#CWC15 | Day 1
After months of planning and preparation, the build-up to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup come to a hault yesterday, as the tournament got underway in New Zealand and Australia.
Two cracking match-ups on Day 1, as the two host nations begin their campaigns.
Welcome to our coverage of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
We’ll have some LIVE matches for you later in the tournament, including all the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, but for the rest of the tournament, we’ll have some post-match analysis for you, at the end of each days play!
The first match of the tournament takes us to New Zealand, for the match up between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
These two recently contested a 7-match ODI series in the land of the long white cloud, and New Zealand were too good, and as you’ll read below, they carried that form into the World Cup.
2015 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match 1
Group A | New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Sri Lanka won the toss, elected to bowl first.
New Zealand 6/331 (50) | Sri Lanka 233 (46.1)
New Zealand wins by 98 runs
Man of the Match | Corey Anderson
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|Match 1 | New Zealand v Sri Lanka|
|New Zealand 6/331 (50)||Sri Lanka 233 (46.1)|
|Anderson | 75 (46)
McCullum | 65 (49)
Williamson | 57 (65)
Guptill | 49 (62)
Mendis | 2/5 (2)
Lakmal | 2/62 (10)
|Thirimanne | 65 (60)
Matthews | 46 (52)
Dilshan | 24 (41)
Sangakkara | 39 (38)
Vettori | 2/34 (10)
Southee | 2/43 (10)
|New Zealand win by 98 runs|
It was a magnificent start to the cup campaign for the Black Caps, who are a dark-horse for this tournament, in fact, many people predicting them to go all the way.
Anderson, the man who scored, what is now the second fastest century in this form of the game, again lead the way for New Zealand with 75 in no-time. Brendon McCullum is a danger man in this side, and he got the innings off to a strong start, scoring 65.
New Zealand have become very good at finishing their innings off strongly, and that was no exception here, with 102 runs coming off the last ten overs, to set up the target of 332 for Sri Lanka to win this opening game.
The Sri Lankans made their way to the middle, to have a crack at the difficult task at hand, and unfortunately, once Kumar Sangakkara was dismissed in the 24th over, they never looked like getting there.
Angelo Matthews offered some resilience, but wickets kept falling around him, and when he fell at 8/216, the job was as good as done for New Zealand.
All of the five New Zealand bowlers used pocketed two wickets each.
Corey Anderson’s blistering display late in the innings earned him the Man of the Match award.
New Zealand will next play Scotland on Tuesday morning, while Sri Lanka will face Afghanistan next Sunday. Both matches will be played at the University Oval in Dunedin.
Next, we were off to Melbourne, Australia, where old rivals, Australia and England would get the tournament underway on Australian Soil.
Australia continued their dominance from the Carlton-Mid Series, but without a bit of hard work.
2015 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match 2
Group A | Australia v England
Melbourne Cricket Ground
England won the toss, elected to bowl first.
Australia 9/342 (50) | England 231 (41.5)
Australia wins by 111 runs
Man of the Match | Aaron Finch
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Match 2 | Australia v England
|Australia | 9/342 (50)||England 231 (41.5)|
|Finch | 135 (128)
Maxwell | 66 (40)
Bailey | 55 (69)
Haddin | 31 (14)
Finn | 5/71 (10)
Broad | 2/66 (10)
Taylor | 98* (90)
Australia wins by 111 runs
England started strongly. The Australians were 3/70 at one point, but a brilliant innings from Aaron Finch, and a show-stopping 66 from Maxwell and 31 from Haddin, rescued the Australians, who ended up posting 9/342.
They were 6/342 with three balls remaining, but a brilliant finish to the innings from Steven Finn, who claimed a hat-trick, stopped the Australians from getting to 350.
Aaron Finch racked up his second century in ODI’s at the MCG, and Steven Finn continues to show why he’s England’s best bowler at the moment.
Shane Watson again misfired, dismissed first ball, without troubling the scorers once more. The pressure is mounting right now, with experts calling for him to be replaced at number three.
England made a solid start, but it didn’t last long… Moeen Ali was dismissed early, soon followed by Ballance and Ian Bell, and it was 3/66 in the 14th over… the very next ball, it was 4/66, as Joe Root fell for a golden duck, and England were no hope from there, despite some brilliant play from James Taylor, who ended up 98 not out, off just 90 balls, but as wickets fell around him, it was evident that this would be Australia’s day.
Mitchell Marsh was the star for Australia, picking up a five wicket haul to go with his valuable 23 runs in the Australian Innings.
However, the last wicket was very controversial… in fact, it was a wicket that shouldn’t have been, as Jimmy Anderson was run out, after the umpire at the bowlers end had given Taylor out LBW… in this case, because the batsman was given out, the ball should’ve been dead, but the Australians removed the stumps of Jimmy Anderson, and appealed for the run out.
While that was happening, Taylor referred the LBW decision, and was given not out, as the ball was heading down the leg-side.
The umpires then determined that since Taylor wasn’t out, they’d refer the run out to the video umpire, who gave Anderson out, despite the dead ball…
In the grand scheme of things, yes it’ll trigger plenty of debate, but it didn’t change the result… Australia home by 111 runs.
Tomorrow, the tournament continues when South Africa take on Zimbabwe, while a sold out Adelaide Oval will be home to a match that promises so much, between arch rivals, Pakistan.
We can’t wait… the World Cup is up, up and away, as both the host nations start their campaign in style… piling on the runs, and giving their adoring fans something to smile about.
We look forward to your company, as this carnival of cricket continues… For now, it’s goodbye!