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Sri Lanka Finally Taste First Victory against Kiwis on Tour of New Zealand

Sri Lanka Finally Taste First Victory against Kiwis on Tour of New Zealand

December 31
12:37 2015

tilNew Delhi, Thursday, December 31 – At Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday, what all Sri Lankan cricket fans wanted was the victory for Angelo Mathews’ men as they faced series of defeat at the hands of Kiwis. But a win at this point of time has made their tour of New Zealand interesting. A win was pivotal today for men in blue shirts. Had they faced any defeat further, all hopes would have been died for them then and there.

While batting first, the Black Caps put a total of 276 runs on the scoreboard for the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs. Martin Guptill was dismissed by Dushmantha Chameera at 30 runs. The opener made sure he plays a kind of knock he usually does. Four boundaries and a six were highlights of his batting. Tom Latham succumbed to Jeffrey Vandersay at 42 runs, which included five 4s and a six.

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper played a knock of 59 runs (4 x 7) before Milinda Siriwardana got him. Ross Taylor was out for a duck after missing to read a fine delivery by Jeffrey Vandersay. Henry Nicholls was out by Dushmantha Chameera at 20 runs. the bowler had his hand in making Mitchell Santner be  run out victim while he was doing good for his team given that 38 runs were pocketed by him in 46 deliveries (4 x 2 and 6 x 1)

The wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi contributed 7 runs in the team’s total score as Nuwan Pradeep showed him back to the pavilion a bit early than what he expected. Doug Bracewell was caught by the substitute player in Nuwan Pradeep’s over. He scored  30 runs off  34 balls. Adam Milne was not out at 17 runs, including a biggie. The show stealer turned out to be Tim Southee in the last few over as he played an unbeaten knock of 18 runs in just 4 balls. This was thanks to a boundary and a couple of sixes. He pushed his team to get a challenging total. No wonder he would have piled up more runs in speed had there been some spare overs to play.

Sri Lanka displayed a confident play today. Scores by players are enough to speak the entire story. The opening duo Danushka Gunathilaka and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit some great shots to pocket runs in speed and not let their team face another defeat. Gunathilaka scored 65 runs of 45 balls, while Tillakaratne Dilshan 91 runs. Lahiru Thirimanne was not out at 87 runs, whereas Dinesh Chandimal at 27 runs. Mitchell McClenaghan was the only one to get a wicket. The victory was needed to boost the moral. Sri Lanka have to win Game 4 to level series and stay in competition against Kiwis.

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