New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in the final match of the five match ODI series by 36 runs and clinched the series.

Behind from 2-1 in the series, Sri Lanka decided to bowl first after winning the toss at Mount Maunganui. Both teams made one change from the last ODI, which was washed out in the rain. Trent Boult replaced Mitchell McClenaghan in the New Zealand team while Nuwan Pradeep replaced Jeffrey Vandersay in Sri Lankan squad.

Opener Tom Latham departed in the very first over without getting off the mark. But then, another opener Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson put a solid 122 runs partnership for the second wicket. Williamson hit his second fifty in this series and departed at 61 runs. For the third wicket partnership, Guptill and Ross Taylor made another superb 81 runs partnership. Guptill played superbly in this match and made a hundread. Guptill became the first player to hit the century in the international ODI in 2016. Guptill got out at 102 runs while Taylor departed at 61 runs. Luke Ronchi (37* runs in 31 balls) and Mitchell Santner (21* runs in 11 balls) played quick fire knocks in the slog-over to help the team total at 294 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the 50 overs.  

Sri Lankan right-arm pacer Nuwan Kulasekara grabbed 3 wickets while Tillakaratne Dilshan and Nuwan Pradeep picked up one wicket each.

 

Chasing 295 runs to save the series, Sri Lanka lost their three top-order batsmen early in the innings. The partnership of 93 runs for the fourth wicket between Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews put back Sri Lanka into the match. Chandimal departed just after completing his 15th ODI fifty.

But skipper Mathews continued to lead the innings further. After the end of the 40 overs, the match was in a very interesting moment as Sri Lanka still needed 79 runs in the last 60 balls with last five wickets in hands while Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana were in the crease at 84 and 34 runs respectively. But the Sri Lankans failed to hold on and Mathews departed at 95 runs. Sri Lanka were bowled out at 258 runs in 47.1 overs.

Matt Henry grabbed 5 wickets while Trent Boult picked up 3 wickets for New Zealand.

New Zealand won the match by 36 runs as well as won the series by 3-1. Matt Henry was selected for the man of the match award.

Brief Score:

New Zealand- 294/5 in 50 overs (M. Guptill 102, R. Taylor 61, K. Williamson 61, N. Kulasekara 3/53)

India- 258 in 47.1 overs (A. Mathews 95, D. Chandimal 50, M. Henry 5/40)

 

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