Christchurch, Feb 14 : 1st OD I NZ v/s SL Group A
In an opening match of World Cup 2015, New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs at the Hagley Oval. A New Zealand win was the expected result leading up to the game, but perhaps not a by huge margin that highlighted the strength of NZ for upcoming matches.
New Zealand showcased their skills in batting, bowling as well as fielding , first scoring 331/6 and then bowling out Sri Lanka for 233 in 46.1 overs to begin their Group A campaign with a outstanding win.
Sri Lankan’s batting looked well in starting over with Lahiru Thirimanne (65) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (24) stringing together 67 runs for the opening wicket. Former captain Kumar Sangakkara (39) Thirimanne added another 57 runs to take Sri Lanka to 124/1 in 21.5 overs.
At the time, SL were in the game and in with a good chance to chase down the big target. However, that all changed as Thirimanne’s dismissal led to a string of wickets for the Black Caps and the end of the Sri Lankan challenge.Captain Angelo Mathews (46) put up a brief fight, but he too was dismissed soon enough.
Earlier, the SL won the toss and elected to bowl first. McCullum and Martin Guptill (49) shared a 111-run stand for the opening wicket to set New Zealand on their way.The Sri Lankan bowlers were helpless against McCullum’s power hitting. The New Zealand opener hit 10 boundaries and a six to reach 65 off just 49 balls.
damage done by McCullum(65) at the start of the innings and by Anderson(75) at the end left 331/6 at scorecard. Yorker boy Lasith Malinga, in his first ODI after ankel surgery, was poor in economy rate with figures of 0 for 84 in 10 overs and his partner Nuwan Kulasekhara took even more punishment, leaking 78 in 8 overs. Sri Lanka’s fielding did them no favours either. they dropped 4 catches.
New Zealand 331/6 in 50 overs (Brendon McCullum 65, Kane Williamson 57, Corey Anderson 75) beat Sri Lanka 233 in 46.1 overs (Lahiru Thirimanne 65, Daniel Vettori 2/34, Tim Southee 2/43, Corey Anderson 2/18) by 98 runs