McCullum shows form to lead NZ to victory over Sri Lanka

McCullum shows form to lead NZ to victory over Sri Lanka

McCullum shows form to lead NZ to victory over Sri Lanka

Written by Tharushan Fernando

26 Dec, 2015 | 5:56 pm

Brendon McCullum launched his farewell tour in rollicking form with a whirlwind 55 to set up New Zealand’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their opening one-day international in Christchurch.

Mathews said when he won the toss he wanted to bat to get first use of a pitch that “looks like a belter”.

But the wickets started falling early with a 98-run stand by Milinda Siriwardana and Nuwan Kulasekara for the seventh wicket their one partnership of note.

Sri Lanka were eventually all out for 188 in 47 overs on a wicket that promised runs galore, and New Zealand knocked off the target with ease.

New Zealand were set a modest 189 target after Matt Henry destroyed the cream of the Sri Lankan top order in a brief spell of 16 balls when he took four wickets for two runs.

In a 25-ball stay at the crease, Brenadan McCullum smacked 11 fours and one six to have Sri Lanka on the ropes before he departed with New Zealand only needing a further 81 runs in 40 overs.

Martin Guptill posted his 26th half-century on his way to 79 off 56 deliveries while debutant Henry Nicholls was not out on 23 when the innings ended at the end of the 20th over.

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