Sri Lanka A were whitewashed 0-4 by New Zealand A in their four-match ODI series when they lost the fourth and final game played at Bert Sutcliffe Oval by 172 runs.
Sri Lanka A made a poor reply to New Zealand A’s challenging score of 299-5 when they were bundled out for a paltry 127 off 25.4 overs.
Sri Lanka A was never in the chase. Danushka Gunathilaka was the top-scorer with 39, and skipper Ashan Priyanjan was the only other batsman to make it past 20. Neil Wagner, Matthew Quinn and Jacob Duffy took two wickets each.
New Zealand A’s total was set up by allrounder Mitchell Santner who blitzed an unbeaten 70 off 43 balls to set up a match-winning total.
New Zealand A made a rapid start after choosing to bat, their openers adding 76 in ten overs, when Michael Pollard was out for 32 off 30 balls. They then lost wickets before they could get a sizeable partnership going and their position had eroded to 168 for 4 in the 32nd over. That was when Santner began his game-changing innings, smashing five fours and four sixes. He added 98 with Henry Nicholls, and then put on 33 off 11 balls with Tom Blundell, who made 18 off 9.
Scores: New Zealand A 299-5 (50) (George Worker 47, Michael Pollard 32, Michael Bracewell 53, Henry Nicholls 44, Mitchell Santner 70 n.o., Kasun Rajitha 2/63, Lahiru Madushanka 2/50)
Sri Lanka A 127 (25.4) (Danushka Gunathilaka 39, Ashan Priyanjan 25, Neil Wagner 2/31, Matthew Quinn 2/37, Jacob Duffy 2/13).