NewZaland VS Srilanka First T20 NewZaland Beats Sri Lanka by three Runs.
In-form batsman Martin Guptill cracked 34 ball of 58 to set up NewZaland for a tense three run in the first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Sri Lanka three wickets in hand and required 13 off the last over by Grant Elliott at Mount Maunganui but could only manage 10 runs as they lost two wickets.
Put pressure on Sri Lanka to win the second and final game in Auckland on Sunday or they will slip from first to third behind the West Indies and Australia in the world rankings.
NewZaland win the toss selected to ball first. In-form opening batsman Martin Guptill make a history in world Twenty20 International cricket by making Half century just 19 ball. But his record break after five over. the 14 balls thrown behind the record of 50 runs.
New Zealand, sent into bat first at Bay Oval, made 182 for 4 in their 20 overs and Sri Lanka replied with 179 for 9.
Sri Lanka lost early wickets and were 86-5 at the halfway stage with top scorer Danushka Gunathilaka back in the pavilion after hitting 46 off 29 deliveries.
Guptill and Kane Williamson gave New Zealand a flying start bringing up their century partnership at the start of the 11th over.
But they had no sooner passed 100 when Guptill was first to fall for 58 when he was run out by a side-on throw from Kapugedera on Williamson’s call for a quick single.
Williamson followed soon after for 53 off 42 while Colin Munro scored 36 and Ross Taylor was not out 22.
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