New Zealand vs Sri Lanka : NZ beat SL by 5 wickets, inch closer for semis against India

New Zealand Dominates Sri Lanka in World Cup 2023, Eyes Semifinal Spot
With 160 balls left in the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 in Bengaluru, New Zealand crushed Sri Lanka by 5 wickets.

As the New Zealand batted second, Devon Conway (45) and Rachin Ravindra (42) of New Zealand provided the ideal beginning that was required. Daryl Mitchell (43) provided the ideal acceleration for New Zealand after the openers were out, and Glenn Phillips made sure the team won in just 23.2 overs.

Angelo Mathews claimed two wickets for Sri Lanka, while Maheesh Theekshana and Dushmantha Chameera each claimed one wicket.
The Black Caps have advanced to the semi-finals with 10 points in 9 games and a net runrate of (+)0.743 after this victory. They currently occupy the fourth spot, and everything hinges on Pakistan’s performance on November 11 against England.

Pakistan wouldn’t simply need to rule this game, but they would moreover need to predominantly win it.
Expecting New Zealand comes to the Semi-Finals, it will play India at Mumbai’s Wankhede on November 15.If Pakistan makes it, it will play India at Eden Nurseries on November 16.

New Zealand Bowlers Shine in ICC Men’s World Cup 2023

The last-ball players in the Sri Lankan lineup held their ground well and helped the team reach a manageable total before the team was all out for 171 runs earlier.

Sri Lanka kept losing wickets because the team failed to form any partnerships. While Lockie Ferguson continued to dominate and use his pace to disrupt Sri Lankan batting, Mitchell Santner demonstrated the power of spin to secure two vital wickets.

Half of Sri Lanka’s batting order was in the dugout after Trent Boult claimed three wickets in the first ten overs, with Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson taking one wicket apiece. With just 21 balls, Kusal Perera struck the fastest half-century in the history of the ICC World Cup 2023. He played brilliantly. The new batters on the field are Dhananjaya de Silva and Angelo Mathews.