Sri Lanka Seal Three-Wicket Win Over New Zealand
Sri Lanka 195-7 (Tharanga 70, Sangakkara 48, Mills 4-41) beat
New Zealand 192 (Watling 55, Malinga 3-35) by three wickets
One-Day International tri-series game two, Dambulla
Sri Lanka produced a good all-round performance to beat New Zealand by three wickets in the the second game of the One-Day International tri-series in Dambulla.
Three wickets apiece from Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews helped them dismiss New Zealand for 192 before Upul Tharanga's half-century set up a victory chasing under lights - an infrequent occurrence at the ground - as Sri Lanka closed on 195 for seven.
He stroked 70 in 109 balls and put on 85 for the second wicket with Kumar Sangakkara (48) as Sri Lanka made light of the early dismissal of Tillakaratne Dilshan who became the first of four victims of Kyle Mills when he was caught and bowled for five.
Mahela Jayawardene fell for the same score and to the same bowler after Sangakkara was caught by Martin Guptill off of Scott Styris and after Tharanga's dismissal, Sri Lanka lost quick wickets as New Zealand almost bowled themselves back into the match.
Mathews (0), Nuwan Kulasekara (7) and Rangana Herath (2) all fell cheaply before it was left to Thilan Samaraweera, unbeaten on 36 in 38 balls, to guide the home side to victory with just under ten overs to spare.
Chamara Kapugedera, batting down the order, made nine not out in as many balls as Mills' haul of four for 41 proved to be in vain.
Earlier, winning the toss and batting first for the second time in the competition, New Zealand struggled to build partnerships and although opener BJ Watling made 55 in 68 balls on debut, no other player could prosper against the disciplined Sri Lankan attack.
Ross Taylor, who scored 95 in New Zealand's 200-run win over India that opened the tournament, made 16 before he was pinned in front by Mathews, and Styris, whose 89 in that game was crucial, made 24 before he fell to left-arm spinner Herath, caugh tby Jayawardene.
Kane Williamson failed to score a run for the second match in a row, lasting one ball more than his debut before being caught from his second delivery by Samaraweera off Mathews, whose third wicket was Watling, caught by Sangakkara.
Malinga dismissed Guptill for a golden duck to pick up his 100th ODI wicket before adding the wickets of Gareth Hopkins for 11 and Daryl Tuffey, also without scoring from his first ball.
Nathan McCullum made a patient 36 to guide New Zealand towards the 200 mark while Herath returned figures of two for 35 to back up the work done by Mathews and Malinga.
Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis - the only other bowlers used - grabbed a wicket apiece.
Sri Lanka meet India in the third game on Monday (16th August).
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