New Zealand registered a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the 41st match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 on Thursday at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first.
After losing the toss, Sri Lanka were off to a sheaky start, and they lost half of their side for just 70 runs within the first 10 overs. Kusal Perera smashed the fastest fifty of this year’s World Cup, and he scored 51 runs in 28 balls. Maheesh Theekshana scored an unbeaten 38 runs, well supported by Dilshan Madushanka’s 19 runs. Both Madushanka and Theekshana added a valuable 43 runs for the last wicket. Eventually, Sri Lanka bowled out for 171 runs in 46.4 overs. For New Zealand, Trent Boult claimed three wickets.
In reply to that, New Zealand chased down the target successfully and scored 172 runs for a loss of 5 wickets in their 23.2 overs. New Zealand were off to a flying start, and Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra made 86 runs for the first wicket. Devon Conway was the top scorer with 45 runs, and Rachin Ravindra scored 42 runs. Daryl Mitchell contributed 43 runs.