Sri Lanka defeat New Zealand in second US T20 clash

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the 2nd of two T20 matches, part of international cricket's historic attempt to break into the US market.

updated: May 24, 2010 17:59 IST
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Fort Lauderdale:

Nuwan Kulasekera and Lasith Malinga shared seven wickets as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by seven wickets in a Twenty20 cricket international on Sunday, leveling the two-match series at 1-1.

Man of the match Kulasekera returned figures of 3-4 from three overs at Central Broward Regional Park Cricket Stadium as Sri Lanka bounced back after losing to New Zealand by 29 runs Saturday in the first major cricket international played on US soil

Malinga had 4-12 as Sri Lanka dismissed New Zealand for 81 runs in 17.3 overs.

Nathan McCullum top-scored with an unbeaten 36 while captain Daniel Vettori added 27 for New Zealand.

Tillakaratne Dilshan made an unbeaten 33 and Thissara Perera 24 as Sri Lanka reached its winning target after having three wickets down in the 16th over.

Later, the United States lost to Jamaica by 19 runs despite a spirited 49 from American captain Steve Massiah.

Former West Indies Test player Marlon Samuels hit 36 from 34 balls and Shawn Findlay added 37 as Jamaica reached a competitive 141 from its 20 overs.

Steven Taylor and Massiah combined for an opening 49, but the U.S. fell short, reaching 122-5 in reply.

The Florida series was the brainchild of US Cricket chief executive Don Lockerbie as part of the Destination USA program, a strategic partnership between USA Cricket and New Zealand Cricket.