Brendon McCullum, who was explosive in the last game to score a quickfire half-century would be the man to watch out for © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum, scored his 5th ODI century and was dismissed for 117 © Getty Images

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And that’s it! Sri Lanka have won the match by six wickets. Dilshan played a gem of an innings. The only New Zealand bowler that looked threatening was Matt Henry, who was excluded out of the World Cup squad. But Sri Lanka have been very good today and will want to continue in the same vein in build up to the World Cup, which begins on February 14th.

Dilshan has brought up his 19th ODI century and in doing so has brought Sri Lanka within a whisker away from victory. He’ll be keen to see his team over the line. Sri Lanka will have no troubles now.

Angelo Mathews along with Dilshan has safely taken Sri Lanka to a team total of 200 and are now in close range of victory. New Zealand look like they’ve surrendered hope.

Mahela Jayawardene was caught by Ross Taylor off Matt Henry after making his way to 27 off 29 balls. New Zealand still has a lot of work to do here if they’re thinking of a victory. If they manage to get Dilshan’s wicket, they’ll be in with a stronger chance.

Dilshan got to his half-century off 58 deliveries to put Sri Lanka in a very strong position. But in the very next over Adam Milne got the prized wicket of Kumar Sangakkara bringing New Zealand a slight ray of hope.

Sri Lanka have not been troubled much by the bowlers. While Matt Henry has looked dangerous, he hasn’t got rewarded yet. Dilshan and Karunaratne have got the idea right in their minds it appears. It’s a small target so they don’t need to take any risks. Dilshan, in his usual style is dispatching the bad ball to the boundary anyway to avoid any pressure build-up.

Sri Lanka have done well to restrict New Zealand to a modest total of 248, despite Brendon McCullum scoring a fine century. Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana Herath did well to take two wickets each, whereas Ajantha Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara bagging one each.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday. I am Ayush Gupta, and I will be bringing you the live updates from the what is expected to be another exciting contest.

New Zealand are undoubtedly high on confidence against the touring Lankans as they have outplayed them in every departments, including the 2-0 whitewash in the just concluded Test series and also in the 1st ODI at Christchurch. As they have won all the matches in a convincing manner so far, they have proved that they are dangerous in home and can challenge any team. With a month to go for the ICC World Cup 2015 at their own backyard and in Australia as well, New Zealand would look to win this contest as well and create pressure over the touring Lankans to be on the driver’s seat.

Sri Lanka have been let down miserably in every department and in every format so far in the series. However, being one of the top sides in World Cricket, especially in the ODIs, it would be unfair to write them off completely as they have the ammunition to strike back with tremendous force and it won’t be a surprise if they manage to get hold of the Kiwis in this game and instead outplay them to square the series again.

Sri Lanka win by six wickets. Angelo Mathews brings up the win in style with a glorious boundary to the square-leg boundary.
Dilshan falls withing 12 runs of victory. What an innings by him. Had it not been for his effort this match could have taken a different route. Matt Henry has bowled very well.
T Dilshan 116 (127) c Ronchi b Henry
Mathews is stepping on the gas and so is Dilshan who has reached his century in 116 balls. Dilshan has anchored the innings very well and will look to see his team over the line.
Dilshan has his eyes on the prized three figures. He’s being supported by Angelo Mathews who has looked confident for his brief duration at the crease so far.
Matt Henry gets a wicket. Can New Zealand make a late comeback into the match here. They do have a bit of a window. It’s going to be interesting now.
OUT! Mahela Jayawardene 27(29) c Taylor b Henry
Sri Lanka reach the 150-run landmark without much worry and now victory is well within range. New Zealand need a miracle.
Not much has changed after Sangakkara’s wicket. Sri Lanka are still in the drivers seat, the run rate is just as steady with Jayawardene joining Dilshan. Victory in sight for Sri Lanka.
New Zealand are almost hemorrhaging runs. Dilshan has reached his fifty in 55 balls. Kumar Sangakkar is blazing at the other end. Sri Lanka are well on top.
Kumar Sangakkara loses his wicket to Adam Milne soon after Dilshan got to his half century. Sri Lanka don’t have much reason to worry however.
Kumar Sangakkara 38(41) c Latham b Milne
Kumar Sangakkara is playing well and he’s playing fast. He’s smashing sixes at regular intervals. New Zealand need to stop bleeding runs or the match will be over really soon.
Finally a wicket for New Zealand! Nathan McCullum makes the all important breakthrough, trapping Karunaratne in front. New Zealand will want more wickets though.
D Karunaratne 21 (34) lbw N McCullum
Sri Lanka have had absolutely no trouble so far. If the match progresses this way, New Zealand will stand no chance. A breakthrough is a must for the home-side. But the openers, especially Dilshan is looking very solid.
Sri Lanka have begun their chase on a confident note with both Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dimuth Karunaratne hitting a couple of boundaries first up. The target is certainly not a huge one here and Sri Lanka will be aiming to preserve wickets early on.
New Zealand have set a 249-run target, and keeping in mind the depth in the batting department that Sri Lanka have, this will be a good contest.

ANOTHER ONE!!!! Another run out and it’s the fourth of the afternoon. New Zealand are surely gonna repent for it as Nathan McCullum departs for 13 and Matt Henry joins Adam Milne on the crease with two more wickets remaining.
OUT! Nathan McCullum run out 13 (24)

GONE AGAIN!!!! What’s happening out there? It’s a run out agains. Never expected to see New Zealand crumble like this. Corey Anderson departs as a result for just five and Adam Milne comes in.
OUT! Corey Anderson run out 5 (14)

GONE!!!! 2 IN A ROW. Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi depart in consecutive deliveries as Taylor is dismissed by Herath after being caught off Perera, while Ronchi is run out for a golden duck.
OUT! Ross Taylor c Perera b Herath 34 (69), Luke Ronchi run out 0 (0)

GONE!!!! Daniel Vettori has to depart for an unfortunate run out as Mendis gets the proper throw to Sangakkara. Corey Anderson comes in.
OUT! Daniel Vettori 7 (8)

GONE!!!! It’s Brendon McCullum who departs after scoring a healthy century. he would surely be delighted if he ends up on the winning side as Daniel Vettori makes his way in. He is dismissed by Jeevan Mendis.
OUT! Brendon McCullum c & B J Mendis 117 (99)

Good 10 overs for New Zealand as no harm is done and both the batsmen now continue to bat sensibly with watchful eyes as a result of being quickfire has already cost them two wickets.

GONE!!! Tom Latham departs for just five as Rangana Herath gets the wicket and he is caught behind by Kumar Sangakkara after trying to fiddle with a slower rising ball. Ross Taylor comes in.
OUT! Tom Latham c Sangakkara b Herath 5 (15)

GONE!!!!! Just as I was saying, the Sri Lankan bowlers are applying pressure on the Kiwi batsmen as Guptill went for a desperate shot and was caught by Mathews off Kulasekara. First breakthrough for Sri lanka as Tom Latham comes in.
OUT! Martin Guptill c Mathews b Kulasekara 10 (19)

Good five overs for Sri Lanka as they continue to bowl good and continue to apply pressure on the Kiwi batsmen, however, few occasional loose balls are being smashed for boundaries.

Good start to the over from Sri Lanka’s perspective as only a single coming off the over form the regular openers, Guptill and McCullum.

Toss: New Zealand (Bat)


Teams:

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill , Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimane, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachitra Senanayake, Rangana Herath.

In the team composition; skipper, Brendon McCullum would look to go in with two to three pacers and a spinner considering the conditions at Hamilton suitable to fast and seam bowlers while Sri Lanka too would look for the same combination with spin being their greatest option. However, considering the pitch, it is surely to assist advantage to both bowlers and batsmen and the teams going with whatever combination could help them in any basis.

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