New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hailed Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott's world-record stand against Sri Lanka as "incredible".
Brendon McCullum lauded the efforts of Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott after their world-record sixth-wicket stand of 267 led New Zealand to victory over Sri Lanka.
Ronchi (170 not out) and Elliott (104 not out) smashed their way into the record books in Dunedin on Friday, guiding the hosts to a 108-run win in the fifth one-day international.
New Zealand were in trouble at 93-5 after 20 overs when Ronchi and Elliott came together, but the duo hit an incredible 267 off just 180 balls to take their team to 360-5 from their 50 overs.
Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an excellent 116 for the tourists, who were well placed at 208-2 after 35 overs.
But New Zealand then took the next eight wickets for just 44 runs to consign Sri Lanka to a heavy defeat.
And home skipper McCullum needed little invitation to hail Ronchi and Elliott as his match-winners.
"[It was an] incredible batting performance from Luke and Elliott - amazing how they got us to 360-odd," McCullum said during the post-match interviews.
"It didn't feel easy earlier on as they got the ball to seam around and move, but once it lost that it became easier to bat on.
"From 90-odd for five we had two guys step up and produce one of the best partnerships you will ever see in ODIs."
McCullum also reserved words of praise for his bowling unit, which was led superbly by Trent Boult, who took 4-44 from 10 overs.
"Different guys stood up today, as Trent bowled really well with the new ball. Tim [Southee, 2-42 from 7.4 overs] was very good with the new ball as well," he added.
"I thought Mitch [McClenaghan, 2-56 from eight] came back really well, he needs to work at the start of his spell though, but he is becoming an instrumental part of the team."