Result
5th ODI, Dunedin, Jan 23 2015, Sri Lanka in New Zealand ODI Series
360/5
(43.4/50 ov, target 361)
252
New Zealand won by 108 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
Match centre 
Commentator: Rohan Sharma
Scorecard summary
New Zealand360/5(50 overs)
Sri Lanka252(43.4 overs)
end of over 440 runs • 2 wicket
SL: 252/10CRR: 5.77 • RRR: 17.21 • Need 109 from 38b
Sachithra Senanayake3 (4)
Tim Southee7.4-0-42-2
Mitchell McClenaghan8-0-56-2

6.40 pm Quite a rarity to see two players selected as the Men of the Match, but it would have been tough to decide between the two as they both played equally decisive parts in this New Zealand victory. It was a memorable day for you stats fanatics as Ronchi pummeled the highest score by a No. 7 in ODI history, and the unbeaten 267-run sixth-wicket stand he shared with Elliott was the highest ever. Well that is it from the University Oval in Dunedin. We will be back here in just a couple of days' time for the sixth ODI. We sincerely hope you will be able to join us for that. Till then though, this is ESPNcricinfo saying sayonara!

Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi , Men of the Match: It was great to see Ronchi go hard out there. It was good for both of us. We worked off each other, and we tried to be as relaxed as we could. Once things started flowing along we began to relax and have good fun out there. Ronchi doesn't get a lot of time at the end so it was nice for him to come in early and show how destructive he can be. It brings good confidence to the team to be able to come back from 90 for 5 and kick on from there. The wicket was doing a little bit with the new ball, but it definitely flattened out towards the end. Sunday should be a good deck to bat on as well.

Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka captain: It was a tough day as they were at one stage 90 for 5. We thought we could get them under 200. We didn't bowl to our bowling plan and that cost us. We thought it might turn a little bit because of the spongy bounce. But it didn't turn and our fast bowlers didn't really get it in the right area. We could have used another fast bowler which is why I bowled seven overs. The ball didn't turn so that was a mistake for us. Dilshan played really well for us. He has been scoring runs for us since the first match. We planned yesterday for me to open the batting but we have to get more responsibility as the three senior players are going really well. The youngsters have to step up for SL.

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: It was a decent bowling performance in the end. We let SL dictate the game early on, so there is room for improvement there. Incredible batting performance from Luke and Elliott. Amazing how they got us to 360-odd. It didn't feel easy earlier on as they got the ball to seam around and move, but once it lost that it became easier to bat on. From 90-odd for 5 we had two guys step up and produce one of the best partnerships you will ever see in ODIs. Different guys stood up today, as Trent bowled really well with the new ball. Thought Tim was very good with the new ball as well. Thought Mitch came back really well, he needs to work at the start of his spell though, but he is becoming an instrumental part of the team. Looks like it might be flat on Sunday, but it would help to win the toss I am sure. Thought it was a great wicket, fast outfield, and a great crowd which the boys thoroughly enjoyed

So as it stands New Zealand wrap up an emphatic 108-run victory to take them 3-1 up. We will be back shortly with quotes from the match presentation

The New Zealand bowlers did not too bad in their innings, with Trent Boult the pick having taken 4 for 44. Dilshan did his very best to give his team a chance, compiling a useful 116, the second century of this series for him.

6.25pm So with that final blow New Zealand now take a 3-1 lead in the series, thereby ensuring that they can't possibly lose it with just two to go in the series. Sri Lanka did their best to keep themselves in this, but chasing 361 was always going to be a daunting task. Both Ronchi and Elliott lead the team off the field. Who would you pick as your Man of the Match?

43.4
w
Southee to Lakmal, OUT
133 kph, and it is all over at the University Oval as Lakmal plays all around this fuller one on middle and leg
RAS Lakmal b Southee 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
43.3
Southee to Lakmal, no run
135 kph, guided away off the back foot, but straight to the fielder at point
43.2
Southee to Lakmal, no run
136 kph, pushes at this full toss, which was meant for the blockhole, as the ball is collected at mid off

Suranga Lakmal is the final batsman for Sri Lanka

43.1
w
Southee to Karunaratne, OUT
133 kph, and the move looks to have paid dividends as Dimuth makes it nine down as he holes out to Brendon at mid off with a forceful shot. New Zealand just one away from wrapping up a big victory here in Dunedin
FDM Karunaratne c BB McCullum b Southee 12 (16m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

Southee is back on now to replace Boult

end of over 435 runs
SL: 252/8CRR: 5.86 • RRR: 15.57 • Need 109 from 42b
Dimuth Karunaratne12 (12)
Sachithra Senanayake3 (4)
Mitchell McClenaghan8-0-56-2
Trent Boult10-0-44-4

CharlyPharly: "From this game you can say Boult is a first pick ahead of Southee, McClenaghan is expensive and Henry may be better, Taylor is out of form, Anderson is too expensive bowling. NZ has weaknesses, and the team that wins the world cup needs to iron out the weaknesses fast."

42.6
1
McClenaghan to Karunaratne, 1 run
134 kph, pushes at this length ball uppishly through the off side as Mitch sticks out his mitt to try and grasp it
42.5
1
McClenaghan to Senanayake, 1 run
131 kph, tucked away off the pads just behind square on the leg side
42.4
McClenaghan to Senanayake, no run
133 kph, able to defend this one away on the back foot to the off side

Dhruv: "At this rate , boult will have 21 odi wickets in 19 matches. Matt Henry has 21 odi wickets in 7 matches. Not in wc squad..Selection error?"

42.3
1
McClenaghan to Karunaratne, 1 run
134 kph, gets nicely on top of this shorter one from Mitch, with this one landing on the bounce to the deep midwicket fielder
42.2
1
McClenaghan to Senanayake, 1 run
133 kph, able to glide this one to third man to get a single
42.1
1
McClenaghan to Karunaratne, 1 run
132 kph, steered away through the off side by the batsman
end of over 423 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 247/8CRR: 5.88 • RRR: 14.25 • Need 114 from 48b
Dimuth Karunaratne9 (9)
Sachithra Senanayake1 (1)
Trent Boult10-0-44-4
Mitchell McClenaghan7-0-51-2

CharlyPharly: "Easy to get to ahead of ourselves. NZ was 95-5, and was saved by a miracle innings. Can't rely on miracles every game. Sri Lanka would have walked in if Ronchi had gone cheaply. Remember - Sri Lanka is minus the best bowler.... Winning W Cup is all about consistency throughout the team, not about miracles."

41.6
1
Boult to Karunaratne, 1 run
137 kph, opens the face to run this one down to third man to end a successful over for the hosts
41.5
1
Boult to Senanayake, 1 run
141 kph, honing on the pads as Sachi gets off the mark with a clip down to fine leg

The No. 10 batsman for Sri Lanka is Senanayake

41.4
w
Boult to Mendis, OUT
114 kph, outstanding slower ball to get Mendis as he looked to get low and sweep this through fine leg, similar to what Mahela tried against him when he was dismissed. Ends up getting his middle peg knocked back as Sri Lanka go eight down
BMAJ Mendis b Boult 18 (25m 17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 105.88
41.3
Boult to Mendis, no run
141 kph, tries to pinch a single through mid on but is sent back by his partner
41.2
1
Boult to Karunaratne, 1 run
119 kph, tries out the slower ball as Dimuth just about manages to get bat on ball, but did not time this away at all
41.1
Boult to Karunaratne, no run
137 kph, defended away by Dimith to the off side
end of over 419 runs
SL: 244/7CRR: 5.95 • RRR: 13.00 • Need 117 from 54b
Dimuth Karunaratne7 (6)
Jeevan Mendis18 (15)
Mitchell McClenaghan7-0-51-2
Trent Boult9-0-41-3

Sam: "I'm pretty much sure SL won't get into super eight in this WC. Very poor performance!"

40.6
1
McClenaghan to Karunaratne, 1 run
135 kph, fails to get away this pull shot through midwicket
40.5
4
McClenaghan to Karunaratne, FOUR runs
136 kph, gets into lovely position quickly to uncork a drive through the covers, with the chasing fielders unable to pull it back before the boundary
Best performances - batsmen
L Ronchi
170 runs (99)
14 fours
9 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
slog shot
32 runs
0 fours
5 sixes
42181037203940
TM Dilshan
116 runs (106)
17 fours
1 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
pull
27 runs
4 fours
1 sixes
31118112614924
Best performances - bowlers
TA Boult
O
10
M
0
R
44
W
4
Eco
4.40
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
HDRL Thirimanne
O
7
M
0
R
36
W
2
Eco
5.14
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
University Oval, Dunedin
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka in New Zealand ODI Series
Player Of The Match
Grant Elliott
Luke Ronchi
Series resultNew Zealand led the 7-match series 3-1
Match numberODI no. 3588
Season2014/15
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 days23 January 2015 (50-over match)
Umpires
Chris Gaffaney
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Ian Gould
Reserve Umpire
Derek Walker
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath