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For some reason the man did not feel like removing his socks © Getty Images

The first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was interrupted by a streaker invaded the play at the Hagley Oval at Christchurch on Saturday. The nude person was rugby tackled by the stewards present at the venue, with the game being resumed within a few minutes. According to reports, the incident was met with laughter and applause. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

New Zealand won the match by 98 runs against Sri Lanka. McCullum’s quickfire 65 set New Zealand up for an imposing 331-6, with Kane Williamson adding 57 in the middle of the innings and Corey Anderson blasting 75 off 46 at the tail. Sri Lanka made a steady start in reply and were 124-1 in the 22nd over, setting themselves up for a big finish. But on a grey Christchurch day, where the temperature hovered around 13 degrees Celsius, they were soon to feel the heat as New Zealand mounted a triple strike and they were all out for 233 with nearly four overs remaining. In the space of 12 balls Trent Boult and Daniel Vettori combined to take three wickets for five runs to reduce Sri Lanka to 129 for the loss of four wickets. Vettori, Southee, Boult, Milne and Anderson took two wickets each. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE

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