ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Day 1 (February 14) Highlights

Christchurch/Melbourne, Feb 14: A hat-trick, two 300 plus scores, a individual hundred, two five-wicket hauls. Plenty happened on the first day of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on Saturday.

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Cricket's biggest spectacle was unveiled at Hagley Oval in Christchurch and co-host New Zealand hammered Sri Lanka by 98 runs. Australia too secured a big win over England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) today.

Finch celebrating his half century. He went on to score 135

Here are the highlights from the opening day of World Cup, from both Pool A matches

# New Zealand scored 331/6 in 50 overs and later restricted Sri Lanka to 233 all out to win by 98 runs in the opening game of the tournament

# Australia went further than their neighbours and posted 342/9 in 50 overs against England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). They bowled out England for 231 to win by 111 runs

# There were 4 half centuries in this game (3 from New Zealand and 1 Sri Lankan)

# Jeevan Mendis took 2 wickets in 2 balls for Sri Lanka

# England paceman Steven Finn took a hat-trick (Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson) in the 50th over of Australia innings

# Aaron Finch (135) hit the first century of this World Cup. This was after he had a reprieve on 0 by Chris Woakes off James Anderson

# There were only 2 sixes (New Zealand) in the 1st match

# Lasith Malinga had a forgettable game with 0/84 in 10 overs

# Australia hit 3 sixes, all from Finch

# Stuart Broad and Mitchell Marsh took two wickets in two balls

# Australia was the first team to use Decision Review System (DRS) in World Cup 2015. however, it was unsuccessful after appealing for a catch off James Taylor

# Two five-wicket hauls today, in same match - Finn and Marsh

# James Taylor topscored for England with 98 not out

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