Bengaluru: In a crucial match of the World Cup, New Zealand secured an easy path to the semi-finals by defeating Sri Lanka. According to official sources, in the 41st important match of the Cricket World Cup, New Zealand easily defeated their opponent by five wickets, paving the way for them to reach the semi-finals.
New Zealand completed the target of 172 runs given by Sri Lanka in 23.2 overs, earning 2 points in the process.
After winning the toss, New Zealand had invited Sri Lanka to bat, where the Sri Lankan team played a total of 46.4 overs, scoring 171 runs before losing all their wickets. Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera scored the highest in his innings with 51 runs.
From the New Zealand side, Trent Boult took 3 wickets by giving away 37 runs. In addition, Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner, and Rachin Ravindra took 2 wickets each. Tim Southee managed to take one wicket.
Later, in pursuit of the target of 172 runs, New Zealand played 23.2 overs and secured a total of 5 wickets to win the match. Devon Conway scored 45, Daryl Mitchell scored 43, and Rachin Ravindra contributed 42 runs. Captain Kane Williamson scored 14, and Mark Chapman scored 4 runs. Glenn Phillips scored 17, while Tom Latham remained unbeaten with 2 runs.