Player of the Match
Player of the Match

6.41pm SL were in with more than a chance for much of the game, but that is precisely the reason chasing totals close to 300 are never easy. They turn and twist late as it did today. SL got off to a horror start, losing three wickets relatively easy which could have been the turning point in the match. Mathews and Chandimal brought them back into the game with fine fifties, and Mathews was there till the very end. Till he was there, it looked like SL were always in the contest. However, once he holed out for a splendid 95, and with wickets falling all too regularly, it got harder and harder. Eventually, NZ closed out the series with a 3-1 scoreline after a 36-run win here. Matt Henry was the most influential, not only today, but throughout the series, taking 13 wickets. His five-for today went some way in securing his side's win today too.

Matt Henry is the Man of the Match

47.1
W
Boult to Kulasekara, OUT, Santner takes the catch as NZ close out the series 3-1. Low full toss outside off, Kulasekara goes for a lofted drive but skies it up without timing, Santner runs back from cover and takes the catch.

KMDN Kulasekara c Santner b Boult 15 (20m 14b 1x4 1x6) SR: 107.14

END OF OVER:
47 | 5 Runs | SL: 258/9 (37 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.48, RRR: 12.33)

  • Nuwan Pradeep0 (1b)
  • Nuwan Kulasekara15 (13b)
  • Adam Milne9-0-54-1
  • Matt Henry10-1-40-5
46.6
0
Milne to Pradeep, no run, low full toss on middle, swatted to cover

Amogh: "Matt Henry seems to be in some sensational form in this tournament - 13 wickets in 3 ODI's"

46.5
1
Milne to Kulasekara, 1 run, yorker on leg, tickled to square leg. He'll take the run now
46.4
4
Milne to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, just over cover. Clears his front foot, gives himself some room and just about manages to get under it to clear cover. Four more
46.3
0
Milne to Kulasekara, no run, well bowled. Sees NK moving across to try and ramp over the leg side but he fires it very wide but just inside the tramline. Dot.
46.2
0
Milne to Kulasekara, no run, thick inside edge to deep midwicket. Kulasekara refuses the single.
46.1
0
Milne to Kulasekara, no run, very fast down leg, Kulasekara gives himself room but cannot connect with his attempted lofted drive

Milne

END OF OVER:
46 | 4 Runs 2 Wkts | SL: 253/9 (42 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 10.50)

  • Nuwan Kulasekara10 (8b)
  • Matt Henry10-1-40-5
  • Ish Sodhi9-0-55-0
45.6
W
Henry to Chameera, OUT, bowled im. Could that be the final nail in SL's coffin? Slower ball outside off and draws the third consecutive inside edge. this time it smashes into the stumps and Henry has a much deserved five-for.

PVD Chameera b Henry 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Prashant: "Yet another "Nearly-a-hundred" by Mathews!"

45.5
1
Henry to Kulasekara, 1 run, another inside-edge towards short fine leg, one run
45.4
0
Henry to Kulasekara, no run, full and wide, an inside-edge to the keeper
45.3
W
Henry to Mathews, OUT, taken. Henry Nicholls has taken another pressure catch. Mathews perishes, how big is that? Short ball on off, Mathews executes a lovely pull but just did not get as much as he would have wanted. It travels high in the air and Nicholls settles himself at the square leg boundary, takes a catch over his head. Would have gone for six had he not got a hand on it. The bat face just turned in his hands

AD Mathews c Nicholls b Henry 95 (156m 116b 6x4 0x6) SR: 81.89

45.3
1w
Henry to Mathews, 1 wide, short delivery but slides down leg, extra run for SL
45.2
1
Henry to Kulasekara, 1 run, slower ball. Kulasekara winds up and goes for a massive swipe, ends up hitting to long-on
45.1
1
Henry to Mathews, 1 run, quite a high full toss outside off, but below the waist. Pushed to long-off

END OF OVER:
45 | 10 Runs | SL: 249/7 (46 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.53, RRR: 9.20)

  • Nuwan Kulasekara8 (5b)
  • Angelo Mathews94 (114b)
  • Ish Sodhi9-0-55-0
  • Matt Henry9-1-36-3
44.6
6
Sodhi to Kulasekara, SIX runs, six. Kulasekara finds the boundary. Precisely what SL needed to finish that over. Slog-swept on one bent knee, just clears long-on. Did not seem like he got it but Boult could not leap over the boundary to throw it back in
44.5
1
Sodhi to Mathews, 1 run, flat on leg, darted in. Whipped to deep midwicket
44.4
2
Sodhi to Mathews, 2 runs, another reverse sweep. Gets down and pummels it, cleared up by the sweeper cover
44.3
1
Sodhi to Kulasekara, 1 run, that was very clever bowling, saw Kulasekara coming and bowled it slow and short outside off, Kula adjusts well and plays it towards cover
44.2
0
Sodhi to Kulasekara, no run, reverse lap attempted. Overpitched outside off, and he misses. Big dot

Fourth quickest

3

No. of SL batsmen who completed 4000 ODI runs in fewer inns than Mathews (140 inns) - Tharanga (119), Atapattu (123) and Sangakkara (136).

Bat-first strength

12

No. of times NZ made 270+ in the last 13 ODIs when they batted first, including this (complete inns); 8 300+ scores. They failed only in the WC final (183 all out).

Guptill's explosive series

139.66

Guptill's strike rate in this series is the highest in a bilateral ODI series by a batsman scoring 300 or more runs.

Continuing the same in 2016

1&2

Guptill (1489 runs) and Williamson (1376) were the top-2 run-getters in ODIs in 2015. Both made 50+ in this match.

Triple ton

300

No. of innings played by Dilshan in ODIs. He played his 300th in this match, but could score only 4 runs. He is the 12th batsman to play these many innings.

Series of collapse

3

No. of times SL lost their 3rd wkt within 35 runs this series - 23/3 and 31/3 in the first 2 ODIs respectively and 33/3 in this, whereas in the 3rd ODI they were 277/2.

Elite club

3

No. of NZ batsman who have scored 10 or more ODI centuries, including Guptill who got his 10th in this match. Astle (16) and Taylor (15) top the chart.