Record loss for Black Caps

Sri Lanka score 262-6 before bowling New Zealand out for just 73 runs.

    Sri Lanka exposed New Zealand's weaknesses just
    two months ahead of the World Cup [AFP]
    New Zealand had no answer to a great spell of in-swing bowling from 32-year-old Chaminda Vaas.

    He trapped New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming (0), Ross Taylor (0) and Hamish Marshall (3) in successive overs to finish with 3-10 from eight overs.

    "It's rubbish, that's what it was."

    Stephen Fleming,
    New Zealand captain

    Fast bowler Lasith Malinga also turned in a devastating display, taking 3-14 from eight overs while master spinner Muttiah Muralitharan had 2-7 from his 2.3 overs at the tail end of the innings.

    New Zealand's longstanding batting weaknesses were again cruelly exposed with the World Cup only two months away.

    Had it not been for an unbeaten 29 from all-rounder Craig McMillan, New Zealand might even have failed to match their lowest ever one-day total of 64, which they made against Pakistan in Sharjah more than a decade ago.

    Opener Brendon McCullum (17) was the only player apart from McMillan to make double figures.

    "It's rubbish, that's what it was," Stephen Fleming, the New Zealand captain, said. "I would certainly pay credit to some fine bowling by Chaminda at the top who swung the ball but there was some average batting."

    He said the team was "pretty alarmed" by the performance and the team's recent history of failing to score runs in the top and middle of the batting order.

    The final game of the series takes place on Tuesday.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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