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New Zealand edge out Sri Lanka

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 28 runs in the first of two Twenty20 matches on Saturday as international cricket made an historic attempt to break into the American market. However, the format’s reputation as a carnival of brutal power-hitting suffered on a slow, lifeless pitch at the 20,000-capacity Central Broward Regional Park Stadium at Lauderhill.

New Zealand struggled to a modest 120-7 off their 20 overs before Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 92.

On a day of tough batting and bowling conditions, only two sixes were hit in the entire match, which was hardly the kind of advertisement the International Cricket Council (ICC) would have wanted.

Saturday’s match and a second on Sunday are the first cricket games on US soil between two ICC full members.

Only two Sri Lankan batsmen managed to adapt to the conditions with skipper Kumar Sangakkara making 17 and Angelo Mathews top-scoring with 27 before the 2009 World Twenty20 runners-up lost their last six wickets for just 30 runs.

Experienced medium pacer Scott Styris did the damage with 3-10 off three overs. Styris said: “It wasn’t too bad, this wicket suited me.” Ross Taylor top-scored for New Zealand with 27 off 30 balls with skipper Daniel Vettori contributing 21.

For Sri Lanka, spinner Ajantha Mendis starred with the ball, taking 2-18 off his four overs.

Vettori admitted his team’s batting had been a worry.

“It wasn’t much of a total, but we bowled well.

NEW ZEALAND 

B McCullum c Mathews b Kulasekara	18 
A Redmond c Malinga b Mathews		 8
R Nicol b Randiv 			10
L Taylor run out			27
S Styris b Mendis 			10
D Vettori not out 			21
M Guptill b Mendis			10
N McCullum c Jayawardene b Malinga	 9
K Mills not out 			 2
	
EXTRAS (lb1, w4)			 5
TOTAL (7 wickets; 20 overs)		120
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (B McCullum), 2-27 (Redmond), 3-51 (Nicol), 4-71 (Styris), 5-77 (Taylor), 6-94 (Guptill), 7-113 (N McCullum)

Bowling: Mathews 3-0-17-1, Kulasekara 3-0 22-1, Malinga 4-0-25-1 (2w), Randiv 2-0-12-1, Perera 4-0-25-0 (1w), Mendis 4-0-18-2 

SRI LANKA
M Jayawardene c B McCullum b Mills	 0
T Dilshan b Mills			6
K Sangakkara c Styris b Vettori		17
A Mathews c sub (J Oram) b Styris  	27
C Kapugedera c Redmond b Styris		 7
C Jayasinghe not out			 9
N Perera c N McCullum b Styris		 3
K Kulasekara run out 			 6
S Randiv c B McCullum b McKay		 6
L Malinga run out  			 0
A Mendis b McKay			 2

EXTRAS (b1, lb4, w3, nb1)     		 9
TOTAL (all out; 19.4 overs)		92  
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Jayawardene), 2-20 (Dilshan), 3-48 (Sangakkara), 4-62 (Mathews),
 	5-62 (Kapugedera), 6-69 (Perera), 7-78 (Kulasekara), 8-85 (Randiv), 9-85 (Malinga), 10-92 (Mendis)
Bowling: Mills 4-0-17-2 (1w), McKay 3.4-0-20-2 (1nb), Southee 3-0-10-0 (1w), N McCullum 2-0-19-0 (1w), Vettori 4-0-11-1, Styris 3-0-10-3

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