As predicted, this turned out to be a no contest with New Zealand winning by 10 wickets. A thumping win to start their world cup campaign, New Zealand would be delighted that they chose to bowl on a pitch that had a bit for the bowlers. The job of NZ bowlers was made easy with the low confidence of SL batsmen and no one apart from the captain Karunaratne could offer any resistance who finished on 52 not out carrying his bat through the innings.
Williamson would not be a happier person at the break considering his decision to bowl first was more than justified. Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson wreaked havoc on Sri Lanka’s batting line up with 3 wickets each in the innings with every other bowler pitching in with one wicket each. Apart from the second wicket partnership of 42 runs, Sri Lanka was never in the game.
New Zealand started their chase cautiously with both openers, Guptill & Munro, taking time out early to take score to 26 with no loss at the end of five overs. Thereafter they started opening up and finished the match within 17 overs with both scoring half centuries which should boost their confidence for upcoming matches as well.
Overall, it ended as a no match and if Sri Lanka does not do something very quickly, their World Cup 2019 campaign might be over more quickly than they realize.