HAMBANTOTA, November 12, 2013 (AFP) – Nathan McCullum smashed 22 runs off the final four balls to lift New Zealand to a thrilling four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the rain-hit second one-day international in Hambantota on Tuesday. Both batsmen fell to catches behind the stumps by wicket-keeper Sangakkara, who also stumped Grant Elliott off Sachithra Senanayake to reduce the Black Caps to 34-3.
Kulasekara finished with four for 34 and Senanayake took two for 31.
The first match on Sunday at the same venue was rained out with New Zealand on 13-1 in 4.2 overs in reply to the home team’s 288-9.
The third and final one-dayer in Dambulla on November 16 will be followed by two Twenty20 internationals in Pallekele on Nov 19 and 21. No Tests are scheduled on the short tour. The Black Caps, set a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 198 in 23 overs, replied with 203-6 as McCullum hit spinner Rangana Herath for three sixes and a four to seal a last-ball win.
The victory was set up by a superb 86 off 68 balls from opener Tom Latham and a quickfire 49 by Luke Ronchi, the pair adding 93 from 57 deliveries for the fifth wicket.
Both batsmen fell in the 21st over bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara, but McCullum steered the Black Ca