Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.2 what a ripper! Santner threw himself to his left at cover, thuds into the lush green Hagley Oval outfield and comes up with a superb catch. Had his eyes on the prize all the way. It was a fuller ball that tempted the batsman on the drive again. Danushka has not been very keen to keep the ball down and this time Santner's brilliance - he took it with both hands - makes him pay 31/3
    3.5 oh my word! He jumped down the pitch, but then decided he didn't want play. That's credit to Henry for bowling the ball shorter, and getting it to zip back into the batsman. Takes the face of the bat even as Dilshan tries to hide it behind his body and it ends up caught at first slip! 20/1
    6.3 slashed high, but not long enough! Thirimanne is appalled at giving it away so easily. The ball was short, it had enough width too. Out came the upper cut, which just drops down the throat of Henry at deep third man 29/2
    13.4 is he in line? Yes. Does he have an inside edge? It appears not. Chandimal walked down to have a chat with his captain, and Mathews sends him on his way just as the umpire did. Bracewell's inswingers have been on the mark, this one began outside off stump, tempting the batsman into thinking it could be driven through the off side. So forward and across came Chandimal and got trapped. His bat was outside the line and couldn't find a way back in time, his front leg was right in line and he was struck on the knee roll 54/4
    14.6 another bouncer right over middle, another instance of Mathews looking absolutely awkward after moving across outside off. And to make it worse, he has gloved this behind. The Sri Lanka captain was looking to perhaps nudge it around the corner, but there was just a bit more bounce than he liked 56/5
    18.2 picks out point like a sharpshooter. Sri Lanka continue to sink, and its the short ball that's continuing to haunt them. Siriwardana is up on his tippy-toes and he crunches the ball away, but forgets about placement. A few yards either side and he would have beaten Nicholls and got a boundary 81/6
    18.6 absolute shocker! Kula and Kapu were at the same end, preparing to shake hands, and New Zealand were able to throw to the wrong end, recover and then hit the target at the right one. Back of a length ball was eased towards point, and Kula took a few steps down. Kapu responded and did not look back. Kalu did though, because Guptill at point moved quickly to his right to cut the angle. The throw misses the target at the batsman's end, but Nicholls backs up nicely at midiwcket and relays the ball to a man waiting at the bowler's end. There really was no single there. 81/7
    27.4 backs away and smashes a length ball right into the hands at short cover. Smart grab that from Latham, as he jumps up and takes it high over his head. That's all Sri Lanka have for you. The umpires check the front foot, he's fine. He's got another four-for. 117/10
    19.4 inside edge onto the stumps, New Zealand's pacemen are slicing through Sri Lanka. Henry comes on, bowls a good length just outside off. The batsman helps him by providing a bit of wood to make sure the ball hits off 81/8
    22.6 wild appeal from the keeper and the bowler, but I think there was daylight between bat and ball. Someone from the NZ cordon says, 'I heard something,' so stand-in captain Taylor goes for the review. This was a good length ball that does turn after pitching. Chameera was only half-forward as he goes to block. Hot Spot shows a mark on the edge and he has to go off. Another heck of review. 94/9
    not out
    7 (lb 4, nb 1, w 2)
    117 all out (27.4 Overs, RR: 4.22)
    Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3.5 ov), 2-29 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 6.3 ov), 3-31 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 7.2 ov), 4-54 (Dinesh Chandimal, 13.4 ov), 5-56 (Angelo Mathews, 14.6 ov), 6-81 (Milinda Siriwardana, 18.2 ov), 7-81 (Chamara Kapugedera, 18.6 ov), 8-81 (Sachithra Senanayake, 19.4 ov), 9-94 (Dushmantha Chameera, 22.6 ov), 10-117 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 27.4 ov)
    DAJ Bracewell623115.16255000
    MJ Henry9.423343.41425000
    MJ McClenaghan803234.00354011
    MJ Santner10505.0010000
    IS Sodhi301214.0090010

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 5-match series 2-0

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

28 December 2015 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

dynamic batting


NZ's run rate in this chase, is the second-highest in an ODI innings. Highest is 15.83 also by NZ v Ban, Queenstown, 2007-08.

Fastest Kiwi


No. of balls by Guptill to complete his 50 - fastest by a NZ batsman and joint second-fastest in ODIs with Jayasuriya and K Perera

Quick 50


No. of balls taken by NZ to complete 50 runs, is the fastest in ODIs since 2002. They beat their own record of 21 balls v Ban, Queenstown, 31 Dec 2007.

Dominance v Asian teams


No. of 4-wkt hauls for Henry in ODIs, including this. All have been vs Asian teams - 2 v SL & Pak each and 1 v Ind; has 27 wkts in 8 inns vs them & 9 in 9 vs others

SL's poor batting


Number of totals lower than 117 for Sri Lanka against New Zealand in ODIs - 112, Christchurch, 2006-07 and 115, Colombo (PSS), 1983-84.