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The bails are removed by Blair Tickner in the first ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Blair Ticker loosened the bails, but the umpire ruled Chamika Karunaratne not out because the bails didn’t flash.

An odd incident occurred on Saturday during the first one-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. New Zealand cruised to a convincing victory in their encounter at Eden Park in Auckland, but not before an umpire’s questionable call. Chamika Karunaratne, batting for Sri Lanka, attempted a double off Blair Tickner’s delivery on the fourth ball of the 18th over. Karunaratne, realizing he couldn’t go for a second run, tried to return to the non-end, striker’s but he was out of time.

Despite Ticker’s best efforts, the umpire ruled Karunaratne not out when he loosened the bails but they failed to flash.

The batteries in the bails turned out to be the cause of their inability to glow.

Henry Shipley ripped through the Sri Lankan batting order on Saturday as New Zealand romped to a 198-run victory in Auckland.

At Eden Park, the visitors’ worst ODI score against New Zealand and their fifth-lowest ever was 76, which was skittled by towering seamer Shipley, playing in just his fourth match for the Black Caps. The 19.5 overs it took Sri Lanka to fold was the second-shortest innings in their history. After falling behind 31-5, the visitors never recovered. Just three hitters scored in the double digits for the visitors, with Angelo Mathews scoring the most (18).

Just two months have passed since Sri Lanka’s humiliating 73-run defeat at the hands of India in Thiruvananthapuram.

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