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New Zealand snapped a 4-match losing streak by hammering Sri Lanka by 5 wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday, November 9 to put themselves in a position of strength in the race to the 2023 World Cup semi-finals. New Zealand clinched their 5th win of the tournament, tasting success after a 21-day interval.

As the rain stayed away after threatening to play spoilsport, New Zealand dominated with bat and ball, giving themselves a great chance to make the semi-finals of the ODI showpiece event for the fourth successive time.

New Zealand rode on an all-round bowling show after winning the toss and opting to bowl in Bengaluru. Trent Boult found his mojo back, picking up 3 wickets while the likes of Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, and Rachin Ravindra picked up 2 wickets each to bowl Sri Lanka out for 171. There was a nagging 43-run 10-wicket partnership that frustrated New Zealand, thanks to Maheesh



Theekshana who helped the 1996 champions give something for their bowlers to work with.

However, New Zealand openers Devon Conway and Ravindra gave the team a flying start, decimating any hopes of a Sri Lankan comeback with the ball. The two batters added 86 runs in just 12.2 overs to put the chase to rest. Both players missed out on their fifties, but the start gave the BlackCaps the cushion to not worry about the asking rate and focus on getting past the finish line.

Daryl Mitchell gave the much-needed impetus after the fall of the openers as he hit a 31-ball 43, hitting 2 sixes and 5 boundaries, as New Zealand were in a hurry to get the chase done as early as possible. Kane Williamson struggled for his 14 while Mark Chapman was run-out in a mix-up with Mitchell.

New Zealand got the chase down in 23.2 overs, further boosting their Net Run Rate and sitting pretty at the 4th spot in the World Cup points table.
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