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08-Jan-2019 06:38:00 GMT
NZ v SL - 3rd ODI, Nelson

Taylor, Nicholls centuries seal 3-0 sweep

New Zealand 364 for 4 (Taylor 137, Nicholls 124*, Malinga 3-93) beat Sri Lanka 249 (Thisara 80, Ferguson 4-40, Sodhi 3-40) by 115 runs

Nelson: Veteran Ross Taylor and rising star Henry Nicholls both smashed centuries as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 115 runs in the third one-day international in Nelson Tuesday to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

Taylor top-scored with 137, and Nicholls was unbeaten on 124 off only 80 balls, lifting the hosts to 364 for four after they lost the hurl and were sent in to bat.

It was a record ODI score at Nelson's Saxton Oval, where the normal is only 275, and Sri Lanka never looked like achieving the mammoth aggregate.

They were hard and fast for 249 in the 42nd over, discarding their last four wickets without scoring a keep running as the arrangement finished with a cry.

Thisara Perera, who scored a rankling 140 in the second ODI, was again the sightseers' champion entertainer, dashing to 80 out of 63 balls.

With the arrangement officially chose, Nicholls and Taylor utilized the dead elastic to make an impression on New Zealand selectors in front of the current year's World Cup.

It was Nicholls' lady ODI ton and the 27-year-old will trust his solid Test frame is at last exchanging to the constrained overs organize.

Taylor's twentieth ODI century fixed the 34-year-old's grasp on the New Zealand record he as of now holds for one-day hundreds of years.

In his last 11 ODI innings Taylor has scored three centuries and six half hundreds of years.

He went to the wrinkle with New Zealand battling at 31 for two however joined with captain Kane Williamson for a 116-run organization to relentless the innings.

At the point when Williamson withdrew on 55, Taylor and Nicholls ravaged the Sri Lanka assault with a forceful 154-run stand.

Sri Lanka commander Lasith Malinga had removed openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro efficiently however was costly over the long haul, spilling 93 keeps running from his 10 overs.

Sri Lanka's senior bowlers were all wayward, especially at the demise, as the vacationers surrendered 57 keeps running in the last three overs.

Sri Lanka made a brilliant begin to the run pursue, scoring uninhibitedly before Tim Southee caught Dhananjaya de Silva lbw on 36.

The run rate at that point eased back to a slither when the travelers lost three wickets for 10 races to droop to 117 for four, with Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis leaving inside the space of two balls.

More regrettable was to come after Perera tumbled to a breathtaking one-gave get from Guptill, setting off a last part crumple.

Dushmantha Chameera ran with Sri Lanka on 249, just for Danushka Gunathilaka, Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep to all withdraw without assisting the score.

Sri Lanka, who lost a two-Test arrangement against New Zealand 1-0, wrap up their visit with a coincidental Twenty20 match against the Black Caps in Auckland on Friday.

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