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Franklin, Astle star in a comfortable win

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New Zealand have drawn the 2-Twenty20 Intl Series with a comfortable victory of 5 wickets at Auckland. James Franklin had set up the victory by pushing Sri Lanka on the backfoot after they were put into bat first by Fleming. The Kiwis required to chase just 116 which they did so losing five wickets and with 9 deliveries to spare.

Nathan Astle got into some form striking an unbeaten 40 from 37 balls with 4 fours and a six to take NZ home. New Zealand were off to a splendid start from McCullum and Fleming which knocked off almost half of the target in just six overs. McCullum was the second highest scorer with a run-a-ball 28 while Fleming made 17. Dilhara Fernando bowled well to take 3 for 19 in his 4 overs quota.

Earlier Sri Lanka who were put into bat first were into deep trouble losing half their side in the first half of their innings. They were bowled out in 18.2 overs having put up just 115. They could get to atleast that total thanks to Lasith Malinga’s 27 and Dilhara Fernando’s 21. James Franklin who got the Man of the Match award had done the damage at the top taking 3 for 23 in 4 overs.

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