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Run-outs costly as Black Caps lose

January 16, 2015 11:56:32 UK

Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a brilliant century for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka gave New Zealand a lesson in running between the wickets as they romped home by six wickets to win the second one-day international in Hamilton.

The tourists chased down the Black Caps’ 248 with 14 balls to spare to level the series at 1-1. Sri Lanka are 2.20 to win the third ODI, with New Zealand 1.66.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, having made 55 off 21 balls in the series opener in Christchurch, was their headline act again as he made a run-a-ball 117. McCullum shared an 85-run stand for the third wicket with Ross Taylor before offering a return catch to Jeevan Mendis having hit five sixes and 12 fours.

New Zealand’s innings, though, was undone by a batting collapse that included four run-outs. Having been 158-3 when McCullum fell, the home side’s poor running between the wickets cost them dearly as Daniel Vettori, Luke Ronchi, Corey Anderson and Nathan McCullum were all run out to leave them on 207-8.

In contrast, Sri Lanka’s batsmen communicated well and were able to keep the run-rate high. Tillakaratne Dilshan led the way with 116 from 127 balls, combining in four partnerships of at least 47. He finally edged behind to Ronchi off Matt Henry, bringing to an end a 74-run fourth-wicket stand with Angelo Matthews that left Sri Lanka just 12 runs short with 4.3 overs still remaining.

Kumar Sangakkara put on 52 for the second wicket with Dilshan, smashing three sixes in his 38 off 41 balls.

Skipper McCullum, who is 3.25 to be his side’s top batsman in the third ODI, admitted the four consecutive run-outs had left him frustrated, saying: “It does start to wind you up a little bit. But what do you do? They don’t mean to get run-out.

“But I guess that pressure does start to compound after a while. And we saw some guys who are very good runners between the wickets make some pretty ordinary mistakes.”

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