New Zealand beat Sri Lanka: Here are the records broken
New Zealand thrashed sorry Sri Lanka in match number three of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Saturday. Kane Williamson-led side bowled beautifully at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff to dismiss Lanka out for 136. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was the lone warrior. The Kiwis then chased down the paltry target without losing a wicket. Here are the records broken.
Karunaratne scripts some notable feats
Lankan skipper Karunaratne scored an unbeaten knock of 52. He became the second player after Ridley Jacobs (49* vs Australia, Manchester, 1999) to carry the bat in a World Cup ODI. He also became the sixth batsman to carry the bat in both Tests and ODIs. Karunaratne slammed his third career ODI fifty and a second successive one as well.
Some notable individual feats registered
Thisara Perera (27) surpassed the 300-run mark in ODIs this year (307). Interestingly, he is now Lanka's highest run-getter in ODIs this year. Perera went past Kusal Mendis (306). Matt Henry (3/29) now has 81 career ODI wickets for the Kiwis. He equalled former NZ cricketer James Franklin. Lockie Ferguson (3/22) raced to 49 career ODI scalps and is one short of 50.
Boult goes past Bond with this feat
Trent Boult (1/44) got off the mark in 2019 World Cup. The left-arm fast bowler now has 148 career ODI wickets. He surpassed former Kiwi star Shane Bond in terms of wickets taken (147). Boult has taken 23 World Cup wickets in total.
Guptill surpasses Sehwag as New Zealand openers shine
Martin Guptill went past 850 career World Cup runs. The opening batsman surpassed a host of players with this tally that included former Indian legend Virender Sehwag (843). Guptill and Colin Munro shared 100-plus partnership runs for the opening wicket. This was the seventh time New Zealand openers have stitched 100-plus stand in the World Cup.
Impressive numbers for Guptill and Munro
Guptill smashed his 34th career ODI fifty. He also slammed his fourth fifty in the World Cup. The right-handed batsman went past the 500-run mark in ODIs this year and became the second Kiwi batsman to do so. Colin Munro registered his eighth career ODI fifty. The southpaw also amassed his second ODI fifty this year.
NZ openers on fire!
Both NZ openers scoring 50-plus runs in a same ODI WC match:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) June 1, 2019
M Greatbatch/R Latham v SA, Auckland, 1992
L Vincent/S Fleming v Canada, Gros Islet, 2007
M Guptill/B McCullum v Zim, Ahmedabad, 2011
C Munro/M Guptill v SL, Cardiff, 2019*#NZvSL
How did the match pan out?
Sri Lanka were in a spot of bother right from the start and that caused their downfall. Besides Karunaratne, no other batsman showed the application to bat against quality line-up Credit goes to New Zealand bowlers, who stuck to their basic plan. In reply, the Kiwis got off to a flier and chased down the target in no time.