News Desk :
New Zealand dominated Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the series, thanks to the impressive bowling of right-arm pacer Henry Shipley. He took five wickets for just 31 runs, contributing significantly to Sri Lanka’s loss by a massive margin of 198 runs. Sri Lanka was bowled out for a mere 76 runs while chasing New Zealand’s total of 274 runs.
New Zealand’s triumph in the match helped them secure a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Sri Lanka’s chances of qualifying for the next World Cup have become more challenging after this defeat.