Sri Lanka hammers New Zealand

Scorecard:

Sri Lanka: 158 for 5 (20 overs)

(Dilshan 48 off 37 balls, Jayawardene 41* off 29 balls, Sangkarra 35 off 35 balls, Vettori 2 for 32)

New Zealand: 110 all out (17 overs)

(Guptill 43 off 34 balls, Redmond 23 off 13 balls, Mendis 3 for 9, Udana 2 for 17)

Sri Lanka scored at a steady clip and held on to their wickets long enough to post a score above 150. With 3 of their batsmen getting above 30 it was easy work for Sri Lanka and none of the New Zealand bowlers could impress the Sri Lanka batsmen enough to deny them some runs. Jayawardene forced the pace just enough towards the end to get to a decent target. There were no grand pyrotechnics.

New Zealand didn’t have a dream start but were soon coasting along merrily at 64 for 2 in 8 overs. This was a place they could launch their attack. However, Mendis was called in and he reduced them to 66 for 4 in just 4 balls. Hereafter it was all downhill for New Zealand right upto the Flight they would catch back home.

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