New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs in the only T20. In the T20 match in Auckland, New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 35 runs. While batting first, the hosts scored 179 for 7 in 20 overs. The whole team of Sri Lanka playing in reply scored 144 runs out of the fifth ball of the 17th over. New Zealand’s Doug Bracewell was adjudged man of the match for the All-round game.
By winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to field first, which proved to be true. Martin Guptill was dismissed for just 1 run. After this, the wickets continued to fall. At one stage, New Zealand’s half-team returned to the pavilion on 55 runs. Ross Taylor and Doug Bracewell added 47 runs for the sixth wicket.
Taylor was dismissed by 33 runs, but Brasswell showed aggressive strokes, scoring 44 runs in 26 balls with 5 sixes and a boundary. Scott Caglen batting in the lower order, with the help of 4 sixes and one four, helped the team reach an unbeaten 35 off 179 runs in 7/20 in 20 overs. Sri Lanka’s Kusum Rajita took 3 and Lasith Malinga took 2 wickets.
Sri Lankan start chasing the target was also poor, Samarikkrama got out without opening the account. After this Kushele Perera also scored 23 runs. Slowly one guest player was dismissed after one.
Thesara Perera, who played some aggressive shot, scored 43 runs in 24 balls but it was inadequate to reach the goal. In this way, the entire Sri Lankan team was bowled out for 144 by the fifth ball of the 17th over and New Zealand won the match by 35 runs.
Lokey Ferguson and Sodhi took 3-3 wickets for New Zealand. Apart from them, Braswell also hit 1 wicket, they also scored 44, so Man of the Match was chosen.
New Zealand: 179/7 (Braswell 44, Rajat 44/3)
Sri Lanka: 144/10 (Pereira 43, Ferguson 21/3)