Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st T20I Live Score: Ross Taylor, de Grandhomme shine as NZ win by 5 wickets

New Zealand won the first T20I against Sri Lanka by 5 wickets at the Pallekele International Stadium after they chased down the target of 175 with 5 wickets to spare.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st T20I Live Score: Ross Taylor, de Grandhomme shine as NZ win by 5 wicketsSri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st T20I Live Score: Ross Taylor, de Grandhomme shine as NZ win by 5 wickets
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New Zealand won the first T20I against Sri Lanka by 5 wickets at the Pallekele International Stadium after they chased down the target of 175 with 5 wickets to spare. The Kiwis were on the backfoot upfront after Lasith Malinga had sent back Colin Munro for a golden duck in the very first over of the innings, but the duo of Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme ensured that the innings was back on track with a 79-run partnership. 

With Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert struggling to get going in the powerplay overs, the hosts would have fancied their chances, but the fourth wicket stand took the game away from the Sri Lankans. Malinga did get his side back into the match with the wicket of de Grandhomme, who was out for 48, but in the end it proved too late. Taylor (44) too was sent back by debutant Wanidu Hasaranga, but the duo of Darly Mitchell and Mitchell Santner ensured that the target was easily chased down. 

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka skipper Malinga had won the toss and opted to bat first. Kusal Mendis starred with a fluent 79 as he helped his team to a score of 171 for 4. The opener hit eight fours and two sixes in his stay at the crease, and he was ably supported by Niroshan Dickwella, who made 35 and helped put on 63 for the third wicket.

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