Thatscricket - News - Astle, Parore help Kiwis post 236

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 18:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: A little gem of an innings by Parore at the death helped New Zealand post 236 for eight in 50 overs at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday in the fourth match of the Coca Cola triangular series, featuring India as the third team.New Zealands innings of 236 had three contributors Nathan Astle struck a valuable 54 in the beginning, Craig McMillan held the middle with a useful 38 and Parore finished it off with an explosive 37 coming of only 25 deliveries.Unlike their previous two innings the New Zealanders built their innings making sure they did not lose wickets in a bunch. What laid the platform for New Zealand was an excellent opening partnership of 70 in 13 overs. That apart, although later on, the Black Caps lost wickets whenever they tried to up the pace of the innings, they made sure they rebuilt the innings whenever a big wicket fell and they did this right up to the 43rd over. As a result, in the last seven overs, they could afford to let go as they had wickets in hand.For the Sri Lankans the spinners did the bulk of the damage with Dharmesena picking up three and Arnold two. Murali bowled a tight spell picking up one for 31, while skipper Jayasuriya picked up one. Having conceded 236, the Sri Lankan batsmen will have to come good if they are to register their third successive win.

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