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New Zealand claim T20I series against Sri Lanka in a bizarre finish

New Zealand required seven runs to win in last four balls of the second T20I match against Sri Lanka.

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New Zealand claim T20I series against Sri Lanka in a bizarre finish
Tim Southee takes 2 for 18. Photo: AFP

In a less than two months from the ever headlining World Cup final involving New Zealand, the Kiwis found themselves in the shoreline of another bizarrely thrilling encounter, in the second T20I match against Sri Lanka.

This time, New Zealand, fortunately landed in the right side of the result, came out winning by 4 wickets against the island nation, thus claiming the series as well.

A rather shocking collision near the boundary rope between Sri Lankan fielders Shehan Jayasuriya and Kusal Mendis turned an apparent wicket into a visible six that ensured the win for the Black Caps with two balls to spare.

In the actual match situation, New Zealand needed 7 runs to enter into the victory target with four balls remaining.

Mitchell Santner slashed Wanindu Hasaranga into the long-on boundary. Jayasuriya, who was on long-on, raced to the scene and climbed to a superb running catch but unfortunately only to collide with fellow fielder Mendis who rushed to the spot from mid-wicket.

The pair painfully clashed into their knees,  Jayasuriya was thrown away into the boundary rope with the ball clubbed into his hand.

Puzzled field officials signaled for a four in an immediate reaction before they corrected to point it as a six as Jayasuriya did not release the ball before slipping out of the boundary rope.

With Santner hit the next ball for a four, the Black Caps sealed the improbable win.

In the first phase of the match, Sri Lanka won the toss and went to bat first. They scored 161 for the loss of 9 wickets in their allotted overs.

Fast bowler Tim Southee produced excellent spells restricting the hosts to a nominal total.

In the three match T20I series, New Zealand have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead. The third and last match is fixed to occur on September 6 in Pallekele.

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