September 4, 2009 / 6:08 PM / in 9 years

New Zealand clinch Twenty20 series win over Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (Reuters) - New Zealand won the second Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka by 22 runs to clinch a 2-0 series victory Friday.

New Zealand's captain Daniel Vettori poses with the trophy after winning their second Twenty20 cricket match and the series against Sri Lanka in Colombo September 4, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

New Zealand followed their thrilling three-run victory on Wednesday night with an impressive all-round display, following the disappointment of a 2-0 test series defeat.

The tourists won the toss and piled on 170 with Jess Ryder scoring a 37-ball 52 that included three huge sixes. Brendon McCullum scored 49 from 34 balls.

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Sri Lanka’s bowlers, with the exception of spinners Ajantha Mendis (1-21) and Sanath Jayasuriya (2-22), were punished as Ryder and McCullum gave New Zealand a winning platform with an 84-run opening stand.

Sri Lanka made a poor start to their run chase, collapsing to 11 for 3 with Tillakaratne Dilshan (one), Mahela Udawatte (nought) and Jayasuriya (seven) all going early.

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara repaired some of the damage with a 67-run partnership.

Jayawardene stroked 41 from 30 balls, with five fours and a six, and Sangakkara cracked a career-best 69 from 50 balls with seven boundaries.

However, the hosts were always behind the run rate as New Zealand bowled tightly and fielded brilliantly throughout the innings.

Editing by Alison Wildey

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