New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand - 2nd T20I

Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Date & Time: 03 September 2019

New Zealand 165/6

RR: 8.38 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets

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Batsman R B 4s 6s
Colin Munro c Wanindu Hasaranga & b Akila Dananjaya c Wanindu Hasaranga & b Akila Dananjaya 13730
Tim Seifert lbw Akila Dananjaya lbw Akila Dananjaya 15930
Scott Kuggeleijn lbw Akila Dananjaya lbw Akila Dananjaya 8501
Colin de Grandhomme c Avishka Fernando & b Isuru Udana c Avishka Fernando & b Isuru Udana 594623
Tom Bruce run out run out 534630
Daryl Mitchell c & b Wanindu Hasaranga c & b Wanindu Hasaranga 1300
Mitchell Santner not out not out 10211
Tim Southee not out not out 0000
Martin Guptill
Seth Rance
Ish Sodhi
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 2, w 4, nb 0)
Total 165 (6 Wkts, 19.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
19-1 (Colin Munro,1.4), 36-2 (Scott Kuggeleijn,3.2), 38-3 (Tim Seifert,3.4), 147-4 (Colin de Grandhomme,18.2), 155-5 (Tom Bruce,19.1), 155-6 (Daryl Mitchell,19.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lasith Malinga4 0 39 0 9.75
Akila Dananjaya4 0 36 3 9.00
Shehan Jayasuriya2 0 22 0 11.00
Lakshan Sandakan4 0 16 0 4.00
Isuru Udana3 0 18 1 6.00
Wanindu Hasaranga2.4 0 32 1 13.33

So that is it from this game! The Kiwis have won the series with a game to go but Sri Lanka still have pride to play for in the third T20I. It is to be played on 6th September, 2019 at 1900 local (1330 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

TIM SOUTHEE, THE KIWI SKIPPER, IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH! On being asked about the games so far, he says these have been a couple of great games. Further adds that it was a little bit tight in the end and he was worried about the two guys that went down during the fielding effort on the second last ball of the match. He is pleased that Tom Bruce stood up in the absence of Ross Taylor that too after a huge gap since he last played. On Tom Bruce's injury, informs that the medical team will perform a check on Tom Bruce and see if he is fit for the next match. Ends by saying that they will have a good night's sleep after the series win and maybe enjoy a bit now.

Sri Lanka skipper, Lasith Malinga says that they tried their best and got to a decent score but they had a few mistakes here and there and hence they came out on the losing side. Malinga says he is happy with the fight they have shown and wants the side to go down fighting. Thanks the crowd for coming out and supporting them. Informs they have one more match to play to showcase their talent and skills. On the performance of the youngsters, Malinga says they have been good and have played with freedom and expressed themselves. On being asked if the bench strength will be checked in the last game, Malinga says they are looking to give chance to the youngsters. On the two injured players, Lasith informs that they are doing well now.

Colin de Grandhomme says that he was looking to do his job for his side and continue his good form from Tests. On whether he was disappointed not to bowl today, Colin smiles and says that the margin of error for a bowler in T20s is tough and hence he is not unhappy not to bowl. Credits the Indian T20 League for helping him play spin better. Tells that they were nervous in the final moments but knew they were just a hit away.

The Lankan bowlers, except for Akila Dananjaya did not start off nicely. He did take a beating but also took three wickets. The rest failed to pick wickets in the middle. Lakshan Sandakan was tackled cleverly by the Kiwi batters. A lot was expected by Hasaranga but he was not at his best. It seemed like the Kiwis would get home easily but Sri Lanka fought back well to take it till the last over. They might have also got a few Kiwi players nervous but could not level the series. For now, Colin de Grandhomme is seen giving an interview.

One partnership is what you need in a T20 game and New Zealand got it as Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce smashed a 100-plus stand. Before that, the Kiwi openers came out all guns blazing. They knew they had to make full use of the Powerplay and did exactly that. They did lose their top three but almost went at 10 per over. Then, Colin and Bruce stroked it around the corner and steadied the ship. Once the two got their eye in they accelerated. Hasaranga's over was the game changing one where he went for 16 in the 12th over and then the run-flow did not stop. However, it did seem like New Zealand would throw the good work away. It could have happened had Santner's catch been taken but that was not the case and the Kiwis are deserved winners in the end.

Drama, too much drama in the end but it is New Zealand who come out on top and take the series. An excellent effort from them once again. Beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is a tough task but then doing it with no Williamson, Taylor and Guptill who did not bat tonight is a big achievement. Pin-drop silence at the moment here in the stadium and understandably as it is their team's 7th consecutive loss in T20Is and Southee's unbeaten record as New Zealand's T20I captain stays intact.

W Hasaranga to M Santner, FOUR! Santner finishes this off in style. Floated around off, Santner drags it towards cow corner in no man's land for a boundary. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 4 WICKETS AND WIN THE SERIES 2-0 WITH A GAME TO GO!
W Hasaranga to M Santner, SIX! Brilliant piece of work but a collision has seen the fielder touch the rope. This is nail-biting stuff. Flighted outside off, Santner gets down on one knee and goes for a big slog sweep. He gets to the left of long on and right of mid-wicket. Both the fielders come steaming in. The man at long on, Shehan Jayasuriya takes the catch but the fielder from mid-wicket, Kusal Mendis is too fast and he cannot stop himself. He clips Jayasuriya in his followthrough on the ankle and takes down his own partner. Both the fielders are down in pain and over the boundary line. Jayasuriya tries to throw the ball away but replays find him to be late. Jayasuriya hobbles to the pavillion but Mendis is not moving. Worrying sign this. The umpires initially signals a boundary but after a few moment he signals it as six. So just one needed now.

Is that a biggie? More worrying for Sri Lanka at the moment is there was a massive collision between the two players and one of them is down in pain. It is a boundary as the long on player did touch the ropes when he had the ball in his hand but he is still not up on his feet and looks in a lot of pain. Most of the Lankan players have surrounded that player and now he is seen being carried off towards the dug out. The one who was carried out was Shehan Jayasuriya. Kusal Mendis, the deep mid-wicket fielder is also down.

Tim Southee comes out to bat.

W Hasaranga to D Mitchell, OUT! Stay where you are because Wanindu is pulling off a stunner here. Floated on off and middle, Mitchell looks to clear the man at long on against the spin. He does not time it well and it goes to the right of the man at long on. Substitute, Lahiru Madhushanka swiftly moves across to his right and makes no mistake. He takes a very good catch.

Mitchell Santner is the new man in.

W Hasaranga to D Mitchell, OUT! WHAT A START! Wanindu has not just started with a dot, he has got rid of the well set Bruce with some smart, athletic efforts. Shorter around off, Mitchell looks to hit it straight but it comes off the inner half of his bat and goes to the left of Wanindu. He gathers the ball and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end where Bruce was way out of his crease. Hasaranga scores a direct hit. The umpire takes it upstairs and replay shows that Tom's dive is not enough to save him.

Bruce is already walking back! Has Hasaranga found him short. They have taken it upstairs. This could be a vital moment in the game.

Who will bowl the last over? It is going to be the leg spin of Wanindu Hasaranga. If he pulls this off then he will become the hero here.

I Udana to D Mitchell, Full outside off, Mitchell slams it hard but to the man at long off for a single. 7 needed off last over.
I Udana to Tom Bruce, Good length ball around off, Bruce flat bats it towards long off on a bounce for a single.

The physio is out in the middle to have a look at Tom Bruce. Looks like he has twisted his right knee. That is a painful blow. He is getting his right knee heavily taped here. He is back up on his feet and getting padded up like a warrior.

I Udana to Tom Bruce, Excellent running but also poor fielding. Fuller outside off, Bruce squeezes it towards long off. The fielder is too deep in the ropes and they call for two. The fielder fumbles allowing them to get the second with ease. Udana is not happy. Bruce seems to have hurt himself as he slipped while turning for the second. 9 needed off 8 now.
I Udana to Tom Bruce, FOUR! BOOM! Bruce gets to his fifty in style. Back of a hand slower ball around off. Tom gets across and paddles it over backward square leg. The fielder could not even move and the ball races away to the fence. Subdued celebrations from Bruce as he knows the job is not complete yet.

Daryl Mitchell comes on to bat.

I Udana to de Grandhomme, OUT! De Grandhomme holes out! Is this the game-changing wicket? Fuller outside off, Udana takes the pace off this one. De Grandhomme goes for the big one over covers. He does not time it well as the ball comes slower to him. Colin then ends up chipping it straight to the man at deep extra cover. Avishka Fernando in the deep makes no mistake and the crowd is back on its feet, having found their voice back. End of a fantastic knock, he though will be gutted not to see his side home. 15 needed off 10 balls.
I Udana to de Grandhomme, Very full outside off, de Grandhomme plays it really well. Does not power it but just guides it wide of deep backward point for a couple. This has been a fantastic knock from the big man.
L Malinga to Tom Bruce, A couple to end! Very full and outside off, Bruce swings but it goes off the inner half through square leg for two. 9 from the over. 17 needed in 2. This is going down to the wire.
L Malinga to de Grandhomme, Just the single again! On the pads, Colin looks to flick but misses. It hits the pads and rolls towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
L Malinga to Tom Bruce, One more single! A low full toss on middle, it is worked through mid-wicket for one.
L Malinga to de Grandhomme, Very full again and on middle, this is hit down to long off for one. Singles won't harm Lanka at the moment.
L Malinga to de Grandhomme, Down the leg side, the batter looks to flick but misses. Wided. 100-run stand up. De Grandhomme and Tom Bruce have taken New Zealand to the brink of victory but need to win it for them.
L Malinga to Tom Bruce, A yorker outside off, Bruce fails to jam it out towards the left of the bowler for one.
L Malinga to Tom Bruce, A couple to begin! Full and on the pads, it is worked in the gap through the mid-wicket region for two.

Lasith malinga to bowl his last and also searching his 100th T20I wicket. His figures read 3-0-31-0.

I Udana to de Grandhomme, A dot to end! Another top, top over and Sri Lanka are managing to crawl back here. 26 needed in the last 3. A yorker outside off, Colin looks to jam it out but misses.
I Udana to Tom Bruce, A single now! Sri Lanka won't mind. Fuller and on off, it is pushed down to long off for one.
I Udana to Tom Bruce, One more dot! Gold dust at this stage! Slower one outside off, the batter looks to work it on the leg side but is early in the shot. Misses.
I Udana to de Grandhomme, Bowled to his field there! Full and wide outside off, it is hit to sweeper cover for one.
I Udana to Tom Bruce, Slower one on off, Bruce looks to swing but it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single.
I Udana to Tom Bruce, A dot to begin this one! A slower one outside off, Bruce looks to paddle scoop it but misses to get hit on the pads.

Isuru Udana comes back on! His figures read 1-0-5-0.

L Sandakan to Tom Bruce, A single to end! Lovely over, given Sri Lanka some hope. 29 needed in 24. This is on the pads, it is sweeped towards short fine leg for one.
L Sandakan to Tom Bruce, One more dot! This is flatter and on middle, it is pushed back to the bowler.
L Sandakan to Tom Bruce, Three googlies in a row! Bruce looks to defend but once again it goes off the outer half to point.
L Sandakan to de Grandhomme, Slower through the air again and it is another googly, Colin looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards point for one.
L Sandakan to de Grandhomme, The googly on the leg stump, Colin does not pick it. He looks to flick but gets a soft leading edge on the off side.
L Sandakan to Tom Bruce, Loopy ball on off, Bruce opens the face of the bat and guides it towards covers for one.

Lakshan Sandakan comes back on! His figures so far 3-0-13-0.

L Malinga to de Grandhomme, FOUR! Crunched away! Overpitched on off, Malinga misses his yorker by just few inches but that is enough for de Grandhomme. He creams his drive through extra cover for a boundary.
L Malinga to de Grandhomme, FIFTY FOR COLIN DE GRANDHOMME! This has been a brilliant knock from the Kiwi all-rounder. He missed out on a well deserved fifty in the first game but this time he has got to the milestone. Full around off, de Gradhomme drives it through point and gets a couple to get to his 2nd T20I fifty. He raises his bat as his teammates applause his knock. Colin came in at a time when New Zealand were losing their way but he has shown them the path like a true leader.
L Malinga to de Grandhomme, Brilliant ball! A crisp yorker on middle and off. Colin does well to get his bat down and tuck it towards mid-wicket. The ball is wide of deep mid-wicket and they call for two. Akila Dananjaya gets to the ball quickly and has a shy at the bowler's end. He misses but replay later on shows Bruce was quick as he was in.
L Malinga to Tom Bruce, Full on the pads, Bruce flicks it to the on side and gets to the other end. Smart batting this as they are not taking any risks against Malinga and just seeing him out.