Phillips scores blistering century, Boult takes 4 to depart Sri Lanka getting ready to elimination.
Glenn Phillips scored an excellent century to rescue New Zealand after a rocky begin and hearth them to an emphatic 65-run victory over Sri Lanka on the T20 World Cup.
Saturday’s win additionally took the Black Caps clear on the prime of Group 1.
The muscular right-hander helped resurrect New Zealand’s innings from 15 for 3 within the fourth over. He ultimately fell within the last over having scored 104 together with his group ending the innings at 167 for seven.
With paceman Trent Boult (4-13) to the fore, the New Zealand bowlers took over and gave Sri Lanka a good worse begin, decreasing the 2014 champions to eight for 4 within the fourth over and dismissing them for 102 within the twentieth.
Tied with England, Australia and Eire on the prime of the rain-disrupted Tremendous 12 group firstly of the day, New Zealand moved two factors away from their rivals and improved their already spectacular web run price.
Sri Lanka will now want a outstanding run of outcomes to seize one of many prime two spots and a spot within the semi-finals.
It began nicely for the Asia Cup champions on a balmy spring night on the Sydney Cricket Floor.
Finn Allen took aside Australia’s hallowed tempo assault of their opening recreation throughout a 16-ball 42, however he managed simply three balls and one run this time, confounded by an in-swinger within the opening over.
Devon Conway, who smashed an unbeaten 92 towards Australia, fared little higher, with spinner Dhananjaya de Silva dismissing him for only one.
Issues obtained worse when skipper Kane Williamson (eight) obtained an outdoor edge off tempo bowler Kasun Rajitha within the subsequent over.
Phillips and Daryl Mitchell, returning to the facet after fracturing his hand, crawled to 54 for 3 on the midway level.
However Phillips then flicked a change and commenced swinging the bat, with sloppy fielding aiding him, dropped by Pathum Nissanka on 12 and once more on 45 by skipper Dasun Shanaka.
An 84-run stand with Mitchell ended when his accomplice was bowled for 22 by Wanindu Hasaranga. Mitchell Santner was alongside him when he introduced up solely his second T20 100 within the nineteenth over earlier than being dismissed.