Fort Lauderdale (Florida):Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second of two Twenty20 matches, part of international cricket's historic attempt to break into the US market.
Sri Lanka triumphed in the low-scoring affair with more than four overs to spare to earn a 1-1 draw in the series on Sunday.
Nuwan Kulasekara tore through New Zealand's top order, taking three wickets in the second over as he removed openers Brendon McCullum and Aaron Redmond along with Rob Nicol. New Zealand was 13 for five at one stage.
Daniel Vettori and Nathan McCullum were the only New Zealanders to reach double figures, but the 81 runs was no challenge for Sri Lanka even on the slow, lifeless pitch.
Vettori's 27 gave New Zealand a glimmer of hope, and Nathan McCullum's 36 took the total to 81 before the Kiwis were bowled out in the 18th over.
Mahela Jayawardene got Sri Lanka going with a 12-ball 17. Thissara Perera (24) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (33 n.o.) were the other principal scorers.
Sri Lanka had lost Saturday's opening match, which marked the first cricket game on US soil between two ICC full members. — AFP
New Zealand:B. McCullum b Kulasekara 1, A. Redmond lbw b Kulasekara 1, L. Taylor lbw b Mathews 5, R. Nicol lbw b Kulasekara 0, D. Vettori c Sangakkara b Mendis 27, G. Hopkins (run out) 1, N. McCullum (not out) 36, J. Oram c Kapugedera b Malinga 3, K. Mills lbw b Mendis 0, T. Southee b Malinga 4, A. McKay b Malinga 0; Extras (w-3): 3. Total (in 17.3 overs): 81.
Fall of wickets:1-3, 2-4, 3-4, 4-8, 5-13, 6-58, 7-67, 8-68, 9-81.
Sri Lanka bowling:Mathews 4-0-22-1, Kulasekara 3-1-4-3, Malinga 2.3-0-12-3, Mendis 4-0-19-2, Jayasuriya 1-0-12-0, Perera 2-0-8-0, Dilshan 1-0-4-0.
Sri Lanka:M. Jayawardene c B. McCullum b Oram 17, T. Dilshan (not out) 33, N. Perera c Nicol b N. McCullum 24, K. Sangakkara st. Hopkins b N. McCullum 5, A. Mathews (not out) 0; Extras (b-1, w-6): 7; Total (for three wkts. in 15.3 overs): 86.
Fall of wickets:1-19, 2-63, 3-80.
New Zealand bowling:Mills 3-0-18-0, McKay 2-0-11-0, Oram 2-0-3-1, N. McCullum 4-0-15-2, Vettori 2-0-10-0, Southee 1-0-15-0, Nicol 1.3-0-13-0 .