New Zealand cricketers celebrate teammate after the victory first Twenty20 match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on September 2, 2009. New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 3 runs.  Source: AFP/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI.

New Zealand cricketers celebrate teammate after the victory first Twenty20 match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on September 2, 2009. New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 3 runs. Source: AFP/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI.

COLOMBO: New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by three runs in the Twenty20 international at the Premadasa stadium here on Wednesday to take the lead in the two-match series.

The second match will be played at the same venue on Friday.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 141-8 in 50 overs; Sri Lanka 138-9 in 20 overs.