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New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka by 98 in World Cup opener

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Christchurch: Hosts New Zealand gave the cricket World Cup a cracking start with a scintillating batting show as they crushed last edition losing finalists Sri Lanka by 98 runs in the opening match of the showpiece event here today.

Sent into bat, New Zealand posted an imposing 331 for six with captain Brendon McCullum (65) and big-hitting Corey Anderson (75) smashing boundary-laden half centuries to set the World Cup alight.

In-form Kane Williamson also chipped in with a useful 57 on a batting pitch at the Hagley Oval as the Black Caps hit the Lankan bowlers all over the park.

Chasing a stiff target, Sri Lanka lost three key wickets, including those of Mahela Jayawardene (0) and Kumar Sangakkara (39), in a heap in middle overs to be bundled out for 233 in 46.1 overs and lose the lopsided Group A game.

Opener Lahiru Thirimanne was the lone batsman to offer any semblance of a fight with a 60-ball 65 while captain Angelo Mathews made 46 as Sri Lankan batting came a cropper.

Mathew’s decision to bowl first seemed correct as there was light rain just after the toss and the start of the match was delayed by eight minutes but it ultimately boomeranged as the home side batsmen made a flying star and there was hardly any lull except a few overs midway into the Kiwi innings.

McCullum, who hit 10 fours and a six in his 49-ball knock, and Martin Guptill (49) put on 111 runs from 15.5 overs for the opening wicket before a twin strike off consecutive deliveries by leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis in the 34th over — that of Williamson and Ross Taylor (14) — put brakes on the New Zealand innings.

But, Anderson, who came out at 193 for 4 in the 34th over, upped the tempo for New Zealand with his 75 off 46 deliveries, which included eight fours and two sixes, before he was out on the last ball of the innings.

He added 65 with Grant Elliott (29) for the fifth wicket and 73 with Luke Ronchi (29 not out) for the sixth wicket as New Zealand scored 102 runs from the last 10 overs.

Sri Lanka made a cautious start without losing early wickets and they were on track till the 22nd over when they were 124 for one. But, three quick key wickets fell — that of Thirimanne, Jayawardene and Sangakkara — as Sri Lanka lost the plot from there on to suffer a crushing defeat.


New Zealand innings:

Martin Guptill        c Sangakkara b Lakmal 49
Brendon McCullum      c Mendis b Herath 65
Kane Williamson      c Karunaratne b Mendis 57
Ross Taylor           st Sangakkara b Mendis   14
Grant Elliott        c Thirimanne b Lakmal 29
Corey Anderson     c Lakmal b Kulasekara 75
Luke Ronchi                      not out 29   

Extras: (LB-2 W-8 NB-3)                    13

Total: (For 6 wkts in 50 overs)              331

Fall of wickets: 1/111 2/136 3/193 4/193 5/258 6/331

Bowling: Nuwan Kulasekara 8-0-78-1, Lasith Malinga 10-0-84-0, Angelo Mathews 6-0-28-0, Rangana Herath 9-0-37-1, Tillakaratne Dilshan 5-0-35-0, Suranga Lakmal 10-0-62-2, Jeevan Mendis 2-0-5-2.

Sri Lanka innings:

L Thirimanne            b Boult    65
T Dilshan           c & b Vettori    24
K Sangakkara            lbw b Boult  39
M Jayawardene     c Ronchi b Vettori 00
D Karunaratne                b Milne 14
A Mathews        c Vettori b Southee  46
J Mendis        c Ronchi b Milne  04
N Kulasekara     c Elliott b Anderson     10    
R Herath   c Milne b Anderson 13
S Malinga     c Ronchi b Southee 00
S Lakmal       not out 07

Extras: (W-10, NB-1)                  11

Total: (For 10 wkts, 46.1 overs)     233

Fall of wickets: 1-67, 2-124, 3-125, 4-129, 5-163, 6-168, 7-196, 8-216, 9-217.

Bowling: Southee 10-1-43-2, Boult 10-0-64-2, Milne 10-0-57-2, Vettori 10-0-34-2, Elliott 2-0-11-0, Williamson 1-0-7-0, Anderson 3.1-0-18-2.

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