Luke Ronchi celebrates after completing his maiden ODI century © AFP
Luke Ronchi celebrates after completing his maiden ODI century © AFP

Jan 23, 2015

New Zealand finished on a mammoth score of 360 for the loss of five wickets at the end of their quota of 50 overs in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka at the University Oval in Dunedin on Friday. The hosts managed to put up the massive total due to the fireworks put up by Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott, who shared a record 267-run stand for the sixth-wicket while remaining unbeaten on scores of 170 and 104 respectively.

Sri Lanka were off to a fantastic start after winning the toss and electing to field as Nuwan Kulasekara removed Martin Guptill off the first ball of the match, with the batsman playing a half-hearted shot off the delivery that was pitched well outside off, resulting in a catch to wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankans nearly got the better of Brendon McCullum in the second over of the match as the New Zealand skipper was dropped on one by Tillakaratne Dilshan at backward point off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal.

The duo of McCullum and Kane Williamson then put on a quickfire 51-run partnership, which included nine boundaries. The fast outfield at the University Oval did its part in assisting the batsman as the ball beat the fielders on most occasions in its race towards the boundary ropes. McCullum was finally dismissed when he was trapped leg-before to give Kulasekara his second wicket of the match.

 

Brief scores:

New Zealand 360 for 5 in 50 overs (Grant Elliott 104*, Luke Ronchi 170*; Lahiru Thirimanne 2 for 36) vs Sri Lanka.

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