Kiwis beat Lanka in second ODI: Here're records broken
New Zealand followed their Test series triumph against Sri Lanka with a win in the ODI series as well. The Kiwis beat Sri Lanka by 21 runs to seal the second ODI and take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Thisara Perrera scored a valiant century for the Lankans, but that wasn't enough. Here are the records broken.
New Zealand managed to score 319/7 in 50 overs. Ross Taylor (90) continued from where he left off in the first ODI. Opening batsman Colin Munro got a 77-ball 87. Lasith Malinga picked two wickets. In reply, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 298.
Thisara Perera went past the 2,000-run mark in ODIs. He notched his maiden ODI ton in 147 matches. Perera hit 13 sixes and eight fours in a 74-ball knock. His 13 sixes in an ODI innings saw him join an elite list for the most maximums amassed in a match. He also hit the third fastest century (57 balls) by a Sri Lankan cricketer.
Malinga equalled former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath in terms of ODI wickets (315). He needs nine more to surpass legend Sanath Jayasuriya (323) and become the third highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka. Ross Taylor went past former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh in terms of ODI career runs. Taylor has 7,577 runs. He needs 460 runs more to become all-time record run-scorer for NZ.
This was New Zealand's third ODI series win out of the last four at home. Since 2015, the two teams have played 15 ODI matches. The Kiwis have won 10 and lost just three with two matches seeing no result. It was also New Zealand's third successive ODI win at home against Lanka.