Sri Lanka nailed in Nelson, Kiwis clean sweep ODI series
New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 115 runs to complete a series whitewash in the third one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday.
The final encounter of the series was literally terminated when the Kiwis posted a mammoth 364 runs on the board batting first. The touring side were all out in the 42nd over scoring 249.
A pair of hundreds skied the runs for the Kiwis following a couple of early breakthroughs made by Malinga wrapping off Munro and Guptill as early as within first five overs.
Consequently Taylor and Nicholls came down with different mind sets; wheeling the run machine hammering Lankan bowlers hard all along the ground.
Both reached to their respective hundreds and in between them, Kane Williamson also propelled to a fifty – 55 off 65 balls containing 6 fours and a single six.
Ross Taylor top-scored for the New Zealanders with 137, and Henry Nicholls was unbeaten on 124 off just 80 balls.
Sri Lanka’s top order shone brightly while the proximal unassailable chase for they started losing wickets regularly concealing the possibility of gun down the big total and the run rate was never reached in the height as well after the first fifteen overs.
Perera was the best batsman for Sri Lanka; he made out with 80 while both Dickwella and Perera ended up in their forties.
New Zealand 364/4 (50 overs)
Ross Taylor 137, Henry Nicholls 124, Kane Williamson 55
Lasith Malinga 3/93
Sri Lanka 249 all out (41.4 overs)
Thisara Perera 80, Niroshan Dickwella 46, Kusal Perera 43
Lockie Ferguson 4/40, Ish Sodhi 3/40
Result: New Zealand won by 115 runs
Player of the Match: Ross Taylor
Toss: Sri Lanka