In a do or die situation, the Kiwi bowlers responded with great responsibility and restricted the Lankan batsmen to a subpar total of 119. The Lankan team got of to a great start as Kushal Perera blasted 20 runs in just 1.4 overs, before they lost wickets in a flurry and were suddenly 3 down for 35, losing all their inform batsmen.
Jayawardene and Thirimane tried to steady the ship and built a slow but steady partnership of 30 runs before Jimmy Neesham accounted for the wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne. It was all down hill from then onwards and the Sri Lankan team struggled to put on a decent score on the board. The batting order failed completely, and not even one batsman could manage a score of more than 30, the standard measurement of a successful innings in T20’s.
The innings completely belonged to the Kiwi bowlers as almost all of them bowled beautiful line and length and didn’t allow the lankan batsmen to score freely. Trent Boult in particular was the destroyer for the kiwis, as he picked up important wickets of Perera, Dilshan and Sangakara and literally destroyed the top order. Jimmy Neesham wrapped up the tail making sure that the kiwis don’t have to chase a total in excess of 120.
Sri Lanka: 119/10 (M Jayawardene 25, L Thirimanne 20. T Boult 3/20, J Neesham 3/22).