Only T20I (N), Auckland, Jan 11 2019, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
(16.5/20 ov, target 180)
New Zealand won by 35 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
SL Innings
Full commentary

That's all from us folks. This is Saurabh, signing off on behalf of Hemant and Chandan.

10.15pm The Man of the Match is Doug Bracewell. "Good result there. Managed to get a few away and Kuggs on debut was outstanding. I was backing myself and enjoyed it. I was pretty happy with the performance, nice to contribute with the bat and more so with the ball."

Lasith Malinga: "We bowled well for the first 16 overs, but still I felt 180 was possible on this ground. I think the batsmen still don't know how to win the game, that's why we are on the losing side. We always talk about using variations and using the conditions, I think the bowlers did that well today. People have to understand how to win the match and how to get the team across the line. Most of the time we are not very clear."

Tim Southee: "Tremendous effort. Lockie's had a great summer so far. Lots of cricket ahead. (I'd like to) thank Sri Lanka for the entertainment they have provided and wish them all the best for Australia.

10.10pm New Zealand won the Tests 1-0, swept the ODIs 3-0, and have now won the sole T20I too - and this after being 27/4 and 55/5. Just shows you that wickets aren't as important in T20s I suppose. Quite a dispiriting show from Sri Lanka though. They had the chase well in control, but some inexplicable shot-making saw their downfall. They didn't need to keep going hard, but did it anyway. Lots to ponder for Malinga and his men. It's a World Cup year and hasn't begun well at all. New Zealand will be very pleased. Good comeback for Bracewell, and to a lesser extend Santner and successful debut for Kuggeleijn. Lockie Ferguson showed that express pace will still get your results, regardless of match situation. We'll have the presentations for you shortly

Sodhi to Rajitha, OUT
it's all over on a good length, it wasn't full enough to be slog-swept, but that's the shot he goes for. Gets a top edge that flies over his head. Seifert calls for it and snaffles it near leg-slip. New Zealand win by 35 runs
CAK Rajitha c †Seifert b Sodhi 5 (18m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55
Sodhi to Rajitha, 1 wide
tossed up wide of off and turning further away, given as wide
Sodhi to Sandakan, 1 run
clears his front leg to heave it on the leg side, gets enough to send it to deep midwicket
Sodhi to Sandakan, no run
tossed up on middle, he comes forward to defend carefully
Sodhi to Kumara, OUT
immediate revenge wrong 'un pitched outside off. He tried to repeat the last shot to go down the ground, but this spun the other way, took the edge and nestled in short third man's hands. Only a matter of time now
CBRLS Kumara c Kuggeleijn b Sodhi 4 (2m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00
Sodhi to Kumara, FOUR runs
shot flatter legspinner, turning into him, comes down the track and flat bats it past the bowler and into the fence

Lakshitha : "There can not be anything more frustrating in international cricket than watching the Sri Lankans playing so well momentarily and failing miserably during the past couple of years."

end of over 168 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 138/8CRR: 8.62 • RRR: 10.50 • Need 42 runs from 24b
Kasun Rajitha5 (8)
Lahiru Kumara0 (0)
Mitchell Santner3-0-27-1
Ish Sodhi3-0-24-1
Santner to Rajitha, no run
too good for the tailender. Tossed up outside off, pitches and turns past the prodding bat