Player of the Match
Player of the Match

49 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 326/10 (46 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.65, RRR: 46.00)

  • Nuwan Pradeep6 (3b)
  • Matt Henry10-0-87-1
  • Trent Boult10-0-65-2

10.20pm That is that. New Zealand go 1-0 up in Mount Maunganui. Martin Guptill, returning from injury, led the way for the hosts with a rollicking hundred. Kane Williamson matched Guptill shot for shot before chopping on for 76. Ross Taylor then helped himself to a fifty and James Neesham nearly broke the record for the fastest ODI fifty, but NZ ran out of the balls in the end. The allrounder marked his return with five sixes in an over of Thisara Perera.

Sri Lanka then made a fist of their 372 chase with Kusal Perera's hundred, but a rapidly risking asking rate was too much to overcome. Do stick around for the presentation.

Guptill, Man of the Match: Happy with it. First game back. The step up and intensity played its part. Good recovery day hopefully tomorrow. I've worked hard to return from injury. Everything has settled down now. I played club cricket and for Auckland and back in.

Lasith Malinga, SL captain: We did not deliver wicket-taking balls with the ball. It's a good batting wicket, but the bowlers struggled. We have to come back strongly in the next game. We need to use the variations on this wicket. All the players realise that we're not bowling well. Batting, I'm happy, we put up good partnerships.

Kane Williamson, NZ captain: Good surface and the outfield was so rapid. The wind factor as well. A nice win. Two competitive sides came out and played good cricket. The effort was there in the field but the ball kept flying. Sri Lanka were outstanding and put us under pressure in 90% of the chase. Guptill is a world-class player and pushed that total above par. Neesham and Taylor took the total to an area of strength. It was a match-changing contribution from Neesham. We were staring at 330 but Neesh took us to 370. A lot of contributions from everyone.

That is all we have for you from this game. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did bringing it to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Saurabh Somani and Thilak Ram. Goodbye and good night

Henry to Malinga, OUT, Henry yorks Malinga and seals victory for NZ Pinpoint yorker, hurries under the bat of Malinga and cleans him up

SL Malinga b Henry 11 (7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 157.14

Shah Safeer: "What a splendid comeback performance by Jimmy Neesham. I always believe he has a good future for NZ"

Henry to Malinga, no run, off-stump yorker, dug out
Henry to Malinga, SIX runs, dug in short on middle, Malinga sizes it up and smokes it over the midwicket boundary. Some swing of the bat, that
Henry to Malinga, 2 runs, Dropped at mid-off. Pretty full on middle, backs away and slices it to Henry, who lets the ball bobble out
Henry to Malinga, 2 runs, on a length and outside off, swished across the line to deep midwicket
Henry to Malinga, no run, short and rises on middle, fended back to the bowler

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st119MD GunathilakaN Dickwella
2nd7MDKJ PereraN Dickwella
3rd52MDKJ PereraBKG Mendis
4th33LD ChandimalMDKJ Perera
5th56MDKJ PereraDAS Gunaratne
6th6NLTC PereraMDKJ Perera
7th25S PrasannaMDKJ Perera
8th5SL MalingaS Prasanna
9th7SL MalingaPADLR Sandakan
10th16SL MalingaN Pradeep