Nail biting finish to the first match of the super eights between Sri Lanka and New Zealand

The first match of the super eights gave a slight hint at what was coming in the next matches of the T20 World Cup. This is the first match of the tournament that has gone to the super over. Electing to bat first after winning the toss New Zealand went off to a flier scoring almost 8 runs per over. Half way through their innings the Kiwis were 80 for the loss of 1 wicket. Sri Lanka started to pull things back for the home team with some tight overs in the middle. Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor all contributed to the 174 runs which New Zealand scored of their 20 overs. Nuyan Kulasakera was the most successful bowler picking up 2 wickets in his spell of 4 overs.

Sri Lanka in reply got to a flier with Dilshan and Jayawardene maintaining a run rate of over 12 runs per over. New Zealand came back well picking up the captain soon and putting a break to the scoring rate although the run rate was still high. It was looking rather one sided as Dilshan was in superb form. The middle overs were very crucial for the Kiwis as they managed to check the run rate and slowed things down. Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers who did not give too many runs away and was successful in hitting the Yorkers well. Though Sri Lanka had a good chance of winning the game in their 20 overs itself the New Zealand bowlers were excellent with their line and length and managed to pick up a wicket in the last ball when the home team needed just 1 run. It was a nail biting finish and ultimately the match went to the super overs. Sri Lanka had to bat first and Tim Southee was the one with the ball for New Zealand. He gave away 13 runs in his 6 deliveries. In response New Zealand came in to bat with McCullum and Guptill and Malinga was given the responsibility of bowling the six deliveries. He did his job brilliantly giving away just 7 runs and Sri Lanka won the game by 6 runs.

Sep 28, 2012
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