Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    13.4 129 kph, gets this to nip back from a length outside off as he is struck on the top of his front pad. May have got an inside-edge as the ball continued on to brush the thigh pad before finding its way to the keeper. Didn't look that affected by it, but he will have to go as the umpire reverses the decision 59/2
    1.2 138 kph, what a catch from Perera! Brendon is gone! Huge wicket for the Sri Lankans! Brendon dances down the track as he looks to clobber Prasad through the covers, and that too just second ball. Ends up miscuing this high over long off, with the fielder having to run behind to take the catch as he fell over in his attempt to balance 0/1
    34.1 gets down for the paddle sweep as he looks for the gap through backward square. Williamson wants two right away, but Taylor is guilty of ball watching as he has his back turned to his partner, and doesn't see how he has come all the way down to his end before deciding to go back. Sangakkara receives the throw from the deep before rattling away a throw at the non-striker's which connects. A really unlucky way for Williamson to go as he badly deserved this hundred. Big wicket for SL there 176/3
    46.1 tossed up on middle and leg as Taylor is late on this, looking to tickle this behind through fine leg. Dilshan likes it, and the umpire acquiesces, but Taylor wants a review. Struck him on the toe with nothing on HotSpot either. It is all red so Taylor has to go, and unfortunately for him, he falls just 4 short of his century. Joins Williamson as the other 90-er in the innings 281/5
    43.1 and Anderson's little cameo comes to an end as he holes out high over cow corner as he looked for another heave through that favoured area of his. Was looking increasingly dangerous as his stay prolonged at the crease 254/4
    47.5 142 kph, after much trial and error, the plan has come off as Ronchi departs the oval after slicing a wide, full delivery from Prasad over extra-cover, with the fielder able to take the catch comfortably 292/6
    not out
    49.4 117 kph, excellent slow bouncer from Prasad which Vettori was looking to hook but is late on. Elliott guns for his end so Vettori takes the cue, but is short of his ground as Sangakkara scrambles a throw to Prasad, who is able to reach out to knock over the stumps with Vettori short of his ground at the non-striker's 312/7
    49.6 142 kph, in the zone for the drive which Elliott does, as this one races away through extra-cover. Mills to get back for the second before the throw but is picked off with his bat on the line. Mills has to go as he was at the danger end 315/8
    17 (b 4, lb 4, w 9)
    315/8 (50 Overs, RR: 6.3)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Brendon McCullum, 1.2 ov), 2-59 (Martin Guptill, 13.4 ov), 3-176 (Kane Williamson, 34.1 ov), 4-254 (Corey Anderson, 43.1 ov), 5-281 (Ross Taylor, 46.1 ov), 6-292 (Luke Ronchi, 47.5 ov), 7-312 (Daniel Vettori, 49.4 ov), 8-315 (Kyle Mills, 49.6 ov)
    RAS Lakmal713104.42272110
    KTGD Prasad1005925.90348040
    HMRKB Herath1014514.50313100
    NLTC Perera1008618.601610130
    BMAJ Mendis502705.40102000
    HDRL Thirimanne201708.5041100
    TM Dilshan604217.0080210
    13.3 133 kph, McClenaghan strikes for his captain now as he removes Lahiru from the crease after the left-hander tickled one going down the leg side which Ronchi was wise to as he got into position quickly to take the catch low to his right. Almost spilled it too upon second viewing of the catch, but safe in the end 61/2
    12.5 137 kph, short of a length and Dilshan has to go as he offers up a feather of an edge which Ronchi takes gleefully from behind. Was looking to get down and bludgeon this through the line, but the extra bounce did him in. Big wicket for NZ as Dilshan has already reeled off two hundreds in the five matches prior 56/1
    37.4 135 kph, and Boult has landed the Big Kahuna as Sangakkara, forced at this point to deal with an escalating required rate, ends up getting a leading edge to this one he looked to flick behind square, with the ball spooning up to mid on, who takes the catch comfortably. That could be the final death blow for Sri Lanka, despite having the two wickets still in hand. But you know cricket, it is never over till the fat lady sings! 189/8
    18.5 136 kph, fuller one outside off and Mahela is not three times lucky as he endeavours to chip Anderson over mid off, but ends up mishitting it as Brendon takes the simplest of catches. Big scalp that for NZ. Mahela furious with himself as he storms to the pavilion 82/3
    28.5 133 kph, Dimuth looking for the open space at midwicket as he tried to club this through the line, but the bat opened up at the last moment to offer up a top-edge which goes over to Mills at mid on, who takes it quite comfortably 146/4
    31.3 oh no! What has happened? Chandimal calls for a quick single to the off side as he plays with soft hands. Kumar is intent on following through with the call, but sees the danger coming from the off side as the fielder picks up and fires in a throw to Ronchi. Sends Chandimal back, but he reacts too late as he is not even in the picture when the bails are whisked off by the keeper. Sangakkara apologises to him,but it won't prevent them from losing another key wicket as this chase gets into the business end 158/5
    33.6 this is just poor running from Mendis. Breakdown in communication with Sangakkara as this one is cut away to extra-cover, with the batsman looking to complete two before he sees his partner not reacting at the other end. Mendis turns on the spot, and puts in the dive, but comically lands about a metre short of his crease as he falls flat on the ground. Tries to get his bat across, but crucially lets go off the handle. The throw, which was initially fired in at the wrong end, is quickly dispatched by the bowler to Ronchi, who whips off the bails as Mendis lies on the ground, wondering about better days 168/6
    34.5 135 kph, Anderson strikes Perera right in front as the umpire goes straight up with the finger. Sangakkara urges his partner to go for the review regardless. HotSpot shows no deflection, and the ball looks to have struck on the knee roll. Only question is whether this one hit in line. Ends up being ruled as out as the impact is umpire's call. The gamble fails to come off for SL as Perera exists without too much fuss 171/7
    38.6 133 kph, NZ have to be the best fielding outfit going around! Another brilliant run-out effected, this time by Mills as he makes a late decision to throw at the non-striker's after there was a mix-up in the middle between the two. Prasad ends up trying to get down to the other end, but is short of his crease when the throw hits the stumps. Nine down now SL and it looks all but over in Dunedin 191/9
    not out
    40.3 and Guptill ends it all after Lakmal goes after this back of a length, looking to cart it over midwicket, but gets a top-edge which flies right over the wicket, with Guptill taking the catch just over the non-striker's end 195/10
    9 (lb 2, nb 1, w 6)
    195 all out (40.3 Overs, RR: 4.81)
    Fall of wickets: 1-56 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 12.5 ov), 2-61 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 13.3 ov), 3-82 (Mahela Jayawardene, 18.5 ov), 4-146 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 28.5 ov), 5-158 (Dinesh Chandimal, 31.3 ov), 6-168 (Jeevan Mendis, 33.6 ov), 7-171 (Thisara Perera, 34.5 ov), 8-189 (Kumar Sangakkara, 37.4 ov), 9-191 (Dhammika Prasad, 38.6 ov), 10-195 (Suranga Lakmal, 40.3 ov)
    KD Mills602904.83224010
    TA Boult823113.87323030
    CJ Anderson1005245.20304110
    MJ McClenaghan4.312926.44152111
    DL Vettori812202.75270000
    KS Williamson201809.0022000
    GD Elliott201206.0031000

Match Details


New Zealand , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 7-match series 4-1

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

25 January 2015 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • 'I wasn't out of form' - Taylor

    Ross Taylor had not scored a fifty during Sri Lanka's visit until his 96 in Dunedin on Sunday, but despite a string of mediocre scores, the batsman said he had never been out of form

  • Vettori's record, and another Sangakkara milestone

    Stats analysis from the sixth ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Dunedin

  • Mahela's lip, Mendis' slip

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

  • Unavailable DRS leaves SL fuming

    Technical malfunction prevented Sri Lanka from reviewing an lbw decision against Martin Guptill in the fourth over of the sixth ODI in Dunedin, causing significant displeasure among the fielding team

  • NZ take series with 120-run win

    A 117-run third-wicket stand between Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor was the centrepiece of New Zealand's imposing 315 for 8, which founded a 120-run victory against an ailing Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st56TM DilshanHDRL Thirimanne
2nd5KC SangakkaraHDRL Thirimanne
3rd21DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th64KC SangakkaraFDM Karunaratne
5th12KC SangakkaraLD Chandimal
6th10KC SangakkaraBMAJ Mendis
7th3KC SangakkaraNLTC Perera
8th18KC SangakkaraKTGD Prasad
9th2HMRKB HerathKTGD Prasad
10th4HMRKB HerathRAS Lakmal