Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Pallekele October 31, 2012

Teams face altered playing conditions

The ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Pallekele will be the first played with the altered playing conditions, and Ross Taylor said it was important for his team to get used to them as fast as possible.

Under the tweaked playing conditions, there will be only two blocks of fielding restrictions: the first ten overs, when a maximum of two fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle, and a second block of five overs - the batting Powerplay, when three fielders are allowed outside the circle - that needs to be completed by the 40th over. The bowling Powerplay has been done away with. During non-Powerplay overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five.

"These new rules, the players and I guess the officials will need to adjust quickly," Taylor said. "It's more a mindset change, for our batsmen. We've got to get ourselves in and keep wickets in hand, and capitalise in the last ten overs. With the new rules and the two new balls, it is difficult for whichever team does bat first, but if you can get a good total on the board, under lights it can be difficult as well."

New Zealand had one fitness concern ahead of Thursday's contest, with fast bowler Adam Milne not turning up for practice on the eve of the game. "He [Milne] has picked up a bug and been out with it for the last couple of days," Taylor said. "He won't be in consideration for this match but hopefully he comes right and he'll be in consideration for the match in Colombo."

The weather in Pallekele remained a concern after rain washed out the Twenty20 between the sides on Tuesday. New Zealand's innings was reduced to 14 overs and they struggled to 74 for 7, and Sri Lanka made 6 for 0 in two overs before the game was abandoned.

"Tomorrow is a new day. We played a little bit out there last night, it's going to be a tough wicket for the batsmen," Taylor said. "I feel sorry for the groundsman. It wasn't an ideal wicket for a Twenty20 match and it was very damp. In saying that, we didn't apply ourselves as well as we would have liked.

"They did put balls in the right areas but it was very tough to score, and it shows you what kind of wicket it was when we set them 72 in 14 overs. It would have still been a tough chase and we would have been in the match."

Considering the weather and the state of the pitch, Taylor said the toss would play an important role in the first ODI. New Zealand had lost it in the Twenty20 and were put in to bat.

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  • Lalith on November 2, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Authorities should first talk to Rain God.

  • RASIKA on November 1, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    This is good for a change. we have seen lot of matches played under earlier regulations. So this is going to be very interesting, specially we can see how teams change their game plan in future. I like this!

  • nilesh on November 1, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Kiwis must be expecting rain to stop (me too) and have a fight to overshadow the dominance they faced couple of days back in T20 match and keeping the fact in mind that they have solid hitters who can take better advantage of new rules........

  • Wijitha on November 1, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    More Rules, No body can understand this game unless he follow this game since birth. ICC should consider this fact if they want to drag more fans.

  • Ajith on November 1, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    The cricket season in Sri Lanka is from Mid November to mid April where good weather generally prevails.Cannot understand why international tours are arranged by the authorities during the off season which is also the monsoon season in Sri Lanka.Time and again matches are washed off due to bad weather which is frustrating to the players and spectators likewise.Authorities must negotitate with the relevant countries and the ICC to ensure that tours are arranged during the peak season of each country instead of making a mockery of international tours where players are the losers due to lack of playing the game in good cricketing conditions.

  • Lalith on November 1, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    The rain would win this first new look ODI. It is better for SL and NZ captains/players/umpires/ coaches/administrators/scorers to undestand the new rules not like SA captains/players/umpires/ coaches/administrators/scorers.

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