Bengaluru: In a crucial World Cup clash, Sri Lanka faced a setback as they were dismissed for a modest 171 in their final game against New Zealand. The Black Caps delivered a stellar bowling performance, particularly highlighted by Trent Boult’s impressive figures of 3/37 in 10 overs and Mitchell Santner’s 2/22 in the post-powerplay overs.
Despite a valiant effort from Kusal Perera, who scored a quick 51 off 28 balls, the Kiwi bowlers proved challenging.
The last-wicket partnership between Maheesh Theekshana (39*) and Dilshan Madushanka (19) added crucial runs, pushing the team past the 170-run mark.
Opting to bowl after winning the toss, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson made a strategic decision in their must-win encounter.
In a bid to strengthen their pace attack, they brought in the fit-again pacer Lockie Ferguson, replacing spinner Ish Sodhi. The Kiwis, currently engaged in a three-way battle with Afghanistan and Pakistan for the last semifinal spot, demonstrated determination in the field.
For Sri Lanka, the bowling change saw Chamika Karunaratne stepping in for Kasun Rajitha. As the World Cup drama unfolds, the competition intensifies, with New Zealand striving to secure their spot in the semifinals.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka: 171 in 46.4 overs (Kusal Perera 51; Trent Boult 3/37, Mitchell Santner 2/22) vs New Zealand.