Glenn Phillips of New Zealand celebrates his century. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka - New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
New Zealand 167 for 7 in 20 overs (Glenn Phillips 104, Kasun Rajitha 2/23, Hasaranga 1/22) beat Sri Lanka 102 all out in 19.2 overs (Rajapaksa 34, Shanaka 35, Boult 4/13, Santner 2/21) by 65 runs
Fielding is a non glamorous aspect of the
game of cricket. In a T20 game if you are a batter you could be out first ball
but you still have to field for 20 overs. Similarly if you are a bowler and
your first over is expensive you might not get a chance to bowl again but you
still have to field for the other 19 overs. Sides that win consistently are
normally good in the field too and vice versa.
Sri Lanka were terrible in the field
during their game against New Zealand on Saturday. Bowling first they had New
Zealand in trouble at 15 for 3 only for their poor fielding to literally let
the advantage slip. Glenn Phillips was on 12 when Pathum Nissanka dropped a
regulation chance. Captain Dasun Shanaka then dropped him again when he was on
45. Like all good players do, Phillips made Sri Lanka pay big for their lapses
by scoring a swashbuckling hundred and singlehandedly took New Zealand to a par
score of 167 in their 20 overs. The importance of his innings can be seen from
the fact that the next highest score for New Zealand in their innings was 22.
Chasing 168 for victory Sri Lanka had no
answers to the pace, swing and seam of the New Zealand fast, fast bowlers nor
to the guile and accuracy of the spinners. The one-sided nature of this game
can be seen from the fact that the entire Sri Lankan team scored 102 which was
two runs less than Glenn’s individual score of 104.
In a fast bowling masterclass Trent Boult
broke the back of the Sri Lankan innings picking up 4 wickets for 13 runs in
his 4 overs. Boult has recently given up his central New Zealand contract to
focus more on T20 leagues around the world. This means that in the future it is
unlikely that he will play every Blackcaps game. New Zealand will definitely
miss his services as he is currently one of the best in the world. For now
though they will be hoping he can help them win their first world cup ever.