SRI LANKA IN NEW ZEALAND 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
The hosts have lost nine of their last ten games in the shortest format. © AFP
And the fourth! New Zealand seem like they’re in a hurry here. A nothing shot from Munro. Went for the pull off the short ball, gets a fat top-edge that goes straight up and to cover. BIG TROUBLE NOW! Like you needed me to say that.. New Zealand are 28/4 in four overs.
BOWLED HIM! Malinga with his second wicket of the day. Henry Nicholls’s stumps are shattered. A little movement back into the left-hander and the fuller one has him make the long walk back. New Zealand are three down for not too many.
AND ANOTHER ONE! Siefert blows the chance of showcasing what he’s capable of at the top of the order. Hands a very simple catch to Sandakan at cover as New Zealand lose their second wicket. It was the extra bounce that did him in. New Zealand need a partnership. Sri Lanka well on top.
OUT! Early wicket for Sri Lanka! Malinga strikes and it’s the big one of Guptill. Kusal Mendis picks out a good catch after the batsman gets a thick top edge.
Here we go. It’s play time.
Pitch report: The pitch is very hard and there’s just a bit of green tinge, that should help the bowlers get some extra pace and bounce. It will be full of runs, but there’s something in it for the bowlers.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 11, 2019
TOSS: Sri Lanka wins toss, opt to bowl.
Teams: Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga(c)
New Zealand (Playing XI): Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert(w), Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Doug Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee(c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
Hello and welcome to the only T20I between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. It’s the final game of the Sri Lankan tour, where the visitors have been winless thus far. Can they finish their tour on a high with a win in the T20I?
It’s their best chance too given both teams’ struggles in the format of late. The hosts have lost nine of their last ten games in the shortest format, including five of those to top-ranked Pakistan.
Toss, teams and more in a bit.