New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20: Munro, Guptill annihilate Sri Lanka

Munro smashed New Zealand's fastest half-century and the second-fastest fifty in Twenty20 International history

Munro smashed the second-fastest fifty in Twenty20 International history

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New Zealand completed their 2-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in dominant fashion as Colin Munro scored the fastest Twenty20 International half-century for New Zealand just 20 minutes after Martin Guptill achieved the feat.

New Zealand stand-in captain Kane Williamson would have been thrilled with his decision to bowl first in the nine-wicket win as Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews was the only batsman to have a major impact as he smashed an unbeaten 81, which came off 49 balls and included seven boundaries and four sixes.

Mathews made a gutsy 81

Mathews made a gutsy 81

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Opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was the only other batsman to reach double figures as he made 28. As a result, Sri Lanka were held to 142/8 off their 20 overs.

Grant Elliott was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Adam Milne and Mitchell Santner snapped up two wickets apiece.

Chasing 143 to win, New Zealand got off to a blistering start as Guptill and Williamson amassed an 89-run partnership, during which Guptill brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Thisara Perera.

Guptill’s magnificent innings of 63 came off 25 balls and included six boundaries and five sixes.

Guptill scored New Zealand's second-fastest half-century

Guptill scored New Zealand’s second-fastest half-century

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Munro and Williamson finished things off just 3.2 overs later as they put together an unbeaten 58-run stand, during which Munro made New Zealand’s fastest fifty in Twenty20 International history.

Munro, who finished on 50 off 14 balls, which included one boundary and seven sixes, also holds the record for the second-fastest fifty in Twenty20 International history. India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh sits atop the list as he took just 12 balls to bring up his half-century against England during the 2007 World Twenty20.

Perera was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Sri Lanka stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “I am really disappointed with the way we played, bad batting, thanks to Angelo for getting a total, really disappointed with the way we played … We had ups and downs in all three formats, the conditions [were] different, as a team we enjoyed but couldn’t get the results. We have to regroup.”

Williamson was thrilled to have whitewashed Sri Lanka 2-0, and said: “I think the last match was a tough match and to build on that … it was a complete performance. We have a pretty strong squad, the bowlers have an understanding that it is sometimes horses for courses but they are all contributing when they get the chance … a great effort today. The way the two local boys batted today was special, I thought it would be a scrap on that wicket, it was holding up a bit, but it wasn’t a problem for them.”

Munro was named Man of the Match, and said: “It went pretty good, really fast it went, I didn’t know how many balls I had faced until the end. To beat that record is pleasing for myself. The boys have welcomed me back after a bit of a break and I’ve been given freedom at No. 3 … enjoying it, given me a bit of a license to play my natural game.”

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