In the end, it was about 12 deliveries that separated New Zealand from Sri Lanka. A thrilling match which saw the first Super Over of the World T20 tournament this year, had the hosts pip to the pole, even if just about. The highlights in pics (AFP Pics)
Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya made his debut and was good in his efforts which gave him two key wickets.
McCullum tends to Dhananjaya after his shot went between the bowler's hands and struck him on his face.
New Zealand eventually managed to set a target of 175.
In reply, Sri Lanka's top-order was on fire. Mahela Jayawardena (not in pic) smashed 44 off 26. He was overtaken by Tillakaratne Dilshan who hit 76 off 53, supported by Kumar Sangakkara (left).
For New Zealand, strikes did come through Tim Southee (2 wickets) and Jacob Oram (1 wicket, in picture). The match soon assumed a tense stance.
The hosts needed just 1 to win off the last but Lahiru Thirimanne's dive to complete a win fell short as a wobbling Ross Taylor found he had, somehow, managed to have the ball strike the bails in time.
Sri Lanka batted first in the Super Over and managed to rob Tim Southee off 13 runs though no boundary was scored.
In the end, the experience of Lasith Malinga proved to be too much for the Kiwis as the seamer managed to defend the 14-run target.
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