Henry yorks Malinga and seals victory for NZ Pinpoint yorker, hurries under the bat of Malinga and cleans him up
10.20pm That is that. New Zealand go 1-0 up in Mount Maunganui. Martin Guptill, returning from injury, led the way for the hosts with a rollicking hundred. Kane Williamson matched Guptill shot for shot before chopping on for 76. Ross Taylor then helped himself to a fifty and James Neesham nearly broke the record for the fastest ODI fifty, but NZ ran out of the balls in the end. The allrounder marked his return with five sixes in an over of Thisara Perera.
Sri Lanka then made a fist of their 372 chase with Kusal Perera's hundred, but a rapidly risking asking rate was too much to overcome. Do stick around for the presentation.
Guptill, Man of the Match: Happy with it. First game back. The step up and intensity played its part. Good recovery day hopefully tomorrow. I've worked hard to return from injury. Everything has settled down now. I played club cricket and for Auckland and back in.
Lasith Malinga, SL captain: We did not deliver wicket-taking balls with the ball. It's a good batting wicket, but the bowlers struggled. We have to come back strongly in the next game. We need to use the variations on this wicket. All the players realise that we're not bowling well. Batting, I'm happy, we put up good partnerships.
Kane Williamson, NZ captain: Good surface and the outfield was so rapid. The wind factor as well. A nice win. Two competitive sides came out and played good cricket. The effort was there in the field but the ball kept flying. Sri Lanka were outstanding and put us under pressure in 90% of the chase. Guptill is a world-class player and pushed that total above par. Neesham and Taylor took the total to an area of strength. It was a match-changing contribution from Neesham. We were staring at 330 but Neesh took us to 370. A lot of contributions from everyone.
That is all we have for you from this game. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did bringing it to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Saurabh Somani and Thilak Ram. Goodbye and good night
Shah Safeer: "What a splendid comeback performance by Jimmy Neesham. I always believe he has a good future for NZ"
off-stump yorker, dug out
dug in short on middle, Malinga sizes it up and smokes it over the midwicket boundary. Some swing of the bat, that
Dropped at mid-off. Pretty full on middle, backs away and slices it to Henry, who lets the ball bobble out
on a length and outside off, swished across the line to deep midwicket
short and rises on middle, fended back to the bowler
slower full ball on middle, Pradeep spots the change-up. He gets underneath the length and hoists it straight of long on for six
really full on middle, pushed to mid-off off the front foot
ude: "@sam I actually blame Asela and Chandimal because they showed no intent at all. The target was very tough but they could have done it if one player got going. "
yorker on off, jabbed away to point
nice and full on off, Sandakan moves away outside leg, flashes and misses. Boult nails the stumps and hastens NZ's victory
very full and nips back in, sneaks under the bat on the way to the keeper
banged in short and bounces through to the keeper as Malinga backs away and misses
near yorker on middle, squeezed down to long-on for one
shorter and outside off, guided away to point
full-toss on off, Malinga backs away outside leg and carves the ball down to third man
very full on off, poked to third man again
Sam: "At the end it shows how Thisara's 34 run over almost made the difference between the scores. However, Thisara was never a death bowler but he is a valuable all-rounder in the team. I blame Malinga for not occupying Asela's few more overs in the middle and keep some overs for himself at the end. "
very full and outside off, again, Sandakan sends an outside edge to third man
very full and outside off, was there a deflection to the keeper? If there was a deflection, did it carry to the keeper? Seifert claims the catch. The soft signal from the on-field umpire is out. Over to the TV umpire Illingworth. Sekkuge had swung and inside-edged it behind. Seifert throws himself to his left and it's a clean catch. What an effort from Seifert
short at the body, top-edged over the keeper's head
full and on the stumps, tucked around the corner
|Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui|
|Toss||New Zealand, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||New Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 4074|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30 Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45|
|Match days||3 January 2019 - daynight (50-over match)|