Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2nd T20: De Grandhomme, Bruce put New Zealand 2-0 up

Colin de Grandhomme 59 Sri Lanka New Zealand 2nd T20 Pallekele cricket

Colin de Grandhomme hammered two boundaries and three sixes during his career-best knock of 59

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Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce smashed 59 and 53 respectively to lead New Zealand to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 International in Pallekele.

Choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a brisk start before opener Kusal Mendis was caught by New Zealand stand-in captain Tim Southee at mid-off off the bowling of Seth Rance for 26.

Kusal Perera only made 11 runs before he was clean bowled by Ish Sodhi.

Avishka Fernando and Niroshan Dickwella stabilised the innings with a 68-run partnership before Avishka was dismissed by Southee for 37.

Dasun Shanaka was trapped lbw off the bowling of Scott Kuggeleijn for a golden duck, while Dickwella went on to score 39 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Rance.

Wanindu Hasaranga fell shortly after, while Shehan Jayasuriya struck a quickfire 20 before being removed by Southee.

With Isuru Udana adding 13 runs, Sri Lanka finished on 161/9.

Rance was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Southee and Kuggeleijn snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Sodhi, he chipped in with one wicket.

Chasing 162 to win, New Zealand lost Colin Munro early on as he was caught by Hasaranga at long-on off the bowling of Akila Dananjaya for 13.

Kuggeleijn only made eight runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dananjaya, who also dismissed Tim Seifert in the same manner two balls later.

With New Zealand in a spot of bother at 38/3, De Grandhomme and Bruce came to the rescue with a 109-run partnership, during which De Grandhomme surpassed his fifty, before he was caught by Fernando at deep cover off the bowling of Udana for a 46-ball 59, which included two boundaries and three sixes.

Bruce went on to make 53, which came off 46 deliveries and included three boundaries, before he was run out by Hasaranga.

With Daryl Mitchell falling the next ball, New Zealand were left needing seven runs to win off four balls.

However, Mitchell Santner clubbed a six and a boundary to finish things off and lead New Zealand to victory.

Dananjaya was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Udana and Hasaranga claimed one wicket each.

Southee was named Man of the Match for his figures of 2-18 off four overs.

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