Watch: Super Over-Sri Lanka vs New Zealand:T20 Cricket WC 2012
Updated - Aug 12, 2014 11:59 am
Sri Lanka and New Zealand are two teams with equivalent caliber in T20. One relies more on their batsmen while other have faith on their bowlers. In the World T20 tie in 2012 the outcome was a tie at the end of 40 overs play from both sides. The game went to the high’s of excitement and into the super over. Where the winner would be decided on the basis of that over.
Sri Lanka were in to bat first and sent the best batting pair at disposal of the ever experienced, reliant and legendary Mahela Jayawardhane along with the pinch hitter Thisara Parera. New Zealand handed over the ball to its most experienced bowler Tim Southeee.
The first ball, Mahela moved to his right and Southee darted it into his legs, clipping it some how the ball went to the fine leg fielder who had to dive to save 2 important runs for his team. Second ball yielded a single and brought Parera to the strike. Third ball though a dot was wide enough to be legitimate and gave away an extra run. Legal third delivery and Sri Lanka added another two runs to their total making it 6 in 3 balls. Southee yorked another one wide of the off-stump but was too wide the batsmen ran for a single and one extra run.
On the forth ball, trying to steal a single Mahela got run out at the strikers end by Martin Gutil’s accurate throw.
Tilakratne Dilshan walked in to take the strike, Southee was bang on into the block hole and Dilshan ran to the non-strikers end for a single leg bye. It was Parera again to take strike on the final ball with 10 runs and a wicket on the board. He decided to go cheeky tried hitting the scoop over short fine leg but there was not enough on it to go all the way, yet a fumble at the boundary got them 3 runs.
Lasith Malinga is the best T20 bowler is a known fact now and he had 13 runs to defend from 6 balls to get his team a win. Kiwi’s sent Guptil and McCullum, first ball Guptil picked a couple, the second ball changed strike and added one run to their score. Malinga was bang at yorker length wide of the stumps but, Sanga missed it and a good follow through ensured them a couple. 9 runs required from 3 balls McCullum on the strike Lasith Malinga ran in and bowled a similar delivery and one run bye was all New Zealand managed.
A big hit was the call of the hour and Guptil tried exactly that sliced Malinga towards the long-off fence only to be caught at the boundary. Last ball needed McCullum to score 8 to win which was almost impossible unless a no ball. Nothing of that sort happened and Malinga landed another ball at the right place and Sri Lanka won the match quite comfortably in the end.