In today’s match between NZ vs SL, New Zealand thrashed Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in the 41st match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 to secure their spot in the semi-finals. Trent Boult was the star of the show with 3 wickets, while Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra chipped in with half-centuries.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first, and they made a perfect start to the match as Boult dismissed Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva in quick succession. Sri Lanka struggled to recover from this early setback, and they were bowled out for 171 in 46 overs.
New Zealand chased down the target with ease, reaching 172/5 in 23.4 overs. Devon Conway (45) and Daryl Mitchell (43) put on a 80-run opening partnership to set the foundation for the chase, and Rachin Ravindra (42) finished off the match with a flourish.
NZ Vs SL Match Summary:
This win was a big boost for New Zealand’s semi-final hopes. They now have 10 points from 8 matches and are placed fourth on the points table. With two more matches to play, they are in a strong position to qualify for the semi-finals.
Player of the match: Trent Boult
Boult’s 3-wicket haul was crucial in New Zealand’s victory over Sri Lanka. He dismissed two of Sri Lanka’s top batsmen in the early stages of the innings, which set the tone for the rest of the match.
New Zealand’s batting performance was also impressive, with Conway, Mitchell, and Ravindra all contributing with half-centuries. This was a complete performance from New Zealand, and they will be looking to continue their winning momentum in the remaining matches of the tournament.
ICC Cricket WORLD CUP 2023 Point Table:
Who won the match?
New Zealand won the match by 5 wickets.
Who was the man of the match?
Trent Boult was named the man of the match for his 3-wicket haul.
How many points does New Zealand have now?
New Zealand have 10 points after this win and are placed fourth on the points table.
Is New Zealand through to the semi-finals?
Yes, New Zealand have secured their spot in the semi-finals with this win.