Sri Lanka levels ODI series 1-1 despite Brendon McCullum ton

Sri Lanka levels ODI series 1-1 despite Brendon McCullum ton

Sri Lanka levels ODI series 1-1 despite Brendon McCullum ton

Written by Lahiru Fernando

15 Jan, 2015 | 4:49 pm

Chasing 248 runs for victory in the second ODI against New Zealand at Hamilton, Sri Lanka eventually cruised to victory with 14 balls to spare.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was the star for the Lankan’s scoring 116 in 127 deliveries, striking 17 fours in the process. He was finally dismissed off the bowling of Matt Henry, but the game was already well in hand for the Lankans with the scorecard reading 237 at the time.

Captain Angelo Mathews remained unbeaten on 39 off 46 deliveries together with Lahiru Thirimmanne on two.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand captain Brendon Mccullum blasted his fifth ODI century on a good batting pitch as he scored 117, including 12 boundaries and five sixes, but once he departed at 158 for three, the wheels fell off their innings.

Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake led the Lankan attack sharing two wickets each. The hosts were also blighted by poor decision-making with four run outs.

Sri Lanka have thus squared the 7 match series 1-1 as the 3rd ODI at Eden Park in Auckland awaits the teams on Saturday.

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