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Published on 28 Dec 2015 | 10 months ago

Groans greeted Angelo Mathew's decision to bat first at Hagley Oval on Monday, and the crowd's dismay was justified as another one-sided ODI between the Black Caps and Sri Lanka unfolded in Christchurch.

The Sri Lankan captain's bold call after his side's inept seven-wicket defeat on the same wicket on Boxing Day ultimately left the Black Caps with an even easier equation to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

After routing Sri Lanka for 117 in 27.4 overs, the Black Caps rocketed to a 10-wicket triumph before the innings break.

Martin Guptill slammed eight sixes overall and nine boundaries.
Martin Guptill slammed eight sixes overall and nine boundaries.

Martin Guptill at least lifted the mood with a Brendon McCullum-esque assault that enabled the opener to claim the skipper's New Zealand record for the fastest half century in the 50-over format.

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Matt Henry led a three-man pace attack as New Zealand bowled first in second ODI.
Matt Henry led a three-man pace attack as New Zealand bowled first in second ODI.

As McCullum watched from the stand after treatment for an aggravated back injury, Guptill obliterated the Sri Lankan attack with a knock even the retirement-bound master blaster would struggle to match.

Guptill beat McCullum's 18-ball fifty against England at this year's World Cup when pushing a sedate single - a shot selection incongruous with his game plan.

He then accelerated from 50 to 76 within leg spinner Jeffrey Vandersay's maiden over in ODIs- a chastening experience than included a trio of sixes, two boundaries and - inexplicably - a dot ball.

Guptill was unbeaten on 93 from a mere 30 balls when New Zealand reached their victory target in just 8.2 overs, a touch over three hours after Mathews called correctly.

He slammed eight sixes overall and nine boundaries to inflict even more psychological damage ahead of game three at Nelson's Saxton Oval on New Year's Eve.

McCullum's absence from the run spree after he dived into an advertising hoarding midway through the ninth over was the only anxiety for New Zealand - not that his power hitting was missed by 6000 spectators.

Sri Lanka's interim coach Jerome Jayaratne issued a public apology after the Black Caps blitzed to victory on Boxing Day with 29 overs in reserve - another is due this afternoon..

The only positive for the Sri Lankans, who received ironic applause when making three figures, came 13 runs later when they eclipsed their lowest ever score against the Black Caps - the meager 112 at Lancaster Park seven years ago.


Despite fast bowler Adam Milne being rested as a precaution after reporting a sore heel, the legacy of an injury that flared during the World Cup in February, the Black Caps bowling was even more impressive as Matt Henry claimed consecutive four-wicket hauls.

Henry, who fortunately for Sri Lanka leaves the squad for provincial duty on Tuesday, backed up his 4-49 in game one with 4-33 from 9.4 overs; Mitchell McClenaghan took 3-32 as Sri Lanka again struggled on a wicket conducive to strokeplay.

Right armer Henry, who had Sri Lanka on the ropes on Boxing Day with 4-26 in his opening spell, triggered another ignominious slide in the fourth over when indecision from Tillakaratne Dilshan produced the inevitable early breakthrough.

The hard-hitting veteran checked his charge and attempted to pull out of an aggressive shot but a short ball ricocheted off a glove to Ross Taylor at first slip.

Lahiru Thirimanne's poor introduction to the tour continued when he uppercutted Mitchell McClenaghan down Henry's throat at third man after only managing a single for the second successive game.

While he was mortified at the ease of his dismissal, opener Danushka Gunathilaka justifiably stood transfixed after an aerial - and typically understated - Mitchell Santner took a two-handed screamer at cover to reduce Sri Lanka to 31-3 in the eighth over.

Dinesh Chandimal and Mathews, who made a golden duck on Boxing Day, were then tasked with solidifying the innings but the duo barely coaxed the score past 50 before they were alongside each other in the pavilion.

Chandimal was trapped leg before wicket by Doug Bracewell and Mathews fell to a legside flick after appearing reasonably set on 17 from 22.

Sri Lanka's hopes then rested on Milinda Siriwardana, who top-scored in the first game, but he initiated another tumble of wickets on 81 when he clipped McClenaghan to Henry Nicholls at point.

Chamara Kapugedera was then stranded by partner Nuwan Kulasekera after a dreadful mix-up and sharp fielding by Martin Guptill and Nicholls; Henry duly opened his new spell by skittling Sachithra Senanayake for a duck to leave the Sri Lankans in tatters at 81-8 inside the 20th.

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