New Zealand saw off an absolutely breathtaking knock of 140 by Thisara Perera to wrap up the ODI series against Sri Lanka on Saturday with a 21-run victory in the second ODI at Mount Maunganui.
Sri Lanka looked down and out at 128/7 chasing 319 but Perera’s maiden ODI century kept them in the game until the 47th over, when he was caught in the deep by Trent Boult off Matt Henry’s bowling.
But while Sri Lanka might have lost the game – and the series – Perera’s manic knock, consisting of 8 fours and 13 sixes, was the talk of social media.
WHAT A KNOCK THAT WAS!Thisara Perera smashes a fiery 74-ball 140 but Sri Lanka fall 21 runs short of the target. New Zealand seal the three-match ODI series 2-0!#NZvSL SCORECARD ⬇️https://t.co/CagLsDxLkz pic.twitter.com/q1Au9c4V1e
— ICC (@ICC) January 5, 2019
28 balls 5057 balls 10074 ball 140
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) January 5, 2019
VICTORY! But it didn’t come without a few nervous moments! Thisara Perera blasting an amazing 140 off just 74 balls! NZ win by 21 runs and claim the series! #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/IEBNyIPGee— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 5, 2019
Thisara Perera’s strike rate of 189.2 (140 off 74 balls) is the second higher ever in an ODI knock that lasted more than 70 balls, only lesser then Shane Watson’s 96-ball 185* at a strike rate of 192.7 against Bangladesh in Apr 2011. #NZvSL
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) January 5, 2019
140 runs74 balls8 fours13 sixes (including 4 in one over)New Zealand win by 21 runs - but what an innings from Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera.
— bet365 (@bet365) January 5, 2019
The final ODI between the two sides takes place on Tuesday (January 8).