Sri Lanka won the second match of the Tr-Series at Dambulla by 3 wickets with 55 balls to spare against the Black Caps. The victory was set up by the pair of Mathews and Malinga who took three wickets each to bowl out NZ for 192. SL made heavy weather in chasing the target though and they missed the bonus point by five balls! Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara had set up the platform for an easy win with their second wicket stand of 85. While Sangakkara fell for 48 (from 62 balls). Upul Tharanga batted a little longer to make 70 from 109 balls to get the Man of the Match. Also contributing well in the chase was Thilan Samaraweera who remained unbeaten on 36 from 38 balls.
Kyle Mills bowled well for the Kiwis taking 4 for 41 in 9.5 overs. Sri Lanka who were looking to get the bonus point took the batting powerplay during the 35th over and that particular phase saw them lose wickets in total madness.
New Zealand Innings
Sri Lanka have bowled out New Zealand for 192 in the 2nd Match of the Tri-Series at Dambulla. Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga wrecked the innings by taking two wickets in a single over in their respective spells. The Kiwis did fightback though from a miserable state of 123 for 7 to 192. It was largely due to Nathan McCullum who hung in there for 64 balls to score 36. The top scorer of the innings was debutant - BJ Watling who opened the innings and made 55 from 68 balls with 8 fours. Watling was into an impressive 4th wicket stand of 52 with Scott Styris (24).
Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews both picked up three wickets each while left arm spinner Rangana Herath who got plenty of turn picked up two wickets.
Toss and Teams
New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bat first in the second match of the Tri-Series against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. There are three changes in the NZ line up with BJ Watling, Tim Southee and Nathan McCullum replacing Peter Ingram, Jacob Oram and Grant Elliott. For Sri Lanka, left arm spinner Rangana Herath has been picked ahead of Suraj Randiv. Kulasekara, Malinga and Mathews will be taking care of the pace department.
Sri Lanka : TM Dilshan, WU Tharanga, KC Sangakkara (C&WK), DPMD Jayawardene, TT Samaraweera, AD Mathews, CK Kapugedera, HMRKB Herath, KMDN Kulasekara, BAW Mendis, SL Malinga
New Zealand : BJ Watling, MJ Guptill, LRPL Taylor (C), KS Williamson, SB Styris, GJ Hopkins (WK), NL McCullum, KD Mills, DR Tuffey, AJ McKay, TG Southee