23 May 2010

Black Caps beat Sri Lanka in US match

1:49 pm on 23 May 2010

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 28 runs in the first of two Twenty20 matches in Florida on Saturday.

New Zealand struggled to a modest 120 for seven off their 20 overs before Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 92 at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium at Lauderhill.

Saturday's match and a second on Sunday are the first cricket games on US soil between two ICC full members, and are being played in a bid to boost cricket's profile in America.

On a day of tough batting and bowling conditions, only two sixes were hit in the entire match.

Just two Sri Lankan batsmen managed to adapt to the conditions with skipper Kumar Sangakkara making 17 and Angelo Mathews top-scoring with 27 before the 2009 World Twenty20 runners-up lost their last six wickets for only 30 runs.

Experienced medium pacer Scott Styris did the damage with three for 10 off three overs.

Ross Taylor top-scored for New Zealand with 27 off 30 balls with skipper Daniel Vettori contributing 21.

For Sri Lanka, spinner Ajantha Mendis starred with the ball, taking two for 18 off his four overs.