Hosts take Series as Kiwis go 0-3 down in ...

Hosts take Series as Kiwis go 0-3 down in yet another rain-curtailed match

Tags: Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand 4th ODI at Hambantota - Nov 10, 2012, New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2012-13, Balapuwaduge Manukulasuriya Amith Jeewan Mendis

Published on: Nov 10, 2012

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Sri Lanka eased to a 7-wicket win in a rain-affected Fourth ODI at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.

By BV Swagath

Sri Lanka eased to a 7-wicket win in a rain-affected Fourth ODI at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. With this the Lankans have sealed the 5-match ODI Series 3-0. It was an easy victory for the hosts set up by its bowlers as the Kiwis struggled to reach 131 for 8 in the allotted 32 overs.

Jeevan Mendis got the Man of the Match awardAsked to bat first after losing the toss, the New Zealand innings was delayed by rain. The match was reduced to a 42-over contest after it resumed and the visitors were in tatters at 107 for 7 in 29.2 overs when another shower hit the ground. Play resumed after sometime with the match cut down to 32 overs per side. Not a single batsman got going for the Black Caps with Nuwan Kulasekara taking 2 for 17 in 5 overs, Jeevan Mendis taking 3 for 15 in 4 overs and Thisara Perera going for just 16 runs in his 5 overs.

Sri Lanka got to the D/L Target of 131 with 34 balls to spare and losing only three wickets. Dinesh Chandimal opening the batting in the absence of Dilshan top scored with a 65-ball 43 while Kumar Sangakkara remained unbeaten with 42 (from 55 balls with 5 fours and a six). Leg spinner Jeevan Mendis got the Man of the Match for demolishing the Kiwi middle order.

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