11 Jun 2013

NZ win dramatic Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka

1:05 pm on 11 June 2013

The New Zealand men's cricketers survived the most dramatic match so far at the Champions Trophy to beat one of the tournament favourites Sri Lanka with one wicket to spare in a low-scoring pool match in Cardiff.

The Black Caps' left arm pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan took four wickets after Sri Lanka had won the toss and were dismissed for only 138, nearly half of those from their veteran Kumar Sangakkara who made 68.

New Zealand's run chase faltered when they lost three wickets for one run to be 48 for four, and the pressure increased when the McCullum brothers were dismissed within seven balls, making it 122 for eight.

The tailenders then survived the last couple of overs from Sri Lanka's demon pace bowler Lasith Malinga who ended up with four for 34, and the winning run came with the last pair Tim Southee and Mitchell McLenaghan at the crease, in the 37th over.

Nathan McCullum was named man of the match for his 32 batting at number eight.

The Black Caps' next match is against Australia in Birmingham on Wednesday night.