Good Morning! Hello and Welcome to Cricket Country’s live coverage of the second of the five-match ODI series between hosts New Zealand and visitors Sri Lanka at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday. This is Rishad D’Souza along with Amit Banerjee, and we will be bringing you all the live updates and action of this match. New Zealand have only consolidated their favourites tag after the first two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) have humiliated Sri Lanka to varying degrees in both games. New Zealand will look to be similarly dominant in the third ODI in a bid to seal the series. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 3rd ODI at Nelson

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 277/2 in 46.2 overs | Batting: Lahiru Thirimanne 87(103), Dinesh Chandimal 27(39): Dropped! Sodhi spills a chance to dismiss Chandimal, who comes down the track and gets a top-edge off Santner. Gives the Sri Lankans a couple of runs instead. Not that the dismissal would have made much of a difference to the visitors, with Thirimanne looking to finish the game off. Sri Lanka reach 250 in the 42nd over, with Thirimanne batting on 67, as the Sri Lankan fans are looking merrier with each run taken as their side gets closer to victory. Thirimanne begins to accelerate the innings for the Lankans with a six in the 44th over, looking to finish things off in style, and hits the winning boundary in the second ball of the 47th over to complete an eight wicket win for the Sri Lankans to keep themselves alive in the series. What a chase this has been! Superb display by the Lankans, who outplayed New Zealand in all departments for the first time in the series!

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 245/2 in 40 overs | Batting: Lahiru Thirimanne 66(84), Dinesh Chandimal 17(20): FOUR! Thirimanne comes down the track and smashes the fourth ball of the 37th over for a four towards long-on. Thirimanne moves to 54 with that shot. Superb run-chase by the Sri Lankans so far in the innings, and the visitors will hope for Thirimanne to return to form in style by leading his side past the finish line. Sri Lanka need another 32 to win from 60 balls with eight wickets in hand. Only a spectacular collapse from this point onwards will help New Zealand pull off a win from this point onwards.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 213/2 in 35 overs | Batting: Lahiru Thirimanne 51(71). Dinesh Chandimal 1(3): Dilshan and Thirimanne complete the 100-run stand in the 31st over, with Sri Lanka getting to the 200-run mark shortly after. OUT! Dilshan’s brilliant innings comes to an end after he is run out while attempting a quick single. Glances the ball down towards the leg side, only for Taylor to collect the ball and throw it back to the keeper in a flash. Dilshan fails to reach the crease on time as Ronchi whips the bails off in a flash. Dilshan falls short of a century by just nine runs, a heart-break for the 39-year old. Ends the superb 111-run stand between for the second wicket. Sri Lanka need 54 to win from 90 balls, with eight wickets in hand!

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 191/1 in 30 overs | Batting: Tillakaratne Dilshan 78(79), Lahiru Thirimanne 44(56): Dilshan moves to 70 with a four towards the midwicket boundary, while Thirimanne plays a beautiful on-drive that clears mid-on for a four to move to 40. The duo are batting brilliantly at the moment, with Thirimanne getting his first important score in long time. 39-year-old Dilshan’s experience is expressing itself loudly at Nelson at the moment, as the all-rounder is performing the job that he has done so many times in the past! Sri Lanka need 86 to win from 120 balls!

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 164/1 in 25 overs | Batting: Tillakaratne Dilshan 62(63), Lahiru Thirimanne 33(42): Dilshan and Thirimanne consolidate their partnership, which is worth 50 off 60 balls in the 23rd over, around the time of which Sri Lanka reach 150 for the loss of one wicket. Fantastic batting by the visitors so far, and they are well on their way to achieving the target provided they continue at this pace without losing any further wickets. Sri Lanka need another 113 to win from 150 balls!

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 135/1 in 20 overs | Batting: Tillakaratne Dilshan 52(51), Lahiru Thirimanne 14(24): Tim Southee returns to the attack in the 16th over as the visitors are desperately looking for a breakthrough at this stage. Fifty for Dilshan! The Sri Lankan opener brings up his 47th ODI fifty with a slog that sends the ball racing towards the midwicket boundary off Santner in the 20th over! Brings up the milestone in just 49 deliveries, as the Sri Lankans are pretty well-settled at 135 for 1 after 20 overs, needing 142 to win from another 180 balls.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 103/1 in 15 overs | Batting: Tillakaratne Dilshan 31(34), Lahiru Thirimanne 3(11): OUT! Mitchell McClenaghan finally gets the much-needed breakthrough for the Black Caps after a great start from the visitors, bringing an end to the 98-run opening stand. Gunathilaka attempts to guide the slightly-short-pitched delivery towards third-man, but top-edges it to Taylor at wide slip instead. His entertaining 45-ball 65 comes to an end! The Lankans are still going strong at the moment though, as they have reached 103 for the loss of one wicket after 15 overs. Sri Lanka need 174 to win from 210 balls. OUT! Danushka Gunathilaka c Ross Taylor b Mitchell McClenaghan 65(45)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 78/0 in 9 overs | Batting: Danushka Gunathilaka 51(30), Tillakaratne Dilshan 23(24): New Zealand are getting a taste of their own medicine. The beauty about Gunathilaka’s assault has been that he has been quite chanceless about it. He’s raced to his maiden ODI fifty of just 28 balls and brought it up with a classy cut shot. Sri Lanka are out to avenge themselves. New Zealand need a wicket.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 45/0 in 5 overs | Batting: Danushka Gunathilaka 25(16), Tillakaratne Dilshan 16(14): Sri Lanka have launched themselves to a flying start. The New Zealand bowlers have had absolutely no swing or seam from the pitch. Gunathilaka has been single-mindedly aggressive in his approach and it’s paid off so far. New Zealand are already on the backfoot.

Live cricket score New Zealand 276/8 in 50 overs | Batting: Adam Milne 17(23), Tim Southee 18(4): New Zealand have done very well to post a score of 276 despite the loss of wickets in regular intervals and they owe a big thank you to Tim Southee’s fireworks in the final over. He came out smashed a couple of sixes and a four to shoot New Zealand past the 270-run mark. OUT! Doug Bracewell 30(34) c Senanayake b Pradeep

Live cricket score New Zealand 234/7 in 45 overs | Batting: Doug Bracewell 20(19), Adam Milne 9(12): After the unfortunate run out of Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne and Doug Bracewell have forged a handy partnership and it now bears the promise of allowing New Zealand to baty through the fifty overs and get a good score on the board. OUT! Mitchell Santner 38(46) run out

Live cricket score New Zealand 197/6 in 39 overs | Batting: Mitchell Santner 29(37), Doug Bracewell 1(4): Another failure for Luke Ronchi which also means it’s greater trouble for the Kiwis as they approach the death overs. Santner has to resolve to stay on till the end or New Zealand could end up with a not-so challenging score. OUT! Luke Ronchi 7(13) c Kapugedera b Pradeep

Live cricket score New Zealand 167/5 in 33 overs | Batting: Mitchell Santner 9(15), Luke Ronchi 2(3): New Zealand have been guilty of throwing away wickets at junctures when they are just starting to grab hold of the innings by the collar and they are guilty of it again. Williamson it is this time. He got a juicy full toss from Siriwardana but hit it straight to mid on. OUT! Kane Williamson 59(73) c Chameera b Siriwardana

Live cricket score New Zealand 143/4 in 28 overs | Batting: Kane Williamson 46(58), Mitchell Santner 0(0): New Zealand find themselves in a spot of bother now. Back of a length delivery does it for Chameera as he gets Nicholls to chop on for 20 with New Zealand in a tad shaky position. Nicholls did not have any foot movement as he tried to push the ball outside off but got a thick inside edge onto the stumps. OUT! Henry Nicholls 20(31) b Chameera

Live cricket score New Zealand 134/3 in 25 overs | Batting: Kane Williamson 42(53), Henry Nicholls 14(21): New Zealand have recuperated well from the double blow affected by Vandersay in the 18th over. Kane Williamson had a close call when he mistimed a lofted drive which the man running in from wide long on got a hand to but failed to pouch. After that Williamson and Nicholls have adopted a steady approach and the New Zealand boat is quite steady at the halfway mark.

Live cricket score New Zealand 102/3 in 18 overs | Batting: Kane Williamson 26(31): New Zealand were going smooth and all of a suddden Jeffrey Vandersay comes and takes two wickets in an over. Tom Latham top-edged a sweep shot to the man at fine leg falling for a well made 42. Ross Taylor was beaten the very first ball and the next ball he nicked off to slip for a duck. OUT! Tom Latham 42(47) c Pradeep b Vandersay, OUT! Ross Taylor 0(2) c Mathews b Vandersay

Live cricket score New Zealand 78/1 in 14 overs | Batting: Tom Latham 27(33), Kane Williamson 18(23): New Zealand have steadied themselves after the loss of the dangerous looking Martin Guptill. Tom Latham and Kane Williamson are timing the ball very well and are taking the singles well to rotate the strike.

Live cricket score New Zealand 42/1 in 8 overs | Batting: Tom Latham 11(17), Kane Williamson 0(3): Sri Lanka have made the breakthrough. Guptill was starting to get some really good touch on the ball and just got a wee bit carried away. He cut hard to point of a short ball by Chameera and was caught sharply by Dilshan at point. Kane Williamson is the new batsman in. OUT! Martin Guptill 30(28) c Dilshan b Chameera

Live cricket score New Zealand 38/0 in 7 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 26(25), Tom Latham 11(17): New Zealand openers are now looking increasingly confident. Martin Guptill took toll of some poor bowling by Tillakaratne Dilshan to hit two powerful sweep shots for four. Latham has creamed some gorgeous drives too.

Live cricket score New Zealand 24/0 in 5 overs | Batting: Martin Guptill 17(19), Tom Latham 7(11): Quite a solid approach by New Zealand openers here. They have realised that the pitch is a little bit on the slower side and have taken a slightly more restrained approach as compared to the first two games. Guptill is playing smart cricket, taking the quick singles to go with the boundaries. After the first four overs New Zealand had just 13 runs on the board but they are starting to kick things on.

Teams:

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi (wk), Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Doug Bracewell, Mitchell McClenaghan.

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Angelo Mathews(c), Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay

TOSS UPDATE: New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bat first.

It is being said that Brendon McCullum may miss out the third ODI due to a back injury and Sri Lanka will hope that a change in captaincy will prove to be a change in fortunes. Kane Williamson is likely to make his comeback in this encounter having recovered from a knee niggle. New Zealand’s bowlers have been absolutely amazing in the first two ODIs despite the absence of Trent Boult and Tim Southee.

Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan have led the attack in their absence. New Zealand’s top order has been equally dominant particularly Martin Guptill. Guptill smacked a 30-ball unbeaten 93 in the previous game as New Zealand decimated Sri Lanka in their chase of 118 by ten wickets. Guptill even top scored in the first game albeit at a less violent rate. Sri Lanka will look up to the seniors like Angelo Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal to try and pull them back in the contest.

Squads:

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, George Worker, Luke Ronchi (wk), Doug Bracewell, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry (first two ODIs), Tim Southee (3rd ODI).

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Pradeep, Danushka Gunathilaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake, Milinda Siriwardana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Thisara Perera.