Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka by 10 wickets


Cardiff:  New Zealand hammered Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their World Cup opener here in England on Saturday.

The Black Caps chased the victory target of 137 in just 16. 1 overs. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro scored unbeaten half-centuries.

Guptill (73*) and Munro (58*) had little trouble in smashing the Sri Lankan bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Earlier put to bat first, Sri Lanka were all out in just 29.2 overs scoring 136 runs.

Dimukh Karunarante scored unbeaten 52 runs in 84 balls, while Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera made 29 and 27 respectively. Rest of the Sri Lankan batsmen couldn’t even reach the double digit score.

For New Zealand, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson took three wickets each, while Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, SheahanNeesham and Mitchell Santer shared one wicket each.

Henry received Player of the Match award for his 3 wickets for 29 runs.

New Zealand, runners-up in the 2015 edition, will next face Bangladesh on June 5 in London, while Sri Lanka will meet Afghanistan in Cardiff on June 4.

In the other match today,  Afghanistan have set a target of 208 runs for defending champion Australia at Bristol. Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat.

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