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New Zealand shocked Sri Lanka – 2nd ODI

Zia Rana November 12, 2013

New Zealand 6-203 (Tom Latham 86, Luke Ronchi 49, Nathan McCullum 32*, Nuwan Kulasekara 4-34) beat Sri Lanka 1-138 (Kumar Sangakkara 71*, Tillakaratne Dilshan 55*, Kyle Mills 1-16) by four wickets, D/L method.

Tom Latham along with Luke Ronchi laid a solid foundation and Nathan McCullum murdered Rangana Herath in the final over as the Kiwis won vs. the Islanders.

Tom Latham (New Zealand) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his superb knock of 86 runs.

The match was restricted to 23 overs due to rain and the Lankan Lions scored 138 runs for the loss of just one wicket whereas the Black Caps powered 6-203.

The second One Day International of the three match series was played on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota.

Tom Latham - A match winning knock of 86 runs

Tom Latham – A match winning knock of 86 runs

Earlier, Angelo Mathews, the skipper of Sri Lanka, won the toss and opted to bat first but lost their opener at 12. The seasoned Kumar Sangakkara joined in with Tillakaratne Dilshan and they the run rate was maintained at a reasonable pace while the latter attained his 32nd ODI fifty in the 19th over. Sangakkara followed him with his 81st ODI half century in the next over as the game was interrupted by rain in the 21st over. The match was restricted to 23 overs a side and the home side reached 138 with Sangakkara and Dilshan unbeaten at 71 and 55 respectively.

Nuwan Kulasekara removed two top order batsmen of the visitors who were reeling at 3-34 in 6.4 overs. Colin Munro became the next victim at 68 after scoring 15 as Luke Ronchi got together with the opener, Tom Latham. The latter was the most aggressive of the two and registered his maiden ODI fifty on the 45th ball. The match winning partnership of 93 runs was broken at 161 when Ronchi was gone for 49. Tom Latham became the next victim four runs later for 86 off 68 balls with 1 six and 12 fours.

Nathan McCullum and James Neesham did not give up as the Black Caps required 33 runs to win in the last 12 deliveries. The target was reduced to 21 in the last over as McCullum punished Rangana Herath for 22 runs with three mighty sixes and one four. He secured his end for 32 off just 9 balls with 3 giant sixes and even fours as the tourists piled up 6-203.

Nuwan Kulasekara was the most successful bowler with four wickets whereas Sachithra Senanayake held two.

New Zealand triumphed in the second ODI by a margin of four wicket and leads the series 1-0.

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