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Sri Lanka on top after Kiwis struggle

Felix Austin | cricket20

Sri Lanka hold the advantage after restricting New Zealand to a total of just 120-7 at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill in the first of their two game Twenty20 international series.

Having won the toss New Zealand batted first but having lost wickets at regular intervals they were unable to build a competitive total as the Kiwi batsman failed to build on a number of positive starts.

Ross Taylor top scored for the Kiwis before he was run out in the 13th over. His innings of 27 came from 30 balls and included just 3 fours.

With Sri Lanka on top Ajantha Mendis was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets and conceding just 18 runs from his 4 over.

Having got off to a positive start the Kiwis lost two early wickets with openers Brendon McCullum (18) and Aaron Redmond (8) both being dismissed within the space of 5 balls as New Zealand were reduced to 27-2 at the start of the 4th over.

Rob Nicol and Ross Taylor built a vital 3rd wicket partnership of 34 on a wicket with low bounce which was making it hard for the ball to reach the boundary.

With the foundations of the partnership laid Nicol tried to increase the scoring rate but he was bowled by Suraj Randiv at the end of the 8th over to leave the Kiwis 51-3.

Taylor then enjoyed another good partnership which contributed 20 runs with Scott Styris, but once again the batsman couldn’t build on a solid base thanks to Ajantha Mendis who bowled Styris in the 12th over.

Taylor and Martin Guptill (10) soon followed to leave Daniel Vettori (21) and Nathan McCullum (9) the task of giving the Kiwi bowlers a competitive total to defend.

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