Sri Lanka edge thriller

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Mahela Jayawardene scored 44 runs for Sri Lanka

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Mahela Jayawardene scored 44 runs for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won the opening match of the World Twenty20 Super Eights in dramatic fashion after a 'super over' was required to settle the clash with New Zealand in Pallekele.

Batting first in the extra over, Sri Lanka made 13 without managing to hit a boundary off Tim Southee, who bowled two costly wides.

That left New Zealand needing to score 14 to claim victory but they fell well short as Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga proved too good for Black Caps openers Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum.

The match went to the eliminator after Sri Lanka batsman Lahiru Thirimanne was run out in hugely fortuitous fashion off the final ball of the game with the scores tied on 174.

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