New Zealand once again came out on top against Sri Lanka in the second game of the one-day series played at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. All-rounder Thisara Perera produced a blazing hundred in vain as Sri Lanka lost the game by 21 runs.
In pursuit of 319 runs, the visitors were in all sorts of trouble at 128 for 7 before Perera decided to go berserk with the bat. He smashed 140 runs off just 74 balls with the help of eight fours and thirteen sixes. He produced crucial partnership with Lasith Malinga and Lakshan Sandakan to keep the contest alive.
Sri Lanka were bundled out for 298 runs in 46.2 overs to see New Zealand clinch the one-day series. Besides Perera, opener Danushka Gunathilaka played well and scored 71 off 73 balls with the help of nine boundaries.
For New Zealand, Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was the standout bowler with three wickets to his name. Matt Henry and James Neesham picked up two wickets apiece.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first. Sri Lanka made early inroads with the new-ball to dismiss Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson inside 10 overs. Colin Munro and Ross Taylor decided to rebuild the innings and put on 112-run partnership to see New Zealand take control of the game.
Munro scored 87 runs off 77 balls with the help of twelve boundaries. Ross Taylor fell 10 runs short of another century. All-rounder James Neesham produced a fiery 37-ball 64 runs to see New Zealand post 319 for 7 in 50 overs.
For Sri Lanka, Captain Lasith Malinga was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets. The rest struggled to contain the New Zealand batsmen and leaked a lot of runs.
The third and final game of the one-day series will be played at Saxton Oval, Nelson on Tuesday.