World Cup Day 1 (February 14): New Zealand, Australia cruise to victories

Christchurch, Feb 14: Hosts New Zealand and Australia, both favourites, launched their ICC World Cup 2015 campaigns in similar fashion, cruising to victories in Christchurch and Melbourne respectively on the first day of the tournament. New Zealand hammered Sri Lanka by 98 runs while Australia crushed England by 111 runs.

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The 14-team tournament will see 49 matches over 44 days. The teams are divided into 2 groups of 7 each and top 4 from each pool qualify for knockout stage (quarter-finals). The final is on March 29 in Melbourne.

Finch celebrates his 50. He went on to score 135

The updates of the opening day are here (all times in IST)

4.30 PM: That brings us close to the live updates of day 1. Easy wins for both New Zealand and Australia. Tomorrow's matches - South Africa Vs Zimbabwe (6.30 AM IST) and India Vs Pakistan (9 AM IST)

4.28 PM: All over. Australia beat England by 111 runs. Bizarre end to the game! Taylor (98) was given out LBW to Hazlewood by umpire Aleem Dar. But the batsman used Decision Review System (DRS) and the call was overruled as replays showed ball missing the legstump. However, he and James Anderson had attempted for a run and the latter was found short of his crease resulting in a run out. Taylor not out on 98. England 231 all out in 41.5 overs. Finch is the Man-of-the-match

4.17 PM: Only interest left for England (221/9 in 40) is whether Taylor gets to his ton. He is batting on 94

3.57 PM: Stuart Broad is bowled by Mitchell Starc for a golden duck. England head towards defeat 194/8 in 36.1 overs. James Taylor batting on 76

3.37 PM: Drinks Break - England 159/6 in 32 overs, need 184 more to win in 18 overs

3.00 PM: Another brilliant catch from Australia, this time it is Steve Smith to send back Jos Buttler. Marsh has 5 now. England 92/6 in 21.2

2.44 PM: Absolute stunner from Haddin, takes a diving one-handed (left) catch to dismiss Morgan for a duck. Marsh on a roll, gets his 4th wicket. England 73/5 in 18

2.42 PM: England's batsmen still struggling to up the run rate. 72/4 in 17.3

2.27 PM: It looks an uphill task for the 1992 runners-up now. England are 67/4 after 15 overs as the umpires call for the drinks break.

2.20 PM: England lose two successive wickets to Mitchell Marsh. Bell and Root depart. Marsh on a hat-trick. England are 66/4 in 14 overs. Morgan plays out hat-trick ball

2.05 PM:
Mitchell Marsh has taken his first World Cup wicket, dismissing Gary Ballance. England are 51/2 in 11 overs now. Joe Root has joined Bell

1.38 PM - Mitchell Starc gets Moeen Ali for 10. England 29/1 in 5 overs

1.28 PM - Big match tomorrow - India Vs Pakistan in Adelaide. Read the preview here

1.27 PM - England's run-chase of 343 has begun. Currently 10/0 in 2.5 overs. Moeen Ali and Ian Bell are openers

12.47 PM - HAT-TRICK for Steven Finn - dismissed Haddin, Maxwell and Johnson (4th, 5th and 6th balls of 50th over. Australia finished with 342/9 in 50 overs. Finn (137) and Maxwell (66) were the batting stars

Vettori celebrates with his team-mates after dismissing Dilshan

12.23 PM - Maxwell hits 4 consecutive FOURS off Finn. He is batting on 54 off 31. Australia 299/6 in 46 overs

12.16 PM - Maxwell and Marsh dominating at MCG. Australia 281/5 in 45 overs. Half century partnership in less than 7 overs

11.46 AM - Finn strikes to remove Bailey (55). Australia 228/5 in 38.1

11.45 AM - Corey Anderson (75 and 2 wickets) is the Man-of-the-match

11.39 AM - Finch's fine innings of 135 (128 balls, 12x4, 3x6) is ended by a brilliant piece of fielding by Morgan. His direct hit caught the opener short of the crease

11.35 AM - 200 up for Australia in 36th over. 2 wickets down

11.22 AM - BREAKING - New Zealand (331/6) beat Sri Lanka (233) by 98 runs, take 2 points. Scorecard

11.09 AM - HUNDRED - 1st one of World Cup 2015 - Aaron Finch gets there (102 off 102). He was dropped on 0

11.08 AM - Australia have taken batting powerplay (31 to 35). 161/3 in 30 overs

10.58 AM - Mathews departs for 46. That could be the end of Sri Lanka's chances. 217/8 in 41.4 overs

10.49 AM - Final 10 overs, Sri Lanka need 123 runs. 3 wickets in hand. At MCG, Australia have recovered from 70/3 to 129/3 in 24 overs

10.28 AM - Sri Lanka need 149 more runs to win in 14 overs. 183/6 in 36 overs

10.11 AM - DRINKS break at MCG - Australia 86/3 in 15 overs. Finch 53*, Bailey 4*

10.10 AM - Sri Lanka 6 down now. Only hope left is Mathews. 170/6 in 33 (162 needed off 17)

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9.54 AM - Sri Lanka are 153/4 in 29.4 overs. Getting tougher for them as they further need 179 in 20.2

9.53 AM - Australia in trouble after a good start. 70/3 in 10.3 overs. Stuart Broad took two in two (Warner and Watson) and now Chris Woakes sent back Steve Smith

9.29 AM - 50 up for Australia in 6.1 overs. No wickets. Not the best of start for England, a dropped catch, misfields

9.12 AM - 100 up for Sri Lanka in the 19th over. They need 332 to win Vs New Zealand

9.04 AM - DROPPED - Finch (0) put down by Chris Woakes off Anderson in the very first over

9.00 AM - Australia open with David Warner and Aaron Finch. James Anderson is the bowler

8.30 AM - At Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), England have won the toss and elected to field against Australia

8.24 AM - Sri Lanka make slow start. 37/0 in 8 overs

7.52 AM - Sri Lanka begin their run-chase. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne are the openers. 332 to win in 50 overs

7.24 AM - Innings Break - New Zealand have posted a massive 331/6 in 50 overs after half centuries from Brendon McCullum (65), Kane Williamson (57) and Corey Anderson (75). Will be tough for Sri Lanka to overhaul this score

7.20 AM - Worst day for Malinga - 10-0-84-0 (8x4, 1x6)

7.12 AM - 300 up for NZ in 47.3 overs. Anderson takes them there with a SIX

7.11 AM - 36-ball 50 for Anderon. Reached to his half century with a four

7.07 AM - Luke Ronchi (16) is bowled by Malinga. But third umpire checks replays for no-ball and the Sri Lankan has overstepped. Nothing going right for Malinga (0/74 in 9 overs).

7.00 AM - Anderson (43) dropped by Mendis off Lakmal

6.50 AM - Grant Elliott dismissed for 29 by Lakmal. NZ 258/5 in 43.5 overs

6.37 AM - After 41 overs, NZ 238/4

6.14 AM - 200 up for NZ in 36.4 overs for the loss of 4 wickets

6.07 AM Here is the first catch-a-million winner of WC. This guy took a one-handed catch in the stands. What is this contest all about?

Here it is - "We're backing the BLACKCAPS to go all the way so we'll throw some extra cash in the pot every time they advance all the way up to $1,000,000 if they raise the cup. Cash will be split between each person who takes the first clean, one handed catch at any of the 23 ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches held within NZ (Feb 14 - Mar 24). So even if there are only two catches like last year and the BLACKCAPS win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that's a cool $500,000 each!," according to Tui, the competition organising company.

6.04 AM HAT-TRICK Ball - Corey Anderson is the new man to face Mendis. Safely played out to the offside.

6.02 AM - WICKET - Double blow for Kiwis. Ross Taylor stumped out by Sangakkara off Mendis. Third umpire takes a look at replays 3 to 4 times before sending Taylor (16) back. 193/4 in 33.4 overs

5.58 AM - WICKET - Williamson departs for 57. NZ 193/3 in 33.3 overs. Drinks break now

5.52 AM - Half century for Williamson in 59 balls. He was dropped on 0

5.24 AM - Halfway stage - NZ 145/2 in 25 overs (Run rate 5.80)

5.11 AM - Guptill dismissed for 49, diving catch from Sangakkara off Lakmal. NZ 136/2 in 22.2 overs

5.00 AM - Herath is into his 6th over, 1/23. Things have slowed down after the exit of McCullum

4.48 AM - Kane Williamson is the new batsman for Kiwis. Dropped by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara off the 1st ball from Suranga Lakmal

4.44 AM - 1st WICKET - McCullum c Jeevan Mendis b Herath 65 (49b, 10x4, 1x6). Good catch at long off. NZ 111/1 in 15.5

4.38 AM - 100 partnership between McCullum and Guptill - 104/0 in 14 overs

4.29 AM - 1st four, six and now also the first half century of the World Cup to captain McCullum (50 off 35 balls)

4.23 AM - 10 overs and New Zealand have raced to 77/0. (McCullum 45* off 28, Martin Guptill 26* off 34)

4.21 AM - Terrible start for Malinga. His 4 overs costing 0/41 (5 fours, 1 six). He is taken off the attack and replaced by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath

4.15 AM - After hitting the 1st four of the tournament, McCullum launched the 1st SIX, in the 8th over off Malinga

4.07 AM - Brisk start for New Zealand. 44/0 in 6 overs

3.40 AM - 1st boundary of the World Cup - McCullum hits Kulasekara for 4 on the final ball of the opening over

3.37 AM - We are finally under way. World Cup has begun. Nuwan Kulasekara bowls the 1st ball to Martin Guptill. Wide of offstump and left alone. Brendon McCullum is the other opener.

3.30 AM - We have to wait for the match to start as there are few drops of rain. Very cold in Christchurch.

3 AM IST (10.30 AM Local) - Mathews won the toss and opted to field

This how the pitch looks for the World Cup opener

Fans get ready

Full house at Hagley Oval

Watch out for Lasith Malinga

Home team bowlers at practice

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