New Zealand thrashed Sri Lanka by six wickets while chasing a massive target of 357 in their second and the final ICC Champions Trophy 2017 warm-up game at Edgbaston. In total 715 runs were scored between 96 overs in what was a day to forget for bowlers from both teams.
Having been asked to bat first, Sri Lanka posted a big total of 356 in a batting friendly wicket, thanks to brilliant 110 off 104 balls by Upul Tharanga.
In reply, Martin Guptill smashed Sri Lanka’s bowlers to all parts of the ground as New Zealand got to the target with four overs to spare. Guptill hit ten fours and four huge sixes during his 76-ball 116 runs blistering innings.
Both teams had lost their first warm-up matches. New Zealand lost to India in a rain-curtailed match by 45 runs.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka lost their opening warm-up match to Australia by three wickets. Captain Angelo Mathews had missed out on a century by five runs as Sri Lanka set a target of 319 and Australia chased it down with two wickets in hand.
To be noted, The Blackcaps will open their campaign against Australia on June 4 while Angelo Mathews’ men will take on South Africa on June 3 at the Oval.
Brief Scores :
Sri Lanka : 356/8 in 50 overs
(Tharanga 110, Kusal Mendis 57; Southee 2/48 Boult 2/47)
New Zealand : 359/4 in 46.1 overs
(Guptill 116, Williamson 88; Prasanna 2/63 Thisara Perera 0/42)
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com