Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne stroked sublime centuries as Sri Lanka made England’s 309 look pedestrian, chasing it down with 16 balls to spare to win their World Cup clash by nine wickets in Wellington.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who suffered a blow on his forearm during his innings against Australia on Saturday, has been cleared of serious injury and is expected to take the field for his side's next game on Friday.
Speaking ahead of the crucial World Cup encounter against Sri Lanka on Sunday at Wellington, all-rounder Chris Woakes insisted England need to do well against big teams to go the distance in the tournament.
Ravichandran Ashwin got his first four-wicket haul as India displayed a near-perfect performance on the bouncy, fast wicket at Perth to beat the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets, India’s second biggest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining.
Brendon McCullum pummeled the third fastest World Cup half-century, while calm and composed Kane Williamson survived a Mitchell Starc storm as New Zealand held their nerve to post a one-wicket against Australia at Auckland.
Ahead of their much anticipated World Cup clash against Australia on Saturday, Brendon McCullum was confident, affirming that his side will be tough to defeat if they execute their plans to perfection in Eden Park.
Australian captain Michael Clarke, who is set to play his first international match after recovering from a hamstring injury, stated that he is excited and ready to go ahead of the big match against New Zealand on Saturday in Auckland.
After hitting the fastest 150 in One-Day Internationals, South African skipper AB de Villiers credited the top order for setting the foundation which enabled him to play an "enjoyable knock" against West Indies on Friday.