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Live Cricket New Zealand Vs Srilanka

Monday, February 24, 2020 6:17:52 AM

The Kiwis come into the match after a win and a loss in the warm-up fixtures — against India and West Indies respectively — while the Lankans were beaten by South Africa and Australia in their two practice games. In a match that sees Kane Williamson's men start as favourites, it would take something heroic for Dimuth Karunaratne to inspire his team to a win today. Brushing the dark horses tag aside in their opening game, the Kiwi have registered a thumping win over Sri Lanka at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Matt Henry has adjudged as the man of the match for his impressive figures of 3 for 29 against the Lankan Lions.

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Till then its goodbye! Winning the toss and taking early wickets was crucial on that wicket.

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It was a terrific effort from the bowlers to keep that pressure for 30 overs. I don't think there is a problem with these pitches. With the new ball in both innings, you can expect some movement.

When you bowl a side out for a lowish total, it's going to be quite a tough thing to defend, and the full ball won't be as threatening against unconventional cricket.

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 because it stopped doing a lot at the back-end.

In England we can expect different kinds of wickets. In the warm-up games we saw all kinds of attacks and wickets, so it is important to have a balanced attacks for these wickets. We didn't have too many conversations with the bowlers.

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.

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Me and Kusal batted well, but we lost wickets regularly after that. We need to build partnerships.

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In the morning it was seaming and swinging a little bit, and they had that advantage. They also had good bowlers to do that. 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.

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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 fitter too much and it is a long tournament.

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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. 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.

RESULT: Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand

Always nice to come back here. Guptill gets back-to-back FOURs in the over and to make matters worse Malinga oversteps on the 5th delivery resulting in a no-ball and a free-hit. Malinga redeems himself on the free-hit delivery as he sends down an inch-perfect yorker which Guptill only just manages to dig out.

Mendis continues but it takes just one ball for Munro to seal the win with a single. A clinical display from New Zealand as they win by 10 wickets with balls remaining.

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