Trent Boult’s impactful 3-wicket performance led New Zealand to a 5-wicket triumph over Sri Lanka, concluding Sri Lanka’s World Cup journey on a disappointing note.

Opting to bowl first after winning the toss at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on November 9th, New Zealand, led by captain Kane Williamson, dominated Sri Lanka with pacers Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Lockie Ferguson dismantling the top order. Despite Kusal Perera’s brisk start, Sri Lanka faced early setbacks, losing four wickets in the initial 10 overs, reducing them to the last three within the first 20.

However, Mahesh Theekshana’s resilient performance, supported by the tail, prolonged their innings beyond the 40th over, eventually reaching a total of 171 runs. The final partnership between Theekshana and Madushanka, producing 43 runs in 87 balls, stood as Sri Lanka’s highest in the match.

Responding to Sri Lanka’s 171-run target, New Zealand’s opening duo, Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra, laid a solid foundation with an impressive 86-run partnership in just 12.2 overs. Both Conway and Ravindra made substantial contributions, entering the 40s before their dismissals, easing the pressure off the run chase. Daryl Mitchell accelerated the innings, scoring briskly, while Glenn Phillips provided the finishing touch, wrapping up the victory in a little over 23 overs.

Despite mathematical chances for Pakistan, it is virtually New Zealand securing the fourth spot for the semifinals.

Last Updated on November 9, 2023

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