Player of the Match
Player of the Match

1.15 pm So simply put, Sri Lanka have been so disappointing that New Zealand will be back out to bat before lunch. And Mathews had won the toss remember. Terrible returns on what he thought was a track full of runs. Matt Henry, who only came in as a stand-in for these two ODIs, probed the area around the off stump. Mitchell McClenaghan used the bouncer to great effect. And Doug Bracewell stayed there and thereabouts as he normally does. It was nothing special. just concerted discipline and good, surprise short balls. Sri Lanka's batsmen almost didn't know what to do with themselves. Right from Dilshan who ran at the bowler, and then tried to leave the ball and was subsequently caught at slip to Thirimanne who slashed a ball down third man's throat to Mathews who is going to have New Zealand left-arm fast bowlers bowling short at him even in his dreams. They became 20 for 1, then 56 for 5, then 81 for 8 and finally 117 all out.

"Henry has been outstanding and Dougie has been too," says Mitchell McClenaghan, "Just a bit of confidence, I am running in hard and I like being in the set-up. Our openers will do the same thing, Guppy is striking the ball really well and if Baz opens he'll be the same. Hopefully we can knock it off quickly. We've got gun fielders like Santner and Guppy and that makes it a lot easier on the bowlers to put in performances"

Henry to Kulasekara, OUT, backs away and smashes a length ball right into the hands at short cover. Smart grab that from Latham, as he jumps up and takes it high over his head. That's all Sri Lanka have for you. The umpires check the front foot, he's fine. He's got another four-for.

KMDN Kulasekara c Latham b Henry 19 (42m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 79.16

Henry to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, saw the batsman backing away and went for a bouncer that follows the batsman, but Kula manages to pull it and gets just enough glove to get it past the keeper and into the fine leg boundary
Henry to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, backs away and wallops a short of a length ball over the bowler's head! That is some shot. That is cricket's version of viva la resistance.

dynamic batting


NZ's run rate in this chase, is the second-highest in an ODI innings. Highest is 15.83 also by NZ v Ban, Queenstown, 2007-08.

Fastest Kiwi


No. of balls by Guptill to complete his 50 - fastest by a NZ batsman and joint second-fastest in ODIs with Jayasuriya and K Perera

Quick 50


No. of balls taken by NZ to complete 50 runs, is the fastest in ODIs since 2002. They beat their own record of 21 balls v Ban, Queenstown, 31 Dec 2007.

Dominance v Asian teams


No. of 4-wkt hauls for Henry in ODIs, including this. All have been vs Asian teams - 2 v SL & Pak each and 1 v Ind; has 27 wkts in 8 inns vs them & 9 in 9 vs others

SL's poor batting


Number of totals lower than 117 for Sri Lanka against New Zealand in ODIs - 112, Christchurch, 2006-07 and 115, Colombo (PSS), 1983-84.