Highlights, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI in Mount Maunganui, Full cricket score: Hosts win by 45 runs

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FirstCricket Staff, Jan 03, 2019 06:31:01 IST

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs

371/7
Overs
50.0
R/R
7.42
Fours
27
Sixes
14
Extras
11
326/10
Overs
49.0
R/R
6.65
Fours
27
Sixes
7
Extras
23

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Preview: New Zealand coach Gary Stead has had little time in charge of the side but his focus will be firmly on this year’s World Cup in England and Wales when their one-day series against Sri Lanka begins on Thursday.

Stead took over last year as coach from Mike Hesson, who surprisingly quit less than 12 months out from the May 30-July 14 World Cup.

The 46-year-old has selected a mostly-settled squad for the three-match series starting at Mt. Maunganui, with three or four players vying to force their way into World Cup contention.

With Colin de Grandhomme rested and Mitchell Santner still working his way back from knee surgery, all-rounders Jimmy Neesham and Doug Bracewell have both been recalled after more than a year out of the side. Attack-minded wicketkeeper Tim Seifert will also make his one-day debut.

File image of Kane Williamson. Reuters

File image of Kane Williamson. Reuters

“It’s really now looking ahead to the World Cup, being clear on the game plans we want to use and making sure the roles we want to get people in that we’re playing to those roles as well,” Stead said.

“We’re still looking at some places within our team. We want to see more of the all-rounders, we’re looking at Tim Seifert as a back-up keeping option as well.

“It’s definitely a trial period still.”

While the focus might be on the players, Stead added that against Sri Lanka they would also test their tactics and game plans for the global tournament.

England, the world’s top-ranked ODI side, credit New Zealand for the way they revolutionised ODI batting under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum at the 2015 World Cup.

Eoin Morgan’s side have built on that, regularly scoring in excess of 300 in home matches. In the 42 ODIs played in England since the last World Cup, the hosts have posted 20 totals in excess of 300, with three more than 400.

“They’re (the Sri Lanka matches) about tweaking, looking at the style of play and how we want to play and looking at the options who fit those roles as well,” Stead added.

“The biggest thing for me is looking at the style of play, game plan, and looking ahead to the World Cup, where we know it’s likely to be 300-plus scores.

“I want to make sure we get our heads around that as well.”

The first two games will be played at Mt. Maunganui before the sides move to Nelson for the final match on 8 January. Sri Lanka’s tour ends with a Twenty20 game in Auckland on 11 January.

Squads:

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tim Seifert(w), James Neesham, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga(c), Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama

With inputs from Reuters

Updated Date: Jan 03, 2019 14:53:40 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254