Dilshan stars in incredible Sri Lankan win
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in a Super Over finish after their Group 1 Super 8 encounter was tied at Pallekele on Thursday evening.
Batting first, New Zealand posted 174/7 in their 20 overs with contributions from Rob Nicol (58), Martin Guptill (38), Brendon McCullum (25) and Ross Taylor (23). Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene (44) added 80 for the first wicket. The Kiwis however pressed on the chance they got with Jayawardene’s dismissal to slow down the Sri Lankan innings.
Dilshan carried on, reaching his fifty off 32 balls but he was dismissed for 76 (53b, 4x5, 6x3) when 14 runs were required off 10 balls. Tim Southee bowled an excellent last over when 8 runs were required and a run out off the last ball, given out after much deliberation from the third umpire meant the match was tied.
Southee was less disciplined in the ensuing Super Over in which Jayawardene came to bat with Thisara Perera. The batsmen looked to use the depth and width of the crease and Southee responded by following them but this resulted in a number of extras. Dilshan played just one ball and took a bye as Sri Lanka posted 13 for the loss of Jayawardene’s wicket in their Super Over.
Lasith Malinga took Super Over duties for Sri Lanka with Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill batting for New Zealand. He was precise, denying the batsmen any room to swing their arms. With 8 required off 2 balls, Dilshan did a superb job of catching a skier from Guptill at long off. The last ball was a yorker and McCullum only managed a single off it, handing Sri Lanka the first points of the Super 8 stages.
Tillakaratne Dilshan was adjudged the Man of the Match for his performance which included his 76, and a catch each during New Zealand’s innings and one in the Super Over.