"The two at the top played beautifully. It was a good all-round performance". In the morning it was seaming and swinging. "We need to think about the game".
Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bowl on a pitch so green that it was indistinguishable from the outfield, and he was rewarded when Matt Henry trapped opener Lahiru Thirimanne lbw in the first over.
Matt Henry removed Lahiru Thirimanne (4), Kusal Perera (29) and Kusal Mendis (0) to reduce Sri Lanka to 46-3 inside the opening powerplay before Lockie Ferguson pouched an impressive 3-22 to decimate the batting line-up.
Opener Karunaratne, who has taken over the captaincy after a four-year ODI exile, made an unbeaten 52.
Lockie Ferguson looked at his unsafe best, mixing rapid pace and astute angles to trap Dhananjaya De Silva lbw and have Jeevan Mendis caught in the gully, while his contrasting partner in crime also had success, as Colin de Grandhomme found the conditions to his liking to wobble one into the edge of Angelo Mathews.
Karunaratne and Thisara Perera shared a 52-run partnership for the seventh wicket off 51 balls, combining after Sri Lanka slumped to 60-6.
Henry first picked Perera before forcing next batsman Kusal Mendis to knick one to the slip on the very next delivery.
Jeevan Mendis (1) was dismissed by Ferguson as he was caught ay gully by James Neesham.