The 27th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 sees New Zealand take on Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. New Zealand is currently sitting at the top of the Group1 table. They beat Australia comprehensively by 89 runs in their first game, while their second match was washed out due to rain.
The openers went berserk against Australia. Finn Allen gave the team a great start, scoring 42 runs in 16 balls, including 5 fours and 3 sixes. Once he got out, Conway switched gears and produced another stellar knock with his willow. His unbeaten 92 off just 58 balls helped the team notch a mammoth score of 200 runs in the first innings.
Williamson spent some time at the crease as he made 23 off 23. The fans would be hoping that he regains his touch and come back into form. New Zealand later bundled out Australia for just 111 runs in the second innings.
Tim Southee produced a sensational spell of swing bowling as he conceded just 6 runs in 2.1 overs and picked the wickets of Warner, Marsh, and Pat Cummins. Mitchell Santner was brilliant in the middle overs as he picked 3 for 31 in 4 overs.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, is sitting at third with 1 win in 2 matches. Sri Lanka won their first game in the Super 12 against Ireland but couldn’t replicate a similar result against Australia. They would have won against Australia as well but a heroic knock from Marcus Stoinis took the game away from them.
Hasaranga had one of the most forgettable outings with the ball as he was plundered for 53 runs in just 3 overs. However, his overall form is quite good and you expect him to return stronger. Theekshana has been a star bowler for them and he too would look to continue his good form.
Asalanka showed great signs of coming back to form as he played a solid knock of 38 runs in 25 balls. The southpaw could be promoted up the order in the next match.
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka squad
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka ©, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
New Zealand: Kane Williamson ©, Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Mark Chapman, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson
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