Sri Lanka prevail in thrilling contest after Super Over
By CricLens Staff Report on September 28th, 2012

13th Match, ICC World Twenty20, Group E, Super Eight Round: It was perfect and much needed match for a tournament which was until that moment said to be dull and drab. With Sri Lanka needed 1 off last ball Lahiru Thirimanne, who had just hit a Four on the previous ball, was run out in a most dramatic fashion you would ever see to tie the game, what was second tie of the World Twenty20s.

The match went into Super Over, where either of the teams failed to hit boundary. But Sri Lanka, with help of some extras from Tim Southee, managed to put on 13 as a new target which New Zealand failed to chase against Lasith Malinga. The match will officially remain as tied but Sri Lanka will take two important points in Super Eight. It was 4th time, the most by any, that the Kiwis were involved in a Tie match in Twenty20 Internationals.

Tilakratne Dilshan (76) and Mahela Jaywardene (44) set a solid platform in chase of 175 and at one stage it seemed as if the home team will win it with ease but the Sri Lankan middle order couldn’t continue the momentum built by their openers. Before that New Zealand’s openers, Rob Nicol (58) and Martil Guptil (38), too were the reason of their team’s total 174.

Tilakratne Dilshan was named Man of the Match for his 76 off 53 balls under chase.

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