Guptill, Williamson find form in high-scoring warm-up

Former Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan believes Asian countries will have to play out of their skins to win the Champions Trophy, beginning Thursday in England and Wales.

His innings of 116 off 76 won't go into the record books as it was an unofficial match, but his big hitting was still something to behold as New Zealand chased down Sri Lanka's total of 356-8 with six wickets and nearly 23 balls to spare on Wednesday morning (NZ time) in Birmingham. Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh, who make up the company in Group A, handed Eoin Morgan's side such resounding defeats at the World Cup in 2015 that there was no alternative but to start again from scratch. This was one the biggest totals in Edgbaston but New Zealand's chase got the flawless launch with opener Martin Guptill scoring a 76-ball 116 before retiring. Barring Mitchell Santner, Corey Anderson and Tim Southee, all the bowlers remained expensive as Sri Lanka piled up a mammoth 356 for 7 in 50 overs. Chandimal and Mendis notched up fifties before late flourish came from Kusal Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna. Tharanga was breathtaking during his 110 with 13 fours and 3 sixes.

Latham fell for 49-ball 44 but Williamson and Guptill led the onslaught with fearless striking.

Guptill was severe on the Sri Lanka bowlers, smashing 10 fours and fives sixes to get into form ahead of the Champions Trophy.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson plays a shot against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. The duo retired out to give more chance to other batsmen.

However, for Sri Lanka, it was their consecutive defeat in their second warm-up game prior to the Champions Trophy.

  • Leroy Wright