Sept 27, Pallekele: Sri Lanka pulled off a thrilling victory in a Super Over to win the first Super Eight match of the tournament against New Zealand after the match was tied at the end of the regular 20 overs.
After winning the toss the Kiwis decided to bat and set Sri Lanka a target of 175. Chasing 175 openers Mahela Jayawardena got off to a brisk start with 44 out of 32 balls and Dilshan Tillakaratne hit 76 out of 53 balls to lead the hosts.
However quick losses after Sangakkara ran out at 21 slowed Sri Lanka to tie the score at the at the end of the 20th over at 174/6 when Lahiru Thirimanne ran out for 5
The match then went into an extra over with each side bowling 6 balls with two wickets and Sri Lanka got the first chance since they were the chasing team.
Mahela Jayawardena and Thisara Perera scored 14 facing Tim Southee of New Zealand and in reply Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill only got 4 from Lasith Malinga.