Cardiff was the venue in the opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 where a record 636 runs were scored in 100 overs at the loss of 17 wickets and in the same venue 3 days later only 277 runs scored in 74.2 overs at the loss of 19 wickets in the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. It was purely a bowlers' match where pace was dominant. New Zealand won the match by just 1 wicket in the chase of 138 runs set by Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka didn't had a good start as their young opener Kusal Perera was dismissed off the first ball. Sangakkara built the innings well but there was no support from the other end. Mitchell McClenaghan was the pick of the bowlers with 4/43 and Sri Lanka were dismissed on 138 with Sangakkara scoring 68. A similar beginning for New Zealand's innings. Wickets fell at regular intervals and no one stayed for a long time. A good partnership of McCullum brothers was broke by Lasith Malinga who finished with 4/34 but couldn't take the final wicket. Therefore New Zealand won the match by 1 wicket and 81 balls to spare.
Statistical Highlights of the Match
# New Zealand and Sri Lanka were playing their 79th match together in ODIs.
# Sophia Gardens, Cardiff hosted its 12th ODI, 3 were washed out.
# Sri Lanka were playing their first match at Cardiff and 39th in England. New Zealand were playing their 3rd
at the venue and 48th in England
# New Zealand and Sri Lanka had met 3 times in Champions Trophy earlier to this match with Sri Lanka winning 2 of them.
Sri Lanka Inning
# Kusal Perera was dismissed off the first ball of the match. He is the 3rd batsman to be dismissed on the first ball of the match after Sanath Jayasuriya vs India in 2002 final and Shane Watson vs West Indies in 2009.
# Kusal Perera registered his first Duck in ODI career, also his first score below 10.
# Tillakaratne Dilshan averages only 10.33 in 11 innings in England, which is his worst in any official Cricket Nation.
# Kumar Sangakkara completed 500 runs in ICC Champions Trophy. He is the 3rd Sri Lankan after Mahela Jayawardene (578) and Sanath Jayasuriya (536).
# Kumar Sangakkara (68 off 87 balls) scored his 75th Half century in ODI career. He is only the 6th batsman to score 75 or more half centuries and first Sri Lankan player.
# Kumar Sangakkara scored his 4th half century in ICC Champions Trophy which equals Sri Lankan record along with Mahela Jayawardene.
# Kumar Sangakkara completed 50 fours in ICC Champions Trophy but he has not yet hit a Six in the tournament. He is the second batsman after Damien Martyn (63 Fours) to hit 50 or more Fours in the tournament without a Six.
# Daniel Vettori dismissed Mahela Jayawardene 5th in his ODI career.
# Dinesh Chandimal scored his 7th Duck in ODI career.
# Kyle Mills took his 24th wicket in the ICC Champions Trophy which equals the record for most wickets in ICC Champions Trophy with Muttiah Muralitharan. Muralitharan played 17 matches while Mills did it in 13 matches.
# Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara completed their 1000 ODI runs against New Zealand. Only other Sri Lankan to achieve this is Sanatha Jayasuriya (1519 runs in 47 matches).
# Mitchell McClenaghan (4/43) took his 3rd 4-wicket haul in 8 matches of ODI career. This is his second best bowling figures after 4/20 vs SA at Paarl in 2013.
# Mitchell McClenaghan's figures of 4/43 are the best figures by any bowler against Sri Lanka in ICC Champions Trophy eclipsing Abdul Razzaq's 4/50 at Jaipur in 2006 edition.
# Daniel Vettori took his 275th wicket for New Zealand with his dismissal of Mahela Jayawardene. He is the leading wicket taker for New Zealand in ODIs followed by Kyle Mills with 218 wickets.
# Sri Lanka's 138 all out is their second lowest total in ICC Champions Trophy behind 132 vs SA at Dhaka in 2008.
New Zealand Inning
# Luke Ronchi has not impressed with his batting for New Zealand in the 4 innings he played. His scores are 0(2), 2(9), 22(17) and 7(11).
# Ross Taylor scored his 7th Duck in ODI Career and 4th against Sri Lanka.
# Lasith Malinga took his 7th 4-wicket haul in ODIs. He has 4 5-wicket hauls and 1 6-wicket haul too.
# Lasith Malinga's 4/34 are the 4th best bowling figures for Sri Lanka in ICC Champions Trophy.
# Lasith Malinga's 4/34 are the 4th best bowling figures against New Zealand in ICC Champions Tophy.
# New Zealand's innings consisted of 5 LBW's which is a record in ICC Champions Trophy. Though it is the 20th time a team had 5 or more LBW dismissals.
# New Zealand won the match by 1 wicket. This is the narrowest or smallest victory in ICC Champions Trophy while chasing. No team earlier to this match had won a match by 1 wicket.
# New Zealand won by 1 wicket against Sri Lanka in ODIs second time. In 2006 at Queenstown they won by 1 wicket chasing a total of 224 on the last ball of the match.
# This is the lowest total which New Zealand chased with 9 wickets down. And the third lowest total for any team in ODIs.
# New Zealand's victory by 1 wickets is the 50th instance a team has won by 1 wicket.
# West Indies have won most matches by 1 wicket, 9. New Zealand are second on the list with 7 such victories.
# New Zealand won their 2nd game against Sri Lanka in ICC Champions Trophy.
# This was New Zealand's 12th victory in ICC Champions Trophy in 19 matches. Only West Indies with 13 wins are ahead them while they equal with Australia who also has 12 wins.
# This was Sri Lanka's 8th loss in ICC Champions Trophy in 21 matches. Only Pakistan, West Indies and
Zimbabwe with 9 losses are ahead of them.
New Zealand play their next match against Australia on June 12.
Sri Lanka play their next match against England on June 13.
Thats all from the statistical highlights of this match. Hope you liked it.