New Zealand survives a hostile spell from sling-arm speedy bowler Lasith Malinga to carve out a tense 1-wicket triumph over Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy. The Black Caps messed up a simple chase of Sri Lanka's 138 runs all out and were reduced to 122-8, before the last-wicket couple of Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan saw them through in the 37th over.
Left-arm seamer McClenaghan set up the win with 4-43 after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat, but Malinga stole the thunder with 4-34 that almost secured his team an improbable win. The dramatic win helped New Zealand end a 6-match losing streak against the Sri Lankans and claim full points in their first match of the eight-nation tournament.
A slower, flighted ball caught star batsman Jayawardene on the back foot and umpire Bruce Oxen ford upheld Vettori loud appeal for leg-before. Sangakkara fell in the 37th over, caught at point by Williamson off spinner Nathan McCullum, who complete with 2 wickets.
New Zealand next play Australia in Birmingham on Wednesday, a day before Sri Lanka clash with hosts England at the Oval in London.
Sri Lanka: 138/10 (37.5)
K Sangakkara (†)-68(87)
New Zealand: 139/9 (36.3)
N McCullum -32(42)
M Guptill -25(24)
Player of the match N McCullum (NZ)