New Zealand post challenging 288 against India
DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka: Ross Taylor smashed a robust 95 and Scott Styris cracked 89 under pressure as New Zealand posted a challenging 288 against India in the triangular one-day series on Tuesday.
New Zealand were struggling at 28-3 after winning the toss in the day-night match before skipper Taylor and all-rounder Styris propped up the innings with a record 190-run stand for the fourth wicket.
The partnership was New Zealand's best for the fourth wicket in one-day internationals, the previous highest being 168 between Lee Germon and Chris Harris against Australia in the 1996 World Cup quarter-final at Chennai.
Taylor looked set to complete his fourth one-day hundred when he was trapped leg-before by left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra, who was the most successful bowler with 4-47.
The New Zealand captain hit one six and eight fours in his 113-ball knock.
India paceman Praveen Kumar did the early damage when he had opener Martin Guptill caught behind for 11 and then bowled debutant Kane Williamson for no score in his lively opening spell.
Nehra was the other wicket-taker in the initial overs, having opener Peter Ingram caught behind for 12.
India then had to wait for more than 31 overs to get another wicket as Taylor and Styris applied themselves remarkably well on a slow pitch to boost the innings.
Styris was bowled by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha immediately after hoisting the bowler for a straight six. He also completed 4,000 one-day runs during his 95-ball knock.
Sri Lanka are the third team in the tournament. Each side will play the other twice in the preliminary league before the top two qualify for the final on August 28.