New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in one-off T20I

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The recalled Doug Bracewell and debutant Scott Kuggeleijn starred with bat and ball for New Zealand to beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs within the one-off T20I match in Auckland on Friday.

It ended a dismal tour for the Sri Lankans with the drawn first Take a look at adopted by a succession of losses within the second Take a look at, three ODIs and the T20I.

New Zealand, despatched in to bat, recovered from 55-5 to complete on 179 for seven with Bracewell (44) and Kuggeleijn (35 not out) the important thing contributors.

Though the goal was not daunting, and Sri Lanka simply saved up with the required run price to be 4 for 118 after 12 overs.

However their final six wickets fell for the addition of solely 26 extra runs and the innings folded for 144 with 19 balls remaining.

Kuggeleijn and Bracewell each took wickets of their opening overs.

Kusal Perera, who raced to 22 off 12 deliveries was eliminated by Kuggeleijn’s third supply whereas Niroshan Dickwella, who smacked a 4 and a six from the primary two balls of the innings, went for 18 with the primary ball from Bracewell.

Kuggeleijn and Bracewell additionally took the catches to dismiss Kusal Mendis (17) and Thisara Perera (43).

The primary sport all tour for Sadeera Samarawickrama was a short-lived affair when he was bowled first ball by Lockie Ferguson.

Ferguson completed with figures of three for 21 whereas Ish Sodhi took three for 30.

Sri Lanka did with the toss and put New Zealand into bat with spectacular early outcomes.

With a extra disciplined bowling assault than was seen within the ODIs, and with astute discipline placements, Sri Lanka ripped by way of the New Zealand prime order to have them 4 for 27 halfway by way of the fourth over.

Ross Taylor, who tormented Sri Lanka within the ODIs, needed to play a extra circumspect position.

His first 11 runs had been all singles from 22 deliveries earlier than he first discovered the boundary on his technique to 33 off 37.

Taylor’s persistence, nevertheless, had set the stage for the Bracewell and Kuggeleijn to hit out and provides the whole some respectability.

Bracewell clubbed 44 off 26 balls together with 5 sixes and a 4 whereas Kuggeleijn solely confronted 15 deliveries to be not out 35 with 4 sixes and a 4.

New Zealand now put together to host India in a collection of ODIs whereas Sri Lanka head to Australia.



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