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New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Cricket World Cup 2019 – live!

3rd over: Sri Lanka 12-1 (K Perera 6, Karunaratne 2) Henry delivers the ball right into the slot and Perera swings through it, hoisting the ball over cover for four.

2nd over: Sri Lanka 7-1 (K Perera 2, Karunaratne 1) Boult bowls to Karunaratne, with three slips in place, but doesn’t really threaten the edge. Still, the over starts with four dots.

“In the first Test between these two sides from 15-19 December, a veteran Sri Lankan (Angelo Matthews) scored 120* in one of the greatest Test matches of all time,” recalls an optimistic Abhijato Sensarma. “In the second ODI between the same sides on 5th January, another Sri Lankan veteran (Thisara Perera) scored 140 in one of the greatest ODI matches of all time. Today is a perfect day to complete the triad - these two teams are meeting again, in the third match of the biggest tournament of all time, with a third Sri Lankan captain at the helm. If we see a third classical performance from a veteran in a clash we’ll remember for the ages, it’s going to be beyond poetic!”

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