Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in second Twenty 20

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Melbourne, May 24 (ANI): Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 cricket international played in the United States.

New Zealand could not defend their inadequate target of 81 runs on a poor batting surface at Lauderhill in Florida as Sri Lanka cruised to victory in the 16th over.

Tillakaratne Dilshan led the way for Sri Lanka with a fine 33 not out off 49 balls while Thissara Perera made 24 off 17, The Age reports.

New Zealand, who won the first match in the two-match series by 28 runs on Sunday, were struggling on a low, slow and inconsistent pitch.

They could make just 81 runs off 17.3 overs after being bowled by seamers Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga and spinner Ajantha Mendis.

Kulasekara was reduced New Zealand to 13 for five inside the opening five overs as their top order collapsed.

He finished with the outstanding figures of three for four off three overs before Malinga collected three for 12 and Mendis two for 19.

Only two New Zealand batsmen reached double figures, with Nathan McCullum topscoring with an unbeaten 36 off 39 balls and skipper Daniel Vettori making 27 off 24. (ANI)

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