THE ASHES 2019
NZ vs SL, 2nd ODI, New Zealand v Sri Lanka ODI Series 2019, 5 Jan 2019
New Zealand won by 21 runs
BALL BY BALL
46.2 - M Henry to T Perera
Length ball, down leg side on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long on, by Boult. Finally New Zealand take a catch, Trent Boult shows them how it is done by plucking a beauty from the air with a full length dive. An unbelievable day of entertainment at Bay Oval has ended in a Black Caps victory as Sri Lanka fell short in an epic runchase by just 21 runs. The tourists looked dead and buried when they slumped to 128/7 in pursuit of 320, but then Thisara Perera unleashed in devastating fashion. He struck 13 colossal sixes, a Sri Lankan record, on his way to an insane 140 from just 74 balls. It was a maiden ODI century for the left-hander, however he'll be left feeling disappointed at the match result. The Kiwis were uncharacteristically sloppy in the field, dropping at least six or seven catches to let the visitors off the hook. Fortunately for them, their batsmen were in fine form earlier in the day to amass a total that proved just enough. Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Jimmy Neesham all made aggressive half centuries, yet Thisara Perera's innings is the one that will live long in the memory. New Zealand take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, meaning it is just pride to play for in Nelson on Tueday.
46.2 - M Henry to T Perera
Short, down leg side swayed away, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Seifert.
46.1 - M Henry to N Pradeep
Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to deep cover for 3 runs, run save by Munro.
Ov 46: 6 6 0 6 6 0 | 24 Runs
45.6 - T Southee to T Perera
Short, down leg side ducked, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Seifert.
45.5 - T Southee to T Perera
Full toss, off stump on the front foot flick, well timed in the air under control over deep square leg for 6 runs. Gargantuan, ginormous, colossal! This is an epic innings by Thisara Perera, can he achieve the impossible?
45.4 - T Southee to T Perera
Full toss, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Another full toss, another six. This is absolute mayhem, Southee is buckling under the pressure.
45.3 - T Southee to T Perera
Slower length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Seifert.
45.2 - T Southee to T Perera
Full toss, wide outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Another juicy full toss, it's not the cleanest strike of the night but it clears the ropes and that is all that matters.
45.1 - T Southee to T Perera
Full toss, outside off stump on the front foot flick, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Bang, that's gone into orbit. I think we might need a new ball. The biggest hit of the night by some distance, full tosses are just cannon fodder for Thisara at this stage.
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