New Zealand at the moment seems to be taking merciless cricket to an all new level. What followed in the second T20I between the Kiwis and the Sri Lankans at Eden Park in Auckland was just a display of ruthlessness and sheer demolition. The hosts chased down a moderate total of 143 in just 10 overs to seal the game and the T20I series along with it. With the end of the game, a nightmare tour for Angelo Mathews’ Sri Lanka came to an end, after the Sri Lankans were crucified in all the formats by the Blackcaps.
The Sri Lankan batting struggled once again and looked utterly hopeless against the New Zealand bowlers. Trent Boult had a rare off day as he was taken for 36 runs in his 4 overs. However, medium pacer Grant Elliot had a field day, as the all-rounder grabbed four wickets. For the visitors, barring skipper Mathews, no batsman displayed any confidence. Mathews remained unbeaten on 81 off 49, to take his team to a total of 142.
New Zealand began like a storm and by the time the storm ended, the game was all but over. In the fifth over, Martin Guptill registered the quickest ever half century for a Kiwi batsman, getting to the mark in just 19 balls. Little did Guptill know, that his record would not even last for half an hour! Colin Munro, in at number 3, got to his half century in just 14 balls, to crack the second fastest international fifty across all forms of the game.
Below, are the statistical highlights for the second T20I between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
1. 14. Munro took 14 deliveries to get to his 50. He took 2 balls more than the record holder for the fastest fifty in international cricket (Yuvraj Singh, 12 balls vs England, 2007).
2. 77. The percentage of runs scored by two batsmen (Mathews, Dilshan) for the entire Sri Lankan innings.
3. 50. 50% of the deliveries Munro faced were hit for a six. He hit 7 sixes out of the 14 deliveries he faced.
4. 11.33. Udana was Sri Lanka’s most economical bowler, with an economy rate of 11.33