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  • 7:37 PM IST

    Kane Williamson (2/2): In the warm-up games we saw all kinds of attacks, so it is important to have a balanced attacks for these wickets. 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.

  • 7:36 PM IST

    Kane Williamson (1/2): A great start.Winning the toss and taking early wickets was crucial on that wicket. It was a terrific effort from the bowlers. I don’t think there is a problem with these pitches. With the new ball from both ends, it’s an advantage. 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.

  • 7:35 PM IST

    Dimuth Karunaratne (2/2): 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.

  • 7:35 PM IST

    Dimuth Karunaratne (1/2): Of course, I think 136 is 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.

  • 7:33 PM IST

    Matt Henry (2/2): 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.

  • 7:33 PM IST

    Matt Henry (1/2): It was good to get a green surface and we tried made 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.

  • 7:20 PM IST

    THAT’S IT! IT’S A WRAP! New Zealand have outplayed Sri Lanka to kick off their World Cup 2019 campaign in style. A ten-wicket win. After the bowlers bundled out Sri Lanka for 136, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have chased down the target in 16.1 overs. A comprehensive win in Cardiff for Kane Williamson and Co.

  • 7:01 PM IST

    HUNDRED UP! Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have brought up their respective fifties and New Zealand’s hundred. They are cruising and looking to seal a ten-wicket win. A 39-ball fifty for the right-hander while Munro has taken 41 balls to go past fifty. Solid solid start.

  • 6:46 PM IST

    NZ 77/0 in 10 overs vs SL: New Zealand are off to a flying start. They are scoring nearly at eight runs/over. While there have been a few plays and misses and edges flying around, New Zealand have not lost a wicket. They need 60 runs more to win this.

  • 6:31 PM IST

    FIFTY UP FOR NEW ZEALAND! Colin Munro has got a move on as he first hit Lakmal for a four and a six and then he and Guptill score 10 runs in the next over as New Zealand bring up fifty in the seventh over.

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, Match 3 live score: Clinical New Zealand outplay Sri Lanka in Cardiff

Live cricket score SL vs NZ Cricket World Cup 2019

Hello and wlecome to our live coverage of  Match 3 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Saturday.

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PREVIEW

In a packed international calendar where certain teams end up meeting each other almost as much as fish meet chips in England – that would be you, India and Australia and India and Sri Lanka – these two opponents do not know quite what to expect on Saturday at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens as the open their respective World Cup campaigns.

It is that uncertainty which Williamson and Dimuth Karunaratne spoke of before the match, as well as how recent form does not count for much in a World Cup.

Williamson’s Black Caps are eager to keep playing their attractive brand of ODI cricket, while not looking back at the 2015 World Cup where they thrashed their way to the final at the MCG. Sri Lanka have won a solitary ODI this year, against Scotland a couple of weeks ago. Before that, they were beaten 0-3 in New Zealand lost all five matches in South Africa. They last beat New Zealand in an ODI in December 2015.

Sri Lanka have a new captain in Karunaratne, who was appointed in April having not played an ODI since 2015. In their ranks are veterans such as Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and the recalled Lahiru Thirimanne. Their captaincy selections have been topsy-turvy over the past year, adding to the feeling that this is a jaded and somewhat incoherent team.

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Here is today’s Dream11 pick for SL vs NZ

My Dream XI Team

1.Kusal Perera, 2.Tom Latham, 3. Dimuth Karunaratne, 4. Kane Williamson, 5. Martin Guptill (CAPTAIN), 6. Ross Taylor, 7. Thisara Perera (VICE CAPTAIN), 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Trent Boult, 11. Lockie Ferguson

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