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
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.
tests the third umpire's patience with a shorter one, but Llong is having none of it
Anderson back into the fold now
Gokul: "McCullam, Williamson and Corey in the fantasy team, with Corey as the Captain.. I should've tried some mega jackpot today.."
tries him from round the wicket now as he plays at this fuller one, but is late on it as it goes across
clipped away off the back foot through midwicket for one
goes for the shorter one which is penalised by the umpire
stands his ground to blaze away this length delivery through the covers
Chameera: "first 2015 WC century by Finch "
shorter one from Southee which is pulled away rather uppishly over midwicket
eased away off the back foot towards mid-on
starts off with a short of a length outside off which is defended off the back foot
CharlyPharly: "Milne's Economy rate was saved by Boult and Southee and Vettori taking out the batsmen who were carving him up. He owes those guys a lot..."
goes round the wicket for the final ball as Herath utilises the angle to help this down to deep fine leg
able to negotiate this fuller one away towards the point region
and Herath gets his helmet tested as he is struck right on the grille as he fails to keep his eye on the ball. Straightaway Milne walks over to check on his welfare, with a number of other NZ fielders jogging up to Herath to make sure all is well. Struck him right on the emblem, just above the peak of the helmet. Herath, the champ, shows no distress
tytiger15: "Southee's kept his economy under 5 and has got 2 wickets, glad I have him in fantasy team"
follows him a tick with this full, inswinging delivery on middle and leg
pitched up outside off as this one is driven straight to mid-off
Lakmal looking to get in some batting practice as he has another go at this Milne special outside off
San: "Why do I feel this match is serving as an advertisement of the fate of Asian teams in this tournament? "
finishes with a pearl of a bouncer which has Herath ducking for cover
short from the bowler as this is hooked straight to square-leg, who takes a shy at the striker's end after seeing the batsman off his line, which he nails down, but not before the batsman had made his ground
brings the bat down in the nick of time to this fuller length just outside off
Tony: "@darkprince0521: No mate, you killed your fantasy team by having Malinga. Bad mistake after a long injury against an in-form NZ! "
gives the Sri Lankans fan something to cheer for as he slams Southee through backward point to find the boundary
this time dabbed away off the back foot through point to pickup the single