Friday 4 September 2009 

New Zealand Complete Twenty20 Series Sweep

New Zealand Complete Twenty20 Series Sweep
New Zealand Post Imposing Score Of 170
© REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (SRI LANKA SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

New Zealand 170-4 (Ryder 52, McCullum 49) beat
Sri Lanka 148-8 (Sangakkara 69, Bond 3-18) by 22 runs

Second Twenty20 International, Colombo

Jesse Ryder, Brendon McCullum and Shane Bond all played starring roles as New Zealand completed a 2-0 series win with a 22-run victory in the second and final Twenty20 International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Ryder hit 52 and Brendon McCullum 49 as New Zealand scored a very healthy 170 for four and Bond picked up three for 18 as Sri Lanka were held to 148 for eight in reply.

The New Zealand innings was set up by an opening stand of 84 between McCullum and Ryder before a swift 32 in 20 balls from Martin Guptill carried on the good work.

Sanath Jayasuriya returned two for 22, by far the most impressive of the Sri Lankan bowlers, along with Ajantha Mendis, who took one for 21.

Sri Lanka then slipped to 11 for three, losing Tillakaratne Dilshan for one, Sanath Jayasuriya for seven and Mahela Udawatte for a golden duck.

Kumar Sangakkara, who played wonderfully for his 69, and Mahela Jayawardene, who made 41, briefly raised hopes of a comeback but New Zealand kept things tight, continued to take wickets at regular intervals, Bond completing his haul with two late on and two in an over from off-spinner Nathan McCullum turned the game decisively in New Zealand's favour, despite the best efforts of captain Sangakkara.

New Zealand won the opening match by three runs.

© Cricket World 2009

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