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Video: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, ICC T20 World Cup 2012, Super Eight match - Super Over highlights
Sri Lanka on Thursday pulled off a nail-biting victory over New Zealand via the Super Over after their opening 'Super Eight' match of the ICC World Twenty20.
With both teams tied at 174 after the end of their innings, the result was decided with the help of a Super over.
Sri Lanka batsmen Mahela Jayawardene, Thisara Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan scored 13 for one in the Super Over before paceman Lasith Malinga restricted New Zealand's challenge to seven for one, accounting for Martin Guptill's wicket on the fifth delivery.
The thrilling climax followed an equally dramatic run-chase by Sri Lanka as they replied to New Zealand's 174 for seven with opener Tillakaratne Dilshan's blitzkrieg at the top and his 80-run opening-wicket partnership with skipper Jayawardene at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lanka required 28 from three overs, 21 from two and 8 runs in the last over, bowled by Tim Southee.
In the last over, Southee conceded just three runs off his first four deliveries to make the equation 5 required from two balls.