Peter Fulton and James Franklin shared a 40-run partnership for New Zealand's seventh wicket as it beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in a rain-affected limited-overs cricket match on Tuesday, taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Fulton hit a six from the third ball of the 25th over to lift New Zealand to 110 for six and to victory under the Duckworth-Lewis system in a match reduced to 36 (rpt 36) overs per side. Sri Lanka had earlier been dismissed for 112 in 35.2 overs, its lowest score in a one-day match against New Zealand.
Fulton ended with a match-high score of 43 not out, hitting two sixes and five fours, while Franklin, who guided New Zealand to a one-wicket win in the second international at Queenstown on Sunday, was 15 not out.
Sri Lanka won the first match of the series by seven wickets at Napier.
Michael Mason took four for 24 from nine overs, bowling with the new ball on a seaming pitch to irreversibly damage the Sri Lankan innings.
He dismissed top-order batsmen Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva to ensure New Zealand limited the Sri Lankan total after winning the toss and bowling.