Sri Lanka ends New Zealand tour without a single win. At the only t-20, they lost by 35 runs. Doug Bracewell has the Man of the match title.
New Zealand Batting
Winning the toss Sri Lanka Captain Lasith Malinga opted to bowl first. To the batting first New Zealand started a barely starting. Kiwi opener Martin Guptill got beat to Malinga at 2 on the scoreboard on the first over. Then another top-order Seifert and Henry Nichols went to the pavilion within 21 runs. Another Kiwi opener Colin Munro disappointed in batting too.
Losing four wickets by 27 runs New Zealand been under pressure. But Ross Taylor tried to defend with Mitchell Santner. After Santner’s wicket, Doug Bracewell companies him. Before got beaten to Thisara Perera, Taylor picked 33 with two boundaries and an over boundary.
Then Bracewell made the path of a challenging score with debuted Scott Kuggeleijn. Though picking 44 from 26 with 5 sixers and a four Bracewell got beaten but Kuggeleijn made an unbeaten storm of 35 runs from 15 balls only with four sixes and a four. After 20 overs scoreboard reaches to 179 runs for 7 wickets.
Kusun Raitha picks 3 wickets for 44 runs and Captain Lasith Malinga gets 2 for 24 runs. Thisara Perera picks a wicket but it costs 42 runs. The statistics may be the proof of the destructive batting of the Kiwi batsmen.
Sri Lanka Batting
To the target of 180 runs Sri Lankan opener Sadeera Samarawickrama scores a golden duck at 11 on the scoreboard. Then another opener Dickwella tried to make a defense with Kusal Perera. But both backed to the pavilion by 45 runs. Then Kusal Mendis and Thisara Perera tried to make a dream for the last victory. But both of them got beaten by 118.
Though Thisara Perera tried in this match too, playing an inning of 43 from 24 balls with 3 sixes and 2 fours. Then Sri Lankan inning came to an end at 144 in 16.5 over and lost the match 35 matches keeping 19 balls in hand. Picking three wickets each Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi become the chief destroyer of the Sri Lankan inning.
Finally, Sri Lanka ends New Zealand tour without a single win. Which make questionable to the cricket management of this Asian cricket giant. Though their board becomes the most corrupted cricket board to the investigation of ICC. Hope these lions will roar loudly to the opponent again soon.
N.B: Collected Pictures.