Sri Lanka in New Zealand, 3 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Date & Time: 03 January 2019
RR: 6.65 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs
So that's it from the first ODI at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. The hosts did really well with the bat as expected but what was nice to see was the response of Sri Lanka with the bat. If this game is anything to go by, we should be in for a good series. The second match will be on the 5th of January at the same ground. It will begin at 1400 local (0100 GMT). See you and till then, take care. You can now switch tabs to catch the action from the Cape Town Test where Pakistan are in all sorts of trouble after being put to bat. Cheers!
Victorious New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says that it was a good surface and the outfield was very quick. Also adds that the wind was also a factor. Mentions that both sides played really competitive cricket and admits that it was tough for the bowlers. Feels that they need to get a bit smarter with the ball and hit the right areas and pick wickets to build scoreboard pressure. Further mentions that the effort was there and a lot of credit goes to Sri Lanka for the way they batted. On Guptill returning, Williamson says that he is a world class player and his knock helped them set the platform. Praises the likes of Neesham, Taylor and Nicholls who pushed the total further which was crucial. On Neesham's all-round show, Kane terms it as the match-changing performance.
Sri Lanka skipper, Lasith Malinga says that they didn't bowl too many wicket-taking deliveries and they have to analyze that and come back hard. Adds that they will be playing on the same surface again in the second ODI and they have to work on their variations. Feels that all the players realize that they are not bowling well. He is happy with the batting as they got good partnerships going and hopes to do even better in the next game.
Man of the Match, Martin Guptill says that he is really happy with the outing he had with the bat. Informs that he played in the T20 Leagues in West Indies and England and has worked hard to get back in the team. States that it's been quite frustrating past few months for him, struggling with injuries but everything has settled down and his body is feeling pretty good. Adds that he lost his rhythm a couple of times today but overall it was a good outing for him and his team.
Earlier in the afternoon, New Zealand got to 371 on the back of a century from the comeback man, Guptill, his big stand with Williamson and quickfire knocks from Ross Taylor and James Neesham. The latter was devastating with his cameo of 47 off just 13 balls. He would later come on to bowl and pick up 3/38 as well. Thus, all in all, it was a more complete performance from NZ that saw them trump the Island nation here today. Presentation to follow...
The Lankan chase began superbly with a 100-plus run partnership for the opening wicket. Both the left-handed openers did really well but both fell in quick succession. Kusal Perera who came in at number 3 played a magnificent knock and got to his century but it was in a losing cause as wickets were falling around him and he didn't have much help from others. Once he departed, the game was all but over. In the end, the runs conceded in the final few overs of the first innings came to haunt the Lankans. Maybe 30 runs less and the story could have been completely different.
A high-scoring game here! But in the end, you can say the difference between the two teams was the James Neesham burst at the end of the first innings. 372 was always going to be a little too much for the visitors to chase and even though they had good partnerships and top 3 batsmen playing well, one would have always backed the Kiwis because a couple of wickets was all that was needed to sky-rocket the required rate. And that's exactly what happened.
Nuwan Pradeep is the last batsman.
There is an appeal for caught behind. Prasanna is the man in question. The umpire is unsure and has taken in upstairs. The soft signal has been given as out.
Lasith Malinga is in at no. 9.
Matt Henry back on for his last two overs maybe.
Seekkuge Prasanna will bat at number 8.
Lockie Ferguson is onto bowl now.
Thisara Perera is at the crease now. He will be hurting after conceding 34 in an over while bowling but he can more than make up for it if he takes his team over the line here. Will he?
Powerplay number 3 begins. 106 needed off 60 balls. New Zealand can now have an extra player outside the ring, which means five personnel manning the rope.
Trent Boult is back on for another burst.
Ish Sodhi is back on.
Matt Henry is back on.
Asela Gunaratne comes in at number 6, replacing Dinesh Chandimal.
Drinks Break. Sri Lanka are still alive in this game. They need 167 runs in 114 balls now. Kusal Perera has rode his luck on the way to a half-century and has Dinesh Chandimal for company. NZ, on the other hand, have exhausted their review and worse news is that Ish Sodhi has limped off the field with some cramps. The physio was seen giving him some stretches outside the boundary but Ish didn't look too good. Lockie Ferguson to bowl now after the break.
James Neesham is back on.
Trent Boult is brought back into the attack. 191 needed off 138 balls.
An appeal for LBW against Chandimal. The umpire says no but the Kiwis have taken it upstairs. Looked like it was missing the leg stump to the naked eye.
Dinesh Chandimal comes in finally at number 5, replacing Kusal Mendis.
James Neesham has gone off the field. Tim Southee is in his place.
Ish Sodhi comes back for another spell.
Matt Henry into the attack.
Lockie Ferguson is back for another spell.
The other Kusal, Kusal Mendis walks in at number 4.
Colin Munro to bowl now. Kane Williamson trying to get in some quick overs from his part-timer at this stage...
Kusal Perera is in at number 3, replacing Danushka Gunathilaka. Surprising that he has come ahead of Dinesh Chandimal who is the usual suspect at this position.
Drinks break. It's been a superb start for Sri Lanka in this big run chase. Their openers are going strongly and have already raised a century partnership. The Kiwis need a wicket and that too soon to gain some control on this match. 260 needed off 198 balls.
James Neesham is introduced into the attack. He was in hot form with the bat, can he do something similar with the ball? His team is in a desperate need of a breakthrough here.
Powerplay 2 time. Now, a maximum of 4 fielders are allowed outside the ring. Here comes the leggie. Ish Sodhi to roll his arm...
Lockie Ferguson is the first change in bowling for the Kiwis.
There seems to be a change of ball here. Kane Williamson and Co. don't seem to be too happy with the ball. The umpire does the regulatory check and then decides to call for a different ball. Fourth umpire brings the variety he has at his disposal and gives it for choice to the on-field umpires.
Matt Henry to bowl with the other new ball.
We are back for the run chase. The NZ fielders are out in the middle followed by the two SL openers, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella. They need a good start first up, if they want to get close to this total. Trent Boult with the first new ball for the Kiwis.