Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    2.4 NZ appeal for caught behind. Not given by umpire Jones. Milne wants a review. Nice and full, slanting away outside off, Gunathilaka flirts with it before pulling his bat away rather belatedly. Hot Spot picks up a faint nick, and the on-field call is overturned. There was a spike on RTS as well. 13/1
    5.1 The short ball nabs Dilshan. Banged in shortish and outside off, hustling Dilshan. He is a bit late onto the pull, top-edging it to midwicket, where the debutant Nicholls snags the catch above the eyes. Henry exults 20/2
    7.4 The dot-ball pressure gets to Thiri. The finger goes up as Henry has his second. Full and swings back in, Thiri gets his front leg across and is trapped in front, hit well below the knee-roll in line with middle. Chandi prompts Thiri not to take the review 23/3
    9.4 Henry brings the cordon into play again. He is on fire! Teasing fuller length awayswinger outside off, leaving Chandimal poking loosely. He edges it and Taylor, playing his 300th match for NZ, takes it at first slip around waist height 27/5
    7.5 Smartly taken by Latham. This is a big, big wicket, Mathews is gone for a first-ball duck. Full and swings away outside off, Mathews nibbles at it and nicks it behind. Latham dives to his left at second slip and completes an impressive, low catch 23/4
    38.5 Siri skies it, Baz settles under it! Full, offcutting slower ball on middle as Bracewell tricks Siri. He attempts a leg-side slog and skewers it to mid-off. Siri, though, has added 56 after he was spilled by Nicholls 163/7
    17.4 Kapu hits it into the lap of Santner at short cover; much like target practice. Fuller length and outside off, Kapu throws his hands at an aerial drive. Straightforward catch for Santner. SL's recovery is broken as Kapu tosses it away on return 65/6
    39.4 Ronchi pulls off a stunner! He flies to his right and takes a one-handed ripper. Kula shows his ace early as he jumps outside leg. McClenaghan follows the batsman and finds extra bounce. This might have been a slippery slower one. Kula has a big whoosh, slashing it behind. It looked to run away fine to third man... until Ronchi intervened. The fast-travelling ball nearly bounced out of the glove, but Ronchi managed to hang onto it 164/8
    41.5 Mendis puts bat onto ball now, he gloves it behind to the keeper. He shuffles away outside leg, manufactures some room. Mendis can only tamely fend it to Ronchi. This is a simpler catch 167/9
    not out
    46.6 Bracewell wraps up Sri Lanka for 188. Dug in short and outside off, Lakmal skips back and pulls it to Latham at deep midwicket 188/10
    8 (w 8)
    188 all out (47 Overs, RR: 4.0)
    Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 2.4 ov), 2-20 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 5.1 ov), 3-23 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 7.4 ov), 4-23 (Angelo Mathews, 7.5 ov), 5-27 (Dinesh Chandimal, 9.4 ov), 6-65 (Chamara Kapugedera, 17.4 ov), 7-163 (Milinda Siriwardana, 38.5 ov), 8-164 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 39.4 ov), 9-167 (Ajantha Mendis, 41.5 ov), 10-188 (Suranga Lakmal, 46.6 ov)
    AF Milne1003013.00450130
    MJ Henry1014944.90415220
    MJ McClenaghan1024024.00404030
    DAJ Bracewell913734.11364000
    MJ Santner803204.00290200

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 5-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30 Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45

Match days

26 December 2015 (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

NZ's biggest win v SL


Margin of win for New Zealand, in terms of balls remaining, is the biggest in ODIs against Sri Lanka. Prev best: 129 balls remaining also in Christchurch in 2006-07.

Blasting 10 overs


Runs added by NZ in the first 10 overs in this inns - 4th-highest in ODIs since 2002. Highest - 133 by SL v Eng, Leeds, 2006. NZ added 116 v Eng, Wellington in 2015 WC.

One of SL's biggest recovery


Runs added by SL's last 4 wickets (65/6 to 188/10) - their second-highest in 1st inns after 129 runs against India in Dhaka in 2009-10 (84/6 to 213/10).

Kulasekara's sixes


No. of SL batsmen who hit five or more sixes at No.8 or lower in 1st inns, before Kulasekara - Thisara Perera (6 sixes) v Ban, Dhaka, 2013-14 (80* in 57).

Rare top-order collapse


No. of times SL lost half their side in the first 10 overs of an ODI since 2001, before this. Last they lost first 4 wkts within 10 overs was also v NZ, Cardiff, 2013.

Identical ducks


Number of ducks for Mathews as captain of Sri Lanka in ODIs, including this. All 3 have been golden ducks and all against New Zealand.