Player of the Match
Player of the Match

50 | 12 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 331/6 | RR: 6.62

  • Luke Ronchi29 (19b)
  • Nuwan Kulasekara8-0-78-1
  • Lasith Malinga10-0-84-0

3.22pm The Sri Lankan openers make their way to the middle as fireworks are set off in the outfield. They have a big chase ahead of them as they look to get 332. It will be Tim Southee to open the bowling

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2.55pm New Zealand kick this 2015 Cricket World Cup off in glorious fashion, putting up an impressive 331 for 6. It was an innings built on a number of integral knocks, with Guptill and McCullum creating the initial blaze before Williamson, Anderson and Ronchi built on it to take them to a challenging total. The Sri Lankan bowlers were wayward in their lengths at times, which is quite surprising seeing the amount of cricket they have had this part of the world of late.

Kulasekara to Anderson, OUT, and Anderson has to depart the Hagley without the asterisk to his name as he holes out rather softly to the cover fielder, who takes the chance on the second take

CJ Anderson c Lakmal b Kulasekara 75 (77m 46b 8x4 2x6) SR: 163.04

Kulasekara to Ronchi, 1 run, this time clubbed away towards cow corner as Anderson gets set to face the last delivery
Kulasekara to Ronchi, FOUR runs, another wide yorker which Ronchi this time gets away through the extra-cover region as he finds the vacant space to pickup four

Zeeshan Mahmud: "What did Malinga have today for breakfast?...Naan."

Kulasekara to Ronchi, 2 runs, wide yorker which Ronchi just about reaches as he squirts one away to deep cover
Kulasekara to Anderson, 1 run, in the blockhole this time as Anderson is able to dig one out towards midwicket
Kulasekara to Anderson, FOUR runs, slow bouncer on the leg stump which Anderson sees early enough as he is able to swivel and hook this over fine leg to get a boundary

Final over for SL now. NZ will want to get as close to 340-350 as possible. Kula to bowl

49 | 10 Runs | NZ: 319/5 | RR: 6.51

  • Corey Anderson70 (43b)
  • Luke Ronchi22 (16b)
  • Lasith Malinga10-0-84-0
  • Nuwan Kulasekara7-0-66-0

Kalamohan: "Good to see Malinga getting the yorkers right, pace has gone up a bit as well."

Malinga to Anderson, 1 run, full and on target as Anderson blitzes this straight to mid-on to retain the strike as we enter the final over of the innings
Malinga to Anderson, 2 runs, drags his bottom hand as he looks to power one away through the covers, but some rather lackadaisical fielding at cow corner affords him the opportunity to return for his second
Malinga to Anderson, FOUR runs, shows he can play 360-degree cricket too as he shuffles over low to his off side to angle this fuller delivery outside off high over fine leg with a flick of the wrists to get this to the boundary with a couple of bounces. Excellent shot with the 7-2 off side field

Phani: "I am a little disappointed with the way Angelo Mathews juggled his bowlers after the 35th over. He and Herath should have completed his 10 overs, given more overs to Mendis. That should have slowed down the run rate a bit. Malinga and Lakmal would have bowled the last 5-6 overs."

Malinga to Ronchi, 1 run, finds the blockhole again as Ronchi is just about able to dig it out to the leg side before getting down to the other end
Malinga to Anderson, 1 run, just about manages to squeeze away this Malinga special through the cover region

Milestone venue


Number of venues that have hosted World Cup matches. Hagley Oval is the 100th

Off to a start


Number of 50+ opening stands for New Zealand in World Cups - only England (21) and Australia (34) have more

Fifty for McCullum


Number of 50+ scores for McCullum in World Cups - the NZ batsmen with more are Fleming (7), Stryis (8) and Crowe (9).

Where's the Slinga!


Runs scored by McCullum off Malinga in the 8th over. The only batsman to score more runs off one Malinga over is Kohli (24)

Dynamic Duo


Number of 50+ stands between Williamson and Taylor since 2013 - only Sangakkara and Dilshan have more (17)

A start for Lanka


Number of 50+ opening stands for Sri Lanka since 2013, the most for any team.