New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI: Guptill scores 138 as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in high-scoring affair

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Martin Guptill celebrates after scoring his 14th ODI century

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Opening batsman Martin Guptill smashed a spectacular 138 as New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 45 runs in the first ODI in Mount Maunganui.

Electing to bat first, New Zealand lost opener Colin Munro early on as he was caught by Lakshan Sandakan at point off the bowling of Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga for 13.

Guptill and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson made up for the loss of Munro with a 163-run partnership, during which both batsmen sailed past their half-centuries.

Williamson ended up making 76, which came off 74 balls and included six boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Nuwan Pradeep.

Guptill and Ross Taylor kept the runs flowing with an 88-run partnership, during which Guptill surpassed his hundred, before he was caught by Sandakan at point off the bowling of Thisara Perera for 138, which came off 139 deliveries and included 11 boundaries and five sixes.

Taylor went on to score a 37-ball 54, which included six boundaries and two sixes, before he was dismissed by Thisara.

Henry Nicholls and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert fell shortly after, but James Neesham ensured New Zealand finished on a high as he walloped a 13-ball 47, which included six sixes.

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James Neesham excelled with both the bat and ball

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Thanks to Neesham’s blitz, which saw him hammer five sixes off the bowling of Thisara in the penultimate over, New Zealand finished on 371/7.

Malinga, Pradeep and Thisara picked up two wickets apiece.

Chasing 372 to win, Sri Lanka got off to an exceptional start as openers Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka amassed a 119-run partnership, during which Dickwella brought up his fifty, before Gunathilaka was caught behind off the bowling of Neesham for 43.

Dickwella went on to score 76, which came off 50 balls and included eight boundaries and three sixes, before he was cleaned up by Neesham.

Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis steadied things with a 52-run partnership before Mendis was caught behind off the bowling of Ish Sodhi for 18.

Dinesh Chandimal fell shortly after for 10, but Kusal and Asela Gunaratne added 56 runs to the score before Gunaratne was caught by Lockie Ferguson at deep midwicket off the bowling of Sodhi for 11.

Thisara was the next to go for four runs, while Kusal ended up making an 86-ball 102, which included 13 boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult.

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Kusal Perera’s fourth ODI hundred went in vain

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Once Kusal was gone, Sri Lanka began to collapse and were eventually bowled out for 326.

Neesham was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Boult, Ferguson and Sodhi took two wickets apiece. As for Matt Henry, he claimed one.

Guptill was named Man of the Match.

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