Sri Lanka-New Zealand ODI series averages

New Zealand biggest defeat in ODIs

Sri Lanka thrashed New Zealand by 189 runs in the fourth match of the ODI series at Eden Park, Auckland. It was New Zealand’s biggest loss in terms of runs in their ODI history. The previous worst loss was against India by 174 runs at Hyderabad in November 1999. For readers interest the accompanying table lists New Zealand’s defeats by 100 runs by or more in ODI’s.

New Zealand, Sri Lanka decider abandoned

Sanath Jayasuriya became the most capped player in the history of limited-overs cricket on Tuesday although the fifth One Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was abandoned because of rain.

The 37-year-old Sri Lankan opener was credited with his 375th ODI appearance despite the abandonment, moving clear of India’s Sachin Tendulkar with whom he was previously tied.

In other news on a seemingly uneventful day at Hamilton, New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden was also deemed to have officiated in his 100th ODI, becoming only the eighth umpire in cricketing history to do so.

Sri Lanka beat Black Caps by 189 runs

New Zealand crashed to their worst ever one-day loss on Saturday in a humiliating 189-run defeat conjured by some magic from Sri Lankan veterans Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas.

New Zealand could only muster 73 runs — their second lowest ever one-day total — in what skipper Stephen Fleming conceded was a “rubbish” performance in chasing the tourists’ solid 262-6.

A whirlwind 70 off 44 balls by 37-year-old opener Jayasuriya provided the fireworks in the Sri Lankan innings.

Another important contribution came from the side’s most consistent batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who held the Sri Lankan innings together with 79 from 103 balls after it threatened to go off the rails with the fall of three quick wickets.

New Zealand struggle to beat Sri Lanka in one-dayer

New Zealand had to work hard Tuesday to reach a paltry target of 110 for victory against Sri Lanka and take the lead in their One-day International (ODI) series.

The third match in the series at Jade Stadium was shortened to 46 overs and New Zealand’s victory target was reduced to 110 from 113 under the complicated rules used for rain-interrupted matches.

The home side appeared set to saunter to victory after Sri Lanka were dismissed cheaply for 112 off 35.2 overs. But by the 15th over, New Zealand had tumbled to 70-6 and the result was in the balance.

Fleming returns to New Zealand team

New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming is set for a return to the team for the fourth match of the One-day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Fleming was rested for the first three games of the five match series, which New Zealand leads 2-1.

He takes the place of Nathan Astle who is being rested for the fourth match in Auckland as part of coach John Bracewell’s rotation policy aimed at having a wider pool of match-fit players for the World Cup starting in March.

Batsman Craig McMillan also returns to the squad, the team management said in a statement on Wednesday.

Fleming returns to New Zealand one day squad

Stephen Fleming will return to captain New Zealand in the next one-day international against Sri Lanka, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday.Fleming missed the first three games in the series as part of a rotational policy designed to help preparations for the World Cup in March.

Veteran batsman Craig McMillan and spinner Jeetan Patel also return, with Nathan Astle and James Marshall dropped.

“With the continued use of Brendon McCullum at the top of the order, it is now necessary to introduce a player who can provide a powerful finish to the innings and we are looking to Craig to provide that,” New Zealand coach John Bracewell said.

New Zealand score thrilling last ball victory over Sri Lanka

New Zealand snatched a nail-biting last ball victory over Sri Lanka on Sunday after tail-end batsman James Franklin guided the hosts back from the brink of disaster in their One-day International (ODI) here on Sunday.

The Queenstown crowd erupted in celebration as number 11 batsman Michael Mason found the boundary with a lofted drive off the last ball of the match.

Mason had been unable to score from any of the preceding five balls of the final over from spinner Sanath Jayasuriya.

Sri Lanka-New Zealand Test series averages

Astle cleared as Kiwis, Sri Lanka launch World Cup campaigns

An erratic New Zealand side received a welcome boost on the eve of the first One-day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka here on Thursday (today) with veteran Nathan Astle cleared to play.

Astle was in doubt amid fears his hand was broken when hit by a Marvan Atapattu throw during Tuesday’s Twenty20 match, where the 216-match veteran played a key role in New Zealand’s five-wicket victory.

But after x-rays confirmed Astle was only bruised, he was confirmed to open the batting with Brendon McCullum as New Zealand and Sri Lanka launch their World Cup build-ups in earnest.