New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI 1983 Article

Read the article of New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI 1983 - Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 3-match one-day international series of the 1st ODI match played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Carisbrook, Dunedin in 02nd March 1983

John Wright's crucial innings before Economical figures from Ewen Chatfield's 10-4-8-1, Lance Cairns' 10-6-10-0 and Richard Hadlee celebrated his return from injury with an inspiring figures of 8-3-9-3 sets up to New Zealand comprehensive 65-run victory over Sri Lanka and take a 1-0 lead in a low-scoring game of the first ODI.

* Star pace bowler Richard Hadlee, whose hamstring injury prevented him playing for New Zealand in the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup finals in Australia bowled three maidens in his in total of eight in last month,

Earlier Sri Lanka won the decided to New Zealand sent to batting, NZ struggled to eight for 183 on a wicket captan Geoff Howarth criticised as unfit one-day cricket of any class.

With Richard Hadlee in top form, Sri Lanka's task was tough enough, the tourists compounded their problems with three disastrous run outs, two of which involved top batsmen Sidath Wettimuny and Ranjan Madugale, proved tragic.

Sri Lanka could manage only 118 for 9 in 50 overs.

New Zealand scored 183-8 in 50 overs with top scorer by John Wright struck 45 off 82-balls including 4-fours & a six.

Lance Cairns hammered a 37 off 33-balls including 5-fours with strike rate of 112.12, Glenn Turner 18 and Jeremy Coney 15.

Sri Lanka best bowler by Vinothen John picked up 3-wickets for 28-runs in 10-overs including four maidens, Rumesh Ratnayake took 3-wickets and one for Ashantha de Mel - Ravi Ratnayeke.

Sri Lanka scored 118-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by debutant Yohan Goonasekera - who scored 23 off consuming 60-balls on his debut ODI match - including a boundary.

Somachandra De Silva scored 18 off consumed 52-balls including 3-fours, Rumesh Ratnayake and Sidath Wettimuny each scored 15-runs.

New Zealand best bowler by Richard Hadlee picked up 3-wickets for 9-runs in 8-overs including three maidens with economy rate of 1.12.

Ewen Chatfield took one-wicket for 8-runs in 10-overs including four maidens with economy rate of 0.80, Lance Cairns conceded 10-runs for 10-overs including six maidens with economy rate of 1.

Geoff Howarth and Jeremy Coney both took one-wickets.

John Wright named Player of the match for his crucial innings of 45 off 82-balls including 4-fours & a six.



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