Sangakkara, Dilshan Bestow Sri Lanka Consolatory Win
Sri Lanka 287-6 (Sangakkara 113 no) beat
New Zealand 253 (Williamson 54) by 34 runs
Seventh One-Day International, Wellington
Kumar Sangakkara notched up a fluent hundred and Tillakaratne Dilshan a vital fifty to bestow Sri Lanka a 34-run consolatory win in the seventh and final One-Day International against New Zealand in Wellington.
After being outclassed for a major part of the series, Sri Lanka put up a good all-round performance to edge past the hosts, although the Black Caps carried off a 4-2 series win.
They got off to a steady start after having won the toss and opted to bat.
Lahiru Thirimanne (30) looked good in his brief stay before being trapped lbw by Anderson.
Kumar Sangakkara (113 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (81) put on a solid stand of 104 runs that provided a solid platform for the visitors.
After the partnership was broken, Sri Lanka slumped a little towards the closing stages of the innings. However, Sangakkara batted till the end, ensuring his team put up a good total on the board for the bowlers to defend.
Mahela Jayawardene (14), Seekkuge Prasanna (1) and Dinesh Chandimal (5) all departed cheaply before Thisara Perera (20) played a decent cameo to provide the thrust during the final overs.
Corey Anderson (3-59) and Tim Southee (2-50) proved to be the most successful bowlers for the hosts.
In response, New Zealand got off to the worst possible start as Martin Guptill (0) departed first ball to Nuwan Kulasekara. Shaminda Eranga then removed Tom Latham (6) to leave New Zealand in trouble.
Ross Taylor (11) too did not last long as he was castled by Dushmantha Chameera to put the hosts under further pressure.
Kane Williamson (54) and Grant Elliott (29) tried to repair the damage, however, Chameera once again struck at the right moment for Sri Lanka.
Anderson (29), Luke Ronchi (47) and Daniel Vettori (35) led the counter-attack to bring New Zealand back into the game.
The batting power-play yielded 52 runs, however, Ronchi departed off the final ball.
From then on, Sri Lanka took control; despite a late surge from Kyle Mills (30) Sri Lanka managed to comfortably attain a consolation victory.
Eranga (2-34) was the pick of the bowlers while Kulasekara (2-55) and Chameera (2-60) struck vital blows to give the visitors an encouraging win.
Sangakkara was given the man of the match award for his unbeaten century.
Both teams now head towards the World Cup with a series of warm-up games scheduled.
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