New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the third ODI
The Kiwi team won the 3-match series by 2-0.
New Delhi. New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the third ODI to win the 3-match series 2-0. The Kiwi team won the first match by a huge margin of 198 runs, while the second match was abandoned due to rain. Along with losing the third ODI, Sri Lanka has also lost the chance to qualify directly in the ODI World Cup 2023. The World Cup is to be held in India in October-November. Sri Lanka became the world champion in 1996 under the leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga.
A total of 10 teams will participate in the World Cup. India, Australia, England, Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have qualified directly for the tournament. Apart from Sri Lanka, South Africa is also in trouble because it too has not been able to qualify directly for the World Cup.
For direct entry in the tournament, South Africa will have to win the ODI series against Netherlands. The first match of the 3-match series will be played on 31 March. For this reason, important players of South Africa will not be seen playing in the initial matches of IPL.
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The World Cup qualifiers will be played in Zimbabwe from June 18. Sri Lanka will have to be in the top 2 in the qualifier round to get a place in the World Cup. Talking about the third ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, while batting first in Hamilton, the Lankan team got all out for 157 runs in 41.3 overs. In response, New Zealand achieved the target by losing 4 wickets in 32.5 overs. Kiwis also defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 in the Test series. Now a 3-match T20 series will be played between the two teams.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 31, 2023, 16:39 IST