Hagley Oval, Christchurch is all set to host the first match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between Sri Lanka and New Zealand on February 14, Saturday after being perfect hosts for extravaganza opening ceremony on February 12. The high-octane battle has been well depicted in the promotional video preview by Star Sports, official broadcast and channel partner of ICC World Cup 2015.
The tournament could not have got off to a better contest than clash between Asian powerhouse Sri Lanka and hosts as well as leading title contenders New Zealand. Last two edition’s finalists Sri Lanka has been on New Zealand soil since last December but their recent outings are far from being satisfactory. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule in IST: Time Table, Fixture & Venue Details of all WC 2015 Matches.
They went down in Test Series, followed by One Day Internationals (ODIs) and more recently lost both their warm-up matches against South Africa and lowly ranked side Zimbabwe. But one would expect the experience of 1996 champions to bring the best out as tournament begins especially for their veteran players – Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule: Complete Fixtures & Time Table of all Cricket World Cup 2015 Matches
As for hosts New Zealand, they are deemed as one of strongest side and potential title contenders ahead of tournament. They come in the tournament riding high on confidence with their recent performances. Everything seems to be favoring the Blackk Caps, be it the able leadership of Brendon McCullum or perfect team composition.
So get, set and be ready for the biggest event in the cricketing world to start on February 14. Take a look at the preview of Match 1 between New Zealand vs Sri Lanka here.