Twitter Reactions: Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn’s all-round heroics keep Sri Lanka winless
It was a game where the batsmen from both the teams played some reckless cricket.
Published - Jan 11, 2019 3:00 pm
Updated - Jan 11, 2019 3:00 pm
Sri Lanka continued show moments of brilliance on their New Zealand tour and more so, continued to throw away the defining moments of the game. They were well and truly bossing the game in both the innings but somehow managed to botch up and lose the only T20 International by a massive 35-run margin. Once again, it was Thisara Perera who led the way for the visitors but even he played a reckless shot which led to a collapse.
Chasing the total of 180 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a flyer despite losing Sadeera Samarwickrama in the very first over. Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella took full toll of the small boundaries in the powerplay. However, both of them were sent back in a space of four balls as they were reduced to 45/3 in the fifth over. However, the quick-fire start had given the duo of Kusal Mendis and Perera the opportunity to rebuild the innings.
They did the same while also keeping abreast with the run-rate. The promising stand took them close to the 100-run mark and just when one felt that the tourists were looking favourites to finally win a game on the tour, Mendis and Perera both of them played an unnecessary shot in the air to gift their wickets. Suddenly, the pressure was on the new batsmen but there was no hurry in terms of the required run-rate.
The likes of Dhananjaya de Silva and Dasun Shanaka could’ve played sensibly. But it seemed as if Sri Lanka were happy to go home early as everyone was looking to play the shots. From sitting comfortably at 118/4, they were bundled out for 144 runs in the 17th over of the innings and the last six wickets fell in the space of just 26 balls which is just unacceptable.
It was another good and not a perfect day for the Kiwis who will feel lucky to win this encounter. Lockie Ferguson though was the pick of the bowlers who ended up with 3/21 in his three overs. The pace of the debutant Scott Kuggeleijn and Doug Bracewell was also too hot to handle for the Islanders.
Bracewell and the debutant Kuggeleijn help NZ with the bat
After being invited to bat first, New Zealand‘s top-order also rusty. Kasun Rajitha and Lasith Malinga rocked them early to reduce to 27/4 and then 55/5 in the first 10 overs. This is where the counter-attack started. Bracewell proved his mettle with the bat in the absence of Jimmy Neesham and even the debutant didn’t mince his shots. The duo’s efforts helped the Kiwis add 77 runs in the last five overs as they finished on 179/7 in 20 overs.
Even with the ball, Sri Lanka kept on gdishing out helpful lengths for the batsmen and in the process conceded too many in the final 10 overs which probably cost them the game.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the course of the game:
From 55/5 in 10 overs New Zealand never looked back in the game and won the only T20I by 35 runs.
— Tanveer Hassan (@iamtanveerhasan) January 11, 2019
Credit and respect to Tim Southee and New Zealand for acknowledging Sri Lanka and wishing us a good tour of Australia 🙏🏽💯
— 𝗚𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘃𝗼² 🔗 (@ZGHuss) January 11, 2019
Why was thisara perera throwing the kitchen sink at everything when our run rate was 10? #NZvSL
— Manuka (@MadurangaManuka) January 11, 2019
Thisara death overs cost us each match of the limited overs tour #NZvSL
— Pamith K (@Pamiya89) January 11, 2019
— Renee Simpson (@reneesimpson97) January 11, 2019
What a game New Zealand had today! Kiwis entirely dominated the series against Sri Lanka. Earlier Tests and ODIs. And now in T-20I.. Scott Kuggeleijn is the man of the match in front of my view.#NZvSL#OneOffT20
— Rahul Gogoi (@RahulGo76636510) January 11, 2019
New Zealand win by 35 runs!
Sri Lanka collapse to 144 all out off 16.5 overs – Ferguson 3-21. Sodhi 3-30,
Thisara Perera 43 off 24,
Just like the ODIs, SL shows some fight in the middle and then surrenders
when it comes to finish, #NZvSL
— Raghava (@Raghava4mahesh) January 11, 2019
NZ win the game by 35 runs and with that comes the end of tour for Sl, they showed fight throughout the tour but NZ were too good for them as someone had always stepped for them , in the test NZ were clinical but in Odis Neesham cameos and today Bracewell did the same #NZvSL
— GULLY BOY (@Alias_jatin) January 11, 2019
Sri lanka can't win without any less than 15 batsmen. #NZvSL
— Nitesh Khandelwal (@k_nitzz23) January 11, 2019
Sri Lankan cricket is the biggest scam right now. Lads couldn't even win the game after having New Zealand 55/5, playing without captain Kane Williamson and having Malinga at his best. #NZvSL
— Manya (@CSKian716) January 11, 2019