Henry Shipley was the star of the show for New Zealand as they thrashed Sri Lanka by 198 runs in Auckland on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Shipley ended up with figures of 5/31 as Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 76 as they were chasing 275 runs.
By India Today Sports Desk: Henry Shipley’s maiden five-wicket haul helped New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka by 198 runs on Saturday, 25th March in the first ODI between both sides at the Eden Park in Auckland.
Shipley got figures of five for 31 as the Sri Lankan innings came to a close at 76 in under 20 overs while chasing a score of 275 for the win.
Sri Lanka had won the toss on the day and decided to put the hosts into bat on Saturday. Finn Allen got the Kiwis to a fine start before they lost Chad Bowes with the score at 36 in 5.2 overs.
Will Young and Daryl Mitchell provided support for Allen as he scored 51 runs before Chamika Karunartane dismissed him. Mitchell was then dismissed for 47 as New Zealand found themselves at 152 for five and in a spot of bother.
Glenn Phillips and Rachin Ravindra then steadied the ship with scores of 39 and 49 respectively, before the Sri Lankan bowlers came back into the contest and bundled out the hosts for 274 runs in 49.3 overs.
Karunaratne was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up four wickets for 43 runs.
The Sri Lankan innings got off to the worst possible start in their chase of 275 with Nuwanidu Fernando getting run out with the score at 13. Pathum Nissanka was the next to go as he became Shipley’s first victim of the day.
The visitors quickly found themselves reduced to 49 for seven with Shipley destroying the middle-order. Blair Tickner and Daryl Mitchell also chipped in with two wickets apiece as the Sri Lankan innings ended at 76 in 19.5 overs.
The second ODI between both sides will now be played on Tuesday, 28th March, at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch with the visitors looking to bounce back quickly.