New Zealand were forced to bat deep for the first time against Sri Lanka, reaching 276-8 on the back of stand-in skipper Kane Williamson’s 59 in the third ODI on Thursday.
After easily winning the first two games by seven wickets and then 10 wickets when batting second, for most of the New Zealanders it was their first turn to bat after they won the toss for the first time and made Sri Lanka bowl.
Williamson, deputizing as captain in place of the injured Brendon McCullum, notched his 22nd ODI half-century while Tom Latham was the next highest scorer with 42 at Nelson’s oval.
After 15 overs New Zealand were 87-1, batting at 5.80 an over and eyeing a substantial total.
K. Williamson 59.
N. Pradeep 55/2.