Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne stroked sublime centuries as Sri Lanka made England’s 309 look pedestrian, chasing it down with 16 balls to spare to win their World Cup clash by nine wickets in Wellington.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who suffered a blow on his forearm during his innings against Australia on Saturday, has been cleared of serious injury and is expected to take the field for his side's next game on Friday.
The associate teams are playing exceptionally well at this World Cup, without conceding a single one-sided match so far. In fact, the Ireland-United Arab Emirates and Scotland-Afghanistan fixtures were both the closest thrillers at this World Cup.
Speaking ahead of the crucial World Cup encounter against Sri Lanka on Sunday at Wellington, all-rounder Chris Woakes insisted England need to do well against big teams to go the distance in the tournament.
Ravichandran Ashwin got his first four-wicket haul as India displayed a near-perfect performance on the bouncy, fast wicket at Perth to beat the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets, India’s second biggest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining.
Brendon McCullum pummeled the third fastest World Cup half-century, while calm and composed Kane Williamson survived a Mitchell Starc storm as New Zealand held their nerve to post a one-wicket against Australia at Auckland.