New Zealand V Sri Lanka ODI
Power batting gets Sri Lanka back in the series
Sri Lanka hit back in the 5 match series with New Zealand winning a big 8 wicket victory at the Saxton Oval, Nelseon, ending New Zealand’s 12 match ODI winning run in the process. New Zealand batted first with captain Kone WIlliamson top scoring with 59. A steady but not spectacular innings saw New Zealand score 276 with five players scoring over 30 but nobody going on to make a big score.
In reply Sri Lanka wasted no time with Danushka Gunathilaka scoring a quick fire 65 off 45 balls including 4 sixes. AFter he went Tillakaratne Dilshan with 91 and Lahiru Thirimanne with 87 not out anchored Sri Lanka into a winning position and they got the target with 22 balls to spare. New Zealand still lead 2-1 but this will give Sri Lanka confidence going into the 4th game at the same ground in the New Year.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
3rd ODI at The Saxton Oval, Nelson
New Zealand V Sri Lanka
New Zealand 276-8 (Williamson 59, Latham 42)
Sri Lanka 277-2 (Dilshan 91, Thirimanne 87, Gunathilaka 65)
Sri Lanka win by 8 Wickets – New Zealand lead the series 2-1
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)