Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 9 Runs 2 Wkts | SL: 179/9 (4 runs required, RR: 8.95)

  • Jeffrey Vandersay4 (1b)
  • Suranga Lakmal1 (1b)
  • Grant Elliott2-0-18-1
  • Mitchell McClenaghan4-0-40-0

6.20 pm New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0 after defending 184. The game was set up for them by a blistering century opening stand between Guptill and Williamson, both of whom made half-centuries. New Zealand looked set for 200 plus before Sri Lanka pulled it back in the end.

However, a glut of wickets inside the Powerplay severely hurt Sri Lanka's chase. They carried on scoring briskly and were always abreast with the asking rate but eventually the regular fall of wickets took its toll and they fell just short.

kyle: "oh my golly gosh SRI LANKA how did you lose that one."

Chamath: "It's tough being a Sri Lankan cricket fan. Losing games from a winning position is really disappointing." Comes with the territory, Chamath. Gunathilaka and Siriwardana played really well, ones to watch in the year ahead.

Tim has the final word on that singles debate: "If SL had gotten 5 singles instead of dropping those extra 5 wickets (compared to NZ's 4) they'd have won."

Big_G: "NZ almost gave it away with wides and no-balls. Must get more accuracy for 2nd T20."

Dan: "Grant Elliott is in the team as NZ's finisher it would seem. The last over is his job, with bat or ball."

Trent Boult is Man of the Match for his 3 for 21 in four overs.

Thank you for reading, and for your emails today. Do join us for the second T20 international on Sunday. Same bat time, same bat channel. Cheers.

19.6
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Elliott to Vandersay, FOUR runs, Elliott does not overstep, so New Zealand will win by three runs, despite Vandersay's deft move across the stumps to paddle the ball to the fine leg boundary

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st10TM DilshanMD Gunathilaka
2nd17LD ChandimalMD Gunathilaka
3rd6MD GunathilakaGSNFG Jayasuriya
4th9AD MathewsMD Gunathilaka
5th42TAM SiriwardanaMD Gunathilaka
6th49TAM SiriwardanaNLTC Perera
7th20CK KapugederaTAM Siriwardana
8th20KMDN KulasekaraCK Kapugedera
9th1CK KapugederaJDF Vandersay
10th5RAS LakmalJDF Vandersay