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11-Jan-2019 10:12:00 GMT
NZ v SL - only T20I, Auckland

Bracewell and Kuggeleijn keep Sri Lanka winless

New Zealand 179 for 7 (Bracewell 44, Kuggeleijn 35*, Rajitha 3-44) beat Sri Lanka 144 (Perera 43, Ferguson 3-21, Sodhi 3-30) by 35 runs

Auckland: The recalled Doug Bracewell and debutant Scott Kuggeleijn starred with bat and ball for New Zealand to beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs in the one-off Twenty20 match in Auckland on Friday.

It finished an inauspicious visit for the Sri Lankans with the drawn first Test pursued by a progression of misfortunes in the second Test, three one-dayers and the Twenty20.

New Zealand, sent into bat, recouped from 55 for five to complete on 179 for seven with Bracewell (44) and Kuggeleijn (35 not out) the key donors.

In spite of the fact that the objective was not overwhelming, and Sri Lanka effortlessly stayed aware of the required run rate to be four for 118 after 12 overs.

Be that as it may, their last six wickets fell for the expansion of just 26 additional runs and the innings collapsed for 144 with 19 balls remaining.

Kuggeleijn and Bracewell both took wickets in their opening overs.

Kusal Perera, who hustled to 22 off 12 conveyances was expelled by Kuggeleijn's third conveyance while Niroshan Dickwella, who smacked a four and a six from the initial two wads of the innings, ran for 18 with the primary ball from Bracewell.

Kuggeleijn and Bracewell additionally took the gets to reject Kusal Mendis (17) and Thisara Perera (43).

The primary diversion all visit for Sadeera Samarawickrama was a brief undertaking when he was played first ball by Lockie Ferguson.

Ferguson completed with figures of three for 21 while Ish Sodhi took three for 30.

Sri Lanka did with the hurl and put New Zealand into bat with great early outcomes.

With a more taught playing assault than was found in the ODIs, and with canny field arrangements, Sri Lanka tore through the New Zealand top request to have them four for 27 halfway through the fourth finished.

Ross Taylor, who tormented Sri Lanka in the one-dayers, needed to assume a progressively sagacious job.

His initial 11 runs were all singles from 22 conveyances before he previously found the limit on his approach to 33 off 37.

Taylor's understanding, nonetheless, had set the phase for the Bracewell and Kuggeleijn to hit out and give the all out some decency.

Bracewell clubbed 44 off 26 balls including five sixes and a four while Kuggeleijn just confronted 15 conveyances to be not out 35 with four sixes and a four.

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