A century from Martin Guptill and a five-wicket haul from Matt Henry took New Zealand to a 36-run win in the fifth and final One-Day International at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday (January 5), giving it a 3-1 series victory over Sri Lanka.
Put in, New Zealand posted 294 for 5, Guptill helped along by fifties from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, seemed set to take it down to the wire with a steady 95, but his side lost the last five wickets for only 35 runs, folding for 258 in the 48th over.
That Sri Lanka got that far from a precarious 33 for 3 – Henry accounting for two of those wickets – was courtesy a 93-run recovery for the fourth wicket between Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal.
Trent Boult, making his first appearance in the series, had dismissed Tillakaratne Dilshan, who was playing his 300th ODI, for five in the third over, and he struck again by having Chandimal caught for 50.
Mathews then found company in Milinda Siriwardana, who smacked three fours and two sixes in a 22-ball 39 before falling to Mitchell Santner.
The duo had taken Sri Lanka to 223 for 5, and it was then that the collapse began as New Zealand, led by Henry, turned the screws. The last three wickets fell for six runs in the space of ten deliveries and Henry ended with 5 for 50, giving him 13 wickets in the series where he has played only three matches.
Earlier, setting the platform for victory was Guptill, who built on previous series scores of 79, 93 not out, 30 and 27. Undeterred by the early loss of his opening partner Tom Latham, Guptill added 122 for the second wicket with Williamson, the captain, and 81 for the third wicket with Taylor. He was finally caught by Thisara Perera off Nuwan Kulasekara for a 109-ball 102.
Williamson (61) fell when an attempt to sweep a leg-side delivery from Dilshan found the wicketkeeper, while Taylor (61) was caught at deep square-leg off Kulasekara.
Luke Ronchi and Santner provided the final boost to the total. It would prove to be enough for New Zealand to add the ODI trophy to the 2-0 Test sweep last month.