Day 1 of 11th World Cup saw the two hosts playing the inaugural matches. As expected both trounced their respective opponents scoring 300+ runs and then letting their bowlers feast. Losers had some memories too. Thirimanne scored half-century on World Cup debut, while Finn grabbed first hattrick for England. Amidst convincing losses, the day would be more remembered for the unbeaten 98 runs of James Taylor though.
Quick half-centuries from Brendum McCullum and Corey Anderson led New Zealand to big score, while century from Finch and half-century from Maxwell made England concede their biggest total in a World Cup match.
Even Williamson and Bailey scored a half-century each. But the biggest knock of the day came from James Taylor. Unlike others, he batted all alone, had no support from team and was chasing the high total. He was left stranded dramatically on 98 runs as he ran short of partners.
First Day Statistics
- Corey Anderson and Aaron Finch were declared Players of the Match for the two matches.
New Zealand scored their — 300+ score in World Cup.
Australia registered their — 300+ score in World Cup.
Finn grabbed first hattrick for England on the last three balls of Australian innings. Haddin, Maxwell and Johnson were his victims.
Mitch Marsh became the 7th bowler to grab 5-wicket haul on World Cup debut.
5-wicket hauls by Finn and Mitch Marsh.
Century by Finch.
7 50s: Brendum McCullum, Williamson, Corey Anderson, Thirimanne, Bailey, Maxwell and James Taylor.
55 by Bailey was the highest score by an Australia batsman on World Cup captaincy debut.
Finch is now the second Australian after David Boon, who was the match official today of the first match to make a World Cup ton in Australia.
Five wicket on Debut at World Cup
- Dennis Lillee (Aus) 5/34, 1975
Gary Gilmour (Aus) 6/14 1975
Winston Davis (WI) 7/51, 1983
A Codrington (Canada) 5/27 2003
Daniel Fleming (Aus) 5/36, 1996
Ravi Rampaul (WI) 5/51 2011
Mitch Marsh (Aus) vs Eng, 2015