Sri Lanka seal amazing Super Over victory
Sri Lanka held their nerve to seal victory after a tense Super Over showdown with New Zealand after their match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium ended in an amazing draw.
With just one run needed from the final ball of the match Lahiru Thirimanne (5) was run out by Ross Taylor who dropped the ball onto the stump after a miss-field to keep the scores level.
After numerous replies the third umpire correctly gave Thirimanne out which meant an all-ready thrilling match needed a Super Over showdown to separate the two teams.
After the drama of the final over, the Super Over showdown was less tense with Sri Lanka coming out on top having successfully defending a total of 13 runs after the restricted the Kiwis to a total of just 7.
Having set Sri Lanka a victory target of 175, the Kiwis were on the back foot after an opening stand of 80 between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene (44) which was only ended by Jacob Oram (1-26) in the 8th over.
The dangerous Dilshan remained at the crease through-out the innings and although partners came and wet Sri Lanka kept themselves in the hunt for the victory despite losing wickets at regular intervals.
With the game coming towards a tense finish Dilshan (76) was run out in the penultimate over before Tim Southee brilliantly defended 8 runs in the final which included a run out from the final delivery to send the game into a super over.
Before all of the drama a half century from Rob Nicol helped New Zealand record a total of 174-7. Nicol smashed three fours and four sixes during his 40 ball innings which saw the opening score 58 runs before he was caught by Lahiru Thirimanne off the bowling of Akila Perera (2-32) in the 16th over.
Perera also took the wicket of fellow opener Martin Guptill (38) in the 8th over after the pair had enjoyed an opening stand of 57 after Ross Taylor won the toss and elected to bat first.
Brendon McCullum (25) and Taylor (23) enjoyed cameo innings to help the Kiwis push home their advantage despite a late wobble which saw them record a total of 175 to leave Sri Lanka with a tricky run chase.