New Zealand without a hitch won the world cup opener against Sri Lanka at Christ Church by 98 runs. New Zealand scored 331 runs at the loss of six wickets in the first innings. Sri Lanka, in its part, could make only 233 in 46.1 overs.
Here are five things that went against Sri Lanka in this match –
- Toss: Asking New Zealand to bat first on a fresh Christ Church wicket after winning the toss proved to be a wrong decision for Sri Lanka. The Kiwis scored a massive 331-6 in fifty overs.
- Top Notched Performance By Kiwi Top Order: The one thing that looked quite captivating in this game was the balanced batting performance by New Zealand batsmen. They never looked under pressure and attacked Sri Lanka from the very first over. Two of the top three batsmen of New Zealand went past their fifties, while Corey Anderson scored a brilliant 75 runs of just 46 balls.
- No Malinga Magic: Lasith Malinga was the triumph card for Sri Lanka in previous two world cups, but today he looked off color. In his ten overs, he gave away 84 runs, the maximum by any Sri Lankan bowler in the match.
- Middle Order Collapse: If taken into consideration the numbers, then no team has as experienced a middle over as Sri Lanka. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena have scored more runs than any other batsman playing in the world cup this year. Today both of them, however, failed to score runs.
- All-Round Performance By Kiwis: New Zealand team had the upper hand in all three departments i.e. batting, bowling and fielding. They gave away only 11 extras in the entire match, with most of them came after the first 20 overs. It created extra pressure on Sri Lanka, and ultimately cost them the match.
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