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    New Zealand [175/5] defeat Sri Lanka [174/4] by 5 wickets to win 1st T20I, lead series 1-0

    After the conclusion of the Test series, hosts Sri Lanka and New Zealand will meet in a three-match Twenty20 International series, with one eye on next year’s ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia.

    Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st T20I
    Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
    01 September; 07:00pm local, 01:30pm GMT


    New Zealand last played a T20I in Sri Lanka back in November 2013, a one-off game that they lost to the hosts by eight wickets in Pallekele. However, they have the superior overall head-to-head record in the shortest format, having won seven of the 11 games they have played against them in bilaterals.

    The visitors will be without their regular captain Kane Williamson and ace paceman Trent Boult, who have both been rested. New Zealand will be led by Tim Southee, and have three specialist spinners in Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle in their 14-man squad.

    New Zealand played a practice T20 game against a Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI and won comfortably by 33 runs, with Scott Kuggeleijn returning 4/19, while Sodhi chipped in with three wickets. Can they carry the same form into Sunday?

    Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh 3-0 in a one-day international series at home in July, and will look to replicate that in the shortest format against New Zealand. The young side will be led by veteran paceman Lasith Malinga, who will offer much-needed experience. With the next instalment of the T20 World Cup just over a year away, this three-match series will give Sri Lanka's new crop a great opportunity to prove their credentials ahead of the marquee T20 tournament.

    Remember the last time

    New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs in a one-off affair in Auckland. Southee, who was captain then, too, was asked to bat, and his side set Sri Lanka a competitive target of 180. A combined bowling effort from the home team then bowled the visitors out for 144.


    What they said

    Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka captain: "There are about 19 T20 matches before 2020 T20 World Cup. Whoever is captaining the team, we need to have a good, strong squad, so that we can go into that tournament with confidence. Starting with this series, I'm hoping to build a good T20 squad for Sri Lanka."

    Tim Southee, New Zealand captain: "Whenever you come to another country, you've got to respect the opposition and their conditions. Sri Lanka's got some young, talented players."

    Conditions

    The weather looks promising, although clouds will linger through the day, with the temperature expected to hover around 25C. Given the conditions, Pallekele is expected the assist the fast bowlers.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1330109
    Last edited by MenInG; 1st September 2019 at 18:06.


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    Should be an interesting contest - I would say SL are favourites due to home conditions.


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    Looks like rain delaying toss in this match.


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    Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to bat


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to bat
    New Zealand will be led by Tim Southee in the absence of Kane Williamson

    Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Akila Dananjaya, Isuru Udana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga(c), Kasun Rajitha

    New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Seifert(w), Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee(c), Ish Sodhi


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    SL 159/3 (19.2) CRR: 8.22
    Sri Lanka opt to bat


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    23 runs in last over!

    SL 174/4 (20.0) CRR: 8.7
    Innings Break
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    SL 174/4 (20.0)
    NZ 1/1 (1.0) CRR: 1 REQ: 9.16
    New Zealand need 174 runs


    Lasith Malinga has now equalled Shahid Afridi's tally of 98 scalps in T20Is after taking out Munro


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    SL 174/4 (20.0)
    NZ 49/3 (8.3) CRR: 5.76 REQ: 10.96
    New Zealand need 126 runs in 69 balls


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    SL 174/4 (20.0)
    NZ 144/5 (16.5) CRR: 8.55 REQ: 9.79
    New Zealand need 31 runs in 19 balls - Rain stops play


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    SL 174/4 (20.0)
    NZ 144/5 (17.0) CRR: 8.47 REQ: 10.33
    New Zealand need 31 runs in 18 balls


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    SL vs NZ, Pallekele

    New Zealand won by 5 wkts

    SL - 174/4 (20.0 Ovs)
    NZ - 175/5 (19.3 Ovs)

    CRR: 8.97


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    A 79-run stand between Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme, coupled with a strong bowling performance from Tim Southee, helped New Zealand claim a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first of three Twenty20 internationals at Pallekele.

    Lasith Malinga, the home skipper, elected to bat first on Monday, 2 September. The two Kusals, Mendis and Perera, opened the batting and got off to a fine start, adding 41 for the first wicket inside the first four and a half overs. Perera was the first wicket to fall with stand-in New Zealand captain Southee breaking the stand.

    Avishka Fernando, the next batsman in, couldn’t make a meaningful contribution and was stumped by Tim Seifert off Mitchell Santner. The loss of Fernando resulted in the most profitable partnership for Sri Lanka, with Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella adding 63 in five overs. Mendis top-score the hosts with a fine 79, including eight fours and two sixes.

    The back-end of the Sri Lankan innings saw quick-fire cameos from Dasun Shanaka (17* off 12 balls) and Isuru Udana (15* off three balls). Southee was the pick of the bowlers, returning 2/20 from his four overs.

    New Zealand got off to the worst possible start in the chase, as Lasith Malinga bowled Colin Munro for a golden duck. The wicket was Malinga’s 98th in T20I’s, making him the joint leading wicket-taker in men's T20 internationals alongside Shahid Afridi.

    Two more wickets fell inside the first eight overs as debutant Wanindu Hasaranga struck in his first over.

    This bought together Taylor and de Grandhomme, and the built a foundation for the chase with a 79-run stand.

    Malinga, however, struck off the third ball of his second spell, bowling de Grandhomme with one of his trademark yorkers, and thus becoming the leading wicket-taker in T20I history.

    Taylor, however, started cramping later in his innings and was trapped lbw by Hasaranga for 48. The batsman reviewed to no avail, and as his dismissal was confirmed, the game was halted due to rain.

    Play resumed with no overs lost, with New Zealand required 31 runs from 19 balls.

    Daryl Mitchell (25*) and Mitchell Santner (14*) then collaborated to and see the visitors to victory with three balls to spare.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1334393


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    Well done, Kiwis.

    SL went downhill in T20 format. It is sad because they were #1 in T20 a few years ago.


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    Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate in first T20I

    Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed a fine of 40 per cent of their match fee on all 11 Sri Lanka players after Lasith Malinga’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

    In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, all players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.

    Malinga pleaded guilty to the offence after the end of the match and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

    On-field umpires Raveendra Wimalasiri and Prageeth Rambukwella, third umpire Lyndon Hannibal and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinesz leveled the charge.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/1335116


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    Kusal Mendis looks impressive as a T20 opener.


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