25 January 2015
Williamson, Taylor, Anderson star in series-clinching win
New Zealand makes short work of Sri Lanka in sixth ODI; visitor sinks to 120-run defeat despite Kumar Sangakkara’s 81
Kane Williamson scored 97 and was involved in a 117-run third wicket stand as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 120 runs and took the series 4-1.
Kane Williamson (97) and Ross Taylor (96) scripted the victory, but Corey Anderson’s all-round effort played a key role in the outcome as well. The 117-run partnership between Williamson and Taylor for the third wicket was the pivot around which New Zealand’s batting revolved, ending at 315 for 8. Sri Lanka was then bowled out for 195 in the 40.3 overs.
Sri Lanka floundered in all departments, the bowling leaking runs and the batting not coming to the party, with only Kumar Sangakkara appearing at ease with 81 off 66 deliveries. None of the other recognised batsmen were able to get past 30 as Anderson stamped his mark on the game.
Anderson smacked 40 from 28 balls and then took 4 for 52 as the Sri Lankan batsmen again showed a lack of fight.
After reaching 146 for 3, Sri Lanka lost its last seven wickets in 11.4 overs for just 49 runs following a familiar pattern of collapses in the series.
Sangakkara went to the wicket in the 13th over after Tillakaratne Dilshan was caught behind off Anderson for 21. Thirimanne lasted for 29 runs and Dimuth Karunaratne contributed 26. No other batsman reached double figures with Mahela Jayawardene surviving two reviews before being unquestionably caught after scoring 9.
Earlier, McCullum opted to bat, but it was a disastrous start for the aggressive batsman, who was out on the second ball he faced, and Martin Guptill struggled to 28 before his departure reduced New Zealand to 59 for 2.
Williamson and Taylor then mounted their match-winning partnership.
Williamson, who should have been removed on 27 when Dilshan dropped a regulation chance at short cover, faced 95 balls for his 97. Taylor faced 102 deliveries for his 96.
The last game of the series will be played on Thursday in Wellington.
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