Gunathilaka to miss T20I against New Zealand and Australia Test series

  • Gunathilaka to miss T20I against New Zealand and Australia Test series

Gunathilaka to miss T20I against New Zealand and Australia Test series

Lockie Ferguson captured two wickets in one over, including that of the risky Thisara Perera, as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs in their only Twenty20 match at Eden Park on Friday.

New Zealand previously beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-test series and 3-0 in a three-match one-day worldwide series. Sri Lanka, thereafter, found ways of gifting away their wickets at crucial junctures in the chase that conceded the advantage that they had of being ahead of the required run-rate as New Zealand snatched back control.

When Mitchell Santner was out for 13 in the 10th over, New Zealand was 55-5 at the midpoint of its innings.

The tourists remained well ahead of New Zealand's run curve, reaching 52-3 after five overs and 95-4 after 10.

Bracewell soon holed out, mis-hitting a Kasun Rajitha slower ball down the ground, for Dhananjaya de Silva to sprint around from long off to complete an excellent diving catch in front of the sightscreen. He started off by smashing Sandakan for a massive six and even as Taylor fell for 33, he continued to play his shots. Tim Southee too did his bit at the end slamming a six in his 8-ball 13* as New Zealand soared to a more than competitive total.

Kuggeleijn joined Bracewell and hit 35, which included one four and four sixes, in a partnership of 41.

Kusal Perera then walked in and got immediately down to business.

In the limited overs leg, the Sri Lankan bowling has not been able to crack the code of restricting the Kiwi batsmen.

Kuggeleijn was brought on for a bowl and made an impact immediately getting rid of the risky Kusal Perera with a full-length delivery that the left-hander could only jam as far as Bracewell at mid-on for 23.

Gunathilaka, who has also been left out of the Test squad for the series against Australia, suffered a back injury during the final ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand. Coming into bowl the fifth over, the pacer struck with his very first delivery removing Dickwella for 18 as Sri Lanka slipped to 45/3 after a good start. Four balls later: perhaps the delivery of the match, a 147kph angled yorker that tailed a touch, and snuck between Dhananjaya de Silva's bat and pad to rattle the stumps.

Thisara Perera kept the visitors on course with a 24-ball 43, with Kusal Mendia and added 49 for the fourth wicket, but that was the last of the resistance or intent offered from the Sri Lankan batsmen.

Ferguson struck the telling blow when Perera miscued a short ball to Bracewell at long on - Sri Lanka's resolve fading quickly. Sodhi trapped Sri Lanka's last recognised batsman Dasun Shanaka in front of the stumps with a beautifully flighted legbreak, the on-field not-out decision overturned upon review.