Result
3rd match, ICC Cricket World Cup at Cardiff, Jun 1 2019
16.1/50 ov, target 137
137/0
New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 203 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka136(29.2 overs)
New Zealand137/0(16.1 overs)
end of over 171 runs
NZ: 137/0CRR: 8.47 
Colin Munro58 (47)
Martin Guptill73 (51)
Jeevan Mendis1.1-0-11-0
Lasith Malinga5-0-46-0

2.57pm So three days in and we're yet to see a compelling game. They've all been one-sided drabs. Who is really going to lift this World Cup into orbit? Afghanistan are looking okay so far, even though they lost the openers to Mitch Starc and Pat Cummins. Can they get past the 200-run mark first? Looking good currently. Join Peter Della Penna and Saurabh Somani on our Live Coverage. Time to sign-off from here for the moment. Sharda Ugra and Andrew Fidel Fernando will be up and running with post-match stories from Cardiff, so do come back for that and much more. For the moment, this is Shashank Kishore saying goodbye on behalf of Venkat Raghav and Hemant Brar. Cheers guys

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Kane Williamson: "Great start, superb from the bowlers. I don't think there's a problem occasionally playing on such pitches. There was something on offer but it was slowish movement, if you were old school, who knows, you could've scored a few more. We were fortunate to get some early wickets. There's some variety in our attack, there are different wickets - some high-scoring, some like this, so we need to have balanced attack. We didn't have too many conversations about net-run-rates, those two at the top (Guptill and Munro) are aggressive anyway. Nice that they could go out and play some few shots, Munro played with freedom which was outstanding. It was a good allround performance, focus turns quickly to the next match in a few days time on a different surface."

Dimuth Karunaratne: "136 is never going to be enough in these conditions. Me and Thisara batted well, we needed to get partnerships. It was a good toss to win, sadly I lost it. It was seaming and swinging in the morning, so they had the advantage. They also had the bowlers to use it. Everyone comes out to watch entertaining cricket, so hopefully we will get good batting wickets later on. I'm not sure the batters are low on confidence, batted well in practice games, trained hard. Need to think about our game and approach. We're trying to play our shots early, need to give ourselves a chance to get set and then score runs."

2.50pm Shocker of a game for Sri Lanka. Whatever could go wrong, went wrong. The batsmen were tested against quality swing and seam, and they failed on multiple counts on a greentop. The 2015 finalists may not be spoken of in the same breath as England or India, but today, they've made an emphatic statement. The fact that they were still keen on pinching the second with just a handful of runs needed was a subtle message: they're hungry, or as Shane Warne likes to believe 'thirsty.'

Matt Henry is the Player of the Match for his three-for. It rocked Sri Lanka's top order and they never really recovered. Kane Williamson's decision to bowl a fifth over in his first spell proved to be a gamechanger as it yielded the massive strikes of Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis.

"Good to go out there on a green surface," Henry says. "You don't get too many one-day wickets like that (laughs). Warm-up game, I didn't try and let it affect me too much. This is a long tournament. Our fielders were brilliant today, it means a lot to our bowling attack. I enjoyed my time at Kent, had a lot of success with white and red-ball, always good to come back here to play cricket."

16.1
1
BMAJ Mendis to Munro, 1 run
gentle nudge behind square as New Zealand polish off a comfortable win
end of over 1616 runs
NZ: 136/0CRR: 8.5 • RRR: 0.02 • Need 1 from 34ov
Martin Guptill73 (51)
Colin Munro57 (46)
Lasith Malinga5-0-46-0
Jeevan Mendis1-0-10-0
15.6
2
Malinga to Guptill, 2 runs
tucks this full toss to deep midwicket as they hare back for the second to level the scores.
15.5
Malinga to Guptill, no run
squeezes this yorker back to Malinga. Dipping yorker
15.5
5nb
Malinga to Guptill, (no ball) FOUR runs
oversteps and pays the price. Guptill hops back and across to help it along. Free-hit coming up so that could be it
15.4
4
Malinga to Guptill, FOUR runs
pulled so well that it beats fine leg by no more than a couple of feet. Helped around the corner. Dug in short and he picked the length very early
15.4
1w
Malinga to Guptill, 1 wide
banged in short but this is way outside leg, rightly called wide
15.3
2
Malinga to Guptill, 2 runs
length on middle from round the stumps, works it to deep square. Hared back for the second. Great to see the urgency despite needing just a handful of runs
15.2
1
Malinga to Munro, 1 run
pulled to long leg
15.1
1
Malinga to Guptill, 1 run
runs in gingerly and bowls a slower ball on the pads, flicked to deep square

Malinga comes back on.

end of over 1511 runs
NZ: 120/0CRR: 8 • RRR: 0.48 • Need 17 from 35ov
Martin Guptill60 (45)
Colin Munro56 (45)
Jeevan Mendis1-0-10-0
Thisara Perera3-0-25-0

Moorthy: "Why don't you just refer to NLTC Perera as Thisara Parera and BMAJ Mendis as Jeevan Mendis." -- Can be annoying. An issue we've raised. Hopefully a solution soon.

Time for drinks

14.6
1
BMAJ Mendis to Guptill, 1 run
cuts, there's a misfield at point and they get a single.
14.5
6
BMAJ Mendis to Guptill, SIX runs
steps out and launches this over long-on. KP style. What swag! Incredible. Made it look ridiculously easy. New box of balls, please.
14.4
1
BMAJ Mendis to Munro, 1 run
length ball on middle and leg, worked across the line to deep midwicket
14.3
1lb
BMAJ Mendis to Guptill, 1 leg bye
skids one back in, deflects off the pad to short fine
14.2
BMAJ Mendis to Guptill, no run
tossed up on middle, he lunges forward and works this to mid-on
14.1
2
BMAJ Mendis to Guptill, 2 runs
flatter one on middle and leg, worked to deep midwicket

Jeevan Mendis with his legspin

end of over 148 runs
NZ: 109/0CRR: 7.78 • RRR: 0.77 • Need 28 from 36ov
Colin Munro55 (44)
Martin Guptill51 (40)
Thisara Perera3-0-25-0
Isuru Udana3-0-24-0
13.6
NLTC Perera to Munro, no run
steps out to wallop this over midwicket, beaten. Thisara appeals, but Sri Lanka aren't entirely surely. They go for a review anyway. Absolutely nothing there, not out.
13.5
4
NLTC Perera to Munro, FOUR runs
hit hard, hit wide of mid-off. Just a hint of width and it was enough. Picked it up beautifully
13.4
NLTC Perera to Munro, no run
looks to whip this into the stands at cow corner, played too early. Beaten
Best performances - batsmen
MJ Guptill
73 runs (51)
8 fours
2 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
pull
27 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
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C Munro
58 runs (47)
6 fours
1 sixes
Control68%
Productive shot
flick
17 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
1101138988
Best performances - bowlers
LH Ferguson
O
6.2
M
0
R
22
W
3
Eco
3.47
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
MJ Henry
O
7
M
0
R
29
W
3
Eco
4.14
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossNew Zealand , elected to field first
SeriesWorld Cup
Player Of The Match
Matt Henry
Match numberODI no. 4145
Season2019
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.45, Second Session 14.45-18.15
Match days01 June 2019 (50-over match)
Umpires
Rod Tucker
Ian Gould
TV Umpire
Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
Paul Wilson
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft
PointsNew Zealand 2, Sri Lanka 0