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Champions Trophy: Kiwis struggle to beat Sri Lankans by 1 wicket in low-scoring match

Cardiff, June 9: New Zealand recorded their first win in the Champions Trophy here in Britain, narrowly edging Sri Lanka out by a wicket in a low scoring Group A encounter at the Sophia Gardens
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IANS June 09, 2013 23:23 IST
Cardiff, June 9: New Zealand recorded their first win in the Champions Trophy here in Britain, narrowly edging Sri Lanka out by a wicket in a low scoring Group A encounter at the Sophia Gardens here Sunday.



Sri Lanka, electing to bat on a pitch where India had posted scores of above 300 three consecutive times, could manage a paltry 138 in 37.5 overs.

Mitchell McClenaghan was the pick of the bowlers taking four wickets while Kyle Mills and Nathan McCullum chipped in with two each.

In reply, New Zealand stuttered their way to 140 for nine in 36.3 overs with Nathan McCullum top scoring with 32.

Earlier, Sri Lanka made the worse possible opening to their innings, losing Kusal Perera on the very first ball.

Tillakaratane Dilshan smacked three boundaries in no time and it seemed that Sri Lanka were on their way, but that all changed when the opener was castled by McClenaghan on 20.

Former captain Kumar Sangakkara (68) played a lone hand as wickets tumbled around him. Mahela Jayawardene (4), Dinesh Chandimal (0), Angelo Mathews (9) and Lahiru Thirimanne (9) all failed to get into double figures.
 
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