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Tim Seifert registered a solid knock of valuable 88 runs. Due to his inning, New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 4 wickets in the 3rd and final T20I against Sri Lanka in Queenstown last Saturday, 8th April 2023.
Earlier, In the Sri Lanka innings, Kusal Mendis hit a fast half-century as Sri Lanka posted 182-6 in their 20 overs inning. Wicketkeeper and opener Mendis competed for 73 runs off 48 balls to set the Kiwis an impressive chase to win the series. It was a difficult tour for the Sri Lanka team.
Captain Tom Latham provided the only notable assist, 31-23, and the New Zealand middle class almost conspired to lose the game after Seifert left with four overs to go. The Black Caps had little more than a run-a-ball to score at this point and were stuttering. Mark Chapman needed 10 runs to win thefinal, which was bowled by Lahiru Kumara (3-38). With two innings still needed from the last two innings, Rachin Ravindra controlled his nerves to find space in the outfield and ran two to secure the 2-1 series win. concludes a disappointing tour for Sri Lanka, who lost the Test and ODI series by the same 2-0 result but were more competitive in the shorter format.
They gave themselves a chance to win after Kusal Mendis hit a quick 73 from 48 balls and made the best of it after Daryl Mitchell grounded them on 10. The opening goaltender hit six fours and five sixes in his 12th half-century, just short of a career-best 79. After being invited to bat, Mendis was the dominant figure in a starting 76 with Pathum Nissanka (25-on-25) before hitting another 46 with Kusal Perera (33-on-21). gates quickly fell on the closures, preventing tourists from approaching 200. Ben Lister clinched 2-37 while his colleague Adam Milne and foot bowler Ish Sodhi were the most economical of the New Zealand bowlers, posting identical numbers of 1-30 in four overs.
Sri Lanka – 182/6 in 20 Overs.
New Zealand – 183/6 in 19.5/20 Overs
Player of the match – Tim Seifert 88 (48)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets