NZ 137/0 (16.1ov)
SL 136 (29.2ov)
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New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets

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  • 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.
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    WEB Guru 11Pro

    Great innings by Guptil and Munro. 

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    WEB Guru 11Pro

    NZ win this match by 10 wickets. 

  • 16.1JMendis to CMunro

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    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.
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    WEB Guru 11Pro

    NZ 136/0 after 16 overs. One run to win

  • 15.8LMalinga to MGuptill

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    On the pads, Guptill flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Scores are levelled!
  • 15.7LMalinga to MGuptill

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    Dot ball. Malinga delivers a yorker on middle, Guptill gets behind the line and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 15.6LMalinga to MGuptill

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    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...
  • 15.5LMalinga to MGuptill

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    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.
  • 15.4LMalinga to MGuptill

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    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.
  • 15.3LMalinga to MGuptill

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    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.
  • 15.2LMalinga to CMunro

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    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.
  • 15.1LMalinga to MGuptill

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    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.
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    WEB Guru 11Pro

    A very easy match for NZ. They were fantastic in all three departments. 

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    WEB Guru 11Pro

    NZ 120/0 after 15 overs. 

  • 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...
  • 14.6JMendis to MGuptill

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    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!
  • 14.5JMendis to MGuptill

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    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.
  • 14.4JMendis to CMunro

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    On the pads again, this is worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 14.3JMendis to MGuptill

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    The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads One run added to the total. Leg bye signalled by the umpire
  • 14.2JMendis to MGuptill

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    On the pads again, Guptill works it mid-wicket.
  • 14.1JMendis to MGuptill

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    Flatter and on leg, Guptill pushes it wide of long on and runs two.
  • Jeevan Mendis is introduced into the attack.
  • 13.6TPerera to CMunro

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    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.
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    WEB Guru 11Pro

    NZ 109/0 after 14 overs. 

  • Sri Lanka have taken the review. It is for a caught behind. Colin Munro is the man in question.
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    WEB Guru 11Pro

    Fifty up for both the openning batsmen of NZ. 

  • 13.5TPerera to CMunro

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    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.
  • 13.4TPerera to CMunro

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    Swing and a miss! Good length ball angling across the batsman, Munro tries to heave it across the line but fails to connect.
  • 13.3TPerera to CMunro

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    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.
  • 13.2TPerera to MGuptill

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    Stands back and punches a length ball to deep cover for a run.
  • 13.1TPerera to CMunro

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    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.
  • 12.6IUdana to MGuptill

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    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.
  • 12.5IUdana to MGuptill

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    A delivery on the pads of Guptill and he tucks it in the gap at mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 12.4IUdana to MGuptill

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    Lands it on a length around middle and off, Guptill defends it close to his front pad. A bit of an inside edge spotted.
  • 12.3IUdana to CMunro

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    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.
  • 12.2IUdana to CMunro

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    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.
  • 12.1IUdana to MGuptill

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    Guptill reaches out for a length ball outside off and drives it to deep cover for a run.
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    WEB Guru 11Pro

    NZ 91/0 after 12 overs.  

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