Ross Taylor hit a stormy 48 in the first T20 International against Sri Lanka in Kandy on Sunday to become the hero in his team's 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka in New Zealand. With this victory, New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 series. Apart from this, Lasith Malinga, who took 2 wickets in this match, has become the highest wicket-taker in T20 International. He has got 99 wickets in 74 matches and during this time he left behind Pakistan's Shahid Afridi.
Chasing the target of 175 runs given by Sri Lanka, New Zealand did not start well and lost 3 wickets for 39 runs. Guptill 11, Munro 0 and Tin Seifert 15 run out. Meanwhile, Colin de Grandhom and Ross Taylor, who came to bat, handled the innings. Both added 79 runs in 37 balls for the fourth wicket and brought the team back in the match. Although both of them did not return unbeaten, before the dismissal, they gave the team a break from the crisis. Grandhomme scored 44 from 28 balls and Taylor scored 48 from 29 balls. Daryl Mitchell scored 25 not out from 19 balls and Mitchell Santner scored 14 not out from 8 balls. Lasith Malinga took 2 wickets for 23 runs in 4 overs.
Earlier, Kusal Mendis played an innings of 79 runs in 53 balls, taking Sri Lanka's score to 174 for 4 wickets. Mendis shared an important 63-run partnership for the third wicket with Niroshan Dickwella. Dickwella scored 33 runs.