Sri Lanka in New Zealand, Only T20 International, 2019
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Date & Time: 11 January 2019
RR: 8.55 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs
Southee goes on to collect the trophy and is swarmed by his teammates. They pose and smile for the shutterbugs! So that's that, folks! 1-0 in the Tests, 3-0 in the ODIs, 1-0 in the only T20I! Sri Lanka have finished the tour without a win. They did play well in patches but patches aren't enough to win games or series'. Looking forward though, New Zealand welcome the mighty Indians for a limited-overs tour and Sri Lanka travel to the island of Australia for another tough tour. It has been lovely bringing you the coverage of this tour. Join us for the upcoming games as well. As of now, lots of cricket still going on! Switch tabs to follow the final Test between South Africa and Pakistan, where the hosts are batting first at Johannesburg or if you want more exciting and faster T20 action, switch tabs to the BBL where the Melbourne Stars have been set a target of 179 by the Adelaide Strikers. Adios from here! Take care!
Tim Southee the winning skipper of New Zealand says that it is always nice to lead the country even if it was for a one-off game and finish off on the right side of the result. Says that is a great team performance to come back from the position they were in after the first half of their batting innings. Assigns special praise for Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner for coming back from injury and performing well. Applauds all the performers in this game as well, saying that the players are comfortable and whenever they are given an opportunity, they are ready to come out and perform their best. Thanks Sri Lanka for being a lovely touring side and feels they played good, competitive cricket even though they did not win a game on the tour. Signs off by saying there is lots of cricket coming up. Reckons it will be a tough series against the Indians. Looks forward to it.
Lasith Malinga the Sri Lankan skipper, feels that they did really well with the ball early on in the innings and gave away too many towards the end. He still reckons that the score of 180 was still achieveable on this ground. Says that the batsmen did not frame the chase well and did not understand how to cross the line. Feels that going ahead, they must do better in that aspect. Signs off by saying that there are a busy couple of months of cricket coming up where they have to step up and learn to win games.
Doug Bracewell is the Man of the match. He says it is a good result and feels it was a nice way to come back in the side and help in the win after working on his technique in the time he spent outside. Applauds his mate Kuggeleijn for a great debut. Feels that he was doing well at the nets and just came and kept things simple as he came to the middle and played his shots. Ends by saying he backs himself to do well whenever he plays.
With 180 to chase and a small ground, despite losing an early wicket, Dickwella and Kusal Perera blasted their side off to a fast start. Both departed shortly, but Thisara continued the fight like he did in the ODIs earlier. The task was too much for him to do alone, so he succumbed and post that, it was just a mere formality as the rest to come were cleaned up within no time. Everyone had a share in the wickets column, with Ferguson and Sodhi taking 3 apiece. A fine performance from the home side.
A clinical victory for the Black Caps in the end. They had some hiccups on the way, but eventually they stood tall and got the job done. First, they stumbled with the bat when they were reduced to 33/4 inside the Powerplay courtesy Malinga and Rajitha, but some calm sense from Taylor combined with fireworks from the returning Bracewell and debutant Kuggeleijn saw them end up with a massive total on the board.
Lakshan Sandakan is the last man in for Sri Lanka.
Lahiru Kumara is out next.
Lasith Malinga walks out to the middle next.
And immediately a review is taken. It is for an lbw decision against Dasun Shanaka. Looks close.
Ish Sodhi returns.
Kasun Rajitha is out next. Also, Mitchell Santner is back into the attack.
Dasun Shanaka is next to the crease.
Lockie Ferguson is back for another burst.
Scott Kuggeleijn is back on.
Dhananjaya de Silva is the new batsman.
Tim Southee comes back on, just one over for Santner.
Ish Sodhi is now into the attack.
Mitchell Santner comes into the attack now.
Thisara Perera is in at number 5.
Doug Bracewell is now into the attack.
Kusal Mendis is the next batsman in.
Bowling change and it's the debutant in action. Scott Kuggeleijn to have a go with the ball.
Ross Taylor seems to have hurt his little finger as he picked up that ball. He immediately goes off the field for some medical attention.
Tim Southee to bowl from the other end.
Kusal Perera walks in at number 3.
The players are back in the middle for the chase. Niroshan Dickwella and Sadeera Samarawickrama to start for the Lankans, Lockie Ferguson to open the bowling for the Kiwis.