The runners-up of the previous edition, New Zealand lock horns against the 1996 champions Sri Lanka in the third match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Both teams will be looking to open their respective campaigns with a win. While New Zealand are eyeing a maiden World Cup, Sri Lanka will be looking to end their 23-year long wait and win their second World Cup.
Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson decided to bowl first and it has indeed turned out to be a perfect start for the Kiwis. The first over was bowled by speedster Matt Henry who was hit for a boundary off his first delivery when he bowled one on the pads of Sri Lankan opener Lahiru Thirimanne. However, the bowler got his revenge on the very next delivery. He bowled a fuller delivery which landed around Thirimanne's legs as he attempted a flick shot but ended up missing it completely.
The ball hit the front pad and there was a loud shout from the Kiwi side. Nonetheless, the umpire looked disinterested. A review was taken and the decision went in the fielding team's favour as the replays showed that the ball was pitching in line. Henry then bowled four straight dot balls to end a successful over after being hit for a boundary off the very first ball.
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Henry then added insult to injury by removing a well-set Kusal Perera and on the following delivery, he sent back Kusal Mendis for a golden duck to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 46/3.
At the time of publishing this story, Sri Lanka were 50/3 after 9.2 overs