It was the big-name batsmen and the young bowlers who led the way for the BLACKCAPS in their T20 warm-up win over the Sri Lanka XI in Colombo.
Colin Munro (48* off 27 retired) and Martin Guptill (22) set the tone with a brisk 74-run opening partnership, before Ross Taylor (43* retired) guided the visitors through to 168-6 from their 20 overs.
The run-chase was always behind the asking rate and finished 33 runs short at 135-9, with Scott Kuggeleijn claiming the impressive figures of 4-16 from his four overs, while Ish Sodhi chimed in with three wickets.
The BLACKCAPS have relocated to Kandy to prepare for the opening T20 International against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele Sports Stadium on Sunday evening (Monday 1:30am NZT).
As it happened...
Munro 48* (retired) & a Taylor 50 with support from Guptill (22) gets us through to 168 in our T20 warm-up. Scorecard | https://t.co/zkPcCqa21C— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 29, 2019
Follow the chase live - https://t.co/XSLZhOBRkH #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/wXn5yJZ7Nl
Warm-up T20 compete in Colombo with a 33-run win over Sri Lanka A. Munro 48*, Taylor 41*, Guptil 22, Kuggeleijn 4-19, Sodhi 3-43, Santner 1-23. Full scorecard: https://t.co/qovVNdKmS7 #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/Yu7jX4viRz— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 29, 2019