Half-centuries from Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce helped New Zealand to a four-wicket mumble against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, sealing a T20I sequence mumble for the Dim Caps.
The pair positioned on 109 for New Zealand’s fourth wicket in a dawdle of 162, and while each and each fell earlier than the winning runs were hit, they were at the coronary heart of a chain-sealing mumble.
Lasith Malinga obtained the toss and elected to bat first. Tim Southee used to be economical up high, but it certainly used to be his novel-ball partner Seth Rance that made the hole leap forward, a slower ball accounting for the elimination of Kusal Mendis.
Ish Sodhi cleaned up Kusal Perera a few overs later, and at 48/2 after eight overs, Sri Lanka’s innings looked devoid of any steady intent.
But a few boundaries from Sodhi’s 2nd over opened things up for the two adventurous batsmen at the crease: Avishka Fernando and Niroshan Dickwella.
The pair positioned on 68 from 44 balls to give Sri Lanka a solid platform for a closing flourish, and while New Zealand’s bowlers made long-established breakthroughs, minute cameos from Shehan Jayasuriya (20 from 13 balls), Wanindu Hasaranga (11 from seven) and Isuru Udana (13 from eight), took Sri Lanka to a competitive salvage of 161/9.
An injury to Martin Guptill saw Tim Seifert open alongside Colin Munro. But while New Zealand’s high-notify showed aggression, Akila Dananjaya ripped through them to head away New Zealand 38/3 after 3.4 overs.
De Grandhomme and Bruce took over from there. Bruce ran onerous, while De Grandhomme used to be on the total aggressive, inserting three maximums to head alongside his two boundaries.
With 15 required, De Grandhomme’s try and plod massive over extra cowl resulted in a safe derive into the hands of Avishka Fernando, and with Bruce struggling bodily because the match entered its closing phases, it regarded Sri Lanka were on for a heist.
Two wickets from the most well-known two balls of the closing over made things even nervier; Hasaranga first cleverly ran out Bruce earlier than Daryl Mitchell stumbled on long-on from the next transport. But Mitchell Santner struck an irregular six as two fielders collided on the boundary, and the left-hander then hit a boundary to wrap up the mumble and derive New Zealand to an unassailable 2-0 sequence lead.