Pallekele: Sri Lanka registered a comfortable win over New Zealand by 7 wickets (D/L) in the 3rd ODI at Pallekele chasing down 197 runs (D/L) with 11 balls to spare guided by opener Tilakaratne Dilshan's scintillating century knock 102* off 95 balls. Angelo Mathews played second fiddle scoring 54 runs off 47 balls. With this win, Sri Lanka lead the 5-match ODI series 2-0.
All-rounder Angelo Mathews combined well with set batsman Tilakaratne Dilshan stitching together 100-run partnership in 14 overs chasing 197 (D/L) to win.
Opener Tilakaratne Dilshan's brisk fifty kept Sri Lanka on track to chase down 197 in 33 overs as New Zealand pegged back the hosts with two quick wickets. Kumar Sangakkara departed in the 13th over for 15 runs followed by captain Mahela Jayawardene (5) in the 15th over. Mills scalped Sanga whereas spinner McCullum accounted for the Sri Lankan captain's wicket. At the end of 20 overs, the hosts were 102/3 with 95 runs required from 13 overs to win the match.
Chasing 197 runs to win Sri Lanka lost opener Upul Tharanga early but Kumar Sangakarra and Tilakaratne Dilshan forged a good partnership scoring 56 run in 10 overs. Tharanga’s (10) wicket was taken by Jacob Oram.
BJ Watling's late flourish in the final overs helped Kiwis' post 188/6 in 33 overs. Watling who got to his fifty in 70 balls raced to 88-ball 96 as he remained unbeaten along with Nathan McCullum (22) at the end of 33 overs.
As per Duckworth–Lewis method, Sri Lanka need 197 runs in 33 overs to win the rain curtailed match.
BJ Watling held the New Zealand innings together with a well compiled half century in the rain curtailed match. Jeevan Mendis though got the wicket of Kane Williamson for 5 runs. The wicket fell when the kiwis' score was 117 in 27 overs.
After a long delay, the play was resumed with 33 overs per side. Jeevan Mendis got rid of Jacob Oram for 2 runs as New Zealand lost their fourth wicket.
As per latest update, the game has been reduced to 33 overs per side with play to resume at 7:30 pm (IST).
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Inspection now set for 7.15 pm.
The rain has stopped and play would resume at 6.45 pm (IST).
Rain halted play once again with New Zealand on 41/2 in 14 overs. It's bucketing down now at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Play resumed after rain delay of over an hour as Angelo Mathews scalped the wicket of Brendon McCullum for 13 runs in the 11th over to leave New Zealand on 31/2.
Rain returned to disrupt proceedings in the third ODI after Sri Lanka asked New Zealand to bat. The hosts could bowl just nine overs before the heavens opened up with New Zealand 28 for 1.
After Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat at the Pallekele International Stadium, Lasith Malinga didn't take long to get the first wicket when he edged out Rob Nicol (7) in the third over to make it 9 for 1. Jayawardene took the catch at second slip and Nicol was given out after the umpires checked for no-ball and whether the Sri Lankan skipper took it cleanly.
Sri Lanka fielded the same team that won the rain-hit second match on Sunday by 14 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method.=