New Zealand go 1-0 up after a thrilling contest
New Zealand won the first T20I against the hosts Sri Lanka courtesy of a firing knock from Ross Taylor and Collin de Grandhomme.
The first T20I between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was not less than a nail-biter with Blackcaps coming out on top in the end. On a day when the Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga made history by becoming the leading wicket-taker in this format, Ross Taylor and Collin de Grandhomme’s firing knocks spoiled the party for the hosts.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka opted to bat first without any hesitation. Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera built 41 runs in the opening stand before Perera lost his wicket for 11. On the other hand, Mendis kept going and with 8 fours and 2 sixes, he played a brilliant knock of 79 runs.
Niroshan Dickwella was also looking in good start, but he was, unfortunately, run-out for 33. In the end, Isuru Udana’s 13 off 3 took Sri Lanka to a healthy score of 174 runs.
In reply, New Zealand were in all sorts of trouble with 39 for 3. Then came Ross Taylor, who built a solid partnership with De Grandhomme and bought the visitors back in the game.
De Grandhomme was on his way to fifty, but the yorker king Malinga struck to break the partnership and the Kiwi batsman was gone for 44.
Taylor departed for 48 runs and just before the stoppage of play due to rain. After the resumption of the game, New Zealand needed 31 off the last 3 overs. Daryl Mitchell’s 2 sixes and a knock of 25* from 19 balls took the visitors over the line comfortably in the end.