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RESULT
3rd ODI, Nelson, January 08, 2019, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
(41.4/50 ov, T:365) 249

New Zealand won by 115 runs

Player Of The Match
137 (131)
ross-taylor
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Scorecard summary
New Zealand 364/4(50 overs)
Ross Taylor 137 (131)
Lasith Malinga3/93 (10)
Sri Lanka 249/10(41.4 overs)

6.37pm That's all we have for you from this ODI series. On behalf of Akshay and Thilak, this is Saurabh signing off.

6.30pm And, Ross Taylor is the Man of the Match: "You get nervous at the start of every innings but it helps having played 100 games. I'm just trying to keep things simple and not think too much when I go out there. We've done the donkey work through the middle and put the icing on the cake at the end. Henry Nicholls batted outstandingly well. He made my job a lot easier, was busy and set the tone from ball one. I'm sure it'll be one of many hundreds to come for him."

Lasith Malinga: "After the first 30-35 overs, the last 15 overs are not going well. We have time to work that out before the World Cup. We still need to improve our middle order batting. I feel that before the next tournament, they will adjust to the conditions and learn. I think Thisara and Kusal did a very good job. I'm a bit disappointed with the bowling, we have to improve in the end 15 overs. This is the second time I'm leading the team and I've really enjoyed it because I've played a lot of cricket with them. I have to enjoy with t hem and pass on my knowledge to them."

Kane Williamson: "The improvement seen throughout the series (is what I enjoyed most). Today's performance was a step up from the first two matches from a bowling perspective. We have been under pressure at various points and responded well. It's been a testing series. Fantastic hundred from Rossco and Henry Nicholls came in and finished it brilliantly. It's been very good to see guys come out and execute their roles. We need to keep doing that again, we have another series coming up. (World Cup) hopefully we're getting answers to a few things. As a group I think you just want to keep improving."

6.22pm The first two matches were close thanks to Sri Lanka finding a batsman who stood up and took New Zealand on. That perhaps masked their overall weakness. When that didn't happen today, save for Thisara again today though they were chasing a much bigger total, they unravelled quickly. This is as comprehensive as a win gets, and the 3-0 scoreline doesn't flatter New Zealand either. They were clearly the better team. Hang around and we'll have the presentations for you.

41.4
W
Sodhi to Pradeep, OUT

all over that is that and New Zealand have sealed a 3-0 sweep. The wrong 'un did it again. Went down to sweep, this had pitched outside off and spun in a fair bit, under the bat and hit the stumps. No late resistance from Sri Lanka this time, with New Zealand wrapping up the tail quickly through Ferguson and Sodhi.

Nuwan Pradeep b Sodhi 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
41.3
Sodhi to Pradeep, no run

bowled from wide of the crease, drifting in, pitches on middle and turns, but he defends it well

slip in place.

41.2
Sodhi to Pradeep, no run

tossed up, drifting on leg and turning, defended into the leg side

41.1
W
Sodhi to Malinga, OUT

this is ending quickly typical tailender's dismissal. Came down the track more with hope than conviction, had an almighty swing at it, hoping to deposit over cow corner. Didn't read the wrong 'un at all, comprehensively beaten as it snuck in between the yawning gap between bat and pad, and Tim Seifert has an easy stumping to make.

Lasith Malinga st †Seifert b Sodhi 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Samrat Ahuja: "Really impressed by Lockie! He is slowly but surely becoming a decent limited overs bowler with his around the wicket short balls barrage to right handed batsmen, targeting their ribs! " - with his pace, if he gets his radar right, he'll be a threat against any opposition, on any surface

end of over 411 run • 2 wickets
SL: 249/8CRR: 6.07 RRR: 12.88
Lakshan Sandakan0 (1b)
Lasith Malinga0 (0b)
Lockie Ferguson 8-0-40-4
Matt Henry 8-0-62-0
40.6
Ferguson to Sandakan, no run

wide yorker outside off, he has an airy waft at it and doesn't connect

40.5
W
Ferguson to Gunathilaka, OUT

too pacy full, fast and straight at middle stump. He was rooted to the crease and the bat came down very late. By the time it was down, the stumps had been broken. Fourth wicket for Lockie

Danushka Gunathilaka b Ferguson 31 (52b 1x4 0x6) SR: 59.61
40.4
Ferguson to Gunathilaka, no run

speared in on a fuller length, defended back

40.3
Ferguson to Gunathilaka, no run

oooh that has just missed the stumps looked like a slower ball, he defends it from the crease, the ball drops down and bounces over the stumps

SteveB: "The interesting thing is, if you'd presented Sri Lanka yesterday with the option of Guptill out for 2, both openers on 31 & KW out for 55, they would have jumped at it and been grateful, with an eye towards total victory. But NZ have been in control of this match!"

40.2
W
Ferguson to Chameera, OUT

soft dismissal, taken at cover easily. He had to go for it with the asking rate climbing, big heave to a length ball that was going across him, takes the leading edge and spoons up for a dolly of a catch.

Dushmantha Chameera c Southee b Ferguson 1 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.5
40.2
1w
Ferguson to Chameera, 1 wide

another bouncer, but too far down leg that time and it'll be a wide

40.1
Ferguson to Chameera, no run

short ball, on leg stump, forces him to duck under it

Thanks Akshay.

end of over 403 runs
SL: 248/6CRR: 6.20 RRR: 11.70
Dushmantha Chameera1 (6b)
Danushka Gunathilaka31 (49b 1x4)
Matt Henry 8-0-62-0
Lockie Ferguson 7-0-39-2

Thisara's gone, but can SL still make something out of the game? Seems unlikely at the moment, but Saurabh's here to tell you. Over and out from me.

39.6
1
Henry to Chameera, 1 run

short of a length, jags away, stabbed through point

39.5
Henry to Chameera, no run

sticks the bat outside off and gets beaten

39.4
Henry to Chameera, no run

short of length, opens the face to point

39.4
1w
Henry to Chameera, 1 wide

short, gets under it. Called wide for height

39.3
Henry to Chameera, no run

full outside off, dug out to point

39.2
Henry to Chameera, no run

ducks under a short ball

Aaron: "@elwarko and just three balls later... 'I see red, I see red, I see red!'"

39.1
1
Henry to Gunathilaka, 1 run

runs it down to third man for one

end of over 392 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 245/6CRR: 6.28 RRR: 10.90
Dushmantha Chameera0 (1b)
Danushka Gunathilaka30 (48b 1x4)
Lockie Ferguson 7-0-39-2
Matt Henry 7-0-59-0
38.6
Ferguson to Chameera, no run

pushed across off from around the wicket, drilled to point

Saleem: "Yes friend, @elwarko, Good Night."

38.5
1
Ferguson to Gunathilaka, 1 run

short of a length, arches back and runs it down to third man

kushansri: "At leaat im happy to see that they are fighting.. thats something lack of this sri lankan side in the past few years.... "

Best performances - batters
LRPL Taylor
LRPL Taylor NZ
137 runs (131)
9 fours4 sixes
Control
87%
Productive shot
flick
45 runs
2 fours2 sixes
23101395134024
HM Nicholls
HM Nicholls NZ
124 runs (80)
12 fours3 sixes
Control
80%
Productive shot
pull
21 runs
3 fours0 six
51032025222415
Best performances - bowlers
LH Ferguson
LH Ferguson NZ
O
8
M
0
R
40
W
4
ECO
5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
IS Sodhi
IS Sodhi NZ
O
8.4
M
0
R
40
W
3
ECO
4.61
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Saxton Oval, Nelson
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
Series
Season2018/19
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
Ross Taylor
Series resultNew Zealand won the 3-match series 3-0
Match numberODI no. 4076
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 days8 January 2019 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
Australia
Paul Wilson
New Zealand
Wayne Knights
TV Umpire
England
Richard Illingworth
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand
Shaun Haig
Match Referee
West Indies
Richie Richardson
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