New Zealand made a flying start to their World Cup campaign after beating Sri Lanka by a convincing 10 wickets in Cardiff on Saturday. Riding on Matt Henry’s pace and swing and Lockie Ferguson’s splendid bowling performance, the Black Caps managed to bundle out Sri Lanka on just 136 in 29.2 overs. In response, the opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro took control and produced match-winning knocks to complete the chase in just 16.1 overs. The openers remained unbeaten on 74 and 58 respectively.
Looking at the all-round display produced by the Black Caps, many former cricketers and experts applauded them for their impeccable performance. They also highlighted the point that out off all the contests so far many have been one-sided. Here are some of the best reactions:
Sri Lanka will be, should be, very disappointed with this display. So who is going to lift them from here?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1 June 2019
— R P Singh ????? ?????? ???? (@rpsingh) 1 June 2019
New Zealand not putting a foot wrong today , SL not just up to the mark today.
So three one- sided matches to begin the tournament. Need some close matches #NZvSL
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 1 June 2019
After bowling Sri Lanka out for 136, the Kiwis cantered to victory with 34 overs to spare with @martyguptill (73* from 51) and @manuz05 (58* from 47) seeing the @blackcaps home #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/cmgTLRM6zy
— ICC (@ICC) 1 June 2019
VICTORY! Martin Guptill (74*) and Colin Munro (58*) complete the job for the team without losing a wicket, superb effort!
CARD | https://t.co/v0ZonaJtee #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/JWNs2fIRwt
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 1 June 2019
Two back to back low scoring matches in Cricket World Cup 2019. Is it about a green-top wicket or the World Cup pressure? What’s your take? #CWC19
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) 1 June 2019
“It was good to get a green surface and we tried to make the most of it. We don’t get many one day wickets like that, but it’s nice when you get one. It is just important you go through your processes and try a few things, not try and worry too much as it is a long tournament. On a surface like that we were trying the full length and get them forward, with them trying to hit us off our length. You make sure you keep coming in with your plans and hope that the plans would work. Makes a massive difference when the fielders do their job; they were brilliant today and it means a lot for our bowling attack. I really enjoyed my time at Kent last year, we had a lot of success with the white and the red ball. Always nice to come back here,” Henry said during the post-match presentation ceremony. He was picked as the Man of the Match for his figures of 29/3 in seven overs.
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