Player of the Match
Player of the Match

21 | 8 Runs | NZ: 191/3 | RR: 9.09

  • Henry Nicholls23 (21b)
  • Ross Taylor5 (9b)
  • Ajantha Mendis5-0-49-0
  • Milinda Siriwardana5-0-45-2

4:49pm: New Zealand have bossed their way to a seven-wicket victory with 29 overs to spare! After Henry's four-for helped New Zealand keep Sri Lanka to 188, Baz and Guptill opened the chase with a flurry of boundaries. Baz blazed to a 23-ball fifty while Guptill wasn't far behind. Siriwardana, who had earlier made a solid fifty to help the visitors recover, nipped out both the New Zealand openers, but Nicholls finished off the chase with successive fours. Vishal's report will tell you the full story.

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Mathews: Winning the toss was crucial. Unfortunately, we kept losing wickets in 10 overs. It was a good effort from Kulasekara and Siriwardana. They bowled well and we couldn't handle it. It was just that we could not negotiate the 10 overs. It is not easy to bowl at Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill. They are power hitters and we need to shove it under the carpet. It has to be a quick turnaround for us.

Baz: I thought both Milne and Henry were outstanding. We have two wonderful bowlers in Southee and Boult, they have been the kingpins, but the others have stepped up. It was a 280-290 par wicket. Martin stuck the ball clean and he deserved the runs. Great crowd, and we go again in 48 hours. We will have a quiet day tomorrow. We are starting to build some depth.

Henry, Man of the Match: It is fantastic to be back in the side. I was just working on getting the rhythm back. For Canterbury, I have always had the new ball. I am also developing into a change-up role. The crowd was awesome.

Mendis to Nicholls, FOUR runs, Nicholls, the debutant, puts the seal on NZ's thumping win! Mendis serves up another short ball outside off, this is cracked away past backward point. Nicholls takes in the applause from the home crowd
Mendis to Nicholls, FOUR runs, filthy long hop outside off, Nicholls goes deep in the crease and rattles a pull over midwicket
Mendis to Nicholls, no run, short ball on middle, punched to mid-off
Mendis to Nicholls, no run, full and on middle, patted to mid-off off the front foot
Mendis to Nicholls, no run, pushed through outside off, guided to backward point
Mendis to Nicholls, no run, fired outside off at 96ks, slapped to cover

20 | 4 Runs | NZ: 183/3 (6 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 9.15, RRR: 0.20)

  • Henry Nicholls15 (15b)
  • Ross Taylor5 (9b)
  • Milinda Siriwardana5-0-45-2
  • Ajantha Mendis4-0-41-0
Siriwardana to Nicholls, 1 run, tucked off the back foot to deep midwicket
Siriwardana to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor uses his feet again, pushed smoothly to long-off
Siriwardana to Taylor, no run, drifts in on middle, blocked on the front foot

NZ's biggest win v SL


Margin of win for New Zealand, in terms of balls remaining, is the biggest in ODIs against Sri Lanka. Prev best: 129 balls remaining also in Christchurch in 2006-07.

Blasting 10 overs


Runs added by NZ in the first 10 overs in this inns - 4th-highest in ODIs since 2002. Highest - 133 by SL v Eng, Leeds, 2006. NZ added 116 v Eng, Wellington in 2015 WC.

One of SL's biggest recovery


Runs added by SL's last 4 wickets (65/6 to 188/10) - their second-highest in 1st inns after 129 runs against India in Dhaka in 2009-10 (84/6 to 213/10).

Kulasekara's sixes


No. of SL batsmen who hit five or more sixes at No.8 or lower in 1st inns, before Kulasekara - Thisara Perera (6 sixes) v Ban, Dhaka, 2013-14 (80* in 57).

Rare top-order collapse


No. of times SL lost half their side in the first 10 overs of an ODI since 2001, before this. Last they lost first 4 wkts within 10 overs was also v NZ, Cardiff, 2013.

Identical ducks


Number of ducks for Mathews as captain of Sri Lanka in ODIs, including this. All 3 have been golden ducks and all against New Zealand.