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New Zealand win by 4 wickets (D/L Method)

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

Second ODI: Nathan McCullum's late hitting snatches victory for New Zealand

Nathan McCullum: New Zealand all-rounder celebrates after match-winning six off the last ball

Nathan McCullum hit three sixes in the final over to give New Zealand a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a rain-affected second one-day international in Hambantota.

Set a target of 198 in 23 overs after a delay of more than five hours, New Zealand opener Tom Latham's ODI-best 86 off 68 balls kept the tourists in contention.

Latham and Luke Ronchi (49), who put on 93 for the fifth wicket after coming together at 68-4, both fell to Sri Lanka seamer Nuwan Kulasekara (4-34) in the 20th over.

New Zealand needed 32 off the final 12 balls and 20 from the last over; a task they achieved thanks to McCullum's big hitting.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews entrusted the final over to spinner Rangana Herath (0-43) and, initially, that looked a sound decision as Jimmy Neesham (5no) mustered only three runs from the first two deliveries.

But, with 17 required from four balls, McCullum (32no) launched a six over extra cover, followed up with a four in the same region and then finished off the game with successive straight sixes.

Old routine

Tillakaratne Dilshan (55no) and Kumar Sangakkara (71no) had earlier shared a century partnership for the second wicket to lead Sri Lanka to 117-1 in 20.4 overs when the umpires took the players off due to the threat of lightning.

Conditions eased in time for a 23-overs game, Dilshan (55no) and Sangakkara (71no) extending their stand to 126 to take Sri Lanka to a final total of 138-1.

The Duckworth-Lewis calculation added 60 runs to Sri Lanka's innings - but still it was not enough.

The opening game of the three-match series at the same venue was abandoned due to rain and the decider takes place in Dambulla on November 16.

Match Details

Date
12th Nov 2013
Toss
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium
Umpires
B N J Bruce, R S A Ruchira
TV Umpire
R R Raja
Match Referee
B C Brian
Reserve Umpire
I D Ishantha

new zealand BATTING CARD

Batsman R
T.W.M. Latham c Senanayake b Kulasekara 86
A.P. Devcich c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 1
R.J. Nicol c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 0
G.D. Elliott s Sangakkara b Senanayake 7
C. Munro c Thirimanne b Senanayake 15
L. Ronchi c Dilshan b Kulasekara 49
J.D.S. Neesham Not out 5
N.L. McCullum Not out 32
Extras 3w, 5lb 8
Total 23.0 Overs 203 - 6
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
S.L. Malinga 5 0 42 0
K.M.D.N. Kulasekara 5 0 34 4
A.D. Mathews 5 0 35 0
S.M.S.M. Senanayake 4 0 31 2
T.M. Dilshan 1 0 13 0
H.M.R.K.B. Herath 3 0 43 0
Full Bowling Card