New Zealand Chase Down Target To Defeat Sri Lanka

A superb century by Kane Williamson led New Zealand to a four wicket victory in the fourth One Day International in Nelson on Tuesday.  Williamson, batting at three, used 107 balls to hit six fours and a maximum on his way to 103 before he was bowled by Thisara Perera.  At 63/3 the Black Caps needed partnerships and Grant Elliott (44) and Corey Anderson (47) provided just that for the Kiwis.

There was still some work to do at the end but Luke Ronchi knocked off the winning runs for fun as he smashed a quick, unbeaten 32 from 15 balls as the New Zealanders reached 280/6 with eleven balls to spare.  Earlier Angelo Mathews won the toss and the Lanka Lions were in a strong position thanks to Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

Dilshan (44) and Sangakkara added 102 for the second wicket before the number three (76) and Jayawardene took the tourists to 180/3.  Jayawardene was eventually dismissed for 94 from 82 as the Sri Lankans posted a competitive 276 all out, falling three balls short of completing their 50 overs.  Tim Southee was the pick of the home bowlers with 3/59.

The fifth ODI takes place on Friday at the University Oval in Dunedin.