Sri Lanka hammer New Zealand in second T20 to achieve series win

Johannesburg, Nov 22 (ANI): Sri Lanka achieved an emphatic eight-wicket win over New Zealand in the second Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Thursday, boosted by aggressive half-centuries from Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

The defeat ended New Zealand's short limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka, which was marred by bad weather.

Perera smashed 57 off 37 balls and Dilshan remained unbeaten on 59 off 49 balls as Sri Lanka, the top-ranked Twenty20 side in the world, surpassed New Zealand's 142-7 with 13 balls to spare.

According to Sport24, Perera's score, which included six fours and two sixes, combined with Dilshan's, which included eight boundaries, made a collective 96 for the second wicket after veteran Mahela Jayawardene fell LBW for three in the second over.

The first Twenty20 match at the same venue on Tuesday was washed out and the preceding one-day series was drawn 1-1 with one game rained off, the report added. (ANI)

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