Sri Lanka’s hopes of direct World Cup qualification end in loss to New Zealand | Cricket News

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the third and final one-day international on Friday to win the series 2-0 and end the Asian side’s chances of qualifying directly for the World Cup this year in India.
Chasing 158 for the win at Hamilton, New Zealand overcame a shaky start which saw them lose two wickets at second and went home with 103 balls to spare thanks to an unbeaten 86 by batsman Will Young and a 44 not released by Henry Nicholls.
Sri Lanka opted to bat first after winning the toss, but only the opening batsman Pathum Nissanka (57), captain Dasun Shanaka (31) and Chamika Karunaratne (24) made remarkable scores like Matthew Henry, Henry Shipley and Daryl Mitchell pocketed three wickets each.
India and six other teams have booked their World Cup berths from October, with the West Indies occupying the final automatic qualifying spot in the Super League table. South Africa and Ireland are also in the running.

Sri Lanka will now seek to earn their place via a 10-team qualifying competition in Zimbabwe in June and July.

The 1996 world champions received five points after the second ODI forfeited instead of the 10 a win would have offered and also earned a point for maintaining a slow overrun in their 198-point Game 1 loss.

New Zealand also won the previous Test series 2-0 to dash Sri Lanka’s hopes of reaching the World Test Championship final. They then host them in three Twenty20 Internationals, with the first game in Auckland on Sunday.


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