gentle nudge behind square as New Zealand polish off a comfortable win
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."
tucks this full toss to deep midwicket as they hare back for the second to level the scores.
squeezes this yorker back to Malinga. Dipping yorker
oversteps and pays the price. Guptill hops back and across to help it along. Free-hit coming up so that could be it
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
banged in short but this is way outside leg, rightly called wide
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
pulled to long leg
runs in gingerly and bowls a slower ball on the pads, flicked to deep square
Malinga comes back on.
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
cuts, there's a misfield at point and they get a single.
steps out and launches this over long-on. KP style. What swag! Incredible. Made it look ridiculously easy. New box of balls, please.
length ball on middle and leg, worked across the line to deep midwicket
skids one back in, deflects off the pad to short fine
tossed up on middle, he lunges forward and works this to mid-on
flatter one on middle and leg, worked to deep midwicket
Jeevan Mendis with his legspin
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.
hit hard, hit wide of mid-off. Just a hint of width and it was enough. Picked it up beautifully
looks to whip this into the stands at cow corner, played too early. Beaten
hops back and works this down to deep midwicket, huge gap there and they amble back for the second as Munro brings up his half-century, off 41 balls
punches this short of length delivery to deep cover