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hosts Australia and New Zealand
kicked off their Cricket World Cup
campaigns in style with convincing
victories before their respective
home crowds yesterday.
Playing before a sell-out crowd
at the Melbourne Cricket Ground,
the Aussies powered to a com-
manding 111-run win over arch-
rivals England while at Hagley Park
in Christchurch, the Black Caps
trounced Sri Lanka by 98 runs.
Both contests proved lopsided in
the end, with both England and Sri
Lanka appearing lethargic.
At the MCG, the Aussies were
propelled by opener Aaron Finch s
brilliant 135 before his home crowd,
as they rallied to 342 for nine off
their allotted 50 overs.
The hosts were slumping at 70
for three in the 11th over before
Finch combined with captain
George Bailey (55) in a 146-run,
fourth wicket stand to pull the
Finch, a right-hander, slammed
12 fours and three sixes off 128 balls
before perishing via the run out
route in the 37th over, with the
score on 216 for four.
Bailey followed soon after but
Glenn Maxwell slammed 66 off 40
balls with 11 fours, to give the
innings a fitting climax.
Seamer Steven Finn was Eng-
land s best bowler with five for 71.
In reply, England were rocked by
seamer Mitchell Marsh and stum-
bled to 92 for six in the 22nd over,
a position from which they never
Marsh finished with five for 33
and Mitchell Starc and Mitchell
Johnson claimed two wickets apiece
as England eventually crumbled for
231 all out in the 42nd over.
James Taylor was the only bats-
man to show resistance with an
unbeaten 98 off 90 balls, with 11
fours and two sixes.
Anderson, McCullum and
Williamson hit half centuries
In Christchurch, Corey Anderson
(75), captain Brendon McCullum
(65) and Kane Williamson (57) all
thrashed half-centuries as New
Zealand piled up an impressive 331
for six after being sent in.
McCullum, who played a blinder
at the top off just 49 balls with ten
fours and a six, posted 111 for the
first wicket with Martin Guptill,
whose 49 was more sedate coming
off 62 deliveries.
Williamson and Ross Taylor (14)
added 57 for the third wicket and
when both fell to leg-spinner Jeevan
Mendis off successive deliveries in
the 34th over, Anderson and Grant
Elliott (29) put on a further 65 for
the fifth wicket.
Anderson exploded in the last five
overs, hitting eight fours and two
sixes overall in a 46-ball cameo,
adding 73 for the sixth wicket with
wicketkeeper Luke Roncho who fin-
ished unbeaten on 29.
Sri Lanka got a cautious start of
67 from Lahiru Thirimanne, who hit
65 off 60 balls and Tillakaratne Dil-
shan, whose 24 lasted 41 balls.
When Dilshan clipped a tame
return catch back to left-arm spinner
Daniel Vettori in the 13th over, Thi-
rimanne and Kumar Sangakkara (39)
kept Sri Lanka in the hunt with a
57-run, second wicket stand.
However, three wickets---including
those of Sangakkara and Mahela
Jayawardene (0)---tumbled for five
runs in the space of 11 deliveries to
tilt the balance New Zealand s way,
and despite captain Angelo
Matthew s 46, the result was never
in dispute. (CMC)
MELBOURNE---When the England
team starts working out how to
come back from its massive open-
ing World Cup loss to Australia,
the form of its captain could be
high on the agenda.
Eoin Morgan was dismissed for
a duck yesterday as England suffered
a demoralising 111-run loss to Aus-
tralia in their first Pool A game.
Morgan somehow managed to
edge Mitch Marsh s delivery off the
toe of his bat to diving wicketkeeper
Brad Haddin. And while the manner
of his dismissal may be new, Morgan
has now amassed three ducks from
his past four innings.
Despite his recent failure with the
bat, Morgan maintains there is no
cause for concern.
"After that dismissal, I don t think
so," he said. "I hit the toe end, the
ball probably held up a bit on the
pitch. It s not ideal getting out get-
ting naught, but no (I m not con-
Morgan took comfort from the
different types of his dismissals.
"If I were nicking every ball and
getting out I d be worried, but I m
not, I m getting out in different
ways," he said. "It does give me con-
fidence (to turn it around)."
England next plays New Zealand
in Wellington on February 20.
"I think every game the senior
players should lead from the front,
especially when you re playing
against a side who have been on a
bit of a run," Morgan said.
While Morgan and England s top
order failed with the bat, No 6 James
Taylor finished stranded just short
of his century on 98 not out when
James Anderson was incorrectly
ruled to have been run out to end
"Typical James Taylor. He got
himself in, scored in different areas
and managed to take advantage of
being in," Morgan said. "Again, these
are qualities we re looking for. Guys
who can not only get 60, 40, guys
who can go on and potentially win
a game." (AP)
Morgan plays down slump in form after another duck
Hosts Australia, NZ
off to flying start
England's James Anderson left, and James Taylor third left, shake hands with Australia's cricketers after their
Cricket World Cup pool A match in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
New Zealand teammates appeal for a wicket against Sri Lanka during the
opening match of the Cricket World Cup at Christchurch, New Zealand,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga bowls during the opening match of the Cricket
World Cup between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Christchurch, New
Zealand, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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