Sri Lanka vs New Zealand World Cup rivalry has seen 9 World Cup matches against each other, including the semifinal and group match of 2011 World Cup. Sri Lanka won 6 matches while New Zealand won 3 matches. For the last two editions Sri Lanka is defeating the Kiwis in the semifinal. Check the details of their 9 matches.
Sri Lanka and New Zealand Records at World Cups
Won: SL 6, NZ 3
Centuries: 3 by SL, 2 by NZ
5wkts or more: 1 by both team
50s: 18 (SL 12, NZ 6)
Biggest Victory by wkts: 9 wkts by NZ in 1979
Biggest Victory by runs: 112 runs by SL in 2011
1979: Group NZ bt SL by 9 wkts
They first played in 1979, in fact that was their first ODI against each other. Sri Lanka, being an associate nation, lost by 9 wickets.
- Score: SL 189, NZ: 190/1,
MOM: G Howarth of NZ for his 75 ball unbeaten 63 runs.
Note: SL captain Tennekoon, New Zealand opener Turner (83*) and Howarth (63*) scored half-centuries. McKechnie and Stott took 3 wickets each.
1983: Played 2 matches, winning 1 each
Both played 2 group matches against each other, and won one each. Both did not qualify for the next round.
First Match: Group NZ bt SL by 5 wkts
- Score: SL 206, NZ 209/5
MOM: Hadlee (5/25)
Note: Madugalle (60) of SL, Opener Turner (50), and captain Howarth (76) of New Zealand scored half-centuries. Hadlee took 5 wkts.
Second Match: Group SL bt NZ by 3 wkts
- Score: NZ 181, SL 184/7
MOM: A de Mel (5/32)
Note: Kuruppu (62) and Dias (64*) of SL scored half-centuries. A de Mel took 5 wickets.
1992: Group NZ beat SL by 6 wkts
- Score: SL 206/9, NZ 210/4
Notes: Mahanama (80) of SL, John Wright (57) and Rutherford (65*) scored half-centuries. Watson and Chris Harris of NZ took 3 wickets each.
2003: Group SL def NZ by 47 runs
- Score: SL 272/7, NZ 225
Note: Jayasuriya (120) of SL and Styris (141) of NZ scored centuries. Tillakaratne (81) scored half century. Nathan Astle of NZ and Arnold of SL took 3 wkts each.
2007: Two Matches won by Sri Lanka
First Match: Group Stage SL won by 6 wkts
- Score: NZ 219/7, SL 222/4
Note: Styris hit century, Jayasuriya, Sangakkara hit 50s.
Semifinal: SL won by 81 runs
Score: SL 289/5, NZ: 208
NOte: Jayawardene hit century, Tharanga hit half-century. Muralitharan took 4 wickets.
2011 : Group SL def NZ by 112 runs
- Score: SL 265/9, NZ 153
Note: Sangakkara (111) scored century. Jayawardene (66) scored half-century. Southee of NZ took 3 wkts, Muralitharan of SL took 4 wickets.
2011 : Semifinal: SL def NZ by 5 wickets
Scorecard, MOM: Sangakkara