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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

3rd Match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka will be fighting their first battle against each other in the ICC mega event today on 1-June at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff at 3.00 PM.(IST)

WARM-UP MATCH RESULTS.

Sri Lanka played two Warm up matches First one with South Africa and Second is with Australia both are the top Ranking teams of ICC World Cup 2019 but unlucky to win any of them.

South Africa won the match by 87 runs and knock out Lankan in 42.3 overs whereas Australia beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets.This Performance is a huge disappointment for Lankan fans

New Zealand also played two Warm up matches. First match was against India and New Zealand players comfortably chase the target of 180 in 37.1 overs by losing 6 wickets, West Indies, on the other hand, had an amazing warm-up game against the good looking team New Zealand where WI scored a massive total of 421. and to no surprise won the match comfortably at the end.

Lets take a closer look on what history brings to the table about the two sides.

NZ vs SL HEAD TO HEAD STATS and FIGURES

Total MatchesWon by New ZealandWon by Sri LankaTiedNo Result
98 48 4118

If we look at the ODI stats of NZvSL games, then there is not so much to choose from. New Zealand may be leading by 7 matches

Everyone wants the win their first match of this big tournament and set the mood for them in the rest of the world cup thus we can surely expect one hell of a match tomorrow. let see it Sri Lanka has some answers to the unstoppable New Zealand batsmen who are scoring big recently

NZ vs SL match Today World Cup 2019

New Zealand Men 0-137 ( 16.1 ) overs
Sri Lanka Men: 136 ( 29.2 ) overs
New Zealand win by 10 wickets
Toss - New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.
Batsmens
R
B
4S
6S
SR
73
51
8
2
143.14
58
47
6
1
123.4
Bowler
O
M
R
W
Econ
1.1
0
11
0
9.43
Man of the Match
Matt Henry
Commentry
In over# 17
Runs : 1 Bowler: Jeevan Mendis Wickets : 0
Over 17. 1 run. Bowler: Jeevan Mendis. New Zealand: 0-137(rr 8.06)
16.1
1
Jeevan Mendis to Colin Munro. Leg spinner length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis. A clinical New Zealand performance has seen them trounce an abject Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in Cardiff. Martin Guptill (73*) and Colin Munro (58*) made light work of the target with a pair of aggressive fifties, taking the Kiwis home with more than 33 overs to spare. Sri Lanka found the edge fairly regularly but couldn't build any pressure with the luck going against them and a small total on the board. In truth though they lost this match in the first innings, unable to withstand Matt Henry (29-3) and Lockie Ferguson (29-3) nipping the ball around at high pace. It was a mightily impressive display on a green surface and would have caused any team serious trouble. They were ably backed up by some superb catches and athletic ground fielding to keep Dimuth Karunaratne always on the back foot. The Sri Lankan skipper scrapped his way to an unbeaten half century, becoming just the second man to carry his bat in a World Cup match, however it was never going to be enough. He will be looking for a big improvement from his side for their next match against Afghanistan at this same ground on Tuesday. Kane Williamson will be content with a similar performance as they move to The Oval to face Bangladesh on Wednesday.
In over# 16
Runs : 19 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 0
Over 16. 16 runs. Bowler: Lasith Malinga. New Zealand: 0-136(rr 8.50)
15.6
2
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Off cutter full toss, down leg side on the front foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis.
15.5
.
FREE HIT. Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Yorker, to leg on the front foot driving, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Malinga.
15.5
5
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed to fine leg for 1 run. Repeat dose, Malinga has overstepped to make matters even worse. The end is nigh.
15.4
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed past fine leg for 4 runs. Guptill swivels with grace and the fielder can only watch it zip into the rope. Easy pickings.
15.4
4
Wide Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, wide down leg side ducked Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
15.3
2
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Off cutter back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis.
15.2
1
Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Tillakaratna.
15.1
1
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Off cutter half volley, down leg side on the front foot working, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
In over# 15
Runs : 11 Bowler: Jeevan Mendis Wickets : 0
Over 15. 11 runs. Bowler: Jeevan Mendis. New Zealand: 0-120(rr 8.00)
14.6
1
Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Slider length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to backward point for 1 run, mis-fielded by de Silva. These drinks will taste very fine indeed for Guptill and Munro, they are on the verge of sealing a crushing victory over Sri Lanka. Karunaratne and his team will want to forget today, nothing has worked out for them.
14.5
6
SIX! Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner length ball, to leg down the track driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. That's gone in the river, brutal hitting by Guptill after skipping down the wicket. He just holds the pose as the ball soars out of the ground.
14.4
1
Jeevan Mendis to Colin Munro. Leg spinner length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
14.3
1
Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner length ball, to leg on the back foot working, hit pad to short fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Lakmal.
14.2
.
Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner length ball, to leg on the front foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Tillakaratna.
14.1
2
Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner back of a length, middle stump on the back foot working, to mid on for 2 runs, fielded by Malinga.
In over# 14
Runs : 8 Bowler: Thisara Perera Wickets : 0
Over 14. 8 runs. Bowler: Thisara Perera. New Zealand: 0-109(rr 7.79)
13.6
.
APPEAL! Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Short, down leg side down the track driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, by Perera, appeal made for Caught. Hopeful appeal and Karunaratne takes a punt on a review. It's a waste though, Munro was miles away from making contact and survives to carry on the carnage.
13.5
4
FOUR! Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Smashed wide of mid off, sweet timing brings yet another boundary to Munro. This match is almost done and dusted and the crowd are only just finishing their lunch.
13.4
.
Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Length ball, to leg on the front foot slog sweeping, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
13.3
2
Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Lakmal. Now Munro brings up his landmark. This is complete destruction from the Black Caps.
13.2
1
Thisara Perera to Martin Guptill. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to deep point for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
13.1
1
Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, shy attempt by Karunaratne.
In over# 13
Runs : 10 Bowler: Isuru Udana Wickets : 0
Over 13. 10 runs. Bowler: Isuru Udana. New Zealand: 0-101(rr 7.77)
12.6
6
SIX! Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Guptill brings up his half century and New Zealand's hundred with a piece of casual dominance. He generates remarkable power from a small backlift and the ball carries all the way over the rope.
12.5
2
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Thirimanne.
12.4
.
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Seaming in length ball, to leg on the front foot pushing, inside edge to silly point for no runs, fielded by Tillakaratna.
12.3
1
Isuru Udana to Colin Munro. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, to deep point for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
12.2
.
Isuru Udana to Colin Munro. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
12.1
1
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to deep point for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
New Zealand Men: 0-137 ( 16.1 ) overs
Sri Lanka Men 136 ( 29.2 ) overs
Toss - New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.
New Zealand win by 10 wickets
RR : 0
CRR : 8.47
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
L Thirimanne

lbw: Henry

4
2
1
200
52
84
4
61.9
K Perera

c: de Grandhomme b: Henry

29
24
4
120.83
K Mendis

c: Guptill b: Henry

0
1
0
0
D de

lbw: Ferguson

4
13
1
30.77
A Mathews

c: Latham b: de Grandhomme

0
9
0
0
J Mendis

c: Neesham b: Ferguson

1
4
0
25
T Perera

c: Boult b: Santner

27
23
0
117.39
I Udana

c: Henry b: Neesham

0
3
0
0
S Lakmal

c: Santner b: Boult

7
13
1
53.85
L Malinga

b: Ferguson

1
2
0
50
Extras 11(b 1, lb 0, WD 8, NB 2)
Total 136/10 29.2 overs

FOW:
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
7.0
0
29
3
4.14
9.0
0
44
1
4.89
6.2
0
22
3
3.47
2.0
0
14
1
7.00
3.0
0
21
1
7.00
2.0
0
5
1
2.50
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
M Guptill

not out

73
51
8
143.14
C Munro

not out

58
47
6
123.4
Not bat : Kane Williamson,Ross Taylor,Tom Latham,Jimmy Neesham,Colin de Grandhomme,Mitchell Santner,Matt Henry,Lockie Ferguson,Trent Boult
Extras 6(b 0, lb 3, WD 2, NB 1)
Total 137/0 16.1 overs

FOW: (Kane Williamson) , (Ross Taylor) , (Tom Latham) , (Jimmy Neesham) , (Colin de Grandhomme) , (Mitchell Santner) , (Matt Henry) , (Lockie Ferguson) , (Trent Boult)
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
5.0
0
46
0
9.20
4.0
0
28
0
7.00
3.0
0
24
0
8.00
3.0
0
25
0
8.33
1.1
0
11
0
9.43
In over# 30
Runs : 1 Bowler: Lockie Ferguson Wickets : 1
Over 30. 1 run. Bowler: Lockie Ferguson. Sri Lanka: 10-136(rr 4.53)
29.2
W
OUT! Bowled. Lockie Ferguson to Lasith Malinga. Full toss, off stump backing away Steer, missed to. Cleaned him up, Malinga is no match for the ferocious Ferguson and the stumps are in tatters just like this Sri Lankan innings. That was a sensational bowling and fielding display by New Zealand to kick-start their World Cup campaign in style. Matt Henry got things rolling with an incisive new ball spell, before Lockie Ferguson ripped through the middle order with some eye-catching pace. Dimuth Karunaratne did his best to hold things together for Sri Lanka with a stoic half century, however he was mostly powerless as the carnage unfolded at the other end. 137 should be a simple target for the Black Caps but strange things can happen with the added pressure of a World Cup and a global audience watching on.
29.1
1
APPEAL! Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep square leg for 1 run, by Santner, appeal made for Caught. Almost a stunning grab to complete the innings. Santner had to sprint and put in a full length dive and it seemed as though his fingers were underneath the ball at first, however the third umpire spots that the ball was touching the ground.
In over# 29
Runs : 5 Bowler: Trent Boult Wickets : 1
Over 29. 5 runs. Bowler: Trent Boult. Sri Lanka: 9-135(rr 4.66)
28.6
1
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Full toss, off stump on the front foot flick, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by de Grandhomme.
28.6
1
Wide Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Yorker, down leg side on the front foot glancing, Play and Miss (Leg Side) to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Latham.
28.5
.
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Off cutter short, outside off stump backing away cutting, mis-timed to mid off for no runs, fielded by Williamson.
28.4
2
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. In-swinging yorker, off stump on the front foot Slog, inside edge to backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by de Grandhomme.
28.3
.
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to short third man for no runs, fielded by Ferguson.
28.2
1
Trent Boult to Lasith Malinga. Short, down leg side on the back foot Steer, to third man for 1 run, fielded by de Grandhomme.
28.1
W
OUT! Caught. Trent Boult to Suranga Lakmal. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to short extra cover, by Santner. Boult gets himself a wicket to leave Sri Lanka on the verge of being bowled out. Lakmal got in an ugly tangle against a well directed bouncer and could only awkwardly spoon the ball into the offside. Santner accepts the dolly of a catch, the Black Caps are bossing this contest.
In over# 28
Runs : 8 Bowler: Lockie Ferguson Wickets : 0
Over 28. 8 runs. Bowler: Lockie Ferguson. Sri Lanka: 8-130(rr 4.64)
27.6
.
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Yorker, off stump on the front foot working, inside edge to silly point for no runs, fielded by Ferguson.
27.5
.
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Yorker, outside off stump backing away driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
27.4
.
FREE HIT. Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Slower ball short, down leg side ducked Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
27.4
2
No ball Lockie Ferguson to Suranga Lakmal. Short, outside off stump on the back foot hooking, top edge in the air uncontrolled to third man for 1 run, fielded by Henry.
27.3
1
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Slower length ball, down leg side backing away Slog, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Santner.
27.2
4
FOUR! Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Full toss, off stump moves in front Scoop, inside edge past fine leg for 4 runs. Cheeky batting, it was perilously close to leg stump and the bowler is left with a wry smile on his face. Karunaratne is closing in on a fighting fifty.
27.1
1
Lockie Ferguson to Suranga Lakmal. Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, to extra cover for 1 run, mis-fielded by Williamson.
In over# 27
Runs : 5 Bowler: Trent Boult Wickets : 0
Over 27. 5 runs. Bowler: Trent Boult. Sri Lanka: 8-122(rr 4.52)
26.6
1
Trent Boult to Suranga Lakmal. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot driving, inside edge to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Neesham.
26.5
4
FOUR! Trent Boult to Suranga Lakmal. Slower ball short, middle stump on the back foot cutting, well timed in the air under control past deep cover for 4 runs. That's a rank delivery, Boult hasn't quite been at his best today and it's a simple slap from Lakmal to get off the mark.
26.4
.
Trent Boult to Suranga Lakmal. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
26.3
.
Trent Boult to Suranga Lakmal. Length ball, to leg on the front foot defending, to cover for no runs, fielded by Santner.
26.2
.
Trent Boult to Suranga Lakmal. Seaming away length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
26.1
.
Trent Boult to Suranga Lakmal. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Santner.
In over# 26
Runs : 2 Bowler: Lockie Ferguson Wickets : 0
Over 26. 2 runs. Bowler: Lockie Ferguson. Sri Lanka: 8-117(rr 4.50)
25.6
.
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, down leg side backing away cutting, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
25.5
1
Lockie Ferguson to Suranga Lakmal. Short, outside off stump swayed away Leave, Left to short fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Latham, fielded by Taylor.
25.4
.
Lockie Ferguson to Suranga Lakmal. Length ball, outside off stump backing away Slog, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Boult.
25.3
1
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot Fended, outside edge to third man for 1 run, dropped catch by Latham, fielded by Munro.
25.2
.
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot flick, hit pad to short mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Ferguson.
25.1
.
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, down leg side ducked Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
In over# 25
Runs : 2 Bowler: Jimmy Neesham Wickets : 1
Over 25. 2 runs. Bowler: Jimmy Neesham. Sri Lanka: 8-115(rr 4.60)
24.6
.
Jimmy Neesham to Suranga Lakmal. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Henry.
24.6
1
Wide Jimmy Neesham to Suranga Lakmal. Short, outside off stump ducked Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Latham.
24.5
.
Jimmy Neesham to Suranga Lakmal. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Neesham.
24.4
W
OUT! Caught. Jimmy Neesham to Isuru Udana. Length ball, off stump on the front foot flick, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to mid on, by Henry. That's soft, awful batting and certainly not what Sri Lanka need in this situation. Karunaratne looks on helplessly from the non-striker's end, he looks distraught with the way his team has batted today. Udana has shown in the past that he has batting ability but he's just gifted his wicket to Neesham here by chipping it straight to a fielder.
24.3
.
Jimmy Neesham to Isuru Udana. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Neesham.
24.2
.
Jimmy Neesham to Isuru Udana. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Santner.
24.1
1
Jimmy Neesham to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, to leg on the front foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Munro.
In over# 24
Runs : 2 Bowler: Mitchell Santner Wickets : 1
Over 24. 2 runs. Bowler: Mitchell Santner. Sri Lanka: 7-113(rr 4.71)
23.6
1
Mitchell Santner to Dimuth Karunaratne. Stock ball half volley, off stump on the front foot flick, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Boult.
23.5
.
Mitchell Santner to Dimuth Karunaratne. Stock length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Steer, to short third man for no runs, fielded by Neesham.
23.4
W
OUT! Caught. Mitchell Santner to Thisara Perera. Stock length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long on, by Boult. Taken in the deep, Santner gets the breakthrough just as things were beginning to look up for Sri Lanka. Thisara couldn't resist a filthy swipe with the ball given some flight and it skewed off the inner-half of the blade tamely into the safe hands of Boult.
23.4
1
Wide Mitchell Santner to Thisara Perera. Stock ball half volley, wide outside off stump on the front foot Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Latham.
23.3
.
Mitchell Santner to Thisara Perera. Stock length ball, middle stump on the back foot driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by de Grandhomme.
23.2
.
Mitchell Santner to Thisara Perera. Stock length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
23.1
.
Mitchell Santner to Thisara Perera. Stock length ball, middle stump on the front foot pulling, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Williamson.
In over# 23
Runs : 16 Bowler: Jimmy Neesham Wickets : 0
Over 23. 11 runs. Bowler: Jimmy Neesham. Sri Lanka: 6-111(rr 4.83)
22.6
1
Jimmy Neesham to Thisara Perera. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Munro.
22.5
6
FREE HIT. SIX! Jimmy Neesham to Thisara Perera. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Thisara makes full use of the free hit with a brutal thump way back over the long on fence. This partnership is really starting to blossom, Sri Lanka are digging in well.
22.5
6
No ball Jimmy Neesham to Thisara Perera. Leg cutter beamer, wide outside off stump no foot movement Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Latham.
22.4
1
Jimmy Neesham to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot glancing, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by de Grandhomme.
22.3
.
Jimmy Neesham to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Williamson.
22.2
1
Jimmy Neesham to Thisara Perera. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by de Grandhomme.
22.1
1
Jimmy Neesham to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to deep point for 1 run, fielded by Ferguson.
In over# 22
Runs : 3 Bowler: Mitchell Santner Wickets : 0
Over 22. 3 runs. Bowler: Mitchell Santner. Sri Lanka: 6-100(rr 4.55)
21.6
1
Mitchell Santner to Dimuth Karunaratne. Stock length ball, to leg on the front foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Ferguson.
21.5
.
Mitchell Santner to Dimuth Karunaratne. Stock length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Steer, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
21.4
1
Mitchell Santner to Thisara Perera. Stock length ball, to leg on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control to mid off for 1 run, dropped catch by Santner, fielded by Williamson. That's been absolutely smoked back at the bowler and Santner can't cling on. It would have been a screamer, his hands will be stinging after that.
21.3
.
Mitchell Santner to Thisara Perera. Stock length ball, off stump on the back foot cutting, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
21.2
.
Mitchell Santner to Thisara Perera. Stock ball half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Williamson.
21.1
1
Mitchell Santner to Dimuth Karunaratne. Stock length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Late Cut, to short third man for 1 run, shy attempt by Taylor.
In over# 21
Runs : 5 Bowler: Trent Boult Wickets : 0
Time for a first look at spin, a different challenge for the batsmen.
Over 21. 5 runs. Bowler: Trent Boult. Sri Lanka: 6-97(rr 4.62)
20.6
.
Trent Boult to Thisara Perera. In-swinging yorker, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Taylor.
20.5
.
Trent Boult to Thisara Perera. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, bottom edge to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Taylor.
20.4
1
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot flick, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Munro.
20.3
.
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Late Cut, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
20.2
4
FOUR! Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot flick, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. Glorious shot, using his wrists to manufacture the ball into the gap with power and poise. Karunaratne is showing his team how it should be done.
20.1
.
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Munro.
In over# 20
Runs : 8 Bowler: Jimmy Neesham Wickets : 0
Over 20. 8 runs. Bowler: Jimmy Neesham. Sri Lanka: 6-92(rr 4.60)
19.6
2
Jimmy Neesham to Thisara Perera. Length ball, middle stump on the back foot driving, to deep backward point for 2 runs, fielded by Munro.
19.5
1
Jimmy Neesham to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to mid on for 1 run, fielded by Boult.
19.4
2
Jimmy Neesham to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, to leg on the front foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Ferguson.
19.3
.
Jimmy Neesham to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, middle stump on the front foot defending, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
19.2
2
Jimmy Neesham to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to fine leg for 2 runs, fielded by Henry.
19.1
1
Jimmy Neesham to Thisara Perera. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Ferguson.
In over# 19
Runs : 2 Bowler: Trent Boult Wickets : 0
Over 19. 2 runs. Bowler: Trent Boult. Sri Lanka: 6-84(rr 4.42)
18.6
.
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
18.5
.
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, well timed to point for no runs, run save by Neesham. New Zealand have been electric in the field, they really are putting on a show today.
18.5
1
Wide Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Slower length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Latham.
18.4
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
18.3
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to cover for no runs, fielded by Santner.
18.2
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement Steer, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
18.1
1
Trent Boult to Thisara Perera. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot glancing, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by de Grandhomme.
In over# 18
Runs : 2 Bowler: Lockie Ferguson Wickets : 0
Over 18. 2 runs. Bowler: Lockie Ferguson. Sri Lanka: 6-82(rr 4.56)
17.6
1
Lockie Ferguson to Thisara Perera. Short, down leg side on the back foot hooking, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Henry.
17.5
1
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, down leg side on the back foot cutting, to extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Williamson.
17.4
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Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, down leg side on the back foot working, hit body to silly point for no runs, fielded by de Grandhomme.
17.3
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Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Boult.
17.2
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Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pushing, to cover for no runs, fielded by de Grandhomme.
17.1
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Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Seaming in length ball, to leg on the front foot defending, inside edge to silly point for no runs, fielded by de Grandhomme.
In over# 17
Runs : 12 Bowler: Colin de Grandhomme Wickets : 0
Over 17. 12 runs. Bowler: Colin de Grandhomme. Sri Lanka: 6-80(rr 4.71)
16.6
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Colin de Grandhomme to Thisara Perera. Length ball, middle stump on the back foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Santner.
16.5
6
SIX! Colin de Grandhomme to Thisara Perera. Off cutter short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Thisara Perera is going to look to counter-attack here so we could be in for some fireworks. His only ODI century came against New Zealand so he knows how to blast this attack over the ropes.
16.4
1
Colin de Grandhomme to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump down the track flick, to mid on for 1 run, fielded by Henry.
16.3
3
Colin de Grandhomme to Thisara Perera. Back of a length, off stump on the back foot driving, well timed to deep extra cover for 3 runs, run save by Williamson.
16.2
1
Colin de Grandhomme to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, to leg on the front foot working, to short mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Munro.
16.1
1
Colin de Grandhomme to Thisara Perera. Back of a length, middle stump on the back foot driving, to mid off for 1 run, fielded by Williamson.
In over# 16
Runs : 8 Bowler: Lockie Ferguson Wickets : 1
Over 16. 8 runs. Bowler: Lockie Ferguson. Sri Lanka: 6-68(rr 4.25)
15.6
4
FOUR! Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, to leg on the front foot driving, well timed past long on for 4 runs. A welcome boundary for the skipper, punching with conviction back past the bowler. Sri Lanka need plenty more of that.
15.5
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Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, down leg side ducked Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
15.5
1
Wide Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, wide down leg side on the back foot Leave, Left for 1 run, fielded by Latham.
15.4
3
Lockie Ferguson to Thisara Perera. Length ball, down leg side on the back foot Slog, to long on for 3 runs, fielded by Neesham.
15.3
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Lockie Ferguson to Thisara Perera. Seaming away back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pushing, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Ferguson.
15.2
W
OUT! Caught. Lockie Ferguson to Jeevan Mendis. Seaming away length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, leading edge to gully, by Neesham. The carnage continues, Jeevan Mendis joins the procession of batsmen walking off the field with a glum look on his face. A half-hearted stroke from the left-hander and the ball pops to gully, big credit to Williamson for having a man positioned there allowing Neesham to scoop up the catch. Ferguson is bowling some serious heat and the Sri Lankan batsmen can't handle it.
15.1
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Lockie Ferguson to Jeevan Mendis. Seaming away length ball, to leg on the front foot defending, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
In over# 15
Runs : 2 Bowler: Colin de Grandhomme Wickets : 1
Over 15. 2 runs. Bowler: Colin de Grandhomme. Sri Lanka: 5-60(rr 4.00)
14.6
1
Colin de Grandhomme to Jeevan Mendis. Seaming away half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled to third man for 1 run, fielded by Ferguson. Almost another one, Sri Lanka living on the edge at the moment.
14.5
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Colin de Grandhomme to Jeevan Mendis. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot defending, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Williamson.
14.4
W
OUT! Caught. Colin de Grandhomme to Angelo Mathews. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, outside edge to wicketkeeper, by Latham. Another bowler strikes in their first over, de Grandhomme gets Mathews to leave Sri Lanka in the mire. He looks innocuous but de Grandhomme is very threatening with a little bit of assistance from the surface in these conditions. The line and length forces a tentative prod, Mathews can only get a feather and Latham pouches gleefully. The Kiwis are loving this.
14.3
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Colin de Grandhomme to Angelo Mathews. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Guptill.
14.2
1
Colin de Grandhomme to Dimuth Karunaratne. Seaming away length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, leading edge to third man for 1 run, fielded by Ferguson.
14.1
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Colin de Grandhomme to Dimuth Karunaratne. In-swinging length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, to short mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Munro.
In over# 14
Runs : 1 Bowler: Lockie Ferguson Wickets : 0
Over 14. 1 run. Bowler: Lockie Ferguson. Sri Lanka: 4-58(rr 4.14)
13.6
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Lockie Ferguson to Angelo Mathews. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed to mid wicket for no runs, run save by Boult.
13.5
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Lockie Ferguson to Angelo Mathews. Half volley, off stump on the front foot pushing, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Williamson.
13.4
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Lockie Ferguson to Angelo Mathews. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Santner.
13.3
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Lockie Ferguson to Angelo Mathews. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
13.2
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Lockie Ferguson to Angelo Mathews. Short, outside off stump swayed away Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
13.1
1
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, down leg side on the back foot working, inside edge to backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by de Grandhomme.
In over# 13
Runs : 4 Bowler: Matt Henry Wickets : 0
Over 13. 4 runs. Bowler: Matt Henry. Sri Lanka: 4-57(rr 4.38)
12.6
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Matt Henry to Angelo Mathews. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Boult.
12.5
1
Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Munro.
12.4
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
12.3
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, hit pad to silly point for no runs, fielded by Henry.
12.2
2
Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, to fine leg for 2 runs, fielded by Boult.
12.1
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Seaming away back of a length, to leg on the back foot pushing, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Williamson.
12.1
1
Wide Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot glancing, Play and Miss (Leg Side) to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Latham.
In over# 12
Runs : 1 Bowler: Lockie Ferguson Wickets : 1
Over 12. 1 run. Bowler: Lockie Ferguson. Sri Lanka: 4-53(rr 4.42)
11.6
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Lockie Ferguson to Angelo Mathews. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Neesham.
11.5
W
OUT! L.B.W. Lockie Ferguson to Dhananjaya de Silva. Seaming in length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, hit pad to. Sheer pace does the trick, Ferguson tastes success in his first over to leave Sri Lanka on the ropes. Dhananjaya de Silva was pinned on the back foot despite a relatively full length and the ball was through him before the bat could come down. Height might have been a doubt but the umpire was confident enough to raise the finger and the batsman trudged off without using the review. Karunaratne really needs to find someone to stick with him and build a partnership.
11.4
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Lockie Ferguson to Dhananjaya de Silva. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to gully for no runs, fielded by Guptill.
11.3
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Lockie Ferguson to Dhananjaya de Silva. Short, outside off stump on the back foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Ferguson.
11.2
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Lockie Ferguson to Dhananjaya de Silva. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot shoulders arms, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
11.1
1
Lockie Ferguson to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by de Grandhomme.
In over# 11
Runs : 1 Bowler: Matt Henry Wickets : 0
Over 11. 1 run. Bowler: Matt Henry. Sri Lanka: 3-52(rr 4.73)
10.6
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Matt Henry to Dhananjaya de Silva. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Williamson.
10.5
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Matt Henry to Dhananjaya de Silva. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Boult.
10.4
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Matt Henry to Dhananjaya de Silva. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
10.3
1
Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Boult.
10.2
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by de Grandhomme.
10.1
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pushing, for no runs, fielded by Williamson.
In over# 10
Runs : 1 Bowler: Trent Boult Wickets : 0
Over 10. Power Play Fielding. 1 run. Bowler: Trent Boult. Sri Lanka: 3-51(rr 5.10)
9.6
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Trent Boult to Dhananjaya de Silva. Length ball, to leg on the front foot defending, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by de Grandhomme. The first powerplay comes to an end with the Black Caps firmly on top. Enthralling stuff to start the day in Cardiff.
9.5
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Trent Boult to Dhananjaya de Silva. Length ball, off stump on the front foot shoulders arms, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
9.4
1
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Williamson.
9.3
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Steer, to gully for no runs, fielded by Guptill.
9.2
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Ferguson.
9.1
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. In-swinging length ball, off stump on the front foot flick, hit pad for no runs, fielded by Neesham.
In over# 9
Runs : 4 Bowler: Matt Henry Wickets : 2
Over 9. Power Play Fielding. 4 runs. Bowler: Matt Henry. Sri Lanka: 3-50(rr 5.56)
8.6
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Matt Henry to Dhananjaya de Silva. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
8.5
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APPEAL! Matt Henry to Dhananjaya de Silva. Seaming in length ball, outside off stump no foot movement working, hit pad to point for no runs, fielded by Santner, appeal made for L.B.W.
8.4
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Matt Henry to Dhananjaya de Silva. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot shoulders arms, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
8.3
4
FOUR! Matt Henry to Dhananjaya de Silva. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, well timed past long off for 4 runs. What a riposte, de Silva with a nonchalant stroke to ease some of the pressure on his team. Henry made sure he got it full, however it ended up a juicy half volley.
8.2
W
OUT! Caught. Matt Henry to Kusal Mendis. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, outside edge to second slip, by Guptill. What a beauty, Henry is on a roll and Kusal Mendis can do nothing about it. Perfect line and length with some nip from the deck, the edge flies quickly and Guptill snaffles it diving to his left. New Zealand are rampant and Sri Lanka are wobbling. Hat-trick ball coming up, the atmosphere builds.
8.1
W
OUT! Caught. Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Length ball, to leg on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to mid off, by de Grandhomme. Massive wicket, Henry strikes for the second time this morning and lets out a huge roar in delight. Kusal Perera was always going to carry on with the aggressive approach but it's cost him dearly on this occasion, the ball sticking in the surface to cause him to go through the stroke too early. The fielder had plenty of time to think about it and de Grandhomme gobbled it up with casual ease.
In over# 8
Runs : 5 Bowler: Trent Boult Wickets : 0
Over 8. Power Play Fielding. 5 runs. Bowler: Trent Boult. Sri Lanka: 1-46(rr 5.75)
7.6
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to gully for no runs, fielded by Guptill.
7.5
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Late Cut, bottom edge to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
7.4
1
Trent Boult to Kusal Perera. Back of a length, off stump on the back foot glancing, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Henry.
7.3
2
Trent Boult to Kusal Perera. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to deep point for 2 runs, fielded by Santner.
7.2
1
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to third man for 1 run, fielded by Munro.
7.2
1
Wide Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot glancing, Play and Miss (Leg Side) to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Latham. It looks as though Boult has received a warning for running on the pitch from the umpire.
7.1
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Ferguson.
In over# 7
Runs : 6 Bowler: Matt Henry Wickets : 0
Over 7. Power Play Fielding. 6 runs. Bowler: Matt Henry. Sri Lanka: 1-41(rr 5.86)
6.6
2
Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Boult.
6.5
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Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot pushing, to point for no runs, fielded by Neesham.
6.4
2
Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control to fine leg for 2 runs, run save by Boult.
6.3
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Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Off cutter length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to point for no runs, fielded by Santner.
6.2
1
Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Boult.
6.1
1
Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Munro.
In over# 6
Runs : 10 Bowler: Trent Boult Wickets : 0
Over 6. Power Play Fielding. 10 runs. Bowler: Trent Boult. Sri Lanka: 1-35(rr 5.83)
5.6
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
5.5
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Steer, to gully for no runs, fielded by Santner.
5.4
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Late Cut, bottom edge to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham. Oh my word, that's hit the stump but the bail hasn't been dislodged. We saw something similar at The Oval on Thursday. Fortune for Karunaratne.
5.4
1
Wide Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, to leg on the front foot glancing, Play and Miss (Leg Side) to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Latham.
5.3
1
Trent Boult to Kusal Perera. Out-swinging length ball, off stump on the front foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by de Grandhomme.
5.2
4
FOUR! Trent Boult to Kusal Perera. Out-swinging half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past deep cover for 4 runs. Runs flowing, pressure on the bowler now as Sri Lanka get back to back boundaries. Kusal Perera is playing a little gem.
5.1
4
FOUR! Trent Boult to Kusal Perera. Short, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed past deep cover for 4 runs. Boult goes to a shorter length for the first time this morning and it just sits up begging to be spanked. Sri Lanka's number three duly obliges with a scything blade.
In over# 5
Runs : 5 Bowler: Matt Henry Wickets : 0
Over 5. Power Play Fielding. 5 runs. Bowler: Matt Henry. Sri Lanka: 1-25(rr 5.00)
4.6
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, to leg on the front foot pushing, to cover for no runs, fielded by Santner.
4.5
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot defending, to short mid wicket for no runs, fielded by de Grandhomme.
4.4
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, inside edge to short mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Henry.
4.3
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Seaming away length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
4.2
1
Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot glancing, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Boult.
4.1
4
FOUR! Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs. Smeared down the ground, stand and deliver from Kusal Perera as Henry overpitches. Great counter-attacking play by the left-hander.
In over# 4
Runs : 8 Bowler: Trent Boult Wickets : 0
Over 4. Power Play Fielding. 8 runs. Bowler: Trent Boult. Sri Lanka: 1-20(rr 5.00)
3.6
1
Trent Boult to Kusal Perera. Seaming away length ball, off stump on the front foot pushing, to short mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Ferguson.
3.5
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Trent Boult to Kusal Perera. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot shoulders arms, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
3.4
3
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Out-swinging half volley, off stump on the front foot working, to deep square leg for 3 runs, fielded by de Grandhomme.
3.3
4
FOUR! Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Seaming away half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled past third man for 4 runs. Not exactly convincing but Karunaratne won't mind, it's four runs all the same. Williamson has a very attacking field to encourage loose strokes like this. Fascinating cricket this morning with some nibble for the bowlers.
3.2
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
3.1
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APPEAL! Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. In-swinging length ball, off stump on the front foot working, hit pad to point for no runs, fielded by Munro, appeal made for L.B.W. Strangled appeal, the bowler quickly realises that was drifting down leg.
In over# 3
Runs : 5 Bowler: Matt Henry Wickets : 0
Over 3. Power Play Fielding. 5 runs. Bowler: Matt Henry. Sri Lanka: 1-12(rr 4.00)
2.6
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Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to short mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Neesham.
2.5
4
FOUR! Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Width on offer for the first time, Kusal Perera's eyes light up and he throws the kitchen sink at it. Reminiscent of Sanath Jayasuriya in his pomp.
2.4
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Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Seaming away length ball, down leg side on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Henry.
2.3
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Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Santner.
2.2
1
Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot glancing, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Boult.
2.1
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Matt Henry to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Neesham.
In over# 2
Runs : 3 Bowler: Trent Boult Wickets : 0
Over 2. Power Play Fielding. 3 runs. Bowler: Trent Boult. Sri Lanka: 1-7(rr 3.50)
1.6
2
Trent Boult to Kusal Perera. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, well timed to deep point for 2 runs, fielded by Santner.
1.5
1
Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Ferguson.
1.4
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Henry.
1.3
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to short mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Henry.
1.2
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Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
1.1
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NEW BALL. Trent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Boult.
In over# 1
Runs : 4 Bowler: Matt Henry Wickets : 1
Over 1. Power Play Fielding. 4 runs. Bowler: Matt Henry. Sri Lanka: 1-4(rr 4.00)
0.6
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Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Seaming in back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, hit pad to gully for no runs, fielded by Guptill.
0.5
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Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Length ball, to leg on the front foot defending, to short mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Neesham.
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Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Seaming in length ball, to leg no foot movement pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Latham.
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Matt Henry to Kusal Perera. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot defending, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Santner.
W
OUT! L.B.W. Matt Henry to Lahiru Thirimanne. Seaming in length ball, to leg on the front foot working, hit pad to. Vociferous appeal, the umpire thinks long and hard before shaking his head. Williamson asks the bowler and keeper for their thoughts before signalling for an early review. Henry got the ball to nip back into the left-hander after pitching in line with leg stump, ball tracking shows the three reds that the Kiwis wanted. All action start in Cardiff, fantastic review by Williamson.
4
NEW BALL. FOUR! Matt Henry to Lahiru Thirimanne. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot glancing, well timed past fine leg for 4 runs. That's exactly the kind of delivery you would like first up as an opening batsman, on the hip and easily tickled fine. Sri Lanka on their way.
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Start of Sri Lanka Innings. Good morning, welcome to coverage of Match 3 of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The tournament is still very young but we have been treated to some fantastic moments so far, with a soaring Ben Stokes catch and some typically hostile West Indian fast bowling grabbing the headlines in the opening couple of matches. What will be the story of today as perennial underdogs New Zealand and unpredictable Sri Lanka begin their respective campaigns at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff? The Black Caps fell at the last hurdle in the 2015 World Cup, beaten by Australia in the final, and it would be foolish to underestimate them this time around. Led by the classy and consistent Kane Williamson, they have talent in abundance in all facets of the game and look strong contenders to reach the semi-finals. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have been struggling in this format in recent years and arrive on English shores with not many people fancying their chances of lifting the trophy. With Dimuth Karunaratne at the helm and a mixture of youth and experience in the squad, perhaps they can drift under the radar and surprise some teams over the next few weeks. They have a tough challenge first up, batting under leaden Welsh skies with Trent Boult aiming to make the new ball talk this morning. Let's get into the action.
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Start of Innings. Good morning, welcome to coverage of Match 3 of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The tournament is still very young but we have been treated to some fantastic moments so far, with a soaring Ben Stokes catch and some typically hostile West Indian fast bowling grabbing the headlines in the opening couple of matches. What will be the story of today as perennial underdogs New Zealand and unpredictable Sri Lanka begin their respective campaigns at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff? The Black Caps fell at the last hurdle in the 2015 World Cup, beaten by Australia in the final, and it would be foolish to underestimate them this time around. Led by the classy and consistent Kane Williamson, they have talent in abundance in all facets of the game and look strong contenders to reach the semi-finals. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have been struggling in this format in recent years and arrive on English shores with not many people fancying their chances of lifting the trophy. With Dimuth Karunaratne at the helm and a mixture of youth and experience in the squad, perhaps they can drift under the radar and surprise some teams over the next few weeks. They have a tough challenge first up, batting under leaden Welsh skies with Trent Boult aiming to make the new ball talk this morning. Let's get into the action.
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New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl.
-1.0
Teams will be announced at the toss
In over# 17
Runs : 1 Bowler: Jeevan Mendis Wickets : 0
Over 17. 1 run. Bowler: Jeevan Mendis. New Zealand: 0-137(rr 8.06)
16.1
1
Jeevan Mendis to Colin Munro. Leg spinner length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis. A clinical New Zealand performance has seen them trounce an abject Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in Cardiff. Martin Guptill (73*) and Colin Munro (58*) made light work of the target with a pair of aggressive fifties, taking the Kiwis home with more than 33 overs to spare. Sri Lanka found the edge fairly regularly but couldn't build any pressure with the luck going against them and a small total on the board. In truth though they lost this match in the first innings, unable to withstand Matt Henry (29-3) and Lockie Ferguson (29-3) nipping the ball around at high pace. It was a mightily impressive display on a green surface and would have caused any team serious trouble. They were ably backed up by some superb catches and athletic ground fielding to keep Dimuth Karunaratne always on the back foot. The Sri Lankan skipper scrapped his way to an unbeaten half century, becoming just the second man to carry his bat in a World Cup match, however it was never going to be enough. He will be looking for a big improvement from his side for their next match against Afghanistan at this same ground on Tuesday. Kane Williamson will be content with a similar performance as they move to The Oval to face Bangladesh on Wednesday.
In over# 16
Runs : 16 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 0
Over 16. 16 runs. Bowler: Lasith Malinga. New Zealand: 0-136(rr 8.50)
15.6
2
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Off cutter full toss, down leg side on the front foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis.
15.5
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FREE HIT. Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Yorker, to leg on the front foot driving, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Malinga.
15.5
5
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed to fine leg for 1 run. Repeat dose, Malinga has overstepped to make matters even worse. The end is nigh.
15.4
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed past fine leg for 4 runs. Guptill swivels with grace and the fielder can only watch it zip into the rope. Easy pickings.
15.4
1
Wide Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, wide down leg side ducked Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
15.3
2
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Off cutter back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis.
15.2
1
Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Tillakaratna.
15.1
1
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Off cutter half volley, down leg side on the front foot working, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
In over# 15
Runs : 11 Bowler: Jeevan Mendis Wickets : 0
Over 15. 11 runs. Bowler: Jeevan Mendis. New Zealand: 0-120(rr 8.00)
14.6
1
Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Slider length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to backward point for 1 run, mis-fielded by de Silva. These drinks will taste very fine indeed for Guptill and Munro, they are on the verge of sealing a crushing victory over Sri Lanka. Karunaratne and his team will want to forget today, nothing has worked out for them.
14.5
6
SIX! Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner length ball, to leg down the track driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. That's gone in the river, brutal hitting by Guptill after skipping down the wicket. He just holds the pose as the ball soars out of the ground.
14.4
1
Jeevan Mendis to Colin Munro. Leg spinner length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
14.3
1
Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner length ball, to leg on the back foot working, hit pad to short fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Lakmal.
14.2
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Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner length ball, to leg on the front foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Tillakaratna.
14.1
2
Jeevan Mendis to Martin Guptill. Leg spinner back of a length, middle stump on the back foot working, to mid on for 2 runs, fielded by Malinga.
In over# 14
Runs : 8 Bowler: Thisara Perera Wickets : 0
Over 14. 8 runs. Bowler: Thisara Perera. New Zealand: 0-109(rr 7.79)
13.6
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APPEAL! Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Short, down leg side down the track driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, by Perera, appeal made for Caught. Hopeful appeal and Karunaratne takes a punt on a review. It's a waste though, Munro was miles away from making contact and survives to carry on the carnage.
13.5
4
FOUR! Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Smashed wide of mid off, sweet timing brings yet another boundary to Munro. This match is almost done and dusted and the crowd are only just finishing their lunch.
13.4
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Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Length ball, to leg on the front foot slog sweeping, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
13.3
2
Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Lakmal. Now Munro brings up his landmark. This is complete destruction from the Black Caps.
13.2
1
Thisara Perera to Martin Guptill. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to deep point for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
13.1
1
Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, shy attempt by Karunaratne.
In over# 13
Runs : 10 Bowler: Isuru Udana Wickets : 0
Over 13. 10 runs. Bowler: Isuru Udana. New Zealand: 0-101(rr 7.77)
12.6
6
SIX! Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Guptill brings up his half century and New Zealand's hundred with a piece of casual dominance. He generates remarkable power from a small backlift and the ball carries all the way over the rope.
12.5
2
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Thirimanne.
12.4
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Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Seaming in length ball, to leg on the front foot pushing, inside edge to silly point for no runs, fielded by Tillakaratna.
12.3
1
Isuru Udana to Colin Munro. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, to deep point for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
12.2
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Isuru Udana to Colin Munro. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
12.1
1
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to deep point for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
In over# 12
Runs : 9 Bowler: Thisara Perera Wickets : 0
Over 12. 9 runs. Bowler: Thisara Perera. New Zealand: 0-91(rr 7.58)
11.6
1
Thisara Perera to Martin Guptill. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, in the air under control to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
11.5
1
Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
11.4
4
FOUR! Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Back of a length, down leg side down the track driving, well timed past long off for 4 runs. Fancy footwork and a devastating swing of the willow, Munro is really enjoying himself out there. The form found today can be carried throughout the tournament, this bodes really well for the Kiwis.
11.3
1
Thisara Perera to Martin Guptill. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to long off for 1 run, fielded by Lakmal.
11.2
1
Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Seaming away length ball, to leg on the front foot pushing, thick edge to third man for 1 run, fielded by Tillakaratna.
11.1
1
Thisara Perera to Martin Guptill. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, hit pad to short fine leg for 1 run, shy attempt by Tillakaratna.
In over# 11
Runs : 5 Bowler: Isuru Udana Wickets : 0
Over 11. 5 runs. Bowler: Isuru Udana. New Zealand: 0-82(rr 7.45)
10.6
1
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot pushing, to mid on for 1 run, shy attempt by Malinga.
10.5
1
Isuru Udana to Colin Munro. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot working, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
10.4
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Isuru Udana to Colin Munro. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
10.3
1
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Slower length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
10.2
1
Isuru Udana to Colin Munro. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled to third man for 1 run, fielded by Lakmal.
10.1
1
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to long off for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
In over# 10
Runs : 9 Bowler: Thisara Perera Wickets : 0
Over 10. Power Play Fielding. 9 runs. Bowler: Thisara Perera. New Zealand: 0-77(rr 7.70)
9.6
4
FOUR! Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Seaming away back of a length, down leg side on the back foot Steer, outside edge past third man for 4 runs. These Kiwi openers are really riding their luck this afternoon, things just aren't going Sri Lanka's way at all. Slip has only just been moved to a wide gully, Munro somehow gets it between them as Thisara extracts some extra bounce from the pitch.
9.5
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Thisara Perera to Colin Munro. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Mathews.
9.4
1
Thisara Perera to Martin Guptill. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long off for 1 run, fielded by Lakmal.
9.3
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Thisara Perera to Martin Guptill. Seaming in back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Karunaratne.
9.2
4
FOUR! Thisara Perera to Martin Guptill. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. Wristy brilliance from Guptill, unleashing a short-arm jab to leave the fielder in the deep no chance of cutting it off.
9.1
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Thisara Perera to Martin Guptill. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Karunaratne.
In over# 9
Runs : 9 Bowler: Isuru Udana Wickets : 0
Over 9. Power Play Fielding. 9 runs. Bowler: Isuru Udana. New Zealand: 0-68(rr 7.56)
8.6
.
Isuru Udana to Colin Munro. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Malinga.
8.5
1
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Length ball, to leg on the front foot Slog, inside edge to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
8.4
4
FOUR! Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, top edge in the air uncontrolled past third man for 4 runs. Another slice of luck for Guptill, this time the ball sails off the top edge and safely over the keeper's head. Udana can't believe it.
8.3
4
FOUR! Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, bottom edge past third man for 4 runs. Guptill has a smile because he knows this boundary is more due to luck than skill. Fortune favouring New Zealand in this match.
8.2
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Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Seaming in length ball, to leg on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
8.1
.
Isuru Udana to Martin Guptill. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot pushing, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Perera.
In over# 8
Runs : 9 Bowler: Suranga Lakmal Wickets : 0
Over 8. Power Play Fielding. 9 runs. Bowler: Suranga Lakmal. New Zealand: 0-59(rr 7.38)
7.6
4
FOUR! Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot flick, well timed in the air under control past deep square leg for 4 runs. Some swing on offer for Lakmal but it just drifts onto the left-hander's pads and Munro helps it to the rope with a nonchalant whip. Sri Lanka starting to look very flat, they know defeat is almost certain.
7.5
2
Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. Slower ball half volley, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to deep point for 2 runs, fielded by de Silva.
7.4
1
Suranga Lakmal to Martin Guptill. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to mid off for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
7.3
2
Suranga Lakmal to Martin Guptill. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to deep backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Malinga.
7.2
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Suranga Lakmal to Martin Guptill. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot shoulders arms, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
7.1
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Suranga Lakmal to Martin Guptill. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, for no runs, fielded by Lakmal.
In over# 7
Runs : 10 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 0
Over 7. Power Play Fielding. 10 runs. Bowler: Lasith Malinga. New Zealand: 0-50(rr 7.14)
6.6
2
Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to deep backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Tillakaratna, fielded by Mendis.
6.5
1
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Out-swinging length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Tillakaratna.
6.4
2
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Full toss, to leg on the front foot glancing, to fine leg for 2 runs, fielded by Thirimanne.
6.3
1
Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. In-swinging half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, inside edge to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
6.2
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Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Short, outside off stump ducked Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
6.1
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled past third man for 4 runs. Not entirely convincing but four runs all the same, Munro is starting to go up the gears for the Black Caps .
In over# 6
Runs : 14 Bowler: Suranga Lakmal Wickets : 0
Over 6. Power Play Fielding. 14 runs. Bowler: Suranga Lakmal. New Zealand: 0-40(rr 6.67)
5.6
1
Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging half volley, to leg on the front foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
5.5
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Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Perera.
5.4
6
SIX! Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. Length ball, middle stump down the track driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Wonderful batting, Munro anticipates the length will be fuller this time so charges towards the bowler to get the momentum into the shot. There are short straight boundaries at Cardiff, however this would've been six on most grounds.
5.3
4
FOUR! Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. Short, to leg on the back foot cutting, well timed in the air under control past deep point for 4 runs. Loose delivery and Munro takes the opportunity to crunch it over point. Lakmal went short with his length but served up width as well which left-handers thrive on.
5.2
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Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging half volley, down leg side on the front foot flick, hit pad to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Mendis.
5.1
2
Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, well timed to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, mis-fielded by Thirimanne.
5.1
1
Wide Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging length ball, down leg side on the front foot flick, Play and Miss (Leg Side) to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
In over# 5
Runs : 7 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 0
Over 5. Power Play Fielding. 7 runs. Bowler: Lasith Malinga. New Zealand: 0-26(rr 5.20)
4.6
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep backward square leg for 4 runs. Once again Guptill is quick to latch onto a short ball and he rolls the wrists to get it behind square with immense force. New Zealand cruising.
4.5
1
Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Seaming in length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, inside edge to silly point for 1 run, fielded by de Silva.
4.4
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Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Thirimanne.
4.3
1
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.
4.2
1
Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. In-swinging full toss, down leg side on the front foot glancing, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Tillakaratna.
4.1
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Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. In-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, inside edge to gully for no runs, fielded by de Silva.
In over# 4
Runs : 3 Bowler: Suranga Lakmal Wickets : 0
Over 4. Power Play Fielding. 3 runs. Bowler: Suranga Lakmal. New Zealand: 0-19(rr 4.75)
3.6
.
Suranga Lakmal to Martin Guptill. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
3.5
1
Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. Back of a length, to leg on the back foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
3.4
1
Suranga Lakmal to Martin Guptill. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
3.3
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Suranga Lakmal to Martin Guptill. Out-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, for no runs, fielded by Thirimanne.
3.2
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Suranga Lakmal to Martin Guptill. Out-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, for no runs, fielded by Thirimanne.
3.1
1
APPEAL! Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, hit pad to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Perera, appeal made for L.B.W.
In over# 3
Runs : 3 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 0
Over 3. Power Play Fielding. 3 runs. Bowler: Lasith Malinga. New Zealand: 0-16(rr 5.33)
2.6
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Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Out-swinging length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Perera.
2.5
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Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
2.4
1
Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Off cutter half volley, down leg side on the front foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
2.3
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Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Yorker, off stump on the front foot pushing, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Perera.
2.2
1
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Karunaratne.
2.1
1
Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Short, to leg on the back foot pulling, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Tillakaratna.
In over# 2
Runs : 3 Bowler: Suranga Lakmal Wickets : 0
Over 2. Power Play Fielding. 3 runs. Bowler: Suranga Lakmal. New Zealand: 0-13(rr 6.50)
1.6
1
Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging length ball, down leg side on the front foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Perera.
1.5
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Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Perera.
1.4
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Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot shoulders arms, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
1.3
2
Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. Short, down leg side down the track pulling, to fine leg for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis, fielded by Mendis.
1.2
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Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging back of a length, to leg on the back foot defending, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Thirimanne.
1.1
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NEW BALL. Suranga Lakmal to Colin Munro. In-swinging back of a length, middle stump on the back foot working, hit pad to gully for no runs, fielded by de Silva.
In over# 1
Runs : 10 Bowler: Lasith Malinga Wickets : 0
Over 1. Power Play Fielding. 10 runs. Bowler: Lasith Malinga. New Zealand: 0-10(rr 10.00)
0.6
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep backward square leg for 4 runs. Malinga doesn't have the pace that he used to so Guptill has ample time to rock back and swat this with contempt. He looks like he wants to finish this match in a hurry.
0.5
1
Lasith Malinga to Colin Munro. Yorker, down leg side on the front foot working, to square leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.
0.4
1
Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to mid off for 1 run, shy attempt by Mendis.
0.3
4
FOUR! Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past deep extra cover for 4 runs. Room to free the arms, Guptill stands and admires as the ball rockets over the top. That will settle him down.
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Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Steer, outside edge to second slip for no runs, fielded by Karunaratne. Tantalisingly short of the captain at second slip, almost the perfect start for Sri Lanka.
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NEW BALL. Lasith Malinga to Martin Guptill. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Thirimanne.
-1.0
Start of New Zealand Innings. Net run rate could prove vital in a few weeks time so New Zealand might want to come out all guns blazing in pursuit of this target. There is still a green tinge to the surface though, so something for the Sri Lankan seamers to work with as they seek the early wickets required to cause some nerves.
-1.0
Start of Innings. Net run rate could prove vital in a few weeks time so New Zealand might want to come out all guns blazing in pursuit of this target. There is still a green tinge to the surface though, so something for the Sri Lankan seamers to work with as they seek the early wickets required to cause some nerves.

Lahiru Thirimanne

4 (2)

4(2)

Dimuth Karunaratne

0 (0)

Dimuth Karunaratne

11 (23)

40(47)

Kusal Perera

29 (24)

Dimuth Karunaratne

0 (0)

0(1)

Kusal Mendis

0 (1)

Dimuth Karunaratne

3 (8)

7(21)

Dhananjaya de Silva

4 (13)

Dimuth Karunaratne

5 (8)

5(17)

Angelo Mathews

0 (9)

Dimuth Karunaratne

0 (0)

1(4)

Jeevan Mendis

1 (4)

Dimuth Karunaratne

21 (28)

48(51)

Thisara Perera

27 (23)

Dimuth Karunaratne

2 (3)

2(6)

Isuru Udana

0 (3)

Dimuth Karunaratne

6 (9)

13(22)

Suranga Lakmal

7 (13)

Dimuth Karunaratne

4 (5)

5(7)

Lasith Malinga

1 (2)

Martin Guptill

73 (51)

131(98)

Colin Munro

58 (47)

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Ricky Ponting

The Australian national, the most successful Australian captain of all time in terms of winning world cups for his team. He was also a great batsman who was temperamentally strong and technically sound. He played so many lovely innings for the Australian side especially 197 runs at Perth in the 3rd Test vs Pakistan was one of his finest innings. Pointing also had a great role in making his team champions straight thrice. His skillful, temperamentally strong and calm batting style made him able to fill the all-important 3rd spot in all-time world cup XI.

SIR VIV RICHARD (WI):

Sir Viv Richards

The West Indian national, Viv Richards was a fearless cricketer and an electrifying fielder of his era. He was in the squad of the two-time ICC World Cup Champions West Indies team, and also play some handy innings to make his team across the line. He also voted as the GREAT ODI PLAYER in 2015. His fearless batting style at that time where no one tries to pull the ball, he played shots fearlessly against fast bowlers without wearing a helmet and that made him different and great ODI PLAYER of all time.

KUMAR SANGAKKARA (SRI):

Kumar Sangakara

The Sri Lankan national, a great left-hander batsman and wicketkeeper but as we put Gilchrist as a wicketkeeper in this team, Sanga plays as a middle-order batsman who had a great record of runs in his career. He is also known as Sanga among his fans. He also has a record of most runs by a left-hander. He scored 4 consecutive centuries in world cup 2015. This shows how consistent he is.

IMRAN KHAN (C) (PAK):

IMRAN KHAN

The Pakistan National, the great captain of all time in terms of leading the team and his Fearless captaincy made him different from other captains. Under his captaincy, Pakistan becomes the world champions in 1992. His attitude and his body language leave a sense of fear on the opposition and his plans the way he applied his plans were out of the box. He leads this all-time world cup XI.

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LANCE KLUSENER (SA):

Klusener

The South African national, and very well-known all-rounder who was a left-hand batsman and right-hand bowler. He had a straight forward approach in bowling that “If you can’t hit batsman stumps, hits his head”. His baseball style batting and thunderstorm hitting made him able to grab his position in this team.

WASIM AKRAM (PAK):

WASIM AKRAM

The Pakistan National, the great swing bowler of all time, generally known as Sultan of swing, had so many records in the world cups. He played a lovely hand in the finals of 1992 world cup. He swings the ball with great control and his pace and Yorkers were also up to the mark. Bowlers like him born after centuries. His swing was something like once in a blue moon which is then never seen again.

SHANE WARNE (AUS):

SHANE WARNE

The Australian national, the great leg break bowler of all time, still holding so many records including securing the third spot for highest 5 wicket hauls in international cricket. He was the finest leg break bowler ever seen by the cricketing world. Still, there is no match in his class and his bowling. During his era, he was the most demanding and most impactful bowler.

MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN (SRI):

Murli

The Sri Lankan national, the great spinner of the ball, holding the record of 800 wickets which is still looking unbreakable. His style of delivering a ball was indescribable. He played in the Sri Lankan side for a long time and also play key roles in many of the world cups for his team.

GLENN McGRATH (AUS):

GLENN

The Australian national, and great fast bowler of the Australian side. He is the leading wicket-taker in the history of world cups and improved his bowling in every world cup and end it on by taking record 26 wickets and also announced as the Player of the tournament. During his time, he was the leading wicket-taker fast bowler in test format.

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TOP 5 Batsmen in cricket

ICC TOP 5 ODI BATSMEN

In modern-day Cricket, where batsmen rule the game, each team depends on some of their world class batsmen who are capable of doing something out of the box. Batting is important in today’s cricket as like eating and drinking are important in our lives. Setting up a huge total to chase on, and put the other team under pressure is key to win nowadays. A strong and resilient batting line also helps in chasing huge totals set by other teams. As the world cup is almost here, each and everyone especially the cricket analysts set their hawk eyes on different team combination and the number of lethal bowlers and batsmen each lineup contain. The International Cricket Council (ICC) declares the list of some top rank batsmen on account of their recent performances and the form they carry on from the past. The list of top 5 ICC ranked batsmen are:

RANK PLAYER NAME COUNTRY RATINGS
01 Virat Kohli India 890
02 Rohit Sharma India 839
03 Ross Taylor New Zealand 830
04 Quinton De Kock South Africa 803
05 Francois Du Plessis South Africa 801

VIRAT KOHLI (INDIA):

Virat Kohli, the Indian “Run Machine” also known as chase machine among his fans. Virat made his ODI debut in August 2008 soon after he led his under19 team to become under19 world champions, wearing ODI shirt no 18.  The entire cricketing world considers Virat Kohli as the best batsman of the world right now. His batting average and his consistent performance say it all from his side. He also had twice the man of the tournament awards in ICC T20 world cups (2014 and 2016). Board of Control for Cricket in India also gave him a crucial role of captaincy in this all-important world cup 2019 edition. His ODI batting average is 59.58

ROHIT SHARMA (IND):

Rohit Sharma, an Indian opening batsman who is generally known as Hitman among his fans, made his ODI debut in June 2007, wearing ODI shirt no 45. He struggled a lot in his early career but in 2013 he scored two consecutive centuries against West Indies and after then he plays as an opening batsman for the Indian side and performs consistently. He also scored centuries in all three formats of cricket. He also scored 264 which is the highest individual score by any batsmen. He is also the vice-captain of the Indian side in the limited overs game. His ODI batting average is 47.4

ROSS TAYLOR (NZ):

Ross Taylor, a veteran New Zealander batsman who batted at no. 03 or no. 04 spot as per requirements of his team, generally known by his nickname Rosco, made his ODI debut in March 2006, wearing ODI shirt no 03. He is the most experienced batsman in the New Zealand side and also the leading ODI century maker for New Zealand after scoring his 17th century. He leads his team from the front on so many occasions where his team needs him the most. He always shows hunger towards scoring runs for his side and his this attitude made him a difficult batsman to bowl. His ODI batting average is 48.3

QUINTON DE KOCK (SA):

Quinton De Kock, A South African left handed wicket keeper batsman who is so talented wicketkeeper as well, generally known as de Kock or “Quinny” by his fans, made his ODI debut in January 2013, wearing ODI shirt no 12. He is so talented and confident young guy in the South African batting line up who opens from his side or sometimes play down the order as per the requirement of his team and the situation. He scores 3 consecutive centuries in 3 consecutive innings. He batted fearlessly and play shots all around the ground. His ODI batting average is 45.96

FRANCOIS DU PLESSIS (SA):

Francois Du Plessis, a Veteran South African batsman, generally known as Faf Du Plessis, made his ODI debut in January 2011 wearing ODI shirt no 18. He is also the captain of the South African side. His calm and sometimes aggressive batting disturb any sort of bowling line. He is so electrifying in the field and also brings so much energy in his side by his attitude and through his captaincy. Under his captaincy and the lethal combination, South Africa had from the past few years, this team is among the favorites of World Cup 2019 edition. He is among one of those batsmen who are technically sound and every class bowler feels little hesitate to bowl against him. His ODI batting average is 46.54

In the upcoming mega event of ODI World Cup 2019, all these top ranked batsmen play a key role for their respective sides to lead their teams in the making of history. The game of cricket is totally by chance and if there is the day of any particular player, then this player surely plays a one-man army show for his team. But apart from all these top ranked batsmen, there are also few hidden talents that also have capabilities to perform out of the box for their teams. Now it’s all up to the world cup and let’s see who will perform best and be the part of history-making.

Ball Tampering Cases

TOP 8 Ball Tampering Controversies in Cricket

CONTROVERSIES, CHEATING AND THE CRICKET WORLD

Cricket world, cricket, and the cricketers are always surrounded by controversies. Controversies and cricket go hand in hand. There have always been controversial happenings inside and outside the playing field however this modern-day cricket has come a long way in scrutinizing the causes with some new ICC rules and code of conduct.

Whenever there is a mega-event such as ICC World Cup or any other mega tournament there is always a great chance of controversies popping up due to the competitive nature of the game. This gentlemen game demands a fair play with big hearts and sportsmen spirit which sometimes is found lacking or players overtrying their part to get results for sides no matter what reason controversies are bound to occur.

Recently cricketing world have been largely dealing with controversies like MATCH FIXING, SPOT FIXING, and BALL TAMPERING.

BALL TAMPERING IN CRICKET:

There is a long past history of ball tampering in cricket and sadly such cases came out from some of the biggest names in the game. In good old days, there were no such rules which prevented the tampering with certain things and the coin, the bottle cap and the nails were common tools of players to tamper with the Ball. But with the advent of Reverse swing, everyone wanted to make the ball swing in the air and hence players figured ways to tamper with the ball to get the desired effect.

WHAT IS BALL TAMPERING?

Ball tampering is an unlawful act in the game of cricket in which alteration of the surface of the ball is done by the fielders or the bowler itself to interfere with the aerodynamics of the ball and to aid its movement in the air.

According to the cricket law, fielders and the bowlers are only allowed to shine the ball or to dry the ball with the towel if the ball is wet. If anyone wants to remove dirt from the ball it is done in the supervision of on-field umpires. If the surface of the ball is altered by the fingernail, rubbing on the ground, or by any other sharp object, it will be in the context of ball tampering.

PURPOSE BEHIND THE BALL TAMPERING:

The main and foremost purpose behind the ball tampering is to get the ball to swing or bring to obtain favorable bowling conditions. Normally, players apply saliva to shine the one surface of the ball which helps them to swing the ball with the shine which is legal however in case of ball tampering, players rub the surface of the ball by sharp objects like Nails, spikes, bottle caps, sandpapers which alter the surface of the ball and because of this act ball swings more in the air. Bowlers also get a reverse swing which is gold in the death overs and very difficult for the batsmen to deal with.

BUT WHAT IS REVERSE SWING?

This whole thing works on the principal of Air pressure, as on shiny surface air can flow smoothly whereas on the rough surfaces its flow is not smooth, In case of cricket ball the difference of ball surface condition on either side of the seam can make on side of the ball experience lesser air pressure and thus ball swings that way. Cricket Ball has to be shiny on one side and rough on the other to be able to swing in the air commonly referred to as REVERSE SWING. Which is indeed very difficult to play.

Players usually do tamper the ball whenever there are unfavorable conditions for bowling. Tampered ball swings much which helps bowler to do something better with the ball in such a difficult situation.

HISTORY OF BALL TAMPERING:

Cricket history is full of such incidents where a single individual or a few teammates were involved in ball tampering. Ball tampering causes serious damage to the integrity of this game. Ball tampering not only damaged the image of the game but also some fine careers of great players as they were banned for years or fined from their match fee. In the past, there are so many legendary cricketers who were also involved in such sorts of activities directly or indirectly. Waqar Younus was the first who receive a suspension and fined 50% of his match fees in 2000.

MICHAEL ATHERTON:England

England’s captain Michael Atherton against South Africa in a test match in 1994 at lords was accused of ball tampering. Atherton caught by the cameras when he put his hand in his pocket and then rub something on the ball. Atherton denied that allegation of ball tampering and give a statement that he had dirt in his pocket which he used to dry his hands. This whole infamous episode is termed as “dirt in the pocket”.

WAQAR YOUNIS:

Waqar Younis, a Pakistani legendary fast bowler known for his accuracy, pace and deadly Yorkers was also involved in Ball tampering activity in 2000 where he received a suspension and 50% of his match fees for his role in ball tampering. He was the first player to officially receive a suspension and was fined for ball tampering.

SACHIN TENDULKAR:

Even the Masters can at time flaunter and can be found wanting in this cruel game of cricket. Sachin Tendulkar who is probably the “King of modern-day Cricket” was allegedly involved in one such case. In 2001 against South Africa in a test match, match referee suspended Tendulkar for ball tampering. Tendulkar denied the allegation and said that he only removed a piece of grass which was stuck in the seam and was not involved in tampering of any kind. meanwhile, took notice and later ICC removed all the charges on Tendulkar for ball tampering, though ICC still said that he cleaned the ball without the permission of the umpires which is against the ICC code of conduct and the rules of the game.

RAHUL DRAVID:

In 2004 in Australian tri-series against Zimbabwe Rahul Dravid who was a very established and seasoned cricketer from India was caught by the cameras when he was engaging in questionable activities with the ball used. He apparently rubbed the shiny surface of the ball. Rahul Dravid was fined 50% of his match fee for his wrongdoings.

ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM:

Marcus Trescothick admitted in his autobiography, that he used mint saliva to polish the side of the ball which remain for a long time and gave the ball more swing. This admission came 3 years after the conclusion of the ashes 2005 series in which England beat Australia 2-1.

PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM:

In 2006, Pakistani Team was penalized by the match umpires for tampering with the ball. In this Test match between Pakistan vs England, Pakistan refused and denied that no ball tampering was done by them. As a protest, Pakistan refused to continue to play after tea and did not come out to continue with the Match. Umpires then decided the match in favor of England as per the cricket laws. Darrel Harper was criticized for his decision and the controversy drew deeper when Harper was unable to provide significant proof of any tampering with the ball. He retired from his umpiring career later.

STEVE SMITH, DAVID WARNER and CAMERON BANCROFT

Last year in March 2018, the Australian cricket team was in South Africa, during the third test match of the series when the Australian side was in serious trouble, Steve Smith gave the ball to the Bancroft which was then tampered with the sandpaper, caught by the television cameras. afterward, Cricket Australia had to tackle the matter, which they did with a strict approach, and after accepting their mistake, all three players including Warner and Smith were banned for a year from international and from domestic cricket as well. Bancroft did that act on instructions of both senior player so Cricket Australia minimize his banned and allow him to play domestic cricket in December last year. Steve Smith and David Warner finished their punishment later this March-29th and were free to play international cricket from March 2019 onwards. After this scandal, the Australian coach stepped down from his role and Justin Langer took over the office. In a very emotional presser, Smith apologized to his fans and promised Aussie board and his nation not to repeat this at any cost. The entire scandal is known as “Sandpaper Gate” scandal.

PAKISTAN VS ENGLAND ODI SERIES 2nd ODI AND LIAM PLUNKETT:

LIAM PLUNKETT ALLEGEDLY TAMPERED WITH THE BALL

Pakistan is playing England in their last series before the ICC World Cup, as to finalize their preparation in which 1 T20 and 5 ODI are scheduled. T20 was won by England side quite comfortably while the first ODI was abandoned due to rain. In 2nd ODI England put a massive total on the board of 374 runs. Pakistan in reply started off very well but in the last overs ball started to reverse which grabbed the attention of the match officials.

Cameras caught Liam Plunkett tampering with the ball, He was allegedly rubbing his nails over the white cricket ball to make one side rough enough for reverse swing. The ball condition was very poor in the last overs as it can clearly be seen in the leaked video of the alleged ball tampering.

ICC AND BALL TAMPERING OF LIAM PLUNKETT

This wasn’t the first case of ball tampering from England side none the less, over media pressure ICC took notice but later ICC dropped off all allegations of ball tampering after further investigation into the matter, ICC has given clean chit to Liam Plunkett and so far there has been no objection from the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) over the matter. This ICC decision of dropping off the tampering case related to the richest cricket board “ECB” was not so well received by the cricket fans around the world as many believe that there was certainly something fishy going on as seen in the Plunkett closeup video. Though no action was taken on this ball tampering case it certainly raised some Eyebrows leaving fans wondering about the ICC system of justice.

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