SL 249/10 in 41.4 Overs

MATCH ENDED
NZ beat SL by 115 runs
Man of the Match - Ross Taylor
  NZ
364/4 (50.0/50 ov)
  SL
249/10 (41.4/50 ov)
Commentary
  • That is all we have for you from this ODI series. The Kiwis pick up the trophy and pose with it. The two sides now have a one-off T20I game to go. That game will be played on 11th January at the Eden Park, Auckland at 0700 local (0600 GMT). Do join in for that. Till then, cheers!
  • Kane Williamson says that he is happy to see improvement in every game. Reckons that they were put under pressure in all the games and they did well top come on top. Credits Taylor and Nicholls for their knock today. Adds saying that this is a great team and hopes to continue winning games. On the World Cup he feels that there is still time for it and wants to keep improving on their cricket. Ends saying that they are happy to win 3-0.
  • Lasith Malinga says the top 4 are getting runs, but he is disappointed that in the last 15 overs they are not bowling well and going for plenty of runs. Also says before the world cup, they need to get team formation right. Mentions Dickwella and Kusal Perera are playing well and would like them to continue their good form. Ends by saying he is enjoying the captaincy and would like the results going in his way in the upcoming matches.
  • Man of the Match, Ross Taylor, feels that they were nervous at the start and wanted to get things back together. Mentions that all the three games were good and the guys raised their hands and played well. On his batting he mentions that he keeps things simple. On the team batting he says that they grind up first and then catch up well to put the icing on the cake later.
  • For New Zealand, Lockie Ferguson was the most impressive bowler on show. He was quick and also used smart variations to deceive the batsmen. The other pacers though were not too convincing. Ish Sodhi with a 3-fer also left his impact as he along with skipper Kane Williamson bowled some tidy overs to create pressure.
  • Once Sri Lanka's top three departed, the middle order failed to cope up with the pressure. The century partnership between Thisara Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka reignited some hope in the Lankan camp but once the former fell to a stunning catch by Martin Guptill, the writing was on the wall. The last five wickets went down for just 5 runs as New Zealand registered a convincing win to make it 3-0.
  • A big win for the Kiwis this time! They weren't clinical in the previous two games but today everything clicked. Powered by Taylor and Nicholls' centuries, they posted a massive total on the board and then their bowlers put their best foot forward. However, at the beginning, the Lankan openers managed to scare them. In fact, they were going on smoothly initially and did well to keep the required rate under control.
  • 41.4
    W
    Ish Sodhi to N Pradeep, OUT! Timber! All over for Sri Lanka. New Zealand win by 115 runs and take the series 3-0! Sodhi comes up with a googly for the number 11 batsman. He lands it outside off and gets it to spin back in. Pradeep swings his bat cluelessly and it goes under his bat to disturb the stumps. The Kiwi players are celebrating in the middle and shaking hands with the Sri Lankan batsmen.
  • 41.3
    0
    Ish Sodhi to N Pradeep, Tossed up ball on middle, Nuwan gets on the front foot in defense.
  • 41.2
    0
    Ish Sodhi to N Pradeep, Full and flighted on the pads, it's played off the pads to square leg.
  • Nuwan Pradeep is the last man to the crease. A slip in place.
  • 41.1
    W
    Ish Sodhi to L Malinga, OUT! Stumped! Lovely googly! The ninth one is gone! Malinga goes off the first ball he faces. Flighted beautifully on middle and Lasith comes down the track to slog it over mid-wicket. But what he doesn't read is the googly. The ball goes the other way after landing and the SL skipper is completely at sea. Seifert whips the bails off immediately. From 244/5 to 249/9. 4 wickets for 5 runs. The Lions have imploded quite spectacularly. One to go for 3-0.
  • END OF OVER: 41 | 1 Runs 3 Wkt | SL: 249/8
  • Ish Sodhi back for another spell.
  • 40.6
    0
    L Ferguson to L Sandakan, Play and a miss! Outside off, a speedy one, Sandakan throws his bat at it and misses. A couple of wickets from the over!
  • Lakshan Sandakan walks in at number 10.
  • 40.5
    W
    L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, OUT! Another one bites the dust and Ferguson gets his fourth! As mentioned earlier also, Gunathilaka is quite stiff and that means he has very limited movement inside the crease. Lockie hurls in a sharp length ball at 142.2 kph and angles it into the left-hander. Danushka remains glued inside the crease, probably in an attempt to run it down to third man but it takes the bottom half of his bat and cannons onto the stumps. The last recognized batsman is also sent packing. End is nigh for Sri Lanka.
  • 40.4
    0
    L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Fullish and on off, driven off the front foot to extra cover.
  • 40.3
    0
    L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Oohhhh...this one nearly rolls back onto the stumps. A length ball angling into the batsman, Danushka offers a straight bat in defense but after blocking the ball moves back and goes over the stumps. Gunathilaka, who's a bit stiff, stood there watching the ball and didn't even try to shoo it away with his bat. Lucky there.
  • Lasith Malinga, the skipper makes his way to the middle now.
  • 40.2
    W
    L Ferguson to D Chameera, OUT! Pouched by Southee running to the left from mid off. Around the wicket and bowled at good pace, 142.8 clicks outside off stump. Chameera just tries to loft the ball over cover but it just goes up in the air. Southee runs to his left and takes the catch at extra cover. Good take. The seventh one goes, I sense just formalities remaining now.
  • 40.2
    1wd
    L Ferguson to D Chameera, Wide! Short and this one is down the leg side, the batsman leaves and the umpire stretches his arms.
  • 40.1
    0
    L Ferguson to D Chameera, Speeds in from 'round the wicket and digs in a bouncer around leg, Chameera ducks.
  • END OF OVER: 40 | 3 Runs 0 Wkt | SL: 248/6
  • 39.6
    1
    M Henry to D Chameera, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.