New Zealand has firmed their chances for a spot in the T20 World Cup 2022 semifinal after beating Sri Lanka. Glenn Phillips’ ton and Trent Boult’s electrifying bowling display helped Kiwis rattle the Lankans by 65 runs.
Opting to bat first at the SCG, New Zealand finished the allotted 20 overs in 167/7. Despite a horrendous start, Glenn Phillips’ century stabilised the blackcaps’ inning. Finn Allen, Conway and Williamson walked back swiftly as New Zealand were down to 15/3 in the fourth over. Phillips then scored 104 runs from 64 balls, smashing ten fours and four biggies. Daryl Mitchell also assisted sluggish 22 runs. Kasun Rajitha picked up two wickets for Sri Lanka.
Srilanka had the worst possible start after losing four wickets for just eight runs. The Lankans couldn’t control the inning and eventually were wrapped up for 102 in 19.2 overs. Only Bhanuka Rajapaksa (34) and skipper Shanuka (35) were able to reach the double-digit figure for the chasing side. Trent Boult was a pick of a bowler for the Kiwis picking up four wickets, and conceding just 13. Santner and Sodhi also grabbed a couple of wickets each.
Sri Lanka’s chances of qualifying for a semifinal have decreased after the loss. New Zealand on the other hand might secure a top-four spot with one victory from the remaining two matches. They are yet to play against England and Ireland.