New Zealand 373 (Mitchell 102, Henry 72, Asitha 4-85) and 285 for 8 (Williamson 121*, Mitchell 81, Asitha 3-63) beat Sri Lanka 355 (Mendis 87, Karunaratne 50, Southee 5-64, Henry 4-80) and 302 (Mathews 115, Tickner 4-100) by two wickets
What proceeded over the subsequent three and a half hour mega-session was a gradual ramping of pressure, ending up in a crescendo of chaos on the loss of life.
However earlier than we get into that, here is what the historical past books may not reveal when this match is recounted, in no specific order:
And people have been simply some the highlights from the ultimate day.
This introduced the out-of-sorts Henry Nicholls to affix a not precisely fluent Williamson. The pair although would in some way handle to maintain issues ticking over at a good clip, Williamson in notably rising in fluency because the partnership wore on. They’d placed on 40 off 50 deliveries, earlier than Jayasuriya struck as soon as extra getting Nicholls to high edge a sweep to fantastic leg.
It was at this level the complexion of the sport started to vary, with Mitchell signalling his intent early, coming down the monitoring and lofting Jayasuriya again over his head first ball.
Mitchell would proceed in an identical method, taking Jayasuriya for 3 extra sixes over the course of his 86-ball 81. Whereas he would additionally rating a handful of fours, the hallmark of his partnership with Williamson was their operating between the wickets. Having first compelled Sri Lanka to unfold the sphere by discovering boundaries at constant intervals, the pair would then work the fielders within the deep, operating them ragged with fixed ones and two – between them they’d take 19 twos in whole.
By the point Mitchell was dismissed, chopping on a large yorker from Asitha, the chase had been whittled right down to a really manageable 53 off 48. A lot of this was additionally right down to Williamson’s well timed acceleration. After taking 120 balls to achieve his fifty, he took only a additional 57 to achieve his century.
Asitha would do his greatest to provide Sri Lanka a lifeline, following up Mitchell’s scalp with a searing yorker to take out Tom Blundell earlier than having Michael Bracewell gap out within the deep. He was in motion within the closing over too, serving to impact the run out of Matt Henry and virtually doing the identical to Williamson.
However with Williamson on the crease the chase was all the time in management, even with 5 wanted off three you felt he had issues in hand, and when he pierced what regarded a military of boundary riders within the covers, Sri Lanka too realised it was out of their fingers. It was all the time Williamson’s chase to lose.