Sri Lanka are on the brink of a victory © Getty Images
Sri Lanka are on the brink of a victory © Getty Images

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Sri Lanka have beaten New Zealand by 34 runs in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at Wellington. Kyle Mills was the last man out for a swift 17-ball 30 as the Lankans managed only their second win of the tour. As expected, Kumar Sangakkara is the man of the match for his wonderful century.

Earlier, Daniel Vettori was out as he is bowled by Seekkuge Prasanna. Vettori was the last hope for New Zealand and his dismissal now makes it highly impossible for the hosts to win the match. The partnership between Luke Ronchi and Daniel Vettori is brought to an end thanks to some excellent bowling by Nuwan Kulasekara. Kyle Mills now joins Daniel Vettori, who has looked in good touch in the match so far.

Luke Ronchi and Daniel Vettori have put up 50 runs for the seventh wicket as New Zealand bring up 200 in the 39th over. This partnership is looking extremely threatening and Sri Lanka need to pick up some quick wickets to relieve the pressure.

Luke Ronchi and Daniel Vettori are playing extremely sensible cricket at the moment. They are rotating the strike well and scoring boundaries of bad deliveries. Still a long way to go for New Zealand, but this partnership has given them a glimmer of hope.

Hard-hitting batsman Corey Anderson is out for 29 off 20 balls. He is caught behind by Kumar Sangakkara as he tried to go for some quick runs. Shaminda Eranga gets his second innings of the match. New Zealand are in deep trouble now.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is out for 54 after he top edges on to short fine leg off the bowling of Tillakaratne Dilshan. Corey Anderson is looking extremely dangerous at the other end as he is joined in the middle by wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi.

Grant Elliot is finally out for 24 after he edged a ball from Dushmanth Chameera to third man, while attempting an upper cut. The 50-plus stand has been brought to an end, to the relief of Sri Lanka. Chameera picks up his second wicket on his debut.

Skipper Kane Williamson and Grant Elliot have built a solid partnership so far and have steadied the innings to a certain extent. Both of them are in good nick and they are looking extremely good as they near their 50-run stand.

New Zealand in further trouble as they lose Ross Taylor for 11 that gives Dushmantha Chameera the first wicket of his ODI career. Grant Elliot has joined his skipper Kane Williamson on the field and New Zealand will hope that this partnership will add stability to their innings.

At the end of the first powerplay, New Zealand are still struggling at 34 for one after they lost openers Martin Guptill and Tom Latham early on in the innings. Nuwan Kulasekara and Shaminda Eranga are the wicket-takers for Sri Lanka so far.

Tom Latham is out after he plays a ball on to the stumps off the bowling off Shaminda Eranga. New Zealand are in deep trouble now having lost two wickets within the first four overs of the match. Ross Taylor has joined his skipper Kane Williamson on the field and this partnership is going to be crucial for New Zealand.

Martin Guptill is out off the first ball of the innings in New Zealand’s pursuit of 288 runs to win. Stand-in skipper Kane Williamson walks out to the middle with Tom Latham. New Zealand will now have to resurrect their innings after their early loss.

Another tremendous ton from Kumar Sangakkara has led Sri Lanka to a commanding 287 for six. This is Sangakkara’s 21st ODI century. Though New Zealand managed to pick up a lot of wickets at the end, they were unable to get past Sangakkara, who hit 14 boundaries en route to his unbeaten 105-ball 113.

Mahela Jayawardene is out it for 14 as he was trying to run the ball to third man. He was looking extremely aggressive and was looking to take on the bowling. Unfortunately, he has to walk back to the pavilion after a brisk innings. New Zealand are now right back in this game and another wicket here, Sri Lanka will be in a spot of bother.

Tillakaratne Dilshan misses out on a century after he is dismissed for 81. Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara put on 81 runs in quick succession after Sri Lanka lost the wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne for 30. Mahela Jayawardene has joined Sangakkara and the duo will look to put on yet another good partnership in pursuit of getting a huge score.

Kumar Sangakkara has reaches his 94th half-century and his partnership with Tillakaratne Dilshan is also past 100. This partnership comes after Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne put on 70 runs for the first wicket. Sri Lanka have gone past 150 in the 28th over with Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan looking extremely good with every ball they face. If they continue like this, they will set a huge target for New Zealand to chase down.

Here comes Thisara Perera into the attack again. Mills gets a couple. And two more. Another good shot, this one for just one. OH HE HAS HIS MAN! Southee caught behind for just one. In walks Mitchell McClenaghan, but he’s at the non-striker’s end. SIX! Banged away by Mills. And he follows up with four! Here’s Seekkuge Prasanna now. Mills works the ball around for a couple and ends the over with one to keep strike. Mills and McClenaghan going for their shots here, it isn’t over yet! Prasanna continues, 36 needed off the last five overs. Mills takes a single. Oh they go for another AND HE’S RUN OUT! Sri Lanka win!
OUT! T Southee 1(4) b Perera, K Mills 30(17) run out



Daniel Vettori is out for a well made 35 after he is bowled by Seekkuge Prasanna. Kyle Mills is joined by Tim Southee, who have no other option other than using the long handle.
OUT! D Vettori 35 (30) b Prasanna


Luke Ronchi is out bowled off the bowling of Nuwan Kulasekara. He played extremely well and added 50-plus with Daniel Vettori for the seventh wicket. Kyle Mills now walks out to the middle to support Vettori, who is batting on 33.
L Ronchi 47 (42) b Kulasekara


Luke Ronchi and Daniel Vettori have put on a 50-run stand for the seventh wicket as New Zealand go past 200 in the 39th over. They still need 85 runs from the final 11 overs of the match. Sri Lanka need to break this partnership soon.


Luke Ronchi and Daniel Vettori are offering some resistance as they are building a steady partnership. Still 105 to win from 13 overs for New Zealand. Sri Lanka still in the driver’s seat though.


New Zealand need another 137 runs to win in 17 overs. Sri Lanka are well on top at this point and don’t look like conceding the advantage. Luke Ronchi and Daniel Vettori look to play out the remaining overs.



Corey Anderson is out after trying to up the ante. He is caught behind off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga, who picks up his second wicket of the match.
C Anderson 29 (20) c Sangakkara b Eranga


OUT! Kane Williamson is out after he to-edged a ball from Tillakaratne Dilshan into the hands of Mahela Jayawardene at short fine-leg. Luke Ronchi is the next batsman, but Corey Anderson has been extremely aggressive at the other end.
K Williamson 54 (83) c Jayawardene b Dilshan



OUT! Grant Elliot is out and Dushmantha Chameera gets his second wicket of the match. The youngster is having a great debut till now. Kane Williamson is still batting on a half-century on the other end.
G Elliot 24 (38) c Chandimal b Chameera



Kane Williamson and Grant Elliot look to re-build the innings after the loss of three early wickets. New Zealand will have to score at over seven runs an over to win the match, which won’t be easy.


Sri Lanka are in a good position going into the first drinks break of the innings. Sri Lanka will try to wrap up this innings as quickly as possible. New Zealand need another 229 runs to win from here.


OUT! Ross Taylor drags one back on to his wickets to give debutant Dushmantha Chameera his first wicket in his very first over. Sri Lanka are ecstatic as they have New Zealand on the back foot.
R Taylor 11 (22) b Chameera


The first powerplay comes to an end with New Zealand still struggling 34 for two.Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are looking a bit shaky as they try to chase down 288 runs, set by Sri Lanka earlier.

 NZ: 27/2 | Overs 8

Ross Taylor is struggling at the moment as he has just maanaged a run in his 10 balls. Kane Williamson is looking calm and composed at the other end as he tries to put the New Zealand innings back on track.


NZ: 12/2 | Overs 4

McClenaghan bowls the penultimate over. Sagnakkara on strike, in the 90s. He has been in the 90s in a while. He takes a couple to begin with. Now one, moves on to 99. Single to Kula. AND THAT’S HIS HUNDRED! Another tremendous century from Kumar Sangakkara, it’s his 21st in ODIs. He brings it up with a boundary too. Anderson to bowl the 50th over. Good yorker to start with, Kula can’t get it away. And now just one. Another single, superb last over so far. Just two off the first three. Oh dear, this is wide and they run two for it as well. Rochi manages to throw down the stumps, but Sanga is in. And now he gets four more down fine leg, late movement from Sanga throws Corey off. And four more! So much for the good final over! And its a single to end the over.


Sangakkara is not getting a whole lot of strike here at the moment. But Kulasekara has come out looking positive. He manages to top-edge Corey Anderson for a big six!
Thisara Perera has come out swinging! He has unleashed a few big hits, and could turn the game if he is allowed to continue. NOT THIS TIME! Anderson gets his man, Perera has holed out to Mills for another breezy but small cameo. Nuwan Kulasekara is the new man in for Sri Lanka.
OUT! T Perera 20(12) c Kills b Anderson
Another man down! This time it’s Corey Anderson, who had said a few days ago that he was working hard on bowling at the death. It seems to have paid off, as Dinesh Chandimal edges one to Ronchi. In comes Thisara Perera. If anyone can boost Sri Lanka’s run rate, he can.
OUT! D Chandimal 5(15) c Ronchi b Anderson
And another one down! That’s the end of Prasanna Jaywardene! It’s Dinesh Chandimal in at No. 6 now, and Sri Lanka will be hoping for a miracle from Sangakkara here. They are in a decent position, but they need a lot more to challenge the Kiwis.
OUT! P Jayawardene 1(3) LBW b Mills
OUT! Mahela Jawardene is caught behind while he was trying to run the ball down to third man. We are well into the batting powerplay and Sri Lanka have made extremely good use of it. Mahela Jayawardene was looking aggressive right from the moment he walked in. Unfortunately he has to walk back to the hut now.
OUT! Jayawardene 14 (14) c Ronchi b Southee
OUT! Tillakaratne Dilshan is out for 81 after he edges the ball to the wicket-keeper off the bowling of Tim Southee. This is just what New Zealand wanted after this partnership was looking extremely dangerous. Mahela Jayawardene joins Sangakkara on the field.
Tillakaratne Dilshan 81 (98) c Ronchi b Southee
Sri Lanka are going at a steady pace as they look to consolidate on the good start. They still have a lot of batting to get to a huge score. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara have looked solid so far.
Sri Lanka have now up the ante after 12 runs came of the 27th over. Sangakkara looks in sublime touch and Dilshan at the other end, who seems to be playing second fiddle to Sangakkra at the moment.
Sri Lanka 130/1 | Overs 25
At the half-way stage, Sri Lanka are going at a steady rate. Kumar Sangakkara is looking very good and Dilshan too is going at a good pace since he reached his half-century. Both Sangakkara and Dilshan are playing with rib and ankle injuries respectively.
Sri Lanka have done since the dismissal of Lahiru Thirimanne for 30 in the 15th over. Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan are nearing their 50-run stand and have consolidated the innings very well.
Tillakaratne Dilshan continues his prolific form with the bat as he brings up his 42nd ODI fifty off 62 deliveries, as Sri Lanka are seven runs away from reaching three figures after 19 overs. Dilshan is currently the highest run-getter in the ongoing ODI series.
Corey Anderson manages to get the breakthrough for New Zealand, bringing an end to the formidable-looking opening partnership between Thirimanne and Dilshan that was worth 71 runs off 90 balls. The Sri Lankan skipper departs for 30 from 41 balls.
OUT! Lahiru Thirimanne lbw Anderson 30 (41)
Sri Lanka are nearing the fifty-run mark without losing a wicket so far. A good start for the visitors in the final ODI. While the top-order has been somewhat performing in the series, it is the middle-order which really needs to sustain the foundation that the top-four lay.
Sri Lanka are off to a slow start, scoring at a run-rate of a little over three, with both batsmen hitting a boundary each. The New Zealand fielders have been zippy so far, creating a couple of close chances.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the seventh One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Wellington.



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

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

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