After easily winning the first two games by seven wickets and then 10 wickets when batting second, for most of the New Zealanders it was their first turn to bat after they won the toss for the first time and made Sri Lanka bowl.
     
Williamson, deputizing as captain in place of the injured Brendon McCullum, notched his 22nd ODI half-century while Tom Latham was the next highest scorer with 42 at Nelson's oval. After 15 overs New Zealand were 87-1, batting at 5.80 an over and eyeing a substantial total.
     
By the end of the innings the average stood at 5.54, helped by Mitchell Santner's 38 and Tim Southee's 18 off four balls in the last over.


     
After being humbled in the first two games, Sri Lanka fought their way into the third match through the inexperienced Jeffrey Vandersay and Dumantha Chameera. In one over Vandersay claimed Tom Latham for 42 and Ross Taylor without scoring to give the 25-year-old leg-spinner his first wickets in his second international.
     
Chameera, 23, in his seventh ODI, claimed Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls, caught Williamson and ran out Santner. Guptill, who destroyed Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Christchurch, had made 30 off 28 when he was caught low down by Tillakaratne Dilshan.
    


When Williamson cracked three fours off consecutive balls from Angelo Mathews in the 14th over, the Sri Lankan captain turned to spin with quick results.

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