Corey Anderson is adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant all-round performance. That's it from all of us here for the coverage of this game. You can now tune into the ongoing Australia vs England match where Australia has recovered after a poor start. Until next time adios!
The New Zealand bowlers bowled well, picking wickets at regular intervals and always keeping the pressure on the Sri Lankan batsmen. Daniel Vettori was the pick of the bowlers picking 2 wickets and giving away only 34 runs in his quota of 10 overs. He was ably supported by Southee, Boult, Milne and Anderson who all picked up 2 wickets each as well. In all a very professional performance by the Black Caps and they are off the mark in the point's tally.
New Zealand win the first game in the ICC World Cup 2015. The Sri Lankans started off well with a 67-runs opening partnership. They were 124/2 in 23 overs at one stage. But they lost their way after that. From 124/2 they crumbled to 168/6. Thirimanne top scored for the Lankans with a 65 off 60 balls. The skipper Angelo Mathews tried but the wickets kept falling at the other end. In the end the pace attack between the two teams was the difference. The Kiwi quick's picked up 8 wickets whereas the Lankan quick's picked up only 3 wickets and leaked runs as well.
Corey Anderson to Rangana Herath
OUT! That wraps it up! On a length bowling a tad slower. Herath is early into his defensive shot and ball goes uppishly to covers. Milne takes a simple catch at covers and NEW ZEALAND HAVE WON BY 98 RUNS.
Wide! Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper. The umpire signals it a wide high over the head.
Anderson back on.
Tim Southee to Suranga Lakmal
The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails outside his off stump.
Tim Southee to Rangana Herath
Back of a length, Herath flicks it on the leg side for a run.
Wide! Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. The umpire however feels it is above head high and signals it a wide.
Short outside off, Lakmal plays it to third man for a single.
Short on middle, Lakmal dances down and plays a pull to mid-wicket for a couple.
Short on off, Lakmal stays tall and defends.
Back of a length outside off, Lakmal plays it to point.
Adam Milne to Rangana Herath
On a length on middle, Herath has nudged the ball fine down the leg side for a couple.
Short outside off, Herath plays it to point.
Ouch! A well directed bouncer! Herath tries to get out of the way but fails, the ball hits Herath right below the national emblem on the helmet.
Adam Milne to Suranga Lakmal
Yorker on middle and leg, Lakmal does well to keep it out and comes across for a run.
Full outside off, Lakmal drives it to covers.
Short outside off, Lakmal does not get bat on ball.
Well directed bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.