Result
Only T20I (N), Auckland, Jan 11 2019, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
179/7
(16.5/20 ov, target 180)
144
New Zealand won by 35 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
1y
• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Bracewell, Kuggeleijn, Ferguson end SL's winless tour

Bracewell and Kuggeleijn bashed 44 off 26 and 35 not out off 15 respectively before Ferguson's three-for dented Sri Lanka's chase

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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: @saurabh_42
Scorecard summary
New Zealand179/7(20 overs)
Sri Lanka144(16.5 overs)

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

16.5
w
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
16.5
1w
Sodhi to Rajitha, 1 wide
tossed up wide of off and turning further away, given as wide
16.4
1
Sodhi to Sandakan, 1 run
clears his front leg to heave it on the leg side, gets enough to send it to deep midwicket
16.3
Sodhi to Sandakan, no run
tossed up on middle, he comes forward to defend carefully
16.2
w
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
16.1
4
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 from 24b
Kasun Rajitha5 (8)
Lahiru Kumara0 (0)
Mitchell Santner3-0-27-1
Ish Sodhi3-0-24-1
15.6
Santner to Rajitha, no run
too good for the tailender. Tossed up outside off, pitches and turns past the prodding bat
15.5
w
Santner to Malinga, OUT
all those swipes had to result in one top edge Santner slowed it down to 71 kph, kept it on the stumps. Malinga backed away to heave it, got a top edge that is taken comfortably between midwicket and long-on
SL Malinga c Guptill b Santner 6 (6m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00
15.4
1
Santner to Rajitha, 1 run
full on the stumps again, driven back past the bowler
15.3
1
Santner to Malinga, 1 run
tosses it up wide and slows it down, inviting the ill-timed swipe. Malinga manages to keep it along the ground to mid-on
15.2
4
Santner to Malinga, FOUR runs
tossed up very full. He has a stab at it, but the ball takes the inside edge and rolls just past the stumps. Into the boundary moreover
15.2
1w
Santner to Malinga, 1 wide
too much outside off and it will be a wide
15.1
1
Santner to Rajitha, 1 run
tentative prod into cover and they get a quick single

50 required to win from 30 balls

RJ: "While they were in control, no one decided to anchor the innings. Perera should have anchored the innings. "

end of over 152 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 130/7CRR: 8.66 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 50 from 30b
Kasun Rajitha3 (5)
Lasith Malinga1 (2)
Ish Sodhi3-0-24-1
Mitchell Santner2-0-19-0
14.6
1
Sodhi to Rajitha, 1 run
fuller and he comes forward to drive, but only goes as far as mid-off
14.5
Sodhi to Rajitha, no run
turn perfect length, drawing him forward, pitches and rips past the bat
14.4
Sodhi to Rajitha, no run
pushed back tentatively to the bowler, Sodhi makes as if to throw it back. Words exchanged
14.3
1
Sodhi to Malinga, 1 run
down the track and swiped to long-on. Bowled flatter and shorter, got it to turn too. Malinga managed to get the bottom of the bat to it
14.2
Sodhi to Malinga, no run
tossed up outside off, he comes forward to meet it on the full and pushes to cover

Sri Lanka were 41/1 in 3.2 overs and looked in control. Steady climbdown since then

Best performances - batsmen
DAJ Bracewell
44 runs (26)
1 fours
5 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
slog shot
16 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
0613012139
NLTC Perera
43 runs (24)
2 fours
3 sixes
Control70%
Productive shot
slog shot
9 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
183514165
Best performances - bowlers
LH Ferguson
O
3
M
0
R
21
W
3
Eco
7.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
IS Sodhi
O
3.5
M
0
R
30
W
3
Eco
7.82
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Doug Bracewell
Series resultNew Zealand won the one-off match
Match numberT20I no. 718
Season2018/19
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.20
Match days11 January 2019 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Scott Kuggeleijn
Lahiru Kumara
Umpires
Shaun Haig
Wayne Knights
TV Umpire
Chris Brown
Reserve Umpire
Ashley Mehrotra
Match Referee
Sir Richie Richardson