Tillakaratne Dilshan was the saving grace in an otherwise disappointing batting performance by Sri Lanka © Getty Images (File Photo)
Tillakaratne Dilshan was the saving grace in an otherwise disappointing batting performance by Sri Lanka © Getty Images (File Photo)

New Zealand and Sri Lanka clash in the sixth game of the seven-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the University Oval at Dunedin on Sunday. The hosts are currently leading the series 3-1 after their thumping 108-run victory over the Sri Lankans in the previous game at the same venue, with wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi smashing a 99-ball 170, the highest score by a New Zealand keeper.

With the series yet to fall into the hands of New Zealand, Sri Lanka have one last chance if they are to ensure a neutral result in the ongoing series. The visitors had the advantage for the most part in the New Zealand innings in the fifth ODI, with Martin Guptill getting dismissed for a duck off the first ball of the innings. New Zealand were reeling at a score of 93 for five, when Ronchi teamed up with Grant Elliott to add 267 for the sixth wicket, with Elliott remaining unbeaten on 104 from 96 balls.

Tillakaratne Dilshan managed to shine with the bat once again as Kumar Sangakkara failed. The hard-hitting batsman brought up his 20th ODI ton, guiding Sri Lanka to a score of 211 for two. Mahela Jayawardene‘s dismissal, combined with Dilshan’s departure caused a major collapsed as Sri Lanka folded up for a total of 252.

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