CARDIFF (Sports Reporter):- New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka in their opening match in ICC World Cup 2019, going on in England. After this superb wining, the New Zealand cricket team starts with big in the mega cricket event.
The ICC world Cup 2019 is carry on in England. The New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka in a easy target.
Yesterday, West Indies also defeat Pakistan in an easy match and Pakistani side could not resist.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected batting in its opening match. This decision could not fruitful and Sri Lanka collapsed to 136 all out in 29.2 overs. The New Zealand fast bowlers Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson taking three wickets each.
Only captain and opener Dimuth Karunaratne resisted againt kiwi bowlers and carried his bat for 52 not out.
The Kiwi Martin Guptill (73 not out) and Colin Munro (58 not out) raced to their target in just 16.1 overs. They also played in aggressive yet composed fashion.
Kane Williamson’s side also impressed in the field in a convincing victory to begin their bid.
The manner of their defeat reinforces expectations that a limited Sri Lanka side will struggle in this tournament. They also now face a tough match against Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka faced an arduous task in the morning on a green pitch. Black Caps seamers bowled with impressive pace and accuracy. The surface also did not offer as much swing and seam movement as expected.
Sri Lanka also clearly was lacking confidence after a poor run in one-day cricket. Many batsmen also failed to move their feet and prodding loosely at testing deliveries. They lost five wickets for just 14 runs at one stage.
Henry took two wickets and ending Kusal Perera’s counter-attacking 29 off 24 balls.