Ryder leads New Zealand run charge against Sri Lanka

JOHANNESBURG - New Zealand started and finished their 50-over innings superbly to make 315-7 against Sri Lanka at sun-baked Wanderers on Sunday in a crucial ICC Champions Trophy match.

By (AFP)

Published: Sun 27 Sep 2009, 6:35 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:49 AM

It was win or bust for the ‘Black Caps’ after a timid five-wicket loss to South Africa three days ago while Sri Lanka were seeking a second Group B win after surprising the host nation before losing to England.

On a run-rich Wanderers track, Sri Lanka must score at a rate of 6.32 runs per over to pass the second highest total in the 2009 edition after their 319 against South Africa in the tournament opener.

Jesse Ryder, the 25-year-old wild boy of the New Zealand squad, shrugged off a hamstring problem to make 74 with the aid of a runner in a 58-ball stand that included 10 fours and one six.

But his departure, edging Nuwan Kulasekara to skipper Kumar Sangakkara, triggered a collapse with New Zealand slipping from 125-1 to 161-5 before Martin Guphill and skipper Daniel Vettori regained the initiative.

Vettori averaged more than a run a ball in his 48 before becoming the third victim of 40-year-old Sunath Jayasuriya, whose slow left-arm deliveries caused the Kiwis most discomfort.

Guptill went on to be the second highest scorer with 66 before being bowled by Lasith Malinga and James Franklin, a replacement for injured Jacob Oram, contributed an unbeaten 28 while Sri Lanka wilted in scorching heat.

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