Colin Munro’s Blitz Helps New Zealand Whitewash Sri Lanka with a Win in Last T20 International

January 11 12:55 2016

colin munroNew Delhi, Monday, January 11 – Crowd at Eden Park in Auckland were anticipating great contest between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The decisive T20 International match at the stadium was of huge importance to both teams. Sri Lanka were enthusiastic to win it and end their tour on winning note but New Zealand did not let them do so.

They won both Test series and One-Day International series in the recent past and now, T20 series by 2-0. After being whitewashed by the Black Caps in the longest format by 2-0 and ODIs by 3-1, it was certain that the host will make sure that visitors don’t go away by leveling the series. Sri Lanka’s dream to end the tour with a win did not come true.

New Zealand decided to field first after winning the toss today. The decision of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson surprised many as his men were in good form and could have piled humongous runs while batting first. The invitation to go for batting made Sri Lankan innings met with first jolt early. The opener Danushka Gunathilaka was dismissed in Adam Milne’s over after playing a knock of 8 runs in 6 balls, together with a boundary. Shehan Jayasuriya succumbed to the same bowler in 5.3 over when batting at an individual total of 3 off 10 balls. The kind of support eyed by opener Tillakaratne Dilshan wasn’t visible even after arrival of Dinesh Chandimal, the captain and wicketkeeper, who fell short to Mitchell Santner at 2 runs as Ross Taylor pouched the ball in good time, giving Sri Lanka the another jolt in a short span of time.

Rapid collapse of top order definitely increased pressure on Chandimal-led side. But something that made his team gain foothold was a brilliant not out knock of Angelo Mathews who amazingly scored 81 runs off 49 balls, together with seven 4s and four sixes. Dilshan was dismissed as soon as Sri Lanka’s innings began to come on track. He scored 28 runs off 26 balls, comprising four boundaries.  Milinda Siriwardana was out for a naught, letting the stress go huge over after over.

Tail-ender batsmen felt the heat and couldn’t face bowling attack by the rivals. Milinda Siriwardana and Isuru Udana were out for a duck. Kithuruwan Vithanage gave his wicket to Grant Elliott at 1 run. Thisara Perera was dismissed by Elliott at 6 runs making him turn one of the major threats for Sri Lankan camp. Jeffrey Vandersay was not out at 8 runs. Mathews was successful in letting everyone know how to stand out in tough situations but it was unfortunate that other teammates did not take any lesson of being on the crease and continued to play wrong shots that forced them go back to the pavilion without substantial contribution. 142 runs were accumulated by the team after 20 overs. Grant Elliott was the leading wicket-taker while Milne and Mitchell Santner got two wickets each.

The chance of winning was already missed keeping in mind awesome form of Kiwis. An ideal opening partnership between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson helped the team stay strong and think of inflicting a humiliating defeat on Sri Lanka. Guptill’s blitz of 63 runs in 25 balls ( 4 x 6 and 6 x 5) gave a clear picture how the match is going to finish. Thisara Perera got the first and last wicket of the match as Kane Williamson and Colin Munro were up for stylish finish. The young captain was not out at 32 runs attained in 21 balls with three 4s as well but what a flawless play by Colin Munro, hitting second fastest fifty in 14 balls. 7 sixes and a boundary made him be the show stealer. The two made the final match get completed in 10 overs, scoring 147 for the loss of 1 wicket. Sri Lanka on their tour to New Zealand tasted success just for once when they won 3rd ODI at Saxon Field by eight wickets. They definitely eye a fresh start before T20 World Cup begins and by this time it must be clear in mind what all area needs improvement.

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