Sri Lanka Win Rain-Affected Finale
Sri Lanka 211-8 (Dilshan 53) beat
New Zealand 126-6 by 36 runs (D/L)
Third One-Day International, Dambulla
Sri Lanka won the third and final One-Day International against New Zealand by 36 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method to take a share of the series.
After scoring 211 for eight in 33 overs, New Zealand closed on 126 for six having been set a revised target of 216. When play was suspended after 25 overs of their innings, they would have needed to be on 163 to win the game.
Getting anywhere near that score looked a long way off when they were reduced to 26 for five and 63 for six as spinners Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana Herath shared five wickets.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to field first - with the weather forecast in mind - but Sri Lanka quickly took control with openers Mahela Jayawardene (46) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (51) adding 91 for the first wicket.
Nathan McCullum removed Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara (0) before Mitchell McClenaghan's double strike saw off Dilshan and Angelo Mathews (0).
Lahiru Thirimanne then added 23, Dinesh Chandimal 15 and Sri Lanka's counter-attack was on, and they closed on a decent score thanks to Nuwan Kulasekara scoring 14 and Senanayake 21 not out in 14 balls as well as Herath hitting four fours in seven balls to make 17.
McClenaghan finished with two for 34, McCullum two for 13 and Jimmy Neesham two for 26.
Sri Lanka opened the bowling with Senanayake (2-14) and he trapped Tom Latham in front for nine after Kulasekara had Anton Devcich (5) caught by Herath.
Herath then had Rob Nicol stumped for one and Grant Elliott bowled for three and when Senanayake bowled Colin Munro for one New Zealand were in desperate trouble in just the 11th over.
Luke Ronchi made 23 in 29 balls to take the score to 63 before he was caught by Senanayake off Herath (3-25) - the two spinners combining again - which brought Neesham and McCullum together.
They tried valiantly to get New Zealand's run chase back on track and McCullum was impressive in hitting 35 in 19 balls, and although Neesham made 42 not out, they were still well short when the rain arrived to finally end things with the series tied at 1-1.
The two sides now play two Twenty20 Internationals on 19th and 21st November in Pallekele.
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