Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
After an impressive comeback to draw the two-game Test series against Sri Lanka, New Zealand isn’t ready to look back. In the 2nd game of the three-match T20I series, the Kiwi unit produced another laudable outing to win the T20I series. Just like the first contest, Sri Lanka batted first to score a below par total of 161.
An eventful batting performance saw New Zealand struggling in the initial phase of their batting, but half-centuries from Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce installed Blackcaps in a strong positon. One of the major positives of the game was Colin’s prowess against spin bowling in sub-continent.
Coming to a place like Sri Lanka, there were many doubts surrounding his ability against spin. However, the 33-year old silenced many by scoring two consecutive half-centuries in tough situations of T20I series to help New Zealand take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Recently, Colin opened up about his success against spin as he credited Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for helping him improve his game. Playing in the biggest domestic T20 competition of India, Colin gained a lot of match practice to prepare on tracks which assisted spinners. Moreover, the Harare born is confident of continuing his good shows.