On 1 June 2019, New Zealand began their campaign at the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup with a 10-goal victory over Sri Lanka in the opening match of the exhibition event at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
The ICC took care of its official Twitter and told its followers about the finalists of the New Zealand tournament they won today along with a video of their clash against Lanka.
“#OnThisDay last year, the finalists of the New Zealand tournament began their # CWC19 campaign with a 10-goal win over Sri Lanka,” wrote the world cricket organizer.
Enter the ICC video safe to watch invisible match highlights
– ICC (@ICC) June 1, 2020
New Zealand won the draw and was selected to win the first win during their opening 2019 World Cup match.
Sri Lanka lost opener Lahiru Thirimanne cheaply for four times.
While the goal keep falling periodically on one side, captain Dimuth Karunaratne waged a war alone at the other end with an unbeaten run of 52 rounds.
Kusal Perera (24-ball 29) and Thisara Pererra (23-ball 27) were the only other batsmen who managed to donate a few rounds to their team’s innings before Sri Lanka was finally bundled for 136 rounds.
Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson each pocketed three wickets for New Zealand, while Trent Boult, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Colin de Grandhomme each contributed each with a wicket.
In return, Martin Guptill (73) and Colin Munro (58) opener not only destroyed fifty each but also sewed an unbeatable stand from 137 runs to help New Zealand cross the line without losing the goal in just 16.1 overs.
Henry was declared ‘Man of the Match’ because of his impressive bowling numbers, three for 29.
New Zealand continued to advance to the 2019 World Cup finals after defeating India with 18 rounds. However, they slumped to lose at the hands of British first-time winners based on the number of limits printed during the match after the Super Over from the final match also ended in a draw.
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