Sinclair shines with unbeaten 118

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates,

Mathew Sinclair struck a solid, unbeaten 118 to lift New Zealand to 248 for six in their 50 overs against Sri Lanka in the Sharjah triangular series on Tuesday. Opener Sinclair made his runs from 136 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes, and shared a 141-run stand for the second wicket with Mathew Bell, who weighed in with 66 off 96 balls, with six fours. New Zealand, put in by Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya in the last round-robin game of the tournament, lost Chris Nevin to the first ball of the innings when he edged a straightforward catch to wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana off left-arm paceman Chaminda Vaas. However, Sinclair and Bell batted with authority and determination to repair the early damage.

Sinclair, who hit 60, 117 and nine in the previous three matches, reached his 50 in 58 balls, with four fours, and one six off Vaas, while Bell scored his 50 off 71 balls, hitting five fours.

Their partnership was broken in the 30th over when Bell was stumped by Kaluwitharana off Russel Arnold’s off-spin.