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

12

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

2

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

3

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

3

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

4

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

10

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

2692

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