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


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Martin Guptill not out not out 735182
Colin Munro not out not out 584761
Kane Williamson
Ross Taylor
Tom Latham
Jimmy Neesham
Colin de Grandhomme
Mitchell Santner
Matt Henry
Lockie Ferguson
Trent Boult
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 3, w 2, nb 1)
Total 137 (0 Wkts, 16.1 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lasith Malinga5 0 46 0 9.20
Suranga Lakmal4 0 28 0 7.00
Isuru Udana3 0 24 0 8.00
Thisara Perera3 0 25 0 8.33
Jeevan Mendis1.1 0 11 0 10.00
Dimuth Karunaratne 0 0 0 0 0
Lahiru Thirimanne 0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Perera 0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Mendis 0 0 0 0 0
Angelo Mathews 0 0 0 0 0
Dhananjaya de Silva 0 0 0 0 0

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.

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.
L Malinga to M Guptill, On the pads, Guptill flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Scores are levelled!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...

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!

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.
J Mendis to C Munro, On the pads again, this is worked through mid-wicket for a single.
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
J Mendis to M Guptill, On the pads again, Guptill works it mid-wicket.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
T Perera to M Guptill, Stands back and punches a length ball to deep cover for a run.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I Udana to M Guptill, Guptill reaches out for a length ball outside off and drives it to deep cover for a run.
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.
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.
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.
T Perera to M Guptill, Angling in on off, a length ball, Guptill strokes it off his front foot to long off for one.
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.
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.
I Udana to M Guptill, Knocks it down towards mid on and scampers across to the other end.
I Udana to C Munro, Fullish and on middle, Munro drills it down to long on for a run.
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.
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.
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.
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.