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New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2004-05

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New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Napier, 5th day

Malinga shines but Test drawn

Apr 8, 2005: Lasith Malinga gave Sri Lanka an outside chance of a remarkable win but some dogged batting from Lou Vincent and Stephen Fleming steered New Zealand to a draw on the final day at Napier

The Bulletin by Charlie Austin

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Napier, 4th day

Malinga strikes amid fading light

Apr 7, 2005: Having bowled out Sri Lanka for 498, New Zealand closed on 64 for 2 after 30 overs, with a lead off 123

The Bulletin by Charlie Austin

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Napier, 3rd day

Atapattu and Jayawardene prosper

Apr 6, 2005: Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene struck hundreds to pull Sri Lanka out of a difficult position and into one from where they could get close to New Zealand's tall score

The Bulletin by Charlie Austin

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Napier, 3rd day

Atapattu and Jayawardene prosper

Apr 6, 2005: Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene struck hundreds to pull Sri Lanka out of a difficult position and into one from where they could get close to New Zealand's tall score

The Bulletin by Charlie Austin

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Napier

The Marshall art

Apr 5, 2005: Even accounting for the worst form of pessimism, Hamish Marshall would havehardly bargained for a four-year break after making an unbeaten 40 on debutat the Wanderers in 2000

Analysis by Andrew McLean

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Napier, 2nd day

Astle and McCullum wrest control

Apr 5, 2005: Nathan Astle scored his tenth Test century and Brendon McCullum came agonizingly close to scoring his second as New Zealand piled on the runs during the second afternoon

The Bulletin by Charlie Austin

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Napier

New Zealand make watchful start

Apr 4, 2005: The tsunami-postponed Test series started with a battling first session after New Zealand, relieved to have waved goodbye to Ricky Ponting's formidable Australian team, made a watchful start with the bat after winning the toss

The Bulletin by Charlie Austin

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Napier

Marshall twins bolster New Zealand

Apr 4, 2005: New Zealand's fuzzy-haired Marshall twins helped restore their team's bruised confidence on the first day of the postponed Sri Lanka series

The Bulletin by Charlie Austin

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Napier

New Zealand bat first in Napier

Apr 3, 2005: New Zealand, keen to return to winning ways after their 2-0 defeat by Australia, won the toss and batted first at Napier against a Sri Lanka team short of match practice

The Bulletin by Charlie Austin
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Tour Results
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington - Apr 11-14, 2005
New Zealand won by an innings and 38 runs
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Napier - Apr 4-8, 2005
Match drawn
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington - Jan 8, 2005
Match cancelled without a ball bowled
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch - Jan 4, 2005
Match cancelled without a ball bowled
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