As in their first encounter of the last tournament four years ago, New Zealand made easy work of Sri Lanka in their opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Cardiff on June 1.

Back then, in Christchurch, New Zealand won by 98 runs. On Saturday, their bullish pace attack rolled their opponents over for 136 in 29.2 and then Martin Guptill (73* off 51 balls) and Colin Munro (58* off 47) hastened a ten-wicket victory in 16.1 overs.

This win for the Black Caps extends their grasp over Sri Lanka in ODIs to four consecutive matches dating back to December 2015. For Sri Lanka, this is their ninth loss in ten completed ODIs this year.

Kane Williamson won a good toss and put Sri Lanka in to bat on a green-tinged, lively surface. Sri Lanka’s top order was guilty of a couple loose shots, but full credit to New Zealand’s attack for inducing shots and repeatedly beating the bat to keep up the intensity. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne became only the second batsman in World Cup history to carry his bat through an innings as he witnessed his batting order crumble.