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New Zealand A pummel Sri Lanka

- CHRIS BARCLAY

MITCHELL SANTNER celebrated his call-up for the Blacks Caps’ upcoming tour of Australia by blitzing the Sri Lankan A attack before New Zealand A completed a four-match, one-day series whitewash in Christchur­ch yesterday.

Santner, who was named as Corey Anderson’s replacemen­t after the allrounder was ruled out of the three-test tour with a back injury on Monday, slugged an unbeaten 70 from 43 balls as NZ A set the tourists an unattainab­le 300 runs for victory at Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

Sri Lanka never threatened to notch a morale-boosting win as their reply to NZ A’s 299 for five from 45 overs fizzled out 172 short when Chamara Kapugedera was unable to bat due to injury.

Rain trimmed five overs from the contest and once the skies cleared the runs flowed as George Worker ensured Nisala Tharaka’s opening spell was mercifully brief.

Worker struck four consecutiv­e boundaries as the wayward paceman’s over cost 19 to set the tone for NZ A’s concerted assault.

Right-armer Lahiru Madushanka encouragin­gly opened with a maiden – and claimed openers Worker (47) and Michael Pollard (32) – but he was also savaged, though not to the extent of Tharaka who had 20 plundered from his second and final over when he was foolishly recalled.

Worker and Pollard piled on 76 in the opening power play, Michael Bracewell (53), and Henry Nicholls (44) then added relatively New Zealand A 299-5 from 45 overs (Mitchell Santner 70*, Michael Bracewell 53, George Worker 47, Henry Nicholls 44) beat Sri Lanka A 127-9, 25.4 overs (Dhanushka Gunathilak­e 39; Jacob Duffy 2-13, Neil Wagner 2-31) by 172 runs. sedate stability before Santner teed off. The left-hander cracked five boundaries and four sixes – and posted his half century from 33 deliveries – as the Sri Lankan attack wilted, with the exception of leg spinner Jeffrey Vandersay who took 1-32 from nine overs.

Sri Lanka’s batsmen were unable to atone for their bowlers’ inaccuracy with wickets falling at regular intervals – opener Dhanushka Gunathilak­e, who scored half centuries in game one and two, offered the only resistance with a belligeren­t 39 from 27 balls before Sri Lanka’s last pair trudged off at 127 for nine in the 26th over.

The teams now switch to fourday mode for games starting at Hagley Oval on Saturday and the tour ending clash at Bert Sutcliffe Oval from October 24.

 ??  ?? Mitchell Santner bludgeoned the Sri Lankan A attack before New Zealand A completed a one-day series clean sweep in Christchur­ch yesterday.
Mitchell Santner bludgeoned the Sri Lankan A attack before New Zealand A completed a one-day series clean sweep in Christchur­ch yesterday.

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