August 13, 2010 (islandcricket.lk): Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by three wickets in their first match of the tri-series in Dambulla today.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, the New Zealanders only managed a below par 192 all out. Bradley-John Watling on debut was the highest scorer for New Zealand.
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews finished with excellent bowling figures causing much of the damage early in the New Zealand batting order. Mathews finished with 3/36 and Malinga with 3/35.
Chasing 193 to win, Sri Lanka opted to take their power-play early in order to secure a bonus point in the tri-series. Although that resulted in the rapid fall of wickets, making the margin of victory seem close, Thilan Samaraweera and Chamara Kapugedera combined to see the hosts easily through; minus the bonus point, however.
With 70 runs next to his name, opening batsman Upul Tharanga was Sri Lanka’s highest scorer. Tharanga’s patient and well compiled knock showed maturity on a track that has become notoriously difficult for teams batting second.
31 year old Kyle Mills picked up four wickets becoming the highest wicket taker in the match for New Zealand.
New Zealand 192 all out (48.1 overs)
Sri Lanka 195/7 (40.5 overs)
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