Wellington - Kumar Sangakkara's masterful double of a century and a world-record
wicketkeeping performance inspired Sri Lanka to a 34-run win over New
Zealand in their one-day series finale in Wellington on Thursday.
though it was a dead rubber, with New Zealand going into the match
holding an unbeatable 4-1 lead in the seven-match series, it was a
morale boosting win for Sri Lanka who had underperformed in the earlier
They posted their highest total of the series with 287-6
from 50 overs, with Sangakkara contributing an unbeaten 113, and New
Zealand were all out for 253 in the 46th over.
When Corey Anderson
threatened to blast New Zealand into contention with 29 off 20
deliveries, Sangakkara's diving one-handed catch to remove the sixth
wicket made him the most successful ODI keeper.
It was his 473rd dismissal, one more than the previous record set by Australian Adam Gilchrist.
the victory restored some confidence to Sri Lanka they still have
concerns about their batting depth with only Tillakaratne Dilshan and
Lahiru Thirimanne contributing decent partnerships with Sangakkara.
put on 71 for the first wicket with Thirimanne (30) and 104 for the
second wicket with Dilshan (81) who was caught behind off Tim Southee
with Sri Lanka looking strong at 175-2 and 17 overs remaining.
as has been the pattern in their previous innings, they were unable to
accelerate the scoring despite having wickets in hand.
Thisara Perera, with 20 off 12 offered late lusty hitting while Mahela
Jayawardene, who opened with a century in game one of the series, went
In contrast New Zealand fell well behind in the run chase
and appeared on the ropes when the required rate ballooned to 8.33 after
the 35th over and only four wickets in hand.
But they showed
their batting depth going into the World Cup next month with Luke Ronchi
scoring 47 off 42 deliveries, Daniel Vettori 35 off 30 and Kyle Mills
30 but as the gap narrowed they ran out of wickets.
Fittingly, Sangakkara ended the match when he whipped off the bails to run out Mills.
At the top of the New Zealand innings Martin Guptill was removed first ball for the second time in the series.
offered an opportunity for Tom Latham, deputising at the top of the
order for rested skipper Brendon McCullum, to prove himself but he only
lasted nine deliveries before he was bowled for six and New Zealand were
11-2 in the fourth over.
Dushmantha Chameera made a dream start
to his international career claiming the wicket of New Zealand's senior
batsman Ross Taylor with his sixth delivery.
Kane Williamson, with
a cautious 54 from 83 deliveries, top scored for New Zealand who
continue their World Cup build up against Pakistan in Wellington on