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Anderson fashions kiwi victory against lanka

Anderson fashions kiwi victory against lanka
Co-hosts New Zealand sent out a stern warning to all their rivals by earning a convincing 98-run victory over 2011 finalists Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup opener at the Hagley Oval on Saturday. New Zealand showcased their all-round skills, first scoring a mammoth 331/6 and then bowling out Sri Lanka for 233 in 46.1 overs to begin their Group A campaign with a bang. Sri Lanka got off to a good start with Lahiru Thirimanne (65) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (24) stringing together 67 runs for the opening wicket.

Former captain Kumar Sangakkara (39) Thirimanne added another 57 runs to take Sri Lanka to 124/1 in 21.5 overs. At the time, the 1996 Cup winners were in the game and in with a good chance to chase down the imposing target. However, that all changed as Thirimanne’s dismissal led to the end of the Sri Lankan challenge. BRIEFSCORES NZL 331/6 (Anderson 75, McCullum 65; Mendis 2/5) beat Sri Lanka 233/10 in 46.1 overs (Thirimanne 65, Anderson 2/18) by 98 runs.
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