NZ vs SL 1st innings update
In the high-profile contest between the good boys of the game, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Kiwis have put a target of 168 for the Islanders. The Black Caps won the toss and elected to bat first. It was a great recovery for them as they lost early wickets. Let’s see what happened in NZ vs SL 1st innings update in detail.
NZ vs SL 1st innings update: The Trouble and then Fury
From 15 for 3 to 167 in 20 overs. New Zealand had a journey and we were not ready for it. There is something about the innings and Glenn Philips will always be remembered for it. He scored 104 off 64. With top order failing, New Zealand was in major trouble when Mitchell left the crease in the fifteenth over, but Phillips continued going and scored a magnificent century. He was twice dropped, but he made sure to make the other team pay for their errors.
Aside from those missed opportunities, SL’s fielding was very shoddy as they also lost out on a couple run-out chances. Although Kumara and Karunaratne turned out to be more expensive as the innings progressed, Rajitha and Hasaranga were economical. Rajitha took 2 wickets while Hasaranga, de Silva, Kumara, and Theekshana took 1 wicket each.
What Players Think:
Daryl Mitchell, who played a very important innings talked about the how well the team got out of the trouble. He said, “Team is really happy with that, special night for GP, got to take my hat off for that. It was a challenging start for us, we were trying to build a partnership after getting to the 10 over mark and then build from there on a tricky surface. The surface is a bit variable (in terms of bounce) out there, which is good to see. Think we should be able to defend this.
After the powerplay, New Zealand was in serious trouble at 15 for 3, but a counter led by Glenn Phillips helped them put the pressure back on the Lankans and eventually put up what is, overall, a reasonably competitive score. Of course, Phillips was dropped early in his innings, and the Sri Lankans paid dearly for that mistake. However, this is still a reachable total and one that the Sri Lankans may have taken earlier in the day.
NZ VS SL: Both Teams Playing XI
New Zealand Squad: Playing: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Sri Lanka Squad: Playing: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha.