New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in World Cup
Jun 03 2019
But New Zealand and Sri Lanka are clearly in different places right now, and another mismatch was always on the cards.
Fast bowler Ferguson bagged three middle-order wickets as Sri Lanka finished with the lowest ODI total at Sophia Gardens - below their own record there of 138, also set against the Kiwis, in the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Paceman Tim Southee missed out due to a calf injury as the Kiwis - runners-up in the 2015 edition - went in with two all-rounders in their starting line-up.
Guptill hammered eight fours and two sixes including one hit that sailed out of the ground. "It is important that you have that to have aggressive options for different occasions", New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.
The left-handed Karunaratne, who has returned to the one-day side after a gap of four years, then put on 42 runs for the second wicket with Kusal Perera.
Karunaratne, who came to open the Sri Lankan innings alongside Lahiru Thirimanne, remained unbeaten till the end of the Lankan inning.
Munro struck just his second 50 in his last 18 innings - surely a significant boost to his confidence - while Guptill will benefit from runs under the belt as well, finishing unbeaten on 73 from 51 balls as New Zealand built a strong early position on Net Run Rate, sitting in second on the World Cup ladder, narrowly behind the West Indies.
Henry first picked Perera before forcing next batsman Kusal Mendis to knick one to the slip on the very next delivery.
Dhananjaya de Silva played the hat-trick ball with a glorious off drive, but soon fell to the pace of Lockie Ferguson, trapped in front.
When Jeevan Mendis became Ferguson's second victim to a sharp Jimmy Neesham catch, Sri Lanka had lost five wickets for 14 runs in 44 balls and were in total disarray.