New Zealand Restricted Sri Lanka on 171 Runs to Fancy Their Chances for Semi-Finals of the ICC World Cup 2023

Great job New Zealand by bowling out Sri Lanka on a very low total of 171 to ensure their place in the knockout of the ICC World Cup 2023. Sri Lanka all out for 171 runs in 46.3 overs. The last wicket partnership between Madushanka and Theekshana was 43 runs which gave their bowlers something to bowl at. New Zealand have a great chance to boost their net run rate and keep Afghanistan and Pakistan out of the equation.

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New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first which was a good decision. Sri Lanka were in trouble right from the word go. Sri Lanka lost their opener in the second over of the match when the total was 3 runs. At one stage, Sri Lanka were 5 for 70 but the last pair added some crucial runs to challenge New Zealand. The top scorer from Sri Lanka was K. Parerra who scored 51 runs. Theekshana also made some crucial runs at the end.

New Zealand bowled really well. All the bowlers chipped in by taking wickets and economical too. The pick of the bowlers was Trent Boult who got 3 wickets in his 10 overs and gave 37 runs. His first spell was phenomenal. He got 3 wickets in his first spell. Ferguson, Santner, Ravindra, and Southee were all among the wickets. An easy chase for New Zealand in this crucial match.

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