- Sinchan Saha | March 31, 2023 | 8:08 am
After losing the third one-day international at Hamilton against New Zealand, Sri Lanka was unable to take the eighth spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League table.
In the crucial match, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka correctly called the toss and chose to bat first. Despite the New Zealand bowlers’ pace and bounce, the Sri Lankan batsmen were unable to produce any runs yet.
Matt Henry (3/14), Henry Shipley (3/32) and Daryl Mitchell (3/32) were all exceptional with the ball, as Sri Lanka heaved and puffed to cross the 150-run mark
The only batters who showed any resistance for Sri Lanka were Pathum Nissanka (57 off 64), Dasun Shanaka (31 off 36), and Chamika Karunaratne (24 off 42). After the visitors were bowled out for 157 in 41.3 overs, their bowlers now had to do a tremendous amount of work to get their team over the finish line.
In answer, New Zealand’s pursuit got off to a rough beginning as they lost three wickets inside the initial seven overs. Chad Bowes, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, and Tom Latham were four of their batters who failed to reach double digits.
However, the hosts prevailed thanks to crucial knocks from Henry Nicholls and Will Young. Young scored 86* and Nicholls scored 44* to create a partnership of 100 runs, resulting in a six-wicket victory for New Zealand.
New Zealand won the three-match ODI series 2-0 with the victory in Hamilton
With the loss, Sri Lanka have neglected to overwhelm West Indies (88 focuses) for the last immediate capability spot. With 81 points, Sri Lanka finished their CWCSL campaign. Now, Sri Lanka will travel to Zimbabwe in June to play in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and try to get into the tournament in 2023 later this year.
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With 175 points earned throughout their campaign, New Zealand finished in first place in the Cricket World Cup Super League standings.
In the race for eighth place, South Africa (78 points) and Ireland (68 points) still have a chance of beating the West Indies. Ireland will play a three-match ODI series against Bangladesh in May, while South Africa will play a two-match ODI series against the Netherlands starting today.