Though a low-key approach to the knockouts has suited New Zealand at past world events, they have a target painted on their backs this time around, coach Mike Hesson acknowledged
The downed catches are the cause of so much of their woe, but also, are a reflection of the confidence of a side, that has lost 12 out of 19 completed ODIs, plus two Tests, since mid-October
New Zealand were not short on confidence coming into their World Cup opening game against Sri Lanka but to see Brendon McCullum take the game by the scruff of its neck was an uplifting experience
A strong all-round display from Corey Anderson helped New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs in their opening World Cup encounter which was played in Christ Church on Saturday.
Turning points from the World Cup 2015, Group A match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka
Number of venues that have hosted World Cup matches. Hagley Oval is the 100th
Number of 50+ opening stands for New Zealand in World Cups - only England (21) and Australia (34) have more
Number of 50+ scores for McCullum in World Cups - the NZ batsmen with more are Fleming (7), Stryis (8) and Crowe (9).
Runs scored by McCullum off Malinga in the 8th over. The only batsman to score more runs off one Malinga over is Kohli (24)
Number of 50+ stands between Williamson and Taylor since 2013 - only Sangakkara and Dilshan have more (17)
Number of 50+ opening stands for Sri Lanka since 2013, the most for any team.