New Zealand outclassed Sri Lanka in a one-sided match by 65 runs and registered two important points in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia.
Sydney: New Zealand outclassed Sri Lanka in a one-sided match by 65 runs and registered two important points in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia. New Zealand dominated the entire game, leaving their opponent behind in every aspect of the game. Another thumping victory for the Kiwis, who have almost ensured their semi-final berth.
New Zealand looks like the most confident, united, and clinical side in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia. The Blackcaps outclassed their arch-rivals Australia by 89 runs in their opening encounter. This victory really boosted the morale of the Kiwis.
In today’s crucial match against Asian champion Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground, the Kiwis won the toss and opted to bat first. The Sri Lankan bowlers bowled with tremendous line and length. At one stage, New Zealand was tattering at 15 for 3, including the wicket of skipper Kane Williamson.
Despite the mini collapse, the New Zealand batters kept cool and played sensible cricket. Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell did the rescue act. Their 84-run partnership swung the pendulum of the match in favour of New Zealand. Phillips was severe on the Lankan attack and scored a well-compiled hundred, making 104 in 64 balls. His century helped the Blackcaps score a competitive total of 167 for seven.
Surpassing 168 runs was not a cakewalk for the Sri Lankan batters against the disciplined New Zealand bowling and well-supported fielding. Without a fight, the Sri Lankan batters led their arms. All the Kiwi bowlers bowled on a remarkable line and length and never allowed the Lankan batters to score runs easily. They had to struggle for every run.
Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers. He took four wickets and conceded just 13 runs in his four overs. What an effort!
Glenn Phillips was rightly declared player of the match for his heroic knock, which helped his team to win the match without sweating on the field.