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ICC World Cup 2019: Match 3, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Review – Kiwis sail through smoothly as the Islanders hit new lows

This was only the 12th instance where a side won by 10 wickets in World Cups and it was the third time New Zealand did it. 

Matt Henry
Matt Henry. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Many are touting this World Cup to be the worst ever campaign for the current Sri Lankan setup and they’re off to a start which supports the general opinion. New Zealand absolutely ran through them with bat and ball, kick-starting their quest to go one step further than the 2015 edition in style.

The first few overs of the innings was all about Matt Henry, who was literally unplayable with the new ball. He conceded a boundary off the first ball of the innings and picked up a wicket the very next ball, beginning his quest in style. Trent Boult looked threatening as well but didn’t get any reward for it. There was a small partnership building here between Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne, but that lasted only till the 9th over.

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Henry’s fifth over saw him scalp Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis off consecutive deliveries. Although the 27-year-old fast bowler had a chance to get a hattrick, Dhananjaya de Silva played a beautiful straight drive for a boundary off the hat-trick ball and stopped that from happening. The batting collapse though had continued with a change in bowling.

Lockie Ferguson came into bowl and in his first over, he bowled an absolute peach to dismiss Dhananjaya de Silva. He was ripping the lower middle order apart with his sheer pace and skill whilst the likes of Santner, Neesham and Grandhomme too chipped in with a wicket each.

Karunaratne fought hard, completed a fifty and remained unbeaten till the end, only the second cricketer ever in a World Cup to carry his bat through, but Sri Lanka could only gather 136 runs. Henry and Ferguson picked up three wickets each for the Blackcaps.

Guptill and Munro hammer the Islanders apart

It was just a walk in the park for the Kiwi openers. They went out there, nonchalantly settled in the wicket completed the run-chase with utter disdain. Just the way it happened yesterday between Pakistan and West Indies, one side made batting look ridiculously difficult whilst the other made a mockery of it.

Martin Guptill was at his fluent best, so was Colin Munro. Both these cricketers pack a punch and can go very berserk on their day. They just about batted beautifully enough to ensure they got to their half-centuries in quick time and also kept the scoring rate in excess of 8. Net run-rate was a prize there to take for the Kiwis and they did it brilliantly.

Martin Guptill remained unbeaten on 73 off 51 balls and Colin Munro registered a 47-ball 58, which saw New Zealand win the fixture comfortably by 10 wickets. This was only the 12th instance where a side won by 10 wickets in World Cups and it was the third time New Zealand did it.

Brief Scores

Sri Lanka: 136 all out in 29.2 overs (Dimuth Karunaratne 52*; Matt Henry 3/29, Lockie Ferguson 3/22)

New Zealand: 137/0 in 16.1 overs (Martin Guptill 73*, Colin Munro 58*)

Result: New Zealand won by 10 wickets

Man of the Match: Matt Henry

Points Table:

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