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AUCKLAND---Martin Guptill hit the
fastest half-century by a New Zealand
batsman, only for Colin Munro to better
it moments later as the hosts needed
just 10 overs to rout Sri Lanka by nine
wickets in their Twenty20 match yes-
terday, winning both matches of the
Grant Elliott took 4-22 as New Zealand
restricted Sri Lanka to 142-8 batting first.
Guptill then reached his 50 off 19 balls
and Munro needed just 14 deliveries, hit-
ting a six on the last ball of the tenth
over to end the lopsided contest, with
New Zealand finishing on 147-1.
Munro s half century, which included
seven sixes, was the second-fastest in all
T20 internationals, behind only a 12-ball
50 by India s Yuvraj Singh.
New Zealand had previously won the
two-match test series against Sri Lanka
2-0 and the five-match one-day series
3-1 with one match abandoned.
In losing this series, Sri Lanka likely
surrendered its top-ranking in Twenty20
cricket to the West Indies ahead of the
World Cup in India in March.
Munro missed both the test and one-
day series but returned as a Twenty20
specialist and his barnstorming innings
should be enough to seal his place at No.
3 in the New Zealand order for the World
He had a hard act to follow when he
came to the wicket with Guptill just out
for 63 after an 89-run opening partner-
ship with Kane Williamson. Guptill had
already taken the long-handle to the Sri
Lanka bowlers, hitting six fours and five
"Guppy s had a very good record this
summer and to beat that record was very
pleasing for myself," said Munro who was
named Man of the Match.
New Zealand captain Williamson had
the best seat in the house to watch the
power hitting as he shared the swift open-
ing stand with Guptill, then another of
58 with Munro. He finished with a com-
paratively sedate 32 not out from 21 balls.
Sri Lanka leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay
conceded 41 runs from two overs and
Dushmantha Chameera 46 from three.
"To restrict them to the score we did
I thought was a good effort but I still
thought it would be a bit of a scrap on
that wicket as it was holding up a frac-
tion," Williamson said.
"But it didn t seem to be a problem
for those two guys and they cleared the
ropes consistently so that s exciting to
see for our team and hopefully we can
build on this and keep moving on with
our T20 cricket."
New Zealand immediately starts a
three-match series against Pakistan.
Angelo Mathews held together the Sri
Lanka innings with an outstanding
unbeaten 81 from 49 balls while his team-
mates too often threw away their wickets
with rash shots. Tillakaratne Dilshan,
who made 28, was the only batsman
other than Mathews to bat responsibly.
"I m really disappointed with the way
we played," Sri Lanka captain Dinesh
Chandimal said. "Thanks to Angelo we
were able to put a competitive total on
the board but I m really disappointed
with the way we bowled.
"Martin (Guptill) is in good form and
New Zealand played awesome cricket."
England s Chris Woakes believes all
the pressure is on South Africa heading
to the third Test in Johannesburg.
At the halfway stage of the four-match
series the tourists hold a 1-0 lead, courtesy
of victory in Durban and an entertaining
draw in Cape Town.
The Proteas appeared to be growing in
confidence at the end of their five days
at Newlands, producing their best team
batting performance in over a year and
pressing for an unlikely day-five victory
that had seemed near-impossible after
Since then they have changed captain,
with the reticent Hashim Amla handing
the baton to AB de Villiers, but that is an
alteration that arguably makes better use
of their resources.
Nevertheless Woakes thinks the deck
is stacked in England s favour as the sides
prepare to meet again on January 14.
"Joburg is set up nicely but I still think
we re in a great position being 1-0 up,"
"They have to win both to win this
series. As long as we play the kind of
cricket we have been so far, then, fingers
crossed, we can t lose the series
"Obviously that s possible but the way
we ve been playing I can t see it happen-
"Winning the toss would be nice
because if we start well in Joburg it s a
long way back for the South Africans."
Woakes added that England were
unsurprised to see Amla hand the reigns
to De Villiers, suggesting the process had
already begun - sub-consciously, perhaps
- much earlier.
"It s not a surprise that he s stepped
down, that s the best way to put it," said
Woakes, speaking in association with team
"When I was on the field in Durban
you could feel Amla probably wasn t lead-
ing the side as much as a normal captain
does, as much as Cooky (Alastair Cook)
"It felt like AB was having an input
anyway. So with Amla stepping down
I m not sure how much of a huge differ-
ence that will make to them."
Woakes is a key part of England s white-
ball sides but may well be confined to a
watching brief as the Test series plays to
He deputised for the injured James
Anderson in Durban, taking match figures
of one for 53, and with his team-mate
now fully fit is waiting for another oppor-
tunity to arise.
He can, though, be forgiven for reflect-
ing on his Sliding Doors moment in the
Boxing Day Test.
Having been entrusted with the new
ball on his first appearance since August
2014, Woakes took Amla s edge in his
second over only to see wicketkeeper
Jonny Bairstow grass a tough chance.
He would finish wicketless in the
innings and had to wait until day five to
celebrate the scalp of tail-ender Dane
"Of course that was tough, but that s
cricket," he said.
"You nick Amla off, take the wicket
and who knows what would have hap-
"I d be lying if I said it wouldn t have
been nice to take him because maybe I
could have gone on to get a couple more
wickets in that spell or later in the game.
"I think I showed my frustration there
and then, but no-one means to drop a
"Although I didn t have the wickets in
the column or a huge amount of runs I
felt like I did my role pretty well for the
team. It was great to be involved and to
be part of winning the Test match was
Butt scores century
ISLAMABAD---Former Pakistan captain Salman
Butt smashed a century and fast bowler Mohammad
Asif took two wickets as the convicted spot-fixers
made their first appearance yesterday in competitive
cricket after being away for more than five years.
Butt scored 135 off 143 balls with 14 fours while
Asif took 2-22 as they led the Water and Power
Development Authority to a convincing 141-run vic-
tory over Federally Administered Tribal Areas in a
one-day cup match in Hyderabad.
"I hope that this is the new beginning," Butt said.
"As long as I will get more matches, I will improve."
Both players were eligible to compete from last
September when their bans ended but first had to
go through the Pakistan Cricket Board s rehabilitation
Asif, Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Amir were
banned for at least five years for deliberate no-balls
at a 2010 test match against England. Butt was captain
of the team for the Lord s test.
Amir pleaded guilty from the onset, which accel-
erated the left-arm fast bowler s return to the national
team, Butt and Asif went on to challenge the bans
until their appeals were rejected by the Court of
Arbitration for Sport.
Both players ultimately accepted their responsibility
before the ICC lifted their bans.
The PCB agreed a six-month rehabilitation program
for the duo that included lectures to younger cricketers
on anti-corruption before allowing them to compete
in domestic matches.
"I am very relaxed, the toughest phase of my life
is over," Asif said.
"This one-day tournament will help me gauge
where I stand ... International cricket is my target
but I have to do well in the domestic matches before
I can hope (for) international cricket."
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said last week that,
if they perform well in domestic matches, both players
deserve another chance in international cricket.
Shah to appeal suspension
ISLAMABAD---Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah will
appeal against his suspension for testing positive
for a banned substance.
The Pakistan Cricket Board told the ICC yesterday
and the game s governing body will now form a tri-
bunal to hear Shah s appeal.
Shah was suspended last month after his "A sam-
ple contained a banned substance---chlortalidone---
which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited
Local reports say Shah took his wife s blood pressure
medication without knowing that it contained the
During his suspension Shah cannot participate in
any international match or games organised by the
PCB or its affiliated members.
ISLAMABAD---Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has
been given a one-match ban for violating dress
code in a domestic game, so will miss the first
Twenty20 against New Zealand on Friday.
Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam said Akmal
sported two logos instead of the single logo permitted
under competition rules during the final of the Quaid-
The team left for New Zealand early yesterday to
play three Twenty20 and three one-day games. Akmal
is part of only Twenty20 squad.
Akmal was dropped for the recent Twenty20 series
against England for his involvement in unspecified
"immoral activities" during a domestic match in
Hyderabad before the PCB included him after he was
cleared by the police.
Woakes dismisses thoughts of England loss
Colin Munro .....innings should be enough to seal place in New Zealand team for the
Munro upstages Guptill in
Kiwis home ground romp
Akmal to miss first
T20 against Kiwis
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