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New Zealand wins third one-day international over Sri Lanka

New Zealand wins third one-day international over Sri Lanka

Peter Fulton and James Franklin shared a 40-run partnership for New Zealand's seventh wicket as it beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in a rain-affected limited-overs cricket match Tuesday, taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Fulton hit a six from the third ball of the 25th over to lift New Zealand to 110 for six and to victory under the Duckworth-Lewis system in a match reduced to 46 overs per side. Sri Lanka had earlier been dismissed for 112 in 35.2 overs, its lowest score in a one-day match against New Zealand.
Fulton ended with a match-high score of 43 not out, hitting two sixes and five fours, while Franklin, who guided New Zealand to a one-wicket win in the second international at Queenstown on Sunday, was 15 not out.
Sri Lanka won the first match of the series by seven wickets at Napier.
Michael Mason took four for 24 from nine overs Tuesday, bowling with the new ball on a seaming pitch, to irreversibly damage the Sri Lankan innings.
He dismissed top-order batsmen Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva to ensure New Zealand limited the Sri Lankan total after winning the toss and bowling.
Later, Daniel Vettori took two for seven from 5.2 overs to wrap up the Sri Lankan tail and to leave New Zealand chasing a revised 110 for victory in a match reduced by three rain interruptions.
Wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum and slip or outfielder Ross Taylor took three catches each as New Zealand took apart the Sri Lankan innings.
Atapattu top-scored for Sri Lanka with 28 from 26 balls, hitting five fours and falling shortly before the second rain interruption, when Sri Lanka was 32 for two.
Kumar Sangakkara took 15 runs from 18 balls, Tillakaratne Dilshan 18 from 41, Farveez Maharoof 13 from 47 and Upul Tharanga 11 from 34 in a laborious batting effort. They were the only other Sri Lankan batsmen to reach double figures.
New Zealand struggled in reply, losing Nathan Astle when it had only one run on the board and slipping to 70 for six before Fulton and Franklin combined in a match-winning stand.
After Fulton, Franklin's 15, Brendon McCullum's 22 and Daniel Vettori's 11 were the only other scores of note. Ruchira Perera took two for 37 and Dilhara Fernando two for 34 for Sri Lanka.
The fourth match in the series is scheduled for Sunday in Auckland.


Updated : 2021-10-16 06:49 GMT+08:00