short ball, pulled and it's been sent racing away to the cow corner boundary for four. That's it, SL win by eight wickets and keep the series alive. The two batsmen meet each other and exchange a few words, as if another 100 runs are left, and finally congratulate each other, before walking back
6.55pm So that's it from us as far as 2015 goes, for international matches. The Tests ended yesterday, today was the last ODI and the leading run-scorer for the year is Martin Guptill (1489), and the leading wicket-taker is Mitchell Starc (41). Hope you enjoyed everything we brought to you, from the World Cup to the IPL to the county season, a few one-day double-hundreds, the Ashes, a lot of three-day Tests, the first Test with the pink ball, and sadly a lot of retirements. To finish things off, one BBL match is still left today so tune in for that in a couple of hours and have a great 2016! This is Vishal, signing off on behalf of Deiva and the rest of the ESPNcricinfo commentary and scoring team. See you all next year!
Sujan: "Happy New Year Fellas!!! probably what Sangakkara would say!!"
Rifnaz: "As a SriLankan fan, rather than winning I am impressed with the players to compete for a complete match than an one sided. Best of luck and Happy New Year Guys!!!!"
Rajiv Mel: "There is a saying that whatever happens on the 31stof Dec will be repeated throughout next year - Hope it will be the case for SL"
Shakeena Samadh: "Wish all my cricinfo fans and all the commenters and scorers a happy and fun filled new year with much much more cricket to share :)"
Here's the presentation:
Kane Williamson: We could have done it better but in the end it was not a bad total to defend and was probably par. We should have put up some better partnerships. The way we went about the first 10 overs (while bowling) was pretty poor and they batted very well. They kept us under the pressure by bowling well but moving forward we need small adjustments to improve.
Angelo Mathews: A very satisfying and a much-needed victory which keeps us alive in the series. We bowled very well and kept them to a chaseable total. All out batters did very well after the humiliating and embarrassing first two ODIs. It was just change of attitude today. We didn't do much right in the first two ODIs but we knew we were much better than that. We gave the license to our openers to go after the bowlers and Gunathilaka made use of that.
Man of the Match Gunathilaka: It was a good chance for me and happy to score some runs, I played my normal game. It will help my confidence well, getting the Man of the Match and my cheek/jaw is alright right now. (He had injured himself while fielding).
6.35pm So the series score reads 2-1, thanks to a comeback from Sri Lanka. They didn't bat first this time, NZ opted to bat, and that probably helped them change their strategy by bowling better, disturbing New Zealand's middle order but they did manage 276. But Gunathilaka made sure NZ's bowlers didn't have any chance, racing to a rapid fifty, and set things up for the rest of the batsmen. A rare loss at home for New Zealand, the last ODI they lost at home was way back in January, also against Sri Lanka.
Sham: "I remember BAZ saying SL's never afraid of putting up a fight. Well today they put up a great fight. outplayed New zealand in all the areas happy to se that as a South African fan ..."
Lakshitha: "Happy new year Sri Lankan cricket fans...!!! All that happened during the last year were forgotten by today's performance. :)"
it's short of length with some room, Thirimanne square drives it late to send it behind point, and third man runs a fair bit to his left to keep it to two with a dive
shorter now outside off, he waits and steers it past point for one
full toss again outside off and it's driven to short cover yet again
flighted full toss outside off, it's slammed straight to short cover
towards the pads now and it's helped to long leg for one
length ball on the off stump, he defends softly and wants one but is sent back
pushed straight into the covers
Eight runs to go, here's Guptill
asad: "Can any body tell why McCullum is not playing today?? If he would be in then NZ would have some good total on the board and this was much important match for both the sides" He has a stiff back
full delivery to end the over, it's driven back to the bowler and it deflects off his shoe towards midwicket
follows the bouncer with a full delivery on the pads, it's clipped away with a flick in the gap before KW chases it all the way and keeps it in with a slide
follows the yorker with a bouncer and he sways out of the line, it's called a wide for height, though
DanielAlexander: "It takes great courage to comeback and win after being thrashed in the last two ODIs, Well Played Sri Lanka!"
another dot ball as Bracewell sends down a yorker and Chandimal digs it out to midwicket
covers the stumps and steers the length ball from off to point
on length outside off and it's pushed down to mid off this time
Chamath: "This is what us fans want to see. Top four contributing to chase a score of 276. Brilliant performance considering the first two matches by the Lankans."
angling in towards the off stump, he defends it down to mid on
Santner's quota is done, here's Bracewell
he goes after it again with a slog since it was pitched up and that nearly went to midwicket for a catch. Fell short, maybe, and deflected off him to mid on
quicker and flatter outside off, nudged to cover point for one
tossed up on leg now and it's worked down towards mid on for one
pitched up, Thirimanne wants to get over with it and slogs that from just outside off to the long on boundary for six!
some room outside off and it's pushed into the covers