Luke Ronchi Leads Kiwis To Sri Lanka Victory

Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott turned a seemingly woeful position into an unbeatable one as New Zealand thrashed Sri Lanka 108 runs in the fifth One Day International in Dunedin to lead the series 3-1.  The Black Caps were in all sorts of trouble at 93/5, the pair steered the hosts to 360/5 at the end of their 50 overs.  Elliott crafted an unbeaten 104 from 96 balls, including seven fours and two sixes.

But it was Ronchi that went berserk smashing his way to 170 not out from only 99 balls, in which he hit 14 fours and nine sixes.  Nuwan Kulasekera had dismissed Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum early on, but his figures were wrecked to 2/71 by the Kiwi pair as they added 267 runs for the sixth wicket at the University Oval.  In response the tourists gave a good account of themselves with Tillakaratne Dilshan hitting 116.

However except for the opening 93-run stand with Lahiru Thirrimane, no other Lankan Lion really contributed as the visitors were dismissed for 252 in 43.4 overs.  Trent Boult helped himself to 4/44 in 10 overs on a special day in New Zealand cricket history.