The New Zealand cricket team defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their first match of the ICC World Cup-2019 played on Saturday (June 1) at the Sophia Gardens Ground.
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka with both bat and ball performance. On the bowling front, the Kiwi team all-out Sri Lanka at 136 runs in just 29.2 overs and with this extremely easy target has been achieved without losing wickets in 16.1 overs to win the third match of World Cup.
New Zealand, after winning the toss on the basis of their bowlers’ excellent performance under the leadership of Matt Henry, shuffled Sri Lanka on 136.
For New Zealand, Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten 73 and Colin Munro scored an unbeaten 58. Guptill faced 51 balls and hit eight fours and two sixes, while Munro hit six fours and a six in 47 balls. Earlier, Sri Lanka’s team could face 29.2 overs. On his part, captain Dimuth Karunaratne top scored with 52 not out, while Kusal Perera made 29 and Thisara Perera contributed 27 runs. Henry and Lockie Ferguson took three-three wickets from New Zealand side.
The opening pair of Martin Guptill and Kylie Munro’s Kiwi team did not allow the Sri Lankan bowlers to take a single wicket.
Sri Lanka Fell Like Cards Pyramid
The start of Sri Lanka was not good and lost the first wicket on the second ball of the first over. The pair of Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne got off to start the innings for Sri Lanka. But Matt Henry sent Thirimanne to the pavilion by the lbw on the second ball of the innings.
After that, Kusal Perera, who came in to bat, went back to the pavilion with a 24-ball 29. He became the second victim of Matt Henry. Then, on the very next ball, Henry sent Kushal Mendis back to the pavilion. He could not even open his account. After this Sri Lanka crossed the fifty-run mark in 8.3 overs.
Dhananjaya de Silva, who came to the help of captain Karunaratne after falling three wickets early, started the innings with the four but he could not stay on the pitch for too long. In the 12th over, Lockie Ferguson sent him back to the pavilion by LBW.
Dhananjaya de Silva scored 4 runs in 13 balls. The team’s most experienced player and former captain Angelo Mathews, who came for batting after De Silva, returned to the pavilion without opening the account after playing 9 balls. After this, Jeevan Mendis was dismissed by James Neesham in the next over. He could only make 1 run.