WT20: Munro, Anderson help New Zealand hammer Sri Lanka by 74 runs
New Zealand convincingly defeatedÂ Sri Lanka by 74 runs in a warm-up match of the ICC World T20Â here today.
Chasing a challenging target of 227, Sri Lanka had aÂ disastrous start with both their openers falling cheaply.
Seasoned Tillakratne Dilshan was bowled by Corey Anderson forÂ a duck while Dinesh Chandimal too went back to the pavilionÂ after being cleaned up by Adam Milne.
Lahiru Thirammane and Chamara Kapugedara then ralliedÂ the innings with a 66 runs stand off 41 balls before theÂ former was caught by Anderson off Ish Sodhi in the 13th over.
But Sri Lanka were never in the fray as they kept onÂ losing wickets at regular intervals and ended at 152 forÂ seven.
Earlier, electing to bat, Colin Munro (67) and AndersonÂ (60) took on the Sri Lankan bowlers. Munro scored 29 runs inÂ the 10th over as he hit four consecutive sixes off pacer DasunÂ Shanaka.
The Kiwis started on a bad note as their skipper KaneÂ Williamson, after being dropped on a duck in the very firstÂ over, fell cheaply for just 10 with only 16 on the board.
Another Kiwi opener Martin Guptill hit seven fours and aÂ six in 41 runs quick knock off 25 deliveries before beingÂ caught at cover by Senanayake.
Munro then stitched a partnership with Anderson as theyÂ added 92 for the third wicket.
Anderson, before retiring smashed five sixes and fourÂ fours.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 226/5 in 20 overs (Colin MunroÂ 67, Corry Anderson 60; D Shanaka 2/48).
Sri Lanka 152/7 in 20 overs (L Thirummane 41, CÂ Kapudegadara 38; Adam Milne 3/26 and Ish Sodhi 2-19).