New Zealand Won T20I Against Sri Lanka By 35 Runs

Tanuja Saikhom | 1 month ago

After an astonishing finish with a Test and three ODI win, New Zealand continued to inflict nightmare to Sri Lanka as they won the only Twenty-20 International of the tour. The Kiwis set a target of 180 runs, after which the visitors fell short by 35 in Auckland's Eden Park on Friday.

Doug Bracewell scored a magnificent 44 runs off 26 balls and helped his side reached 179 for 7 after Lasith Malinga won the toss and put the Blackcaps into bat. He hit nine 6s and six 4s before he was sent back to the pavilion by Kasun Rajitha as the last wicket of their innings.

Scott Kuggeleijn (35) and skipper Tim Southee (13) batted till the last ball to add 36 more runs on the board.

In reply, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start with Sadeera Samarawickrama leaving the pitch for a duck. Lockie Ferguson bowled him out to reduce for 11/1. 

Thisara Perera was the highest scorer for the tourists (43 off 24 balls) and Kusal Perera (23) put some efforts but the batting lineups tumbled out on occasional period.

Ferguson and Ish Sodhi claimed three wickets each to wrap up the innings for 144 runs in 16.5 overs.

In the current Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, the home team had won the three-match Test series 1-0 and the three-match ODIs 3-0.