Player of the Match
Player of the Match

43 | 4 Runs | NZ: 219/7 | RR: 5.09

  • Nathan McCullum25 (47b)
  • Adam Milne7 (11b)
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan7-0-28-2
  • Shaminda Eranga6-0-49-1

6.35pm That will be it folks. Anderson's 81 outdoes Mahela's 104 to see NZ through. We hope you will join us in a just a few days time for the second ODI in Hamilton. Till then though, this is ESPNcricinfo signing off and wishing you all a good night, wherever you are.

Corey Anderson, Man of the Match: It was nice to play in Christchurch for the first time. Nice to get to run around the ground before the World Cup next month. It was a bit disappointing to miss the Tests, but it is good to be back to be playing these games. I am feeling alright with the bowling, had to get through cramp and hopefully the training will get me back into shape for the next few weeks.

Corey Anderson is the Man of the Match

Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka captain: We were 30-40 runs short. It wasn't the easiest wicket to bat on as it turned and stopped on us. A bit two-pace really. Batsmen really had to hang in there. Kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Proud of the way we fought on the field and the bowlers. I thought Sachi, Kula and Dilshan bowled really well. They are our main bowlers and we needed them to come back really hard and they have.

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: I thought it was a really good performance from us. Thought we were outstanding with ball and bat. We saw some good characteristics come through, and I thought Corey under pressure really stood up today and got the job done. Thought the conditions were good. Plenty of bounce in the wicket. Can create plenty of scoring and wicket-taking opportunities as well. Outfield was lighting fast and it was nice to play in front of a big crowd again. Really good performances from Boult, as he bowled without luck, but was hostile. McClenaghan got better too as the day wore on. Milne was outstanding with the new ball as well. To beat SL you need to be outstanding in the field. The dismissal of Mahela was a turning point and helped us get some momentum as we rattled off 220.

6.25pm So to wrap it up, New Zealand are 1-0 up in the series with this three-wicket victory. We will be back shortly with quotes from the match presentation.

6.22pm With seven overs to go, New Zealand, with seven wickets down, manage to cross the line as they take the first of this seven-match series to get themselves onto a good roll. Sri Lanka should take great pride in how they fought back, especially through the bat of Mahela Jayawardene, and with the ball during the middle of the second innings. However, 218 was never really going to test the faculties of the hosts, so they will need to do some thinking as they look to regroup ahead of the next ODI in Hamilton on January 15.

Dilshan to NL McCullum, 1 run, and Nathan manages to prise out the winning single through midwicket to ensure a satisfying three-wicket victory for the hosts to take first blood in this seven-match series
Dilshan to NL McCullum, no run, looked for the forcing shot through long on, but finds the bowler
Dilshan to NL McCullum, no run, happy to wait on the back foot as this carrom ball is slipped in from Dilshan on middle and off
Dilshan to NL McCullum, no run, defended from the crease off the back foot as some boos ring in from the crowd
Dilshan to NL McCullum, 2 runs, tries out a leg-side delivery which is neatly swept round the corner to deep fine leg for a couple. Scores are now level as well
Dilshan to Milne, 1 run, once again manages to get it through midwicket, but is only kept to one. NZ just a boundary away now

42 | 5 Runs | NZ: 215/7 (4 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.11, RRR: 0.50)

  • Adam Milne6 (10b)
  • Nathan McCullum22 (42b)
  • Shaminda Eranga6-0-49-1
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan6-0-24-2

Rishi: "nooo, what are they doing, was their need of that tight single when u require 1 run per over...... silly really "

Eranga to Milne, 1 run, 134 kph, almost gets another boundary, this time a streaky one off an edge through the slips, but is cut off by third man who puts in a valiant dive. Nathan wanted a second, but sends back Milne after he sees the powerful throw from the deep
Eranga to Milne, FOUR runs, 135 kph, and nine becomes five as Milne literally halves the required chase with a clip through midwicket to find the boundary. This one raced away off the bat. Huge sigh of relief across the ground after that stroke
Eranga to Milne, no run, 132 kph, solidly behind the line of this fuller length ball on middle and leg
Eranga to Milne, no run, 129 kph, shorter one outside off which Milne is late on as he looks for the ramp over the slips
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Back to form?


No. of innings between this Corey Anderson half-century and the last, which he struck against India in January last year

Rapid fire


Balls in which Brendon McCullum reached a fifty today - equalling the New Zealand record, which he had set

A step up


Jayawardene's batting average in New Zealand before his this ton. It had been his worst in the top-10 ODI countries, but now has moved to 24.66