New Zealand have chosen to bowl against Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter. Kane Williamson's side are missing the services of Tim Southee and Tom Blundell. Matt Henry was the star with three wickets and he was given good support by all the other New Zealand bowlers. Lockie Ferguson also bowled with pace and venom and accounted for three wickets. Dimuth Karunaratne smashed his third fifty and it was a good effort from a player who had not played ODIs for four years. Thisara Perera was the only other batsman to contribute but the rest of the batsmen fell short as Sri Lanka were bundled out for 136. In response, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro blasted fifties as New Zealand secured a 10-wicket win against Sri Lanka for the first time to get their tournament off to a flier. Get highlights here. (SCORECARD)
19:25 hrs IST: New Zealand have trounced Sri Lanka by 10 wickets and they have made a strong statement. This has been as one-sided as it can get. For Sri Lanka, there will be more questions raised.
19:14 hrs IST: Martin Guptill blasts a six off Jeevan Mendis and it sails into the River Taff which is near the stadium. After 15 overs, New Zealand are 120/0.
19:06 hrs IST: FIFTY! Colin Munro flicks Thisara Perera to the leg side and brings up his fifty. The left-hander then blasts a four to deep extra cover and New Zealand are coasting and they are 109/0 in 14 overs. In the process, Sri Lanka have lost a review as Munro misses the slog.
19:05 hrs IST: FIFTY! Guptill rasies his fifty in grand style as he launches Isuru Udana over wide long on for a massive six. After 13 overs, New Zealand are 101/0.
19:00 hrs IST: Colin Munro finds the boundary again but he is not timing the ball well. New Zealand are 91/0 after 12 overs.
18:56 hrs IST: Easy pickings for both Guptill and Munro and New Zealand are 82/0 after 11 overs.
18:51 hrs IST: New Zealand continue to make progress. Martin Guptill flat-bats a short ball from Thisara Perera and Munro edges a short ball past the keeper. New Zealand are 77/0 after 10 overs.
18:47 hrs IST: Martin Guptill gets two streaky boundaries to the third man fence and Sri Lanka continue to leak runs. New Zealand are 68/0 after nine overs.
18:42 hrs IST: Munro continues to pound the boundaries and Suranga Lakmal suffers. After eight overs, New Zealand are 59/0.
18:37 hrs IST: Munro gets the outside edge past short third man and the opening stand has reached 50. After seven overs, New Zealand are 50/0.
18:32 hrs IST: Colin Munro is on the charge and Suranga Lakmal pays the price. The third ball in Lakmal's over is cracked to the deep point boundary and the fourth ball is launched into the stands at long on for a big six. After six overs, New Zealand are 40/0, needing less than 100 runs.
18:27 hrs IST: Malinga bowls five good balls but New Zealand are happy to take singles. On the last ball, Guptill nails the pull shot to the deep midwicket fence for a boundary. After five overs, New Zealand are 26/0.
18:22 hrs IST: Decent over from Suranga Lakmal again. He is keeping it tight and on the stumps. New Zealand are 19/0 after four overs.
18:17 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga bounces back with a tight over but the ball is keeping low. New Zealand are 16/0 after three overs.
18:13 hrs IST: Colin Munro starts sedately as Suranga Lakmal bowls accurately. New Zealand are 13/0 after two overs.
18:08 hrs IST: The run chase has begun in earnest and Martin Guptill gets going by lofting Lasith Malinga's third ball to the deep extra cover fence. The final ball is flicked to the deep backward square leg for another boundary. New Zealand are 10/0 in the first over.
17:32 hrs IST: Karunaratne is caught in the deep but the ball has brushed the ground as he scooped it. However, it is short lived as Lasith Malinga is bowled and Lockie Ferguson gets three wickets. Sri Lanka are 136 all out in 29.2 overs.
17:28 hrs IST: Dimuth Karunaratne hits his third fifty. Not a bad effort after playing your first ODI in four years. Sri Lanka are 134/9 in 28.5 overs.
17:24 hrs IST: Lockie Ferguson concedes eight runs as Dimuth Karunaratne gets closer to his fifty with a boundary. However, Boult gets his first wicket as Suranga Lakmal tamely flat bats a short ball to cover. Sri Lanka are 130/9 after 28.1 overs.
17:17 hrs IST: Suranga Lakmal upper-cuts a short ball from Trent Boult over cover for a boundary and Sri Lanka are 122/8 after 27 overs.
17:12 hrs IST: Karunaratne is hanging in there and he is surviving a bouncer barrage from Lockie Ferguson. Sri Lanka are 117/8 in 26 overs. Can they get past 150?
17:05 hrs IST: WICKET! James Neesham among the wickets now. Full ball on off stump, Isuru Udana miscues the lofted shot and Matt Henry takes the catch at mid on. Sri Lanka are 114/8 after 24.4 overs.
16:59 hrs IST: WICKET! Mitchell Santner breaks this dangerous stand. Flighted delivery wide outside off, Perera mistimes the lofted shot and Boult takes the catch at long on. Sri Lanka are 112/7 after 23.4 overs.
16:57 hrs IST: Neesham bowls a no-ball and Perera takes full use of the free-hit next ball as he blasts a full ball into the stands at deep midwicket. Sri Lanka are 110/6 in 23 overs.
16:52 hrs IST: Mitchell Santner comes into the attack and he drops Thisara Perera on the third ball. Sri Lanka have reached triple figures and are 100/6 in 22 overs.
16:48 hrs IST: Karunaratne flicks Boult to the deep mid wicket fence and the partnership is slowly rebuilding Sri Lanka. After 21 overs, Sri Lanka are 97/6.
16:44 hrs IST: Thisara Perera holds the key now and Sri Lanka are making progress. Neesham is back into the attack and on the last ball, Perera cracks the cut shot to the third man fence. After 20 overs, Sri Lanka are 92/6.
16:41 hrs IST: Five out of six balls in Trent Boult's comeback over is swing and a miss. Thisara Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne hang in there and Sri Lanka are 84/6 after 19 overs.
16:35 hrs IST: Thisara Perera awkwardly fends at a short ball from Ferguson and Sri Lanka are 82/6 after 18 overs.
16:31 hrs IST: Much better over for Sri Lanka. Thisara Perera punches a short of a length ball to deep extra cover for three runs and on the fifth ball, he muscles a pull to deep midwicket for a six. After 17 overs, Sri Lanka are 80/6.
3ï¸âƒ£ - Matt Henry— ICC (@ICC) June 1, 2019
2ï¸âƒ£ - Lockie Ferguson
1ï¸âƒ£ - Colin de Grandhomme
0ï¸âƒ£ - Trent Boult
New Zealand are dominant at Cardiff, with Sri Lanka 68/6 after 16 overs, and their attack leader hasn't even taken a wicket yet!#NZvSL LIVE ðŸ‘‡ https://t.co/ioG8yDOSD7 pic.twitter.com/naL9CBb1yi
16:27 hrs IST: Thisara Perera whips a full ball from Ferguson to the deep midwicket fence to get going with three runs but Karunaratne shows his intent by hammering a full ball down the ground. After 16 overs, Sri Lanka are 68/6.
16:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Sri Lanka are in big trouble now. Pacy full length ball angled across outside off from Ferguson, Jeevan Mendis pokes at it and Jimmy Neesham takes the catch at gully. After 15.2 overs, Sri Lanka are 60/6.
16:17 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant stuff from Colin de Grandhomme. Full ball and swinging away gently outside off, Mathews edges it to the keeper and his torturous stay ends. After 14.4 overs, Sri Lanka are 59/5.
16:14 hrs IST: Ferguson continues to trouble the Sri Lanka batsmen and after 14 overs, Sri Lanka are 58/4.
16:09 hrs IST: Matt Henry bowls his seventh consecutive over and he has figures of 7-0-29-3. After 13 overs, Sri Lanka are 57/4.
16:05 hrs IST: Superb bowling from Lockie Ferguson. Pace, accuracy and movement, three deadly combinations. Good length ball and it nips back in, De Silva is trapped on the back foot and he is given the marching orders. After 12 overs, Sri Lanka are 53/4.
15:54 hrs IST: Trent Boult bowls in the right areas and Sri Lanka cannot get away easily. After 10 overs, Sri Lanka are 51/3 and they need a partnership to rebuild.
15:47 hrs IST: WICKETS! Matt Henry, you beauty. He gets Kusal Perera as the batsman mistimes the lofted shot and is caught at mid on by Colin de Grandhomme while Kusal Mendis edges a delivery that straightens outside off and Guptill at second slip dives to take the catch. Dhananjaya de Silva avoids the hat-trick by driving Henry straight down the ground. Sri Lanka are 50/3 after 8.3 overs.
15:39 hrs IST: Henry continues to bowl in the right areas but Sri Lanka are negotiating him well. After seven overs, Sri Lanka are 41/1.
15:33 hrs IST: Kusal Perera creams two boundaries off Trent Boult, one over deep extra cover. This is superb batting from Kusal Perera. However, Dimuth Karunaratne almost chops the ball back onto the stumps. The ball hit the stumps but the bail is not removed. After six overs, Sri Lanka are 35/1.
15:29 hrs IST: Kusal Perera leans onto a full ball from Henry and then drills it down the ground for a wonderful boundary. The pitch is easing out and Sri Lanka are making good progress. After five overs, Sri Lanka are 25/1.
15.25 hrs IST: Trent Boult continues to get some swing but Karunaratne survives. He edges a late away-swinger for a boundary and then flicks a full ball to the midwicket region for three runs. After four overs, Sri Lanka are 19/1.
15:22 hrs IST: After four good balls from Matt Henry, he bowls a full and wide ball outside off at 87 mph and Kusal Perera throws his bat at it. The ball races away to the deep extra cover boundary and Sri Lanka are 12/1 after three overs.
15:18 hrs IST: Trent Boult is getting some swing as well and Dimuth Karunaratne manages to negotiate it well. Sri Lanka need some gritty batting if they have to reach a good total. After two overs, Sri Lanka are 7/1.
15:12 hrs IST: Henry is getting some good inward movement and Kusal Perera is struggling to cope with it. After the first over, Sri Lanka are 4/1.
15:10 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant review from Kane Williamson. After getting hit for a boundary first ball, Henry gets this good length delivery to straighten on leg stump and Lahiru Thirimanne gets hit on the pad, New Zealand appeal but the umpire says not out. Williamson opts for the review and replays show that the ball pitched in line and was hitting leg stump. New Zealand strike. After 0.2 overs, Sri Lanka are 4/1.
14:53 hrs IST: Tim Southee's absence is a big blow for New Zealand but they have good backup in Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson. FYI, Matt Henry went for 107 runs in nine overs against West Indies in Bristol.
14:48 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sides
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera(w), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tom Latham(w), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Captain Kane getting involved with the @cricketworldcup ‘Ultimate Delivery’ - a world record cricket ball relay around Cardiff finishing here at tomorrow’s venue - Cardiff Wales Stadium ðŸŸ #CWC19 #Cricket #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/MGwLBXkMHz— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) May 31, 2019
14:41 hrs IST: New Zealand have chosen to bowl. Sri Lanka have said they would have bowled as well. No Tim Southee for New Zealand as he suffered a calf strain. The pitch is on the greener side and Trent Boult will be hoping to get some fair purchase off this deck.
14:37 hrs IST: The pitch has a fair covering of grass and it will all be about skills. The team that wins the toss will bat.
14:32 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga is seen warming up. By all the indications, the pitch in Cardiff will aid the batsmen immensely but the spinners could get some assistance.
14:25 hrs IST: Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, along with Martin Guptill have been the key for New Zealand in the past couple of seasons. Along with Henry Nicholls, the batting is in good shape. For Sri Lanka, all hopes are pinned on Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis.
ðŸ‘ From Cardiff Central Station to Cardiff Wales Stadium via 542 pairs of hands!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 31, 2019
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14:16 hrs IST: So far, in the first two games of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the results have been lopsided. West Indies thrashed Pakistan with 27 overs to go while England hammered South Africa by 104 runs. Will this be a close game?
14:08 hrs IST: In the warm-up games, New Zealand started brilliantly by beating India while against West Indies, they were blown away in Bristol. For Sri Lanka, their warm-up games did not go too well, losing to South Africa and Australia convincingly. Their one win so far in the last five games has come against Scotland. Will they manage to get over the line against a disciplined New Zealand side?
13:59 hrs IST: Can Sri Lanka start their journey on a winning note? In past World Cups, excluding 2015, they started off on the right note but faded away as the tournament continued.
13:48 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have endured a torrid time in ODIs for the last couple of seasons. They are led by Dimuth Karunaratne, a player who has not played ODIs for four years. Sri Lanka cricket has been in the throes of chaos and preparations have been chaotic to say the least.
13:44 hrs IST: New Zealand have played four ODIs against Sri Lanka in England winning three and losing one. In the last encounter in England which was in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by one wicket in what was a low-scoring thriller.
13:36 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the third match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This is the first double-header of the tournament, with Afghanistan and Australia clashing at 6:00 PM at Bristol. First, it is New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the picturesque Swalec cricket stadium in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.