Extreme power-hitting from Guptill, Munro complete Sri Lanka whitewash
New Zealand 147-1 (Guptill 63) beat
Sri Lanka 142-8 (Mathews 81no) by nine wickets
Second Twenty20 International in Auckland
New Zealand blazed past Sri Lanka's target of 143 in just 10 overs riding on incredible knocks from Martin Guptill and Colin Munro to complete a nine-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 International in Auckland to take the series 2-0.
New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first. Sri Lanka were rattled early in the innings when Adam Milne (2-36) castled Danushka Gunathilaka (8) as he was trying to attempt a slog across the line.
Tillakaratne Dilshan (28) got the scoreboard moving with a couple of boundaries. In Milne’s third over, Shehan Jayasuriya (3) looked to go big and was caught at long-off. Sri Lanka reached 37 for two in the powerplay phase.
Dinesh Chandimal (2) looked to play against the spin off Mitchell Santner (2-24) in the next over and only managed a top edge which was caught at third man.
Angelo Mathews (81 not out) responded with a couple of sixes an over later but New Zealand struck back with the wicket of Dilshan who was caught at short third man off Grant Elliott (4-22).
At the half-way mark, Sri Lanka were struggling at 64 for four. Milinda Siriwardana (0) and Kithuruwan Vithanage (1) fell in successive overs as Sri Lanka continued to lose wickets in a heap.
Mathews smashed Trent Boult (0-36) for two fours and a six in the 15th over but the Black Caps once again replied with a double strike in the next.
Thisara Perera (6) and Isuru Udana (0) both fell to Elliott trying up the ante. In the same over, Mathews went past his fifty and struck a six in the penultimate over.
By hitting three boundaries in the final over, Mathews boosted Sri Lanka’s total to 142 for eight. Elliott picked four wickets while Milne and Santner had two each.
Guptill (63) got New Zealand off to a fantastic start yet again by striking six boundaries and two sixes inside the first four overs.
Guptill raced away to a fifty in just 19 balls to bring up the fastest T20I fifty by a New Zealand cricketer at that point. New Zealand plundered 82 runs from the powerplay.
Guptill’s blazing 25-ball knock came to an end when he edged a Perera (1-26) delivery to the keeper. During his innings, the 29-year old went on to become the third highest run scorer in T20Is.
Munro (50 not out) arrived at the crease to continue from where Guptill left off. He struck four sixes in the first seven balls he faced to take New Zealand past the three-figure mark.
During all the power hitting from Guptill and Munro, Kane Williamson (32 not out) managed to keep rotating the strike effectively.
Guptill’s record for fastest fifty by a New Zealand player lasted all of 20 minutes as Munro raced away to a half-century in just 14-balls, getting to the landmark with a six over deep square leg.
It was also the winning blow for New Zealand, who raced away to a nine-wicket victory in just 10 overs.
Munro’s 14-ball fifty was also the second fastest in the history of T20Is – a feat which fetched him the man of the match award.
New Zealand sealed a 2-0 win in the T20I series to go with the Test and One-Day International series victories against Sri Lanka earlier in the campaign.
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