Down the ground, goes for the big heave and gets nowhere near it. Easiest of stumpings completed, as New Zealand record a 65-run win!
And on that note, it's time for us take our leave. The points table should be updated shortly, and remember, tomorrow is a triple header with BanvZim, NedvPak and IndvSA all taking place. So be sure to join us for that. Until then, for myself, Shashank Kishore and Chandan Duorah, it's goodbye!
NZ skipper Kane Williamson: "[what did you think of the match?] Yeah it was interesting, the wicket was different to what we were expecting. It was tennis ball-ey, got stuck on the surface, the cutters were really effective, little bit variable I think - as opposed to the last pitch we were on. So I guess trying to make those sort of adjustments on the same sort of grounds is important, and Sri Lanka were also really good at the top. And then Glenn Phillips and Daryll Mitchell put together a partnership, and it was an incredible knock to get a very very good total on this surface. [On Phillips?] Any hundred is amazing and you see it all the time on good surfaces, and here you see a guy trying to have to work really, really hard to get his team out of trouble. And then to try and move that pressure on to the opposition, and he just did it incredibly well."
SL skipper Dasun Shanaka: "I think we started really well, particularly in the first 10 overs. But credit to Glenn Phillips who played an outstanding knock. We also dropped a few catches. 160 is always a tough ask with their bowling attack, but also Boult and Southee bowled really well up front. [losing so many wickets in the powerplay?] There's a way to chase big totals, and in the first couple of tables you have to give yourself a chance. We never got settled in the wicket. [approach the next two games] If we get a couple of wins, we're still in with a chance of qualifying, so just looking forward to that."
JOYDEEPSINGHGIL: "I'm sure if sl didn't drop Phillips catch nz score would've below 135 and sl would've chased that amount of runs could've rain biter match than completely one sided today wasn't sl day they misfielded missed run out chances too and dropped the crucial catch of Phillips which eventually costed them this match." 'Ifs' and 'ands' etc., but had SL approached that chase smarter it might not have mattered.
Rohit: "Will join hordes of others in hopes of getting this published - Phillips won by 2 runs." Ha! You're not wrong Rohit. Lucky you I guess.
Glenn Phillips is the Player of the Match for his 64-ball 104: "[discussions at 3 for 15] Me and Daryll were really clear we wanted to be as positive as possible, and try and make the right positive choice. On a pitch like that it was a little difficult to hit the slower ball, so it was just about getting through and trying to get to a competitive total. At the end of the day I think we were a little bit above par. [how much did you enjoy your innings] I try to entertain as much possible, and today it worked out well. But the way the bowlers bowl and the catches that were taken, it was incredible from the team as well. [what does it mean to score a century in a WC?] It's absolutely indescribable, but for it's just about sticking to my process."
10.25pm Well, that's that and what started as quite a harrowing test of New Zealand's credentials has ended in a romp. Following on from Glenn Phillips' masterful century to help put up a competitive 167, Tim Southee and Trent Boult broke the back of the Lankan chase to reduce Sri Lanka to 8 for 4 inside the powerplay. There was the faintest of hopeful glimmers when Dasun Shanaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa were at the crease, but the ask by that point seemed always beyond them. In the end the chase just petered out, as NZ recorded their second straight comprehensive win of the tournament. They're well on their way to the semis, barring something calamitous, while Sri Lanka now need to win their remaining two games and hope other results go their way.
Vishal Kalwani: "Are SL knocked out of the world cup after this loss? or still an outside chance?" Very slim chance.
Short and wide, cut to deep point
Haider Khan: "Despite winning by over 60 runs, NZ will have a loss of NRR. How's that for domination?" Truly ominous.
good length, pace off on the stumps, nudged towards mid-on for one
Karthik R: "Kiwis are a super side right now. Won the WTC trophy, made finals of 2019 ODI WC, finalists of 2021 T20 WC and this edition of T20 WC. Serious contenders."
length ball, punched back towards the bowler
Off cutter down leg, and that brings up the hundred for Sri Lanka. Some cheering heard from the crowd as well.
good length on the stumps, swings hard at this. Straight to mid-off all along the ground.
fuller now, driven back towards Southee who gets down well to collect
length on the stumps, back foot prod towards cover
slower ball full toss, nudged towards midwicket
Asim: "Sri Lankan in the crowd look so happy. Wondering if the scoreboard is malfunctioning." There's an old Sri Lanka saying "nava gilunath ban choon" which roughly translates to, "even if the ship sinks, the band will play". Pretty much what you're witnessing here.
length on the pads, misses the back foot drive as the ball hits the pads. Going down leg though.
length ball on the stumps, back foot punch to extra cover
Short and pulled in the gap at deep midwicket!
length ball, punched back towards Sodhi
good length, pushed towards wide long off
length ball, defended towards point
Short and wide down leg
Dimuthu K: "The way SL batted is one of the poorest innings in the history. Once 4 quick wickets gone they should try to build the inning with ones an twos without going to big shots. Bhanuka, Chamika, Wanindu always try to attack. No game sense. Disappoint "
And Shanaka's vigil is over! This was short and he goes for the pull, but he can't get enough on it as this is taken comfortably on the deep square leg boundary.
wide yorker, can't get bat on this
Mark: "Why is shanaka not keeping the strike? The best chance for his team in this Wc is not lose by a huge margin. He should deny giving the other batter the strike"
Attempted sweep, struck on the front pad outside the line
length ball, pace off 116kph, inside edged onto the pads
|Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Toss||New Zealand, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 1850|
|Match days||29 October 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||New Zealand 2, Sri Lanka 0|
Over 20 • SL 102/10