Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in rain-hit encounter

Sri Lanka chose to bat first in the fifth ODI © AFP


Hambantota: Nov 12, 2012


Sri Lanka take on New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI match at Hambantota on Monday.


The hosts earlier registered a comfortable seven-wicket win against New Zealand in in the rain-affected fourth One-Day International at Hambantota on Saturday.


Dinesh Chandimal (43) and Kumar Sangakkara (42*) stitched an 87-run partnership for the second wicket as the hosts had to chase a low target of 132 runs in 32 overs.


Earlier New Zealand were restricted to 131 for eight. The match started late due to rain.  The match was reduced to a 42-over per side affair. As the game progressed, further spells of shower caused interruptions and the game was eventually reduced to 32-overs per side. As a result, the Kiwi innings could never get to a steady position.


Sri Lanka lead the series 3-0.


Catch the live score & ball-by-ball commentary of the fifth ODI match here