Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
30(44) 2x4 - 1x6
LD Chandimal
43(65) 4x4 - 0x6

Best performances - Bowlers

AM Ellis
O6.0
M0
R23
W1
Eco3.83
BMAJ Mendis
O4.0
M0
R15
W3
Eco3.75

Commentary

Well, that brings us to the end of our coverage for today. Sid Talya has got his report on the game ready in no time. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Good night folks.

Mahela Jayawardene: "We were lucky with the toss, but the bowlers stuck to their task. Batting under lights here was going to be tough, but both Kumar and Chandy batted very well and put up a decent partnership. Kumar was disappointed that he missed out in the last two innings, but he made up today. The win gives us an opportunity to experiment in the last game, but we will try to win the game."

Ross Taylor: "Sri Lanka played smart cricket and put us under pressure from the start. We are so close in these games and we are taking positives out from this game. Our bowlers bowled very well. We hope to at least get a win and avoid 4-0."

Jeevan Mendis has been awarded the Man of the Match: "I have been working hard for the last couple of months. I tried my best to get the hat-trick, but I am happy with the three. It is difficult to bowl with the field restrictions, but we are getting used to that."

Sri Lanka finally cross the target after taking an interesting approach in the last five overs as two wickets went down and only 14 runs were scored. In between was Sanga's dismissal of a no-ball, his dismissal of a free-hit ball but finally Sri Lanka come through to take the series 3-0. But the match, pretty much like the entire series, lost its colour due to the two rain interruptions . It started two hours late and New Zealand made slow progress before losing wickets to Jeevan Mendis. That was before the rains came for a second time to reduce the match to a 32-over a side contest.

New Zealand bowlers were unlucky as Sri Lanka's batsman survived against some incisive bowling in helpful conditions to score another comfortable victory.

26.3
1w
Milne to Sangakkara, 1 wide, full and outside off, and Sanga has a go, but that is too wide
26.2
0
Milne to Sangakkara, no run, another solid defensive shot by Sanga, the ball for length on off stump, Sanga got his body behind the ball, and played that with a high elbow, classic.
26.1
0
Milne to Sangakkara, no run, short of length, solidly defended by Sanga

END OF OVER:
26 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 130/3

  • AD Mathews2 (4b)
  • KC Sangakkara42 (53b)
  • AM Ellis6-0-23-1
  • TA Boult7-0-32-1
25.6
2
Ellis to Mathews, 2 runs, fuller length, Mathews wanted to drive it through off, but the ball hits the inside half and goes past a diving mid-on for a couple. The scores are finally level.
25.5
0
Ellis to Mathews, no run, short of length, defended off the back foot down the pitch
25.4
0
Ellis to Mathews, no run, short of length outside off, defended to cover

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
30(44) 2x4 - 1x6
LD Chandimal
43(65) 4x4 - 0x6

Best performances - Bowlers

AM Ellis
O6.0
M0
R23
W1
Eco3.83
BMAJ Mendis
O4.0
M0
R15
W3
Eco3.75