New Zealand sealed the seven match series with 120-run over Sri Lanka at Dunedin © Getty Images (File Photo)
New Zealand sealed the seven match series with 120-run over Sri Lanka at Dunedin © Getty Images (File Photo)

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New Zealand win by a sizable margin of 120 runs to seal the series emphatically. The victory gives them an unassailable lead with an inconsequential match to play. Sri Lanka lost wickets far too regularly in the middle stages of their innings. The final nail in the coffin was hammered by Trent Boult who got Sangakkara caught at mid-on for 81. The last three wickets were a mere formality after that as the Kiwis bowled Sri Lanka out for 195.

Sri Lanka have slipped further as wickets continue to tumble. The wicket of Dimuth karunaratne who holed out to long on was followed by two needless run-outs that basically sum up the series for Sri Lanka, which has been an archetypal case off so close yet not quite. They have consistently managed to botch up games in the balance and occasionally from a position of ascendency as well.

New Zealand have assumed full control of proceedings as wickets fall for Sri Lanka. After a reasonable opening partnership, both openers fell in quick succession to hand over the advantage to New Zealand. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena are out in the middle. They are the inform batsmen for Sri Lanka and a significant chunk of the target will have to be eaten into by this partnership for Sri Lanka to remain relevant in this match and the series.

Sri Lanka haver begun sedately in pursuit of 316. The openers haven’t gone hammer and tongs from the outset, yet they are scoring at a reasonable pace. Considering the size of the ground, keeping wickets in hand is priority for Sri Lanka as they can make up for lost ground in the final remnants of the match with the firepower at their disposal.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were the key figures during New Zealand’s domination of the Sri Lankan bowlers, both missing out on a century by three and four runs respectively. The 117-run partnership shared between the two helped set the tone for the rest of the game as well as the built the foundation for New Zealand to score a big total at the end of their innings.

New Zealand have once again proved why they are among the top contenders for the title in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2015. Electing to bat after winning the toss, New Zealand were off to a disastrous start once again as they lost their first wicket without adding a run to the board. Sri Lanka could have wrested the situation from that point onwards, but loosened up from that point onwards.

WICKET! That’s game, set, match and series! New Zealand win by 120-runs to take an unassailable four-one lead. Lakmal is the last man dismissed.
OUT! Suranga Lakmal 3 (5) C Guptill B McClenaghan
Another run out! An astonishing third of the Sri Lankan innings. But this was on the cards with New Zealand’s sharp fielding and tail-enders batting wihout much purpose.
Dhammikka Prasad 2 (13) Run Out Mills
WICKET! Sangakkara’s finally dismissed for a wonderfully constructed 81. Lobbed it to mid-on. That should seal the deal for New Zealand.
OUT! Kumar Sangakkara 81 (66) C Vettori B Boult
Another one bites the dust. The seventh wicket down for Sri Lanka here. Thisara Perera fails to contribute again. One is compelled to question the merit in his selection. Corey Anderson picks up his fourth wicket.
OUT! Thisara Perera 2 (4) LBW Anderson
WICKET! Sri Lanka are committing Hara-Kiri, another run-out follows the one of Chandimal. Jeevan Mendis is the batsman this time, run out for just three.
OUT! Jeevan Mendis 3 (8) Run Out Vettori/Ronchi
Misunderstanding and Dinesh Chandimal is run out for 9. Kumar sangakkara is fighting a lone battle in the middle. It was partly Sangakkara’s fault as he had responded to Chandimal’s call.
OUT! Dinesh Chandimal 9 (12) run out McCullum/Ronchi
Another one bites the dust. Dimuth Karunaratne is the latest casualty. Corey Anderson is having a fantastic match. A gem of a cameo with the bat followed by three timely wickets.
Dimuth Karunaratne 26 (34) C Mills B Anderson
Corey Anderson has delivered a colossal blow. The inform Mahela Jayawardena returns to the hut. bit of a leading edge to mid-off. Sri Lanka are staring down the barrel.
OUT! Mahela Jayawardena 9 (18) C McCullum B Anderson
OUT! Both openers are gone now. The old strangle down the leg side accounts for the wicket of Thirnamanne who has thrown away yet another start. Mitchell McClenaghan’s happy knack of picking up timely wickets comes to the fore.
OUT! Lahiru Thirimanne 29 (42) C Ronchi B McClenaghan
OUT! Corey Anderson has struck against the run of play. The pressure had visibly built of Dilshan who was anxious to get boundaries away. He shimmied down the wicket, Anderson saw him early and cleverly pulled his length back, the bounce and a hint of movement did the trick as Dilshan nicked it to Ronchi
OUT! Tillakratane Dilshan 21 (36) C Ronchi B Anderson
Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan have laid a decent foundation but Sri Lanka would ideally like them to kick on. Sri Lanka’s batting has been top heavy, specially in the absence of Angelo Mathews and lower order collapses have let them down in the series before, so they have to be careful on that account and avoid leaving it to the next man.

New Zealand once again manage to utilise favourable batting conditions at the University Oval in Dunedin, as they finish on a total of 315 for the loss of eight wickets. The highlight of the innings were Williamson and Taylor, both of whom missed out on their centuries. Among the Sri Lankan bowlers, Dhammika Prasad was the only one to bag more than a wicket, for which he conceded 59 runs. The Sri Lankan batsmen have a tough task ahead of them if they are to prevent New Zealand from walking away with the series at the end of this game.
Taylor and Anderson have added 53 for the fourth wicket in 35 balls, with Anderson making his aggressive intent clear right from the start of the innings. Taylor is steadying his boat towards his 12th ODI ton
Williamson is really unfortunate to miss out on a well-deserved century as he is run out three runs shy of his sixth one-day ton. End of yet another brilliant innings by Williamson, who has turned out to be the key figure in New Zealand’s batting order.
OUT! Kane Williamson run out (Sangakkara) 97 (95)

New Zealand 154/2 | Overs 30

The third-wicket stand between Williamson and Taylor is nearly worth 100 runs now, as New Zealand have once again shown character despite a couple of early setbacks for the Kiwis. Williamson is 18 runs away from his century, as Taylor is nearing his half-centuries.
Kane Williamson has brought up a fine century, extending his golden form in the ongoing series. Taylor, on the other hand, is providing ideal support from the other end.
Kane Williamson is nearing his 14th ODI half-century as New Zealand approach the 100-run mark. Williamson will look to prevent any further fall of wickets, while aiming to get the runs his way. The New Zealand run-rate is also climbing with each passing over.
The Kiwis lose their second wicket after a healthy 59-run stand between Guptill and Williamson. Sri Lanka manage to get the much-needed breakthrough. Guptill tries to defend a short ball, which takes an inside edge and lands in Sanga’s hands. The catch is later confirmed by DRS.
OUT! Martin Guptill c Sangakkara b Perera 28 (43)
Guptill and Williamson have managed to survive the first round of pace by Prasad and Lakmal. Six boundaries have come off the two batsmen so far, as it would be crucial for the two to form a partnership at this stage. Skipper Thirimanne will look to introduce spin into the attack soon.
Sri Lanka have got the all-important early wicket, and it could not have a better one that Brendon McCullum himself, who departs for a two-ball duck. Sri Lanka are once again off to a great start, although it is far from an easy walk for the visitors from here, as the outcome of the previous game would suggest.
OUT! Brendon McCullum c Perera b Prasad 0 (2)


New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (c), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Trent Boult, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan.

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal.

Toss: New Zealand have won the toss and have elected to bat.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the sixth One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday. I am Amit Banerjee, and I will take you through the day’s proceedings.

It’s hard to see a team beaten black and blue recover from a jolt of this magnitude. Sri Lankan fans would dearly hope and pray that the battering at the hands of the Kiwis doesn’t break their rhythm in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and then there is the immediate matter of levelling the seven-match ODI series for which winning the sixth ODI at Dunedin is paramount. Its not that the Sri Lankans haven’t had their moments in the series, but their consistent failure to capture those moments has seen them lose a majority of the matches.

Bad habits are difficult to dispel, and Sri Lanka have developed an uncanny knack of letting games slip from the jaws of victory. They must somehow stem the rot or risk losing the series as well as fritting away their confidence in the country set to co-host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.


Sri Lanka:  Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal

New Zealand : Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Kyle Mills, Nathan McCullum, Tom Latham, Matt Henry

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