Sri Lanka remain winless after dominant win from New Zealand

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would be looking to end the tour on a winning note.

Twice New Zealand fought back, fearlessly punching their way out of trouble.

They welcome back Mitchell Santner after a long absence through a serious knee injury and the spinner will likely start in a team that is somewhat under-strength as skipper Kane Williamson is rested so Tim Southee will captain the side but they still have plenty of quality in their ranks.

Sri Lanka's tour to New Zealand ended on a winless note as an all-round show by Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn backed up by Lockie Ferguson's three-wicket haul helped the hosts take the lone Twenty20 worldwide by 35 runs at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday (January 11).The Sri Lankan bowlers were all over New Zealand in the first innings before Bracewell and Kuggeleijn forged a stunning counter-attack to take their side to 179/7. Next over, Lasith Malinga swiped at a Santner delivery, and sent a top edge into the legside that was happily gobbled up by Martin Guptill.

Tim Seifert, coming in at No.3 too couldn't last long with the extra bounce from pacer Kasun Rajitha bringing about his undoing for 2.

The tourists remained well ahead of New Zealand's run curve, reaching 52-3 after five overs and 95-4 after 10. Enter Ross Taylor's wealth of experience. He hacked Southee for a four first ball before carting a four and a six in the second over to set Sri Lanka's innings rolling. What that did was take New Zealand over the 100-run mark, leaving the lower order with little to lose in the attempt of slogging their way until the 20th over.

Gunathilaka, who has also been left out of the Test squad for the series against Australia, suffered a back injury during the final ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand.

Bracewell made 44 from 26 balls and Kuggeleijn, on debut, hit an unbeaten 35 from 15 as New Zealand rallied from 55-5 after 10 overs to make 179-7 batting first.

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Although the target was not daunting, and Sri Lanka easily kept up with the required run rate to be four for 118 after 12 overs.

But Ross Taylor (33) put on 47 with Bracewell in a sixth-wicket stand, which helped to fix the innings, then Bracewell took charge with a bright innings which included one four and five sixes in his first match for New Zealand in a year.

Even with Mendis falling for a 19-ball 17, Thisara Perera continued his onslaught slamming Ish Sodhi for a four and six as he once again threatened to take the game away. New Zealand used six bowlers on the night, and all returned with rewards, but it was the duo of Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi, who returned three-wicket hauls and caused maximum damage.

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