New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Taylor, Nicholls hand New Zealand 3-0 win

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Ross Taylor celebrates after scoring his 20th ODI century

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Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls scored 137 and 124 not out respectively as New Zealand crushed Sri Lanka by 115 runs in the third ODI in Nelson.

Choosing to bowl first, Sri Lanka got the early breakthrough they were looking for as New Zealand opener Martin Guptill was caught by Kusal Mendis at gully off the bowling of captain Lasith Malinga for two runs.

Colin Munro, who opened the batting with Guptill, scored a quickfire 21 before he was clean bowled by Malinga.

Taylor and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson stabilised the innings with a 116-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Williamson was dismissed by Lakshan Sandakan for 55, which came off 65 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Taylor and Nicholls kept the runs flowing with a 154-run stand, during which Taylor registered his hundred and Nicholls his fifty.

Taylor went on to make a 131-ball 137, which included nine boundaries and four sixes, before he was dismissed by Malinga.

Nicholls and James Neesham helped New Zealand finish on 364/4 as they forged an unbeaten 63-run partnership, during which Nicholls surpassed his century

Nicholls ended up making a career-best 124, which came off 80 balls and included 12 boundaries and three sixes, while Neesham remained undefeated on 12, which came off six deliveries and included a boundary and a six.

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Henry Nicholls soaks in the moment after bringing up his maiden ODI hundred

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Malinga was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Sandakan chipped in with one.

Chasing 365 to win, Sri Lanka made a great start to their innings as Niroshan Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva put together a 66-run partnership before De Silva was trapped lbw off the bowling of Tim Southee for 36.

Dickwella went on to score 46 before he was caught by Lockie Ferguson at third man off the bowling of Neesham.

Mendis failed to have an impact at all as he was run out for a diamond duck, while Dasun Shanaka was given out lbw off the bowling of Ish Sodhi for two runs.

Kusal Perera, who came in after De Silva was dismissed, managed to score 43 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ferguson.

Thisara Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka steadied things with a 101-run partnership, during which Thisara surged past his half-century, before he was dismissed by Ferguson for 80, which came off 63 balls and included seven boundaries and three sixes.

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Thisara Perera was Sri Lanka’s top scorer with 80 runs

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Once Thisara was gone, Sri Lanka collapsed as they went from 244/6 to being bowled out for 249.

Ferguson was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Sodhi took three, and Southee and Neesham claimed one wicket each.

Taylor was named Man of the Match.

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