Sri Lanka in New Zealand, 3 ODI Series, 2019

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka - 3rd ODI

Venue: Saxton Oval, Nelson

Date & Time: 08 January 2019

Sri Lanka 249/10

RR: 5.97 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 115 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Niroshan Dickwella c Lockie Ferguson & b James Neesham c Lockie Ferguson & b James Neesham 463732
Dhananjaya de Silva lbw Tim Southee lbw Tim Southee 362951
Kusal Perera c Tim Seifert (W) & b Lockie Ferguson c Tim Seifert (W) & b Lockie Ferguson 434951
Kusal Mendis run out run out 0000
Dasun Shanaka lbw Ish Sodhi lbw Ish Sodhi 2700
Thisara Perera c Martin Guptill & b Lockie Ferguson c Martin Guptill & b Lockie Ferguson 806373
Danushka Gunathilaka bowled Lockie Ferguson bowled Lockie Ferguson 315210
Dushmantha Chameera c Tim Southee & b Lockie Ferguson c Tim Southee & b Lockie Ferguson 1800
Lasith Malinga stumped Ish Sodhi stumped Ish Sodhi 0100
Lakshan Sandakan not out not out 0100
Nuwan Pradeep bowled Ish Sodhi bowled Ish Sodhi 0300
Extras 10 (b 0, lb 3, w 7, nb 0)
Total 249 (10 Wkts, 41.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
66-1 (Dhananjaya de Silva,8.1), 107-2 (Niroshan Dickwella,15), 107-3 (Kusal Mendis,15.1), 117-4 (Dasun Shanaka,17.1), 143-5 (Kusal Perera,23), 244-6 (Thisara Perera,38.3), 249-7 (Dushmantha Chameera,40.2), 249-8 (Danushka Gunathilaka,40.5), 249-9 (Lasith Malinga,41.1), 249-10 (Nuwan Pradeep,41.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Southee7 0 46 1 6.57
Matt Henry8 0 62 0 7.75
Lockie Ferguson8 0 40 4 5.00
James Neesham5 0 34 1 6.80
Kane Williamson5 0 24 0 4.80
Ish Sodhi8.4 0 40 3 4.76

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.

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.
Ish Sodhi to N Pradeep, Tossed up ball on middle, Nuwan gets on the front foot in defense.
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.

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.

Ish Sodhi back for another spell.

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.

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.
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Fullish and on off, driven off the front foot to extra cover.
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.

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.
L Ferguson to D Chameera, Wide! Short and this one is down the leg side, the batsman leaves and the umpire stretches his arms.
L Ferguson to D Chameera, Speeds in from 'round the wicket and digs in a bouncer around leg, Chameera ducks.
M Henry to D Chameera, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
M Henry to D Chameera, Beaten! On a length outside off, Chameera pushes at it inside the line and misses.
M Henry to D Chameera, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
M Henry to D Chameera, Bouncer again, called a wide this time as it goes well over the head of the batsman.
M Henry to D Chameera, Too full in length and around off, Chameera brings down his bat in time and digs it out towards point.
M Henry to D Chameera, Bouncer to the number 8 batsman. Chameera sits underneath it.
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, A touch short and outside off, Gunathilaka stays back and runs it down to third man for a run.
L Ferguson to D Chameera, Too full and on off, Chameera pushes it out with an open-faced bat to the off side.
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Length ball outside off, guided away to third man for a single.
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Outside off on a length and the ball skids on after landing. Gunathilaka misses his attempted cut shot.

Dushmantha Chameera is the next batsman to the crease.

L Ferguson to T Perera, OUT! Martin Guptill flies like Superman and has taken a stunner! Take a bow, MG! Slower delivery has done the magic here. New Zealand have managed to remove the danger man and Sri Lanka's last hope is back in the pavilion. It's short and around off, Perera goes deep inside the crease and tries to flat-bat it through the line. But it catches the outside half of his bat and loops in the air behind backward point. Guptill runs back a bit, sticks his left hand out and plucks a stunning one-handed catch with a dive. Wow, catches like these win you matches. End of yet another threatening knock by Thisara Perera as well as the 101-run partnership that was really looking like taking the game away from the Kiwis. New Zealand can now smell 3-0!
L Ferguson to T Perera, Deceives the batsman with the slower one. Short and angling in from 'round the wicket, at 116.1 kph, Perera hops back and tries to slam it over point but fails to connect.
L Ferguson to D Gunathilaka, Short delivery, Gunathilaka fetches it from outside off and pulls it wide of mid-wicket for a run.

Lockie Ferguson to steam in...

M Henry to T Perera, Pitches it up and outside off, Thisara drills his drive through the line but finds the extra cover fielder inside the ring. Dot ball to end the over, 7 from it.
M Henry to T Perera, Short again, around off and angling away, once again Perera fails to play the upper cut.
M Henry to T Perera, FOUR! Nicely played! Just uses the pace of the bowler and lifts it over the infield. A touch short and around middle and off, Perera hangs back and guides it over short third man for a boundary. The 100-run stand is up between these two.
M Henry to T Perera, Wide! A wild delivery, way wide outside off, Thisara flashes and misses.
M Henry to T Perera, Play and a miss! Appeared to be a slower bouncer. But the speedgun showed the pace to be 132.1 kph. Thisara tries playing the ramp shot but fails to connect.
M Henry to D Gunathilaka, Angles in a length ball on middle and leg, Gunathilaka nudges it off his pads towards square leg and jogs across to the other end.
M Henry to T Perera, Short in length and wide outside off, Perera stays back-footed and powers it over covers. There is a sweeper in place and only a run results.

Matt Henry returns into the attack. 129 needed off 78 balls.

Tim Southee to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Add insult to injury! Third boundary of the over. Short of a length aimed at the ribs, Gunathilaka swivels and finds the gap behind square leg, beating fine leg to his right. Brilliant over for the Lankans. 15 off it in the end. They're surely in the game.
Tim Southee to T Perera, On the pads, worked away to deep square leg for a single.
Tim Southee to T Perera, DROPPED! Is this the second ODI all over again? Thisara going for the big hits, smashing sixes and NZ dropping catches. Looks like. This is a slower ball outside off, and Perera tries to loft it over mid off. Mistimes this one as he gets the thick outside half and it carries to Taylor at cover. He tumbles while trying to take catch and grasses the opportunity. Another life for TP!
Tim Southee to T Perera, Wide! The pressure is showing as he sprays this down the leg side. The umpire signals wide.
Tim Southee to T Perera, FOUR! Two in two! Southee goes for the bouncer on middle and leg, Perera goes for the pull. Gets a top edge and it flies above the keeper's head for a boundary. Tim under pressure here.