Cardiff, June 2: New Zealand completed a crushing 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka and Martin Guptill was full praise for his team that made the most of conditions here.
“I think the beauty about our guys is they can exploit those conditions quite regularly,” Guptill said. “We put the ball in the right areas enough today to get the rewards up front. I think [winning the toss] worked in our favor a wee bit.Even if we had been put in this morning, I think we still would've played with the positive intent that we had this afternoon. It may not have come off, but we still would've gone out there and tried to play as positively as possible.”
Having bowled Sri Lanka out for 136, the lowest ever ODI total on this ground, New Zealand chased it down in a hurry - They ended up winning with more than 200 balls to spare. When asked if this approach was about setting down a marker for the tournament or improving the team’s net run rate, Guptill said both were important.
“It’s always nice to have a healthy run rate at the start of a tournament. Once we had them seven, eight down it was, try and knock them over as quick as possible and then knock the runs off as quick as possible as well. We’ve got a
healthy run rate at the moment, so hopefully we can take it through the rest of the tournament,” he said.
Starting with such an emphatic win will have given the New Zealanders a real boost, especially as they have a tricky run-in at the end of the tournament where they face arch-rivals Australia and tournament favourites England in their last two group matches.New Zealand’s next match sees them take on Bangladesh at the Oval in London on June 5. (UNI)