Sri Lanka started their World Cup 2019 campaign with a poor batting display against New Zealand in the third game of the tournament at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The Lankan team got bundled out for a paltry first innings total as the Kiwi bowlers displayed a remarkable collective effort to rattle the opposition. Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was left strangled as the lone warrior of his side as he remained unbeaten till the end with an excellent half-century, but the rest of batters failed to provide him the desired support.
Henry and Ferguson’s splendid spells rattles Sri Lanka
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first as he reckoned that it’s a fresh wicket with a green tinge. Sri Lanka suffered a mighty blow at just the start of the innings, losing the wicket of their opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne in the very first over. The duo comprising of skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera then combined together to stitch a brief partnership before the latter threw his wicket away. Kusal Mendis also got out off the very next delivery for a golden duck.
Kiwi fast bowler Matt Henry delivered a fabulous spell with the new ball to rattle the Sri Lankan top-order. With Perera’s dismissal, the Lankan team suffered a big batting collapse. They lost a total of five wickets for just 14 runs. The trio of Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Colin de Grandhomme bowled very well to leave the Lankans reeling at 60 for 6. Even after losing wickets in clusters, Karunaratne looked pretty solid at the other end.
The Lankan skipper then compiled an impressive 52-run partnership along with Thisara Perera. The all-rounder played the role of aggressor in that partnership contributing with a 23-ball 27 before getting holed out to Trent Boult at the long-on region off a delivery bowled by left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner. Seam bowling all-rounder James Neesham got the better of Isuru Udana in the very next over. However, the Sri Lankan skipper, Karunaratne, kept on battling at the other end, notching up a fine half-century. The fast bowling duo of Boult and Ferguson bowled pretty well to wrap up the Sri Lankan innings for a paltry total of 136 runs in 29.2 overs.
Karunaratne was left strangled at one end carrying his bat towards the pavilion. He remained unbeaten for an 84-ball 52 that included four boundaries. For New Zealand, the pair of Ferguson and Henry finished with three wickets each, while the rest of the bowlers picked up a wicket apiece.
Sri Lanka 136/10 in 29.2 overs (Dimuth Karunaratne-52*; Lockie Ferguson 3/22, Matt Henry 3/29) vs New Zealand.