Colin De Grandhomme, Tom Bruce Helped New Zealand Win T20 Series
The hundred runs partnership between Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce helped New Zealand win four wickets in Sri Lanka in the second T20 international on Tuesday.
From Grandhomme and Bruce, they scored 109 runs for the fourth wicket as the Kiwis chased their 162 targets with two to-spare balls at Kandy and took an undisputed 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
De Grandhomme, dropped at 36-runs, completed his half-century before falling to Isuru Udana at 59-runs. Grandhomme hit two fours and three sixes in his 46-ball superb innings.
Bruce, who made the 11th in place of the injured Ross Taylor, made the most of the opportunity, scoring 53, but ran out at the start of the final when the team needed seven.
Daryl Mitchell was out of the next ball, and Mitchell Santner was almost caught near the boundary by Shehan Jayasuriya in the third ball, but the fielder stumbled after a collision with his teammate and hit the rope with the ball in his hand.
-Mendis and Jayasuriya Clash-
Jayasuriya and Kusal Mendis injured in the six-run clash for Sri Lanka and ended the final drama when Santner reached the winning boundary on the fourth ball against bowler Wanindu Hasaranga.
Captain Lasith Malinga said the two fielders “are fine, and hopefully, they’ll play the next game.”
Previously, New Zealand bowlers led by pacemaker Seth Rance and captain Tim Southee restricted Sri Lanka to 161 to nine to establish victory.
Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya wounded the opposition chase with his three wickets, including two more, as the Black Caps fell to 38 by three.
New Zealand also affected by the absence of opening batsmen Martin Guptill, who was unavailable to bat after injuring himself while on the field.
For Sri Lanka, Avishka Fernando and Niroshan Dickwella made 68 runs for a crucial place in third place, but the rest of the batting made no impression.
Rance claimed three wickets while brand-mate Southee returned impressive figures 2-18 off his four overs.
The third T20 game between Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand will play in Kandy on Friday.