New Zealand v Sri Lanka, ICC Champions Trophy warm-ups, Birmingham May 30, 2017

Guptill, Williamson make short work of Sri Lanka's 356

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New Zealand 359 for 4 (Guptill 116, Williamson 88, Prasanna 2-63) beat Sri Lanka 356 for 8 (Tharanga 110, Boult 2-47) by six wickets
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New Zealand, led by Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, overhauled Sri Lanka's target of 357 with ease to complete a six-wicket victory in both teams' final warm-up game at Edgbaston.

Guptill smashed 10 fours and five sixes in his 76-ball knock of 116 while Williamson followed that up with a 60-ball 88. Both batsmen subsequently decided to retire out - Guptill in the 29th and Williamson in the 32nd - but by then New Zealand were 101 runs away at a required run rate of less than six.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka's batsmen fielded a batting-heavy outfit that posted 356 runs in their 50 overs. Upul Tharanga started the onslaught at the top, smashing 13 fours and three sixes to notch up a century. Kusal Mendis, at one drop, hammered seven fours and a six in his 50-ball 57 while Dinesh Chandimal - at two down- hit a quickfire 55.

It took Sri Lanka 15 overs to get to 100, another 15 to get to 200 and only 12 more to get to 300. That they managed to keep scoring at breakneck speed could well be attributed to their batting line-up. Of the nine batsmen used by them, only Nuwan Kulasekara's primary skill was that of a bowler. New Zealand, too, used nine bowlers but only Corey Anderson (0-39) and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (0-34) went for less than six an over. Despite taking two wickets, Trent Boult leaked 47 runs in his five overs.

Tom Latham (44) was instrumental in providing New Zealand a brisk start alongside Guptill with the pair adding 78 for the first wicket. Guptill and Williamson then took over, scoring 157 runs in 94 balls for the second wicket. Ross Taylor replaced Guptill with New Zealand at 235 for 2 in 29 overs, after which Neil Broom (37*) and Anderson - who reached his fifty with a six to finish the match - steered them home with 23 balls to spare. Of Sri Lanka's seven bowlers, only Seekkuge Prasanna's legspin managed to pick up any wickets. He finished with figures of 2 for 63 off his ten.

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  • upuler1604594 on June 1, 2017, 5:36 GMT

    For SL Best is to bat second and chase. Batting looks very strong like 1996 side. With Tharanga and Kapu in we have experience as well. Our atrack sans Malinga is the worst in the tournament.

  • upuler1604594 on June 1, 2017, 5:31 GMT

    SL should have selected Lahiru Kumara and Chameera in the squad instead of Kulasekers and another fastman. Batting looks ok otger than KJP. Sadeera should hv selected instead of him. Seniors Mathews, Tharanga, Malinga and Chandimal should take the lead to inspire the team.

  • amindh6043107 on June 1, 2017, 1:57 GMT

    Note- flying in players is wirthless unless someone gets injured and can take no further part in the tournament.This injury has to be verified as well.

  • Ed on June 1, 2017, 0:45 GMT

    Ridiculous that NZ go with Neesham or Broom over Munro. Neesham isn't an all rounder of any note and Broom is 'ok', but both pale in comparison to Munro's batting.

  • Dileep on May 31, 2017, 19:51 GMT

    Kulasekara and Malinga are invaluable due to their experience and skills so they would be in the starting line up. Need a specialist spinner (Prassanna on current form and gives batting firepower), Mathews and T Perera can bowl 10 overs between them but the 3rd frontline seamer is the question... currently Lakmal but maybe Kumara or Sanjaya would be better option, that's why I think SL selectors need to be flexible, fly these bowlers in and if they are bowling well they may provide extra cutting edge. I think Sanjaya was impressive in Australia T20s and Kumara has genuine pace I think Chameera has struggled to recover from a stress fracture to the back which has dented his pace otherwise he would be an excellent option too.

  •   Nimesh Randika on May 31, 2017, 16:53 GMT

    SUDHEE07 , I dont think ICC would give us the trophy after just one game bro :D jokes apart so you think SL will be unbeatable if they play 8 batsman and 3 bowlers ha ? interesting....

  • julpro7523207 on May 31, 2017, 16:32 GMT

    SLC should drop their selection panel first in order to have a suitable squad. This squad is with too many mediocre batters along with too many bowlers masquerading as fast bowlers when they are extremely slow bowlers. If that is not enough they bowl 4 to 5 very very slower balls each over! To add insult to injury the keeper is standing about 30 meters away and the opposing batsmen are literally running towards the so called fast bowlers. Why did they employ a foreign fast bowling coach at great cost when they should have got a local spin bowler to train our so called fast bowlers when the majority of their deliveries are slow off spin , Leg spin, cutters etc and generally spraying these deliveries all over the pitch after a long run up, huffing & puffing to the bowling crease. They should have selected chameera & dilruwan P instead of the chinese man and some of the other ageing so called fast bowlers who are well past their expiry date!

  • Sudheera on May 31, 2017, 15:37 GMT

    Dear selectors, Please try this team for the first match and for sure we will take the trophy to Sri Lanka 1.Dikwella 2.Tharanga 3.Kusal Perera 4.Mendis/Chandimal 5.Kapugedara 6.Mathews 7.Asela 8.Tissara 9.Seekkuge 10. Malinga 11.Nuwan Pradeep/Kulasekara

  • Steve on May 31, 2017, 15:23 GMT

    NZ's performances in the warmups has been up and down, not inspiring a lot of confidence yet. As usual, they will scrap to playoffs, but that's about it. Their history of falling at the last hurdle in ICC global tournaments will most likely continue.

  • ajitja4611905 on May 31, 2017, 15:01 GMT

    Why worry? The Manager has already told us that other teams will fear us. New Zealand were so scared that two of their too batsmen retired out, with more than 100 runs still required and still they cantered home. Scotland were so scared, they did not know what happened until they passed our score with only a couple of wickets down. I pity the poor South Africans on Saturday.

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