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- Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 3
136/10 (29.2 ov)
137/0 (16.1 ov)
New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Player of the match:
All the hype of the Top 10 teams playing each other and nothing till now! There's been absolutely no surprises or competition so far. Meanwhile, on double-header day, Afghanistan are in a shambles at 77/5 against Australia.
That's it for the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka coverage. We take your leave.
Kane Williamson(NZ captain):
"Great start, superb from the bowlers. I don't think there's a problem occasionally playing on such pitches. There was something on offer but it was slowish movement, if you were old school, who knows, you could've scored a few more. We were fortunate to get some early wickets. There's some variety in our attack, there are different wickets - some high-scoring, some like this, so we need to have balanced attack. We didn't have too many conversations about net-run-rates, those two at the top (Guptill and Munro) are aggressive anyway. Nice that they could go out and play some few shots, Munro played with freedom which was outstanding. It was a good allround performance, focus turns quickly to the next match in a few days time on a different surface."
Dimuth Karunaratne(SL captain):
"136 is never going to be enough in these conditions. Me and Thisara batted well, we needed to get partnerships. It was a good toss to win, sadly I lost it. It was seaming and swinging in the morning, so they had the advantage. They also had the bowlers to use it. Everyone comes out to watch entertaining cricket, so hopefully we will get good batting wickets later on. I'm not sure the batters are low on confidence, batted well in practice games, trained hard. Need to think about our game and approach. We're trying to play our shots early, need to give ourselves a chance to get set and then score runs."
Matt Henry(3/29) is the Player of the Match
:"Good to go out there on a green surface," he says. "You don't get too many one-day wickets like that (laughs). Warm-up game, I didn't try and let it affect me too much. This is a long tournament. Our fielders were brilliant today, it means a lot to our bowling attack. I enjoyed my time at Kent, had a lot of success with white and red-ball, always good to come back here to play cricket."
The last time a team batting first won an ODI game at the Sophia Gardens was back in 2017 during the Champions Trophy when Bangladesh defeated NZ.But they've bounced back from it.
After three consecutive ODI defeats at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, the Blackcaps finally seal a victory, and what a glorious one!
New Zealand have started their World Cup 2019 campaign on a winning note. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have a long long way to go.
That's it. The game's over!
New Zealand have won by 10 wickets.
16.1 Jeevan Mendis to Colin Munro. Leg spinner length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
Into the 17th over, just customary.
Runs coming in from all ways for the Black Caps. Wide on the 4th delivery and followed by a couple of consecutive boundaries. Guptill uses the pace in the correct amount to charge it towards the boundary rope. And it's a no-ball too!
The 16th over was quite eventful. Just one run needed to win.
NZ: 136/0(RR 8.50)
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15.6 Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Off cutter full toss, down leg side on the front foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis.
15.5 FREE HIT. Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Yorker, to leg on the front foot driving, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Malinga.
15.5 FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed to fine leg for 1 run.
15.4 FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed past fine leg for 4 runs.
15.4 Wide Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, wide down leg side ducked Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
15.3 Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Off cutter back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis.
Malinga comes back into the attack. The veteran with 322 wickets has had no luck in this game.
15.2 Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Tillakaratna.
15.1 Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Off cutter half volley, down leg side on the front foot working, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
Guptill takes a single off the last delivery, keeps strike. Over to the 16th over. Just 17 runs needed from here.
NZ: 120/0(RR 8.00)
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14.6 Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Slider length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to backward point for 1 run, mis-fielded by de Silva.
It's a huge one! Guptill uses his power to launch the ball 87 metres into the stand for a SIX!
14.5 SIX! Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner length ball, to leg down the track driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs.
Like the Sri Lankan skipper, the 36-yo Jeevan Mendis is playing his 2nd ODI since World Cup 2015.
14.4 Jeevan Mendis to Colin Munro. Leg spinner length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
14.3 Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner length ball, to leg on the back foot working, hit pad to short fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Lakmal.
14.2 Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner length ball, to leg on the front foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Tillakaratna.
14.1 Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner back of a length, middle stump on the back foot working, to mid on for 2 runs, fielded by Malinga.
Not the slightest nick there, Munro's safe. Sri Lanka lose a review for nothing and that's the end of the 14th over.