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Brendon McCullum congratulates Tillakaratne Dilshan as he leaves the field, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Tillakaratne Dilshan plays the scoop, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Lahiru Thirimanne square drives during his 45, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Lahiru Thirimanne and Nathan McCullum smile after a collision, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Tillakaratne Dilshan drives on the up, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Stand-in captain Lahiru Thirimanne had Corey Anderson lbw, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Thisara Perera celebrates Kane Williamson's wicket, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Brendon McCullum was lbw for 25, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Nuwan Kulasekara had Martin Guptill caught behind first ball , New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Dunedin, January 23, 2015 (ESPNCI)

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* Sangakkara key to SL's strong finish

Sri Lanka 287/6 (50.0 ov) New Zealand 96/3 (23.4 ov)

Jan 29 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat as both sides' captains were unavailable for the final ODI of the series. Angelo Mathews had recovered from the calf injury that had kept him out of the two previous matches, but was out with the flu, while Brendon McCullum was being rested for the final game. Kane Williamson led in his stead.
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* Ailing Sri Lankan cricketers limping to finish line of pre-World Cup tour

Jan 28 (Stuff) Not much has gone right for Sri Lanka's cricketers on their pre-World Cup tour and there was more calamity yesterday. Fast bowler Lasith Malinga made an instant impact, even though he has been officially ruled out of today's seventh and final one-dayer against New Zealand in Wellington, as he recovers from ankle surgery. Instead Malinga padded up and had a power hitting session in the centre of the Basin Reserve, peppering the RA Vance Stand.
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* SL seek end to cycle of losses

Jan 28 (ESPNCI) "Winning breeds confidence," New Zealand's batting coach Craig McMillan said ahead of the seventh match against Sri Lanka, and his team has now won eight of their nine most recent matches. Better even than the good results has been the nature of their wins. In the Test in Wellington, and in the ODIs in Christchurch, Nelson and the first match in Dunedin, the hosts have been in losing positions before a staggering comeback upended the run of play.
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* Twin towers carry Lanka hopes

Jan 29 (DH) Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will join hands for the last time in their brilliant careers to plot Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign, hoping to make amends for two successive heartbreaks. The missing link in the enduring partnership between the two 37-year-olds that started at the turn of the century is the absence of a World Cup triumph despite coming so near.
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* Ratnayake to aid SL World Cup preparations

Jan 28 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka Cricket has appointed former fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake as a consultant coach for the early stages of the team's World Cup campaign. Ratnayake will be with the team from February 4 to February 20 and will assist the existing coaching set-up, led by Marvan Atapattu, with World Cup preparations. "SLC has made the inclusion taking into consideration the views of the chairman of selectors and the national team management," an official release said.
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* Sangakkara takes aim at Nishantha and SLC again

Jan 28 (ESPNCI) Kumar Sangakkara has once again taken aim at Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, as well as the country's former sports minister, labeling their actions in the approach to the 2013 Champions League "shameful and corrupt" in an email to the board that makes fresh allegations against it. Sangakkara and Ranatunga had clashed in August that year, when the batsman accused Ranatunga of publically framing his choice of playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad or Kandurata Maroons as a "country versus money issue"
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