ICC T20 World Cup 2012: New Zealand claw back with quick wickets

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By CricketCountry Staff

Pallekele: Sep 27, 2012

New Zealand clawed back into the match with two quick wickets of Kumar Sangakkara and Jevan Mendis as Sri Lanka reached 133 for three at the end of the 15th over in the first Super Eight match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2012 at Pallekele on Thursday.

New Zealand sniffed hoped after Sri Lanka lost their second wicket following a terrible mix-up which saw Kumar Sangakkara fall short of his crease to get run-out.

The Kiwis further strengthened their hold over the match when James Franklin had Mendis caught by Ross Taylor.

Earlier, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan got Sri Lankan off to a flyer before Daniel Vettori caught the former off Jacob Oram six runs short of a well deserved half-century.

Dilshan was the aggressive of the two smashing 16 run of the first over. He and Jayawardene then got into the act, flicking Tim South for a six in the third over and then hitting a six and a four off Kyle Mills in the fourth over.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 174 for 7 in 20 overs (Rob Nicol 58, Martin Guptill 38; Nuwan Kulasekara 2 for 3, Akila Dananjaya Perera 2 for 30) vs Sri Lanka 133 for 3 in 15 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 56*, Mahela Jayawardene 44; James Franklin 1 for 11)

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