The warm up match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was almost one side batting flashes from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. Sri Lanka put up a heavy target of 357, but it came out as a cake-walk for New Zealand batsmen. The team nicked a six-wicket victory at Edgbaston. It was the final warm-up for New Zealand.
Sri Lanka’s inning was bolstered with the century from captain Upul Tharanga. Kushal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal knocked half centuries. Tharanga started the attack plundering strong boundaries. He smashed 13 fours and 3 sixes in the stretch. Mendis got a second life to score 57 off 50, while Chandimal brought 55 off 46 balls. The inning was stronger by the last ten overs, being even throughout the first 30 overs. Most of the players in the team were batsmen in Sri Lanka’s team, while New Zealand went primarily with bowlers. However, they could not restrict the flow of runs into Sri Lanka’s tally. Anderson leaked 39 for no wickets, Mitchell Santner gave out 34 with no success.
The bowling fiasco in the first inning was done away with strong batting in the chase. New Zealand set off the inning with a strong strike from Tom Latham, followed by the strong partnership from Guptill and Williamson. The second partnership brought 157 off 94 balls. It was the foundation for the win. Martin Guptill scored 116 off 76 balls. The batsman plundered 10 fours and five sixes. Kane Williamson stuck 88 off 60 balls. He decided to retire at the point they required 101 to win.
The chase had a half century from Corey Anderson as well. Tom Latham played 13.2 overs to score 44. He was the first batsman to return after which Guptill and Williamson forged the partnership. The winning stretch was from Anderson and Neil Broom. New Zealand reached the target with 23 balls to spare.
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