New Zealand made a flying start to their World Cup campaign as paceman Matt Henry struck three times in a 10-wicket thrashing of woeful Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Henry returned figures of 3-29 and combined with fellow paceman Lockie Ferguson, who also took three wickets, to bowl out Sri Lanka for just 136 in 29.2 overs in Cardiff.
Martin Guptill and Colin Munro then hit unbeaten half-centuries to make short work of their modest target.
“It’s a great start for us. You want a balanced attack going into any surface. It is important that you have that to have aggressive options for different occasions,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.
“The two at the top played beautifully. It was nice for those guys to play a few shots. It was a good all-round performance.”
Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne added: “It was a good toss to win. In the morning it was seaming and swinging. They had that advantage and they have good bowlers to do that, so they took their chance.
“The batters aren’t low on confidence. We batted well in some practice games and we work really hard. We need to think about the game.”