The second match of the three-match T20 series between hosts Sri Lanka and New Zealand was played here. Arriving at an exciting turn, this match was won by the visiting team New Zealand. With this, the Kiwi team named this three-match series. Now the last match of this series is to be played on Friday, but the Kiwi team has an unassailable 2-0 lead.
New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets in the second T20 match played at Pallekal with the help of half-centuries from all-rounders Colin de Grandhom (59) and Thomas Bruce (53). Sri Lanka batting first scored 161 runs at the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs. In response, New Zealand won by scoring 165 runs in 19.4 overs. With this, New Zealand took a 2–0 lead in the three-match T20 series.
Chasing a target of 162 runs, New Zealand suffered a setback before batting. When Martin Guptill did not come out to bat due to injury in the fielding. In the second over, Colin Munro (13) was dismissed by Akila Dhananjay. After some time, he dismissed Kugglejeen (08) and wicketkeeper Steffert to score New Zealand’s 38 for three.
After this, Grandhom and Bruce batted brilliantly and shared 109 runs for the fourth wicket to bring the team to victory. However, both were dismissed. In the final over, New Zealand needed seven runs to win. On the second ball of DeSilva, Mitchell Santner thought of hitting six on long-on. The fielder standing there ran and caught him but he hit the fielder running from Dip Midwicket and fell across the boundary. The umpire gave it a six and New Zealand won from here. Dhananjay took the most three wickets for Sri Lanka.
Earlier, Sri Lankan team batsman Avishka Fernando (37) and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dikwela (39) came out to bat after winning the toss, but Sri Lanka scored 161 runs on the basis of a 68-run partnership between the two. The first blow to the Sri Lankan team was given in the fifth over by Seth Rance (three wickets for 33 runs), who had Kushal Mendis (26) caught by captain Tim Southee. After eight balls, second opener Kushal Perera (11) also became the victim of Ish Sodhi (one wicket for 34 runs).
Fernando and Dickwella then handled the innings but both were bowled out within four balls which put the team on the backfoot. Fernando hit three fours and a six in a 25-ball innings before being dismissed by a Saudi (two wickets for 18 runs). Dickwela became Rance’s second victim. He hit three fours and a six in 30 balls. Shanaka Jayasuriya began to open his hands as Southey showed him the path to the pavilion. He scored 20 runs in 13 balls.