Only T20I (N), Auckland, January 11, 2019, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
(16.5/20 ov, T:180) 144

New Zealand won by 35 runs

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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

Kasun Rajitha c †Seifert b Sodhi 5 (9b 0x4 0x6 18m) 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 Lahiru 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

Lahiru Kumara c Kuggeleijn b Sodhi 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 2m) SR: 200
Sodhi to Lahiru 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
Kasun Rajitha5 (8b)
Lahiru Kumara0 (0b)
Mitchell Santner 3-0-27-1
Ish Sodhi 3-0-24-1
Santner to Rajitha, no run

too good for the tailender. Tossed up outside off, pitches and turns past the prodding bat

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

Lasith Malinga c Guptill b Santner 6 (5b 1x4 0x6 6m) SR: 120
Santner to Rajitha, 1 run

full on the stumps again, driven back past the bowler

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

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

Santner to Malinga, 1 wide

too much outside off and it will be a wide

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
Kasun Rajitha3 (5b)
Lasith Malinga1 (2b)
Ish Sodhi 3-0-24-1
Mitchell Santner 2-0-19-0
Sodhi to Rajitha, 1 run

fuller and he comes forward to drive, but only goes as far as mid-off

Sodhi to Rajitha, no run

turn perfect length, drawing him forward, pitches and rips past the bat

Sodhi to Rajitha, no run

pushed back tentatively to the bowler, Sodhi makes as if to throw it back. Words exchanged

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

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

Sodhi to Shanaka, OUT

tossed up and rapped on the pads. Big appeal and they have gone for a review. He got that to drift down and turn in from leg stump, to defeat the forward push and hit him on the pads. Looked a very good shout, but will umpire's call rule the day? No it won't! Three reds on ball tracking and that means another breakthrough for New Zealand

Dasun Shanaka lbw b Sodhi 7 (5b 1x4 0x6 9m) SR: 140
end of over 149 runs
SL: 128/6CRR: 9.14 RRR: 8.66
Dasun Shanaka7 (4b 1x4)
Kasun Rajitha2 (2b)
Mitchell Santner 2-0-19-0
Lockie Ferguson 3-0-21-3
Santner to Shanaka, 1 run

fuller, clipped to deep midwicket

Win Probability
NZ 100%
100%50%100%NZ InningsSL Innings

Over 17 • SL 144/10

Lahiru Kumara c Kuggeleijn b Sodhi 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 2m) SR: 200
Kasun Rajitha c †Seifert b Sodhi 5 (9b 0x4 0x6 18m) SR: 55.55
New Zealand won by 35 runs
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