Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson, with the help of Kane Williamson scoring his 13th fifty from 17 matches took New Zealand to a mammoth 331 for 6 in the first match. McCullum’s assault in the early overs left Sri Lanka with no breathing space and Lasith Malinga and co were carted around the Hagley Oval. Catch the highlights of New Zealand’s innings here
Brendon McCullum went hammer and tongs at the Sri Lankan bowling and it looked like he was going to blow them out of the contest. Rangana Herath’s flighted delivery was smashed to the long on boundary and it looked like it was going for a six before Jeevan Mendis took a safe catch. Martin Guptill meanwhile, was also dangerous and was at his attacking best but played second fiddle to McCullum. Catch then Live Updates of the 1st World Cup match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand here
Sri Lanka take time in acclimatising to the conditions and as we saw against Bangladesh last year before they clinched the World T20. Dinesh Chandimal misses out for Sri Lanka while New Zealand have surprisingly left out Mitchell McCleanaghan. Corey Anderson had a big job on his hands after two quick wickets rocked the New Zealand boat. Then, Anderson lead a spirited fightback with some calculated hitting at the start and then going berserk towards the end of the innings with a flurry of big hits. The southpaw’s paddle sweep of Lasith Malinga was a treat to watch.