By Andrew Alderson in Cardiff


Among the jewels in New Zealand's opening World Cup cricket victory over Sri Lanka was Kane Williamson's captaincy.

From his wheelhouse - alternating between mid-off and mid-on - he issued the orders to execute a near perfect plan to dismantle Sri Lanka's batting order. They appear one of the weaker sides in the tournament, but for the Black Caps to restrict them to 136 in 29.2 overs and win by 10 wickets with 203 balls to spare was nothing less than emphatic. A green mamba morphed into a verdant road.


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