Sri Lanka scored 135 runs after New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl first at the green top in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff against Sri Lanka in the third match of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. Sri Lanka could not get off to a good start when Lahiru Thirimanne was plumbed in front by Matt Henry on the second ball of the day. Ian Gould gave the decision in favour of the batting side but the third umpire had to reverse the decision after Kane Williamson decided to send it upstairs.

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Kusal Perera and Sri Lanka’s rookie skipper Dimuth Karunaratne added 42 runs with the former playing the aggressive role. Perera played some hard hits through the off-side. However, the southpaw was playing with fire and he was caught by Colin de Grandhomme when he top-edged against Kane Williamson.

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts as New Zealand Bowlers Obliterate Sri Lanka
New Zealand celebrates a wicket. Twitter

New Zealand bowlers were right on the money.

Subsequently, Kusal Mendis was dismissed for a golden duck when he was caught brilliantly by Martin Guptill and Matt Henry was on a hat-trick. Sri Lanka’s innings kept on to landslide as Dananjaya de Silva was plumbed in front by Lockie Fergusson.

Former skipper Angelo Matthews could not even get off to a mark before he was taken edged off to Tom Latham against Colin de Grandhomme. Moreover, Jeevan Mendis was caught nicely by James Neesham when he closed the bat face too soon than he should have against Lockie Fergusson. Thus, the Kiwis bowlers made most of the conditions on offer and breathed down the neck of the Sri Lankan batters.

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts as New Zealand Bowlers Obliterate Sri Lanka
Matt Henry. Twitter

Thisara Perera started his like Thisara Perera and catapulted his attack from the get-go. On the other hand, Sri Lanka’s captain Dimuth Karunaratne helplessly saw the wickets fell like match sticks from the other end.

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Here is how Twitter reacted to Sri Lanka’s batting innings:

https://twitter.com/iFaraaz/status/1134778484646129664

https://twitter.com/iFaraaz/status/1134778484646129664

 

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