Adam Milne Takes Five As New Zealand Demolish Sri Lanka In 2nd T20I
New Zealand demolished Sri Lanka with a nine-wicket victory in the second T20I to level the series Wednesday, as opener Tim Seifert finished on 79 not out
- Agence France-Presse
- Updated: April 05, 2023 03:27 PM IST
New Zealand demolished Sri Lanka with a nine-wicket victory in the second T20I to level the series Wednesday, as opener Tim Seifert finished on 79 not out. Black Caps bowler Adam Milne had earlier taken five wickets for just 26 runs in a man-of-the-match performance as Sri Lanka were skittled for just 141 runs. "You always dream of taking five wickets for New Zealand. As I had three in the last over with a couple of tailenders in, I started feeling a little bit greedy," Milne later admitted.
Seifert then helped steer New Zealand to victory as the hosts hit a rapid-fire 146-1 in reply after 14.4 overs.
New Zealand captain Tom Latham hailed his side's "pretty clinical performance".
"The way we were just able to keep taking wickets, that's the best way really to stall a run rate," he added.
"I thought our bowling performance was outstanding."
New Zealand's victory in Dunedin levelled the series 1-1 ahead of the decider this Saturday in Queenstown.
Sri Lanka had won the opening T20 match last Sunday in Auckland.
Milne's impressive bowling display left New Zealand with a target of 142 to win.
Opener Chad Bowes was caught after hitting 31 off 15 balls before Seifert peppered the boundary in a partnership of 106 alongside Latham, who finished 20 not out.
Seifert then wrapped up New Zealand's innings in style with two towering sixes.
It was a brutal defeat for Sri Lanka, who had made a good start.
The tourists then collapsed by losing their next six wickets for just 42 runs as New Zealand's seamers found their length to devastating effect.
Charith Asalanka was the last Sri Lankan batter to offer any resistance, chalking up 24 runs off 19 balls.
"We got a good start but lost the momentum in the middle," said Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka, who paid credit to Milne's superb bowling.
"Losing wickets at regular intervals cost us the game."
Sri Lanka have lost both the Test and one-day international series 2-0 during their month-long tour of New Zealand.
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