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10-Jan-2016 06:05:00 GMT
New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Auckland

Munro, Guptill's Record Fifties to Thump Sri Lanka

Auckland: Colin Munro hammered the fastest Twenty20 International (T20I) half-century by a New Zealand batsman, as he combined forces with Martin Guptill to help his side pull off a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the second and final T20I at Auckland on Sunday.

Having restricted Sri Lanka to 142 for the loss of eight wickets, New Zealand consumed a mere 10 overs to chase the target down, with the duo of Guptill and Munro tearing the hapless Sri Lankan bowling apart yet again.

Sri Lanka were whitewashed 0-2 in the T20I series as a result of the one-sided hammering as they ended their nightmarish tour of New Zealand with another disappointment.

Munro hit the winning six, smashing the ball over deep square-leg to bring up his half-century in just 14 balls, with Martin Guptill innings lasting just 20 minutes.

New Zealand earlier won the toss, and put the Sri Lankans to bat in the latter’s final game of the tour.

The hosts made two changes to their side, with Mitchell Santner and Adam Milne coming in place of Ish Sodhi and Matt Henry.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka brought in Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dushmantha Chameera and Isuru Udana in place of Chamara Kapudegera, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Kulasekara.

Brief scores
Sri Lanka -
142/8 (Mathews 81*, Elliott 4-22)
New Zealand - 147/1 (Guptill 63, Munro 50*, Williamson 32*)
Result - New Zealand won by 9 wickets
MOM -  Colin Munro (New Zealand)

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