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New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in World Cup opener by 98 runs

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand got off to a winning start in World Cup 2015 as they defeated Sri Lanka by a big margin of 98 runs in the first match of the tournament at Hagley Oval.

Sri Lanka were all out for 233 runs chasing a huge total of 331 runs. The Lankan side despite having a tremendous start was unable to cross the winning line.

Lahuri Thirimanne was the top scorer for the Asian side as he made 65. Skipper Angelo Mathews made 46 runs.

Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne and Daniel Vittori picked up two wickets each.

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first, which turned out to be a disastrous decision as their bowlers were hammered for 331 runs in 50 overs by the Black Caps.

Skipper Brandon McCullm smashed 65 off just 49 deliveries. Corey Anderson smoked 75 runs near the end of the innings to guide the team to 331 for six wickets.

Surangan Lakmal and Jeeven Mendis picked up two wickets each.