Pallekela: Sri Lankan skipper won the coin toss and asked Kiwis to bowl first in one of the longest cricket stadiums of the world. 

It was a pretty decent start by Sri Lanka as the first 10 overs belonged to them. The opener Kusal Mendis scored 79 off 59 balls which includes 8 fours and 2 sixes while Niroshan Dickwella helped in maintaining a strike rate in later part of the innings by scoring 35 off 25 balls. Seth Rance was the most targeted bowler as he gave 58 runs in his 4 overs spell. Sri Lanka scored 174/4 in 20 overs.

New Zealand had a disastrous start as Colin Munro was out for a golden duck on Malinga's magical yorker. After the fall of three early wickets, the partnership between Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor bring New Zealand back in the match. 44 of 28 by Grandhomme and 48 of 29 by Taylor outclassed Sri Lankan bowling attack. Unluckily Taylor wasn't able to score a fifty neither he finished the game. 

Daryl Mitchel and Mitchel Santner played some intelligent cricket to put Lankans' tiger on the backfoot. For sure, skipper Malinga will be feeling guilty of bowling a four-wide at the crucial stage of the game. When 18 required off 12, Lasith to bowl a slippery delivery, slipped the ball down the leg side which was very hard for Perera to stop which made the equation of 13 from 12, almost run a ball. 

The two batsmen didn't feel any trouble while chasing as they were committed to run hard by turning ones into twos. New Zealand won by 5 wickets in 19.3 overs, leading the three-match series by 1-0.

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