ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 gets underway with co-hosts New Zealand squaring off against Sri Lanka in a Pool A match at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. New Zealand, who are tagged as one of the favourites to win the World Cup, maintain an edge over Sri Lanka, having defeated them 4-2 in a seven match One-Day Internationals (ODIs) series last month. Here is more on facts and statistics involving the two teams. Also Read: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Match Preview
Head to Head: Matches Played: 89, New Zealand Won 41, Sri Lanka Won 40, Tie 1 and No Result 7.
New Zealand in ODIs since January 1, 2014: Played 25, Won 15, Lost 7, Tie 1 and No Result 2.
Sri Lanka in ODIs since January 1, 2014: Played 39, Won 22, Lost 16, Tie 0 and No Result 1.
Highest total between two teams: On January 23, 2015 New Zealand posted 360 for five at University Oval, Dunedin. It is the highest team total involving New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Also Read: NZ vs SL: Top 5 Players to watch out for
Lowest total between two teams: On January 6, 2007 while Chasing 263 New Zealand were bundled out for just 73 runs. It remains lowest score between these two nations.
Highest Individual score: Luke Ronchi smashed unbeaten 170 off 99 balls on January 23, 2015 at University Oval, Dunedin. He surpassed Scott Styris’ 141 to register highest individual score in New Zealand-Sri Lanka matches.
Best Bowling figures: On April 2, 2002 Muttiah Muralitharan registered figures of 5-9 in his 10 overs, which remains best bowling figures in matches involving the two sides. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule in IST: Time Table, Fixture & Venue Details of all WC 2015 Matches.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Trent Boult, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan.