Ravindra waits, waits.. and waits before pouching it at mid-on! That was launched high into the Auckland sky, as Ravindra kept his eyes on it to bag it well. Length delivery angling into him, as Kumara made room to have a wild heave at that. All he could manage was send it sailing for an easy catch, as New Zealand win by 198 runs to go 1-0 up
An opportunity Sri Lanka missed out on for getting ten crucial Super League points. New Zealand had Williamson, Southee, Santner, Conway and Bracewell missing, and despite the pitch having good pace and bounce, 275 was never a mountain to climb. So that's it from us from the first ODI, as Raghav, Abhimanyu and me, Himanshu, bid you goodbye!
Henry Shipley is the Player of the Match for his 5 for 31
Ollie: "Avoided the follow on…"
Successive totals of less than 100 in men's ODIs:
Kenya in 2013 (89 & 93 vs AFG)
Sri Lanka in 2023 (73 vs IND & 76 vs NZ)
Melvin: "Now that Akshat said that, it feels like a loss for NZ"
8.12pm So Sri Lanka don't even last 20 overs. As someone just pointed out, they folded for 73 the last time they had batted in an ODI; today, they manage just three more. Only three batters reach double figures - two of them were bowlers - as Shipley grabbed a career-best 5 for 31. Sri Lanka were never in the chase - their highest stand of 15 came after they were 31 for 5 inside the first ten overs - and by then, that was it.
good length outside off, as he backs away and pulls, but is beaten
Shipley at deep third slides to his right, but the ball zips through his hands. He indicated that the lights played a role there. Much fuller ball outside off, as Kumara sliced hard and aerially
short delivery outside off, and he is beaten
backs away and swats over mid-off! On a good length, and ends wide of off while angling in. Biffed for six to have some fun
AKSHAT: "The last ODI Sri Lanka played, they got bundled out on 73 vs India. Can they overtake that score?"
another yorker on off, and again that is jammed back
Now there is another change of a bail. Somebody bail us out of this, please.
fires a low yorker on off at 138kph, and that is four. Ah, that was only pushed back using the pace of the bowler, with the ball bouncing over the bowler's head
Madushka the last man in. Two slips and a gully.
five wickets for Shipley! We are further close to getting home. The man at deep backward square leg was placed well inside the rope, and so he just had to take a few steps further in to gobble that. Shipley banged that ball short just outside off, as Chamika backed away and had a swing. But the ball took the top edge and ballooned up for a catch
good length just outside off, and tapped back
Alex L: "And here we see why no run-outs were ever given in cricket until the invention of light-up bails..."
good length ball, angling into fourth stump. Dabbed down
shorter side of a length, and wide-ish of off. Poked to point
Shipley back. His fifth wicket in sight, with a slip and gully placed. But before that, a bail will be changed at the non-striker's end.
very full and outside off. Slashed and beaten
squared up by a good length ball angling into off from outside off, as he tries to poke
good length on middle, and clipped wide of mid-on. Another run-out chance for which the third umpire is dialled. The throw arrived at the bowler's end, as the batters had a mix-up. Chamika dived back after thinking of a second and taking off, but the wicket was disturbed by Tickner when the batter's bat was just short of the crease. Wow, scratch that, even as Chamika had started walking back himself. New Zealand aren't happy either. No way that can be not out, and I have no idea why that was given so. Even Chamika doesn't. So the TV commentators guess that because the battery of the bail which was flicked first wasn't working, it wasn't given out. The lights came up only after the other bail - and a stump - was hit
makes room again, as Tickner goes short and wide of off this time. Left alone
backs away and hacks it for four! Good length ball around off, as the ball took the top edge to fly and roll over point
short ball at 135kph. Pitches around off, and shapes in to end on middle and leg as Chamika ducks
good length, but nice movement into the batter from outside off, as it ends around leg stump. Nudged down by Kumara
Karl: "One positive for Sri Lanka is that there are some great South Asian restaurants in nearby Sandringham... if they continue to bat like this, they can still make it in time for dinner service" --- Perhaps eight of them have already reached a restaurant?
short delivery angled into middle and off. Dabbed to point
A check for one of the bails at the striker's end
bowls short right away, angling it into off. Kumara sways away
Kumara the new batter. Mitchell around the wicket to the left-hander.
|Eden Park, Auckland|
|Toss||Sri Lanka, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||New Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 4548|
|Match days||25 March 2023 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||New Zealand 10, Sri Lanka -1|