ICC CWC 2019 match 3 highlights: New Zealand demolish Lanka by 10 wickets

In match 3 of ICC cricket world cup 2019, New Zealand paceman Matt Henry led an inspired bowling unit to run through Sri Lanka's batting and power the Black Caps to a 10-wicket win in their World Cup opener on Saturday. Henry returned figures of 3-29 and combined with fellow paceman Lockie Ferguson who also took three wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 136 in 29.2 overs in Cardiff. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro then struck unbeaten half-centuries to make short work of their modest target. The Kiwis cruised home in 16.1 overs to register their third win in a World Cup game by 10 wickets. The right-left batting combination of Guptill, who hit 73, and Munro, who scored 58, had little trouble in smashing the Sri Lankan bowlers to all parts of the ground. Guptill hammered eight fours and two sixes including one hit that sailed out of the ground. But it was Henry's spell of seven straight overs that opened the gates for New Zealand's domination against the 1996 champions.

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IHenry stood out in the absence of senior paceman Tim Southee, who missed the game due to a calf injury, with his incisive pace and swing.

He struck with the second delivery of the game to send Lahiru Thirimanne trudging back to the pavilion after the left-handed opener had hit a boundary from the first ball.

Thirimanne was initially ruled not out by the on-field umpire, but the Kiwis successfully reviewed the lbw call in their favour after replays suggested the ball pitched on line and would have hit the batsman's leg stump.

The left-handed Karunaratne, who has returned to the one-day side after a gap of four years, then put on 42 runs for the second wicket with Kusal Perera.

But Williamson kept Henry on for the bowler's fifth over and the move paid off as he got Perera for 29 and Kusal Mendis without scoring on successive deliveries. Dhananjaya de Silva played the hat-trick ball with a glorious off drive, but soon fell to the pace of Lockie Ferguson after being trapped lbw.

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne stood out amid the ruins with his unbeaten 52 including a 52-run stand with Thisara Perera, who made 27 off 23 balls, to give his team's total some respect.

The rest of the batting showed little promise with three scores of nought in the innings including from former captain Angelo Mathews.

Karunaratne registered his third ODI fifty in 81 balls as he ran out of partners after Lasith Malinga was bowled by Ferguson for one.

Pacemen Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Trent Boult and the team's only spinner in the XI Mitchell Santner claimed a wicket each.

The Black Caps, runners-up in the 2015 edition, will next face Bangladesh on June 5 in London.

Sri Lanka meet Afghanistan in Cardiff on June 4.


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Over 16.1; New Zealand win by 10 wickets

Jeevan Mendis to Munro, 1 run taken and with this New Zealand won the match

Over 16

Over Summary:  1 1 2 Wd 4 4Nb 0 2  ; New Zealand: 136-0
 
Lasith Malinga [4.0-0-30-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A low full toss and Guptill hits towards wide of deep square leg for a couple of runs. 

Ball 5: Guptill his the FREE HIT back to bowler. 
 
Ball 5: Another short delivery and Guptill again pulls it towards backward square leg for FOUR and it NO BALL

Ball 4: A short delivery and Guptill hoicks towards backward square leg for FOUR. 
 
Ball 4: WIDE
 
Ball 3: A couple of runs for Guptill
 
Ball 2: A single for Munro
 
Ball 1: A single for Guptill

DRINKS BREAK

New Zealand need 17 runs

Over 15

Over Summary: 2 0 1L 1 6 1  ; New Zealand: 120-0
 
Jeevan Mendis, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Gutill cuts towards cover-point region for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Guptill smashes a GIGANTIC SIX towards long-on. 
 
Ball 4: Munro tucks towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 
 
Ball 3: Guptill collects one leg byes for New Zealand
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A couple of runs for Guptill

Over 14

Over Summary:  1 1 2 0 4 0 ; New Zealand: 109-0
 
Thisara Perera continues
 
Ball 6: Munro comes down the wicket but Perera saw it and bangs in short. There is an appeal for caught behind, Gould says NO. Sri Lanka review and they lost it. 
 
Ball 5: Munro hits wide of mid-off for FOUR. 
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A couple of runs for Munro and with this he completes his FIFTY
 
Ball 2: Guptill picks a single towards square of wicket. 
 
Ball 1: Munro collects a single. 

Over 13

Over Summary:  1 0 1 0 2 6 ; New Zealand: 101-0
 
Udana continues
 
Ball 6: Guptill whips towards long-on for SIX and brings up hundred run mark and it is a fifty for Guptill
 
Ball 5: Guptill works towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Munro pushes towards cover-point region for a single
 
Ball 2: A swing and miss from Munro
 
Ball 1: Guptill collects a single towards legside

Over 12

Over Summary: 1L 1 1 4 1 1 ; New Zealand: 91-0
 
Thisara Perera continues
 
Ball 6: Munro drives uppishly towards sweeper cover for a single. 
 
Ball 5: A single for Munro
 
Ball 4: Munro smashes FOUR
 
Ball 3: Guptill hits towards long-off for a single. 
 
Ball 2: Munro gets an outside edge towards third man for a single. 
 
Ball 1: Guptill collects a leg byes for New Zealand

Over 11

Over Summary: 1 1 1 0 1 1  ; New Zealand: 82-0
 
Udana continues
 
Ball 6: Guptill hits towards mid-on for a quick single. 
 
Ball 5: Munro hits the yorkish length delivery towards long-on for a single. 
 
Ball 4: A swing and a miss from Munro
 
Ball 3: Munro works the slow delivery from his pads towards backward square leg for a single. 
 
Ball 2: Munro gets a thick outside edge towards third man for a single. 
 
Ball 1: A single for Guptill towards long-off. 

Over 10

Over Summary:  0 4 0 1 0 4 ; New Zealand: 77-0
 
Thisara Perera, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Munro edges towards vacant slip cordon and ball goes for FOUR
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Guptill chips just over mid-off for a single. 
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Guptill heaves towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Guptill mistimes the drive to cover

Over 9

Over Summary: 0 0 4 4 1 0  ; New Zealand: 68-0
 
Isuru Udana, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: A single for Guptill
 
Ball 4: Guptill gets a top-edge over keeper for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: Guptill gets bottom edge towards third-man for FOUR
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 8

Over Summary: 0 0 2 1 2 4  ; New Zealand: 59-0
 
Lakmal continues
 
Ball 6: Munro smashes FOUR
 
Ball 5: A couple of runs for Munro
 
Ball 4: A single for Guptill
 
Ball 3: A couple of runs for Guptill
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 7

Over Summary: 4 0 1 2 1 2  ; New Zealand: 50-0
 
Lasith Malinga continues
 
Ball 6: A couple of runs for Munro
 
Ball 5: A single for Guptill
 
Ball 4: A couple of runs for Guptill
 
Ball 3: A single for Munro
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Munro smashes FOUR

Over 6

Over Summary: Wd 2 0 4 6 0 1  ; New Zealand: 40-0
 
Lakmal continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Munro
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Munro smashes SIX
 
Ball 3: Munro smashes FOUR
 
Ball 2: DOT

Ball 1: A couple of runs for Munro
 
Ball 1: WIDE

Over 5

Over Summary:  0 1 1 0 1 4 ; New Zealand: 26-0
 
Malinga continues
 
Ball 6: Guptill smashes FOUR
 
Ball 5: A single for Munro
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Guptill
 
Ball 2: A single for Munro
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 4

Over Summary: 1L 0 0 1 1 0  ; New Zealand: 19-0
 
Lakmal continues
 
Ball 6: A big swing and miss from Guptill 
 
Ball 5: Munro nudges towards leg side for a single. 
 
Ball 4: Guptill hits uppishly towards deep third-man for a single
 
Ball 3: Guptill pushes towards extra cover for no run. 
 
Ball 2: Guptill dabs towards off side. 
 
Ball 1: Munro collects one leg byes for New Zealand. 

Over 3

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 0 0  ; New Zealand: 16-0
 
Malinga continues
 
Ball 6: Guptill pushes the full delivery to mid-on for no run. 
 
Ball 5: Guptill beaten outside off. 
 
Ball 4: Munro tucks towards mid-wicket region for a single. 
 
Ball 3: Munro drives the yorkish length delivery to mid-off. 
 
Ball 2: Guptill guides towards third-man for a single. 
 
Ball 1: Munro pulls away the short delivery to fine leg

Over 2

Over Summary: 0 0 2 0 0 1 ; New Zealand: 13-0
 
Suranga Lakmal, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Munro takes a single towards wide mid-on
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A couple of runs for Munro
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 1

Over Summary: 0 0 4 1 1 4  ; New Zealand: 10-0
 
Guptill and Munro are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Malinga opens the attack
 
Ball 6: Guptill hits FOUR
 
Ball 5: A single for Munro
 
Ball 4: A single for Guptill
 
Ball 3: Guptill smashes FOUR
 
Ball 2: Guptill edges but ball falls short of second slip. 
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 29.2; Sri Lanka ALL OUT

Sri Lanka: 136-10
 
Ball 2: Lasith Malinga makes room and Ferguson bowls a brilliant yorker on stumps to end Sri Lanka's innings. Malinga b Ferguson 1(2)
 
Ball 1: Karunaratne doesn't able to time the pull shot and Santner takes the catch. But third umpire reverses the onfield decision as ball touches the ground, a single taken

Over 29; Karunaratne hits FIFTY

Over Summary:  W 1 0 2 0 Wd 1  ; Sri Lanka: 135-9

Boult continues
 
Ball 6: Karunaratne flicks the low full toss towards backward square leg for a single. 
 
Ball 6: WIDE
 
Ball 5: Karunaratne hits the short ball towards wide of mid-off for non run. 
 
Ball 4: Karunaratne collects a couple of runs to complete his FIFTY
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Lasith Malinga, right handed bat, comes to the crease and steers towards third-man for a single. 
 
Ball 1: Lakmal top edges the short ball and Santner completes an easy catch at cover-point region. Lakmal c Santner b Boult 7(13) [4s-1]

Over 28

Over Summary: 1 4 1 1Nb 0 0 0  ; Sri Lanka: 130-8
 
Ferguson continues

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Karunaratne ducks under short ball, which is FREE HIT
 
Ball 4: Lakmal top edges the NO BALL for a single
 
Ball 3: A single for Karunaratne to deep square leg. 
 
Ball 2: Karunaratne edges the full toss while tring to scoop, gets lucky boundary. 
 
Ball 1: Lakmal hits towards mid-off for a single. 

Over 27

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 4 1  ; Sri Lanka: 122-8
 
Trent Boult [7.0-0-34-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Lakmal
 
Ball 5: Lakmal plays upper cut over covers for FOUR
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Lakmal fails to score

Over 26

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 1B 0  ; Sri Lanka: 117-8
 
Lockie Ferguson [4.0-0-12-2] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: A short delivery and Lakmal leaves it, Latham fails to collect the ball, one byes taken. 
 
Ball 4: Lakmal blocks
 
Ball 3: Karunaratne tries to evade away off the short delivery but knicks it to keeper, who make brilliant effort but failed to hold on the catch. One run taken
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 25

Over Summary:  1 0 0 W 0 Wd 0  ; Sri Lanka: 115-8
 
Neesham continues

Ball 6: Lakmal drives back to bowler
 
Ball 6: WIDE
 
Ball 5: Suranga Lakmal, right handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks
 
Ball 4: Udana chips straight to mid-on, GONE. Udana c Matt Henry b Neesham 0(3)
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Karunaratne tucks towards square leg for a single. 

Over 24

Over Summary: 0 0 0 Wd W 0 1  ; Sri Lanka: 113-7
 
Santner continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Karunaratne to end the over. 
 
Ball 5: Karunaratne dabs towards short third-man for no run

Isuru Udana, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 4: Perera goes big and holed up to cow corner region. Perera c Boult b Santner 27(23) [6s-2]

Ball 4: WIDE
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 23

Over Summary:  1 1 0 1 Nb 6 1 ; Sri Lanka: 111-6
 
James Neesham [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Perera

Ball 5: Perera smashes the FREE HIT for SIX
 
Ball 5: NO BALL
 
Ball 4: A single for Karunaratne
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Perera collects a single. 
 
Ball 1: Karunaratne collects a single 

Over 22

Over Summary: 1 0 0 1 0 1  ; Sri Lanka: 100-6
 
Mitchell Santner, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Karunaratne works towards mid-wicket region for a single. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Perera hits with great power back to bowler but Santner drops a tough chance, a single taken
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Perera hits straight to mid-off. 
 
Ball 1: Karunaratne guides towards short third-man for a single

Over 21

Over Summary: 0 4 0 1 0 0  ; Sri Lanka: 97-6
 
Boult continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Karunaratne towards deep square leg. 
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Karunaratne clips towards mid-wicket region for FOUR. 
 
Ball 1: Karunaratne blocks

Over 20

Over Summary: 1 2 0 2 1 2  ; Sri Lanka: 92-6
 
James Neesham, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: A couple of runs for Perera to end the over. 
 
Ball 5: A single for Karunaratne
 
Ball 4: Karunaratne works towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Karunaratne tucks towards backward square leg for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 1: Perera collects a single towards mid-wicket region. 

Over 19

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 Wd 0 0  ; Sri Lanka: 84-6
 
Trent Boult [5.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT

Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 5: WIDE
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Perera collects a single towards fine leg region. 

Over 18

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 1  ; Sri Lanka: 82-6
 
Ferguson continues
 
Ball 6: Perera pulls the short ball awkwardly towards deep fine leg for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Karunaratne hits towards extra cover for a single
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 17

Over Summary:  1 1 3 1 6 0 ; Sri Lanka: 80-6
 
de Grandhomme
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: A slow half tracker and Perera dismissed it from it presence towards square leg boundary for SIX. 
 
Ball 4: A single for Karunaratne
 
Ball 3: Perera collects three runs towards vacant cover region
 
Ball 2: A single for Karunaratne
 
Ball 1: Perera collects a single. 

Over 16; Sri Lanka six down

Over Summary:  0 W 0 3 Wd 0 4 ; Sri Lanka: 68-6
 
Ferguson continues
 
Ball 6: Karunaratne hits through mid-on for FOUR

Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 5: WIDE
 
Ball 4: Perera swings through wide of mid-on for three runs
 
Ball 3: Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks
 
Ball 2: Jeevan Mendis edges and Neesham completes the catch at gully region. J Mendis c Neesham b Ferguson 1(4)
 
Ball 1: Ferguson beats Jeevan Mendis, outside off

Over 15

Over Summary: 0 1 0 W 0 1  ; Sri Lanka: 60-6
 
Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Jeevan Mendis collects a single
 
Ball 5: Jeevan Mendis, left handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks
 
Ball 4: Mathews knicks this time to keeper and GONE. Mathews c Latham b de Grandhomme 0(9)
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Karunaratne steers towards third-man for a single. 
 
Ball 1: Karunaratne blocks

Over 14

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 0 ; Sri Lanka: 58-4
 
Ferguson continues
 
Ball 6: A short delivery and Mathews pulls but Boult a super fielding effort to save runs for his team. 
 
Ball 5: Mathews blocks the half-volley, an example why Sri Lanka are reeling. 
 
Ball 4: Mathews nudges towards backward point for no run. 
 
Ball 3: Ferguson beats Mathews outside-off, beautifully bowled. 
 
Ball 2: Mathews gets away from the line of bumper
 
Ball 1: Karunaratne tucks towards behind square for a single. 

Over 13

Over Summary: Wd 0 2 0 0 1 0  ; Sri Lanka: 57-4
 
Matt Henry continues
 
Ball 6: Mathews blocks to end the over. 
 
Ball 5: A single for Karunaratne towards backward square leg. 
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Karunaratne swivels across, rolls his wrists onto the ball to collect a couple of runs towards long leg. 

Ball 1: DOT
 
Ball 1: WIDE

Over 12; de Silva departs

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 W 0 ; Sri Lanka: 53-4
 
Lockie Ferguson, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Angelo Mathews, right handed bat, comes to the crease and flicks towards square leg fielder for no run. 
 
Ball 5: de Silva trapped in front of wicket after after he fails to score in last 10 balls he faced
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Karunaratne works towards behind square for a single

Over 11

Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 0 ; Sri Lanka: 52-3
 
Matt Henry continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Karunaratne
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 10

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 0 0 ; Sri Lanka: 51-3
 
Boult continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Karunaratne towards mid-off
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 9; Henry scalps two back-to-back wickets

Over Summary: W W 4 0 0 0  ; Sri Lanka: 50-3
 
Matt Henry continues
 
Ball 6: Henry beats de Silva outside off
 
Ball 5: An inswinger hits de Silva high onto the pad. 
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Dhananjaya de Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease and punches the HATTRICK ball straight down the ground for FOUR. 
 
Ball 2: Kusal Mendis, right handed bat, comes to the crease and edges to second slip and Guptill completes the catch. 
 
Ball 1: Kusal Perera tries to go big but hits from bottom of the bat and Grandhomme completes a skier to sentb Perera packing. usal Perera c de Grandhomme b Matt Henry 29(24) [4s-4]

Over 8

Over Summary: 0 Wd 1 2 1 0 0  ; Sri Lanka: 46-1
 
Trent Boult continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Kusal Perera glances towards fine leg for a single
 
Ball 3: Kusal Perera cuts towards cover-point region for a couple of runs. 

Ball 2: Karunaratne dabs towards third-man for a single. 
 
Ball 2: WIDE
 
Ball 1: Karunaratne drives towards mid-on for no run

Over 7

Over Summary:  1 1 0 2 0 2  ; Sri Lanka: 41-1
 
Matt Henry continues
 
Ball 6: Perera clips towards deep backward square leg for a single. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A short of length delivery and Kusal Perera hits towards fine leg boundary, Boult makes a brilliant effort to save 2 runs for his team. 
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Karunaratne glances towards fine leg for a single. 
 
Ball 1: Kusal Perera works towards square leg for a single

Over 6

Over Summary: 4 4 1 Wd 0 0 0  ; Sri Lanka: 35-1
 
Trent Boult continues
 
Ball 6: Karunaratne tries to guide towards third-man but misses
 
Ball 5: Karunaratne dabs towards gully region and looking for a single but Perera declines

Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 4: WIDE
 
Ball 3:  A single for Kusal Perera
 
Ball 2:  Kusal Perera drives through covers for FOUR. 
 
Ball 1: A short and wide delivery and Kusal Perera whacks it towards cover-point region for FOUR

Over 5

Over Summary: 4 1 0 0 0 0  ; Sri Lanka: 25-1
 
Matt Henry continues
 
Ball 6: Karunaratne nudges towards extra cover for no run. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Karunaratne dabs towards leg side for no run
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Kusal Perera glances towards fine leg for a single. 
 
Ball 1: Kusal Perera hits straight down the ground for FOUR

Over 4

Over Summary: 0 0 4 3 0 1  ; Sri Lanka: 20-1
 
Trent Boult continues
 
Ball 6: Kusal Perera pushes towards mid-on for a quick single. 
 
Ball 5: Kusal Perera leaves outside off. 
 
Ball 4: Karunaratne clips towards deep square leg for three runs. 
 
Ball 3: Karunaratne gets thick outside edge and ball goes through the vacant third-man region for FOUR. 
 
Ball 2: Boult beats Karunaratne outside off by a JAFFA. 
 
Ball 1: A loud appeal for LBW

Over 3

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 4 0  ; Sri Lanka: 12-1
 
Henry continues
 
Ball 6: Kusal Perera tucks towards short mid-wicket for no run
 
Ball 5: Kusal Perera hits over extra cover for FOUR
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Karunaratne flicks towards long leg for a single
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 2

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 2 ; Sri Lanka: 7-1
 
Trent Boulty, left arm medium fast, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Kusal Perera cuts towards point region for a couple of runs
 
Ball 5: Karunaratne hits towards mid-on for a single
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 1

Over Summary: 4 W 0 0 0 0 ; Sri Lanka: 4-1

Thirimanne and Karunaratne are at the crease. Thirimanne is on strike. Matt Henry will open the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Kusal Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks
 
Ball 2: Thirimane trapped in front of wicket. On field umpire decision reversed as New Zealand takes REVIEW. Thirimanne lbw b Matt Henry 4(2) [4s-1]
 
Ball 1: Thirimanne glances towards fine leg boundary for FOUR
Match is about to begin after the national anthems of both the teams

New Zealand playing 11

New Zealand: 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

Sri Lanka playing 11

Sri Lanka: 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

Here's what Dimuth Karunaratne said after the toss

I would have bowled as well. We wanted to take advantage. Jeffrey Vandersay, Milinda Siriwardana, Nuwan Pradeep, Avishka Fernando are not playing. We don't have much pressure. We want to do well. We want to show what we can do.

Here's what Kane Williamson said after the toss

Kane Williamson: We are gonna have a bowl. It's a fresh wicket with a green tinge. Blundell is out. It's a day-by-day thing. Quite not ready today. Just a one spinner and two all-rounders. That helps with the balance. For us it's about adapting.

TOSS ALERT: Sri Lanka to bat first

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson flips the coin and Sri Lanka captain calls heads but it is tails. New Zealand win the toss and elect to bowl on green pitch

PITCH REPORT

"New Zealand will be quite happy with what they see. There's good, even covering of grass. A fresh pitch. They leave grass to keep pace on the pitch. If they shave, it tends to dry. If anything, it comes onto the bat. Today, it's gonna be about skill, pitching it up and nibbling it around," reckons Nasser Hussain during pitch report at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff

Key stats ahead of New Zealand vs Sri Lanka clash

Sri Lanka have the lowest win percentage (28.24) since the last World Cup among the 10 participating teams in this edition. They are 0-4 in games at Cardiff
 
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor share a prolific average partnership of 90.11 in the UK. Their last six stands here read: 121, 206, 101, 99, 95 & 83
 
In the ODIs since April 2015, Sri Lanka have lost the most wickets (132) while New Zealand have taken the joint-most number of wickets (120) in the first PowerPlay

Key players for New Zealand

Against India, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham impressed with the ball while in the warm-up game against Windies , it was Tom Blundell -- yet to play a one-day international -- who hit an 89-ball 106 and showed promise. Apart from that, skipper Kane Williamson is also in great form.

 

Cardiff pitch and weather prediction

Cardiff experienced a wet and cold spell since the Bank Holiday Monday but the weather cleared up two days out from the game. Saturday is forecast to be the warmest day of the week, with a high of 20 degrees Celsius and only a 10% chance of rain. The conditions will assist seamers with the morning start. The pitch traditionally slows down a touch through the game and could bring the spinners into the game in the afternoon.

Here is the playing 11 prediction of both the teams

New Zealand playing 11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee/Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson

Sri Lanka playing 11: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isurua Udana, Nuwan Pradeep/Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga

A daunting task ahead: Sri Lanka captain

Karunaratne realises that he has a daunting task ahead.

"It is not easy when you don't know the players and they haven't played a single game in a long time. Even me, 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.

"I also have some experienced guys that have played World Cups before and they are key if you want to do well, you need those kind of players."

Karunaratne, who led Sri Lanka to historic Test series in South Africa earlier this year, skippers a squad that includes six players who have 80 or more ODI caps to their name including veteran and until recently captain Lasith Malinga.

But there are a number of new faces on board as well, including Avishka Fernando and Isuru Udana, and that inexperience could work in their favour, according to the captain.

"No-one seems to remember the domestic level of games. All the other guys who have played in the last couple of years failed to perform for Sri Lanka," added Karunaratne, who has not decided if he will open or bat at No.3 on Saturday.

"That is why the selectors want to give a new chance to the players who have done well domestically. That was the past. We have a good side with fresh faces, and are trying to start again

Here are the squad of both the teams

New Zealand world cup squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
 
Sri Lanka world cup squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.

Sangakkara gives advice to Sri Lanka ahead of today's match

New Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said his struggling side has received timely advice from former greats including Kumar Sangakkara ahead of their World Cup opener against New Zealand. Sri Lanka, who won the tournament in 1996 before making consecutive finals in 2007 and 2011, enter the 2019 edition on a difficult recent run of form.

They are ranked ninth among the ten teams competing here in England and Wales, have been whitewashed 5-0 four times in three years. They called up Karunaratne to skipper the side, despite the opener not playing an ODI for his country in four years.

But the likes of Arjuna Ranatunga captain of the 1996 champions and Kumar Sangakkara have given this squad their backing.

"Sanga came and gave us some words of advice which was really helpful, he did really well in the last World Cup so it was useful to hear how he prepared, mentally and everything else," he said here on Friday.

 

Preview

New Zealand will look to leave behind the thrashing against West Indies and aim for a positive start to their World Cup campaign when they take on Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on Saturday.
 
The Black Caps were taken for plenty by the West Indies in their final warm-up match where they squandered 421 runs and eventually lost the match by 91 runs.
 
However, they would take a lot of confidence from their first outing against India where they bundled out the Men in Blue for 179 before chasing down their total with six wickets to spare.
 
Against India, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham impressed with the ball while against Windies, it was Tom Blundell -- yet to play a one-day international -- who hit an 89-ball 106 and showed promise. Apart from that, skipper Kane Williamson is also in great form.
 
For Sri Lanka, their tournament preparations have been not been ideal as they lost both of their warm-up fixtures against South Africa and Australia.
 
If there was any positive for Sri Lanka in those two matches, it was the half centuries hit by newly appointed skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and the wise old head of Angelo Matthews.
 
The 1996 champions are in dire need of motivation and captain Karunaratne himself has to inspire the unit. The left-hander, who had scored his maiden test hundred against the Black Caps in 2014, could be the glue that holds the Sri Lankan batting together. He will have the support of veteran pacer Lasith Malinga who can instil confidence into the team, both with his bowling and experience.

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