Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Hambantota

Sri Lanka 3, Rain 2, New Zealand 0

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

November 12, 2012

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28.3 overs Sri Lanka 123 for 8 (Tharanga 60, Southee 3-18) v New Zealand - Match abandoned
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The fifth ODI, like all other matches in the series, was affected by rain, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Hambantota, November 12, 2012
Rain had the final say in the Sri Lanka-New Zealand ODI series © AFP

Rain robbed New Zealand's best chance of sneaking in a win in a one-sided series, after they restricted Sri Lanka to 123 for 8 in Hambantota. The match began under sunny skies, but little over two hours after the start, rain forced the players off the field and they remained indoors till half past eight, when another downpour brought a soggy end to an ill-timed series. All six matches on tour were affected by rain, with Sri Lanka taking the one-dayers 3-0.

While Sri Lanka were the superior side in the context of the series, New Zealand would have every reason to feel let down by the weather in this game. For a change they found a way to express themselves and it came via their seamers to put the hosts under early pressure. After opting to bowl first in conditions expected to suit the fast bowlers, Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Trent Boult utilised the swing to their advantage to nip out early wickets. Upul Tharanga played the lone hand as the rest failed to stick around to build partnerships.

It all started with Southee's peach which swung away late and hit the off stump before Dinesh Chandimal could get his bat down. That was enough to convince the bowlers that the fuller length was the order of the day. The wicketkeeper and the slips had to stay alert, as BJ Watling found out when he failed to hang on to a touch chance off Lahiru Thirimanne when he was on 6. Southee struck again when he removed Thirimanne by inducing an outside edge, giving Watling a chance to make amends.

It was the short delivery that claimed Angelo Mathews, who miscued a pull off Boult to Southee at fine leg. Even the experienced Kumar Sangakkara found the going tough against the most inexperienced of the seam trio, Milne, and edged to the keeper. It was a dismissal that would have made the bowling coach Shane Bond proud. The ball landed on middle and nipped away, squaring up the left-hander. Milne posed questions to the other left-hand batsman Tharanga as well, and looked like he deserved more than one wicket as the halfway stage.

Mahela Jayawardene and Tharanga showed some initiative in a stand of 47, stepping out to the spin of Nathan McCullum when the seamers were getting a breather. McCullum, though, had the last laugh when he took aim at the bowler's end and knocked the stumps with Jayawardene short of his ground. A wild slash by Jeevan Mendis off Andrew Ellis saw him walk back for a fourth-ball duck, leaving Sri Lanka at 92 for 6 in the 24th over.

Tharanga reached his fifty, and when he edged Southee to Watling on 60, the rain arrived. New Zealand didn't have the pleasure of bowling Sri Lanka out but they went back with some positives, having run Sri Lanka close in at least two matches. With two Tests to play, at different venues, one would feel the teams haven't seen the last of the rain, with the monsoon in full swing.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Htc-Android on (November 14, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. its not possible. NZ have a weekness in facing left arm spin. that is the reason why they lost to bangladesh 4-0. they will surely have a tough time facing the left arm spinner herath.

Posted by RobTay14 on (November 13, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

BS series, the rain has robbed NZ numerous times in this series, most of all in this latest game. You're luckier then you think SL and hopefully NZ get up in these tests and take the win. Should be a good series if the rain can actually let them get some play in..

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

I personally think NZ will struggle in the test series too. this is NZ A' for me. where is the replacement for N. Astle, S. Fleming, M.Richardson, S. Bond ? SL will roll'em up inside fourth day. another player NZ missing Lou Vincent. LIONS ROAR !!!

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 13, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

@ranga_s Nz team has got a very good scent of the Sub continent wickets.They have some world class bowlers and batsmen.Dont write the NZ team off.They will surely win a test atleast,provided it doesn't rain. Any lankan fans ready to challenge me? If SANGA and JAYA dont play,SL will get white-washed. May be even to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at home.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 13, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

For those who say Malinga and kula as greats,they both will be remembered for generations as men whose techniques got flopped and exposed against INDIAN LEGENDS KOHLI N DHONI

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 13, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

To all my Lankan fans who claim SL is a SUPER team, dont deny SL has forgotten to win series victories more after the retirement of MURALI,the one whom i adore. If at all SL wins it will be due to rain or Luck.After MURALI it has been a tales of mediocre men with the bat and ball. Nothing has been great or to be proud of after him but for SANGA AND JAYA.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 13, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Feeling bad for all the "heavy weight,4 time runner up team"s supporters. Barring Sanga and Jaya, ur so called team has nothing in it. If they both feature in a match SL can never win ny match. Wonder how this Team is gonna survive after the retirement of these 2 GREATS.Always the current bunch in SL team will be remembered as the team who lose ALWAYS to INDIA and even other TOP RANKED TEAMS even at HOME

Posted by shortsillypoint on (November 13, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

The toss is even more important than the rain. Clearly this series cannot be taken seriously and any assessment of team or player performance is pointless.

Posted by 9ST9 on (November 13, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

we should not laugh at gnanzcupids logic ,for example in the 4th ODI AF Milne has a S/R of 400.00 when the innings ended so if the innings had gone for the remaining 18 overs he would have had strike for 54 balls at 400 S/R he would have scored another 216 runs which would have made it impossible for SL. I assume the similar logic applies for the other games as well. ̶h̶a̶h̶a̶h̶a̶

Posted by Smash42 on (November 13, 2012, 5:05 GMT)


0-0 would not remotely be a fair reflection of this series. SL have been superior in pretty much every facet of play, and there is nothing in NZ's recent performances with the bat to suggest that they would have successfully chased this target.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

@ranga_s, Azwin Haniffa and others, you underestimate the NZ bowlers. The toss was ridiculously crucial in these games, as evidenced by the capitulation of Sri Lanka last night. It was the same with the NZ batting lineup, which although not as strong, was made to look worse by the conditions. The tests will be interesting, I don't think any will reach a result as we generally back ourselves to last 4 full days now, and with the weather being as useless as it is, the matches will not likely get a chance to reach a conclusion unless they make the tests into 8 day games.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (November 13, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

Pathetic weather of SL. series vs pakistan was also on and off like this one.

Posted by D-Ascendant on (November 13, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

How about we ban ODIs all together, keep T20s as a mainly club-based format (with the odd international, like soccer) and keep Test cricket as the bread-and-butter version of the game? We could get rid of this kind of nonsense then.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (November 13, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

@ gnanzcupid: Are you a fortune teller? "would have won" is conditional tense mate.

Posted by bondyambassador on (November 13, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

SL tour almost a complete waste of time. For NZ positives are BJ Watling and Boult and Milne. NZ batting line up - Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Rob Nicol, BJ Watling, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult.

Think Oram and Mills are both not providing enough for the team anymore. Williamson's contributions are not enough for the one day game. Tom Latham is not up to internationals. I wouldnt even pick Nicol in my team if not for the fact he can bowl a bit and there really is no one else banging on the door.

As for SL think they are a really good team but batting wise other than Dilshan, Jayawardene, Kumar and Angelo no one else has impressed one bit - get those guys out of the way and its all over. Jeevan Mendis and SL seemers however were impressive, Lasith a bit inconsistent but still good.

Posted by Coolgye on (November 12, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

It's been a very disturbing series as NZ did not perform to it's expectations and the biggest of all - the RAIN factor has caused this series to surrender. *sigh* RIDICULOUS.

@Ahmed Hussain - You are right ICC should not schedule games in the 'Monsoon' season. This will surely give the players a rest and it also won'yt disturb any viewer's day.

Posted by Buckers410 on (November 12, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

NZ team; Guptill, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor (c), Watling, Franklin, van Wyk (wk), Bracewell, Southee, Astle, Boult

SriL team; Dilshan, Chandimal, Sangakkara, Jayawardena, Samaraweera, Matthews, Jayawardena (wk), Randiv, Kulasekera, Eranga, Herath

Posted by Winchester666 on (November 12, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

As far as I'm concerned the ODI series is still 0 - 0, the rain has hugely benefitted Sri Lanka everytime. What a joke this tour has been, now they have to hope rain holds off for 5 day stretches lol...

Posted by ranga_s on (November 12, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

@gnanzcupid: Any particular reason you are adamant on saying that Kiwis would have won if they had chased....I think you are just trying to find feet in Cricket and no worries you will learn as time goes on...I think the series was a waste as Rain had a huge say in the tour but all in all Sri Lanka was the better team...And New Zealand was no bunny.. I saw few people saying here that NZ are like next to nothing team and so on and so forth...They are mighty talented and it's really unfair to expect loads of stuff from them in this series against Sri Lanka.. SL are for god sakes 4 time world cup runner up so they are a heavy weight team in World Cricket whether some would like to agree or not. And at some stage of the tour I saw stats where the entire Kiwi line ups aggregate runs can be matched by Sangakkara and Thirimanne combined...I inserted Thirimanne just to get to par but Sanga alone has runs to challange all NZ unit..They are a new unit..Give them time...They will blossom...

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

That's what "Monsoon Season" is all about. Its totally illogical to host Cricket in these sort of periods lucky the World T20 was held a few months earlier otherwise the tournament would've been washed out. West Indies toured there a few years back and the matches were also washed out.

Posted by Lermy on (November 12, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

I hope NZ can find room for Boult and Milne in the test side. When Southee was getting his 7 for against India, I thought Boult actually bowled better without much reward, a very awkward customer when he gets it right. Milne is capable of bowling 150k + on his day. Why blood him in 20/20 and ODIs is beyond me. Hes a strike bowler, and on a test pitch with some early assistance, the SL batsmen will have some challenging deliveries to deal with if he can get his line right.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

@Anthony Hunter, both centuries and one fifty came against Zimbabawe, aritificially inflating his average. The only team worthy of note that he scored against was the West Indies. He hasn't scored much of note beyond that. In 10 out of his 17 innings so far, he's failed to score 20 runs. I wouldn't call him a good opener.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 12, 2012, 18:07 GMT)


Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

SL will have a cake-walk with the test series too. c'mon lions.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

@Michael Dickson Rob Nichol Averages 36 in internationals with 2 hundreds and 2 fifties. His average is 2nd only to Taylors... He also scored a fifty in the T20. He has as many ODI hundreds as Ryder has but in half the matches, and aside from Guptill he is the best opener we have had in quite some time.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

NZ cricket is nowhere. they are just ahead of Bangladesh in the ODI rankings. already 10 losses out of last 11 games. it will take another 10 years to be competitive. I can recall the NZ cricket in the 1980s wow. SL will dominate the test series as well. Go Lions !!!!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (November 12, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka needs to go to the basics. They need technically sound batsmen with positive attitudes. We need to have someone who is trying to become Sir Don Bradman. We need someone who tries to become Marvan Athapattu. Even though we Sri Lankans don't like Kohli, he is simply a great batsman. He is a great combination of technique and aggression. We need people like Aravinda. When things are not going right, it's best to build from the beginning. Hopefully they will learn from the test series. I've played with Indian students in my university. I can clearly see that almost all of them want to become good batsmen. There is a kid who used to play with us. He is around 7 years. He wears helmet, gloves, etc. and he is so much into batting. That kid is Indian. I think they have the motivation gained by seeing Sachin. Anyway, it's not all about batting. Our team is the best, and we can build it. Get rid of pressure situations, and build a strong batting team, while keeping the rest.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

No way I can see the test matches getting any better with weather. FTP looks a mess.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

you just gotta feel bad for new zealand, they have had lanka on the rope, only to be denied by the weather. all series long its been 2 on 1.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

rain or not srilankan team win NZ NO CHANCE..... becoze we got best bowling side either

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Game washed out after SL collapse or after Rain ? :P

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (November 12, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

what a disaster oneday series !

Posted by nilb on (November 12, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

@gnanzcupid Wow that's smart!! Them mahela must've be practising his coin flip all these time. Please, give some credit to the batting performance. It's not luck!

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Mr. denwarlo70, looks like you are not followijg the score-cards. Chandimal scored 43 in the last game. Where have you been? Tharanga had enough chances before scoring a 60 in the last game. Seniors, the lucky guys.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Why Sri lankan Cricket Board Not Give A Chance 2 Kapugedara... Because this is the last match in the odi's ... we also won the tournament ... :P

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 12, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

Sri lanka won only because they were Lucky with the toss.Otherwise it would have been white wash imposed on them by the kiwis

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

no Nuwan Kulasekara and no chance for SL 2 win....................

Posted by lankanfanatic96 on (November 12, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

I dont seem to understand why eranga cant find a consistent position in the 11!! talented players like him go to waste...

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

I'm not a fan of Andrew Ellis by any means, but surely we've got better players available than Rob Nicol?!? Why do we insist on playing this man when he is so clearly out of his depth at this level? He is not cut out for this and the fact that we continue to push mediocre drivel like this man is a bad example for the country. We should insist on result based selection, if you fail as often as Nicol has, you should be dropped.

Posted by colombo_SL on (November 12, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Ohh! Chandimal got out! Golden duck. Very good decision to give Thrimanne to bat at No.3. Hope, he can show his colors today.

Posted by colombo_SL on (November 12, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Congratulation Akila! Show your colours!

Posted by denwarlo70 on (November 12, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Much cannot be expected from young Dinesh Chandimal. He was on the bench for most of the season and missed out. He has been included in the final ODI against NZ out of the blues and we cannot expect him to perform miracles. I hope the rain won't be a spoiler this time around and look forward to see a full 100 over match today.

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