In a thrilling encounter at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in ICC cricket world cup 2023.
The Kiwi bowlers, spearheaded by Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, showcased their prowess by bundling out Sri Lanka for a modest 171 runs in 46.4 overs. Boult shone with figures of 3/37, while Ferguson chipped in with two crucial wickets. Kusal Perera’s resistance was notable, as he scored 51 runs off 43 balls for the Sri Lankan side.
Winning the toss, New Zealand’s captain, Kane Williamson, opted to bowl first—a decision that paid off immediately with Boult dismissing Pathum Nissanka in the opening over. The Sri Lankan innings continued to crumble, and they were eventually bowled out for 171 runs.
In their chase, New Zealand got off to a strong start, with Devon Conway and Williamson forming a solid 70-run partnership for the opening wicket. Although Conway was dismissed for 53 runs in the 13th over, Williamson continued to anchor the innings before being dismissed for 42 runs in the 19th over.
Daryl Mitchell and Mark Chapman then contributed with a 46-run partnership for the fourth wicket, guiding New Zealand closer to the target. Mitchell’s departure for 36 runs in the 23rd over did little to deter their progress, as Chapman and Glenn Phillips sealed the victory for New Zealand in 23.2 overs.
This triumph propelled New Zealand to the top of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 points table, boasting 12 points from 8 matches and a net run rate of +1.200. In contrast, Sri Lanka found themselves in fifth place with 8 points from 8 matches and a net run rate of +0.050.
The standout performer of the match was Trent Boult, who earned the well-deserved title of Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance.
In summary, New Zealand Beat Sri Lanka by 5 Wickets in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 was a testament to their effective bowling and comfortable chase. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka faces the challenge of improving their batting performance if they aspire to contend for the title in this year’s World Cup