Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LRPL Taylor
128(133) 12x4 - 4x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 1 0 1 2 2 8 13
ST Jayasuriya
111(82) 12x4 - 5x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 13 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 2 5 13 2 6 0 2

Best performances - Bowlers

JEC Franklin
O10.0
M0
R69
W2
Eco6.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
WPUJC Vaas
O10.0
M0
R50
W3
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
40 | 4 Runs | SL: 289/3

  • MS Atapattu10 (16b)
  • DPMD Jayawardene34 (39b)
  • DL Vettori8-0-36-1
  • AR Adams7-0-54-0

A win that will give Jayawardene plenty of satisfaction. His bowlers were caned around the park by Astle and Taylor as New Zealand threatened to post a total in excess of 300, but the spinners regrouped well to keep them down to 285 for 8. Astle played a fine hand with an 87-ball 83 and Taylor, in just his third match, remained unbeaten with a very good 128, but then New Zealand's inexperienced, ragged bowlers hit rock bottom.

Jayasuriya and Tharanga were simply unstoppable as runs blazed away to every part of McLean Park. Jayasuriya slammed an 82-ball 111, Tharanga contributed 68, and the experienced middle order finished the deal in emphatic fashion. A seven-wicket win, in 40 overs, chasing 286 after the special innings that Taylor played, is a romp by all manner speaking.

New Zealand have plenty to address as far as the bowling goes, while Sri Lanka can take comfort from Vaas's expert spell at the start and at the death. They have a good spin contingent, and when Malinga gets those toe-crushing yorkers right - he finally did at the end of the innings - they are a good bowling unit. Daniel Vettori, stand-in captain, will hope his side can come back hard in the second ODI.

That match is at Queenstown on December 31, and once again it will be me, Jamie Alter, and George Binoy to take you through the action. Do join us for Cricinfo's live coverage. Until then, cheers!

39.6
4
Vettori to Atapattu, FOUR runs, all over! Tossed up, he gives him the charge, gets under it but still clears both mid-off and mid-on as the ball lands safely in no man's land, and Sri Lanka have romped home
39.5
0
Vettori to Atapattu, no run, flighted delivery on the leg, Atapattu comes on the frontfoot and turns it to short mid-wicket
39.4
0
Vettori to Atapattu, no run, short of length delivery outside off, Atapattu comes on the frontfoot and defends it solidly
39.3
0
Vettori to Atapattu, no run, flattish delivery on the stumps, Atapattu shuffles across and defends it solidly
39.2
0
Vettori to Atapattu, no run, dropped! Vettori tosses it up, Atapattu comes down and slams it to the substitute at mid-on, who dives forward, gets it, and lets it out
39.1
0
Vettori to Atapattu, no run, flat outside off stump, Atapattu goes back and pushes to cover

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LRPL Taylor
128(133) 12x4 - 4x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 1 0 1 2 2 8 13
ST Jayasuriya
111(82) 12x4 - 5x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 13 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 2 5 13 2 6 0 2

Best performances - Bowlers

JEC Franklin
O10.0
M0
R69
W2
Eco6.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
WPUJC Vaas
O10.0
M0
R50
W3
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF