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New Zealand wins by one wicket on last ball

New Zealand wins by one wicket on last ball

Michael Mason hit four from the last ball to give New Zealand a one-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second limited-overs cricket international Sunday, tying the five-match series 1-1.
New Zealand began the final over, bowled by part-time spinner Sanath Jayasuriya, at 224 for nine in reply to Sri Lanka's 224 for seven, needing one run to win the match with only one wicket standing.
Mason came to the crease when New Zealand lost its ninth wicket at 223, was left to face the last six balls and played out five deliveries without scoring before pounding the last ball over to long-on for four.
His lusty blow ended a gripping match in which New Zealand put Sri Lanka in to bat after winning the toss and in which the initiative passed frequently between the teams before New Zealand scraped home.
Kumar Sangakkara made 89, the highest score by any batsman in a one-day match at the Queenstown Events Center, to anchor Sri Lanka's innings. He batted with restraint, but also with grace and authority, taking his runs from 122 balls with 10 boundaries.
Sangakkara shared vital partnerships of 36 with Upul Tharanga (23), 52 with Marvan Atapattu (22) and 74 with Chamara Silva (31).
Mason played an important role with the ball for New Zealand, taking two for 50 from 10 overs while Mark Gillespie, who was the last batsman to fall in the Kiwi innings, took two for 46.
Twins James and Hamish Marshall and later all-rounder James Franklin steered New Zealand to its nerve-racking victory.
James Marshall made 50 and shared a 57-run opening stand with Brendon McCullum (32) to give the home side a sound start. New Zealand was quickly ahead of a winning run rate but its innings wilted in its middle stages as it slipped from 87 for one to 141 for six.
Hamish Marshall helped steady the innings, making 29 from 35 balls at No.7 and sharing an important seventh-wicket partnership of 34 with Franklin.
Franklin then saw New Zealand home, making 45 from 46 balls and remaining unbeaten at the close.
He played with sense and composure, hitting only three boundaries but working singles to keep New Zealand on target, seeing off the varied threat of Lasith Malinga, Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Franklin found an important ally in Gillespie, who made 11 and with whom he put on 29 for the ninth wicket.
New Zealand seemed to be coasting to victory with only two runs needed from nine balls and with two wickets remaining but Gillespie's dismissal raised the pressure on the final pair.
Franklin took a single from the final ball of the 49th over, leaving Mason with the strike, and the rangy fast bowler blocked four balls and missed one before blasting a last-ball boundary to win the match.


Updated : 2021-05-17 13:00 GMT+08:00