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ICC World Cup 2019 | Important to Build Early Momentum in Big Tournaments: Guptill

| June 2, 2019, 2:03 AM IST

Cardiff: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill on Saturday applauded his side's bowlers for setting the tone for a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their World Cup match here and hoped that they could build on the momentum.

New Zealand bundled out Sri Lanka for just 136 as Matt Henry's (3/29) seam movement and Lockie Ferguson's raw pace proved too much for them. Then Guptill (73 not out) and Colin Munro (58 not out) helped New Zealand achieve the target in 16.1 overs.

"You want to build that momentum early at a major event and today, we did that," said Guptill at the post match press conference.

"Our bowlers set the tone early and made it difficult for Sri Lanka, putting a real good start on. If we bowl first in the next few games, we'll back ourselves to make it difficult to score on the back of this performance."

The Black Caps, runners-up four years ago, would look to exploit the conditions in the upcoming matches.

"The beauty about our guys is they can exploit conditions quite regularly. If we're then able to keep coming out and play with a bit of freedom with the bat, we're going to have a pretty successful tournament," said Guptill.

The 32-year-old said the late loss of Tim Southee because of a right calf strain didn't deter his team as Matt Henry took up the mantle with the new ball.

"Matt had a tough time against the West Indies in the last warm-up game, but bowling to that lot is pretty difficult. They can put you out of the park pretty readily.

"Having seen him put the ball in the right areas for long enough, it's good to see him get the rewards he deserves," said Guptill.

New Zealand came up with an exceptional fielding and catching effort, and Guptill himself took a superb catch at second slip to get rid of Kusal Mendis.

"We aim to set the standards when it comes to fielding. Fielding's such a big part of the game now. You look around the squads in the tournament, there are some top fielding sides there.

"If you can be in the top two or three, you can save a lot of runs and go a long way to actually winning the competition," he said.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
2
NZ
5 4 0 1 9 +1.59
3
ENG
5 4 1 0 8 +1.86
4
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
5
BAN
6 2 3 1 5 -0.40
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
6 1 4 1 3 -0.19
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
5 0 5 0 0 -2.08

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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