28 Sep 2009

Black Caps still alive in Sth Africa

8:30 am on 28 September 2009

The New Zealand cricketers are still alive at the Chamopions Trophy one day tournament in South Africa after a deserving win in their second group match against Sri Lanka.

After losing the toss, they ran up an impressive 315 for 7, then dismissed Sri Lanka for 277 to win by 38 runs.

The foundation for New Zealand's big total was an opening partnership of 125 and a strong finish. Despite suffering a leg injury which might rule him out of the Black Caps final group match tomorrow night, Jesse Ryder made 74, Brendon McCullum 46, Martin Guptil 66 and Daniel Vettori 48.

Mahela Jawayardene was Sri Lanka's top scorer with 77, and the New Zealand bowlers shared the wickets - Kyle Mills took three, and Daniel Vettori, Darryl Tuffey and James Franklin each took two. But Shane Bond's nine overs cost 82 runs.

New Zealand's hopes of making the semi-finals depend on trheir final group match against England tomorrow night.