New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 35 runs in their one-off T20 international at the Eden Park on Friday. Chasing a huge total of 179, Sri Lanka got off to a bad start with Sadeera Samarawickrama getting out on the first ball. Stabilizing the Sri Lankan innings after the initial jolt, all-rounder Thisara Perera played a gutsy knock of 43 runs which included two boundaries and three sixes. His efforts, however, went in vain as no other batsmen stood up to the occasion. Also Read - SA vs ENG 2020, 2nd T20I Match Report: Dawid Malan's Fifty Guides England to Four-Wicket Win vs South Africa; Visitors Take Unassailable 2-0 Lead
For New Zealand, Paceman Lockie Ferguson and spinner Ish Sodhi scalped three wickets each helping their side bowl out the visitors at a score of 144 runs.
Earlier, riding on the back of Bracewell’s smashing innings of 44 runs, New Zealand put up a solid total of 179 runs. Another notable performance came from debutant Scott Kuggeleijn, who played an unbeaten knock of 35 runs off 15 balls. With a win over Sri Lanka, New Zealand clean sweeps the visitors across all formats in the tour. Previously, they had defeated Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-match test series along with a dominating 3-0 win in three one-day internationals that the two nations played.