New Zealand batter Glenn Phillips scored a scintillating century as he rescued his team after a terrible start against Sri Lanka in their T20 World Cup match. Phillips came in to bat when the score was 7/2 and batted cautiously before smashing the Lankan bowlers across the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Phillips reached the milestone in 61 balls as he hit 10 fours and four sixes at a strike rate of 165.08. With this knock, the 25-year-old registered the second-highest score for a Kiwi batter behind Brendon McCullum.
What was more enjoyable to watch was his roar after crossing this 100-run mark. He reached the century on the fifth delivery of the 18th over with a beautiful boundary.
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Phillps, through his memorable innings, batted with Daryl Mitchell who was making his much-awaited return from injury. The Rajasthan Royals fractured his finger while batting in the nets earlier this month and sat out the tri-series in Christchurch also involving Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Mitchell scored a sluggish 22 in 24 balls but remained not out in the middle as Phillips found his big-hitting groove against the Lankan bowlers. Reacting to Phillips' century in the mid-match, Mitchell praised the 25-year-old and addressed the struggles in the early parts of their partnership
He said, "The team is really happy with that, special night for GP, got to take my hat off for that. It was a challenging start for us, we were trying to build a partnership after getting to the 10-over mark and then build from there on a tricky surface."