Sri Lanka on Thursday pulled off a nail-biting victory over a spirited New Zealand via the Super Over after their opening 'Super Eight' match of the ICC World Twenty20 saw fortunes fluctuating from one team to the other till the very end.

 

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.

 

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