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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka highlights, ICC World Cup 2019: Dominant New Zealand annihilate hapless Sri Lanka by 10 wickets

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka highlights: Follow the highlights of the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ICC World Cup 2019 match at Cardiff.

By HT Correspondent | Jun 01, 2019 19:44 IST

As it happened: Well, Munro nudges a length ball towards square leg and they cross over. New Zealand have completed a dominant win here, Sri Lanka never really did turn up after being asked to bat first on a green track. They were bundled out for 136 and then the Kiwi openers cruised home without being separated. (Full scorecard)


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19:42 hrs IST

Williamson, NZ skipper

A great start. Winning the toss and taking early wickets was crucial on that wicket. It was a terrific effort from the bowlers to keep that pressure for 30 overs. I don’t think there is a problem with these pitches. With the new ball in both innings, you can expect some movement. When you bowl a side out for a lowish total, it’s going to be quite a tough thing to defend, and the full ball won’t be as threatening against unconventional cricket. It was slowish movement, so it was a surface where, if you can see off the movement, it’s easier to bat, but we were fortunate to get early wickets because it stopped doing a lot at the back-end. In England we can expect different kinds of wickets. In the warm-up games we saw all kinds of attacks and wickets, so it is important to have a balanced attacks for these wickets. We didn’t have too many conversations with the bowlers. but with the green tinge, you could expect the bowlers to be aggressive and they really were good up top. Munro played with freedom, and played a lot of shots, and that’s going to infuse a lot of confidence, so we are hoping to carry this forward, on a different surface against a different opposition.

19:42 hrs IST

Karunaratne, SL skipper

Of course, I think 136 was not enough in these conditions. Me and Kusal batted well, but we lost wickets regularly after that. We need to build partnerships. In the morning it was seaming and swinging a little bit, and they had that advantage. They also had good bowlers to do that. Everyone is coming to watch some good entertaining cricket, so I’m looking forward to some good batting wickets. We batted well in practice games and practised hard, but we need to understand when to accelerate and stay patient before we go for our shots. It’s tough to bat in these conditions, but we need to give ourselves a chance - after you get set, it’s much easier to bat, and the part-timers come on so it’s much easier to get runs against them.

19:41 hrs IST

Matt Henry, Man of the Match

It was good to get a green surface and we tried to make the most of it. We don’t get many one day wickets like that, but it’s nice when you get one. It is just important you go through your processes and try a few things, not try and worry too much as it is a long tournament. On a surface like that we were trying the full length and get them forward, with them trying to hit us off our length. You make sure you keep coming in with your plans and hope that the plans would work. Makes a massive difference when the fielders do their job; they were brilliant today and it means a lot for our bowling attack. I really enjoyed my time at Kent last year, we had a lot of success with the white and the red ball. Always nice to come back here.

19:22 hrs IST

A dominant performance

Well, Munro nudges a length ball towards square leg and they cross over. New Zealand have completed a dominant win here, Sri Lanka never really did turn up after being asked to bat first on a green track. They were bundled out for 136 and then the Kiwi openers cruised home without being separated.

19:01 hrs IST

50 for Guptill, Munro

It has been a stroll in the park for the Kiwi pair, 50 for Martin Guptill which is shortly followed by a 50 for Colin Munro. They have added 100 runs for the first wicket, SL have looked absolutely clueless here

18:43 hrs IST

Perera introduced

The movement off the pitch seems to have died away and the Kiwi openers are rollicking along at the moment. Thisara Perera runs in with the ball and well, Guptill stands tall and whips a length ball through mid-wicket for another boundary

18:37 hrs IST

50 over partnership

The openers have raised 50 for the first wicket. Sri Lanka are looking hapless at the moment, where will they get their first wicket from? Isuru Udana runs in with the ball

18:29 hrs IST

Munro on the charge

After a watchful start, Colin Munro has decided to stamp his authority on this chase. New Zealand has rocking along at the moment, Sri Lanka desperate for a wicket here

18:13 hrs IST

Positive start by New Zealand

3 overs bowled, Guptill and Munro have added 16 so far. Both are looking to go after the bowlers, Sri Lanka need early wickets here

17:58 hrs IST

All set for the chase

Martin Guptill takes strike, Lasith Malinga has the ball. Sri Lanka need early wickets, New Zealand need 137 to wrap up this contest

17:29 hrs IST

All over

Malinga makes room, Ferguson fires a full, straight and fast delivery on the stumps and the ball smashes the pegs. The misery ends for Sri Lanka, their captain carried his bat, but the rest of the batting was absolutely shunted away by the Kiwi pacers.

17:22 hrs IST

50 for Karunaratne

Top effort by the skipper, he has looked solid on a tough pitch and kept fighting hard. This is a well-deserved 50 and a tutorial to the rest of the batting order on how to stick it out when the conditions are tough

17:19 hrs IST

Lakmal walks back

Trent Boult bangs one in, Lakmal takes evasive action, the ball still finds his bat and lobs up perfectly for Santner to take the catch with absolute ease

16:59 hrs IST

Neesham joins the party

Well, it was a nothing ball, it was also a nothing stroke. Length ball angled in, Udana tamely chips it to mid on and Matt Henry takes an absolute dolly. This has been a horror story for Sri Lanka, so far today!

16:54 hrs IST

Thisara departs

Flat ball angled away, Perera goes after it, biffs it bit there is no timing at all and is caught at long on quite easily. Big blow for Sri Lanka here, the left-hander was looking quite good

16:51 hrs IST

Thisara Perera on the charge

He has looked positive right from the outset and has looked the best Sri Lankan batsman on show today. His counter-attacking approach has put some pressure back on the Kiwis. 50-run partnership has been raised between these two

16:35 hrs IST

James Neesham into the attack

Williamson has brought on his all-rounder. Thisara Perera has looked to counter-attack and has been quite successful so far. The pitch still has seam movement on offer, Sri Lanka need to somehow aim for 150 from this situation and this partnership has to take them there

16:17 hrs IST

Ferguson gets his 2nd

OUT! Another one. Is this repeat of yesterday’s West Indies and Pakistan match? It sure seems like it. Ferguson bowls it on middle and off, Mendis looks to flick it but gets a leading edge which flies towards point. Neesham there brilliantly dives to his left and takes a very good catch. The fielding has been outstanding from the Kiwis. It has complimented the bowling superbly.

16:10 hrs IST

SL 5 down

Gone! Another one. There’s no stopping New Zealand, Sri Lanka on a slide. Colin de Grandhomme too strikes in his first over and it’s big big wicket of Angelo Mathews. Not a lot Mathews could’ve done about that, it pitched on length and moved away to get the outside edge of Mathews’ bat. Sri Lanka in dire straits at the moment.

15:56 hrs IST

Ferguson strikes in his 1st over

OUT! There goes another one! Lockie Ferguson strikes in his very first over. He sets him up excellently. Bowled the previous two balls short and spears this one on a fuller length. Not exactly fuller but a lot fuller than the last two. It comes back in too. Dhanajaya is rooted to his crease as he tries to keep it out but misses. It hits the pads and lobs to the keeper. An appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger. The batter walks up to his skipper and has a chat but then does not review. Lanka slip further.

15:44 hrs IST

De Silva off the mark

“That’s the best shot I’ve seen off a hat-trick ball,” says Kumar Sangakkara. What a text book straight drive from Dananjaya de Silva to collect four down the ground and that too off the hat-trick ball. Everything right about that shot and Sri Lanka need a lot of those if they have to get out of this mess.

15:42 hrs IST

Henry on a hat-trick

GONE! Two-in-two for Matt Henry. He’s on fire at Cardiff. Mendis bags a golden duck. However, not a lot you can do with this nut that too first up. It lands on off which means the batsman has to play at it. Mendis looks to defend it by staying rooted to his crease but the ball nips away. Kisses the outside edge and it goes between second slip and first slip. Guptill dives to his left and takes a very good catch. All of a sudden, Sri Lanka are in trouble and Henry is on a Hat-Trick.

15:38 hrs IST

Perera falls

No no no! That’s a shocker of an end to a promising innings. Kusal Perera was doing just fine when he hitting though the line using the straight bat but this time he tries to have a wild slog and ends up getting a top edge, Granndhomme takes an easy catch. Perera goes for 29 off 24 balls.

15:35 hrs IST

World Cup fever in Bristol

15:32 hrs IST

A warning for Boult

Trent Boult receives a warning for running onto the danger area. 8th over is pretty early to get into the umpire’s book but Boult is an experienced cricketer, he surely won’t make the same mistake again and if he does, he won’t be able to bowl further in this match.

15:25 hrs IST

Counter-attack from Perera

3 fours coming from Kusal Perera’s bat in the last 5 balls he faced. “There’s a lot of Sanath Jayasurya there,” says Nasser Hussain and he’s quite right. Kusal Perera has decided to take the attack back to the New Zealand new-ball bowlers and so far he is succeeding, game on!

15:19 hrs IST

Oohs and Aahs but 8 runs

A close LBW shout followed by absolute jaffer from Trent Boult to start the over. The next delivery flew past the slips and through the vacant third man area for a boundary. Karunaratne got 8 runs from the over but he would be happy he did not lose his wicket. SL: 20/1 after 4 overs

15:10 hrs IST

Testing over from Boult

Trent Boult backs up Henry good start with an even better over. Only 3 runs from it. The New Zealand new ball bowlers have started off really well. Sri Lanka’s top-order have their task cut out.

15:03 hrs IST

Henry strikes

OUT! What review, what a start for New Zealand. Matt Henry bowls a peach of a delivery which comes back in after pitching and thuds onto Lahiru Thirimanne’s front pad. There was a huge appeal but umpire Ian Gould shook his head. There was no hesitation from Williamson, he went for the review and guess what? it turned out to be three reds. SL:4/1 after 0.2 overs.

Kusal Perera is the new man in

14:59 hrs IST

Players out in the centre

The Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne have made their way into the centre. Matt Henry with the new ball to Lahiru Thirimanne.

14:56 hrs IST

Nation Anthems

The Players of both sides line-up as we get ready for the national anthems of both the sides. Sri Lanka’s national anthem to be played first followed by New Zealand’s.

14:54 IST

Sri Lanka record at Cardiff

Sri Lanka are yet to register an ODI win at Cardiff.They have played 4 ODIs at this venue and lost all against 4 different teams.

14:50 hrs IST

New Zealand’s record at Cardiff

50%: New Zealand have a 50% win/loss record at Cardiff in ODIs. They have played 6, won and lost 3 each. Although, they lost in their 3 ODIs at Cardiff and won 3 before. 2013 was the only time when New Zealand and Sri Lanka encountered at Cardiff in ODIs.

14:46 hrs IST

Playing XIs

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera(w), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

14:44 hrs IST

Team news Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne: I would have bowled as well. We are playing with four seamers and there’s grass on the surface too. We wanted to take advantage. Jeffrey Vandersay, Milinda Siriwardana, Nuwan Pradeep, Avishka Fernando are not playing. The others are playing. We played a practice game here. It didn’t move much after the initial phase. We don’t have much pressure. We want to do well. We want to show Sri Lankans who we are and what we can do.

14:40 hrs IST

Team news New Zealand

Kane Williamson: It’s a fresh wicket with a green tinge. Blundell, Southee, Sodhi, Nicholls are the guys to miss out. A few niggles. It’s a day-by-day thing. They are minor things. Just not quite ready today (Nicholls). Just a one spinner and two all-rounders. That helps with the balance. Two fantastic hit-outs (warm-up games), contrasting results though. For us it’s about adapting throughout the tournament.

14:32 hrs IST


New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first against Sri Lanka at Cardiff. 

14:22 hrs IST

Pitch report

Nasser Hussain: Good even covering of grass, New Zealand would be mighty pleased to see this pitch, expect the ball to move around a bit early on. But don’t let yourself get fooled by the grass, it only means the ball will come onto the bat a lot better. If you get through the early period then there are runs on offer.

14:15 hrs IST

Countdown to toss

We are 15 minutes away from the all important toss. What should the captains do? Well, it’s not that difficult actually. Whatever available for the fast bowlers will be upfront. So the captains naturally would want to bowl first.

14:05 hrs IST

All eyes on Malinga

2: more wickets and Malinga will become the 5th highest wicket taker in the World Cup. he

currently has 43 wickets.

2: Malinga also need 2 more wickets to go past Jayasuriya in the list of leading ODI wicket-takers

and become the 3rd highest wicket-takers among Sri Lankan players in ODIs. With 322 wickets, Malinga is behind Jayasuriya (323 in ODIs and 320 for SL out of them), Vaas (400 in ODIs and 399 for SL out of them) and Murali (534 in ODIs and 523 for SL out of them).

5: Malinga has dismissed Guptill for 5 times in ODIs — 2nd most by any bowler against Guptill after Kulasekara (8).

13:55 hrs IST

Stat attack

273: Average 1st innings score at Cardiff, extrapolated over last 5 completed first innings at this

venue in ODIs.

1/5: New Zealand have lost only 1 (vs India) out of their last 5 ODIs and won 4.

4/5: Sri Lanka have won lost 4 out of their last 5 ODIs and won 1 (vs Scotland).

0/5: New Zealand have not recorded any defeat against Sri Lanka in their last 5 ODI encounters.

New Zealand won 4 out of them and one ended without result.

50%: New Zealand have a 50% win/loss record at Cardiff in ODIs.

They have played 6, won and lost 3 each.

Although, they lost in their 3 ODIs at Cardiff and won 3 before.

21: Trent Boult has taken the most wickets (21) in 2019 in ODIs.

1: Tom Blundell will be making his debut if he starts in the playing XI vs SL.

3: wickets required by Trent Boult to complete 150 ODI wickets.

Boult will become the 8th New Zealand bowler with 150 or more ODI wickets.

50: James Neesham will be playing in his 50th ODI if he starts in the playing XI.

1: Dimuth Karunaratne, who is captaining Sri Lanka in this World Cup, is only 1 ODIs old as a

captain in ODIs.

10: runs more and Lahiru Thirimanne will complete 3000 ODI runs.

He will become the 16th Sri Lankan player to reach this landmark in ODIs.

4: more wickets required by Tim Southee to become the highest wickets taking New Zealander in World Cups. He currently has 33 wickets in the WC; Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori with 36 wickets are currently the leader.

13:48 hrs IST

Venue insights

Highest team total: 342/8 by England vs Australia in 2018

Lowest team total: 138 by Sri Lanka vs New Zealand in 2013

Highest individual score: 131 by Shaun Marsh (AUS) vs England in 2018.

Best bowling figures: 4/28 by Ravindra Jadeja (IND) vs England in 2014

Biggest partnership: 224 between Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) vs New Zealand for the 5th wicket in 2017.

13:34 hrs IST

Player battles to watch out for

Dimuth Karunaratne vs Trent Boult

Kane Williamson vs Lasith Malinga

Angelo Mathews vs Ish Sodhi

Thisara Perera vs Ross Taylor

Suranga Lakmal vs Martin Guptill

(Read the full story here)

13:23 hrs IST

What the captains said

Dimuth Karunaratne: I came back into the side after four years so it is not easy. But if you get a chance you need to prove yourself. Every time you need to be hungry. Those new players who want to do well, they want to perform to stay in the team.

Kane Williamson: There has been a lot of talk about really high scores but I think there will be a number of games where that isn’t the case and it will require adjustment

13:02 hrs IST

Predicted XIs

New Zealand (Predicted XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

Sri Lanka (Predicted XI): Kusal Perera(w), Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Avishka Fernando

12:53 hrs IST

Pitch predictions

The conditions will assist the fast bowlers early on, just like it did in the India-Bangladesh warm-up game. But it will ease out as the game progresses. Yesterday, there was lot of grass cover on the pitch though.

12:43 hrs IST

Weather update

There has been a lot of rain in Cardiff in the last couple of weeks but the weather cleared up two days ago. The forecast for Saturday’s match is bright and sunny. Is supposed to be the warmest day of the week, with a high of 20 degrees Celsius and only a 10% chance of rain.

12:35 hrs IST


Here’s a look back at what happened yesterday in the West Indies vs Pakistan match. Here’s the full highlights of WI vs PAK match

12:25 hrs IST

Form Guide

Sri Lanka: WLLLL (most recent first)

New Zealand: WWWLW

12:19 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of ICC World Cup 2019 match No. 3 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. A lot to expect from this match, New Zealand are ever so dangerous with batting line-up comprsing Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill but one shouldn’t make the mistake of counting Sri Lanka just based on their No. 8 ODI rankings.

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