CHRISTCHURCH: Powered by Corey Anderson’s heroics, New Zealand put a heavy total of 331 runs for the loss of six wickets in the World Cup opening match here at ChristChurch, ARY Sports reported on Saturday
Corey Anderson (75) put on 65 runs in 10 overs after leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis had captured two wickets in two balls to slow the co-hosts scoring while McCullum gave the cricket World Cup the explosive opening organisers had hoped for with a blazing 65.
New Zealand had got off to a flying start when McCullum lofted the first ball he faced to the extra cover boundary after being asked to bat by Angelo Mathews.
The pitch and conditions however did not help Sri Lanka’s bowlers with Lasith Malinga skidding on at a comfortable pace with little deviation through the air or off the pitch. He conceded 42 runs in his first four overs.
The openers put on 111 at almost seven an over before the introduction of left-arm spinner Rangana Herath clamped down the scoring rate and resulted in the New Zealand captain McCullum being well caught at long off by Mendis.
Sri Lanka had the opportunity to make a second break through when Kane Williamson was dropped by Kumar Sangakkara on the first ball from Suranga Lakmal.
The 24-year-old Williamson made the most of the escape to effortlessly bring up his 13th score in excess of 50 in his last 19 ODIs before he was brilliantly caught by a diving Dimuth Karunaratne at wide long on off Mendis for 57.
The leg-spinner then had Ross Taylor stumped for 14 by Sangakkara on the next ball, before Elliott and Anderson stabilised the innings.