New Zealand beats Sri Lanka with 35 points in T20

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) – Allrounders Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn have joined forces to lead New Zealand to a victory of 35 points over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 on Friday and a clean sweep of the tourists in all forms .

Bracewell made 44 of 26 balls and Kuggeleijn, on debut, hit an unbeaten 35 of 15 when New Zealand rallied for 55-5 after 10 overs to be the first to hit 179-7.

Kuggeleijn then took 1-26, Bracewell 1-19, and both held two catches when New Zealand Sri Lanka issued 144 in 16.5 overs.

Paceman Lockie Ferguson took 3-31 and legspinner Ish Sodhi 3-30 when New Zealand retired Sri Lanka, well ahead of the run rate for much of his pursuit.

New Zealand won 1-0 vs. Sri Lanka in a series with two tests and 3-0 in a one-day international series of three matches.

Kuggeleijn, who followed his father Chris as a New Zealand player, and Bracewell, also the son of a former international fast bowler Brendon – both appeared as real all-rounders in cricket with limited transshipment with their performances on Friday.

New Zealand captain Tim Southee fields during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand captain Tim Southee fields during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand made a bad start after losing the pitch and was sent in, with Martin Guptill (1) in the first, Tim Seifert (2) in the second, Henry Nicholls (4) in the third and Colin Munro (16) in the fourth, 27-4.

Veteran Lasith Malinga, in possibly his last game in New Zealand, and younger Kasun Rajitha both took two wickets in their opening spells.

When Mitchell Santner played for 13 in the 10th, New Zealand was 55-5 in the middle of his inning.

A competitive total seemed unlikely because the batsmen from New Zealand struggled with a drop-in pitch that offered a good bounce and on which the slower ball was often effective.

But Ross Taylor (33) got in a sixth-wicket with Bracewell 47, who helped to repair the innings, then Bracewell took the lead with a clear innings including a four and five sixes in his first game for New Zealand in a year .

"I dealt with (Taylor) and managed to get a few, and then (Kuggeleijn) the debut was excellent," said Bracewell.

"The boys are all charmed with a few wickets."

Kuggeleijn joined Bracewell and struck 35, including a four and four sixes, in a partnership of 41. He added another 36 to Tim Southee (13) to lift New Zealand to a total almost equal to Eden Park.

Sri Lanka made a fierce start to his reply with Niroshan Dickwella who struck a four and six of the first two balls of his inning. He destroyed Sri Lanka to 29-1 after only two overs.

The tourists kept well ahead on the run curve of New Zealand, with 52-3 after five overs and 95-4 after 10.

Big-hitting Thisara Perera seemed likely to lead Sri Lanka to victory when he drove to 43 from 24 balls with two four and three sixes. He worked well in partnerships with Kusal Mendis and Dhanajaya de Silva.

But Ferguson returned to fire Perera and the Silva at once and the efforts of Sri Lanka disappeared.

"I thought we were doing very well in the bowling area, but in the last overs we have given away a few too many runs," Malinga said. "I still feel that we did not understand how to win the game in the batting section."

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New Zealand Doug Bracewell bats during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand Doug Bracewell bats during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand Doug Bracewell bats during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand captain Tim Southee bats against Sri Lanka during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand captain Tim Southee bats against Sri Lanka during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand captain Tim Southee bats against Sri Lanka during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

Sri Lanka & # 39; s Dhananjaya de Silva is extinguished by Lockie Ferguson from New Zealand for 10 runs during his twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland )

Sri Lanka & # 39; s Dhananjaya de Silva is extinguished by Lockie Ferguson from New Zealand for 10 runs during his twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland )

Sri Lanka & # 39; s Dhananjaya de Silva is extinguished by Lockie Ferguson from New Zealand for 10 runs during his twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland )

The bats of Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka were watched by the New Zealand Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert during the twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

The bats of Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka were watched by the New Zealand Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert during the twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

The bats of Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka were watched by the New Zealand Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert during the twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand Scott Kuggeleijn bowls during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand Scott Kuggeleijn bowls during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

New Zealand Scott Kuggeleijn bowls during their twenty / twenty cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / David Rowland)

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