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Kiwis stun Lanka in T20 opener

Published: Thursday, September 3, 2009, 12:50 [IST]
 
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Kiwis stun Lanka in T20 opener

Colombo: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by three runs in a tense Twenty20 match at R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday.

Set a victory target of 142 runs, Sri Lanka appeared to be cruising after scoring 85 from the first 10 overs, with opener Tillakaratne Dilshan hitting 57 off 28 balls.

But the hosts lost Sanath Jayasuriya (1) and Mahela Jayawardene (3) cheaply, and Kumar Sangakkara (13), debutant Gihan Rupasinghe (15) and Anjelo Mathews (21) all made good starts but failed to build on them.

Scorecard: Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand, 1st Twenty20

New Zealand seamer Jacob Oram picked up three wickets for 33 while skipper Daniel Vettori took 2-11 with his accurate left-arm spin.

New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond, returning to official cricket after two years, was plundered for four consecutive boundaries by Dilshan in his first over.

Earlier, Ross Taylor led New Zealand with 60 from 45 balls to lift the Black Caps to a modest 141-8 after Vettori had won the toss and elected to bat.

Taylor combined with Martin Guptill for 53 off 41 balls before Guptill was out for 29 runs, caught by Chamara Kapugedera off spinner Bandara.

Taylor's score, his third Twenty20 half-century, included five fours and a six. He was caught by Nuwan Kulasekera off seamer Mathews.

Medium-pacer Lasith Malinga was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, taking two wickets in the last over to finish with figures of 2-21.

New Zealand's innings revolved around Ross Taylor's 60 off 45 balls after Vettori won the toss and elected to bat on the slow wicket.

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