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Sangakkara anchors Sri Lankan innings in second one-dayer

Sangakkara anchors Sri Lankan innings in second one-dayer

Kumar Sangakkara made a circumspect 89 to guide Sri Lanka to 224 for seven, batting after losing the toss in the second limited-overs cricket international against New Zealand on Sunday.
Sangakkara, who faced 122 balls and hit 10 fours, helped Sri Lanka from 14 for two to 176 for five before he was run out at the non-striker's end for the highest individual total in a one-day international at Queenstown.
New Zealand's unchanged bowling attack performed better than in the series-opener at Napier, which Sri Lanka won by seven wickets after chasing down 285.
Mark Gillespie and Michael Mason shared the new ball and largely managed to eliminate the wides, no balls and boundary deliveries which blotted their effort on Thursday.
Gillespie took two for 46, Mason two for 50 and Daniel Vettori and James Franklin also contributed wickets as New Zealand restrained Sri Lanka's scoring on a reasonable batting wicket.
Sangakkara's innings was the keystone of the Sri Lankan innings. He batted with restraint but his strokeplay was also skilled and graceful and he inflated his total with crisp pulls or fluent drives.
He shared partnerships of 36 with Upul Tharanga (23), 52 with Marvan Atapattu (22) and 74 with Chamara Silva (31) to give Sri Lanka's total substance.
After Silva, who took his 31 runs from 53 balls, Farveez Maharoof made an unbeaten 29 from 24 balls with two fours and a six to push Sri Lanka past 200.
Mahroof was a late addition to the Sri Lankan team, replacing Dilhara Fernando, while New Zealand recalled Craig McMillan in place of Nathan Astle, who has a groin injury.


Updated : 2021-07-26 03:22 GMT+08:00