Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson shine as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in only T20

first_imgDoug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson shine as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in only T20Doug Bracewell made 44 from 26 balls and Lockie Ferguson grabbed three wickets to lead New Zealand to a 35-run win over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 on Friday and a clean sweep of the tourists across all formats.advertisement Associated Press AucklandJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 16:18 IST Doug Bracewell blasted 44 off 26 balls and picked up a wicket vs Sri Lanka (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs in the one-off T20IDoug Bracewell made 44 off just 26 balls while Lockie Ferguson took 3 for 31New Zealand previously beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-Test series and 3-0 in ODI seriesAll-rounders Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn joined forces to lead New Zealand to a 35-run win over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 on Friday and a clean sweep of the tourists across all formats. Bracewell made 44 from 26 balls and Kuggeleijn, on debut, hit an unbeaten 35 from 15 as New Zealand rallied from 55 for 5 after 10 overs to make 179 for 7 batting first. Kuggeleijn then took 1 for 26, Bracewell 1 for 19, and both held two catches as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 144 in 16.5 overs.Paceman Lockie Ferguson took 3 for 31 and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi 3 for 30 as New Zealand pulled back Sri Lanka which was well ahead of the run rate for much of its chase. New Zealand previously beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-Test series and 3-0 in a three-match one-day international series.Kuggeleijn, who followed his father Chris as a New Zealand player, and Bracewell, also the son of a former international – fast bowler Brendon – both emerged as genuine all-rounders in limited-overs cricket with their performances on Friday.I’ve been working hard on my batting. Just trying to stay still and watch the ball hard. – Doug Bracewell talking to Laura McGoldrick on @skysportnz #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/D5c9kjwuZ5BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 11, 2019New Zealand made a poor start after losing the toss and being sent in, losing Martin Guptill (1) in the first over, Tim Seifert (2) in the second, Henry Nicholls (4) in the third and Colin Munro (16) in the fourth to be 27-4.Veteran Lasith Malinga, in possibly his last match in New Zealand, and youngster Kasun Rajitha both took two wickets in their opening spells. When Mitchell Santner was out for 13 in the 10th over, New Zealand was 55-5 at the midpoint of their innings.advertisementA competitive total seemed unlikely as the New Zealand batsmen struggled on a drop-in pitch which offered good bounce and on which the slower ball was often effective. But Ross Taylor (33) put on 47 with Bracewell in a sixth-wicket stand, which helped to repair the innings, then Bracewell took charge with a bright innings which included one four and five sixes in his first match for New Zealand in a year.”I got going with (Taylor) and managed to get a few away, and then (Kuggeleijn) on debut was outstanding,” Bracewell said.”The boys all sort of chipped in with a few wickets there.”VICTORY! Just like that the BLACKCAPS wrap up the Sri Lanka tail. Ish Sodhi impressive with a couple late ones and finishing with 3-30!win by 35 runs.#NZvSL @PhotosportNZ pic.twitter.com/BCptQWAffBBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 11, 2019Kuggeleijn joined Bracewell and hit 35, which included one four and four sixes, in a partnership of 41. He added a further 36 with Tim Southee (13) to lift New Zealand to a total which was close to par on Eden Park.Sri Lanka made a blazing start to their reply with Niroshan Dickwella hitting a four and six from the first two balls of their innings. He blasted Sri Lanka to 29 for 1 after only two overs.The tourists remained well ahead of New Zealand’s run curve, reaching 52 for 3 after five overs and 95-4 after 10.Big-hitting Thisara Perera looked likely to lead Sri Lanka to victory as he raced to 43 from 24 balls with two fours and three sixes. He worked well in partnerships with Kusal Mendis and Dhanajaya de Silva.Victory @BLACKCAPS!!! #NeverInDoubt pic.twitter.com/ETLhFxdt8WThe ACC (@TheACCnz) January 11, 2019But Ferguson returned to dismiss Perera and de Silva in one over and Sri Lanka’s effort petered out.”I thought we did really well in the bowling part, but in the last overs we gave away a few too many runs,” Malinga said. “I still feel that in the batting part we didn’t understand how to win the game.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Lockie FergusonFollow Ish SodhiFollow Doug BracewellFollow Scott​ Kuggeleijnlast_img read more

Womens volleyball Hoosiers upset Buckeyes in Bloomington

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Lantern file photoA third-set Buckeye effort wasn’t enough to stop the Indiana Hoosiers from swiping a win from the Ohio State women’s volleyball team on Saturday. Indiana took home the 3-1 victory on their home court, while No. 22 OSU fell to 15-11 overall on the season and 5-9 in the Big Ten. The loss tallies two in a row for the Buckeyes, dropping a match to Wisconsin prior to their faceoff with the Hoosiers. OSU has just six remaining matches in the regular season. The Buckeyes will see three of those teams for the first time this season. A week ago, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said that allowing teams to go on three or four-point runs is ruinous for the Buckeyes. In the first set alone, the Hoosiers went on three three-point runs and created a hole for OSU. Near the conclusion of the first set, the Buckeyes pulled within two points but it was the deadly three-point deficit that came back to haunt them. The Hoosiers took the first set, 25-22. The second set was anchored offensively by sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold, who swung for 10 kills. Even with impressive statistics, the Buckeyes were doomed to play catch-up nearly the entire set. However, OSU rallied and tied the score at 23-23. Then, Indiana’s Deyshia Lofton secured a kill and an assisted block for the second Indiana set win. By the third set, the Buckeyes had had enough, and jumped out to an 8-0 lead, assisted by multiple attacking errors from the Hoosiers. It wasn’t long before sophomore setter Taylor Hughes set foot on the service line and led the team on another three-point run to make the score 14-4. The OSU kills kept rolling, as senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe racked up three in a row, and junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz led the set-winning attack. The Buckeyes headed into the fourth set trailing 2-1. Down for nearly the entire set, OSU gained its first lead at 14-13. The advantage changed hands briefly before the score was mirrored at 22 each. It was the Hoosiers’ Allison Hammond who slammed down two attacks in the final minutes to take the match, 25-23. Appold and Sandbothe combined for 37 kills during the match, while freshman Madison Smeathers assisted with five blocks. OSU will have a chance to redeem its loss to the Hoosiers at the final match of the regular season in front of a home crowd. Before then, the team will first face Rutgers at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. John Arena. read more