After registering a nervous win against Scotland at Dunedin earlier today, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult admitted that his team made a heavy weather of the small target by losing too many wickets towards the end.
Almost by right, a World Cup ought to have a team deemed clear favourites to lift the trophy. In 2011, co-hosts India and Sri Lanka were the anointed ones, and they did meet in the final, with the former clinching their second title. In both 2003 and 2007, Australia were the obvious choice and they didn’t disappoint.
With the World Cup now almost upon us, all the cricket pundits, analysts and the Cricket World team are telling us who they think will win the coveted trophy. Prithvijit Roy gives us his predictions in more detail.
New Zealand Women's captain Suzie Bates took advantage of being dropped early in her innings to score a match-winning century in the first One-Day International against England Women in Mount Maunganui.
Proud owners of one of the best World Cup jerseys, sizzling hot on the field with their dives and athleticism and a name etched out for always punching above their weight, New Zealand are co-hosts of the 2015 World Cup.
Kumar Sangakkara notched up a fluent hundred as Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a vital fifty to bestow Sri Lanka a 34-run consolatory win in the final ODI of the seven match series conquered 4-2 by New Zealand.