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    Somerset's ICC 2009 NZ Story

    Decided to start a new game with New Zealand on ICC 2009 and post my progress on the forum, so comments, opinions and criticism of the manager and storywriter is promoted and probably in the case of the last option, expected.

    Starting with the Twenty20 World Cup in England in mid-2009, we selected a side consisting of:
    Batsmen: P.Fulton, M.Sinclair, R.Taylor, G.Hay, N.Broom, D.Flynn, T.Weston
    Wicket keeper: B.McCullum
    Allrounders: J.Ryder, J.Oram, J.Franklin, D.Vettori, K.Mills
    Bowlers: S.Bond, I.O'Brien

    Daryl Tuffey and Warren McSkimming the unlucky bowlers to be omitted, with Dewayne Bowden given consideration as a bolter to cover the allrounders, and the likes of Lou Vincent, Jamie How and Aaron Redmond were initial batting options.

    On his return to the side, Mathew Sinclair was named captain after being promised an extended run in the team.

    Results of the T20 World Cup to follow...

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    T20 World Cup Group Stage

    New Zealand vs Scotland

    The tournament started with a massive shock as England defeated the Netherlands by two wickets in a low scoring match dominated by Ryan ten Doeschate. That gave Scotland some hope in their opening encounter against New Zealand, who fielded a side of McCullum, Ryder, Sinclair, Taylor, Fulton, Flynn, Oram, Franklin, Vettori, Mills and Bond.

    Scotland won the toss and batted but struggled to gain any momentum, and at 6/55 was in real danger of not even passing three figures. McCallum was then joined by Smith and the pair batted smartly to allow Scotland to at least give their bowlers a chance to replicate the Netherlands’ heroics. Mills, Bond and Franklin each picked up two wickets. In reply, McCullum and Ryder made a flying start and demolished the Scottish attack. The target was achieved in just 13.2 overs, with Ryder’s unbeaten 75 from 42 balls a major highlight for the crowd. At the other end, McCullum scored a comparatively sedate 47 not out from 39 balls as New Zealand cruised home for an easy first up victory.

    New Zealand win by 10 wickets


    New Zealand vs South Africa

    With South Africa also defeating Scotland, the match was effectively a practice encounter with both sides already assured of reaching the second stage of the competition. New Zealand made one change with Vettori rested in favour of O’Brien.

    New Zealand lost another toss but this time was made to pay in the field as Gibbs and Duminy raced away at the beginning of the innings. Through Franklin and O’Brien, who bowled well in tandem in the middle of the innings and took two wickets each, South Africa was pegged back until Boucher and Ontong hit quick cameos at the death. Bond also picked up a two wicket haul. Chasing South Africa’s target of 172, Steyn was sensational in damaging the New Zealand top order and he dismissed Ryder, McCullum and Taylor in quick succession. Flynn scored an unbeaten 55 from 41 deliveries, and Oram and Sinclair both made useful contributions, but after Steyn’s initial inroads into the New Zealand batting order, the target was always too much for the Black Caps.

    South Africa win by 16 runs
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    Quote Originally Posted by somerset View Post
    decided to start a new game with new zealand on icc 2009 and post my progress on the forum, so comments, opinions and criticism of the manager and storywriter is promoted and probably in the case of the last option, expected.

    Starting with the twenty20 world cup in england in mid-2009, we selected a side consisting of:
    Batsmen: P.fulton, m.sinclair, r.taylor, g.hay, n.broom, d.flynn, t.weston
    wicket keeper: B.mccullum
    allrounders: J.ryder, j.oram, j.franklin, d.vettori, k.mills
    bowlers: S.bond, i.o'brien

    daryl tuffey and warren mcskimming the unlucky bowlers to be omitted, with dewayne bowden given consideration as a bolter to cover the allrounders, and the likes of lou vincent, jamie how and aaron redmond were initial batting options.

    On his return to the side, mathew sinclair was named captain after being promised an extended run in the team.

    Results of the t20 world cup to follow...
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    T20 World Cup Super Eights

    England and West Indies were the major casualties after neither tasted success in their two group matches. As a result, New Zealand had a relatively comfortable group with Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Bangladesh anything but the daunting combination in the second pool consisting of Australia, India, Pakistan and South Africa.


    New Zealand vs Netherlands

    Even with an easy group, it was essential that New Zealand began the Super Eight stage of the competition with a commanding victory over the Netherlands. The side was made up of McCullum, Ryder, Sinclair, Taylor, Flynn, Hay, Oram, Franklin, Vettori, Bond and O’Brien. Greg Hay made his international debut.

    The New Zealanders batted first and although McCullum went early, Ryder’s 18 ball 36 gave them momentum to launch. Sinclair and Flynn took full advantage of that platform, with both scoring unbeaten half centuries against a wayward Dutch bowling line-up. For Flynn, it was his second unbeaten fifty of the tournament in as many innings. Franklin, who opened the bowling with Mills omitted from the side, and Bond, then tore through the Dutch top order to leave them in tatters. Bukhari consolidated with 40 before Oram guaranteed the victory by taking four cheap lower order wickets. Nannes scored 21 from nine balls batting at number eleven as the Netherlands never gave up trying.

    New Zealand win by 57 runs


    New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka represented New Zealand’s toughest opposition of their Super Eight group and would also guarantee progression to the semi finals if they could win the match. Mills came back into the side for O’Brien in an otherwise unchanged line-up.

    After winning the toss and batting first, New Zealand made a quick start but lost wickets regularly, and there was particular struggle against Muralitharan and Mendis, who were brought on early and took 4/52 from their combined eight overs. Maharoof was far more generous, giving up 43 runs from his four overs and going wicketless. Flynn scored his third fifty but was dismissed by Murali, while Oram smashed an unbeaten 43 at the death to see New Zealand to a competitive total of 159. Hay batted for the first time in an international match and scored just one run. Sangakkara was the key for the Sri Lankan side as the rest of the batsmen struggled. He scored 62 from just 35 deliveries and in the context of the match, his was a match winning innings. Vettori was particularly effective for New Zealand, taking 3/26 from four quality overs. New Zealand still had a real chance of winning, however, when Kulasekara joined de Saram with 39 needed from the final six overs and only four wickets in hand. Kulasekara then took hold of Franklin and belted 24 in quick time to ensure Sri Lanka’s progression in the tournament, and they reached the target with an over to spare.

    Sri Lanka win by 3 wickets


    New Zealand vs Bangladesh

    Effectively New Zealand’s match against Bangladesh was a quarter final, with the winner set to join Sri Lanka in the semi finals of the tournament. No changes were made from the previous match.

    Tamim Iqbal scored a quick 25 at the beginning of the Bangladeshi innings but New Zealand hit back to leave Bangladesh in trouble at 5/78 and then 6/93. Naeem Islam, who was dropped by Taylor early in the innings, made an important 44 to allow Bangladesh to post a modest total of 133. Bond, Franklin and Oram all picked up two wickets in a solid team performance from New Zealand. Bangladesh’s somewhat small target inspired them in the field as Mortaza and Rasel started brilliantly with the ball, and they were backed up by Shakib Al Hasan. At the halfway point, New Zealand had just 50 runs and had already lost four wickets, with the required run rate more than eight per over. Hay then signaled his talent with 29 from just 14 deliveries, and Oram and Franklin both smashed quick cameos. All the while Daniel Flynn anchored the innings with a composed and unbeaten 33 at just over a run-a-ball, as New Zealand won with ease in the end, having reached the target with 13 balls to spare.

    New Zealand win by 4 wickets
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    T20 World Cup Semi Final

    Australia and Pakistan joined Sri Lanka and New Zealand to contest the two semi finals of the tournament. South Africa, somewhat typically, only missed out on a semi final spot after losing their last Super Eight game to Australia, even though they hadn’t lost a match in the competition until that point.


    Semi Final – New Zealand vs Australia

    The Pakistan vs Sri Lanka semi final was played before New Zealand’s encounter with Australia, and it was a low scoring affair with Sri Lanka’s 100 all out proving enough for a spot in the final when they bowled Pakistan out for just 80. Muralitharan and Mendis combined to produce figures of 6/19 from eight overs. New Zealand made no changes to their side for the final two Super Eight matches which was McCullum, Ryder, Sinclair, Taylor, Flynn, Hay, Oram, Franklin, Vettori, Mills and Bond. Flynn went into the match with an average of 202 for the tournament, having been dismissed just once prior (to Muralitharan against Sri Lanka).

    Unlike the first semi final, New Zealand’s match was a high scoring encounter. Australia batted first and Bond cleaned up Warner and Ponting in successive overs, but Mike Hussey (46) and Clarke (84) then took complete control of the match. David Hussey smashed 35 not out from 15 balls at the death, as Australia posted an imposing 197 from their 20 overs. Bond was superb but the other bowlers were demolished. Oram was particularly taken to, conceding 47 from his four overs, the most in the tournament behind the Netherland’s Jonkman who went for 50 against New Zealand, and ten Doeschate who conceded 51 against Pakistan. New Zealand had no option but to attack from ball one but they continually lost wickets along the way. Not surprisingly Flynn top scored with 36 but the next highest was McCullum’s 14. All the Australian bowlers picked up wickets as New Zealand was well beaten.

    Australia win by 79 runs


    The final was actually a tie which Sri Lanka won by “losing less wickets” – lets say they won by a bowl out for more excitement. A somewhat disappointing finish to the tournament for New Zealand, but with a tour to Sri Lanka to follow, there’s enough positives from the T20 matches to suggest we’ll be competitive against the new T20 World Cup champions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
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    Hay scored only 43 runs in his three innings but his 29 against Bangladesh was crucial. No place for Weston in the side yet, stayed tuned.

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    Nice start, i'll keep reading and hopefully it will pick some more interest from others as well.

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    Thanks. Have just played the Sri Lankan test series, will write the summaries up tomorrow but its fair to say we were soundly beaten.

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    I despise SL on ICC. Look me until 2015 to finally beat them in a test series.

    From then on though I beat them in all our home series. Shame they return the favour when I tour there.

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    Calling for Jeets inclusion , love reading this stuff Somerset.
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    Sri Lankan Test Series

    New Zealand could afford to take 18 players to tour Sri Lanka in a tough test and ODI series against the latest T20 champions. The same 15 players which competed in England in the T20 competition were selected, while Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey were recalled, and Warren McSkimming included as a back-up pace bowler. With no other spinners currently in the frame (sorry Athlai), Vettori was to play the side’s only spin bowling role for the series.


    1st Test vs Sri Lanka

    New Zealand’s side consisted of Fulton, Vincent, Sinclair, Taylor, Flynn, Ryder, McCullum, Oram, Franklin, Vettori and Bond for the first test. The decision was made to bat down to number ten with Sri Lanka’s leathal bowling unit, which meant Jesse Ryder would cover the fifth bowling option.

    New Zealand batted first on a surprisingly sporting pitch for the bowlers and after a shaky start when they found themselves 5/117 at lunch, managed to score a respectable 262. McCullum (44), Oram (50) and Franklin (36), at numbers seven through to nine, provided the bulk of the contributions, while Sri Lankan spinners accounted for eight of the Kiwi wickets. Vettori, who was introduced at first change, then took two quick wickets before the close of play to leave Sri Lanka at 2/26 at stumps. Through Mathews (122), making his debut, and Samaraweera (70), Sri Lanka recovered well on day two but aside from Chaminda Vaas, who made a painstaking unbeaten 68 at number eight, Sri Lanka blew an opportunity to gain a massive lead as their players through away their wickets. Vettori’s long spell was rewarded with five wickets, while Franklin toiled hard for his three wickets.

    In their second innings, New Zealand made a great start with Fulton (26) and Vincent (43) seeing the side to safety against the Sri Lankan pace attack. It was only when the spin twins entered the frame that New Zealand struggled, but even so Sinclair and T20 hero Flynn consolidated to see the side to a comfortable position at 3/217 before disaster struck. Sinclair fell five runs short of a deserved century resulting in seven wickets falling for just 61 runs as New Zealand’s so-called “depth” was again exposed by the Sri Lankan spinners. That left Sri Lanka needing only 178 to win, and plenty of time to do so. Kapugedera was dismissed early again, by Franklin, but Sangakkara anchored with Mahela Jayawardene to guide Sri Lanka close to victory. Bond and Vettori provided the hosts with a fright at the end of the match, with three quick wickets falling for 19 runs with victory in sight, but it only delayed the inevitable Sri Lanka win.

    Sri Lanka win by 5 wickets and lead the series 1-0


    2nd Test vs Sri Lanka

    Though Sri Lanka was victorious in the opening test, New Zealand made no changes to a side they considered their best XI in testing conditions.

    Sri Lanka won the toss on a road and after early inroads from the New Zealanders, made full use of the good batting conditions. From 2/72, the recalled Tharanga (103), new revelation Mathews (200) and experienced Samaraweera (77) saw Sri Lanka to an imposing 3/347 at stumps on day one. Mathews passed his double century before lunch on day two and then Warnapura added another 70, with Vaas and Kulasekera also contributing to see Sri Lanka through to a massive 608 all out at the end of day two. All four New Zealand main bowlers conceded a century, with Franklin’s three wickets almost costing him 200 runs. Just three runs were scored by New Zealand before the close of play on the second day. A sluggish third day gave New Zealand a chance of drawing the test, as although they scored only 236 runs, only six wickets were lost in the process. Sinclair’s 82 took 293 balls and Fulton (53) and Taylor (44) were also patient. Unfortunately New Zealand’s depth again couldn’t capitalize on a reasonable start from the top order as they were all out for 314, and 294 behind on aggregate. Spin bowlers took nine wickets, although New Zealand made the hosts fight for their breakthroughs.

    Not surprisingly, New Zealand followed on and after a very strong start from Fulton (67) and Vincent (40), collapsed to be 4/142 at the close on day four. Flynn and Ryder scored 40s but wickets fell at regular intervals on a pitch taking extravagant spin. New Zealand batted bravely but Bond’s wicket was the last to fall with just 56 minutes left in the final session. Spinners took all ten wickets to fall for the hosts as they won by an innings and the series with a test to spare. Incredibly, Mendis bowled 104 overs, and Murali 95.2 overs, in the final three days of the match alone.

    Sri Lanka win by an innings and 22 runs and lead the series 2-0


    3rd Test vs Sri Lanka

    With the series gone, New Zealand made several changes. Neil Broom made his test debut in place of Ross Taylor, who had been out of sorts against the home team’s spin attack for much of the series. He batted at number five with Daniel Flynn promoted to four. Tuffey and O’Brien also featured, replacing Ryder and Bond, allowing the tourists to play five bowlers and still maintain a strong batting line-up down to number nine.

    As had become customary in the series, the side winning the toss batted first, and it proved to be Sri Lanka getting first use of a good batting track. New Zealand actually had the better of the first day in reality, and they limited the hosts to 6/274 at stumps. It was only Mathew’s third century of the series, and Vaas’ 80 that allowed Sri Lanka to reach 412 on day two. Franklin and Vettori were the pick of the bowlers with three wickets apiece, but O’Brien and Oram were consistent and deserved their two wickets each. New Zealand struggled to gain any momentum and was dismissed midway through the third day for 220, just avoiding the follow-on mark. Broom top scored with 41 on debut but only Fulton and Vettori assisted him by passing 30. Typically, eight wickets fell to spin bowlers.

    Through O’Brien, New Zealand made a great start to the second innings as the hosts were pegged back at 2/11, and it could’ve been worse had O’Brien not had Tharanga dropped as well. As it turned out, the Bradman-like Mathews combined with Tharanga to put on another 142 runs for the third wicket. Both were dropped again as New Zealand’s effort in the field was terrible. Tharanga (79) was out to the second last ball of the day to a rejuvenated O’Brien but he received little support. On day four Sri Lanka pushed forward, and Angelo Mathews recorded his fourth century of the series. Dilshan, with 92 not out, was unlucky not to score a century, as Sri Lanka declared with him in full flight to leave New Zealand with 554 to win in just over four sessions. The tourists made a reasonable start but found themselves at 3/81 at stumps with a day to play for a draw. Broom went in the first over of day five and New Zealand crumbled from that point onwards. Embarrassingly, they were dismissed for 110 at the match was over before lunch. Fulton was last man out for 46 and only opening partner Vincent (20) scored more than 11. Sri Lankan spinners yet again did the damage, taking all ten wicket, for a total of 53 in the series.

    Sri Lanka win by 443 runs and win the series 3-0


    So, a very disappointing test series result with two huge Sri Lankan wins in the final two tests, but with their spinners so dominant in home conditions, it was always going to be a struggle. An ODI series now awaits.
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    You did waaaay better than me in the T20 WC. My strong point in this game has usually been the longer format so I'll see if I can start to turn it around.

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    Nice, can't wait to hear how the ODI's turn out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    You did waaaay better than me in the T20 WC. My strong point in this game has usually been the longer format so I'll see if I can start to turn it around.
    To be fair, I had an easy Super 8 group, with both the Netherlands and Bangladesh.

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    Sri Lankan ODI Series

    The New Zealand squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka had to be reduced to 15 players, so Tuffey and McSkimming, additions for the test leg, were released, as was Greg Hay, rather than Vincent who had performed well in the test series, or Weston who offered a back-up wicket keeping option.


    1st ODI vs Sri Lanka

    New Zealand’s side for the first ODI was McCullum, Ryder, Sinclair, Taylor, Fulton, Flynn, Oram, Franklin, Vettori, Mills and Bond.

    The hosts batted first and although Bond picked up two early wickets in Sangakkara and Jayawardene, they recovered strongly via Tharanga and Mathews, with both players passing fifty. Mills and Franklin also picked up two wickets, while Vettori was the most economical of the Kiwi bowlers with 1/44 from his ten overs. After late hitting from Samaraweera (40 from 23 deliveries) and Dilshan (36), Sri Lanka reached a healthy 278 from their 50 over allotment. To try and reduce the impact of the three Sri Lankan spinners (Muralitharan, Mendis and Samaraweera), the Black Cap batsmen hit out at the start of the innings in search of quick runs, but it back fired as the recalled Kariyawasam, and Kulasekara, reduced the tourists to 4/56. Fulton led the recovery with a well constructed 58 and Flynn and Oram both scored quick 40s to keep the required run rate realistic. However, Murali and Mendis both took two late wickets as the Kiwi tail folded, and New Zealand were bowled out 59 runs short, but with 67 balls still to be bowled.

    Sri Lanka win by 59 runs and lead the series 1-0


    2nd ODI vs Sri Lanka

    Although a first up loss is never the way to start a series, New Zealand persisted with the same side as the opening ODI.

    New Zealand were sent in on a more sporting pitch than expected, but this time the attempt at quick runs at the top of the order was successful as both McCullum (26) and Ryder (41) made full advantage of the fielding restrictions. As per the test series, it was the Sri Lankan spinners who slowed the New Zealand attack and of the remaining batsmen, only Oram (39) passed McCullum’s score. Taylor, Flynn, Franklin and Vettori all passed 20 but failed to carry on. The three Sri Lankan spinners combined for figures of 4/91 from 30 overs, while the two pacemen took 5/138 from only 20. Mills and Bond were hit around early, particularly by Tharanga, but the introduction of Franklin and Oram at third and fourth change, respectively, gave New Zealand the upper hand defending their average total of 230. From 0/42, Sri Lanka fell apart and found themselves 5/59. Mahela Jayawardene consolidated for 48 runs off 86 deliveries, and he found minor support in Kulasekara (27), but Sri Lanka never recovered from their mid-innings slump and was lucky the 56 run New Zealand victory wasn’t a more comprehensive margin. Oram returned the superb figures of 10-3-30-4, Franklin took 10-2-38-3, and Bond chipped in with two late wickets to seal the win.

    New Zealand win by 56 runs. Series tied 1-1


    3rd ODI vs Sri Lanka

    After an excellent team effort to win the second ODI, no changes were made for the third ODI, though Mathew Sinclair was put on notice after scoring just five runs in two innings.

    Oram was the bowling star for New Zealand again after Sri Lanka made a good start in the third ODI, as he dismissed three of the top four Sri Lankan batsmen in quick succession. Sangakkara then ran himself out to have the hosts in trouble. Dilshan (27) and Chamara Silva (39) provided some resistance, but it was Samaraweera’s unbeaten 93 from 97 balls that enabled Sri Lanka to post a competitive total of 268/8. Bond and Vettori took two wickets each and on a good batting pitch, New Zealand was relatively pleased to limit Sri Lanka to less than 270. The top order attack was again employed and successful, before Ryder (25 from 16 balls) and Sinclair fell to consecutive deliveries. Even so, New Zealand was 2/100 after just twelve overs. Fulton scored a quality 56, and McCullum, Taylor and Franklin all 30s, but Mendis was the real danger and he took four wickets for just 28 runs in his ten overs. When New Zealand lost their eighth wicket with 66 still needed for victory, the game looked over, but Vettori (31*) and Mills (33*) used the power play and accelerated towards the victory with the re-introduction of the Sri Lankan quicks. Needing only three from the final over bowled by Samaraweera, the two New Zealand allrounders calmly took their time and won the match with two balls to spare, and took New Zealand out to a 2-1 series lead. Kulasekara and Kariyawasam combined conceded 158 from their 20 overs and took just three wickets between them.

    New Zealand win by 2 wickets and lead the series 2-1


    4th ODI vs Sri Lanka

    Sinclair was dropped for the fourth ODI after scoring just five runs in three innings and Lou Vincent took his place. Fulton captained the side in his absence.

    Both bravely and bizarrely, Fulton inserted Sri Lanka on a road and Sri Lanka made the most of the good conditions by amassing 298 from their 50 overs. Tharanga (63 from 90) anchored the innings but it was Angelo Mathews who set the game alive with a sensational innings of 91, containing eight fours and five sixes. Samaraweera (41*), Silva (14) and Kulasekara (21*) hit out at more than a run-a-ball at the death to give Sri Lanka an imposing total. Bond, Oram and Franklin each took two wickets. Mills took the most punishment, conceding 84 from his ten overs. New Zealand then used their usual tactic of blasting at the start, and it worked to some extent as the required run rate was quickly reduced. McCullum (41) made an important contribution, and Ryder and Vincent both made 20s, but it was Oram, promoted to number four, who shaped the match with 77 from just 66 deliveries, and he never allowed the Sri Lanka spinners to take control. He received great support from stand-in captain Fulton (53), and that allowed Flynn and Franklin to see the side home with comparatively sedate 20s. In the end, New Zealand won with more than an over to spare. Kulasekara, Kariyawasam and Muralitharan all conceded more than 70 from their allotment as Sri Lanka were comprehensively beaten.

    New Zealand win by 3 wickets and lead the series 3-1


    5th ODI vs Sri Lanka

    With the series already won, New Zealand made several changes with Broom, Weston (debut) and O’Brien coming into the side for Taylor, Flynn and Mills, who were all struggling for consistent form. Fulton retained the captaincy. New Zealand’s side was McCullum, Ryder, Vincent, Fulton, Broom, Weston, Oram, Franklin, Vettori, Bond and O’Brien.

    Sri Lanka also made a change with Vaas coming into the side for the wayward Kariyawasam, but he made little impact after New Zealand won the toss and batted first on another superb batting track. McCullum (32) and Ryder (48) continued their good form with reasonable contributions but it was the recalled Neil Broom who made the most impact. He scored a majestic 101 from just 96 balls, hitting a boundary to bring up his century in the last over of the innings before being dismissed. Oram supported well with 46 from just 34 balls at the death and New Zealand was buoyant when they finished on 303/9 from their 50 overs. Tharanga then went to Bond in the second over of the innings to improve New Zealand spirits, but it brought about Mahela Jayawardene to the crease. The Sri Lankan maestro proceeded to make 134 from just 114 balls to give Sri Lanka the upper hand in the high scoring encounter, and he was ably supported by Sangakkara, Dilshan, Samaraweera and Silva, all of whom passed 30. O’Brien took three wickets and Bond two, but only Oram (0/49 from 10 overs) conceded less than 5.6 runs an over. Sri Lanka eventually won with seven balls remaining for a consolation victory.

    Sri Lanka win by 3 wickets. New Zealand win the series 3-2
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