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08-Sep-2009 16:16:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, Compaq Cup, Colombo

Sri Lanka Easy Win Over New Zealand in Compaq Cup

Colombo: Thilan Samaraweera cracked his maiden one-day century as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 97 runs in the opening game of the Compaq Cup.

Despite dominating the early part of the match, the Kiwis got a bit of hiding in the opening ODI. Thilan Samaraweera scored his maiden ton and then Lasith Malinga on co went on a rampage to dismiss the visitors for just 119.

A batting masterpiece and a fast-bowling barrage. It isn't often that a team can combine both of those forces in one night, but Sri Lanka had all of that going for them and more. Lasith Malinga ripped New Zealand's middle order to shreds as the hosts launched the series with a thumping win, bonus point included.

Samaraweera scored 104 and put on 127 for the sixth wicket with Angelo Mathews (51) as Sri Lanka finished with 216 for seven after choosing to bat first.

That total had seemed improbable after fast bowlers Shane Bond and Daryl Tuffey had shared early success with the new ball and reduced the hosts to 69 for five.

In reply the Black Caps could muster just 119, Grant Elliott top scoring with 41.

Samaraweera declared player of the match.

Earlier, Thilan Samaraweera hit a maiden century under pressure to help Sri Lanka post a competitive 216/7 against New Zealand in the tri-series opener on Tuesday.

The hosts were struggling at 69 for 5 after electing to bat on a slow pitch before Samaraweera (104) led the fightback with a vital 127-run stand for the sixth wicket with Angelo Mathews (51).

Middle-order batsman Samaraweera, 32, smashed 10 fours in his 124-ball knock to become the oldest Sri Lankan to score a maiden ODI hundred, while Mathews hit four boundaries in his second half-century.

India are the third team in the competition. Each side will play two league matches before the top two qualify for the final on September 14.

New Zealand pacer Shane Bond marked his return to ODI cricket with an impressive 3/43 performance off 10 overs.

The fast bowler, who played his last ODI in April 2007, denied Sri Lanka a sound start with two wickets in his opening five-over spell in the day-night match.

Bond, who became eligible to play after severing links with the unauthorised Indian Cricket League (ICL), struck in his first over when he had former captain Mahela Jayawardene caught by Ross Taylor in the slips.

Bond then dismissed hard-hitting opener Sanath Jayasuriya (seven) to reduce the hosts to 22-3. He conceded just nine runs in his opening five overs.

Sri Lanka suffered a setback in the opening over when in-form Tillakaratne Dilshan inside-edged a Daryl Tuffey delivery on to his stumps after contributing just four runs.

Tuffey, who also snapped links with the ICL, finished with 1-35 off nine overs in his first ODI in more than two years.

Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori played a key role in drying up runs in middle overs, finishing with 1-31 off eight overs

Brief score:
Sri Lanka: 216 for 7 (Samaraweera 104, Mathews 51, Bond 3-43)
New Zealand: 119 (Elliott 41, Malinga 4-28)
Result: Sri Lanka won by 97 runs
Man of the match: TT Samaraweera (Sri Lanka)
Points: Sri Lanka 5, New Zealand 0 (Sri Lanka get bonus point)

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