At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, on Thursday, New Zealand solidified their standing as the fourth-place team in the current 2023 World Cup by dismissing Sri Lanka with five wickets in the opening ODI.
With the help of an outstanding batting performance from players like Devon Conway (45), Daryl Mitchell (43), and Rachin Ravindra (42), New Zealand managed to reach 172/5 in 23.2 overs while chasing 172. For Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews claimed two wickets in the interim.
Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, initially won the toss and decided to bowl first. Since then, New Zealand has dominated the Sri Lankan top five thanks to the fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee, along with a little assistance from Lockie Ferguson.
Despite Kusal Perera's impressive ball-smacking to get Sri Lanka off to a fast start, they lost four wickets in the first ten overs, including Perera. Because of everything said above, Sri Lanka was reduced to just three wickets in their first 20 overs.
Nonetheless, Mahesh Theekshana took the lead in preventing the New Zealand bowlers from getting ahead and making sure that the Sri Lankan tail survived until the 40th over, even if he didn't score many runs. Eventually, after 171 runs, they were all out. Theekshana and Madushanka's final wicket partnership yielded the highest number of runs for Sri Lanka—43 in 87 balls.
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham (wk), Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c) (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka