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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 December 2005, 06:07 GMT
NZ ease to victory over Sri Lanka
One-day international, Queenstown: New Zealand 166-3 (37.2 overs) bt Sri Lanka 164 (47.2 overs) by seven wickets

Peter Fulton batting against Sri Lanka
When two new guys go and win the game for you, that's extremely pleasing
NZ captain Daniel Vettori
Newcomers Peter Fulton and Jamie How shared a stand of 95 as New Zealand cruised to victory over Sri Lanka in their one-day game in Queenstown.

Fulton hit an unbeaten 70 off 79 balls and How made 58 as the Kiwis reached 166-3 with 12.4 overs to spare to win by seven wickets.

The tourists were reduced to 41-4 in the first 15 overs of their innings and could only muster 164 all out.

Seamers Kyle Mills, Shane Bond and Jacob Oram each claimed three wickets.

The match was a continuation of a series begun a year ago but cut short when the Sri Lanka squad returned home following the Asian tsunami disaster.

They went into the game looking for a confidence boost following a disappointing tour of India, where they were beaten 6-1 in the one-dayers.

But they were unable to capitalise on the absence of New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming, who had returned to Wellington for the birth of his first child.

Deputy Daniel Vettori opted to put Sri Lanka in after winning the toss and his seamers soon swept away the top order.

Sanath Jayasuriya (12) slashed a ball from Mills straight to point and Upul Tharanga (17) followed in the next over when Oram found the edge and keeper Brendon McCullum made no mistake.

Farveez Maharoof is bowled
Farveez Maharoof's off stump was uprooted by Chris Cairns

Fulton's slip catch gave Bond his first success as Kumar Sangakkara departed for a duck and Mahela Jayawardene fell to Oram for a single.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Marvan Atapattu stopped the rot by putting on 64 for the fifth wicket, but Atapattu was caught by How off Mills for 33 with the total on 105.

Dilshan's 54-ball innings, which included a six off Chris Cairns, came to an end when he was caught off Bond for 42 and although Russel Arnold (26) and Farveez Maharoof (18) made useful contributions, they were eventually bowled out in the 48th over.

Bond had the best figures of 3-29 from 8.2 overs, with Mills and Oram both taking 3-31 from a full complement of 10.

The Kiwis made a flying start to their reply as Lou Vincent and How put on 32 in six overs before left-armer Chaminda Vaas had Vincent caught behind for 15.

Nathan Astle, dropped from the squad and then recalled in place of Fleming, scratched around for 15 balls for two before he was adjudged lbw to spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

But Fulton's arrival in the middle for his second innings in a limited overs international, and his first for over a year, resulted in the game quickly becoming a one-way contest.

He brought up a 55-ball half century by hooking Lasith Malinga for six and although How was bowled by Jayasuriya with the total on 136, it only took Fulton and Hamish Marshall (16) another six overs to wrap things up.

New Zealand: Lou Vincent, Jamie How, Peter Fulton, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Chris Cairns, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Shane Bond, Nathan Astle*

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Farveez Maharoof*


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