Wet, wide start to World Cup 2015


CHRISTCHURCH: The 2015 World Cup got off to a wet and wide start at the Hagley Oval on Saturday as Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl against co-hosts New Zealand.

Seamer Nuwan Kulasekera bowled the first ball which sailed by the off-stump of Martin Guptill, while the first run was a wide off the third delivery.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum then hit his first ball for four off the last delivery of the opening over.

The start of play had been delayed by eight minutes due to light rain at the chilly venue.


New Zealand

Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi (wkt), Ross Taylor

Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wkt), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath.