July 12, 2024
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SL vs NZ World Cup 2023 highlights: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by five wickets to boost semi-final hopes

SL vs NZ World Cup 2023 highlights: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by five wickets to boost semi-final hopes

 

SL vs NZ World Cup 2023 highlights: New Zealand bounced back from four consecutive losses at the World Cup and virtually sealed their spot in the last four with a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.

New Zealand’s openers Devon Conway (45) and Rachin Ravindra (42) gave them a flying start in their chase of 172 and Daryl Mitchell (43) took them close before they achieved the target in 23.2 overs.

New Zealand moved to 10 points and fourth place in the table and are likely to join India, South Africa and Australia in the semi-finals. Pakistan will have to thrash England by a huge margin to overtake New Zealand on net run rate. SL vs NZ World Cup 2023 highlights.

Earlier, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 171 after a quick-fire half-century by Kusal Perera (51) and a late resistance by Maheesh Theekshana (38 not out).

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson opted to bowl first after winning the toss and his decision was vindicated by Trent Boult (3-37) and Tim Southee (1-52), who reduced Sri Lanka to 32-3 in the first five overs.

Perera, who was dropped on nought by Tom Latham in the second over, smashed a 22-ball fifty but lost another partner when Boult trapped Charith Asalanka lbw to put more pressure on the 1996 champions.

Lockie Ferguson (2-35), who returned from injury, dismissed the dangerous Perera in his second over as Sri Lanka slumped to 70-5 and never recovered. Mitchell Santner (2-22) and Ravindra (2-21) also chipped in with two wickets each.

Santner kept Sri Lanka in check during a crucial phase of the innings and got rid of Angelo Mathews (16) and Dhananjaya de Silva (19) before Theekshana and Dilshan Madushanka (19) added 43 runs for the last wicket to take Sri Lanka to 171 in the 47th over.


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World Cup Points Table after SL vs NZ World Cup 2023 highlights.

World Cup Points Table after SL vs NZ World Cup 2023 highlights.
World Cup 2023 Points Table after SL vs NZ Match

 

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