Martin Guptill's 102-run knock included nine boundaries and three shots which dispatched the ball for maximum © Getty Images
Martin Guptill’s 102-run knock included nine boundaries and three shots which dispatched the ball for maximum © Getty Images

New Zealand have won the fifth and final limited-overs match against Sri Lanka at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. The visitors won the toss and elected to field first. New Zealand, riding on Martin Guptill‘s century top of the order and fifties by Kane Williamson (61 off 72 balls) and Ross Taylor (61 in 67 deliveries) posted 294 in their innings. Guptill smashed nine boundaries and three sixes in his 102-run knock. It was a patient knock considering Guptill’s usual approach to batting as he faced 109 deliveries in his innings. It was slightly in contrast to his normal style and more so if we take into consideration the fine form he is in. In the second one day, he had blasted an unbeaten 30-ball 93 but failed to convert his starts into big scores in the next two games. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 5th ODI at Mount Maunganui

None of the Sri Lankan bowlers except Nuwan Kulasekera posed any threat to the hosts. He picked up three wickets as the kiwis lost just five wickets en route to their 294. They were also helped by lower-order flourish by Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner both of whom remained unbeaten till the end. They scored 37 off 31 balls and 21 in just 11 deliveries respectively.

In reply, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 258  in 47.1 overs as Matt Henry took a five-wicket-haul. They lost three wickets when there were just 33 runs on the scoreboard. Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews than struck a partnership for 93 runs. It was broken by Trent Boult as he sent Chandimal back to the dugout for 50. At that moment, Sri Lanka were 126/4 at the end of 29.1 overs, needing 169 runs from 121 balls. Thisara Perera came next but got out for 15. Mlinda Siriwardana then scored a quickfire 39 off 22 balls. He hit three boundaries and two shots which dispatched the ball for maximum. Mathews kept going as he reached 91 in 112 balls. Sri Lanka were 238/7 at that time in 43.9 overs. They required 56 runs in 37 balls but since they had just three wickets in hand, there was little hope for them. LIVE BLOG: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 5th ODI at Mount Maunganui

Nuwan Kulasekara was batting along with Mathews. It was required for Kulasekera to give maximum strike to his skipper and to let him do bulk of the scoring. An interesting aspect of Mathews’ innings at that point was that he had hit just six shots to the fence and was still scoring at a strike rate of above 80. This is testimony to the fact that he rotated the strike a lot in his innings but the question before everyone’s mind was could he take his team to victory but he got out soon after for 95. Sri Lanka’s innings then folded for 258 with the hosts recording a 36-run victory.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 294 for 5 in 50 overs (Martin Guptill 102, Kane Williamson 61, Ross Taylor 61; Nuwan Kulasekara 3 for 53, Tillakaratne Dilshan 1 for 49) beat Sri Lanka 258 (Angelo Mathews 95 , Dinesh Chandimal 50, Matt Henry 5 for 40, Trent Boult 2 for 43) by 36 runs

(Bhaskar Narayan is a reporter at CricketCountry and Criclife. He passionately follows the game and is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. His Twitter handle is @Cricopathy)