New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips slammed a T20 World Cup century to set up a 65-run win over Sri Lanka at the SCG on Saturday night as the Kiwis consolidated their lead at the top of Group One.
Phillips produced such a massive effort in knocking 104 runs off 64 balls that he was left hobbling in the outfield with cramps during the innings in Sri Lanka.
Phillips was replaced in the 14th over after running to collect the ball and return it to the pitcher’s end. The 25-year-old was immediately ginger, bending down to stretch both hamstrings before wincing in pain. He staggered off the field and called for medical help.
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“He’s gone, he’s got a wobbly shoe!” Michael Clarke said with a laugh in the commentary.
“Normally when you go for double hamstrings, then you go to stretch them and you also go in the quad.
“Oh, here we go!”
Phillips came into the middle at a dangerous moment in the New Zealand innings and reached the crease as the Kiwis led 2-7 in the third period.
He scored his second ton of this year’s T20 World Cup, equaling South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw’s feat at the same venue on Thursday afternoon.
Phillips hit 10 fours and four sixes as New Zealand climbed to 7-167, ensuring a competitive total for the Kiwi bowlers to defend.
He took a Maheesh Theekshan delivery for four to reach triple figures before tearing off his helmet, letting out a massive roar, pointing the bat at the crowd and raising both hands to the Sydney sky.
“There’s a roar of pleasure! Enjoy this moment, Glenn Phillips. You totally deserve it!” said Mel Jones in a commentary.
“What a phenomenal knock from Glenn Phillips,” added Dale Steyn.
“And you can see the excitement in him. Look at him. He’s so excited about it.”
“What a fantastic knock.
Phillips’ knock ended when he was caught by a cover fielder in the final over of New Zealand’s innings.
“He batted really beautifully tonight,” Steyn said as the brilliant Kiwi returned to the pavilion to cheers from the crowd.
“He’s put New Zealand in a great position now going out to this crowd.
“Even if you are a Sri Lankan supporter, you will root for him.
“Fantastic knock from Glenn Phillips.”
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New Zealand’s total of 167 never looked threatened as the Sri Lankans slumped to 4-8 and were bowled out for 102 in 19.2 overs.
Left-arm quick Trent Boult led the New Zealand attack, taking 4-13.
New Zealand lead Group One on five points, with England, Ireland and Australia all on three points.
Each team in the first group has two games left.
The top two teams from Group One and the top two teams from Group Two advance to the semi-finals.
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