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Zealand s Nathan McCullum
smashed three sixes and a
boundary in the last four
balls of the match to snatch
an astonishing four-wicket
win against Sri Lanka under
Tom Latham top scored
with 86 in a rain-hit One-
Day International, the second
of a three-match series that
New Zealand now leads 1-0.
He shared 93 runs with Luke
Ronchi who made 49 after
the tourists lost four wickets
for 68, chasing a challenging
revised target of 198 off 23
overs in response to Sri
Lanka s 138-1 in 23 overs.
The visitors recovered from
losing Anton Davcich and Rob
Nicol in successive balls at
2-8---finishing on 203 for six
at Mahinda Rajapaksa Sta-
dium. McCullum hit 32 off
Latham s score was his
maiden international half-
century and came off 68
deliveries including 12 bound-
aries and a six. Ronchi faced
26 deliveries hit seven bound-
aries and a six.
Seam bowler Nuwan
Kulasekara turned the match
in Sri Lanka s favour in the
21st over, snaring Latham and
Ronchi before McCullum
In the space of ten days, Pakistan and South
Africa will play four Twenty20s, in what can be
seen as the one of the longest mini-series the
format has seen to date. In reality, these are two
The first one was planned months ago, as the
dessert to South Africa s ongoing UAE tour. The
second was hastily arranged as a snack for South
African cricket supporters who will see less of
India than was originally scheduled. Together, they
will script an intriguing narrative across continents
that will rigorously examine the skill of both sides
four months ahead of the World Twenty20.
For both teams this is the first of seven matches
before the global event. Pakistan will play
Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, while South Africa
have three matches against Australia to fine tune.
There is still time to find combinations but they
will both want to settle on them quickly and allow
players time to adjust to their roles. For South
Africa, the main decisions will be with the top
order and the seam-bowling trio, while Pakistan
will look to settle on a middle order and find an
allrounder. They will be considered favourites,
especially on current form, and have the added
incentive of becoming the top-ranked team in
Twenty20 cricket should they sweep the series.
South Africa, though, have all the confidence
having won the ODIs.
Although Mohammad Hafeez has batted lower
down the order in this format, he may choose to
open to keep the same top order as Pakistan had
in the ODIs. Sohaib Maqsood has been successful
at No 3 in the 50-over format and may stay there.
Shoaib Malik could make his return in the middle
order with Abdul Razzaq also in line for a comeback.
Pakistan may overlook him if they opt for an extra
spinner in Abdur Rehman. It may also be time to
rest Mohammad Irfan, who has played every match
on the tour so far.
South Africa are spoilt for choice at the top with
Quinton de Kock having found form, Hashim Amla
back in the T20 squad and Henry Davids, the
incumbent, in good nick in domestic cricket. Amla
may find himself missing out. Dale Steyn has also
made himself available for the shortest format and
will likely slot back in. That will mean South Africa
may have to choose two out of Morne Morkel,
Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell. With Imran
Tahir enjoying these conditions, he will likely be
selected ahead of Aaron Phangiso.
"They have the potential to beat us 2-0 but we
also have the potential to do that. It s going to be
a fight out there. We are not going to give an inch
and I am sure they will do the same," said AB de
Villiers, who expects a tense affair as both teams
go all out for victory.
ISLAMABAD---The Pakistan Cricket Board says
national coach Dav Whatmore will not renew
his contract after it expires in February.
The PCB says in a statement yesterday that
Whatmore told the board this month "he would
not be seeking a renewal of his contract due to
his personal and family reasons."
Whatmore, who played for Australia, has
coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He replaced
Mohsin Khan as coach in March 2012 for a two-
year term. Pakistan won the Asia Cup soon after
Whatmore was appointed but since then Pakistan
has not won a single test series.
There s a chance the PCB will seek a local coach.
SRI LANKA innings
D Karunaratne c Neesham b Mills . . . .4
Fall of wicket: 1-12.
Did not bat: Mahela Jayawardene,
Angelo Mathews Lahiru Thirimanne,
Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Kulasekara,
Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake,
Bowling: Kyle Mills 5-2-16-1 (1nb), Adam
Milne 3-0-20-0, Jimmy Neesham 3-0-25-
0 (1w),Nathan McCullum 4-0-23-0,
Anton Devcich 5-0-31-0 (1w),Rob Nicol 2-
0-12-0 (1w), Andrew Ellis 1-0-8-0 (1w).
NEW ZEALAND innings
T Latham c Senanayake b Kulasekara 86
A Devcich c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 1
R Nicol c Sangakkara b Kulasekara . . .0
G Elliott c Sangakkara b Senanayake .7
C Munro c Thirimanne b Senanayake 15
L Ronchi c Dilshan b Kulasekara . . . . .49
TOTAL:(for6wickets). . . . . . . . . . .203
Fall of wicket: 1-8, 2-8, 3-34, 4-68,5-161,
Did not bat: Kyle Mills,Adam Milne,
Bowling: Lasith Malinga 5-0-42-0 (3w),
Nuwan Kulasekara 5-0-34-4, Angelo
Mathews 5-0-35-0, Sachithra
Senanayake 4-0-31-2, Tillakaratne
Dilshan 1-0-13-0, Rangana Herath 3-0-
Toss: Won by Sri Lanka.
Result: New Zealand won by 4 wickets
Series: New Zealand leads three-match
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Australia, and
Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka.
TV Umpire: Raveendra Wimalasiri, Sri
Match Referee: Chris Broad, England.
entered the pitch.
Sri Lanka was looking
comfortable in the final
over bowled by left-arm
spinner Rangana Herath---
needing to defend 20
runs---only for McCullum
to defy the odds and
Kulasekara returned his
side s best bowling figures
with 4-34, while off spin-
ner Sachithra Senanayake
After winning the toss,
the hosts lost opener
Dimuth Karunaratne (4)
early for a second time in
the series. Karunaratne
was dismissed off the first
ball of the first match,
which was abandoned
due to rain on Sunday.
Kumar Sangakkara (71)
and Tillakaratne Dilshan
(55), who struck their sec-
ond straight half centuries
of the series, helped Sri
Lank reach 117-1 when
lightning, then rain caused
a five-and-a-half break.
Sangakkara faced 59
deliveries and hit nine
boundaries while Dilshan
also hit the same number
of boundaries off 72 balls
in an unusually subdued
Sri Lanka fielded the
same team as Sunday
while New Zealand
brought in Jimmy Nee-
sham for Corey Anderson
and Andrew Ellis for
Captain Kyle Mills
returned the best bowling
figures for New Zealand
The final match of the
series will be played on
Saturday in Dambulla.
prep begins for
Pakistan coach to
step down in February
New Zealand beats Sri
Lanka by 4 wickets D/L
New Zealand's captain Kyle Mills, left, and Nathan McCullum leave the ground as
lightning interrupts the second one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka
and New Zealand in Sooriyawewa, Sri Lanka, yesterday. McCullum smashed three sixes
and a boundary in the last four balls to snatch a four-wicket win under the
Duckworth/Lewis method. AP PHOTO
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