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Cricket World Cup: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in opener

Co-hosts New Zealand got off to a winning start with a resounding 98-run victory over Sri Lanka in the opening match of the World Cup in Christchurch.

2015 Cricket World Cup, Christchurch (Hagley Oval):
New Zealand 331-6 (50 overs): Anderson 75, B McCullum 65
Sri Lanka 233 (46.1 overs): Thirimanne 65, Anderson 2-18, Vettori 2-34
New Zealand won by 98 runs

Captain Brendon McCullum struck 65 off 49 balls as the Black Caps put on a rapid 111 for the first wicket.

Kane Williamson added a composed 57 before Corey Anderson blasted 75 off 46 balls to help the hosts to an imposing total of 331-6 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Sri Lanka subsided to 233 all out, with Daniel Vettori taking 2-34.

New Zealand, who play England next, have reached six World Cup semi-finals without ever going on to make the final.

The Black Caps, however, are one of the favourites for this tournament, and this powerful performance against the 2011 finalists underlined why they are so highly-rated.

“We executed our blueprint with the bat,” said McCullum. “It was a really good performance all round. We have been waiting a long time for this so it is great to complete our plans.”

Put in under grey skies, the hosts immediately attacked the Sri Lanka bowlers with some explosive hitting in the first powerplay.

Williamson recorded his 13th fifty in his last 17 ODIs, before Anderson, playing in his home city, helped New Zealand to add a crucial 102 in the final 10 overs.

Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996 and reached the final of the last two tournaments, but they will have to improve on this performance in order to challenge at this tournament.

Influential fast bowler Lasith Malinga was disappointing, conceding 84 runs in 10 wicketless overs.

Sri Lanka’s chase began well, with opener Lahiru Thirimanne hitting 65, but was soon derailed by the pace of Trent Boult and the spin of Vettori.

They collapsed from 124-1 to 168-6, with Boult, Adam Milne and Vettori, who reversed his retirement from ODIs last year, capturing two wickets each, and their innings never recovered.

They will hope for a rapid return to form when they face Afghanistan on Saturday.

“They probably scored 30 or 40 runs too many and then we needed someone in our top four to get a hundred,” said captain Angelo Matthews.

“But we are not going to panic, we still have five group games left.”

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Cricket: New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Kiwis seal series with Dunedin win

New Zealand claimed the one-day series with Sri Lanka, taking an unassailable 4-1 lead with a 120-run win in the penultimate match in Dunedin.

Kane Williamson (97) and Ross Taylor (96) hit two sixes apiece during a stand of 117 in 123 balls as the Kiwis posted 315-8 having opted to bat first.

Sixth one-day international, Dunedin
New Zealand 315-8 (50 ovs) bt Sri Lanka 195 (40.3 ovs) by 120 runs

Kumar Sangakkara (81) made his 93rd one-day international fifty but fell in the 38th over, the eighth wicket to go.

Sri Lanka were all out soon after for 195. The final game is on Thursday.

It was an emphatic victory for the Kiwis, who meet the Sri Lankans in the opening match of the World Cup on 14 February.

Williamson was badly dropped on 27 by Tillakarate Dilshan at short cover and reached fifty from 60 balls, but he was denied a sixth ODI century when he was run out after finding himself at the same end as Taylor when in pursuit of a second run.

Corey Anderson added 40 in 28 balls and hit three fours in an over from seamer Thisara Perera that cost 19.

Taylor struck sixes in consecutive overs before he was trapped lbw on the toe in the 47th over, but his team compiled the second highest total at the University Oval, to follow the record they set in the previous match.

The Sri Lankans made a solid start, reaching 55-0 after 12 overs before Dilshan and opening partner Lahiru Thirimanne departed in successive overs.

Sangakkara reached fifty from 39 balls, but having struck successive boundaries off left-arm seamer Trent Boult he got a leading edge and spooned a catch to mid-on, as New Zealand took control.

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Cricket: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 193 runs to win Test series 2-0

New Zealand completed a fine comeback to beat Sri Lanka by 193 runs and win the two-Test series 2-0.

Second Test, Basin Reserve, Wellington (day five):
New Zealand (221 & 524-5 dec) beat Sri Lanka (356 & 195) by 193 runs

Kane Williamson and BJ Watling’s Test record sixth-wicket partnership on day four hauled the Kiwis back into the match, having trailed by 135 on first innings in Wellington.

Mark Craig took 4-53 as the hosts bowled out Sri Lanka for 196.

“The last little while we’ve played some outstanding cricket,” said New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

New Zealand have not lost a Test series since being beaten in England in May 2013.

Since then, the Kiwis have won in West Indies and India, beaten West Indies away and drawn against Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Resuming on 45-1 in pursuit of an improbable 390 for victory, Sri Lanka slipped to 110-5 by lunch, and New Zealand wrapped up victory with a session to spare.

McCullum said: “To be able to fight our way out of an incredibly precarious position and not just save the Test, but to go on and win it in the manner that we did is testament to the work these guys do off the field.”

The sides start a seven-match one-day series on 11 January in Christchurch.

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Cricket: New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Williamson & Watling set Test record sixth-wicket stand

Kane Williamson and BJ Watling shared a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 as New Zealand dominated Sri Lanka on day four of the second Test.

Second Test, Wellington (Basin Reserve) (day four):
New Zealand 221 & 524-5 dec v Sri Lanka 356 & 45-1

Captain Brendon McCullum declared on 524-5, leaving Sri Lanka needing 390 in 107 overs at Wellington’s Basin Reserve to win and square the two-match series.

Williamson hit an unbeaten 242, his first Test double century while Watling made 142 not out, his fourth Test ton.

The record tops the 352 Watling and McCullum made against India last year.

That feat was also achieved at the Basin Reserve, where a bronze plaque marking the achievement had only been set in concrete three days ago.

Williamson spent more than 10 hours at the crease, scoring his ninth Test century and the seventh highest score by a New Zealander.

The 24-year-old faced 438 deliveries, scoring 18 fours, while Watling posted a career-best 142, with nine fours and a six as Sri Lanka toiled.

The tourists had reached 45-1 by the close after Dimuth Karunaratne fell for 17, leaving his opening partner Kaushal Silva (20 not out) and nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad to see them through the final overs.

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Cricket: New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara closes in on Don Bradman double hundred record

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara scored his 11th Test double century to move one behind Australia legend Don Bradman’s all-time record.

Second Test, Wellington (day two):
New Zealand 221 all out & 22-0 Sri Lanka 356 all out

He made 203 on day two of the second Test against New Zealand to help his side to 356 all out, a lead of 135.

Sangakkara will quit one day international cricket after the World Cup, which starts in February.

But the 37-year-old said he will “see whether there is a few more months of cricket in me Test-wise”.

Sangakkara, who spent the majority of his Test career keeping wicket – claiming 178 catches and 20 stumpings before giving up the gloves – also became the fastest player to reach 12,000 Test runs on day one.

“It just depends on how everything pans out after this World Cup,” added the former law student.

“It’s really hard to predict what will happen and what my thoughts will be at the end of the World Cup about my future.”

Day two in Wellington ended with the Kiwis 22-0 in their second innings.

Sri Lanka need to win the Test to level the two-match series after aneight-wicket loss in Christchurch.