230dThe Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Dilshan ton gives Sri Lanka 2-0 lead

BJ Watling's 96 seemed to have given New Zealand a big enough total, but Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews guided Sri Lanka to victory

Match Centre

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 5-match series 2-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00 Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

6 November 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Abhishek Purohit

That is it for now. Cheers

Mahela: "To be fair the conditions were suited to us with the dew. Even our bowlers struggled to control things after the rain. Dilshan showed lot of maturity and guided Angelo.We needed a good partnership after the three wickets. I was not too worried. We are trying to give Angelo more opportunities to bat. He's taken more responsibility now at No 5. Having all these allrounders gives us balance."

Taylor: "Dilshan took the game away. We were always in the game. Dew made it tough for the bowlers. We went a bit too wide and a bit too short. I am becoming a very good forecaster here in Sri Lanka and I am sure there will be rain in Hambantota as well."

Dilshan is the Man of the Match. Dilshan: "Soon after the toss, I had some pain in the back. When I was batting I was about 75%. There was some problem while fielding. First few overs were bit difficult after that the ball was wet, four fielders outside the circle, we capitalised on that. Bit easy with the four fielders in the middle overs."

New Zealand fought, but a combination of factors, the rain interruptions, the slow start, the dew and the Dilshan & Angelo stand proving to be too much to overcome

Mills to Mathews, FOUR runs, Angelo finishes it with a confident cut through point and Sri Lanka now cannot lose the series

31 | 13 Runs | SL: 196/3 (1 run required from 12 balls, RR: 6.32, RRR: 0.50)

  • Tillakaratne Dilshan102 (95b)
  • Angelo Mathews50 (46b)
  • Tim Southee7-0-50-1
  • Jacob Oram7-1-43-0
Southee to Dilshan, 2 runs, slashed wide of sweeper cover for a couple more, lovely timing once again, as he has been doing all night
Southee to Dilshan, SIX runs, Dilshan leaves nothing to chance as he reaches his century with a six over deep square leg, heaves a short of a length ball over the rope, emphatic celebration, he was battling a sore back before the start of today's game
Southee to Dilshan, no run, mishit on the bounce to mid on
Southee to Dilshan, FOUR runs, full delivery has been lifted with an open face over covers for another four
Southee to Dilshan, no run, makes room and hits a length ball to mid on, Taylor has a go at the striker's stumps, misses

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st30TM DilshanWU Tharanga
2nd35TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd8DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
4th127TM DilshanAD Mathews