New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Date & Time: 06 September 2019
RR: 5.5 | Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 37 runs
Right then. That ends the series and the tour. New Zealand will take yet another good earnings from this one, losing the first and final matches of the tour - the opening Test and the final T20I. In between, they won a Test and 2 T20Is, so overall, it has been a good outing for them. The Lankans too, will not mind the series too much, trusting their young guys to deliver and they did. Only consistency is an issue. Can they build on this learning and be a bit more consistent in future? Only time will tell. For now, we take a break and we shall be back when the next series arrives. You can enjoy the Ashes and the Bangladesh-Afghanistan contests till then. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious New Zealand captain, Tim Southee, says that he was captaining a young side and it fell under pressure in this game. Praises Sri Lanka but is happy to have won the series overall. On Malinga, Southee calls him a class bowler and admits that there was nothing much any batsman could do. On the last-wicket stand threatening to spoil Malinga's party, Southee says that it was nice to have some fun but then credits Sri Lanka for keeping it tight. On the series and tour overall, Tim says that he enjoyed captaining this side, enjoyed the reception by the Lankans and also adds that there was plenty to learn from.
Now, Malinga is called for a chat. Seems a little disappointed on the series result but stresses that the Lankans always tried their best. However, it did not come nicely in the first two games but here it came. Dedicates this to the fans in the stadium and everywhere else. On his 4-ball wicket saga, Malinga says that he just kept it simple, targetting the stumps. On captaincy and leading the bowling pressures, Lasith says that there is no such pressure and he only wants to share his experience with the younger members and give them as much opportunity as he can, supporting everyone. Thanks the New Zealand Cricket Board and players for agreeing to come to tour in spite of the off-field incidents. Then, thanks the supporters for believing in the team and urges them to continue being with his side.
TIM SOUTHEE HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE SERIES.
LASITH MALINGA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH.
Time for the presentation now...
Roshan Abeysinghe takes the interview of Kusal Perera. The latter feels that they did tremdously well to win the game. Calls Malinga a legend. Says he uses the pace well and bowls superb line and length. On being asked about his role in the Malinga hat-trick, prompting his skipper to take the LBW review against Hamish Rutherford, Kusal says that he sees everything from behind the wickets and knows what is going to come from Malinga's hand. Adds that according to him, Rutherford looked to be plumb and hence he asked his skipper to go for the review.
An innings which has only 3 batsmen in double figures, 8 in single digits and 4 of those being one-ballers, does not have much to say. It was perhaps beginning to be a night to remember as the Kiwis inched towards a series whitewash, but in the span of 30 minutes, it has become a night to forget for the visiting side.
That over - 0, 0, W, W, W, W - literally broke the back of the Kiwis and they could never recover after that. Malinga then came back to pick up his fifth wicket to end with his best figures in T20Is. His first wicket in this game was also his 100th in this format. The other bowlers were barely required but Akila Dananjaya impressed with a couple of scalps.
A drubbing. Victory by 37 runs after making just 125. JUST. Not many would have given Sri Lanka a chance at the halfway stage but after Slinga Malinga's second over, no one gave New Zealand any more chance.
Appeal for Stumping taken to the third umpire. The umpire is taking a lot of time in making the decision.
Sandakan to finish his spell.
Mali to wrap things up for the hosts? He is on now!
Seth Rance is the last man in. Lakshan Sandakan returns as well. 1-0-7-0 so far.
Astle has been adjudged LBW! He takes the review though. Looks plumb, if no inside edge. Nothing on the Ultra Edge as the ball goes past the bat. Hawk Eye shows three reds. Wicket number 9 goes.
Wanindu Hasaranga now.
Todd Astle walks in at number 10, replacing Santner.
Stumping appeal. Kusal Perera is flying and confident! Is Santner gone? Replays show that the foot is outside!
Captain Tim Southee walks in now, to face the music.
Scott Kuggeleijn walks in at number 8, replacing Daryl Mitchell.
And we have a run out appeal on the first ball! Mitchell is unsure. He is on the ground. Kusal Perera has lost control of the ball, as per the replays. And then hit the stumps with his gloves. But before the gloves can hit the stumps, the ball deflects onto the sticks!
Akila Dananjaya is back. 3-0-25-0 so far.
Gunathilaka comes in to bowl now.
Lakshan Sandakan to bowl his left-arm chinaman.
LBW review against Daryl Mitchell! Malinga goes for the 'T'. Seems to be missing leg. Yes. Hawk Eye confirms. Loss of review. Waste of review.
Mitchell Santner walks in at number 7, replacing Seifert.
Daryl Mitchell now comes in to face the music. Luckily for him, Malinga's over is done. So a break for at least 6 balls.
Ross Taylor walks in now. He has got a big, big, big, job to do.
Interesting. Colin de Grandhomme walks in at number 4, to face the hat-trick ball.
LBW review against Rutherford straight away! Was it doing too much? Missing leg? Nope! Hitting! Malinga has two in two!
Rutherford is the new man in for the visitors.
Spinner from the other end as Akila Dananjaya to share the new ball from the other end.
The Lankans are in the huddle before they take their positions on the field. The Kiwi openers, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert are out in the middle too. Lasith Malinga to start for the hosts.