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New Zealand wins toss, bats in first

New Zealand wins toss, bats in first

New Zealand's stand-in captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat in the first of five limited-overs cricket internationals against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Vettori took over the captaincy from Stephen Fleming, who was rested under the team's policy of player rotation.
"I think Napier is generally a pretty good wicket and today it looks pretty flat," Vettori said. "There could be a touch in it but it looks a good batting wicket."
Wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum and veteran Nathan Astle were likely to open the batting for a new look New Zealand team which includes twins James and Hamish Marshall, Peter Fulton and Ross Taylor.
Fast bowlers Mark Gillespie and Michael Mason both passed late fitness tests to be included in the starting lineup.
Sri Lanka named an experienced side in which Sanath Jayasuriya and Chamara Silva were likely to share the bowling duties with Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando and Muttiah Muralitharan.
"We probably would have had a bat as well," said captain Mahela Jayawardene.
"I looked at wicket yesterday and this morning and it looks to be good
"But if we can put some pressure on early and can take some early wickets it might be interesting."
Lineups:
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum, Nathan Astle, Ross Taylor, James Marshall, Peter Fulton, Hamish Marshall, Andre Adams, James Franklin, Mark Gillespie, Michael Mason.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene, captain, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, Tullakaratne Dilshan, Dilhara Fernado, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas.
Umpires: Steve Davis, Australia, Tony Hill, New Zealand.
TV umpire: Evan Watkin, New Zealand. Match referee: Javagal Srinath, India.


Updated : 2021-07-28 11:00 GMT+08:00