|New Zealand v Sri Lanka 2014-15|
| New Zealand
||vs|| Sri Lanka
ScheduleThursday, 22 January 2015 at 22:00 GMT / 22:00 UK / 03:30 IST
VenueUniversity Oval, Dunedin
Team New Zealand tightened their grip on the seven matches One Day International series against Sri Lanka after winning the fourth one by a reasonable margin of four wickets. The Lankan Lions scored 276 runs before they were bowled out in 49.3 overs and the Black Caps hammered 6-280 with 11 balls to spare. Earlier, the Kiwis grabbed the opening game by three wickets, the Islanders came back while winning the second one by six wickets and the third one ended without any result. The home side leads the series at 2-1 and will be looking forward continuing with their current form for grasping it.
Kane Williamson powered his fifth ODI hundred and registered 103 runs, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi contributed 47, 44 and 32 while Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor are formidable batsmen. Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan were the main wicket takers with 3, 2 and 2.
Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan were the leading scorers with 94, 76 and 44 whereas rest of their batsmen were unable to get use of the solid platform. The bowling department of the Islanders revolves around Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana Herath who are working hard for better results.
Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 22:00 GMT (Previous day), 11:00 local at University Oval, Dunedin.
A clear weather for the match with the temperatures around 10ᵒC.
Both skippers have opted to bat most of the times during the series after winning the toss.
A reasonable pitch which can change its behaviour if it is cloudy that helps the ball to swing and the batsmen get difficulties.
New Zealand – Brendon McCullum (C), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Corey Anderson, Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan.
Sri Lanka – Angelo Mathews (C), Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perara, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath.
The Kiwis will most probably make it 3-1.