Pallekele - Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan have both hit aggressive half-centuries
as hosts Sri Lanka romped to an emphatic eight-wicket win over New
Zealand in the second Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Thursday.
smashed 57 off 37 balls and Dilshan remained unbeaten on 59 off 49
balls as Sri Lanka, the top-ranked Twenty20 side in the world, surpassed
New Zealand's 142-7 with 13 balls to spare.
The pair put on 96
for the second wicket after veteran Mahela Jayawardene fell LBW to
Mitchell McClenaghan for three in the second over.
Perera hit six fours and two sixes, while Dilshan struck eight boundaries.
The defeat ended New Zealand's short limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka, which was marred by bad weather.
first Twenty20 match at the same venue on Tuesday was washed out. The
preceding one-day series was drawn 1-1 with one game rained off.
Zealand's innings, after they were sent in to bat by Sri Lankan captain
Dinesh Chandimal, revolved around a fighting 34 off 25 balls by Luke
The Black Caps were reduced to 62-4 in the 11th over
before Ronchi led a rescue act, adding 31 for the fifth wicket with
Colin Munro (17) and 45 for the sixth with Nathan McCullum.
McCullum smashed 26 off 16 balls with three boundaries, while Ronchi hit three fours and a six.
The first match at the same venue on Tuesday was washed out. The preceding one-day series was drawn 1-1.
New Zealand: Kyle Mills (captain), Hamish Rutherford, Anton Devcich, Neil Broom, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Andrew Ellis, Mitchell McClenaghan.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Ramith Rambukwella, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga
Umpires Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI) and Raveendra Wimalasiri (SRI)
TV umpire: Tyron Wijewardene (SRI)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)