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2nd T20I, University Oval, Dunedin, 05 Apr, 2023

Sri Lanka

SL

141/10

(19.0) overs

New Zealand

NZ

146/1

(14.4) overs

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets

Player Of The Match

Adam Milne,
New Zealand
New Zealand
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Sri Lanka

Commentary

Right then. That's it from the coverage of this game. New Zealand have restricted the visitors to take an unassailable lead in this series. That means it is all to play for in the final and the third T20I match. It will be played on 8th April, Saturday. The first ball will be at 6.30 am IST (1 am GMT). You can join us early for the build-up as well. Until then, take care and goodbye.

Adam Milne wins the MAN OF THE MATCH award for his five-wicket haul. He truly deserves it.

Earlier in the innings, Sri Lanka got off to a solid start with the bat, at the end of Powerplay they were 50/2. Later, Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva stabled the innings with a handy partnership. Although, both slipped out in quick succession. Charith Asalanka got off to a good start but hardly found any support from the other end. It was more of a collapse for the visitors. Adam Milne was the star with the ball for New Zealand with his five-wicket haul, but it wouldn't have been possible without the spinners, who came in and controlled the run flow in the middle over. All the bowlers did their part for New Zealand.

Sri Lanka will be heading back to the drawing board. They have a lot of things to work on when it comes to bowling. They were defending a below-par on this batting paradise of a wicket. To make it worse, the bowlers conceded too many extras in this match. 16, to be precise. Kasun Rajitha was the lone wicket-taker. Although, it is Maheesh Theekshana who stood out with the ball for his economical spell.

Phew! It was rather a one-way traffic at the chase. New Zealand were off to a flying start, thanks to Chad Bowes who was only dealing in boundaies. He set the tone of this innings, all this while, Tim Seifert was happy to play the second-fiddle. Although, once the opening stand was broken, Tim Seifert took the express route himself, and went beserk with the bat. He stomped his authority with his half-century, which eventually turned into a match-winning knock. Tom Latham, the skipper played a solid supporting role from the get go. All in all, it was a covincing chase for the hosts.

New Zealand level the series, that too, with a commanding win over Sri Lanka. Tim Seifert put up a solid batting show on display and has helped his side to get over the line in a match where the series was hanging on the line.

14.46

SIX! Tim Seifert finishes things off in style! Dhananjaya de Silva floats this one up, full and on middle, Tim Seifert goes down and uses his muscles to reverse-sweep it over the deep extra cover fence for another biggie. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 9 WICKETS AND LEVEL THE SERIES!

14.36

SIX! Tim Seifert sends this one way into the stands! This is tossed up, full and on middel and leg, Tim Seifert clears his front leg out of the way and smashes it over the deep square leg fence for a maximum. Also, the 100-run partnership comes up between these two batters.

14.22

Flatter, full and on off, Tim Seifert goes for the switch-hit again and lofts it towards wide long off for a brace.

14.14

FOUR! Brilliant shot! Dhananjaya de Silva comes around the wicket and lands this short and on middle, Tim Seifert switches his stance and heaves it towards the deep point fence for a boundary.

Dhananjaya de Silva (1-0-13-0) comes back into the attack now.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 128/1

T Seifert61 (39)

T Latham20 (30)

W Hasaranga3-0-22-0

13.61

Fuller, on middle. Tim Seifert gets low and sweeps it to deep mid-wicket. One taken.

13.51

Quicker and full, on the pads. Tom Latham flicks it to square leg for one.

13.41

A single now as this is worked down to long off.

13.32

Short and on off. Tim Seifert cuts it to the sweeper cover for a brace.

13.22

Tough chance! Almost takes a stunner. Back of a length, wide of off. Tim Seifert rocks back and flays through the line. The ball goes high towards sweeper covers. Pathum Nissanka dives to his right, gets fingertips on it, but the ball spills out. He does all the hardword but in vain.

13.10

Tim Seifert cuts this short ball to extra covers.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 121/1

T Seifert55 (34)

T Latham19 (29)

M Theekshana4-0-18-0

12.61

Goes full, on the pads. Tim Seifert tucks it towards mid on and crosses.

12.51lb

LEG BYE! Full, sliding down leg. It goes to square leg off his pads. They cross for a leg bye.

12.40

Maheesh Theekshana fires in a full ball, at a yorker length, just outside off. It is angled in as well. Tom Latham tries to defend it out but gets beaten.

12.30

Full and outside off. Tom Latham goes after it but misses.

12.20

Floated and full, on off. Tom Latham reverse sweeps it to short third man.

12.11

Fuller, on leg. Tim Seifert flicks it to the leg side for a single.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 118/1

T Seifert53 (32)

T Latham19 (25)

P Madushan2-0-21-0

11.61

Shorter, on off. Tim Seifert pulls it flat and hard down to long on for a single.

11.65wd

FIVE WIDES! It is full, spilled down the leg side. It goes past the keeper and races away to the fine leg fence.

11.51

Tom Latham slogs this full ball to deep mid-wicket. The fielder charges in from the deep, looking to take the catch, but he is looking in the sun. Although does incredibly well to collect the ball on a half volley. One taken.

11.41

A single now as this is pushed to covers.

11.32

FIFTY! What a knock! Fantastic innings from Tim Seifert. It is a slower ball, full and on middle. Tim Seifert flicks it through mid-wicket for two runs. This is his sixth half-century in T20Is. He will be hoping to get his side over the victory line.

11.21

Short, on middle. Latham pulls it to deep square leg for one run.

11.10

A well-directed bouncer, on the bodyline. Tom Latham stays inside the line and tries to heave it across the line. The ball goes through. A stifled appeal for caught behind, but no real interest from the umpire.

Commentary

We are back for the chase! The players are already out in the middle now. Chad Bowes and Tim Seifert are the two openers for New Zealand. Sri Lanka going with spin straightaway as Maheesh Theekshana has the new ball in hand. Here we go..

... THE RUN CHASE ...

Right then, Sri Lanka have posted a well below-par total on the board and will need something special from their bowlers to defend it. New Zealand will be confident of gunning this down and keep their record of being unbeaten in international matches at this ground intact. Let's see how the chase unfolds.

The man of the moment, Adam Milne is up for a quick chat. He says that it is a nice feeling to get a fi-fer. Also it was necessary to come stronger after the Super Over loss. Mentions the spinners did really well to get things under control in the middle over. Informs that he just tried to go full and straight, in the final over. Ends by saying that it is a nice feeling leading the time out of the park, with the ball in hand.

New Zealand showed great fight and determination and Tom Latham used all of his bowling resources really well. There were a few expensive overs here and there, but they were able to pull things back with wickets at regular intervals and did not allow Sri Lanka to get the momentum. Adam Milne was the pick of the bowlers with his five-wicket haul. Benjamin Lister got a couple of wickets while everyone else got one to their name excet for James Neesham.

Sri Lanka will be very disappointed as they know that they could have got a lot more considering the start they got. Even though they lost both openers inside the Powerplay, the scoring rate was good. The partnership between Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Perera of 62 runs gave them the platform to go big, but both got dismissed in their thirties and in quick succession which put a brake on their innings. However, Charith Asalanka continued his good form and played a good cameo without much support on the other end. From 82/2 in ten overs to 141 all out, this has been an extraordinary collapse for them and they are staring down the barrel now.

A dominating display from the Kiwis! After the narrow Super-Over defeat in the first T20I, the hosts have comeback really well and restricted the Lankans to just 140 runs thanks to a brilliant five-wicket haul from Adam Milne. They will be the happier side going into the break and it looks like we will be heading for a decider in this series.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 141/10

D Madushanka0 (2)

K Rajitha1 (1)

A Milne4-0-26-5

18.6W

OUT! Sound of the timber! Oh yes! Adam Milne can do it. He picks up a five-wicket haul on the very last ball of his spell, which also helps to bundle out Sri Lanka for 141 runs. Adam Milne fires it a yorker, right in the blockhole. Dilshan Madushanka tries to dig it out, although could not get any bat on it.

18.50

Adam Milne fires in a yorker, on leg. Dilshan Madushanka is able to jam it out. Can Adam Milne end things on his final delivery?

Dilshan Madushanka is the last man in for Sri Lanka.

18.4W

OUT! TIMBER! Adam Milne is on fire. His fourth wicket of the innings. He is surely cleaning up the late. It is full, angled into the pads. Pramod Madushan fails to flick it away. The ball deflect off the pads and uproots the middle stumps. Celebration continues for the Kiwis.

18.31

Full length, on leg. Kasun Rajitha flicks it to the leg side for one.

Kasun Rajitha is the next batter in.

18.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Adam Milne gets rid of him this time. It is a slower ball, short and outside off. Charith Asalanka shuffles and throws the kitchen sink at it. The ball takes the outside edge and lobs towards backward point. Ish Sodhi takes a brilliant catch.

18.21wd

WIDE! Full and wide of off, it is even outside the tramline and the umpire signals a wide.

18.12

Oh dear! What a chance! Tim Seifert dodges a bullet in the end, as he could not spot the ball here, due to the sun. It is short and on off. Charith Asalanka pulls it to deep mid-wicket. A difficult task for Tim Seifert though. The batters take two runs.

Adam Milne (3-0-22-2) to bowl the penultimate over.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 137/7

C Asalanka22 (17)

P Madushan1 (2)

B Lister4-0-26-2

17.61

Charith Asalanka taps this length ball into covers and gets a single. He will retain the strike. Wonder why New Zealand did not try to keep the field tight and restrict the single.

17.51

Safe! Benjamin Lister with a slower ball once agian, but this time on leg. Pramod Madushan tries to flick it away but it goes high in the air off the leading edge. It goes towards mid on but lands safely. One taken.

17.40

Slower ball, full and outside off. Pramod Madushan tries to chase it but misses.

Pramod Madushan walks out to bat now.

17.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! Another one bites the dust. Lister picks up his second wicket. It is full and on off. Maheesh Theekshana tries to slog it away. It takes the top-edge and skies high in the air, does not travel much distance though. Tom Latham comes forward, settles under it and takes an easy catch.

17.20

Falls short! It is full and on off. Maheesh Theekshana shuffles and tries to slog it away. It comes off his gloves but falls short of short fine leg. Adam Milne dives in front of him but in vain.

17.11

Full, on the pads, Charith Asalanka clips it to mid-wicket for one.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 134/6

M Theekshana0 (2)

C Asalanka20 (15)

J Neesham2-0-20-1

16.60

Length and on off. Maheesh Theekshana taps it out to safety.

16.50

A sharp bouncer, on middle. Maheesh Theekshana ducks under this one.

Maheesh Theekshana is the next man in.

16.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! James Neesham's kept Wanindu Hasaranga thinking with his variations and eventually gets the better of him. Incredible from the all-rounder, who is bowling now, not the one who is heading back to the pavilion. It is a slower ball, short and on off.  Wanindu Hasaranga ends up chipping it towards mid off. Adam Milne moves to his right and pouches it safely. Sri Lanka in a spot of bother.

16.31

Short one, wide outside off. Charith Asalanka gets on top of it and cuts it past point. One taken.

16.21

Slower ball, length and on off. Wanindu Hasaranga taps it to covers for a single.

New Zealand
Sri Lanka
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
C Bowes

c W Hasaranga b K Rajitha

31 15 7 0 206.66
T Seifert

not out

79 43 3 6 183.72
T Latham

not out

20 30 1 0 66.66
Extras

(b 0,lb 1,w 15,nb 0,Penalty 0)

16
Total 14.4 (RR: 9.95)
146/1

Did not bat: D Mitchell, M Chapman, J Neesham, R Ravindra, A Milne, H Shipley, I Sodhi, B Lister

Fall of wickets:

(C Bowes, 3.2 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
M Theekshana
4 0 18 0 4.50
D Madushanka
1 0 18 0 18.00
K Rajitha
2 0 25 1 12.50
P Madushan
2 0 21 0 10.50
D Shanaka
1 0 10 0 10.00
W Hasaranga
3 0 22 0 7.33
de Silva
1.4 0 31 0 18.60
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
P Nissanka

c B Lister b A Milne

9 9 2 0 100
K Mendis

c T Latham b B Lister

10 5 1 1 200
K Perera

c J Neesham b A Milne

35 32 2 1 109.37
de Silva

c B Lister b R Ravindra

37 26 3 2 142.30
C Asalanka

c I Sodhi b A Milne

24 19 0 2 126.31
D Shanaka

c B Lister b H Shipley

7 8 1 0 87.50
W Hasaranga

c A Milne b J Neesham

9 5 0 1 180
M Theekshana

c T Latham b B Lister

0 4 0 0 0
P Madushan

b A Milne

1 3 0 0 33.33
K Rajitha

not out

1 1 0 0 100
D Madushanka

b A Milne

0 2 0 0 0
Extras

(b 1,lb 2,w 5,nb 0,Penalty 0)

8
Total 19.0 (RR: 7.42)
141/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(K Mendis, 1.5 ov) (P Nissanka, 3.4 ov) (K Perera, 11.2 ov) (de Silva, 12.3 ov) (D Shanaka, 15.3 ov) (W Hasaranga, 16.4 ov) (M Theekshana, 17.3 ov) (C Asalanka, 18.2 ov) (P Madushan, 18.4 ov) (D Madushanka, 19 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
A Milne
4 0 26 5 6.50
B Lister
4 0 26 2 6.50
H Shipley
3 0 25 1 8.33
R Ravindra
3 0 24 1 8.00
J Neesham
2 0 20 1 10.00
I Sodhi
3 0 17 0 5.66
New Zealand
Sri Lanka

Commentary

Right then. That's it from the coverage of this game. New Zealand have restricted the visitors to take an unassailable lead in this series. That means it is all to play for in the final and the third T20I match. It will be played on 8th April, Saturday. The first ball will be at 6.30 am IST (1 am GMT). You can join us early for the build-up as well. Until then, take care and goodbye.

Adam Milne wins the MAN OF THE MATCH award for his five-wicket haul. He truly deserves it.

Earlier in the innings, Sri Lanka got off to a solid start with the bat, at the end of Powerplay they were 50/2. Later, Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva stabled the innings with a handy partnership. Although, both slipped out in quick succession. Charith Asalanka got off to a good start but hardly found any support from the other end. It was more of a collapse for the visitors. Adam Milne was the star with the ball for New Zealand with his five-wicket haul, but it wouldn't have been possible without the spinners, who came in and controlled the run flow in the middle over. All the bowlers did their part for New Zealand.

Sri Lanka will be heading back to the drawing board. They have a lot of things to work on when it comes to bowling. They were defending a below-par on this batting paradise of a wicket. To make it worse, the bowlers conceded too many extras in this match. 16, to be precise. Kasun Rajitha was the lone wicket-taker. Although, it is Maheesh Theekshana who stood out with the ball for his economical spell.

Phew! It was rather a one-way traffic at the chase. New Zealand were off to a flying start, thanks to Chad Bowes who was only dealing in boundaies. He set the tone of this innings, all this while, Tim Seifert was happy to play the second-fiddle. Although, once the opening stand was broken, Tim Seifert took the express route himself, and went beserk with the bat. He stomped his authority with his half-century, which eventually turned into a match-winning knock. Tom Latham, the skipper played a solid supporting role from the get go. All in all, it was a covincing chase for the hosts.

New Zealand level the series, that too, with a commanding win over Sri Lanka. Tim Seifert put up a solid batting show on display and has helped his side to get over the line in a match where the series was hanging on the line.

14.46

SIX! Tim Seifert finishes things off in style! Dhananjaya de Silva floats this one up, full and on middle, Tim Seifert goes down and uses his muscles to reverse-sweep it over the deep extra cover fence for another biggie. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 9 WICKETS AND LEVEL THE SERIES!

14.36

SIX! Tim Seifert sends this one way into the stands! This is tossed up, full and on middel and leg, Tim Seifert clears his front leg out of the way and smashes it over the deep square leg fence for a maximum. Also, the 100-run partnership comes up between these two batters.

14.22

Flatter, full and on off, Tim Seifert goes for the switch-hit again and lofts it towards wide long off for a brace.

14.14

FOUR! Brilliant shot! Dhananjaya de Silva comes around the wicket and lands this short and on middle, Tim Seifert switches his stance and heaves it towards the deep point fence for a boundary.

Dhananjaya de Silva (1-0-13-0) comes back into the attack now.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 128/1

T Seifert61 (39)

T Latham20 (30)

W Hasaranga3-0-22-0

13.61

Fuller, on middle. Tim Seifert gets low and sweeps it to deep mid-wicket. One taken.

13.51

Quicker and full, on the pads. Tom Latham flicks it to square leg for one.

13.41

A single now as this is worked down to long off.

13.32

Short and on off. Tim Seifert cuts it to the sweeper cover for a brace.

13.22

Tough chance! Almost takes a stunner. Back of a length, wide of off. Tim Seifert rocks back and flays through the line. The ball goes high towards sweeper covers. Pathum Nissanka dives to his right, gets fingertips on it, but the ball spills out. He does all the hardword but in vain.

13.10

Tim Seifert cuts this short ball to extra covers.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 121/1

T Seifert55 (34)

T Latham19 (29)

M Theekshana4-0-18-0

12.61

Goes full, on the pads. Tim Seifert tucks it towards mid on and crosses.

12.51lb

LEG BYE! Full, sliding down leg. It goes to square leg off his pads. They cross for a leg bye.

12.40

Maheesh Theekshana fires in a full ball, at a yorker length, just outside off. It is angled in as well. Tom Latham tries to defend it out but gets beaten.

12.30

Full and outside off. Tom Latham goes after it but misses.

12.20

Floated and full, on off. Tom Latham reverse sweeps it to short third man.

12.11

Fuller, on leg. Tim Seifert flicks it to the leg side for a single.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 118/1

T Seifert53 (32)

T Latham19 (25)

P Madushan2-0-21-0

11.61

Shorter, on off. Tim Seifert pulls it flat and hard down to long on for a single.

11.65wd

FIVE WIDES! It is full, spilled down the leg side. It goes past the keeper and races away to the fine leg fence.

11.51

Tom Latham slogs this full ball to deep mid-wicket. The fielder charges in from the deep, looking to take the catch, but he is looking in the sun. Although does incredibly well to collect the ball on a half volley. One taken.

11.41

A single now as this is pushed to covers.

11.32

FIFTY! What a knock! Fantastic innings from Tim Seifert. It is a slower ball, full and on middle. Tim Seifert flicks it through mid-wicket for two runs. This is his sixth half-century in T20Is. He will be hoping to get his side over the victory line.

11.21

Short, on middle. Latham pulls it to deep square leg for one run.

11.10

A well-directed bouncer, on the bodyline. Tom Latham stays inside the line and tries to heave it across the line. The ball goes through. A stifled appeal for caught behind, but no real interest from the umpire.

Pramod Madushan replaces Wanindu Hasaranga. He conceded 10 runs in his first over.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 107/1

T Latham17 (22)

T Seifert49 (29)

M Theekshana3-0-16-0

10.61

A bit short, on off. Latham pulls it to the right of deep mid-wicket. One taken.

10.50

Angles it in, full and on off. Tom Latham helps it to the left of the bowler. Maheesh Theekshana does well to make the stop.

10.40

Very full, on off. Tom Latham plays it back to the bowler.

10.31

Floated and full, on middle. Tim Seifert tucks it to the leg side for one.

10.20

Full and on leg, some extra bounce this time. Tim Seifert tries to flick it away but it brushes hit pads.

10.12

Very full, on the pads. Tim Seifert clips it to mid-wicket. The call is for two and they get two as well. Excellent running.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 103/1

T Seifert46 (26)

T Latham16 (19)

W Hasaranga2-0-15-0

9.61

Quicker, full and on middle, Tim Seifert sweeps it on the bounce wide of deep mid-wicket for one.

9.50

Shortish and on off, Tim Seifert pushes it towards short covers.

9.46

SIX! Tim Seifert looks in a hurry now! This is flighted, full and on middle, Tim Seifert goes down quickly and slog-sweeps it way over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 100 up!

9.31

Floated, full and on middle, Tom Latham sweeps it towards deep square leg for a run.

9.20

Flatter, full and on off, Tom Latham goes for the reverse-sweep, but misses and it gets hit on the pads. There is a stiffled appeal for LBW, but turned down.

9.11

Short and on off, Tim Seifert punches it towards long off for a single.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 94/1

T Seifert38 (22)

T Latham15 (17)

de Silva1-0-13-0

8.61

13 runs off the over! This is short and on middle, Tim Seifert moves back and knocks it towards long on for one.

8.56

SIX! Superb shot! This is floated, full and on middle, Tim Seifert goes down well, and nails the switch-hit over the deep point fence for a biggie. With that, the 50-run partnership comes up between these two batters.

8.44

FOUR! Salt to the wounds! This is quicker, short and around off, Tim Seifert opens the face of his bat and steers it past short third man for a boundary.

8.31

DROPPED! A chance goes begging! This is tossed up, full and on middle, Tom Latham slog-sweeps it in the air towards deep sqaure leg where Kasun Rajitha makes a meal of it and spills it out. He points towards the sun to indicate he lost the sight of the ball.

8.20

Slower through the air, short and on middle, Tom Latham uses his feet to work it away, but misses and gets hit on his thigh pads.

8.11

Dhananjaya de Silva begins with a short delivery around leg, Tim Seifert nudges it through square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 81/1

T Seifert26 (18)

T Latham14 (15)

W Hasaranga1-0-6-0

7.61

Flatter, short and on off, Tim Seifert guides it towards short third man for one.

7.52

Another short delivery, outside off, Tim Seifert backs away and cuts it wide of sweeper covers and comes back for the second.

7.41

Short again and on middle, Tom Latham tucks it towards mid-wicket for another run as Wanindu Hasaranga fields it himself.

7.31

Short and on off, Tim Seifert moves back and punches it through covers for a run.

7.21

Tossed up, full and on middle, Tom Latham sweeps it towards deep square leg for a single.

7.10

Wanindu Hasaranga starts with a googly, short and on off, Tom Latham looks to push it away, but misses.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 75/1

T Seifert22 (15)

T Latham12 (12)

D Shanaka1-0-10-0

6.64

FOUR! Cheeky shot! Dasun Shanaka bowls this a bit short and on middle, Tim Seifert shuffles across a bit, adjusts well and scoops it towards the vacant fine leg region for a boundary.

6.51

Fuller one and on middle, Tom Latham drives it towards long on for one.

6.41

This is on a hard length and on off, Tim Seifert pats it towards point for a quick run.

6.30

Back of a length and on leg, angling in, Tim Seifert uses his feet and chops it behind the stumps.

6.31wd

Dasun Shanaka bangs in a bouncer, on middle and leg, but this is way over the head height of Tim Seifert who leaves it. Wided.

6.21

Short again and outside off, Tom Latham cuts it towards sweeper covers for a single.

6.12

Just over! Dasun Shanaka begins with a short-of-a-length delivery and outside off, Tom Latham punches it just over point and Pathum Nissanka from sweeper covers runs to his right and dives to push the ball inside. Two runs taken!

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 65/1

T Seifert17 (12)

T Latham8 (9)

K Rajitha2-0-25-1

5.60

Touch fuller and on off, Tim Seifert pushes it towards short covers. New Zealand are at 65/1 at the end of the Powerplay.

5.51

Back of a length and around off, Tom Latham dabs it to the left of backward point for a run.

5.41

Short of a length and outside off, Tim Seifert steers it wide of covers for a single.

5.36

SIX! Tim Seifert goes big again!  Kasun Rajitha lands this on a hard length and on off, Tim Seifert gets his front leg out of the way and launches it over the long on fence again for another biggie.

5.20

Back of a length and on off, Tim Seifert taps it down towards short covers.

5.16

SIX! BANG! What a shot! Kasun Rajitha serves this a bit full and around leg, Tim Seifert dances down the track and just lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 51/1

T Seifert4 (7)

T Latham7 (8)

P Madushan1-0-10-0

4.61

Tim Seifert pushes this length ball to point and gets a single.

4.61wd

The umpire now signals a wide as Pramod Madushan spills it down the leg side. This is ninth wide of the innings. A concern for Sri Lanka.

4.51

A length ball, around the hips. Tom Latham nudges it through mid-wicket and gets a single.

4.44

FOUR! Good-looking shot! It is a length ball, on fifth stump. Tom Latham waits for it on his back foot and punches it through the line. He gets it through the gap for four runs.

4.31

Good length, in the channel. Tim Seifert dabs it past backward point. He takes the first run quickly, but slips at the non-striker's end.

4.21

On a length, on fifth stump. Tom Latham steers it down to third man for a single.

4.10

Slower ball, short, wide of off. Tom Latham tries to reach out but fails to connect.

4.11wd

WIDE! Pramod Madushan starts with a loosener. Length ball, angling across, but going past the tramline. The umpire signals a wide.

Pramod Madushan is introduced into the attack now.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 41/1

T Latham1 (4)

T Seifert2 (5)

K Rajitha1-0-11-1

3.61

A length ball, on the body. Latham flicks it to square leg for a single. A good recovery by Kasun Rajitha.

3.50

Back of a length, on off. Latham blocks it to covers off the bottom end.

3.40

A length ball, angling across. Latham plants his front foot across and defends it to covers.

3.30

Full length, on off. Latham defends it out.

Tom Latham walks out to bat at number 3.

3.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Chad Bowes brilliant knock of 31 runs comes to an end. Nevertheless, he has set a solid platform for his side. It is a length ball, on middle. Chad Bowes tries to heave it across the line. Although, the ball skies towards deep square leg off the outside edge. Wanindu Hasaranga in the deep takes a solid catch diving forward. Kasun Rajitha has something to smile for in this over.

3.25wd

FIVE WIDES! Kasun Rajitha goes full, outside leg. It shapes further away as well. The ball goes past the wicket-keeper and runs down to the fine leg fence.

3.14

FOUR! WOW! Chad Bowes picks up his seventh boundary of the innings. It is a short ball, wide of off. Kasun Rajitha serves it slow, but Chad Bowes reads it well. He waits for it and crunches it through covers for four runs.

3.11wd

WIDE! It is full, down the leg side. Chad Bowes tries to glance it around the corner but misses. The umpire does some exercise for now.

Kasun Rajitha comes into the attack now.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 30/0

C Bowes27 (13)

T Seifert2 (5)

M Theekshana2-0-12-0

2.61

A single to end the over as this is eased down to mid on. New Zealand are off to a flier here.

2.50

Back of a length, on off. Bowes gives himself a bit of room and cuts it hard to covers. It comes off the middle, but only to find the fielder.

2.44

FOUR! Bowes goes down the ground this time and finds another boundary. It is a short ball, on off. Chad Bowes makes some room and slaps it over the bowler's head for four runs.

2.30

Very full, outside off. Chad Bowes tries to go for the reverse sweep, but fails to get any bat on it.

2.21

Too full and straight, on the pads. Tim Seifert tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

2.21wd

WIDE! The umpire now signals a wide as the bowler spills it way down the leg side.

2.10

Back of a length, on fifth stump. Tim Seifert makes some room and tries to cut it away. He gets beaten on the outside edge.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 23/0

C Bowes22 (9)

T Seifert1 (3)

D Madushanka1-0-18-0

1.64

Four again! Third one on the trot! Dilshan Madushanka has been sent to the cleaners in his first over. It is a short ball, on off. Chad Bowes rides the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket. The ball races away.

1.54

FOUR! What a hit! A bit short, wide of off. Chad Bowes stands tall and pulls it over mid on. One bounce and over the ropes.

1.44

FOUR! Cracking shot. Chad Bowes is on fire. He is only dealing in boundaries here. It is a good-length ball, outside off. Chad Bowes prods and smashes it through the gap between extra cover and cover. The ball has enough legs to reach the fence.

1.31

Back of a length, outside off. Tim Seifert punches it to covers. He gets off the mark now with a single.

1.21

Very full, wide outside off. Chad Bowes slashes hard. It goes high in the air but lands safely to the right of third man. One taken.

1.14

FOUR! Nicely played. It is a length ball, angling down leg. Chad Bowes whips it behind square on the leg side and finds the fence.

Dilshan Madushanka to share the attack now.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 5/0

T Seifert0 (2)

C Bowes5 (4)

M Theekshana1-0-5-0

0.60

A bit short, on off. Tim Seifert defends it back to the bowler. A positive start for New Zealand.

0.50

Very full, on the pads. Tim Seifert flicks it to mid-wicket, but finds the fielder.

0.41

A single now! Full toss, on off. Chad Bowes hits it down to long on for and rotates the strike.

0.30

Floated and full, on off. Chad Bowes tucks it to mid-wicket.

0.24

FOUR! Smacked! Chad Bowes gets off the mark in fine fashion. It is flat, wide outside off. Chad Bowes hangs back and slaps it hard past point for four runs.

0.10

It is full and on off. Chad Bowes pushes it to covers.

Commentary

We are back for the chase! The players are already out in the middle now. Chad Bowes and Tim Seifert are the two openers for New Zealand. Sri Lanka going with spin straightaway as Maheesh Theekshana has the new ball in hand. Here we go..

... THE RUN CHASE ...

Right then, Sri Lanka have posted a well below-par total on the board and will need something special from their bowlers to defend it. New Zealand will be confident of gunning this down and keep their record of being unbeaten in international matches at this ground intact. Let's see how the chase unfolds.

The man of the moment, Adam Milne is up for a quick chat. He says that it is a nice feeling to get a fi-fer. Also it was necessary to come stronger after the Super Over loss. Mentions the spinners did really well to get things under control in the middle over. Informs that he just tried to go full and straight, in the final over. Ends by saying that it is a nice feeling leading the time out of the park, with the ball in hand.

New Zealand showed great fight and determination and Tom Latham used all of his bowling resources really well. There were a few expensive overs here and there, but they were able to pull things back with wickets at regular intervals and did not allow Sri Lanka to get the momentum. Adam Milne was the pick of the bowlers with his five-wicket haul. Benjamin Lister got a couple of wickets while everyone else got one to their name excet for James Neesham.

Sri Lanka will be very disappointed as they know that they could have got a lot more considering the start they got. Even though they lost both openers inside the Powerplay, the scoring rate was good. The partnership between Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Perera of 62 runs gave them the platform to go big, but both got dismissed in their thirties and in quick succession which put a brake on their innings. However, Charith Asalanka continued his good form and played a good cameo without much support on the other end. From 82/2 in ten overs to 141 all out, this has been an extraordinary collapse for them and they are staring down the barrel now.

A dominating display from the Kiwis! After the narrow Super-Over defeat in the first T20I, the hosts have comeback really well and restricted the Lankans to just 140 runs thanks to a brilliant five-wicket haul from Adam Milne. They will be the happier side going into the break and it looks like we will be heading for a decider in this series.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 141/10

D Madushanka0 (2)

K Rajitha1 (1)

A Milne4-0-26-5

18.6W

OUT! Sound of the timber! Oh yes! Adam Milne can do it. He picks up a five-wicket haul on the very last ball of his spell, which also helps to bundle out Sri Lanka for 141 runs. Adam Milne fires it a yorker, right in the blockhole. Dilshan Madushanka tries to dig it out, although could not get any bat on it.

18.50

Adam Milne fires in a yorker, on leg. Dilshan Madushanka is able to jam it out. Can Adam Milne end things on his final delivery?

Dilshan Madushanka is the last man in for Sri Lanka.

18.4W

OUT! TIMBER! Adam Milne is on fire. His fourth wicket of the innings. He is surely cleaning up the late. It is full, angled into the pads. Pramod Madushan fails to flick it away. The ball deflect off the pads and uproots the middle stumps. Celebration continues for the Kiwis.

18.31

Full length, on leg. Kasun Rajitha flicks it to the leg side for one.

Kasun Rajitha is the next batter in.

18.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Adam Milne gets rid of him this time. It is a slower ball, short and outside off. Charith Asalanka shuffles and throws the kitchen sink at it. The ball takes the outside edge and lobs towards backward point. Ish Sodhi takes a brilliant catch.

18.21wd

WIDE! Full and wide of off, it is even outside the tramline and the umpire signals a wide.

18.12

Oh dear! What a chance! Tim Seifert dodges a bullet in the end, as he could not spot the ball here, due to the sun. It is short and on off. Charith Asalanka pulls it to deep mid-wicket. A difficult task for Tim Seifert though. The batters take two runs.

Adam Milne (3-0-22-2) to bowl the penultimate over.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 137/7

C Asalanka22 (17)

P Madushan1 (2)

B Lister4-0-26-2

17.61

Charith Asalanka taps this length ball into covers and gets a single. He will retain the strike. Wonder why New Zealand did not try to keep the field tight and restrict the single.

17.51

Safe! Benjamin Lister with a slower ball once agian, but this time on leg. Pramod Madushan tries to flick it away but it goes high in the air off the leading edge. It goes towards mid on but lands safely. One taken.

17.40

Slower ball, full and outside off. Pramod Madushan tries to chase it but misses.

Pramod Madushan walks out to bat now.

17.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! Another one bites the dust. Lister picks up his second wicket. It is full and on off. Maheesh Theekshana tries to slog it away. It takes the top-edge and skies high in the air, does not travel much distance though. Tom Latham comes forward, settles under it and takes an easy catch.

17.20

Falls short! It is full and on off. Maheesh Theekshana shuffles and tries to slog it away. It comes off his gloves but falls short of short fine leg. Adam Milne dives in front of him but in vain.

17.11

Full, on the pads, Charith Asalanka clips it to mid-wicket for one.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 134/6

M Theekshana0 (2)

C Asalanka20 (15)

J Neesham2-0-20-1

16.60

Length and on off. Maheesh Theekshana taps it out to safety.

16.50

A sharp bouncer, on middle. Maheesh Theekshana ducks under this one.

Maheesh Theekshana is the next man in.

16.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! James Neesham's kept Wanindu Hasaranga thinking with his variations and eventually gets the better of him. Incredible from the all-rounder, who is bowling now, not the one who is heading back to the pavilion. It is a slower ball, short and on off.  Wanindu Hasaranga ends up chipping it towards mid off. Adam Milne moves to his right and pouches it safely. Sri Lanka in a spot of bother.

16.31

Short one, wide outside off. Charith Asalanka gets on top of it and cuts it past point. One taken.

16.21

Slower ball, length and on off. Wanindu Hasaranga taps it to covers for a single.

16.21wd

WIDE! Goes full, although outside the tramline. The umpire signals a wide.

16.16

SIX! Just over! James Neesham dishes a short ball, outside off. Wanindu Hasaranga makes some room and slaps it over covers. He gets enough height on it to beat Tim Seifert's diving effort in the deep.

James Neesham comes back into the attack now. He conceded 11 runs in his first over.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 125/5

W Hasaranga2 (2)

C Asalanka19 (14)

H Shipley3-0-25-1

15.61

A half-tracker, wide of off. Wanindu Hasaranga cuts it hard towards point. The fielder there dives to his right and makes an excellent stop. Keeps it down to just a single. A wicket-taking over from Henry Shipley comes to an end.

15.51

On a length, on the body. Charith Asalanka tucks it to mid on for a single.

15.41

Length, on middle. Wanindu Hasaranga tucks it towards mid-wicket and opens his account with a single.

Wanindu Hasaranga comes out to the middle now.

15.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! Henry Shipley has the last laugh here. Dasun Shanaka tries to hunt for a boundary once again but pays the price this time. A full-length ball, on off. Dasun Shanaka throws his bat and ends up slicing it over backward point. Benjamin Lister takes a very good catch over his shoulders. Henry Shipley gets his first wicket and Sri Lanka are falling apart.

15.24

FOUR! It is full and outside off. Dasun Shanaka slashes hard at it. The ball takes the inside edge and runs down to the fine leg fence.

15.11

Short ball, on the body. Charith Asalanka pulls it to deep backward square leg for a single.

Henry Shipley is back on now.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 117/4

C Asalanka17 (12)

D Shanaka3 (6)

R Ravindra3-0-24-1

14.61

Shorter in length and outside off, Charith Asalanka cuts it towards point for a single.

14.50

Fires in a yorker, outside off, Charith Asalanka looks to dig it out, but gets a bottom edge onto his pads.

14.40

Quicker, short and outside off, Charith Asalanka moves across to guide it away, but misses.

14.36

SIX! Two in a row! This is tossed up, full and on off, Charith Asalanka strides forward a bit and connects with his slog-sweep as the ball sails over the deep mid-wicket fence again for another biggie.

14.26

SIX! Into the crowd! Rachin Ravindra lands this short and on off, Charith Asalanka this time moves back quickly and pulls it over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

14.10

Flighted, full and around off, Charith Asalanka goes for the slog-sweep, but is through the shot early and misses.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 104/4

C Asalanka4 (6)

D Shanaka3 (6)

I Sodhi3-0-17-0

13.61

Shortish and around off, Charith Asalanka steers it towards cover-point for one more.

13.51

Darts this one full and outside off, Dasun Shanaka drills it towards sweeper covers for one.

13.40

Flatter, short and on off, Dasun Shanaka goes down and mistimes his sweep in front of short fine leg.

13.31

Floated, full and on leg, Charith Asalanka turns it towards short fine leg for a run.

13.20

A googly now, short and on off, Charith Asalanka cuts it towards point.

13.11

Tossed up, full and on off, Dasun Shanaka taps it wide of short covers and scampers across for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 100/4

D Shanaka1 (3)

C Asalanka2 (3)

R Ravindra2-0-11-1

12.61

Quicker, short and on middle, Dasun Shanaka flicks it off the back foot through mid-wicket for a single.

12.50

Flatter, full and on middle, Dasun Shanaka defends it.

12.40

Flighted, full and on middle, Dasun Shanaka blocks it back towards the bowler.

Dasun Shanaka is the new man in.

12.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! Rachin Ravindra gets a wicket now and the bowling change has worked wonders for the Kiwis. This is slower through the air, on leg, sticks to the surface a bit, Dhananjaya de Silva makes some room and tries to loft it over long on, but mistimes it badly in the air and Benjamin Lister ther runs to his left and takes a nice catch. Two new batters for Sri Lanka at the crease now!

12.21

Slightly shorter and on middle, Charith Asalanka moves back and flicks it wide of mid-wicket for a single.

12.10

Tossed up, full and on off, Charith Asalanka pushes it towards short covers.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 98/3

de Silva37 (25)

C Asalanka1 (1)

A Milne3-0-22-2

11.60

Short of a length and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva chops it down towards point.

11.56

SIX! BOOM! Excellent shot! Adam Milne misses his yorker, and serves a low full toss, on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva picks it up and whips it over the deep square leg fence for a biggie.

11.40

An off-cutter, touch fuller and outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva looks to cut it, but misses.

11.31

On a length and on leg, Charith Asalanka flicks it through backward square leg for a single and gets off the mark.

Charith Asalanka is the new man in.

11.2W

OUT! TAKEN! Adam Milne strikes again! The parternship is finally broken and Kusal Perera goes back after playing a decent knock. This is another slower delivery, short of a length and on off, Kusal Perera heaves it away well, but fails to get the elevation as the ball goes flat and in the air towards deep mid-wicket where James Neesham takes a good catch. Sri Lanka three down now!

11.11

Just over! This is overpitched and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva smashes it uppishly back to the bowler where Adam Milne puts his hands up, but the power is so much that it zips over him even before that. A single is taken as long off mops it up.

11.11wd

Adam Milne tries the slower delivery, on a length, but down the leg side, Dhananjaya de Silva misses his flick. Wided.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 89/2

de Silva30 (21)

K Perera35 (31)

I Sodhi2-0-13-0

10.61

Flatter, full and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva jams it out towards deep mid-wicket for one.

10.50

Slower through the air, on off, Dhananjaya de Silva goes for the slog-sweep, but gets an inside edge onto his pads as the ball goes nowhere.

10.41

A bit short and on middle, Kusal Perera moves back and works it through mid-wicket for another run.

10.32

Flighted and on leg, Kusal Perera uses his feet to flick it away, but gets a top edge towards long off for a brace.

10.21

Floated, full and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva mistimes his drive towards long on for a run.

10.11

Tossed up, full and on leg, Kusal Perera paddles it towards short fine leg for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 83/2

K Perera31 (28)

de Silva28 (18)

B Lister3-0-23-1

9.61

It is full again, on off. Kusal Perera helps it towards long on. They take one more.

9.51

Full-length ball, around off. Dhananjaya de Silva gets it to mid-wicket off the inside edge. One taken.

9.40

Benjamin Lister dishes a wide yorker this time, right on the money. Dhananjaya de Silva could not squeeze it out.

9.31

Length, on off. Perera tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

9.21

Fuller, on off. Dhananjaya de Silva gets an inside edge and it goes to square leg. One taken. Dhananjaya de Silva is not happy with himself. He knows he could've gotten a better connection on it.

9.11

The stand now moves to 50. It is a length ball, on leg. Kusal Perera flicks it to short fine leg and scampers across for a quick single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 78/2

de Silva26 (15)

K Perera28 (25)

I Sodhi1-0-7-0

8.64

FOUR! Almost a chance. It is a short ball, outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva goes back and cuts it to the left of extra cover. Daryl Mitchell dives to his left but it lands in front of him and it races away to the fence. This boundary surely spoils the over for Ish Sodhi.

8.51

Darted on the pads. Kusal Perera tucks it to mid-wicket and gets to the other end.

8.41

Short one, on off. Dhananjaya de Silva nudges it to the leg side for just another single.

8.31

On the pads, Kusal Perera flicks it to mid-wicket for one.

8.20

It is floated and full, around off, it turns in a touch off the deck. Kusal Perera stays inside the crease and tries to flick it away but ends up playing all around it. He wears it on the pads, too high though as the umpire shows no interest to Sodhi's appeal.

8.10

An half-tracker, outside off. Kusal Perera cuts it to point.

Ish Sodhi to bowl some leggies now.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 71/2

K Perera26 (21)

de Silva21 (13)

J Neesham1-0-11-0

7.61

Slower ball, outside off. Kusal Perera helps it towards point and takes a single.

7.51

A single now as Dhananjaya de Silva hits this length ball down the park.

7.46

SIX! Short and dispatched. Back of a length, on off. Dhananjaya de Silva dispatches it over the square leg fence.

7.31

It is full and outside off. Perera throws his bat at it. The ball flies off the edge but lands safely in front of deep point. One taken.

7.21

Full, on middle and leg. Dhananjaya de Silva clips it towards long on and gets to the other end.

7.11lb

LEG BYE! Length, on leg. Perera tries to flick it away but misses. It rolls out off his pads and they cross for a leg bye.

7.11wd

Wide! James Neesham starts with a length ball, down the leg side. The umpire extends his arms.

James Neesham replaces Henry Shipley.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 59/2

K Perera24 (18)

de Silva13 (10)

R Ravindra1-0-9-0

6.61

Back of a length, wide of off. Kusal Perera cuts it past point for a single. Rachin Ravindra does well to pull things back after conceding a boundary on the first ball.

6.51

Flatter one, on off. Dhananjaya de Silva uses his feet and clips it towards mid on for a single.

6.41

Shorter, on off. Kusal Perera nudges it to mid-wicket and crosses.

6.31

A single now as this is flicked towards mid-wicket.

6.21

Tossed up, full and on off. Kusal Perera gets low and sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for one.

6.14

FOUR! Rachin Ravindra starts with a loosener. Shorter, down leg. Kusal Perera swivels and pulls it behind square on the leg side for four runs.

We will see some spin now as Rachin Ravindra is ready to bowl.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 50/2

K Perera17 (14)

de Silva11 (8)

H Shipley2-0-17-0

5.61

Henry Shipley goes full, on the pads. Kusal Perera flicks it to deep square leg for a single. Sri Lanka are 50/2 at the end of Powerplay.

5.51

A length ball, that comes into the batter from outside off. Dhananjaya de Silva closes the face of the bat and nudges it to mid-wicket for a quick single.

5.44

FOUR! Cracking hit! Henry Shipley digs in a short ball, around middle. Dhananjaya de Silva rides the bounce and pulls it over mid-wicket. It races away to the fence.

5.30

Too full, on off. Dhananjaya de Silva eases it back to the bowler.

5.21

Length, on the pads. Kusal Perera tucks it to square leg for a single.

5.10

A length ball, around off, angling across. Perera blocks it out watchfully.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 43/2

de Silva6 (5)

K Perera15 (11)

B Lister2-0-18-1

4.64

FOUR! Fine shot! This is short of a length and outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva hops up a bit and cuts it through cover-point for a beautiful boundary.

4.50

Dropped, but a brillliant effort! This is on a hard length and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva looks to work it away, but gets a leading edge as the ball loops up in the air wide of point where James Neesham runs to his rigth and puts in a full-length dive and almost grabs it with his outstretched right hand, but just spills it out when he hits the ground.

4.41

A bit fuller and on middle, Kusal Perera flicks it through square leg for a run.

4.31

Length again and on leg, Dhananjaya de Silva looks to push it away, but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls towards third man. They cross.

4.21

On a length and on middle, Kusal Perera nudges it through square leg for a single.

4.11lb

Touch fuller and on the pads, Dhananjaya de Silva misses his flick again and it goes off his pads towards short fine leg. A leg bye is taken.

4.11wd

This is on a good length but down the leg, Dhananjaya de Silva misses his flick. Wided.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 34/2

K Perera13 (9)

de Silva1 (1)

A Milne2-0-13-1

3.64

FOUR! Off the gloves! Adam Milne bangs this short and around leg, Kusal Perera looks to pull it away, but gloves it past the keeper and towards the fine leg fence for a boundary.

3.51

Full, on the pads. Dhananjaya de Silva flicks it to deep square leg and gets off the mark with a single.

Dhananjaya de Silva comes in to bat now.

3.4W

OUT! TAKEN! Adam Milne gets his man this time, and no review needed! He serves this full and outside off, Pathum Nissanka once again goes for the big slog, but only manages to slice it in the air as the ball goes in the air towards third man where Benjamin Lister runs forward and takes a good low catch. Sri Lanka have lost both openers now!

3.30

A huge shout for LBW, but the umpire says no! Tom Latham goes for the review after some discussion. Adam Milne bowls this on a good length and on off, shaping in, Pathum Nissanka swings across the line, but misses and gets hit high on the pads. The UltraEdge shows no bat involved, but Ball Tracking confirms that it is going over the wickets. Nissanka survives anf the Kiwis lose the review!

3.21b

Swing and a miss! Adam Milne bangs this onto the pitch and on middle, shaping away, Kusal Perera looks to heave it away, but misses and Tom Latham behind the stumps gets surprised and only manages to parry it towards fine leg. A bye is taken.

3.10

Back of a length and on off, Kusal Mendis pats it down towards point where there is a slight misfield, but no harm done.

Change. Adam Milne (1-0-8-0) is back into the attack.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 28/1

K Perera9 (6)

P Nissanka9 (7)

H Shipley1-0-10-0

2.61

Fuller again and on off, Kusal Perera drives it wide of mid on for a single.

2.52

Touch fuller and on off, Kusal Perera drills it wide of mid off as Adam Milne chase it down well and keeps it inside. Two runs taken!

2.46

SIX! Another batter gets off the mark with a big hit! Henry Shipley lands this short and around off, Kusal Perera this time gets on top of it and swots it over the long on fence for a biggie.

2.30

This is on a hard length and outside off, angling away once more, Kusal Perera looks to guide it away, but gets beaten again.

2.20

BEAUTY! This is short of a length and around leg, angling away with some extra bounce, Kusal Perera looks to work it away, but gets beaten on the outside edge.

2.11

Henry Shipley starts with a back-of-a-length delivery, on middle, Pathum Nissanka pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 18/1

K Perera0 (1)

P Nissanka8 (6)

B Lister1-0-10-1

1.60

Back of a length and on off, Kusal Perera dabs it down towards point. End of a successful over for the Kiwis!

Kusal Perera is the new man in.

1.5W

OUT! TAKEN! Benjamin Lister draws first blood! A good comeback from him as Kusal Mendis goes back to the hut. This is full again and around off this time, angling away, Kusal Mendis looks to flick it, but closes the face of the bat early and gets a top edge as the ball flies high in the air and Tom Latham behind the stumps calls for it, moves to his right and pouches it safely in his gloves. Sri Lanka lose their first wicket!

1.44

FOUR! A boundary now! Benjamin Lister pitches this one up, on leg, Kusal Mendis gets under it and whips it wide of mid on for four more runs.

1.36

SIX! BANG! Kusal Mendis gets off the mark in style now! Benjamin Lister lands this short and around leg, Kusal Mendis stays there and hooks it over the fine leg fence for a biggie.

1.20

This is on a good length and on off, Kusal Mendis taps it in front of short covers.

1.10

Benjamin Lister begins with a full delivery, on off, Kusal Mendis pushes it towards short covers.

Benjamin Lister to share the new ball.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 8/0

P Nissanka8 (6)

K Mendis0 (0)

A Milne1-0-8-0

0.64

FOUR! A boundary straightaway from the new bat! This is short and on middle, Pathum Nissanka once again pulls it nice and hard towards the deep square leg fence for a boundary.

WHAT! The ball is leaving Adam Milne's arm like a bullet. Time to exchange the bat now, as the handle comes off this one for Pathum Nissanka.

0.50

We have a broken bat! Adam Milne serves this on a hard length and on off, Pathum Nissanka defends it from the splice of the bat and the handle is broken. He will need a new one now.

0.44

Pathum Nissanka and Sri Lanka are finally underway and in style! Adam Milne lands this short and on middle, sits up nicely, Pathum Nissanka picks up the length early, swivels and pulls it towards the deep square leg for a boundary.

0.30

Three dots in a row! This is full again and on middle, nips away, Pathum Nissanka pushes it towards short covers.

0.20

Goes a bit fuller now, on middle, swinging away in the air, Pathum Nissanka knocks it with the outer half of his bat towards covers.

0.10

Adam Milne starts with a hard-length delivery, on middle, shaping away a shy bit, Pathum Nissanka keeps it out on the pitch.

The match is set to begin. The New Zealand players make their way out on the field. Followed by Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis. It will be Adam Milne to start with the new ball. Here we go...

Sri Lanka (Playing XI) - Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera (WK), Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (C), Kasun Rajitha (In for Chamika Karunaratne), Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Pramod Madushan.

New Zealand (Unchanged playing XI) - Chad Bowes, Tim Seifert, Tom Latham (C/ WK), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Benjamin Lister.

TOSS - New Zealand win the toss and have opted to BOWL first.

Update - After this series gets over, Dasun Shanaka will be heading down to India to play for Gujarat in the Indian T20 League. He has been selected as a replacement of Kane Williamson, who suffered a knee injury during the first match of the season, and was forced to make his way out of the tournament. The ex-Kiwi skipper has come back to New Zealand and would be going through his recovery. Hopefully, we are able to see him back on the field, sooner rather than later.

New Zealand, on the other hand will be disappointed with the loss, but their never say die attitude was on show. Daryl Mitchell was brilliant once again and when all looked lost needing seven of the final delivery, Ish Sodhi smashed a six to tie the game. However, they couldn't turn up in the Super Over falling to a defeat. They have lost quite a few players to the Indian T20 League, but still have managed to put on a decent fight. Their bowling is a bit inexperienced, but this is their chance to show their talent against a strong opposition. Will they fight back and level the series? Or will the Lankans take an unassailable lead? We will find out soon. Toss and team news in a bit.

Sri Lanka put on their best performance in the last game and finally got their first win of this tour. Their batters stepped up big time to put on a good score while the bowling could have been better and they will need to improve that. However, Maheesh Theekshana held his nerve well and bowled a brilliant Super Over, conceding just eight runs which set the platform perfectly for Charith Asalanka to get them over the line after scoring a brilliant fifty in the game. They will want to do more of the same and get another win over the Kiwis.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the 2nd T20I of this three-match series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the University Oval in Dunedin in New Zealand. The first game was a nail-biter as the Lankans edged past the Kiwis in a Super Over and took a 1-0 lead and will look to seal the series in this game only while the hosts will want to get the better of the visitors and take the series to a decider.

... Match Day ...

After clinching a victory in an action-packed thriller that went down to a super over in the first T20I, the visitors Sri Lanka would be looking to seal the series with a victory in the second T20I against the Kiwis. Sri Lanka batted amazingly in the first game and posted 196 on the board. The batters clicked collectively for the first time on this tour and they managed to carve their way towards the first victory of this tour courtesy of a boundary from the bat of Charith Asalanka in the super over. The bowling was decent too in the first T20I. Kusal Mendis is the key for the visitors as he can take the game away from any opponent on his day while the bowling department will be heavily reliant on the broad shoulders of Maheesh Theekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga yet again. New Zealand too had a decent outing and the never give up attitude of the Kiwis was key for them to take the game as deep as they did in the first T20I. The top order failed to give them a good start but Daryl Mitchell cleaned the scrap for them and helped them to a super over which they lost eventually. The hosts would be looking to get level in the series with a victory in the second T20I and a lot would depend on Daryl Mitchell as he holds the key for the Kiwis being their premium 3-D players. Expect a thriller as these two consistently improving sides face each other yet again.