Bracewell and Kuggeleijn arrange Black Caps T20 win

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11 Jan 2019, 17:43 IST
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New Zealand all-rounder Doug Bracewell

Doug Bracewell and debutant Scott Kuggeleijn had been unlikely heroes with the bat as New Zealand denied Sri Lanka a comfort Twenty20 victory with a 35-run win at Eden Park on Friday.

The Black Caps gained all three one-day internationals after taking the Take a look at collection 1-Zero and so they ensured Sri Lanka ended the tour winless in Auckland.

New Zealand had been in large bother on 27-Four after Kasun Rajitha (3-44) and Lasith Malinga (2-24) took two wickets apiece, however Ross Taylor (33), Bracewell (44) and Kuggeleijn (35 not out) received them as much as 179-7.

Sri Lanka may solely muster 144 all out in reply, with Lockie Ferguson (3-21) and Ish Sodhi (3-30) doing the majority of the harm because the in-form Thisara Perera’s speedy 43 was in useless.

Malinga struck within the first over after successful the toss when the harmful Martin Guptill’s tried pull was taken by Kusal Mendis and the captain cleaned up Henry Nicholls after Rajitha eliminated Tim Seifert.

The Black Caps had been 4 down within the fourth over after Rajitha noticed the again of Colin Munro, however Taylor batted with persistence in a 37-ball knock earlier than Bracewell and Kuggeleijn produced a late assault.

Bracewell smashed 5 sixes in his highest T20 worldwide rating, whereas Kuggeleijn cleared the ropes 4 instances as Sri Lanka’s poor bowling on the demise let New Zealand off the hook.

Ferguson struck an early blow when Sadeera Samarawickrama performed on for a golden duck, however Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera scored freely in a promising second-wicket stand.

Kuggeleijn made an affect with the ball by eliminating Kusal and Bracewell had Dickwella caught behind earlier than Thisara carried on the place he left off within the ODI collection with some lusty blows.

Sri Lanka’s hopes had been all-but over when Ferguson dismissed Thisara – who hit three sixes – with a slower ball and Dhananjaya de Silva additionally fell in a superb 13th over, with Sodhi mopping up the tail because the vacationers folded.

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