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ICC World T20 2012 Super Eight – SL vs NZ: Sri Lanka Beat New Zealand In Super Over

By on September 27, 2012

New Zealand 174 for 6 (Nicol 58, Guptill 38) tied with Sri Lanka 174 for 6 (Dilshan 76, Jayawardene 44). Sri Lanka won after Super Over…

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in a sensational one over eliminator in a Super Eights round group one match at Pallekele stadium on Thursday.

Both teams were tied at 174 before a “super over” was needed for a result. Sri Lanka managed 13-1 in the over bowled by Tim Southee. New Zealand were restricted to 8-1 in Lasith Malinga’s super over.

Earlier, despite a brisk start and brilliant knock from Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka lost the plot in death overs.

Needed five off last two balls, Lahiru Thirimanne smashed the second last ball for a boundary to help Sri Lanka equal New Zealand total of 174.

However, the batsman got run out on the final ball forcing the match to enter super over.

James Franklin gave Sri Lanka third blow by sending back Jeevan Mendis (8) soon after Kumar Sangakkara got run out while chasing 175-run target.

Kumar Sangakkara was the second batsman to fall at the score of 119 in the 13th over.

Sanga got run out after making 21. His dismissal came soon after Tillakaratne Dilshan reached his fifty that put Lanka in a commanding position.

Jacob Oram got rid off Mahela Jayawardene (44) after a solid 80-run stand for the first wicket between him and Dilshan.

Oram got Jaya caught by Daniel Vettori in the 8th over after his 26-ball knock that was studded with three sixes and as many boundaries.

Earlier, Rob Nicol hit a career best half-century as New Zealand foiled dangerman Ajantha Mendis to post 174-7

Nicol hit Mendis for three sixes in the 15th over during his 40-ball 58 as the right-hander helped New Zealand collect 94 in the final 10 overs after opting to bat at Pallekele stadium.

The 29-year-old, who in all hit four sixes and three boundaries, put on a brisk 57 for the opening wicket with Martin Guptill (38) and 42 for the second with Brendon McCullum (25) before he fell in the 16th over.

Nicol’s previous T20 highest was 56 against Zimbabwe at Hamilton earlier this year.

Mendis, who took 6-8 in the first round match against Zimbabwe to register the best bowling figures in all Twenty20 internationals, was declared fit ahead of the match after recovering from a side strain.

Mendis, though, went for 48 runs for his only wicket in four overs, his last costing 24. In contrast newcomer Akila Dananjaya took 2-32.

Ross Taylor chipped in with a brisk 23.

The top two teams from each of the two groups will qualify for the semifinals.

Source: Times of India

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