How made 58, the second-highest score by a New Zealander on one-day debutSri Lanka struggled to adjust to the pace and bounce of a hard pitch Fleming will return for the second match on Tuesday in Christchurch

QUEENSTOWN (New Zealand): Newcomers Jamie How and Peter Fulton shared a 95-run partnership to guide New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Saturday in the resumption of a limited-overs cricket series interrupted by last year's tsunami.

How and Fulton recorded their first limited-overs half-centuries as New Zealand overhauled Sri Lanka's modest total of 164 with only three wickets down and almost 13 overs to spare.

How, a squat opening bat with a wide repertoire of shots, made 58, the second-highest score by a New Zealander on one-day debut, while Fulton, in his second one-day international, made a fluent unbeaten 70.

Both players brought up their half-centuries with sixes. How's came in 114 minutes, from 83 balls with five fours and a six off Lasith Malinga.

Fulton was also quick, in 77 minutes from 56 balls, with seven boundaries. He also raised his half-century with a six over mid-wicket.

How, 24, opened the New Zealand innings and batted through the dismissals of veterans Lou Vincent (15) and super-sub Nathan Astle (2). Only the absent New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, who scored 90 on debut 12 years ago, has posted a higher score in his first one-day match for New Zealand.

Fleming missed the match after attending the birth of his first child; a girl born in Wellington on Thursday. He will return for the second match of the four-match series on Tuesday in Christchurch.

Fulton, 26, stayed at the crease for six minutes more than two hours, facing 95 balls and striking eight fours and a six. His best shots were his pulls past square-leg and two superbly timed on-drives through the unguarded area around mid-on.

Extraordinary

''When new guys come into the side you want them to succeed but when two new guys go out and win the game for you it's extraordinary,'' said New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori.

Sri Lanka never seemed likely to set New Zealand a demanding target as Oram, Shane Bond and Kyle Mills each took three wickets.

Sri Lanka struggled to adjust to the pace and bounce of a hard pitch in this alpine tourist resort on New Zealand's South Island.

Oram bowled his 10 overs consecutively, capturing the wickets of opener Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene and Chaminda Vaas. Mills, who bowled tidily in two spells, removed dangermen Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu and Russel Arnold. - AP

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