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15 January 201515:58

Sri Lanka levels series with six-wicket win

Dilshan's century trumps Brendon McCullum's in chase of New Zealand’s 248

Sri Lanka levels series with six-wicket win - Cricket News

Dilshan scores 116 to take Sri Lanka to comfortable win.

A spectacular century from Tillakaratne Dilshan led Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket victory in the second One-Day International against New Zealand on Thursday (January 15), allowing it to level the seven-match series 1-1.

Dilshan, who scored 116, along with Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, overhauled New Zealand's target of 248.

That New Zealand got that far was mainly courtesy Brendon McCullum's 117, after he chose to bat.

Sri Lanka struck early, dismissing Martin Guptill for 10. But McCullum took the attack to the Sri Lanka bowlers to score his second consecutive fifty in 39 balls. Herath then got an outside edge off Rangana Herath to get the wicket of Tom Latham for 5. McCullum reached his century with a boundary in 88 balls.

His dismissal, however, sparked a collapse as New Zealand lost four wickets for 14 runs.

There were as many as four run outs in the innings. Daniel Vettori, Luke Ronchi, Corey Anderson and Nathan McCullum all fell short of the crease, as the team fluffed up its lines.

Adam Milne took a wild swing off Sachithra Senanayake to be stumped by Sangakkara for 19. Trent Boult, then, hit two sixes before being caught off the last ball of the innings.

Sri Lanka's openers Dilshan and Dimuth Karunaratne put on a 64-run partnership before Nathan McCullum struck, but Dilshan went on to score his 19th ODI century, the ninth highest of any player in the game. He was dismissed a few balls before Sri Lanka sealed the win.

The third ODI will be played in Auckland on Saturday.