Player of the Match
Player of the Match

7.07 pm: That's all she wrote from the Hagley as New Zealand triumph to the tune of a 98-run victory as they get their tournament off to a golden start. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be looking to get back to the drawing board as they shift their focus on the remaining matches of their group campaign. We sincerely hope you enjoyed our coverage of this first match of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. It has been my pleasure to take you through the day, and don't forget, there is plenty of cricket to come, starting with the ongoing Australia v England match. Till the next match though, this is Rohan Sharma signing off, wishing all of you a good night, and good luck.

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: Really good performance from the boys. We have been waiting a long time for this so it is great to complete our plans. I thought it might swing so I also thought about bowling first. The wicket was a bit on the slow side, but there was definitely good bounce and carry. It was great to lay the foundation and then allow the bigger hitters to come in and do the job. We look forward to the next game now, but it is great to beat a very tough Sri Lanka team. It is really pleasing to use cross-seamers and pitch the ball on the fourth/fifth stump lines were really good. I thought Boult and Milne came back really well and looked to be searching for wickets, so we were pretty pleased with how those guys played. Daniel Vettori was brilliant as always. Milne is a great weapon to have in the team, and I suspect he might just go the way of that tweet (when asked if Milne is the next Shane Bond.)

Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka captain: We knew it was going to be a good wicket so we knew we had to bowl well, but they started off poorly, and by that time it was too late. Especially after the start they got when they reached 100 in the 13th over. We did reasonably well to pull them back, but we gave up 30-40 runs too many. Once we lost the big guys at the top it became tougher on the rest of the guys. You need someone in the top four to get a biggie when you are chasing down a 300+ score. Malinga will get better and better and we all know what kind of bowler he is, so he will come back strong.

6.58 pm: We are expecting some more quotes from the match presentation, so don't go anywhere just yet!

Corey Anderson, Man of the Match: It's nice to come back home and play in front of family and friends. I guess this World Cup is the stuff we dream of. There were more nerves than normal, but that is pretty cliché isn't it? You always want to do well for NZ. I always have a different plan when I go out to bat, and it turns out differently in the middle. We just wanted to turn that par total into a winning total. Brendon held me back for a little bit till the end, so it was good to get a bowl, but the other bowlers really set the tone, especially Dan who just took them out of the game.

Corey Anderson is the Man of the Match

6.52 pm: It is all over folks. New Zealand take the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup tournament opener by beating Sri Lanka by an impressive 98 runs. This victory has been shaped by many hands, with Vettori proving the trump card for Brendon with his ten overs going for just 2 for 34. Other NZ seamers chipped in with vital strikes as well, but his spell set the tone for the innings. Sri Lanka looked increasingly composed as they managed their chase early on, but once the top order began to fall away, the rest of the batting came undone, and predictably, they folded under the pressure of a mounting required rate. The good news for Sri Lankan fans though, is that Dilshan, Sangakkara and now Mathews have earned some valuable time in the middle, and that should hopefully bode them well for the remainder of the tournament.

Anderson to Herath, OUT, and Anderson completes the rout by getting Herath to spoon this length delivery straight to the cover fielder as the Hagley Oval erupts in approval

HMRKB Herath c Milne b Anderson 13 (41m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

Tony: "@darkprince0521: No mate, you killed your fantasy team by having Malinga. Bad mistake after a long injury against an in-form NZ! "

Southee to Herath, FOUR runs, gives the Sri Lankans fan something to cheer for as he slams Southee through backward point to find the boundary

Sri Lanka now teetering at 217 for 9, with NZ just one away from taking this tournament opener

Southee to Malinga, OUT, and Malinga doesn't take long to get back to his seat in the pavilion as he offers a chance straightaway to Ronchi, almost following the line of the ball as this one caught the outside edge on the way to the NZ keeper

SL Malinga c †Ronchi b Southee 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Southee to Mathews, OUT, well, as soon as I say that does the Sri Lankan captain go ahead and offer up a top-edge to this short of a length delivery on middle and leg, with this one flying high to mid-on, with Vettori putting in an excellent, forward diving catch. There is some debate over the placement of his back heel in relation to the bowling crease, but that is sorted soon enough. Sri Lanka now eight down and truly staring down the barrel

AD Mathews c Vettori b Southee 46 (80m 52b 5x4 0x6) SR: 88.46

Anderson to Herath, FOUR runs, chips at this fuller one outside off uppishly behind square as this one is sent ballooning over backward point to reach the boundary
Southee to Mathews, FOUR runs, short and all Mathews has to do is back away and ramp this high over backward point to find the boundary
Anderson to Mathews, FOUR runs, cut away past backward point, who puts in a dive to take most off the pace from it, before the ball continues through to make it to the third man boundary

With that dismissal Sri Lanka go seven down, bringing Rangana Herath out to the middle

Anderson to Kulasekara, OUT, advances down the track in an attempt to clear the close-in field on the off side, but all he ends up doing is top-edging a chance to Elliott at deep extra-cover, who comes forward to take the catch. Kula has run out of lives as he departs for 10

KMDN Kulasekara c Elliott b Anderson 10 (32m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.61

Southee to Mathews, FOUR runs, short again and this time Mathews pounces on it more effectively, dispatching this over the midwicket boundary for four
Anderson to Kulasekara, no run, dropped Anderson's doesn't take long to bring about a chance as he gets Kula to feather a chance to Taylor at slip, who goes hard at it before dropping the chance. Kula survives again

Tanwir: "Look at NewZealand.. How bravely they are progressing with 4 bowlers and death overs are nearing..!!"

Milne to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, angling in from outside off as Kula leans into a lovely drive through long on to pickup four valuable runs for Sri Lanka

All of a sudden Sri Lanka are slipping quite badly after getting themselves to 124 for 1.. Mathews is still there though, but how much can he do on his own?

Milne to Mendis, OUT, definite sound as this one went past the batsman's blade, with the NZ keeper and bowler absolutely sure they have got their man. The umpire remains nonplussed however, but NZ want the review. Initial camera angles don't show anything conclusive, but Snicko has a different story as there was definite contact with the bat. Another blow to SL's chance as Mendis heads back to the pavilion

BMAJ Mendis c †Ronchi b Milne 4 (5m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Milne to Mendis, FOUR runs, tries him out with a shorter one which Jeevan just about gets away, albeit not convincingly as this one flies high and handsome over midwicket, with the fielder stationed near there, Anderson, unable to get any hands on it as the wind seemed to blow this past him to the boundary rope

Free hit for SL. Will they capitalise? Jeevan has only faced two balls...

Another crucial blow for NZ as Jeevan Mendis makes his way to the middle. The lad can bat a bit, so Mathews will hope to have his company for as long a time as possible

Milne to Karunaratne, OUT, decides to operate round the wicket now to Dimuth, and the plan comes off as he gets Dimuth to play all around this length delivery shaping in with the angle, striking the top of off stump. Milne picks up his first as Dimuth is sent packing from the Hagley

FDM Karunaratne b Milne 14 (32m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

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.