New Zealand coast to opening Cricket World Cup win over Sri Lanka

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson

Henry returned figures of 3-29 and combined with fellow paceman Lockie Ferguson who also took three wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 136 in 29.2 overs in Cardiff.

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro then hit unbeaten half-centuries to make short work of their modest target.

"The two at the top played beautifully. It was a good all-round performance". In the morning it was seaming and swinging. "We need to think about the game".

Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bowl on a pitch so green that it was indistinguishable from the outfield, and he was rewarded when Matt Henry trapped opener Lahiru Thirimanne lbw in the first over.

Matt Henry removed Lahiru Thirimanne (4), Kusal Perera (29) and Kusal Mendis (0) to reduce Sri Lanka to 46-3 inside the opening powerplay before Lockie Ferguson pouched an impressive 3-22 to decimate the batting line-up.

Opener Karunaratne, who has taken over the captaincy after a four-year ODI exile, made an unbeaten 52.

Lockie Ferguson looked at his unsafe best, mixing rapid pace and astute angles to trap Dhananjaya De Silva lbw and have Jeevan Mendis caught in the gully, while his contrasting partner in crime also had success, as Colin de Grandhomme found the conditions to his liking to wobble one into the edge of Angelo Mathews.

Karunaratne and Thisara Perera shared a 52-run partnership for the seventh wicket off 51 balls, combining after Sri Lanka slumped to 60-6.

# Dimuth Karunaratne (52*) became only the second player to carry the bat in a World Cup after Ridley Jacobs (49*) of West Indies did the same against Australia in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

Henry first picked Perera before forcing next batsman Kusal Mendis to knick one to the slip on the very next delivery.

Jeevan Mendis (1) was dismissed by Ferguson as he was caught ay gully by James Neesham.

However, when spinner Mitchell Santner had Thisara caught at long-on, Sri Lanka lost their final four wickets for just 24 runs - Ferguson bowling Lasith Malinga to wrap up the innings.

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