Auckland: New Zealand blitzed the second Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in Auckland yesterday with a whirlwind display by Martin Guptill and Colin Munro to set up a nine-wicket win.
Kiwi Colin Munro slams one during his unbeaten 50 off 14 balls against Sri Lanka in the Auckland T2O international yesterday. Pic/AFP
Munro brought up the winning runs with a six to be unbeaten on 50 after 14 balls, the second fastest Twenty20 half-century behind a 12-ball spree by India's Yuvraj Singh against England in 2007.
It was also the fastest 50 by a New Zealander, eclipsing the 20-minute-old record set by Guptill who took 19 balls to get there at the top of the innings.
Guptill was the only wicket to fall in the New Zealand innings, out for 63 off 25 balls with six fours and five sixes, while Munro clouted seven sixes and one four. It took New Zealand exactly 10 overs to mow down the modest 143-run target with Kane Williamson unbeaten on 32.
After being sent in to bat, Sri Lanka all out for 142 with only Angelo Mathews showing any resistance with an unbeaten 81.
It was Mathews' highest score in the shortest form of the game, easily eclipsing his previous best of 58 against England five years ago.
The victory gave New Zealand a clean sweep of the tour by Sri Lanka, winning the Twenty20s 2-0 to go with their 2-0 domination of the Tests and 3-1 win in the one-dayers.
Sri Lanka 142-8 in 20 overs (A Mathews 81*; G Elliott 4-22) lost to New Zealand 147-1 in 10 overs (MJ Guptill 63, C Munro 50*, K Williamson 32*) by nine wickets
Yuvraj Singh - 12 balls vs England in 2007
Colin Munro - 14 balls vs Sri Lanka in 2016
Paul Stirling - 17 balls vs Afghanistan in 2012
Stephan Myburgh - 17 balls vs Ireland in 2014
Chris Gayle - 17 balls vs South Africa in 2015