Co-hosts off the mark with victory over Sri Lanka.
It may not have seemed like it in the end, but the Black Caps were under plenty of pressure at the weekend, with all Kiwi eyes on their national cricket team as they took on Sri Lanka in the opening game of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
One man who more than handled the pressure of the occasion was New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, who not only top scored for the Black Caps with the bat, but also secured his side’s tightest bowling figures of 2-18 of 3.1 overs. Sounds like an easy effort with the ball, but considering batsmen have been taking bowlers to the cleaners throughout the opening days of the tournament, Anderson’s stint was very handy indeed.
Anderson’s 75 off 77 deliveries with the willow, too, helped NZ to their hefty total of 331, which proved 98 runs too many for the Lankans. Here’s a gallery of Anderson in action at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.