ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka - Match 3

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Date & Time: 01 June 2019

New Zealand 137/0

RR: 8.47 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets

commentary

So that is the end of this game! Another one-sided one. However, cricketing action does not end here. You can switch tabs and watch the Afghanistan and Australia game which is turning out to be another one-sided affair in the favour of the Aussies. As far as Sunday is concerned, South Africa will be facing Bangladesh at the Kennington Oval, London. The match will begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Do join us then. Cheers!

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says it's a great start for them. Mentions that winning the toss and picking early wickets was important on that wicket. States there is no problem in playing on pitches like these as you can expect movement with the two new balls. Further adds seeing off the new ball is important on such wickets and if they do so, it becomes good to bat on. Reckons they have a balanced attack and they need such attacks in England as games here could be high scoring. Tells they did not have a lot of conversation with the openers regarding getting the target quickly and boosting the NRR as both are aggressive batters and it was nice they went out and played good knocks. Credits the way Munro played and feels it was a much-needed knock for him. Ends by saying they are looking forward to the next game.

Sri Lanka skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne says that they lost the game with the bat as 136 is not a good score. Mentions that he and Kusal Perera batted well but they lost a lot of wickets after that when they needed partnerships. Reckons it was seaming in the morning and the Kiwis had the advantage of that and their bowlers did well. States there should be better batting wickets as the crowd is coming to watch good matches. Further adds they batted well in the practice games but they need to be more consistent and pace their innings a lot better. Feels after getting in and once set, scoring would become easy.

Man of the Match, Matt Henry says that it was a good day for him. Adds that the surface was green and you don't get many decks like these. Mentions this is a tournament you can't try a lot like you can in the warm-up games. States they were trying to hit the right lines and lengths and force the batsmen on the front foot. Reckons it is a massive difference when the fielders do well. Further adds he enjoyed his time at Kent and they enjoyed a lot of success in the white-ball format. Ends by saying it is always a good time to play cricket here.

This match was beautifully set up by the Kiwi bowlers. They utilized the early conditions to peg Sri Lanka back and the Asian team never really recovered after the early blows. Barring Dimuth Karunaratne, who carried his bat, there wasn't much fight shown by the Lankan batsmen. Matt Henry was exceptional with the new ball while the rest also assisted him superbly. Lockie Ferguson also completed a 3-wicket haul in the end. Altogether, clinical and commanding performance from the Black Caps to announce their arrival in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, just like West Indies did last evening.

Easy-peasy! A very comfortable win for the Kiwis. They have overhauled the minuscule target without even breaking a sweat. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro approached the chase smoothly and apart from a few streaky shots, they always looked under control. Both the New Zealand openers scored fifties and handed Sri Lanka their first 10-wicket loss in a World Cup match.

16.1
1
J Mendis to C Munro, NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 10 WICKETS with 203 balls remaining! Flighted delivery, landing full around leg, Munro flicks it behind square leg for a run.
15.6
2
L Malinga to M Guptill, On the pads, Guptill flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Scores are levelled!
15.5
0
L Malinga to M Guptill, Dot ball. Malinga delivers a yorker on middle, Guptill gets behind the line and pushes it back to the bowler.
15.5
4
L Malinga to M Guptill, FOUR! Action replay of the previous ball and it's a no ball also for overstepping. As soon as Slinga delivers it short down the leg side, Martin pulls it down to long leg for another boundary. Free Hit time, 3 needed more, this could end on the next ball...
15.4
4
L Malinga to M Guptill, FOUR! Blazed away! Short and down the leg side, Guptill swivels on the back foot and pulls it thunderously towards long leg. There is a fielder present but it's hit so hard that he fails to even react in time. Just 8 more needed to close this game.
15.4
0
L Malinga to M Guptill, Wide called for height! Malinga attempts a bouncer but it goes well over the head of the batsman. Easy call for the square leg umpire.
15.3
2
L Malinga to M Guptill, Malinga stays to 'round the wicket for the right-hander also. Serves again on the pads and Martin clips it towards long leg. They push hard this time and collect a couple of runs.
15.2
1
L Malinga to C Munro, Digs in a short ball around middle and leg, from 'round the wicket, Munro stands back and helps it behind square leg. The fine leg fielder cuts it off and they cross.
15.1
1
L Malinga to M Guptill, Starts by trying a yorker but it turns out to be a fuller length ball on the pads, Guptill flicks it in front of square leg and jogs across to the other end.

Drinks break. 17 runs needed off 210 balls with 10 wickets in tact. New Zealand are cruising will be an understatement. Looks like another 2-3 overs and this match will be done and dusted. Only thing interesting to find out is - Will it be a 10-wicket win for New Zealand? Lasith Malinga is back on...

14.6
1
J Mendis to M Guptill, Bowls this one with a round-arm action. It is outside off, Guptill cuts it towards point. The fielder there makes a diving stop. A single taken.

That was hit so far that the box of balls is out. NEW BALLS PLEASE!

14.5
6
J Mendis to M Guptill, SIX! 18 more needed! Sees the flight and his eyes lit up. He dances down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over long on.
14.4
1
J Mendis to C Munro, On the pads again, this is worked through mid-wicket for a single.
14.3
0
J Mendis to M Guptill, The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads One run added to the total. Leg bye signalled by the umpire
14.2
0
J Mendis to M Guptill, On the pads again, Guptill works it mid-wicket.
14.1
2
J Mendis to M Guptill, Flatter and on leg, Guptill pushes it wide of long on and runs two.

Jeevan Mendis is introduced into the attack.

13.6
0
T Perera to C Munro, Not out! What a waste of a review! They took it in desperation, we know, but the technology is there to avoid howlers. Daylight in the replays. A slower shorter delivery around off, Munro comes running down the track and tries to tower it down the ground but fails to connect. The keeper behind collects the ball, they appeal but the umpire stands still. The Lankans think for a while and then go for the referral. The replays rolled in and as mentioned earlier, there wasn't anything to rejoice for the Asian side.

Sri Lanka have taken the review. It is for a caught behind. Colin Munro is the man in question.

13.5
4
T Perera to C Munro, FOUR! Shot! Right from the middle of the bat. Perera offers a bit of width and Munro buys it quickly. Gives it the full whack of his bat and drills it through wide mid off for a boundary.
13.4
0
T Perera to C Munro, Swing and a miss! Good length ball angling across the batsman, Munro tries to heave it across the line but fails to connect.
13.3
2
T Perera to C Munro, 8th ODI fifty for Colin Munro! He makes room for this delivery and eases it in the gap at mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Fine knock from him and this will give him immense confidence heading forward. Like his partner, he too struggled a bit initially, but then got his touch back.
13.2
1
T Perera to M Guptill, Stands back and punches a length ball to deep cover for a run.
13.1
1
T Perera to C Munro, Plays it down with soft hands to covers and crosses for a quick run. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but fails to find the stumps.
12.6
6
I Udana to M Guptill, SIX! 35th ODI fifty for Martin Guptill and the century partnership also comes up. Martin gives charge to the pacer and receives a length ball in return. He does well to line himself behind the delivery and hammers it over wide long on for a maximum. A rise smile on his face as he raises his bat to acknowledge the crowd. Great beginning to his World Cup campaign, although he was a bit scratchy initially.
12.5
2
I Udana to M Guptill, A delivery on the pads of Guptill and he tucks it in the gap at mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
12.4
0
I Udana to M Guptill, Lands it on a length around middle and off, Guptill defends it close to his front pad. A bit of an inside edge spotted.
12.3
1
I Udana to C Munro, Shortish and outside off, Munro punches it through point. A bit aerial but it goes safely to the deep. Another run added to the total.
12.2
0
I Udana to C Munro, Beauty of a delivery! Udana dishes out a length ball just outside off, Munro tries to push it through the line but the ball straightens after landing and beats the outside edge.
12.1
1
I Udana to M Guptill, Guptill reaches out for a length ball outside off and drives it to deep cover for a run.
11.6
1
T Perera to M Guptill, Pitches it up and outside off, Guptill slices his attempted cover drive over cover-point for a run. 9 from yet another over, fourth time to be precise.
11.5
1
T Perera to C Munro, Slower delivery, a bit short and on leg, Munro works it in front of square leg and rotates the strike.
11.4
4
T Perera to C Munro, FOUR! Boom! Aggression shown by Munro. He skips down the track as soon as the bowler releases the ball. It turns out to be in his zone and he thwacks it past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary. Under 50 required now.
11.3
1
T Perera to M Guptill, Angling in on off, a length ball, Guptill strokes it off his front foot to long off for one.
11.2
1
T Perera to C Munro, Another edge! Good length delivery outside off, shaping away from the left-hander, Munro pokes inside the line and edges it wide of first slip for a run at third man.
11.1
0
T Perera to M Guptill, On middle and leg, Martin tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to short fine leg and they steal a leg bye.
10.6
1
I Udana to M Guptill, Knocks it down towards mid on and scampers across to the other end.
10.5
1
I Udana to C Munro, Fullish and on middle, Munro drills it down to long on for a run.
10.4
0
I Udana to C Munro, Play and a miss! Short in length and around off, Munro tries powering it down the ground but fails to put bat on ball.
10.3
1
I Udana to M Guptill, Slower delivery again, on the pads, Guptill works it to the left of fine leg and crosses for a run.
10.2
1
I Udana to C Munro, Edged again. Slower delivery, it's short and wide outside off, Munro swishes and edges it down to third man for a single.
10.1
1
I Udana to M Guptill, Fullish and outside off, driven down the ground to long off for a single.

Powerplay 2 signalled! Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Don't think the match will last that long though. So this should be the final Powerplay.

9.6
4
T Perera to C Munro, FOUR! Edged and a boundary. No slip in place. Back of a length delivery outside off, angling away, Munro pushes inside the line and edges it past the keeper for a boundary. 77 runs in the Powerplay 1, another 60 needed!
9.5
0
T Perera to C Munro, Good length ball on off, Munro sits back inside the crease and uses his lovely hands to punch. But he finds the cover fielder.
9.4
1
T Perera to M Guptill, Up and just over mid off. Fuller and outside off, Guptill goes hard and gets it away off the toe end of the bat. It flies and just clears mid off for a single.
9.3
0
T Perera to M Guptill, Stays on the back foot and punches it on the off side.
9.2
4
T Perera to M Guptill, FOUR! Much-better this time from Guptill. He fetches a short delivery from wide outside off and punishes it via a short-arm jab. Good connection and it races away to the deep mid-wicket fence.
9.1
0
T Perera to M Guptill, Starts with a good length delivery outside off, Guptill forces it to covers. Once again it's not from the middle of the bat. Struggling to time his shots.

Thisara Perera is introduced into the attack now.

8.6
0
I Udana to C Munro, A low full toss on middle and off, Munro shows a straight bat and pushes it out on the off side. 9 from Isuru's first over, 69 needed more for a win.
8.5
1
I Udana to M Guptill, On a length around middle, Guptill tries to heave it over the leg side but it takes the bottom half of his blade and it travels to deep square leg for a single. A bit scratchy from Guptill so far.
8.4
4
I Udana to M Guptill, FOUR! Another edgy boundary for Guptill who is riding on his luck at the moment. Udana goes short this time, a well-directed delivery, Martin tries to pull but it takes the top edge and flies over first slip for a boundary.
8.3
4
I Udana to M Guptill, FOUR! Streaky! Width on offer outside off, Guptill goes chasing after it and throws his bat at it. The ball kisses the toe end and screams away to the third man fence.
8.2
0
I Udana to M Guptill, Beaten! Shortish and on middle, Guptill throws the kitchen sink at it but fails to make any connection.

Gully has come out now.

8.1
0
I Udana to M Guptill, Starts with a delivery around off, angling away, Guptill drives it off his front foot to mid off.

Isuru Udana to bowl now. He has a wide first slip in place along with a gully.

7.6
4
S Lakmal to C Munro, FOUR! It nearly went into the hands of the square leg fielder inside the ring. Lakmal gets too straight with his line and serves a fuller length ball. Munro flicks it aerially past the in-ring fielder for a boundary.
7.5
2
S Lakmal to C Munro, A length ball angling across the batsman, it's outside off and driven square of the wicket on the off side for two.
7.4
1
S Lakmal to M Guptill, Goes on the back foot and punches it to the left of mid off for a quick single.
7.3
2
S Lakmal to M Guptill, Slower short ball on middle and leg at 128 kph, Guptill pulls it behind square leg for a brace.
7.2
0
S Lakmal to M Guptill, Lands it on a length and outside off, holding its line, Martin takes his front leg forward to cover the line and then lets it go to the keeper.
7.1
0
S Lakmal to M Guptill, Good length ball on off, defended on the off side.
6.6
2
L Malinga to C Munro, 50 up for New Zealand! Back of a length delivery on middle, Munro stands tall inside the crease and pulls it through square leg. Udana runs across to his left in the deep and dives to stop the ball with one hand. He then immediately releases to the fine leg fielder who sends it back in play. Two taken by then.
6.5
1
L Malinga to M Guptill, Pitches it up and around off, Guptill makes some room and hits it over covers. Not much timing but it's good enough for a run.
6.4
2
L Malinga to M Guptill, Malinga eyes a yorker but a low full toss is all he gets. It's on the pads and Guptill tickles it through square leg for a couple of runs.
6.3
1
L Malinga to C Munro, Fuller and angled in on middle at 134 kph, Munro goes hard at it and tries to flick but it takes the inside edge and runs behind square leg for a single.
6.2
0
L Malinga to C Munro, A typical fast bowler's reply! Fast and furious bouncer. On middle, Munro immediately lets it go over. The square leg umpire is happy with the height of the delivery.
6.1
4
L Malinga to C Munro, FOUR! Not much thinking going into the bowling, it seems. The third man is up and Malinga bowls a slower short ball outside off. Munro doesn't need second invitation to punish it over backward point.
5.6
1
S Lakmal to C Munro, Too full and around leg, Munro flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 21 in the last two overs and New Zealand are going smoothly in this low run chase.
5.5
0
S Lakmal to C Munro, Switches to 'round the wicket and angles in a length ball on off, Munro defends it off the back foot.
5.4
6
S Lakmal to C Munro, SIX! That's the charge from Munro and he benefits with a biggie. Smart thinking from the batsman. He realizes that the bowler will alter his length after going for a boundary last ball and immediately shimmies down the track. He receives what he anticipated and then sends it packing over long on for a maximum.
5.3
4
S Lakmal to C Munro, FOUR! No protection in the deep on the off side and it's a poor line to bowl. Short and wide outside off, Munro accepts the gift gleefully and slaps it over cover-point.
5.2
0
S Lakmal to C Munro, Too full in length around leg, Colin tries to flick but goes very hard at it. Fails to connect and it goes off his pads to mid-wicket. Looks for a run but his partner shouts a loud no to send him back.
5.1
2
S Lakmal to C Munro, Clips a full ball through mid-wicket and crosses for a run. Thirimanne in the deep slides to stop the ball but then fumbles while picking it up. The batsmen cross for one more time.
5.1
0
S Lakmal to C Munro, Wide! Slips a good length ball down the leg side, Munro tries to flick but misses. It swings after going past the batsman and the keeper does really well to collect it with a dive to his right.
4.6
4
L Malinga to M Guptill, FOUR! Pulls and pulls it well this time. Malinga bangs in another short ball to Guptill, who eases himself on top of the bounce and pulls it behind square leg. No chance for the fielder in the deep this time.
4.5
1
L Malinga to C Munro, Another inside edge onto the pads. The 'round the wicket angle from Malinga is testing Munro here. He once again tries stroking it through covers but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It deflects in front of cover-point and they cross for a run.
4.4
0
L Malinga to C Munro, Malinga goes searching for the blockhole again, Munro does well to dig it out to the off side.
4.3
1
L Malinga to M Guptill, Bowls it short and on off, it's pulled across the line but straight to the deep square leg fielder for a run.
4.2
1
L Malinga to C Munro, Sharp delivery. Slinga spears it very full and around middle and leg, Munro tries flicking but it goes off the inside half to fine leg. A single taken.
4.1
0
L Malinga to C Munro, Nearly drags it on. Munro is really lucky. Malinga changes his angle to come from 'round the wicket. He drops it on a length wide outside off and Colin tries to drive it away from his body. But he gets a thick inside edge onto the pads and the ball ricochets to point.
3.6
0
S Lakmal to M Guptill, Swing and a miss! A touch short in length outside off, Guptill winds up for a big shot across the line and has a massive swing of his bat. But he fails to connect. Believe me, had he connected, it would have gone out of the stadium. Third 3-run over in a row.
3.5
1
S Lakmal to C Munro, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
3.4
1
S Lakmal to M Guptill, Up and over gully. Short in length and outside off, Guptill advances down the track and then at the last moment uses his wrists to loft it over the infield. The third man cuts it off and they cross for a run.
3.3
0
S Lakmal to M Guptill, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
3.2
0
S Lakmal to M Guptill, Back of a length delivery in the zone outside off, Guptill blocks it off his back foot.
3.1
0
S Lakmal to C Munro, Desperate shout for an lbw! A delivery going down the leg side, Munro tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but it has pitched outside leg. The batsmen meanwhile have crossed for a leg bye.
2.6
0
L Malinga to M Guptill, Goes fuller and on off, Martin pushes it out to mid on to end the over. Again 3 coming from the over, just like the last one.
2.5
0
L Malinga to M Guptill, Play and a miss! Width on offer outside off, Guptill tries slamming it over point but fails to make any connection.
2.4
1
L Malinga to C Munro, Malinga varies his pace this time and delivers a slower one on the pads, Munro does well to play it late and with soft hands towards mid-wicket. Third single of the over taken.
2.3
0
L Malinga to C Munro, A dipping yorker on middle, Munro brings his bat down in time to keep it out towards mid off.
2.2
1
L Malinga to M Guptill, Good length delivery just around off, Guptill stays back and punches it through covers for one more in the over. Looking in no hurry.
2.1
1
L Malinga to C Munro, Good timing. Short in length on middle and off, Munro lifts his front leg up and then pulls it to the right of the fine leg fielder. A single is taken.
1.6
1
S Lakmal to C Munro, Serves it on a length around middle and leg, Colin eases it to the left of the mid on fielder and takes a single.
1.5
0
S Lakmal to C Munro, Pitches it up and on middle, some inward movement there, Munro pushes it back with a straight bat.
1.4
0
S Lakmal to C Munro, Watchfully left! Good length ball in the corridor outside off, Munro covers his stumps and then shoulders arms.
1.3
2
S Lakmal to C Munro, A touch short and in the line of the stumps, Munro gives the charge and powers it behind square leg for a brace.
1.2
0
S Lakmal to C Munro, On and around off, defended from the back foot.
1.1
0
S Lakmal to C Munro, Movement straightaway for Lakmal. On a good length around middle, shaping in, Munro tries to swing it across the line but misses and is hit on the thigh pad.
0.6
4
L Malinga to M Guptill, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Short and on middle, Guptill rocks back and smashes the ball through backward square leg. Ends the first with a boundary. A good one for the Kiwis.
0.5
1
L Malinga to C Munro, Full and on the pads, Munro works it through square leg for a single. He too is off the mark.
0.4
1
L Malinga to M Guptill, A single! Good batting! This is a good delivery so Guptill pushes it to mid off and gets to the other end. The throw by the fielder there is a wild one to the keeper but no extra runs given.
0.3
4
L Malinga to M Guptill, FOUR! Hammered! Off the mark with a boundary! Width on offer outside off, Guptill throws his hands at it. The ball flies over covers and a boundary results.
0.2
0
L Malinga to M Guptill, Edged and just short! Almost the ideal start for Sri Lanka. Malinga lands it on a length and around off, shapes away a little. Guptill pokes at it away from his body, an outside edge which falls just short of the diving second slip fielder. He stops it well though.
0.1
0
L Malinga to M Guptill, A confident drive to begin with! On a length and around off, Guptill hits it hard but finds covers.

We are back for the second innings! The umpires are out in the middle. Sri Lankan players are in a huddle and before they take their position in the field. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are the openers for New Zealand. Lasith Malinga to start the proceedings with the first new ball for Sri Lanka.