Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Bruce help New Zealand seal series 2-0

Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis is attended to on the field by former Sri Lanka and current New Zealand physio Tommy Simsek after injuring his right knee during the second T20I against New Zealand at the Pallekele International Stadium

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Kusal Mendis and Shehan Jayasuriya are unlikely to feature in Sri Lanka's third Twenty20 worldwide against New Zealand on Friday (6), since both suffered leg injuries, while fielding in the second game, played at Pallekele on Tuesday (3).

Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya had his team on top early in the visitors' chase by dismissing opener Colin Munro (13) with the score on 19 in the second over, and then trapping Kuggelejin (8) and Tim Seifert (15) lbw in the fourth, leaving Kiwis struggling at 38-3. After the delivery, New Zealand only needed one run off three balls. The duo couldn't finish things off as Isuru Udana broke the partnership sending De Grandhomme, who tonked three sixes and couple of boundaries in his 46-ball 59 in the penultimate over.

New Zealand's Tom Bruce braved a knee injury late in his innings of 53 off 46 balls in the four-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

Thanks to some early boundaries, however, de Grandhomme and Bruce had time to play themselves in.

Shehan Jayasuriya actually caught Santner's strike but then hit the boundary rope after colliding with teammate Kusal Mendis.

According to ICC's code of conduct, a fine of 20 percent of each player's match fee will be levied as a fine for every over bowled behind schedule.

This stand of 109 runs between Grandhomme and Bruce is also the highest partnerships in T20Is by any pair against Sri Lanka for the 4th or any lower wicket.

For Sri Lanka, Avishka Fernando and Niroshan Dickwella put on 68 runs for a crucial third-wicket stand but the rest of the batting did not make an impression.

Jayasuriya and Kusal Mendis were injured in the clash that cost Sri Lanka six runs and ended the final-over drama as Santner hit the winning boundary on the fourth ball off Wanindu Hasaranga. Jayasuriya ran to grab the catch at wide long-on region.

Rance claimed three wickets while fellow paceman Southee returned impressive figures of 2-18 from his four overs.

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