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Williamson Makes Winning Return

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson's fifth ODI century set up victory for New Zealand
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New Zealand 280-6 (Williamson 103) beat
Sri Lanka 276 (Jayawardene 94) by four wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Nelson

Kane Williamson marked his comeback from a shoulder injury with a match-winning century as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the fourth One-Day International in Nelson.

He scored 103 as New Zealand reached 280 for six in 48.1 overs to go 2-1 up in the seven-match series after Sri Lanka had been bowled out for 276.

Mahela Jayawardene top scored for the tourists with 94, Kumar Sangakkara hit 76 and Tillakaratne Dilshan 44 before Tim Southee (3-59), Adam Milne (2-28) and Mitchell McClenaghan (2-58) saw them dismissed in 49.3 overs.

Williamson came to the crease after Brendon McCullum fell for 11 and from 24 for one he formed partnerships with Martin Guptill (20), Ross Taylor (8), Grant Eliott (44) and Corey Anderson (47).

He hit 103 in 107 balls with six fours and a six before he was bowled by Thisara Perera to leave New Zealand 230 for five.

Luke Ronchi cracked a quickfire unbeaten 32 in 15 balls and Daniel Vettori scored seven not out in four balls to see the Black Caps home.

Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis all took a wicket apiece for Sri Lanka.

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