New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 21 runs in the 2nd one day international played in Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. After winning the toss and electing to bat first New Zealand posted a mammoth total of 319 runs with the loss of 7 wickets on the board. Ross Taylor was the top run scorer for New Zealand scoring 90 runs off 105 balls. Colin Munro played a brilliant inning of 87 runs in just 77 balls but unfortunately, he got run out. At the end of the innings, James Neesham scored a quick fire 64 off just 37 deliveries to help New Zealand reach 319.
Sri Lanka’s top order collapsed
In reply, Sri Lanka didn’t start well as they lost early wickets. They lost 2 wickets in the first 10 overs and were never in the run chase. The opener Danushka Gunathilaka played magnificently and scored 71 runs after which he got out by nicking the ball to Tim Seifert. During the middle overs, Sri Lanka lost 5 wickets for just 16 runs as the middle order collapsed drastically. They were unable to build partnerships. However, it was Thisara Perera at the end who showed great courage and scored 140 runs in just 74 balls. He built decent partnerships with the skipper Lasith Malinga and Lakshan Sandakan. New Zealand struggled to get Perera out and he took the match to the end and made it a thriller. This was his maiden century in one-day internationals.
Sodhi: The pick of the bowlers
Earlier it appeared as a one-sided affair but Perera made it a thriller at the end. Ish Sodhi was the pick of the bowlers of New Zealand as he picked up 3 wickets in his 10 overs. Jimmy Neesham’s contribution with the bat as well as with the ball was vital for the kiwis. It was a great match and for now, New Zealand has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Sri Lanka would be hoping to win the third match and save themselves from a whitewash.