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Nov 21, 2013 at 11:35pm IST

As it happened: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd T20

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first in the second Twenty20 against New Zealand at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Sri Lanka included Kusal Perera and Ajantha Mendis in place of Lahiru Thirimanne and Sachithra Senanayake.

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As it happened: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd T20

Tillakaratne Dilshan made 59* as Sri Lanka chased down New Zealand's 142 with 13 balls to spare.

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ramith Rambukwella, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis

New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Anton Devcich, Neil Broom Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Andrew Ellis, Kyle Mills (capt), Mitchell McClenaghan

Commentary (Sri Lanka 1st Innings)

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Dinesh Chandimal says that they left no stone unturned to win the game. Applauds the bowlers for a very good effort first up and then Kusal Perera and Dilshan. Adds that the crowd was fantastic and it was a complete team effort.

Kyle Mills says that they were poor in all three departments of the game and it was a disappointing way to end the tour. Adds that the positive was that the young guys got the experience and exposure and some of them put their hand up and delivered.

Man of the Match Kusal Perera says that his normal game is attacking and he went for it when the ball was in the right areas. Adds that he likes batting against the pacers and played his shots.

The tone was set when the Sri Lankan bowlers kept a tight noose around the New Zealand batsmen in the first innings. 142 was never going to be competitive against a formidable Lankan line-up at home. Sri Lanka take the 2-match T20I series, 1-0 with the first game being a complete wash-out. As a result of this win, Sri Lanka will stay on top of the ICC T20I rankings!

Sri Lanka have made the target of 143 look as easy as one of under 100. They got off to a fantastic start after they lost Mahela Jayawardene early. Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan not only steered the ship but also scored at more than a brisk pace to take the game out of the Kiwis' hands.

17.5 N McCullum to K Sangakkara, That's it! Sri Lanka win by 8 wickets! Full on the pads, Sangakkara sweeps it behind square leg for a couple. Dilshan is ecstatic and so is Sangakkara! 143/2

17.4 N McCullum to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Nicely placed! Full on the pads, Sangakkara clips it past the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. 141/2

17.3 N McCullum to K Sangakkara, Short on off, stays low. Sangakkara rocks back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple. 137/2

17.2 N McCullum to K Sangakkara, Full on middle and leg, Sangakkara clips it to mid-wicket, wants a single but is sent back, the fielder has an unnecessary shy and breaks the stumps at the striker's end, they get two overthrows on the ricochet. The umpire goes upstairs to check for the run out but replays show that Sangakkara had comfortably made it. 135/2

17.1 N McCullum to K Sangakkara, Full outside off, Sangakkara looks to drive but gets an inside edge to mid-wicket. 133/2

McCullum back on.

16.6 A Devcich to K Sangakkara, Comes forward and drives a full delivery on middle and leg to long on for a single. 133/2

16.5 A Devcich to T Dilshan, Full on off, Dilshan drills it to long on for a single. 132/2

16.4 A Devcich to K Sangakkara, Dropped! A tough chance for Devcich! Sangakkara gives himself room and smashes a length delivery on leg stump straight back, Devcich gets a hand to it and it ricochets to long on for a single. 131/2

16.3 A Devcich to T Dilshan, Gets down on one knee and looks to sweep but misses, they run through for a leg bye. 130/2

16.2 A Devcich to K Sangakkara, Chips down the track and whips it uppishly to deep mid-wicket for a single. 129/2

16.1 A Devcich to T Dilshan, Full on off, Dilshan looks to drive but gets an inside edge to the leg side for a single. 128/2

15.6 M McClenaghan to K Sangakkara, Length delivery outside off, Sangakkara pushes it straight to point. 127/2

15.5 M McClenaghan to T Dilshan, Back of a length delivery on off, Dilshan pulls it to deep square leg for a single. 127/2

15.4 M McClenaghan to K Sangakkara, Length delivery outside off, Sangakkara punches it to deep cover for a single. 126/2

15.3 M McClenaghan to K Sangakkara, Full on off, Sangakkara flicks it past mid-wicket for a couple. 18 to win off 27 balls now. 125/2

15.2 M McClenaghan to T Dilshan, Stays back and turns it to the leg side for a single. 123/2

15.1 M McClenaghan to K Sangakkara, Fullish outside off, Sangakkara looks to drive but gets an outside edge to third man for a single. 122/2

14.6 A Ellis to K Sangakkara, Length delivery outside off, Sangakkara turns it to mid-wicket for a single. 121/2

14.5 A Ellis to T Dilshan, Stays in his crease and pushes a slower length delivery on off to long on for a single. 120/2

14.4 A Ellis to T Dilshan, A tad full outside off, Dilshan comes forward and prods it into the ground. 119/2

14.3 A Ellis to T Dilshan, FOUR! Hammered! Short on off, Dilshan rocks back and pulls it behind square leg for a boundary. 119/2

14.2 A Ellis to K Sangakkara, Length delivery outside off, Sangakkara drives it to deep cover for a single. 115/2

14.1 A Ellis to K Sangakkara, Fullish outside off, Sangakkara drives it straight to mid off. 114/2

Ellis back on.

8th T20I fifty for Dilshan!

13.6 Rob Nicol to T Dilshan, FOUR! Gets to his fifty in style! Fullish outside off, Dilshan gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 114/2

13.5 Rob Nicol to T Dilshan, FOUR! Poor delivery! Low full toss outside off, Dilshan slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 110/2

13.4 Rob Nicol to K Sangakkara, Lunges forward and drives it to deep cover for a single. 106/2

13.3 Rob Nicol to K Sangakkara, Loopy and full outside off, Sangakkara drives it straight to covers. 105/2

13.2 Rob Nicol to T Dilshan, Full outside off, Dilshan sweeps it to deep square leg for a single. 105/2

Kumar Sangakkara is the new batsman.

13.1 Rob Nicol to K Perera, OUT! Nicol finally removes Perera! Loopy and full on off, Perera dances down the track and looks to hoick but ends up top edging it high in the air, Nicol himself settles under it and accepts it calmly. A timely wicket for the Kiwis! 104/2

Nicol back on.

12.6 K Mills to T Dilshan, Stays back and cuts a length delivery outside off past point for a couple. 104/1

12.5 K Mills to K Perera, Stays back and guides it to third man for a single. 41 needed off 43 balls now! 102/1

12.4 K Mills to K Perera, Play and a miss! Perera hops back, shuffles and gives himself room, Mills delivers it a tad short outside off, Perera looks to heave but misses. 101/1

12.3 K Mills to T Dilshan, Length delivery outside off, Dilshan steers it to point, looks for a single but is sent back. The fielder responds with a powerful throw at the striker's end, the backing up is not too good and they take the run on the overthrow. 101/1

12.2 K Mills to T Dilshan, Full on off, Dilshan drives it straight back to the bowler. 100/1

12.1 K Mills to T Dilshan, Length delivery outside off, Dilshan looks to heave but gets an inside edge onto his pads. It was the slower one. 100/1

Mills back on.

11.6 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Low full toss on the leg stump, Dilshan drives it to long on for one. 100/1

11.5 N McCullum to K Perera, Turns it to the leg side for a single. 99/1

11.4 N McCullum to K Perera, FOUR! Lucky! Fullish on middle and leg, Perera dances down the track and goes for a wild swing but gets an inside edge past the keeper for a boundary to fine leg. 98/1

11.3 N McCullum to T Dilshan, Fullish on off, Dilshan drills it to long on for a single. 94/1

11.2 N McCullum to T Dilshan, FOUR! Nicely placed! Loopy and full outside off, Dilshan squeezes it through point for a boundary. 93/1

11.1 N McCullum to K Perera, Low full toss on middle and leg, Perera uses his feet and drives it to long on for a single. 89/1

McCullum back on.

10.6 Rob Nicol to T Dilshan, Comes forward and pushes it to point. 88/1

2nd T20I fifty for Kusal Perera.

10.5 Rob Nicol to K Perera, Full on middle and leg, Perera uses his feet and drives it wide of long on for a single. Brings up a well made fifty! 88/1

10.4 Rob Nicol to T Dilshan, Goes back and pushes it to long on for a single. 87/1

10.3 Rob Nicol to T Dilshan, FOUR! Poor fielding! Loopy and full outside off, Dilshan slog sweeps it to deep square leg, the fielder runs to his right and looks to flick it back but it's not a good effort and the ball rolls over to the fence. 86/1

10.2 Rob Nicol to K Perera, Fullish on the pads, Perera flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 82/1

10.1 Rob Nicol to T Dilshan, Low full toss outside off, Dilshan drives it to long off for a single. 81/1

Rob Nicol into the attack now.

9.6 M McClenaghan to T Dilshan, Very full outside off, Dilshan squeezes it to deep cover for one. 80/1

9.5 M McClenaghan to K Perera, Slower bouncer outside off, Perera pulls it to deep square leg for a single. 79/1

9.4 M McClenaghan to K Perera, FOUR! Plundered! Short on off, Perera rocks back and pulls it with great power to deep square leg for a boundary. 78/1

9.3 M McClenaghan to T Dilshan, Full on off, Dilshan drives it to mid off for a quick single. 74/1

9.2 M McClenaghan to T Dilshan, Nips back in after landing on off, Dilshan looks to push but gets an inside edge wide of leg stump for a couple to fine leg. 73/1

9.1 M McClenaghan to K Perera, Length delivery outside off, Perera cuts it to third man for a single. 71/1

McClenaghan back on.

8.6 A Devcich to T Dilshan, Rocks back and looks to cut but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 70/1

8.5 A Devcich to T Dilshan, A tad wide outside off, Dilshan cuts it straight to point. 70/1

8.4 A Devcich to K Perera, Stays in his crease and pushes it to long on for a single. 70/1

8.3 A Devcich to K Perera, Goes back and turns it to the leg side. 69/1

8.2 A Devcich to K Perera, Dropped! Munro drops Perera! Length delivery on middle, Perera dances down the track and mistimes his heave to deep square leg, Munro settles under it but fluffs it. They take a couple. 69/1

8.1 A Devcich to T Dilshan, Stays back and turns it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 67/1

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