New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Highlights: NZ beat SL by 45 runs
It’s been a great cricketing day where total of 697 runs scored and 17 wickets fall down. New Zealand won the toss in Bay Oval stadium and elected to bat first. They put an immense total on the board. NZ scored 371 runs with loss of 7 wickets.
The main star in batting was Martin Guptill. He scored 138 runs with 11 fours and 5 sixes with a strike rate of nearly 100. Captain Kane Williamson joined with him and scored 76 runs in 74 balls. Ross Taylor made an half century also, but down the order James Neesham smashed 47 runs in quick 13 balls with 6 sixes in his short innings. All bowlers went for too much runs, Malinga, Pradeep and Perera took 2 wickets each.
Sri Lanka in their batting started strongly. Dickwella put a quick score 76 runs in 50 balls. Kushal Perera smashed a well century of 102 runs with 118 strike rate but after his dismissal none other batsman stand in middle for long. NZ managed to take wickets in regular successions. James Neesham bowled nice spell, he took 3 wickets for 38 runs. Trent Boult and Ferguson picked up 2 wickets each. With this win New Zealand lead the series by 1-0.