Sri Lanka v New Zealand: first game of Cricket World Cup at Hagley Oval in Christchurch

Suranga Lakmal - Sri Lanka Cricket

The wait is finally over, with co-hosts New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka in the first match of the 2015 World Cup. The Black Caps go into the tournament with an unusually large amount of expectation on their shoulders following a superb run of performances over the past few months.

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Captain Brendon McCullum and young gun Kane Williamson will lead the way with the bat, while pace duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee lead an impressive bowling attack.

Sri Lanka hasn’t been in great form leading into the tournament but with their batting line-up stacked with classy veterans like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan, they can never be written off.

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Dimuth Karunaratne - Sri Lanka Cricket

TM Dilshan Vs New Zealand Cricket

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