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Disciplined Kiwis clinch a thriller win in T20

Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori shared 5 wickets as New Zealand came from behind to stun Sri Lanka by three runs in a T20 international here on Wednesday.

The tourists, controlled to 141-8, hit back to keep the World Twenty20 finalists down to 138-9 in an anxious finish at the Premadasa stadium.

Oram VettoriJacob Oram finished with 3-33 and captain Vettori took 2-11 as Sri Lanka lost seven wickets for 71 runs after Tillakaratne Dilshan's brilliant 57 off 28 had boosted them to 67-2 in the seventh over.

Jacob Oram, bowling the final over with Sri Lanka needs nine runs with three wickets in hand, dismissed Malinda Bandara & Nuwan Kulasekara off the first two balls and allowed just five runs in the over.

Ian Butler, who did not play in the previous Test series which Sri Lanka swept 2-0, took 2-29 including the main wicket of Dilshan, who was snapped up a point by Ryder.

The second T20 match will be played at the same venue on Friday before New Zealand join India and Sri Lanka in a limited-over tri-series starting here on September 8.

New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond, returning to official cricket after two years, was plundered for four consecutive boundaries by Dilshan in his first over.

Bond, who broke links with the unauthorised Indian Cricket League to be qualified for New Zealand again, finished with 0-27 in his four overs.

New Zealand's innings rotated around Ross Taylor's 60 off 45 balls after Vettori won the toss and elected to bat on the slow wicket.

Taylor hit five fours and one six in his third T20 half-century, but the Kiwis lost five wickets for 19 runs after they had reached 117-3 in the 17th over.

Taylor brought up New Zealand's 100 in the 15th over with a boundary off Sanath Jayasuriya, and celebrated the landmark by pulling the next delivery over mid-wicket for six.

Man of the Match: Daniel Vettori

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