Brendon McCullum set the tone early, dismissing talks about the pitch favouring the team bowling first with a flurry of boundaries. Martin Guptill gave him good support and the Lankans were blown away by the tenth over of the match. Sri Lankans clawed their way back into the contest. Kane Williamson, lucky to get away from the opposition fielders dropping a couple of catches, along with Ross Taylor rebuilt the innings to stitch a solid partnership.
All the Kiwi bowlers were spot on and the lengths they maintained had a champion team’s look. Trent Boult was immaculate and dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne off a peach. It was an important wicket as the southpaw had brought up his fifty and was looking good for more. Kumar Sangakkara overtook Ricky Ponting to become the second highest run scorer in One-Day International (ODI) history but misread a full toss to be caught leg before. More wickets fell as Daniel Vettori continued to impress on his return. The former New Zealand captain was spot on and got a couple of important wickets and frustrated the Lankan batsmen. More wickets fell through Adam Milne’s ferocious pace. New Zealand register comprehensive 99 run win against Sri Lanka