0.1 dream start! I mean an absolute dream start for Sri Lanka as Guptill is on his way with a lazy waft outside his off stump. Truly one of the softest dismissals you will ever see in an ODI. Guptill has a half-hearted swipe at this gentle loosener outside his off stump, and ends up tickling an edge to the keeper, who takes it comfortably with a dive to his right 0/1
    10.5 126 kph, and Kula strikes, or has he? McCullum wants a review. Kulasekera delivers this one on a length on and about off, with this one nipping into McCullum, who is late on it as he is hit on the back leg. This certainly looked out upon second viewing. Impact is given as umpire's call, so this means that this will remain out. Big wicket for Sri Lanka as Brendon departs the University Oval for just 25 51/2
    12.5 133 kph, and Perera delivers for his captain in the first over itself as he gets Kane to nick at one just outside off, and deviating away a touch, as the ball carries through to Sangakkara, who is far too experienced to mess this one up. This time Williamson has to go and that is certainly one player the Sri Lankans will be more than happy to see the back of 60/3
    17.1 unbelievable. Thirimanne has done it! Who would have thunk it? Taylor takes this fullish length wide of off and ends up slogging it over to the midwicket fielder, who just can't believe his luck as he takes a simple catch in the deep 82/4
    not out
    19.6 Thirimanne has tripled his ODI tally in the space of two overs. This time it is Anderson's turn to go as he is late on this fuller length ball which strikes him on middle, with the umpire raising the finger soon after. After blasting away two boundaries, Corey has got to go as they have no reviews left after McCullum used his, and with this pitching outside leg, looks like it would have been a useful one too 93/5
    not out
    7 (lb 1, w 6)
    360/5 (50 Overs, RR: 7.2)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Martin Guptill, 0.1 ov), 2-51 (Brendon McCullum, 10.5 ov), 3-60 (Kane Williamson, 12.5 ov), 4-82 (Ross Taylor, 17.1 ov), 5-93 (Corey Anderson, 19.6 ov)
    KMDN Kulasekara1007127.10288210
    RAS Lakmal1009309.302711400
    NLTC Perera1004914.90325020
    HDRL Thirimanne703625.14234030
    SMSM Senanayake705808.28104200
    BMAJ Mendis2021010.5041200
    TM Dilshan403107.7562100
    18.3 short and it looks like the break has claimed yet another victim as the lack of pace from Elliott meant Lahiru had to bring some of his own into the shot as he looked to hook high over backward square, but ends up holing to the fielder in the deep. A steady knock from the stand-in captain comes to an end, and Sri Lanka lose their first wicket in this big chase 93/1
    36.2 132 kph, and the plan has come off to perfection as McClenaghan has taken arguably the most decisive wicket, as he gets Dilshan to go after this shorter one which he looked to get under and over cover, but ends up spooning an easy chance to the extra-cover fielder, who takes it with glee 215/4
    26.1 Elliott strikes again as his golden day continues in the form of Sangakkara's dismissal from the middle. Delivers a back-of-the-hand slower ball which Sangakkara fails to see as he chips over mid on, with long on getting under it to take the catch safely. Would be frustrating for the left-hander as he endeavoured to build a start to support Dlishan at the other end 141/2
    35.5 139 kph, and Boult has given what Brendon wanted! Mahela has to depart the Oval after playing all around this delivery going across him, with the right-hander going across his stumps before looking to employ the paddle past fine leg. Boult saw it early and adjusted the line to careen into Mahela's off stump. Ends a spirited knock from Mahela, and puts NZ slightly ahead now on the cards 211/3
    37.3 137 kph, and Boult strikes now as Kula's short stay comes to an end. Looking to hook this shorter one but this was onto him too quickly as the ball ends up spooning behind to Ronchi, who doesn't have to travel too far to take the catch 224/5
    41.4 114 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 245/8
    38.6 132 kph, far too early in the stroke as he offers up an edge to Ronchi, who takes it comfortably enough. The extra bounce did him in there as Mitchell takes another one. Chandimal departs the Oval without troubling the scorers 233/6
    39.4 137 kph, and this time Perera has to go as he too doesn't trouble the scorers much as he flashes hard at this short and wide delivery from Boult, with the ball carrying straight to Kane at backward point 234/7
    43.1 133 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 252/9
    not out
    43.4 133 kph, and it is all over at the University Oval as Lakmal plays all around this fuller one on middle and leg 252/10
    16 (b 4, lb 2, w 10)
    252 all out (43.4 Overs, RR: 5.77)
    Fall of wickets: 1-93 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 18.3 ov), 2-141 (Kumar Sangakkara, 26.1 ov), 3-211 (Mahela Jayawardene, 35.5 ov), 4-215 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 36.2 ov), 5-224 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 37.3 ov), 6-233 (Dinesh Chandimal, 38.6 ov), 7-234 (Thisara Perera, 39.4 ov), 8-245 (Jeevan Mendis, 41.4 ov), 9-252 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 43.1 ov), 10-252 (Suranga Lakmal, 43.4 ov)
    TG Southee7.404225.47316110
    TA Boult1004444.40352120
    NL McCullum402105.2571000
    MJ McClenaghan805627.00227110
    GD Elliott904224.66242010
    CJ Anderson504108.20117010

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 7-match series 3-1

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

23 January 2015 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Sri Lanka in a World Cup funk

    For a Sri Lanka fan, the team's losing streak in the New Zealand ODIs is perhaps the equivalent of getting paralysed by poison. Your body is immobile giving the impression that you've died, but inside, you are still very much alive. Screaming.

  • Lot of fun and joy - Ronchi

    The game-changing 267-run stand that sent records tumbling was born of enjoyment and good vibes, protagonists Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott said, after the pair was instrumental in earning New Zealand a 3-1 lead in the series against Sri Lanka

  • Ronchi, Elliott shatter records and flatten Sri Lanka

    Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott put on a world record stand of 267 runs for the sixth wicket to lift New Zealand from 93 for 5 to 360 for 5, a total that was 108 runs beyond Sri Lanka

  • Ronchi smashes highest score by a No. 7

    Stats highlights from the fifth ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Dunedin

  • A triple attempt to dismiss Brendon MCullum

    Plays of the day from the fifth ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Dunedin

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st93TM DilshanHDRL Thirimanne
2nd48TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd70DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
4th4TM DilshanKMDN Kulasekara
5th9BMAJ MendisKMDN Kulasekara
6th9BMAJ MendisLD Chandimal
7th1BMAJ MendisNLTC Perera
8th11BMAJ MendisFDM Karunaratne
9th7FDM KarunaratneSMSM Senanayake
10th0RAS LakmalSMSM Senanayake