Christchurch: In the opening match of the World Cup, New Zealand mauled Sri Lanka by 98 runs at the Hagley Oval. A New Zealand win was the expected result leading up to the game, but perhaps not a win this massive, by a margin that highlighted the strength with which the Kiwis had come into the tournament.
Blazing half-centuries from Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson and solid contributions from most of the other batsmen propelled New Zealand to a total of 331, and the bowlers showed both control and incision in its line of delivery.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka looked never quite confident against the pace of Boult and Adam Milne. The Lankans could only manage 233. Thirimanne top scored for the Lankans with 65. Anderson claimed 2 wickets for the Kiwis.