New Zealand started their World Cup 2019 quest with a dominant 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third match of the tournament at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The Kiwi fast bowling duo comprising of Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry displayed remarkable efforts with the ball to bundle out Sri Lanka for a paltry first innings total. In the second innings, New Zealand opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro played extremely well to help their team register a sensational victory with all 10 wickets in hand. This was the 12th instance in the World Cup history when a team managed a 10-wicket win.
Henry and Ferguson’s impressive work leaves Sri Lanka in a complete mess
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as their opener Lahiru Thirimanne got dismissed in the very first over of the innings. The pair of Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne then led their team to some sort of respite with a brief stand. Kiwi fast bowler Matt Henry delivered a brilliant spell to induce a Sri Lankan batting collapse. They lost a total of five wickets for a mere 14 runs, reeling in a troublesome situation at 60 for 6.
Even after seeing wickets fall in clusters, Lankan skipper Karunaratne kept battling at the other end. He stitched a vital partnership of 52 runs along with Thisara Perera. However, after Perera’s wicket, the Lankan team once again fell off the barrel as 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 remained unbeaten till the end for an 84-ball 52 that included four boundaries, while for New Zealand, Ferguson and Henry bowled very well to pick up three wickets each.
Guptill and Munro combine together to put up a match-winning opening stand
The two New Zealand openers, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro’s combined effort at the top proved to be too much to handle for the Strikers’ bowlers. The duo stitched a magnificent unbeaten opening stand of 137 runs to help the Kiwis pick up an easy victory in just 16.1 overs. Guptill was the top scorer out of the two openers, as he played an excellent inning of 73 runs off 51 balls that included 8 fours and 2 sixes, while his fellow opener contributed with a well-deserved knock of 58 runs off 47 deliveries. The Sri Lankan bowlers were very disappointing in the game as they failed to pick up wickets and help their side in defending the total.
Sri Lanka: 136/10 in 29.2 overs (Dimuth Karunaratne-52*; Lockie Ferguson 3/22, Matt Henry 3/29)
New Zealand: 137/0 in 16.1 overs (Martin Guptill-73*, Colin Munro-58*)
Result: New Zealand won the match by 10 wickets.
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