New Zealand have almost made their semi-final qualification look clear on the cards with a 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka. They have also crushed Pakistan’s hopes of qualification for the semi-finals of the tournament as Pakistan will now need to beat England by a massive margin of 287 runs to surpass New Zealand and qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.
Speaking of the action of the match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson won the flip of the coin and asked Sri Lanka to bat first in the overcast conditions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Batting first, the Sri Lankan batting completely collapsed against New Zealand bowlers as they lost 9 wickets just on the score of 128 runs in 32.1 overs. But somehow, the 10th wicket partnership of 43 runs between Maheesh Theekshana and Dushmantha Chameera helped them to post a total of 171 runs in 46.4 overs, losing all the wickets.
It was opener Kusal Perera who played a blistering half-century, scoring 51 runs off just 28 balls, with 9 fours and 2 sixes with the willow. Other than him, it was only number 9 batter Maheesh Theekshana who kept struggling and played a knock of 38 runs, with 3 fours.
Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra gear up Kiwi run-chase
The star pacer Trent Boult scalped three wickets for New Zealand, alongside two wickets each picked by Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner, and Rachin Ravindra. Apart from these, the veteran pacer Tim Southee also bagged one scalp.
While chasing the target, the Blackcaps got a brilliant start with an 86-run opening partnership between Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra. Conway and Ravindra scored 45 and 42 runs, respectively. However, New Zealand lost a few wickets in the middle in quick successions but the 43-run knock played by Daryl Mitchell helped them to chase down the target in 23.2 overs, scoring 172 runs for the loss of 5 wickets and winning the match by 5 wickets.
Here's how fans reacted to New Zealand’s win against Sri Lanka:
NZ wins finally and most probable candidate to qualify for SF .#NZvsSL— A❣️ (@FlatLinesIndeed) November 9, 2023
Team qualified for semi finals— Kuldeep Singh (@Kuldeep70127674) November 9, 2023
1 - India
2- South Africa
4 - Newzealand#NZvsSL
Sri Lanka Cricket break Babar Azam semis hope😅— Ashutosh Srivastava 🇮🇳 (@sri_ashutosh08) November 9, 2023
Rain break Sara Pakistanis hope
Kiwis break Qudrat Ka Nizam
Irfan Pathan sir🙏
Ind vs NZ Semi final
Pakis need to beat England by 287 runs.#NZvsSL #PAKvsENG#Hafeez #Semifinal #PakistanCricketTeam#BabarAzam #QudratKaNizam pic.twitter.com/CqFHizCsEU