SRI LANKA TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND, 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
Will the Sri Lankan batting fire in unison? © AFP
Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the third and final ODI of the series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Saxton Oval in Nelson. Two losses and two spirited performances in that. But more than the fight displayed by Kusal Perera in the first game and Thisara Perera in the second, the lack of strong contributions from the rest of the batting order resulted in Sri Lanka’s ODI series loss. In search of a consolation win, their task is simple – the batting unit should fire in unison and they need to find a way to control the leaking runs at the death.
For New Zealand, the final ODI presents an opportunity to finalise their combination for the following limited-over series against India. It’s also a chance to prove to themselves that the five catches dropped in the second ODI was a one-off incident that shouldn’t be frowned upon too much – although it did give Sri Lanka and Thisara Perera opportunities to get really close to the target.
Read more in the preview for the third game