Kusal Mendis Quickfire 79-runs to Help Sri Lanka setting 174 Target in First T20 International Against New Zealand
Sri Lankan Opening Batsmen Kusal Mendis hit a quick 79runs to help Sri Lanka get 174 for four in the first T20 international against New Zealand at Kandy on Sunday.
Mendis took over after the hosts chose to bat first, building crucial partnerships that include a 63runs third-wicket partnership stand with Niroshan Dickwella, who made 33-runs.
Opening batsmen Kusal Perera made 11-runs before falling to Kiwi captain Tim Southee and number three batsmen Avishka Fernando was out for ten while Sri Lanka collapsed to 68 for two wickets.
Mendis stood firm to complete his fifth T20 fifty with a borderline against Colin de Grandhomme and went on to register his best professional score in the shortest format. Mendis’s previous best mark was 70runs.
He survived a 55-year-old deferment when Ish Sodhi dropped a hard catch with a short fine leg to add crucial runs in his 53-ball stay that he joined with eight fours and two sixes.
Mendis eventually focused on half a deep wicket of Southee, who returned figures 2-20 of his four overpasses.
Tourists suffered a hit when pacemaker Lockie Ferguson broke his thumb in training on Saturday to discarded from the series.
The hosts have given Wanindu Hasaranga his first T20 cap at the start of the three-match series.