1st ODI: Mahela Jayawardene century lifts Sri Lanka to 218-9 against New Zealand
Mahela Jayawardene cashed in on a fielding howler to score 104 and steer Sri Lanka to 218 for nine against New Zealand in the opening one-day international in Christchurch Sunday.
Christchurch: Mahela Jayawardene cashed in on a fielding howler to score 104 and steer Sri Lanka to 218 for nine against New Zealand in the opening one-day international in Christchurch Sunday.
It was the 18th ODI century for the master batsman who should have been run out by Mitchell McClenaghan on nine.
McClenaghan, New Zealand`s hero with a triple-wicket maiden late in the innings, was the villain early on when he missed the stumps from close range with Jayawardene well short of the crease.
It was a lifeline Sri Lanka needed as Jayawardene alone looked comfortable against the New Zealand attack.
In his first match in New Zealand since retiring from Test cricket last year, Jayawardene`s 104 off 107 balls included 12 fours and one six.
After Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat, New Zealand speedster Adam Milne struck twice early.
He trapped Dimuth Karunaratne in front for five and Kane Williamson snared a sharp chance at backward point to claim the prize wicket of Kumar Sangakkara for four.
Sangakkara, whose departure brought Jayawardene to the crease in the eighth over, never looked at ease with a boundary his sole scoring shot from 15 balls faced.
Tillakaratne Dilshan crafted 19 before he was stumped by Luke Ronchi when he danced down the wicket to Nathan McCullum and was beaten by a well-flighted delivery.
Mathews was run out for 15 by a slick piece of fielding by Brendon McCullum at midwicket and Lahiru Thirimanne put on 73 with Jayawardene before he was caught by Williamson off McClenaghan for 23.
McClenaghan came into his own towards the end when he removed Jeevan Mendis, Jayawardene and Thisara Perera in the space of four balls as Sri Lanka went from 200-5 to 200-8.
McClenaghan finished with four for 36 off his 10 overs.