New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka Second ODI:
- 2nd ODI, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui 05 January 2019
- Toss won by New Zealand (decided to bat)
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 21 runs
- New Zealand 319/7 (50.0) R/R: 6.38
- Sri Lanka 298/10 (46.2) R/R: 6.43
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New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka Second ODI Highlights:
- New Zealand won the second ODI of the three-match series by 21 runs
- Making 319, they bowled out Sri Lanka for 298 to take a 2-0 lead in the series
- Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and James Neesham all hit half-centuries for NZ
- The third and final ODI of the series will be played on Tuesday, January 8 at 3:30 am IST
Ringing 300 on the board for the second match in running, New Zealand once again successfully defended their humongous total to make it two wins out of two in the opening matches of the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Powered by a 319 run total courtesy of stellar knocks by Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, and James Neesham, New Zealand’s bowlers delivered a well-rounded performance to dismiss Sri Lanka for 298 and register a 21 run win. With it, the home side took home the three-match ODI series as well with an uncatchable 2-0 lead ahead of the final encounter to be contested on Tuesday.
Winning the toss, Kane Williamson opted to bat first as his side looked to make the most of the batting-friendly conditions prevalent at the small Bay Oval ground that had seen New Zealand reach 371 in a display of clean, fearless and inhibited hitting.
They didn’t enjoy the same start as the first ODI though with Guptill and Willamson both leaving the crease early on to see Sri Lanka enjoy a good spell in the first 10 overs, one that restricted New Zealand to 48-2 in the first power play of the match. It was from there on when things started unraveling for the visitors who have been guilty of not putting on team performance during this entire New Zealand visit.
Be it from their thrashing by England who beat them 4-1 and then 3-0 in the home ODI and Test series, and then getting smashed in the second Test against New Zealand, Sri Lanka had to feed off scraps for some time now. Barring a sharp spell or promising innings in their encounters, there has been no real team performance, something that came to bit them in the back against New Zealand as well in this match.
Failing to build on their momentum of the first two quick wickets, Sri Lanka allowed Munro and Taylor to resurrect the innings. The two played out two stellar innings between one, studded with some glorious stroke play that saw the duo cream the ball to all parts of the ground. Taylor (90) and newest Delhi Capitals arrival Munro (87) got into their groove pretty soon and once they had found their eye at the crease, the pair was in menacing form to single handily take the match away from Sri Lanka.
It was a partnership that incurred a lot of damage to Sri Lanka, completely outdoing the initial good work put in by their pacers. From 39-2, there 112 run stand took the total to 151 off 25 overs before Colin Munro was eventually run-out to depart short off his 100.
Henry Nicholls (32) chipped in with vital runs to ensure that the foundation lay by Taylor and Munro didn’t go waste. His 50 run stand with Taylor saw New Zealand get a healthy foundation to tee off from in the last 10 overs of the match; one Neesham ensured his side grabbed with both hands, hitting 64 to apply the finish touches on the host’s innings along with Seifert.
If it weren’t for the three run-outs of Munro, Tayor and Neesham it could have gotten worse for Sri Lanka who came out chasing 320 in their pursuit of coming back into the series.
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However, the chase couldn’t have gotten any worse for them with wickets falling at will. 63-2 took no time in becoming 128-7 with New Zealand’s fast bowlers wreaking havoc to decimate the Sri Lankan batting unit. It was an all-round bowling effort that saw Boult, Southee, Neesham and Henry all pick up wickets at regular intervals to ensure Sri Lanka never managed to rejuvenate their innings, having them on the mat for the entirety of the chase.
Just when it looked Sri Lanka would fold out for well under 200, Thisara Perera hit 140 to keep the match interesting and going till the 47th over. It wasn’t quite enough though with New Zealand making sure that the match didn’t slip away from their grasp, striking in the death overs to win by 21 runs in New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Second ODI.