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World Cup 2019: ‘New Zealand did not put a foot wrong today’

After securing a convincing 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka, several former cricketers and experts applauded a confident New Zealand side for their impeccable performance.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 1, 2019 9:21:17 pm
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in Cardiff. (AP Photo)

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:

“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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