Mount Maunganui - New Zealand sealed the one-day series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday
with Martin Guptill's century spearheading a 36-run victory in the fifth
and final one-dayer at Mount Maunganui.
Matt Henry's five-wicket bag helped ensure the hosts took a 3-1 series win to go with their 2-0 Test domination last month.
Zealand posted 294 for 5 batting first at the popular beachside resort
venue with Guptill making 102, before Sri Lanka were all out for 258
with 17 balls remaining.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, with a
brave knock of 95, had set the scene for a cliff-hanger finish when he
led his side to 223 for 5 before the tail folded in six overs for the
addition of only 35 runs.
The last three wickets fell for six runs in the space of 10 deliveries.
with Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Milinda Siriwardana played their
part in keeping Sri Lanka in with a chance for most of the their
Mathews and Chandimal produced a 93-run stand for the
fourth wicket before Trent Boult, making his first appearance in the
series, dismissed Chandimal for 50.
After Thisara Perera (15) made
a brief appearance at the crease Siriwardana and Mathews cracked 62 off
40 to have Sri Lanka at 223 for 5 with nine overs and five wickets to
get the remaining 72 runs.
But when Siriwardana fell to Mitchell Santner for 39, New Zealand rammed home their advantage.
the start of the day Guptill capped a remarkable home season with his
10th ODI century, reaching 102 in 109 deliveries to go with his 79, 93
not out, 30 and 27 earlier in the series.
When Mathews won the
toss and put New Zealand into bat he had an immediate result with Tom
Latham out in the first over without scoring.
But Guptill and Kane Williamson then established New Zealand's dominance with 122 for the second wicket.
Any loose ball was despatched towards the boundary with a Guptill four bringing up their century partnership in 115 balls.
a lapse in timing by Williamson on 61 led to his undoing when he gloved
an attempt to sweep a leg-side delivery from Tillakaratne Dilshan and
wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal snared the catch.
Ross Taylor put on 81 for the third wicket with Guptill who was caught by Thisara Perera off Nuwan Kulasekara.
Taylor brought up his half-century with a six to mid-wicket before also falling to Kulasekara.
Sri Lanka in reply were on the back foot in the third over when Dilshan, marking his 300th ODI, was removed by Boult for five.
bowled Lahiru Thirimanne for two and had Danushka Gunathilaka caught
for 15 as Sri Lanka slumped to 33 for 3 after nine overs before Mathews
put some respectability into their innings.
Henry, who was only
required by New Zealand for three of the five matches, finished with
five for 50 to give him 13 wickets in the series, while Boult took three