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RESULT
3rd ODI (D/N), Pallekele, November 06, 2012, New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka
(33/33 ov) 188/6
(31.1/33 ov, T:197) 200/3

Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
102* (95)
tillakaratne-dilshan
New
SL
Full commentary

That is it for now. Cheers

Mahela: "To be fair the conditions were suited to us with the dew. Even our bowlers struggled to control things after the rain. Dilshan showed lot of maturity and guided Angelo.We needed a good partnership after the three wickets. I was not too worried. We are trying to give Angelo more opportunities to bat. He's taken more responsibility now at No 5. Having all these allrounders gives us balance."

Taylor: "Dilshan took the game away. We were always in the game. Dew made it tough for the bowlers. We went a bit too wide and a bit too short. I am becoming a very good forecaster here in Sri Lanka and I am sure there will be rain in Hambantota as well."

Dilshan is the Man of the Match. Dilshan: "Soon after the toss, I had some pain in the back. When I was batting I was about 75%. There was some problem while fielding. First few overs were bit difficult after that the ball was wet, four fielders outside the circle, we capitalised on that. Bit easy with the four fielders in the middle overs."

New Zealand fought, but a combination of factors, the rain interruptions, the slow start, the dew and the Dilshan & Angelo stand proving to be too much to overcome

31.1
4
Mills to Angelo Mathews, FOUR runs

Angelo finishes it with a confident cut through point and Sri Lanka now cannot lose the series

end of over 3113 runs
SL: 196/3CRR: 6.32 RRR: 0.50
Tillakaratne Dilshan102 (95b 12x4 1x6)
Angelo Mathews50 (46b 6x4)
Tim Southee 7-0-50-1
Jacob Oram 7-1-43-0
30.6
2
Southee to Dilshan, 2 runs

slashed wide of sweeper cover for a couple more, lovely timing once again, as he has been doing all night

30.5
6
Southee to Dilshan, SIX runs

Dilshan leaves nothing to chance as he reaches his century with a six over deep square leg, heaves a short of a length ball over the rope, emphatic celebration, he was battling a sore back before the start of today's game

30.4
Southee to Dilshan, no run

mishit on the bounce to mid on

30.3
4
Southee to Dilshan, FOUR runs

full delivery has been lifted with an open face over covers for another four

30.2
Southee to Dilshan, no run

makes room and hits a length ball to mid on, Taylor has a go at the striker's stumps, misses

30.1
1
Southee to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

worked away to deep square leg, and that is Angelo's fifty to loud cheers all round

Watling could not get to his century, can Dilshan?

Mark: "For once our batsmen have put up a reasonable total but now our bowlers are coming up short. And we are not getting much value out of Williamson or Oram - the former because of poor management, the latter is increasingly looking past his use-by date."

end of over 3012 runs
SL: 183/3CRR: 6.10 RRR: 4.66
Tillakaratne Dilshan90 (90b 11x4)
Angelo Mathews49 (45b 6x4)
Jacob Oram 7-1-43-0
Tim Southee 6-0-37-1
29.6
4
Oram to Dilshan, FOUR runs

inside edge helps Dilshan to another boundary and takes him into the 90s, charged out and had a go at a pitched up ball

29.5
2
Oram to Dilshan, 2 runs

short of a length and coming in, pulled hard to deep square leg

29.4
1
Oram to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

length ball whipped to deep square leg

29.3
1
Oram to Dilshan, 1 run

backs away and opens the face to run it to point

29.2
Oram to Dilshan, no run

tries to launch it over square leg, misses, hit on the pad

29.1
4
Oram to Dilshan, FOUR runs

first ball of the Powerplay, back of a length, is thumped to the deep midwicket rope to bring up the 100 of what has been a match winning partnership

batting Powerplay is on now

end of over 297 runs
SL: 171/3CRR: 5.89 RRR: 6.50
Angelo Mathews48 (44b 6x4)
Tillakaratne Dilshan79 (85b 9x4)
Tim Southee 6-0-37-1
Jacob Oram 6-1-31-0
28.6
2
Southee to Angelo Mathews, 2 runs

turned through square leg, two more taken comfortably

28.5
1
Southee to Dilshan, 1 run

sharp, back of a length, forced wide of cover

28.4
1
Southee to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

backs away and pushes it from leg stump towards cover

28.3
1
Southee to Dilshan, 1 run

full, flicked wristily off the pads to deep square

28.2
1
Southee to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

length ball hit to sweeper cover

28.1
1
Southee to Dilshan, 1 run

slapped away to sweeper cover

end of over 285 runs
SL: 164/3CRR: 5.85 RRR: 6.60
Tillakaratne Dilshan76 (82b 9x4)
Angelo Mathews44 (41b 6x4)
Jacob Oram 6-1-31-0
Tim Southee 5-0-30-1
27.6
1
Oram to Dilshan, 1 run

driven to sweeper cover