New Zealand handed Sri Lanka a pasting in the ODI series opener at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday, March 25. The hosts posted 274/10 after being inserted. Finn Allen was the top scorer with 49-ball 51 while Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell fell short of fifties. In reply, Sri Lanka were shot out for 76 in just 19.5 overs. Henry Shipley starred with the ball, returning a maiden five-wicket haul.
An astonishing moment transpired during the 18th over of Sri Lanka’s innings, as Chamika Karunaratne hit Blair Tickner towards the mid-wicket region and attempted a double. Since the second run was too risky to go for, Karunaratne tried returning to the non-striker’s end but he couldn’t make his ground in time. Tickner dislodged the stumps but the Zing Bails didn’t light up due to a technical fault and Karunaratne was adjudged not out by the umpire. Later on, it was revealed that the bails didn’t light up owing to an exhausted battery.
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) March 25, 2023