Match Day

821dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Gunathilaka, Dilshan keep series alive

Only the ever-consistent Kane Williamson crossed fifty for New Zealand, and despite a promising turn from Sri Lanka's rookie strike bowlers, the hosts mustered a competitive 276 for 8 in Nelson

Streak ends


Consecutive home ODIs won by New Zealand before this defeat. The streak began on January 31, 2015 and ends on December 31, 2015.

Only Sri Lanka


No. of targets of 275 or more successfully chased by SL in ODIs this year losing two or fewer wickets. No other team did it even once.

Only three


Number of nervous 90s for Dilshan in ODIs, including his 91 in this match. His previous 2: 97 v Ind, RPS, 2008-09 and 99 v SA, RPS, 2013.

50 in no time


No. of SL batsmen reaching 50 within first 8 overs of the innings since 2002, including Gunathilaka - Dilshan v Ban, Dambulla, 2010 and K Perera v Pak, Pallekelle, 2015.

Chasing-friendly venue


No. of ODIs, out of five, played at this venue before have been won by the chasing team. Targets successfully chased: 319, 305, 286 and 277.

Dominating first innings


Totals of 275 or more while batting first in ODIs for NZ this year. Only SA have more (12). 8 out of those 10 totals for NZ were 300+.

Williamson's fruitful year


Runs by Williamson in International matches in 2015, third-highest in a calendar year after Ponting (2833 in 2005) and Sangakkara (2813 in 2004)