11 Jan 2016

Black Caps win T20 series

6:09 am on 11 January 2016

New Zealand have beaten Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the second T20 International in Auckland to claim the series 2-0.

Adam Milne celebrates the wicket of Gunathilaka, January, 2016.

Adam Milne celebrates the wicket of Gunathilaka, January, 2016. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Black Caps only needed 10 overs to surpass the tourists' total of 142 for eight.

Martin Guptil top scored for New Zealand with 63 runs off 25 balls, before Colin Munro hit the third fastest T20i half-century in history off just 14 deliveries.

Munro's 50 featured seven sixes and eclipsed the record for the fastest T20i half-century by a New Zealander set only minutes earlier by Guptil off 19 balls.

Colin Munro on his way to 50 off 14 balls, January, 2016.

Colin Munro on his way to 50 off 14 balls, January, 2016. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Batting first after losing the toss, only two of Sri Lanka's batsmen reached double figures as Angelo Mathews posted his highest T20i score of 81 not out, while Tilakaratne Dilshan scored 28 from 26 deliveries.

Grant Elliott was the best of the Black Caps' bowlers taking four wickets for 22 runs.

Grant Elliott celebrates with Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson, January, 2016.

Grant Elliott celebrates with Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson, January, 2016. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The defeat means Sri Lanka loses its world number one ranking in T20i cricket.

The match completed Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand in which the hosts won both Test matches, three of four one-day internationals (one match was abandoned due to rain) and two T20s.

New Zealand next play Pakistan on Friday in the first of three T20 internationals.

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