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Boult, Santner shine as New Zealand keep Sri Lanka to 171

10 Nov 2023 03:18 PM cricketclues Author: Jane Donne


Trent Boult (3/37) and Mitchell Santner (2/22) produced amazing performances to persuade a clinical New Zealand bowling attempt as they rolled Sri Lanka over for 171 in Bangalore on Thursday (November 9). It became a forgettable batting try from the Sri Lankans as the simplest of their batters got past 20, one being tailender Maheesh Theekshana. In fact, his 43-run stand for the last wicket with Dilshan Madushanka averted the whole from being an embarrassing one.


Kane Williamson received an amazing toss in the rugged climate round and rightly chose to bowl beneath overcast situations on what was regarded as every other terrific batting strip in Bangalore. However, the overhead situations supposed there had been a hint of swing upfront and Boult pounced on it. His new-ball partner Tim Southee commenced the procession with the aid of doing away with the in-form Pathum Nissanka in advance then Boult got into the act. The left-arm seamer had Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama in short succession as Sri Lanka slid to 32/3 within the 5th over.


Kusal Perera was unfazed by the aid manner of the cluster of wickets and decided to combat fireside with fireside. The dynamic left-hander performed his brand of competitive cricket to race away to a 50 within the first 10 overs. He became severe on something remotely unfastened, and a number of his photos showed how genuine the pitch became for batting even though it has become a fragment at the slower component. Boult eliminated Charith Asalanka, and Perera ended up Lockie Ferguson's first sufferer of the sport as Sri Lanka lost half their side in the first Power Play itself. With this sort of start, the writing became on the wall for the batting facet, and Sri Lanka never recovered.


With the gradual nature of tune and a touch of flip to be had, Santner turned on the screws with a very tidy spell. Much like his spells at some point in the suit, the left-arm spinner changed into very tough to score off and had the batters in a tangle frequently with his guile. He also picked up the final recognized batters, Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva, to ensure that there would not be a fightback from the Lankans. New Zealand's bowling changed into relentless, and it meant that they stored chipping away on the wickets. At 128/9 with more than one hundred deliveries left, New Zealand could also have fancied a short wrap-up; however, that wasn't to be.


Theekshana and Madushanka confirmed masses of clear-up, something the expert batters failed to do, and tried their top-notch to bat out the overs collectively. Their partnership turned into the pleasant of the innings for Sri Lanka, and while the runs didn't come at a truthful clip, the duo at least controlled to area up a few shapes of combat. It took the younger Rachin Ravindra to break the stand as he had Madushanka caught inside again with a cracking transport.


Scores: Sri Lanka 171 in 46.Four overs (Kusal Perera 51, Maheesh Theekshana 38*; Trent Boult 3-37, Rachin Ravindra 2-21, Mitchell Santner 2-22) vs New Zealand