New Zealand script 65-run victory against Sri Lanka

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Glenn Phillips smashed a magnificent century while left-arm pacer Trent Boult took four wickets to guide New Zealand to a commanding 65-run win over Sri Lanka in their Super 12 Group 1 match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Phillips scored 104 off only 64 balls, studded with 10 fours and four sixes, while sharing an 84-run partnership with Daryl Mitchell as New Zealand recovered from 15/3 to 163/7. Boult and Tim Southee then wreaked havoc, reducing Sri Lanka to a mere 8/4 in 3.3 overs. Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dasun Shanaka delivered some lusty shots but Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 102 in 19.2 overs.

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The win see New Zealand top Group 1 with five points in three matches and are a step closer to sealing a place in the semifinals. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are on two points from three matches. The 65-run victory is New Zealand’s biggest against Sri Lanka in terms of runs in T20I matches.

Brief Scores

New Zealand 167/7 in 20 overs (Glenn Phillips 104, Daryl Mitchell 22; Kasun Rajitha 2/23, Maheesh Theekshana 1/35)

Sri Lanka 102 all out in 19.2 overs (Dasun Shanaka 35, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 34; Trent Boult 4/13, Mitchell Santner 2/21)