New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

Can the Sri Lankan bowlers come up with an improved performance

Can the Sri Lankan bowlers come up with an improved performance

A rollicking maiden century by Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera was ultimately in vain as New Zealand wrapped up the one-day series with a 21-run victory in the second ODI at Mount Maunganui.

Sri Lanka were 128 for seven at one stage in their chase for 320 runs, but a century by Perera got them close.

Sri Lanka opener Danushka Gunathilaka made 71 but the middle order struggled before left-hander Perera hit his maiden one-day worldwide ton on his 147th appearance in the format - finishing with 140 from 74 deliveries.

The tourists were bowled out in the 47th over. But Ross Taylor (90) and Colin Munro (87) swung momentum New Zealand's way with a 112-run stand for the third wicket, while all-rounder James Neesham lit up the tail with a whirlwind 64.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took 3-55, while pace bowler Henry finished with 2-52.

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New Zealand will now take an unassailable 2-0 lead into the final ODI in Nelson, which you can watch live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.55pm on Monday.

"I told the last few batsmen it's very hard to hit on this ground because of the wind, so I had to take the responsibility throughout the innings", he said.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson added: "Thisara came out and played out of his skin".

New Zealand's total fell well short of the 371 for 7 it achieved on the same pitch at Bay Oval in the first ODI two days earlier when it beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs.

Opener Danushka Gunathilaka played his part at the top of the order with 71 but elsewhere the Sri Lankan batsmen failed to fire.

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