CricketNew Zealand Wins First ODI By 198 Runs, Sri Lanka 76 Allout Chasing 274
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New Zealand posted 273 runs on board while batting first, it was not an ideal Auckland wicket where batsman can play through the line and go for big shots.

Nearly all of New Zealand batters go the start to convert their innings into a big one but unfortunately the pitch was playing tricks and they couldn’t do so.

Fin Allen, after a long time, found his foot at the crease and scored 51 off 49 balls. There was unbelievable moment in the game when the ball clipped his stumps but everything remained enact.

Will Young, as long as he batted, looked good but it was really a partnership between Rachin Ravindra and Glenn Phillips that solified New Zealand’s position in the game.

Both shared 66 runs partnership before Phillips was dismissed by Dilshan Madushanka. Daryl Mitchell made a good contribution of 47 runs while captain Tom Latham couldn’t do well, scoring only 6 runs.

For Sri Lanka, C Karunaratne bowled well and picked four wickets, while Kasun Ranjita was impressive alongside Lahiru Kumara, both taking two wickets each.

Wanindu Hasaranga couldn’t add new wickets to wicket tally and conceded 67 runs in his 10 overs.

Sri Lanka batters went on to disappoint more as they are playing crucial odi matches that will assure their qualification to World Cup but unfortunately, none of them seems to take responsibility and do well for the team.

Their batting seemed like an act of amateur, unaware of conditions, carrying no confidence whatsoever and trying to survive here and there. Henry Siply didn’t want want to do that.

After having a decent start in first two overs, Sri Lanka completely lost its track with an unnecessary runout and after that, wickets strated to tumble.

It was too good a bowling by Henry Siply and Matt Henry. Sri Lanka couldn’t afford to counterattack with constant pressure on them as they were losing wickets. From 1 for 13 to 5 for 31, it all happened pretty quickly as Shiply took four wickets in his first spell.

Veteran Angelo Mathews tried to make enter Sri Lanka in a rebuilding phase but a decent ball from Blair Tickner ended his 18 runs innings, leaving Sri Lanka on 46 for 6.


An over later, Wanindu Hasaranga found the same fate as other Sri Lanka batters when he tried to cut on through point, finding only Chad Bowes’ hads at best.

An embarrassment of batting display by Sri Lanka, as everything appeared to miscalculated, disconnected and tattered for them. A cherishing 198 runs victory for New Zealand as Henry Shiply gets his first fifer in international cricket.