Southee goes on to collect the trophy and is swarmed by his teammates. They pose and smile for the shutterbugs! So that's that, folks! 1-0 in the Tests, 3-0 in the ODIs, 1-0 in the only T20I! Sri Lanka have finished the tour without a win. They did play well in patches but patches aren't enough to win games or series'. Looking forward though, New Zealand welcome the mighty Indians for a limited overs tour and Sri Lanka travel to the island of Australia for another tough tour. It has been lovely bringing you the coverage of this tour. Join us for the upcoming games as well. As of now, lots of cricket is going on! Switch tabs to follow the final Test between South Africa and Pakistan, where the hosts are batting first at Jo'burg or if you want more exciting and faster T20 action, switch tabs to the BBL where the Melbourne Stars have been set a target of 179 by the Adelaide Strikers. Adios from here! Take care!
Tim Southee the winning skipper of New Zealand says that it is always nice to lead the country even if it was for a one-off game and finish off on the right side of the result. Says that is a great team performance to come back from the position they were in after the first half of their batting innings. Assigns special praise for Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner for coming back from injury and performing well. Applauds all the performers in this game as well, saying that the players are comfortable and whenever they are given an opportunity, they are ready to come out and perform their best. Thanks Sri Lanka for being a lovely touring side and feels they played good, competitive cricket even though they did not win a game on the tour. Signs off by saying there is lots of cricket coming up. Reckons it will be a tough series against the Indians. Looks forward to it.
Lasith Malinga the Sri Lankan skipper, feels that they did really well that with the ball early on in the innings and gave away too many towards the end. He still reckons that the score of 180 was still achieveable on this ground. Says that the batsmen did not frame the chase well and did not understand how to cross the line. Feels that going ahead, they must do better in that aspect. Signs off by saying that there are a busy couple of months of cricket coming up where they have to step up and learn to win games.
Doug Bracewell is the Man of the match. He says it is a good result and feels it was a nice way to come back in the side and help in the win after working on his technique in the time he spent outside. Applauds his mate Kuggeleijn for a great debut. Feels that he was doing well at the nets and just came and kept things simple as he came to middle and played his shots. Ends by saying he backs himself to do well whenever he plays.
With 180 to chase and a small ground, despite losing an early wicket, Dickwella and Kusal Perera blasted their side off to a fast start. Both departed shortly, but Thisara continued the fight like he did in the ODIs earlier. The task was too much for him to do alone, so he succumbed and post that, it was just a mere formality as the rest to come were cleaned up within no time. Everyone had a share in the wickets column, with Ferguson and Sodhi taking 3 apiece. A fine performance from the home side.
A clinical victory for the Black Caps in the end. They had some hiccups on the way, but eventually they stood tall and got the job done. First, they stumbled with the bat when they were reduced to 33/4 inside the Powerplay courtesy Malinga and Rajitha, but some calm sense from Taylor combined with fireworks from the returning Bracewell and debutant Kuggeleijn saw them end up with a massive total on the board.
Ish Sodhi to K Rajitha, OUT! It's all over! Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 144 inside 17 overs. NEW ZEALAND WIN THE ONE-OFF T20I BY 35 RUNS. This one is flighted on middle and Rajitha goes for a huge one over mid-wicket but the ball takes the top edge and is straight up in the air. The keeper, Seifert makes a loud call for it, comes under the ball and takes it comfortably with his big gloves. Sodhi ends with three wickets and there is jubilation amongst all the Kiwi players.
Ish Sodhi to K Rajitha, Well outside off, Rajitha goes after it but can't connect. Wide signalled by the umpire.
Ish Sodhi to L Sandakan, Another flighted one outside off, slogged away to mid-wicket on one bounce by Sandakan. A single is taken.
Ish Sodhi to L Sandakan, Flatter one on middle, defended back down the ground towards the bowler.
Lakshan Sandakan is the last man in for Sri Lanka.
Ish Sodhi to L Kumara, OUT! Gone off the second ball! Kuggeleijn takes a simple catch coming in from short third man. Nine down now! Looks like SL might not last the quota of 20 overs even. Slower one this time well outside off, Kumara looks to smash it down the ground but gets a thick outside edge that goes straight to Scott. What an evening for the debutant as well.
Ish Sodhi to L Kumara, FOUR! Kumara uses his feet and smashes this flatter one on leg right back over the bowler's head for a boundary off the first ball he faces. Lovely shot.
END OF OVER: 16 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 138/8
M Santner to K Rajitha, Flighted delivery outside off, Rajitha fails to connect it with his defensive bat.
Lahiru Kumara is out next.
M Santner to L Malinga, OUT! Lasith Malinga is back to the pavilion and New Zealand inching closer to the victory line. Santner bowls it wide outside off after seeing Malinga make room for himself for a slog. Malinga tries to go for it but all he manages is to find a top edge and Guptill takes a dolly at long on. The small hope that Sri Lanka had has just went down the drain here.
M Santner to K Rajitha, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Rajitha plays it to the fielder at long on for a single.
M Santner to L Malinga, Tossed up on middle, the Sri Lanka skipper pushes it through mid on for a single.
M Santner to L Malinga, FOUR! Lucky boundary for Malinga. Tossed up on middle, it finds the inside edge of the bat and moves to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
M Santner to L Malinga, Santner bowls it way outside off this time. Malinga has a go at it but misses. The umpire signals it as wide.
M Santner to K Rajitha, Tossed up on off, Rajitha pushes it away through cover for a single.
END OF OVER: 15 | 2 Runs 0 Wkt | SL: 130/7
Ish Sodhi to K Rajitha, Fuller one on off, pushed back to long off for a single to end the over. Brilliant stuff from Sodhi, just two off it in the end and a wicket to boot!
Ish Sodhi to K Rajitha, Beaten! A flighted one outside off, turns away late to beat the willow of Kasun as he was trying to defend it.