Martin Guptill became a top run scorer in one-day general cricket this year as he guided New Zealand to a extensive seven-wicket feat over Sri Lanka in a initial diversion of their 5 compare array on Saturday.
Guptill, who scored 237 not out in a World Cup quarter-final opposite West Indies in Mar and was a top run-scorer during a tournament, was discharged for 79 within steer of a 189 indispensable for feat during Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Ross Taylor was on 5 with debutant Henry Nicholls attack a winning runs to pierce to 23 as New Zealand raced to 191 for 3 in 21 overs.
Captain Brendon McCullum scored 55 from 25 balls in an 108-run opening partnership with Guptill, who changed to 1,366 runs from 30 matches in 2015.
Compatriot Kane Williamson, who has a knee damage and missed a match, has scored 1,317 runs this year, with South Africa’s AB de Villiers third on 1,193.
While Guptill and McCullum done light work of a run chase, feat had been set adult in Sri Lanka’s innings when opening bowlers Adam Milne and Matt Henry reduced a visitors to 27-5 inside a initial 10 overs with a latter holding 4 wickets.
“I suspicion a wicket was superb so for us to take 5 for 30 adult front was a truly superb bowling performance,” McCullum pronounced in a televised interview.
“I theory that was a winning of a game.”
Both Henry and Milne, who started in place of a complacent unchanging new-ball span of Trent Boult and Tim Southee, were consistently faster than 140 km per hour in their opening spells with a burning Milne surpassing 150 kph on several deliveries.
The span also constructed a trained line and length on a representation that Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews described as “a belter” when he won a toss and inaugurated to bat.
“It was good to have Adam bowling good during a other finish and formulating pressure,” pronounced Henry, who finished with 4-49.
“We are flattering gratified with a approach things went and as a bowling organisation we were sincerely happy.”
Milinda Siriwardana (66), who was forsaken during low midwicket by Nicholls on 10, and Nuwan Kulasekara (58), however, total for a 98-run seventh-wicket partnership to give Sri Lanka some credibility.
“We only had to bat and put runs on a house to put vigour on a Kiwis though unfortunately we kept losing wickets in a initial 10 overs (and) that was unequivocally tough going,” pronounced Mathews. “They only bowled good and we couldn’t hoop it.”
The second compare is during a same venue on Monday.