Perera fireworks light up Sri Lanka as Kiwis seal ODI series


05 Jan, 2019 6:27 pm

TAURANGA, New Zealand (Reuters) – Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera’s blistering century ended up in vain as New Zealand sealed a 21-run victory in the second one-day international on Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Opting to bat after winning the toss, New Zealand built on fine half-centuries by Colin Munro (87), Ross Taylor (90) and James Neesham (64) to post a commanding 319 for seven total in 50 overs at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi claimed three wickets for 55 runs as the hosts reduced Sri Lanka to 128-7, before Perera took matters into his own hands with a flurry of big hitting en route to his maiden ton that ensured a thrilling end to the contest.

The 29-year-old gave New Zealand an almighty scare, smashing 13 sixes and eight boundaries in a 74-ball 140, before he became the final wicket to fall, dismissed by pace bowler Matt Henry.

Opener Danushka Gunathilaka was the only other Sri Lankan batsman to make a notable contribution, scoring 71.

New Zealand won the first match of the series at the same venue by 45 runs on Thursday, with the third and final contest taking place at Nelson on Tuesday.

SCOREBOARD

New Zealand  1st innings
 Martin Guptill   c Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Malinga     13
 Colin Munro      Run Out Kusal Perera                      87
 Kane Williamson  c Lakshan Sandakan b Nuwan Pradeep         1
 Ross Taylor      Run Out Lakshan Sandakan                  90
 Henry Nicholls   c Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Malinga     32
 Jimmy Neesham    Run Out Nuwan Pradeep                     64
 Tim Seifert      Run Out Thisara Perera                    22
 Tim Southee      Not Out                                    1
 Extras           4b 2lb 0nb 0pen 3w                         9
 Total            (50.0 overs)                           319-7
Fall of Wickets : 1-34 Guptill, 2-39 Williamson, 3-151 Munro, 4-208 Nicholls, 5-262 Taylor, 6-302 Neesham, 7-319 Seifert
Did Not Bat : Henry, Sodhi, Boult

 Bowling               Ov  Md  Rn  Wk   Econ  Ex
 Lasith Malinga        10   0  45   2   4.50
 Nuwan Pradeep          9   0  59   1   6.56
 Danushka Gunathilaka   1   0  10   0  10.00
 Thisara Perera         7   0  69   0   9.86  2w
 Lakshan Sandakan      10   0  56   0   5.60  1w
 Seekkuge Prasanna      5   0  34   0   6.80
 Asela Gunaratne        8   0  40   0   5.00

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 Sri Lanka  1st innings
 Niroshan Dickwella    b Tim Southee                            9
 Danushka Gunathilaka  c Tim Seifert b Jimmy Neesham           71
 Kusal Perera          c Trent Boult b Matt Henry               4
 Kusal Mendis          c Tim Seifert b Ish Sodhi               20
 Dinesh Chandimal      b Ish Sodhi                              3
 Asela Gunaratne       Run Out Jimmy Neesham                    6
 Thisara Perera        c Trent Boult b Matt Henry             140
 Seekkuge Prasanna     b Ish Sodhi                              0
 Lasith Malinga        b Trent Boult                           17
 Lakshan Sandakan      c Ross Taylor b Jimmy Neesham            6
 Nuwan Pradeep         Not Out                                  3
 Extras                0b 6lb 0nb 0pen 13w                     19
 Total                 (46.2 overs)                   298 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-28 Dickwella, 2-63 Perera, 3-112 Mendis, 4-116 Gunathilaka, 5-121 Chandimal, 6-128 Gunaratne, 7-128 Prasanna, 8-203 Malinga, 9-254 Sandakan, 10-298 Perera

 Bowling           Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Trent Boult       10   1  61   1  6.10  3w
 Tim Southee        8   0  68   1  8.50  4w
 Matt Henry       9.2   1  52   2  5.57  2w
 Kane Williamson    2   0   8   0  4.00
 Ish Sodhi         10   1  55   3  5.50  2w
 Jimmy Neesham      7   0  48   2  6.86  2w

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 Umpire         Richard Illingworth
 Umpire         Shaun Haig
 Video          Paul Wilson
 Match Referee  Richard Richardson



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