We probably got out of jail: McCullum after New Zealand beat Sri Lanka

Had New Zealand lost, after dominating so much of the match, it would probably have done incalculable damage to the spirit. McCullum admitted as much.

updated: June 10, 2013 10:13 IST
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Cardiff: The manner in which New Zealand lost their way after lunch against Sri Lanka on Sunday (June 9) made this a fascinating match for those watching, and a needlessly nerve-racking one for those in the dressing room. From 48 for 1, they lost three wickets for one run and then stumbled to 80 for 6 before the brothers McCullum got them within sight of the target. Both fell to Lasith Malinga, but with a liberal slice of luck, Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan were able to see them past an extremely modest target.

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"You sort of expect to chase 138 every day of the week," said a relieved Brendon McCullum afterwards. "Then you see the ball sort of turning, stopping, keeping low and reverse-swinging, and you know that they've got Malinga and Herath, who are quality bowlers. We probably got out of jail." (Also read: Stats from the match)

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