Guptill, Henry deliver series win for New Zealand
New Zealand 294-5 (Guptill 102) beat
Sri Lanka 258 (Mathews 95) by 36 runs
Fifth One-Day International in Mount Maunganui
Riding on the back of a splendid century from Martin Guptill and a five-wicket haul from Matt Henry, New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the fifth and final One-Day International in Mount Maunganui to seal a 3-1 series victory.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first under overcast conditions. Brendon McCullum missed the game with a sore back and Kane Williamson led the side again.
Both the teams made one change each with Nuwan Pradeep and Trent Boult coming in for Jeffrey Vandersay and Mitchell McClenaghan for Sri Lanka and New Zealand respectively.
Pradeep (1-69) struck in the very first over to dismiss Tom Latham (0) caught behind.
Kane Williamson (61) and Guptill (102) counter attacked to score 55 runs from the first 10 overs and hit four boundaries each.
The pair continued to thwart the Sri Lankan bowling attack with a controlled approach. Guptill went past his fifty in the 19th over, taking 55 balls to reach there.
The hundred-run stand between Guptill and Williamson came with another boundary off Guptill’s bat.
Williamson completed his 23rd ODI fifty but was caught by the keeper down the leg side off Tillakaratne Dilshan (1-49) a few overs later.
Guptill marched towards the three figure mark confidently while Ross Taylor (61) settled down nicely.
In the 37th over, Guptill registered his 10th ODI century in 107 balls but holed out to long on off Nuwan Kulasekara (3-53) an over later.
Henry Nicholls (2) fell in a similar fashion in Kulasekara’s next over and was caught at deep mid-wicket.
With a huge six over mid-wicket, Taylor completed his fifty as New Zealand reached 247 for four in 45 overs.
Despite losing Taylor, cameos from Luke Ronchi (37 not out) and Mitchell Santner (21 not out) took New Zealand to 294 for five in their quota of 50 overs.
Kulasekara took three wickets while Dilshan and Pradeep had one scalp apiece.
Sri Lanka were rattled early in the chase as Dilshan (5) attempted to play a scoop against Boult (3-43) only to be caught by the keeper.
A few balls later, Lahiru Thirimanne (2) was castled by Henry (5-40), leaving Sri Lanka at 15 for two.
Danushka Gunathilaka (15) played patiently for 38 minutes but went for an ugly slog and holed out to mid-on in the 10th over. By the end of the first powerplay, Sri Lanka were struggling at 33 for three.
Angelo Mathews (95) and Dinesh Chandimal (50) resurrected the innings with a stand of 93 runs for the fourth wicket.
However, at the half-way stage Sri Lanka still needed 188 runs. Soon after completing his half-century, Chandimal holed out to mid-off in the 30th over off Boult. In the same over, Mathews notched his fifty.
Sri Lanka lost half their side with 161 runs on the board when Thisara Perera (15) was caught in the covers.
Milinda Siriwardana (39) hit three boundaries and two sixes in his knock giving Sri Lanka some hope but was out caught at square leg off the bowling of Santner (1-54).
Chamara Kapugedera (10) became Henry’s third victim as Mathews moved into the 90s. The telling blow from New Zealand came in the 46th over when Henry dismissed Mathews and Dushmantha Chameera (0) to complete his five wicket haul.
An over later, Boult returned to dismiss Kulasekara (15) and bowled Sri Lanka out for 258 runs.
New Zealand secured a 36-run victory to seal a 3-1 series win. Henry was adjudged the man of the match for his five wicket haul.
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