New Zealand continued their dominance at home with a crushing 115-run win the third ODI against Sri Lanka to seal a whitewash in the three-match series. Having posted 364 for 4 in their 50 overs, the hosts bowled out the visitors for 249 to amass yet another massive victory.
The star of the show, yet again, was veteran Ross Taylor. The 34-year-old scored a brilliant 137 in what was his first century of the series, which came after two half-centuries in the previous two matches. His display with the bat saw him end up as the leading run-getter in the series.
But more importantly, his recent knock saw him close in on an all-time record, and saw him surpassing Indian skipper Virat Kohli and former Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar to a feat.
Taylor's recent score in excess of fifty was his sixth in a row in ODI, meaning he is just three shy of the record held by former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad, who had managed to make nine 50+ scores in a row. The New Zealand batsman went past the five 50+ scores amassed by Kohli and Tendulkar respectively.
Presently, along with Taylor, the players who managed 50+ score on six consecutive occasions are present New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and former New Zealand player Andrew Jones, along with former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge and Australia’s Mark Waugh.
Such has been the form of Ross Taylor that in his last 10 innings with the bat, he has scored an astonishing 810 runs, which includes three centuries and six half-centuries. Only once during this period has he failed to not touch the 50-mark, when he scored 10 runs against England in the second ODI in 2018.
The Black Caps will be hoping that the 34-year-old continues his sensational form in the upcoming months, which sees a crucial five ODI and three T20I series against India starting January 23.