New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 21 runs in the second one-dayer played at Mount Mounangui and won the second win. Thanks to the impressive innings of Ross Taylor (90), the Kiwi team has captured the three-match ODI series 2-0.
Now the third one-day between the two teams will be played on January 8. Man of the Match was selected in this match to perform in the favor of Thesara Perera. He scored an aggressive 140 off 74 balls with eight fours and 13 sixes.
Batting first, winning the toss, New Zealand made 319 runs at the loss of 7 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. In reply, the whole team of Sri Lanka was all out for 298 runs. New Zealand's opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro (87) gave Kiwi a fantastic start to the team, but on the score of 34, the team felt the first blow. He got out after scoring 13 runs.
Shortly after, captain Ken Williamson (1) lost his wicket. Apart from Taylor, James Neesham (64), Nicholas (32) and Kiwi At the same time, Lasith Malinga and Pradeep got one wicket from Sri Lanka, while 4 batsmen got run out.
Sri Lanka's start of chasing the 319-run target of New Zealand was not as good as the start. On the score of 28 runs, the first wicket fell in the form of Niroshana Dikewela (9). After a while it was a second blow to the score of 63 runs. Kusal Perera returned to the pavilion after scoring 4 runs. On the score of 121, the team's team pavilion had returned.
Through the Sri Lankan team, Thesara Perera played brilliant innings, but could not win his team. Apart from Thesara Pereira, Guanathilaka scored 71 runs. Ish Sodhi took three wickets from New Zealand. Henry and Nisham took 2-2 wickets, while Bolt and Southee had to be content with 1-1 wickets.