The Black Caps took on Sri Lanka in game one of the Cricket World Cup in Christchurch. The Black Caps once again were far better than Sri Lanka and they have shown that they are a team to watch out for during this World Cup.
In any sport, you want your captain to lead the way for the team and inspire them to achieve more. Brendon McCullum did that perfectly as he got the Black Caps off to a quick start, doing what he does best - giving the cricket ball a smack! McCullum hit 65 runs of 49 balls and the Black Caps didn't look back.
Martin Guptill scored 49 and Kane Williamson scored 57 to keep the runs flowing during the middle stages. We all know that Corey Anderson loves to smack the cricket ball around as well and he scored 75 runs off 46 balls at the end of their 50 overs to give them 331 runs.
That was too many runs for Sri Lanka to chase, but the Black Cap bowlers did well to ensure that it was never close. Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori and Corey Anderson took 2 wickets each to send a warning signal to the rest of the teams at the World Cup.
Daniel Vettori bowled well, it's good to see the old guy back in action and he should be a key bowler for the Black Caps.
The Black Caps now play Scotland tomorrow (Tuesday) and they should win that game.
It will be interesting to see if coach Mike Hesson gives some players a rest. It's a long tournament and games like this one against a weaker opposition should give the rest of the squad an opportunity.