram hit six consecutive Ajantha Mendis of the end of the 17th and New Zealand more than 20 runs needed off the last two acquisitions.
Oram went with the first ball of the 19th turn, Chanaka Welegedara rolled by 15, and Gareth Hopkins was dismissed next ball is going to run second as New Zealand fell to 177 for seven with 10 balls left.
Vettori hit a ceiling very necessary and Nathan McCullum ran three off the last ball of the over 19 to 10 leaves were needed more than the last.
A single Malinga went first ball to McCullum, but after the bowler missed the opportunity to simple operation and McCullum Vettori is the border with its delivery.
Vettori run out next ball 17, but then hit McCullum Malinga for six long-off over the edge to seal the victory with one ball to spare.