From Grandhomme, Tom Bruce gives victory to the New Zealand T20I series over Sri Lanka

KANDY (Sri Lanka): Colin de Grandhomme (59) and Tom bruce (53) scored good fifties to give New Zealand a four wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the second T20I of the three-game series at Pallekele.

With this victory, the Kiwis have won a 2-0 lead in the series.

Chasing 162, New Zealand had a bad start as Akila Dananjaya fired starter Colin Munro (13) in the second part of the entries.

Shortly after, Dananjaya sent Tim Seifert (15) and Scott Kuggeleijn (8) back to the pavilion to reduce Kiwis to 38/3 in the final quarter. Roulette made both bats straighten in front.

De Grandhomme and Bruce got together in the middle while stabilizing New Zealand's entrances. They did not allow the requested execution rate to go beyond.

The duo sews an association of 109 races, but with 15 required 11-ball races, Grandhomme (59) perished, giving Sri Lanka hope of victory.

With 7 races needed from the end, the Kiwis received a great blow when Bruce (53) and Daryl Mitchell (1) were sent back to the pavilion in successive balls. In the third ball of the final, there was a collision in the wide long boundary, a fielder took the catch, but crossed the boundary and was awarded a six to New Zealand.

In the end, New Zealand won the game by four wickets and with two balls to spare.

Previously, came for Niroshan Dickwella and Avishka Fernando helped Sri Lanka record a score of 161 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the twenty assigned envelopes.

Kusal Perera Openers and Kusal Mendis It provided a stable start to the Sri Lankan entrances when the duo put a 34-run position, but their resistance quickly came to an end when both batters were sent back to the pavilion to reduce the side to 40/2 in 6.2 overs.

Mendis (26) was fired by Seth Rance, while Perera (11) was sent back to the pavilion by Ish Sodhi.

Fernando and Dickwella recovered tickets for the Islands when the duo mixed caution with aggression to keep the score. Both batters made a 68-run stop, but their passage through the fold finally came to an end when Fernando (37) was fired by Kiwi captain Tim Southee.

After Fernando's dismissal, Kiwis received consecutive wickets from Dickwella (39) and Dasun Shanaka (0) leave Sri Lanka 124/5 in 16 overs.

Shehan Jayasuriya and Wanindu Hasaranga made a brief association of 24 races, but trying to accelerate the deaths, both batters perished and the side was reduced to 150/7 on day 19.

Isuru Udana managed to score 10 runs of the final and, as a result, Sri Lanka surpassed the 160-run mark in the twenty assigned.

Sri Lanka and New Zealand will close horns in the final T20I of the three-game series on September 6.

Brief scores: New Zealand 165/6 (Colin de Grandhomme 59, Tom bruce 53, Akila Dananjaya 3-36) defeat Sri Lanka 161/9 (Niroshan Dickwella 39, Avishka Fernando 37, Seth Rance 3-33) by four wickets.

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