New Zealand put in a good performance with the bat and ball to beat Sri Lanka in the one-off T20 game played at Eden Park, Auckland. Hosts New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs courtesy of splendid performances from Lockie Ferguson, Doug Bracewell and debutant Scott Kuggeleijn. With this result, Sri Lanka failed to win a single fame on the tour and suffered defeats across three formats of the game.
In pursuit of 180 runs, Sadheera Samarawickrama was dismissed in the first over of the innings. Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera got the side off to a brisk start 40-odd runs inside three overs. Debutant Scott Kuggeleijn came into the attack and dismissed Perera in the third over of the innings. Dickwella also fell in the next over as Sri Lanka were placed at 45 for 3 after 4.1 overs.
Kusal Mendis and Thisara Perera added 49 runs to keep the contest alive. Perera once again showed his destructive abilities with the bat. He scored 43 off 24 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes. Lockie Ferguson dismissed Perera and then Dhananjaya de Silva to see New Zealand take firm control of the game. In the end, it proved to be too much as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 144 runs in 16.5 overs.
For New Zealand, pacer Lockie Ferguson and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi picked up three wickets apiece. Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn picked up one wicket apiece.
New Zealand once again came out on top in the one-off T20 game played against Sri Lanka at Auckland
Earlier in the game, Lasith Malinga won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision proved to be a correct one as New Zealand lost their top-four batsmen with just 27 runs on the board. Captain Lasith Malinga got rid of Martin Guptill in the first over of the innings.
Henry Nicholls and Colin Munro also fell cheaply to see New Zealand in all sorts of trouble at 55 for 5 after 10 overs.
Ross Taylor led the fightback for New Zealand as he scored 33 runs off 37 balls with the help of two fours and a six. He put on a 47-run partnership with Doug Bracewell to help New Zealand get their innings back on the track after the loss of early wickets.
Doug Bracewell produced a scintillating performance in his comeback game for New Zealand. He scored 44 off just 26 balls with the help of five sixes. Debutant Scott Kuggeleijn also showed his batting skills and smashed a quick-fire 35 runs to see New Zealand 123 runs in their last 10 overs.
For Sri Lanka, Kasun Rajitha and Lasith Malinga bowled well and picked up five between them. The rest were expensive and leaked a lot of runs at the back end of the innings.