NZ beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Newcomers Jamie How and Peter Fulton shared a 95-run partnership to guide New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Saturday.

NZ beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

Queenstown:

Newcomers Jamie How and Peter Fulton shared a 95-run partnership to guide New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Saturday in the resumption of a limited-overs cricket series interrupted by last year's tsunami. How and Fulton recorded their first limited-overs half-centuries as New Zealand overhauled Sri Lanka's modest total of 164 with only three wickets down and almost 13 overs to spare, scoring 166-3. How, a squat opening bat with a wide repertoire of shots, made 58, the second-highest score by a New Zealander on one-day debut, while Fulton, in his second one-day international, made a fluent, unbeaten 70. Scoring half-centuries Both players brought up their half-centuries with sixes. How's half-century came in 114 minutes, from 83 balls with five fours and a six off Lasith Malinga. Fulton was also quick, in 77 minutes from 56 balls, with seven boundaries. He also raised his half-century with a six over mid-wicket. How opened the New Zealand innings and batted through the dismissals of veterans Lou Vincent (15) and super-sub Nathan Astle (2). Only the absent New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, who scored 90 on debut 12 years ago, has posted a higher score in his first one-day match for New Zealand. (AP)

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