SL vs NZ: After having lost their first game against Sri Lanka, team New Zealand made sure to get back to Sri Lanka in the second game. What a fantastic batting inning from New Zealand, which helped them secure a huge score and further restrict the opponents from chasing the score down.
Amelia Kerr started off with the run score and was joined by Sophie Devine as the two played for a jaw-dropping partnership and secured a heap of runs for the team. While the Sri Lankan team tried with all their might, especially Kavisha Dilhari, the team had to face defeat in the end.
The game at Galle International Stadium started off with New Zealand winning the toss and deciding to bat first. While the team was off to a not-so-good start, with Suzie Bates and Bernandine Bezuidenhout’s wicket, the team was at a loss of 2 with 57 runs on board. Then came Suzie Bates to bat along with Amelia Kerr and the two started hitting shots and securing the required runs.
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Kerr hit a brilliant 108 runs off just 106 deliveries. Devine batted for 137 runs and the two led the team together to a total of 294 runs. The lower-order batters secured the remaining runs and led the team to a total score of 329.
The Sri Lanka bowlers did a fair job with the ball in hand. They were unable to break the partnership between Kerr and Devine but definitely contributed in securing the last few wickets, especially Oshadi Ranasinghe who picked 3 wickets in all.
Udeshikha Prabodhini secured 2 wickets. With Kerr and Devine’s partnership of 230 runs, the team set a target of 330 for the opponents to chase.
With a huge target to chase, the team seemed pressurised. The failure of the entire upper order batters, which included the likes of Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Chamari Athapaththu and Nilakshi de Silva. No chance for Sri Lanka to breathe between the opponent’s fierce bowling performance.
Kavisha Dilhari did try to bring the chase back to the track, but it was quite late and the team had already lost momentum. While she stroke a few shots, she couldn’t escape Eden Carson’s brilliant delivery that brought an end to her inning.
No specific efforts from the lower-order batters. All seemed to have failed against New Zealand’s bowling power performance which included the bests of Lea Tahuhu who picked 4 wickets and Eden Carson’s 2 wickets. The Sri Lankan team lost all their wickets in 48.4 overs and lost the game against New Zealand.
A good game for New Zealand, as they won by a huge margin of 111 runs. Devine picked a wicket in the second half and her brilliant century made her the Player of the Match. Perfect comeback from the team as the points table has now been equalled for 1-1. The final game will be a decisive one.
SL vs NZ 2nd ODI Brief Scores:
New Zealand 329/7 (Sophie Devine 137 (121), Amelia Kerr 108 (106), Oshadi Ranasinghe 3/68) won against Sri Lanka 218/10 ( Kavisha Dilhari 84(98), Lea Tahuhu 4/31, Eden Carson 2/41) by 111 runs.