The Sri Lankan batsmen have made their way out. Chandimal and Tharanga are the oopeners. Chandimal took some time to middle the ball yesterday but managed a well-made 43 in the end. Boult is the bowler, moved the ball quite a bit yesterday. Has two slips

The experts reckon it'll be a tough day for the batsmen, with the ball moving around a fair amount. It'll be interesting to see if New Zealand tweak their batting order today, something Andrew Fernando thinks they should consider doing. Plus, Andrew also has the preview for this game.

We have details from the toss. New Zealand have won the toss and have decided to bowl. They have retained the same side as the one that played the fourth game. Sri Lanka have made two changes. Akila Dananjaya, the spinner, makes his ODI debut, and Shaminda Eranga, the seamer, gets a look-in. Nuwan Kulasekara and Rangana Herath have been left out.

2.00pm The good news is it's bright and sunny, we hear, in Hambantota, so hopefully we'll have a full game.

A dead rubber, this, but New Zealand have had a poor run in ODIs and they'd desperately want to end it in the one chance they have before the Test series gets underway

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the fifth and final ODI of this series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. It's being played in Hambantota, with the hosts already having gained an unassailable 3-0 lead.

0.1

Boult to Tharanga, no run, in the channel outside off stump, moving away and he shoulders arms to the keeper

0.2

Boult to Tharanga, no run, in the channel outside off and he leaves that one alone as well, just a hint of away movement

0.3

Boult to Tharanga, no run, outside the off stump again and he leaves it be

0.4

Boult to Tharanga, 1 wide, this one's really wide and Tharanga reached for it but couldn't make contact, called a wide

0.4

Boult to Tharanga, no run, much closer this time and has a bit of away movement, left alone again

0.5

Boult to Tharanga, no run, gets him to drive this time, a bit of away swing this time, lands full as Tharanga tries to drive but just goes past the outside edge

0.6

Boult to Tharanga, 1 run, opens the face slightly there and guides it to third man for a single

End of over 1 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
WU Tharanga    1* (6b)      TA Boult    1-0-2-0
LD Chandimal    0* (0b)     

1.1

Southee to Tharanga, no run, ooh, beaten with the moving ball, it just shaped away to go past the outside edge as Tharanga poked at it

1.2

Southee to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed off the front foot past the bowler for a quick single

1.3

Southee to Chandimal, OUT, brilliant delivery! The late swing accounting for Chandimal, bowled quick, angled in towards middle and then swung away late to beat the bat a Chandimal closed the face and knocked back off stump

LD Chandimal b Southee 0 (6m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

These two opening bowlers gave the batsmen some nervy moments the other day during the fourth ODI. That was in the evening. In comes Lahiru Thirimanne

1.4

Southee to Thirimanne, no run, over the wicket, on a good length on the off and he rocks forward to tap it into the off side

1.5

Southee to Thirimanne, FOUR, pitched on a good length and Thirimanne doesn't take too long to get going, leans forward and crunches that sweetly through extra cover for a boundary

1.6

Southee to Thirimanne, 2 runs, on middle this time, much straighter, flicked through square leg for a couple more runs this time

End of over 2 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1 (RR: 4.50)
HDRL Thirimanne    6* (3b 1x4)      TG Southee    1-0-7-1
WU Tharanga    2* (8b)      TA Boult    1-0-2-0

2.1

Boult to Tharanga, 2 runs, pitched on a length on the off and it's driven soundly down the ground past mid-off for a couple

2.2

Boult to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, nips away and he takes the bottom hand off that one, takes the outside edge and rolls down to third man for a single

2.3

Boult to Thirimanne, 1 run, slightly short on leg stump, whipped behind square for a single into the deep

2.4

Boult to Tharanga, 1 run, getting it to shape away again, opens the face slightly to run that towards third man for a single

2.5

Boult to Thirimanne, no run, lands on a good length and Thirimanne meets it solidly playing it towards mid-off

2.6

Boult to Thirimanne, FOUR, beaten, and that goes between gully and first slip, Boult getting it to dart away and Thirimanne gets a thick outside edge as he tries to withdraw from that one, lucky to get a boundary

End of over 3 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 18/1 (RR: 6.00)
HDRL Thirimanne    11* (6b 2x4)      TA Boult    2-0-11-0
WU Tharanga    6* (11b)      TG Southee    1-0-7-1

3.1

Southee to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, lands on leg stump and that's turned behind square into the deep for a single

3.2

Southee to Thirimanne, FOUR, banged in short and he latches onto it quickly, swivels and pulls it hard over square leg for a boundary

3.3

Southee to Thirimanne, 1 run, goodish length on middle, pushes it towards mid-on and he clinches a quick single

3.4

Southee to Tharanga, no run, pitched on a length on middle and that's driven sweetly towards mid-off

3.5

Southee to Tharanga, no run, pitched on a length again on middle and off and he presents the straight bat to drive it to mid-off

3.6

Southee to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and defends it towards point from the crease

End of over 4 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 24/1 (RR: 6.00)
WU Tharanga    6* (15b)      TG Southee    2-0-12-1
HDRL Thirimanne    16* (8b 3x4)      TA Boult    2-0-11-0

4.1

Boult to Thirimanne, 1 run, dropped, toughie, pitched up, lovely delivery that moved away just a hint, he tried to drive down the line, got a thin edge and Watling dived low to his left but couldn't hold on, was dying on him and he put in a good effort

4.2

Boult to Tharanga, no run, beaten again, swinging away, inviting him to drive but Tharanga can't make contact as he reaches forward to drive

4.3

Boult to Tharanga, FOUR, much more width on that one, in the slot outside off stump and he caresses that through the covers for a boundary

4.4

Boult to Tharanga, no run, in the channel outside off and be brings this one back in, shoulders arms to let that through

4.5

Boult to Tharanga, no run, sliding down the leg side as he tried to turn it square, struck on the pads

4.6

Boult to Tharanga, FOUR, slices that one through cover, pitched up from Boult and he reached for it but got it into the gap, though it was a little uppish, four more

End of over 5 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 33/1 (RR: 6.60)
WU Tharanga    14* (20b 2x4)      TA Boult    3-0-20-0
HDRL Thirimanne    17* (9b 3x4)      TG Southee    2-0-12-1

5.1

Southee to Thirimanne, no run, bowled that one in the corridor, enough width for Tharanga to leave that one alone

5.2

Southee to Thirimanne, no run, shoulders arms to that one as well, keeps its line and goes through to the keeper

5.3

Southee to Thirimanne, no run, bowled on a good length, gets forward and taps that one into the off side

5.4

Southee to Thirimanne, no run, good carry through to Watling, borderline case for a wide but isn't called, the batsman didn't bother chasing that one

5.5

Southee to Thirimanne, no run, angling in towards middle and leg and that;s been played towards midwicket

Neil: "Big difference in the starts, positive intent rather than scratching around and playing out maidens. The Gulf between these teams really is massive."

5.6

Southee to Thirimanne, OUT, Southee strikes! Tempting him with a good length ball outside off, a bit of width there and he was drawn into playing a drive, got a thin edge as it went across and Watling took a comfortable catch this time

HDRL Thirimanne c †Watling b Southee 17 (21m 15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 113.33

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 33/2 (RR: 5.50)
     TG Southee    3-1-12-2
WU Tharanga    14* (20b 2x4)      TA Boult    3-0-20-0

A good start for New Zealand. Two wickets for Southee, the first one to get Chandimal was a scorcher. It's helped in a way that Sri Lanka have also gone for their shots.

6.1

Boult to Tharanga, 1 run, fullish outside off and that's been played into the off side for a single

Mathews to face now, at No.4

6.2

Boult to Mathews, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and knocks it down into the leg side

6.3

Boult to Mathews, no run, on a good length, moves on the back foot and punches it towards mid-off

6.4

Boult to Mathews, no run, short of a good length this time, moves back and defends it solidly towards cover

6.5

Boult to Mathews, OUT, Three down, it seemed like a slightly belated decision from Mathews to go for the pull, not much intent in that shot, Boult dropped it short outside off and it came on to him a little quickly as well, got a top edge and Southee judged it well at fine leg

AD Mathews c Southee b Boult 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Mathews goes for a duck, could have avoided that shot, especially after having looked solid for the first couple of deliveries. It came from nowhere. Kumar Sangakkara walks in

6.6

Boult to Tharanga, 1 run, sliced to third man, full and wide and he guides that uppishly to third man for a single

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 35/3 (RR: 5.00)
WU Tharanga    16* (22b 2x4)      TA Boult    4-0-22-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)      TG Southee    3-1-12-2

Mark: "I must admit I hate the term 'dead rubber'. The implication is the match is meaningless. It is still a match between two international sides - usually the pinnacle of most sporting contests. For the series loser it is a chance to turn things around. For the series winner it is a chance to show real professionalism and intent and that they can maintain standards. If it is truly a 'dead rubber' and the match is meaningless then they should just cancel all the remaining matches once a series is won."

7.1

Southee to Tharanga, no run, in the channel outside off, just a hint of away movement there and goes past the outside edge

Rewi: "his bowling bodes well for the test series.

Keeping it full, enticing the drive and allowing the ball to swing. Yes, there'll be a few boundaries, but the edges will also come."

7.2

Southee to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and drops it down to short point where McCullum's standing

7.3

Southee to Tharanga, 2 leg byes, drops it short on the leg stump and he helps it on its way wide of fine leg, oh actually leg-byes, clipped the pads then

7.4

Southee to Tharanga, no run, goodish length on the off, rocks forward and defends it to extra cover

7.5

Southee to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length and he chops it down towards point from the crease

7.6

Southee to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and taps it towards point

End of over 8 (2 runs, maiden) Sri Lanka 37/3 (RR: 4.62)
WU Tharanga    16* (28b 2x4)      TG Southee    4-2-12-2
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)      TA Boult    4-0-22-1

Boult to continue

8.1

Boult to Sangakkara, no run, still getting some away swing, pitched on a good length, gets forward and taps it back to the bowler

A slip and a gully

8.2

Boult to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a good length, knocks it down in front of point and calls for a quick single

8.3

Boult to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length outside off and it nips away, Tharanga tries to chop that behind point, just goes past the outside edge

8.4

Boult to Tharanga, no run, banged in short outside off, sways out of the way to let that one go through

8.5

Boult to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot, gets right behind that one, and taps it into the off side

8.6

Boult to Tharanga, no run, goodish length and he drives that one towards point where McCullum fields

End of over 9 (1 run) Sri Lanka 38/3 (RR: 4.22)
WU Tharanga    16* (32b 2x4)      TA Boult    5-0-23-1
KC Sangakkara    1* (2b)      TG Southee    4-2-12-2

9.1

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot does Sangakkara and punches that to mid-on

9.2

Southee to Sangakkara, 1 wide, drops that one short on leg stump and it's a wide down the leg side in the end

9.2

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, shortish on the off, rocks on the back foot and defends that one to point

9.3

Southee to Sangakkara, no run, bowled on a good length outside off, leaves that one alone to the keeper

9.4

Southee to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowled it full on middle, that one's driven wide of mid-on for a single

Southee going round the wicket to Tharanga

9.5

Southee to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length outside off and that's been left alone to the keeper

9.6

Southee to Tharanga, no run, shortish outside off, carries well to the keeper and he leaves that one alone

End of over 10 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 40/3 (RR: 4.00)
WU Tharanga    16* (34b 2x4)      TG Southee    5-2-14-2
KC Sangakkara    2* (6b)      TA Boult    5-0-23-1

Adam Milne, just 20, brought into the attack now.

10.1

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, bowls that full on middle and that's driven towards mid-on from the crease

10.2

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, slightly short of a good length outside off and it's left alone to the keeper

10.3

Milne to Sangakkara, 1 run, a thick inside edge from Sanga there as he tried to play that into the on-side, gets it past square leg for a single

10.4

Milne to Tharanga, no run, pushed that one firmly towards mid-off, send back the non-striker just in time, there was no single there

10.5

Milne to Tharanga, no run, on a good length on middle and off, defended firmly towards mid-off

10.6

Milne to Tharanga, no run, on a good length, draws him into playing the drive again, misses as it moves away to beat the outside edge

End of over 11 (1 run) Sri Lanka 41/3 (RR: 3.72)
WU Tharanga    16* (37b 2x4)      AF Milne    1-0-1-0
KC Sangakkara    3* (9b)      TG Southee    5-2-14-2

Change from both ends, Nathan McCullum comes on to bowl, the offspinner, has a slip

11.1

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, coming round the wicket, goodish length first up, gets it to turn away and he leaves that one be

11.2

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on the off and it's driven back to the bowler

11.3

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, floating it on middle, turned past mid-on for a single

11.4

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run, floating it on the off stump, drives it in the direction of mid-off for another single

11.5

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, no run, quicker through the air, on the off stump and it'd pushed towards extra cover

11.6

NL McCullum to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed away into the leg side for a single

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 44/3 (RR: 3.66)
KC Sangakkara    5* (14b)      NL McCullum    1-0-3-0
WU Tharanga    17* (38b 2x4)      AF Milne    1-0-1-0

Danny Morrison was saying on TV a while ago about how similar Adam Milne's action is to Shane Bond's, and he's right

12.1

Milne to Sangakkara, no run, on a good length and he lets that one go through to the keeper, holds its line

A slip in place

12.2

Milne to Sangakkara, OUT, Bond, the bowling coach, will like that, ooh, nipped away, landed on middle and moved away across as Sanga tried to turn the face slightly on that one, got an edge and Watling took it easily

KC Sangakkara c †Watling b Milne 5 (26m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

Milne picks up his first ODI wicket, and it's a special one. It wasn't handed to him, he earned it with an excellent delivery

Mahela Jayawardene's parents are watching this game from the stands. He walks in now.

12.3

Milne to Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length, bowled at 125.7kmph, gets on the back foot and defends it straight to the bowler

Angus: "Adam Milne first ODI wicket of a modern day legend with a lovely ball. Sharp pace, right area, touch of movement. TV commentator "Sangakkara was unlucky". Give the young man some credit!" Hahaa, unlucky probably because it was such a beautiful delivery

12.4

Milne to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets on the back foot and knocks it down into the off side for a quick single

12.5

Milne to Tharanga, no run, yorker length this time from Milne, dug out towards point from the crease

12.6

Milne to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length on middle, rocks back and opens the face to play it down to third man for a single

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 46/4 (RR: 3.53)
WU Tharanga    18* (40b 2x4)      AF Milne    2-0-3-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (2b)      NL McCullum    1-0-3-0

13.1

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, floating it on middle and that's been driven back to the bowler

13.2

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, tossed up this time, slowed it up as well, drives it straight to mid-on from the crease

13.3

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, angling in towards middle, pushed back to the bowler

13.4

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 2 runs, flighted outside off and he goes after it, tries to drive it through cover, gets a thick outside edge well wide of the slip fielder for a couple of runs

13.5

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, bowled it flat this time and it's pushed firmly towards extra cover

13.6

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, flighted just outside off and it's driven straight to extra cover this time

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 48/4 (RR: 3.42)
WU Tharanga    20* (46b 2x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (2b)      AF Milne    2-0-3-1

14.1

Milne to Jayawardene, no run, pitched up outside off, drives that one straight towards mid-off

14.2

Milne to Jayawardene, no run, a bit of width on that one, he opened the face to play it towards point

14.3

Milne to Jayawardene, 2 runs, goodish length and he manages to squeeze that between point and cover for a couple of runs to bring up the 50 for the team

14.4

Milne to Jayawardene, 1 run, drops that short on the off and it's dragged towards fine leg for a single

14.5

Milne to Tharanga, no run, hmm, a bit of swing there for Milne, pitched up on a length outside off, drives it towards mid-off

14.6

Milne to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and defends it to extra cover

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 51/4 (RR: 3.40)
WU Tharanga    20* (48b 2x4)      AF Milne    3-0-6-1
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (6b)      NL McCullum    2-0-5-0

Nathan McCullum goes over the wicket to Jayawardene

15.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, no run, just outside off,Jayawardene gets outside the line and turns it behind square

15.2

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, waits for that one to turn in and he pushes it towards midwicket

Has a slip for Tharanga

15.3

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga stepped out of the crease, tossed up and he drove it uppishly wide of Nathan McCullum, there is a long-off in place, a single

15.4

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish outside off, flat and didn't turn, pushed through point for a single

15.5

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, floating it on middle from round the wicket, pushes it back to the bowler

15.6

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up, lands full and leg and it's driven through midwicket into the deep for a single

Time for drinks, New Zealand have clearly had the better of the first third of the innings. The seamers have set it up for them.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 55/4 (RR: 3.43)
WU Tharanga    22* (51b 2x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-9-0
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (9b)      AF Milne    3-0-6-1

Milne is back

16.1

Milne to Tharanga, FOUR, short of a length outside off and Tharanga cashes in on the width, cut away hard through point for a boundary

16.2

Milne to Tharanga, 2 runs, full toss outside off and it's steered through point into the deep for a couple of runs

16.3

Milne to Tharanga, no run, beaten this time, gets it to move away from a good length, gets on the back foot to defend but was almost done in by the away movement

16.4

Milne to Tharanga, no run, that took him by surprise, that slipped out of his hand but don't think that was above waist-height, Milne put his hand up to apologise

16.5

Milne to Tharanga, no run, rocks back and taps it towards point

16.6

Milne to Tharanga, no run, run-out attempt, smart work from Milne, driven firmly to Milne who blackflipped it with his left hand onto the stumps at the non-striker's end, Jayawardene though was alert and had made it back in time

End of over 17 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 61/4 (RR: 3.58)
WU Tharanga    28* (57b 3x4)      AF Milne    4-0-12-1
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (9b)      NL McCullum    3-0-9-0

17.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, turned away for a single into the leg side

17.2

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, flighted on middle, drives it straight to extra cover

17.3

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, floating it on middle, tries to defend it into the off side, this one seemed to hold its line, got an inside edge onto the pads

17.4

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, floating it on middle, drives it back to the bowler

17.5

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, flighted on middle, drives that one back to the bowler down the pitch

17.6

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, pushed it through quicker, drives it straight to extra cover

End of over 18 (1 run) Sri Lanka 62/4 (RR: 3.44)
WU Tharanga    28* (62b 3x4)      NL McCullum    4-0-10-0
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (10b)      AF Milne    4-0-12-1

18.1

Milne to Jayawardene, no run, Milne beats Jayawardene, that one moved away from short of a good length and Jayawardene poked at it off the front foot

18.2

Milne to Jayawardene, FOUR, edged and past slip to the third-man boundary, was in the channel and Jayawardene pushed loosely at that one, fell short of Taylor, and wide, and went past him as he dived to his right

18.3

Milne to Jayawardene, no run, the legcutter, superbly done, short of a good length outside off, Jayawardene flirted with it and missed

18.4

Milne to Jayawardene, no run, appeal for lbw, Jayawardene moved across to flick it square but missed, was struck on the pads, that would have gone down the leg side though

18.5

Milne to Jayawardene, no run, full outside off and that's pushed sweetly towards mid-on, no run there, straight to the fielder

18.6

Milne to Jayawardene, 1 run, drops it short on middle and it's elegantly pulled away to fine leg for a single

End of over 19 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 67/4 (RR: 3.52)
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (16b 1x4)      AF Milne    5-0-17-1
WU Tharanga    28* (62b 3x4)      NL McCullum    4-0-10-0

19.1

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, FOUR, Jayawardene clears mid-on, was flighted and he sensed a chance, danced down the track and launched him over the in-field for a one-bounce four

Mid-off has been brought in, long-on pushed back

19.2

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets outside the line and turns it square for a single

19.3

NL McCullum to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga clears the in-field as well but not as convincingly as Mahela had done, came down the track and chipped him over midwicket, had enough on it to take it to the ropes

19.4

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, yorked himself there, bowled on a length on middle and he ended up digging it out into the off side

19.5

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run, nicely chipped, over extra cover but only for a single this time

19.6

NL McCullum to Jayawardene, 1 run, floating it outside off, turned through square leg for a single

End of over 20 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 78/4 (RR: 3.90)
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (19b 2x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-21-0
WU Tharanga    33* (65b 4x4)      AF Milne    5-0-17-1

Rob Nicol to bowl some off-spin now. Comes round the wicket to Jayawardene

20.1

Nicol to Jayawardene, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned through square leg for a single

20.2

Nicol to Tharanga, no run, fired it short on middle and he drops it back to the bowler

20.3

Nicol to Tharanga, 1 run, a bit of width this time and he cracks it through point into the deep for a single

20.4

Nicol to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets forward and turns it behind square for one more

20.5

Nicol to Tharanga, 1 run, shortish on the off, chops it behind point for a single

20.6

Nicol to Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets across and works it through square for a single to keep strike, five off it

End of over 21 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 83/4 (RR: 3.95)
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (22b 2x4)      RJ Nicol    1-0-5-0
WU Tharanga    35* (68b 4x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-21-0

Andrew Ellis brought into the attack now

21.1

Ellis to Jayawardene, 1 run, angling in towards middle, tickled through square leg into the deep for a single

21.2

Ellis to Tharanga, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, defended towards point from the crease

21.3

Ellis to Tharanga, no run, slower one this time, bowled on a length towards off stump and it's struck straight to extra cover

21.4

Ellis to Tharanga, no run, tried to play that delicately down to third man but it just went past the outside edge

21.5

Ellis to Tharanga, no run, drops that one short outside off and he lets that one go

21.6

Ellis to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length on middle, punched towards extra cover from the crease

End of over 22 (1 run) Sri Lanka 84/4 (RR: 3.81)
WU Tharanga    35* (73b 4x4)      AM Ellis    1-0-1-0
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (23b 2x4)      RJ Nicol    1-0-5-0

22.1

Nicol to Jayawardene, 1 run, ooh, chipped that one back, wide of Nicol, fell short though, just the single as it went past him

22.2

Nicol to Tharanga, no run, shortish outside off, bowled flat, cut straight to point

22.3

Nicol to Tharanga, 1 run, width and it's chipped again, in the vacant cover region for a single

22.4

Nicol to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets front and across and turns it through midwicket for a single

22.5

Nicol to Tharanga, FOUR, short on the off and he latches onto it, drags that over midwicket, yawning gap in the deep and he finds it, a boundary

22.6

Nicol to Tharanga, no run, pushed through quicker outside off, tried to cut that past point, missed

End of over 23 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 91/4 (RR: 3.95)
WU Tharanga    40* (77b 5x4)      RJ Nicol    2-0-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    24* (25b 2x4)      AM Ellis    1-0-1-0

23.1

Ellis to Jayawardene, OUT, Run-out, Superb fielding by Nathan McCullum, Jayawardene tapped it wide of extra cover and called for a single, was running to the non-striker's end, McCullum picked it with his left hand, shifted the ball to his right hand, turned and threw down the stumps to find Jayawardene well short of his ground

DPMD Jayawardene run out 24 (48m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

It was a good partnership, and picking up gradually, but New Zealand have been good in the field today. Sri Lanka are five down now. Jayawardene's eyes were on McCullum as he was running, and that probably slowed him down a bit. Jeevan Mendis, who bowled so well in the previous game, comes in

23.2

Ellis to Tharanga, 1 run, on a good length outside off and that's square-driven through point into the deep for a single

23.3

Ellis to Mendis, no run, into the off side, called for a single but is sent back, Ellis went up to the stumps and tried to collect the throw but missed, Mendis was back in the crease

23.4

Ellis to Mendis, no run, outside off, lands on a good length and it's been left alone

23.5

Ellis to Mendis, no run, much closer to the stumps this time and he leaves that one be as well

23.6

Ellis to Mendis, OUT, Mendis will be livid, and he should be! So much width and he went after that immediately, short and wide and he tried to slash that over point, got a thick edge and was caught by Taylor at first slip, the umpires are checking for a front-foot no-ball are they? Well, Mendis is walking and Sri Lanka are now in bigger trouble

BMAJ Mendis c Taylor b Ellis 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

We haven't even reached the 25-over mark and Sri Lanka have lost six. Their opener is still out there and he's joined by Thisara Perera. Not very often that he gets 26 overs to bat.

End of over 24 (1 run) Sri Lanka 92/6 (RR: 3.83)
     AM Ellis    2-0-2-1
WU Tharanga    41* (78b 5x4)      RJ Nicol    2-0-12-0

Nathan McCullum comes back on, has a slip

24.1

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, steps forward and defends him to point, calls for a single but it's not there

24.2

NL McCullum to Tharanga, no run, edged and short of slip, enticing him with that tossed up ball, got a thick edge and fell just short of slip there

24.3

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run

24.4

NL McCullum to Perera, no run, floating it on middle, defends that one towards midwicket

24.5

NL McCullum to Perera, 1 run, flighted outside off, drives it down to long-off for a single

24.6

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up, driven uppishly into the deep on the off side for a single

End of over 25 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 95/6 (RR: 3.80)
WU Tharanga    43* (82b 5x4)      NL McCullum    6-0-24-0
NLTC Perera    1* (2b)      AM Ellis    2-0-2-1

25.1

Ellis to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length outside off, crunched off the back foot to point

25.2

Ellis to Tharanga, 1 wide, drops that one short outside off stump, called a wide, too high there

25.2

Ellis to Tharanga, FOUR, slower one bowled short on middle and that's struck well, jabbed it over midwicket, well timed and found the gap, raises the 100 for Sri Lanka

25.3

Ellis to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length outside off, chops that one down towards point

25.4

Ellis to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length again, tries to slash that through point, misses

25.5

Ellis to Tharanga, 2 runs, bowled that full outside off and he slices that over the in-field, towards deep point for a couple of runs, moves to 49

25.6

Ellis to Tharanga, FOUR, excellent way to bring up his half-century, absolutely thrashed that straight, over the bowler's head, past the umpire, for a boundary

End of over 26 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 106/6 (RR: 4.07)
WU Tharanga    53* (88b 7x4)      AM Ellis    3-0-13-1
NLTC Perera    1* (2b)      NL McCullum    6-0-24-0

26.1

NL McCullum to Perera, no run, angling in towards middle, pushes that one down the pitch

26.2

NL McCullum to Perera, 1 run, flighted on middle, got a leading edge as he tried to turn the face, got it past extra cover for a single

26.3

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run, angling in towards middle, pushes that inside out wide of extra cover for a single

26.4

NL McCullum to Perera, no run, shortish on the off, stopped on him a little, gets a thick inside edge to midwicket

26.5

NL McCullum to Perera, 1 run, pushes it down the ground to long-off for a single

26.6

NL McCullum to Tharanga, 1 run, chips that towards deep cover for a single, he's played that shot a few times today

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 110/6 (RR: 4.07)
WU Tharanga    55* (90b 7x4)      NL McCullum    7-0-28-0
NLTC Perera    3* (6b)      AM Ellis    3-0-13-1

Ellis bowled an expensive over before this, but he's going to continue. Sri Lanka have taken the batting Powerplay.

27.1

Ellis to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, runs that down to third man for a single

27.2

Ellis to Perera, FOUR, picks the gap, lovely shot, short of a good length, Perera stands tall and punches that through extra cover for a boundary

27.3

Ellis to Perera, no run, drags that one short and he lets that one go through to the keeper

27.4

Ellis to Perera, FOUR, the boundaries keep flowing, Perera thwacks that short delivery over midwicket, dropped it short and he dispatched it for a one-bounce four

27.5

Ellis to Perera, OUT, Perera goes! Ellis had a deep square leg in place, Perera again went for the pull and went much squarer this time, Milne was waiting for that shot in the deep, moved a few paces to his right and took it well

NLTC Perera c Milne b Ellis 11 (16m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

Dark clouds hovering over the ground now, Shaminda Eranga walks in.

27.6

Ellis to Eranga, no run, short of a good length and it's pushed straight to extra cover

End of over 28 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 119/7 (RR: 4.25)
RMS Eranga    0* (1b)      AM Ellis    4-0-22-2
WU Tharanga    56* (91b 7x4)      NL McCullum    7-0-28-0

The groundsmen are getting ready with the covers. No rain, though, yet. Southee is back into the attack, comes round the wicket

28.1

Southee to Tharanga, no run, good bounce, short of a good length, tried to upper-cut that but missed

28.2

Southee to Tharanga, FOUR, the shot pays off this time, not quite an upper-cut but used the pace of the ball well there, short of a good length and he guides it past the diving third-man fielder to the boundary

It's started to drizzle

28.3

Southee to Tharanga, OUT, Southee picks up his third wicket, Tharanga goes just as the rain comes down, short of a length and he was trying to repeat that shot though trying to get it more past point, got an edge and Watling dived full length to his right and took it one-handed, good take and Sri Lanka are in danger of getting bowled out soon here

WU Tharanga c †Watling b Southee 60 (129m 94b 8x4 0x6) SR: 63.82

8.50pm Still raining, the whole ground is covered. Time for the presentation, indoors of course.

BJ Watling has been named Man of the Series: "I'm reasonably happy with the form I'm in. We bowled very well today and fielded well. I'm looking forward to the next series. I'm going home to play some first-class cricket, and it'll be a good opportunity to get a few runs and catches as well."

Ross Taylor: "The bowlers pitched the ball up and gave it a chance. We knew the rain was going to be around. Hopefully we can have a good couple of days off and look ahead to the Tests. We need to work on all three facets of the game, me as a captain I need to toss a bit better. We made some improvements and we need to get better to repay our fans back home. Today's a good start. Test cricket is the ultimate, we've got seven or eight guys coming over. Hopefully the weather plays its part, it hasn't been raining as much as during the night."

Mahela Jayawardene collects the series trophy: "We just had to scrap our way through this series and win crucial situations. Everyone did their job. We still need to improve but we're working hard. The guys were pretty down after the T20 World Cup, and everydone did a tremendous job in lifting themselves up. Looking forward to the Test series now. We haven't played Test cricket for some time now, we'll have six to seven guys coming into that set-up. We'll try to be as consistent as possible, our ODI and T20 has been pretty good. In the last three to four months, we've discovered a few good, talented players and there's a lot of work for them to do as well. We have a break after the Australia tour and I'll have a chat with the selectors then." Hmm, the last one's presumably about his captaincy.

Well, that's it from us here. Thanks for tuning in and let's hope the weather wreck the Tests as it has done with the games so far this tour. Cheers.

It's been a disappointing tour so far, with each of the six games affected by rain. It's been frustrating for the teams as well as those who've tuned in on TV or the web. The first Test begins in five days' time in Galle - what can we expect then? Thanks for sending us your feedback. I'll stick around to see if there's a presentation ceremony of some kind, given it's the end of the series. Will get you any updates from that as and when.

8.25pm Folks, after a wait of three hours and 40 minutes, I have the unfortunate responsibility of letting you know that the game has been called off. New Zealand will be cursing their luck. The series stays 3-0 in favour of Sri Lanka, and the visitors are still searching for that elusive ODI win.

8.05pm More rain in Hambantota, it's got heavier we hear. So it's more or less over we can reckon.

7.55pm Just waiting for confirmation from the ground, some murmurs around that it's started raining again. Yes, I'm afraid the news is true, the covers are coming back on, folks. Don't think there's much life left in this game now.

Manoj Ridimahaliyadda nominates Duckworth and Lewis as Men of the Series, and he's not the only one making that suggestion. So, all six games so far this series - the one T20 and these five ODIs - have been hit by rain.

7.25pm A lot of mopping up happening, but any more rain, we can suspect, before the inspection is likely to ensure a washout.

7.00pm Make of this what you will, Roshan Abeysinghe says on Twitter that there'll be an inspection at 8.30pm. That's an hour and a half. Remember, the cut-off for a 20-over game is 9.45pm. So there must be a huge amount of water collected around the ground.

Mark: "Siddhartha, is this your first full series of drop-by-drop coverage of rain? Do you think that it will catch on as an alternative to boring cricket?" Absolutely, especially the feedback that comes with the commentary.

6.55pm More encouraging news. The covers are coming off. There's some water that's accumulated near the bowlers' run-ups, so that area's being dried. The interruption started two hours and fifteen minutes ago.

6.30pm Roshan Abeysinghe gives some good news on Twitter - the showers have relented, but "there is plenty of water on the covers and outside."

6.25pm The cut-off time for a 20-over game is 9.45pm. So there's plenty of time left.

Tariq has an interesting suggestion to liven things up: "They should plan a Swimming Competition between SL and NZ players in parallel in case it rains (which it always does), so that those who bought tickets are compensated."

Akshat: "This is what the ICC should do for FTP. Get in touch with the meteorological departments of all full-members countries and identify drought-prone areas. Behold!! Rains galore!!"

Anees writes in: "Sid, I am so fed up with the rain during this series that I don't want it in my own place although it has not rained here for more than a year."

6.00pm A thin drizzle now, but it's still around. Some hope of the rain relenting.

5.40pm It's still raining, unfortunately, and Roshan Abeysinghe says on Twitter that there are pools of water on the covers and outside the playing perimeter as well. So we've had an hour's stoppage so far.

5.15pm No good news I'm afraid, we're told it's coming down pretty hard in Hambantota.

5.00pm Drizzling now, we are told. There's breeze but also a lot of dark clouds around.

4.50pm A twitter round reveals the rain has got heavier and it's got darker in Hambantota.

4.40pm The covers are being brought on now. It's just a drizzle but the umpires don't want to take any chances. The wind's blowing hard, and the rain's getting heavier.

Series Results
Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Hambantota - Nov 12, 2012
No result
Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Hambantota - Nov 10, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 34 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Pallekele - Nov 6, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Pallekele - Nov 4, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 14 runs (D/L method)
Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Pallekele - Nov 1, 2012
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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Nov 12, 2012

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

The fifth ODI, like all other matches in the series, was affected by rain

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Nov 12, 2012

Tim Southee gets rid of Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Hambantota, November 12, 2012

Tim Southee gets rid of Lahiru Thirimanne

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