Sri Lanka in batting for 372 runs against New Zealand on the 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2018-19. They are fighting neck and neck against the host.
Winning the toss New Zealand opted to bat first. They scored 371 runs from 50 overs costing 7 wickets. Aggressive opener Martin Guptill played a classic cricket. Scored a fantastic inning of 138 runs from 139 balls. He decorated his inning with 11 boundaries and 5 over boundaries. He gets caught to Sandakan from Perera’s delivery on 43rd over.
The 163 runs partnership with Captain Kane Williamson made the foundation of this runs. Kane Williamson scored 76 runs from 74 balls with six boundaries, before get bold by Malinga. But this huge the destructive innings came from Ross Taylor and James Neesham.
Ross Taylor scored 54 from 37 balls with 6 fours and 2 six before getting caught by Prasanna from Thisara Perera’s delivery. On the other hand, Neesham played a tornado inning of 47 runs from only 13 balls. That’s actually brought the Kiwi to the top of this score.
To the target of this huge score, Sri Lanka started well. Their opening partnership was for 119 runs.17 overs to openers Niroshan Dickwella (76 from 50 balls) and Danushka Gunathilaka (43 from 62 balls). Now the rest batsmen have to continue their jobs.
Finally, the Kiwi has a winning score beyond the doubt. But everything is possible in the cricket. Hope for a contesting match in Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
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