Christchurch/Melbourne, Feb 13: Tomorrow, at 3.30 AM IST, the first ball of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be bowled at Hagley Oval here. Co-host New Zealand and Sri Lanka will headline the opening act of cricket's biggest tournament.
Also on Saturday, old foes Australia, the other co-host, and England will face off at Melbourne Cricket Ground (9 AM IST). (List of commentators)
Ahead of the opening day's proceedings in New Zealand and Australia, here is schedule, squads, venues for Day 1 of the 44-day long tournament (All venues' guide)
14 February (Saturday) Matches (Pool A 2 Games)
Pool A: New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Australia, England, Bangladesh, Scotland, Afghanistan
- 3.30 AM IST (11 AM Local) - New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka (Hagley Oval, Christchurch) - Day Match
- 9.00 AM IST (2.30 PM Local) - Australia Vs England (Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne) - Day/Night
Both matches Live on Star Sports. Live scores here
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson. Coach: Mike Hesson.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal (wicketkeeper), Dimuth Karunaratne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake. Coach: Marvan Atapattu.
NZ Vs SL - Head-to-head: Played: 89; New Zealand 41; Sri Lanka won 40; Tied 1; No Result 7
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey (vice-captain), Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson. Coach: Darren Lehmann.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes. Coach: Peter Moores.
Aus Vs Eng - Head-to-head: Played: 130; Australia won 76; England won 49; Tied 2; No Result 3
Playing Sunday (February 15) - Day 2
- 6.30 AM IST (2 PM Local) - South Africa Vs Zimbabwe (Seddon Park, Hamilton)
- 9.00 AM IST (2 PM Local) - India Vs Pakistan (Adelaide Oval, Adelaide)