New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Date & Time: 03 September 2019
RR: 8.38 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets
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.
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.
Mitchell Santner is the new man in.
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.
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.
Daryl Mitchell comes on to bat.
Lasith malinga to bowl his last and also searching his 100th T20I wicket. His figures read 3-0-31-0.
Isuru Udana comes back on! His figures read 1-0-5-0.
Lakshan Sandakan comes back on! His figures so far 3-0-13-0.
The Sri Lankan players are having a look at Wanindu here. Seems like he has cramped up his right leg in an attempt to stop the ball from going for a maximum on the last delivery.
Akila Dananjaya comes on once again to bowl. His figures so far 3-0-23-3.
Lasith Malinga comes on now. Sri Lankan skipper needs to produce a magical spell here.
A run out appeal is taken upstairs. The batter does not look worried.
Wanindu Hasaranga comes on now to bowl. He had a good start to his T20I career and would hope to contribute in a winning cause for his team.
Isuru Udana is on now!
Lakshan Sandakan comes on now.
Tom Bruce walks out in the middle. New Zealand want something big from him here.
Colin de Grandhomme walks out in the middle. New Zealand would want a matured innings from him here.
Run out appeal taken upstairs. The batter looks safe but the umpire has taken it upstairs just to be doubly sure.
Shehan Jayasuriya comes on now.
Surprise, surprise. It is going to be Scott Kuggeleijn who will walk out at number 3. He can hit the ball hard but this is some serious promotion.
Akila Dananjaya to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase! Out come the Kiwi openers, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert. Lasith Malinga to start the proceedings. He is one wicket away from 100 T20I wickets. Here we go...