In the fourth game of the ICC Cricket World Cup, New Zealand comfortably brushed aside Sri Lanka by 10 wickets at Cardiff. The bowlers put in a fabulous performance to dismiss Sri Lanka for just 136 runs in 29.2 overs. In reply, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro produced unbeaten half-centuries to see New Zealand canter to a comfortable win.
With this result, Sri Lanka suffered their ninth defeat out of ten completed one-day matches played this year.
New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl first on a lively pitch. Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as Lahiru Thiramanne perished for a low score. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera added 42 runs partnership in a bid to rebuild the innings.
Pace bowler Matt Henry dismissed Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis in space of few deliveries to see Sri Lanka in a spot of bother.
The middle-order trio of Angelo Matthews, Dhananjaya de Silva and Jeevan Mendis to see Sri Lanka reeling at 60 for 6 after 15.2 overs. All-rounder Thisara Perera scored 27 off 23 balls with the help of two sixes. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne was the only bright spot in an abject batting performance from the Islanders.
Matt Henry produced a probing spell with the new-ball to help New Zealand register a comfortable win over Sri Lanka
For New Zealand, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson bowled well and picked up three wickets apiece. Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner and Jimmy Neesham also picked up wickets for the side in this game.
Chasing 137 runs to win, Martin Guptill smashed a couple of fours off Lasith Malinga to find form with the bat. He brought up his half-century off 39 balls by smashing a big six of the bowling of Isuru Udana. Guptill scored unbeaten 73 off 51 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. His opening partner, Colin Munro, chipped in with 58 not out off 47 balls with the help of six fours.
Pace bowler Matt Henry was declared man of the match for his outstanding performance with the ball against Sri Lanka