Naked intruder barged into the playing area during New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at the ICC World Cup 2015
Updated - Feb 14, 2015 8:45 pm
Naked intruder barged into the playing area during New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at the ICC World Cup 2015: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 started with a bang as co-hosts New Zealand were up against Sri Lanka in the opening contest. The match played at Christchurch in New Zealand had all the action right from the start for home fans. Their team batting first, skipper Brendon McCullum open fired with a half century to kick start the innings and the match that eventually New Zealand won without much trouble. But something that also grabbed attention was an intruder stark naked barging into the playing area.
An unidentified man, who was not wearing any piece of cloth on his body, with unknown intentions made his way through the crowd beating the security guys into the ground. Stewards and security personnel present at the boundary chased him. But he had his escape route and made them chase before one of them tackled him down and later was taken away with force.
The incident not only added a bit humor to the tense game but also raised alarm over security as someone being able to clear himself into the park is not a good sign as far as security is concerned. And this remained to be the only non-cricketing intervention that happened during the game.
New Zealand was all over Sri Lanka never actually losing the grip over the game. First building on a huge 332for Sri Lanka to chase with half-centuries from McCullum, middle-order batsman Kane Williamson also hit a solid 57 as slogger Corey Anderson towards the end blasted 75 from 46 balls to take the Black Caps score to a par score of 331-6.
In the second innings their bowlers kept the Lankan batsmen in check and with pacer Trent Boult and veteran spinner Daniel Vettori paired up to strike three blows and Sri Lanka were struggling in their run chase at 129-4. By the end of their innings all the five Kiwi bowlers Southee, Boult, Milne, Anderson and Vittori had a couple of wickets each to clean up Sri Lanka on 233 as they fell 98 runs short.