2nd Test: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Jan 3-7, 2015
New Zealand won by 193 runs
3,4,5,6,7 January 2015 (5-day match)
  New Zealand 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal TWM Latham c †Jayawardene b Lakmal 6 35 21 0 0 28.57
7.1 and it looks like the change in ends worked for Lakmal as he has managed to entice Latham into playing at a back of a length ball which darts in from outside off. Almost looked to be fishing for that edge as the ball deviated off the bat to the keeper. Having a look at the front foot no ball, and it is close, but he is in by a whisker I think. Yep, it has been given out and Latham trudges back towards the pavilion. Good result for Sri Lanka early on here in Wellington 31/1
View dismissal HD Rutherford c †Jayawardene b Pradeep 37 85 53 5 0 69.81
16.6 and Rutherford's rather spirited innings comes to an end as he offers an edge to Prasanna, who has been flawless so far. This one seemed to get a bit higher on Rutherford, with the ball catching the outside edge. Guilty of no foot movement there 62/2
View dismissal KS Williamson b Prasad 69 187 115 9 0 60.00
44.5 first it was Ross, then it was Baz, now it is Kane's turn. Fuller ball which is closer to the body, and Williamson ends up chopping it on with an ill advised stroke. Big wicket for Sri Lanka, as they are now fully into the tail 182/7
View dismissal LRPL Taylor b Pradeep 35 72 43 5 0 81.39
32.5 and Pradeep has got 'im! Taylor's nine lives have run out as Pradeep, delivering one closer to the body and nipping back off a back of a length, gets Taylor to chop one on to his stumps. Taylor hustles back to the pavilion with a well compiled 35. Decisive strike for Sri Lanka who looked to letting the game drift a touch 141/3
View dismissal BB McCullum* b Lakmal 0 6 2 0 0 0.00
33.6 and would you believe it? McCullum has gone for none! 302 the last time around in Wellington, and this time a duck. Fuller one from Lakmal and McCullum was really in no position to try and cut this away off the back foot, with the ball far too close to the body, as this ends up being chopped on to the stumps. Committed the same sin as Taylor just an over earlier as the ball proves quicker than he anticipated 142/4
View dismissal JDS Neesham c †Jayawardene b Pradeep 15 27 18 3 0 83.33
38.4 and Sri Lanka strike again as Pradeep picks up a third. Neesham ends up playing at this back of a length ball which shapes away from him, with the ball catching the outside edge as he feathers a chance to Prasanna, who snaps it up gleefully. He really has been the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers today, and New Zealand are suddenly five down 162/5
View dismissal BJ Watling c Chandimal b Mathews 11 26 22 2 0 50.00
43.6 and it is suddenly six down for New Zealand! Not the greatest delivery from Mathews, pretty much just short and wide. Watling, in hopes of looking for an uppercut over the slips, instead manages to give an outside edge which is snapped up by the slip. This is slowly turning into Sri Lanka's day as Williamson watches from the other end as another partner trudges to the pavilion 181/6
View dismissal MD Craig c Mathews b Lakmal 7 27 20 1 0 35.00
49.6 and Craig's short vigil has ended with an ill-advised shot to this shorter one going across him. He was looking to pull this high over midwicket, but instead succeeds at finding the Sri Lankan captain at mid on, who takes an easy chance 194/8
View dismissal DAJ Bracewell b Prasad 16 46 26 2 0 61.53
55.1 and Prasad does the deed his captain wanted, ending the inings with a lovely, full delivery which Bracewell plays all around of as New Zealand are scuppered for 221 in their first innings 221/10
View dismissal TG Southee c Sangakkara b Pradeep 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
50.3 Pradeep has his fourth as New Zealand are now nine down. First ball Southee faces and he ends up feathering a simple edge to Sangakkara at first slip, who is not going to drop such a sitter. Not sure what Southee was thinking there as he looked to clear his front foot. Perhaps he was looking to hit out for some quick runs. Doesn't really matter now though... 195/9
TA Boult not out 16 21 15 2 0 106.66
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 5) 9
  Total (all out; 55.1 overs; 269 mins) 221 (4.00 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets RAS Lakmal 17 2 71 3 4.17 72 9 0 (3nb)
7.1 to Latham, and it looks like the change in ends worked for Lakmal as he has managed to entice Latham into playing at a back of a length ball which darts in from outside off. Almost looked to be fishing for that edge as the ball deviated off the bat to the keeper. Having a look at the front foot no ball, and it is close, but he is in by a whisker I think. Yep, it has been given out and Latham trudges back towards the pavilion. Good result for Sri Lanka early on here in Wellington 31/1
33.6 to McCullum, and would you believe it? McCullum has gone for none! 302 the last time around in Wellington, and this time a duck. Fuller one from Lakmal and McCullum was really in no position to try and cut this away off the back foot, with the ball far too close to the body, as this ends up being chopped on to the stumps. Committed the same sin as Taylor just an over earlier as the ball proves quicker than he anticipated 142/4
49.6 to Craig, and Craig's short vigil has ended with an ill-advised shot to this shorter one going across him. He was looking to pull this high over midwicket, but instead succeeds at finding the Sri Lankan captain at mid on, who takes an easy chance 194/8
View wickets N Pradeep 16 0 63 4 3.93 66 5 0 (1nb, 2w)
16.6 to Rutherford, and Rutherford's rather spirited innings comes to an end as he offers an edge to Prasanna, who has been flawless so far. This one seemed to get a bit higher on Rutherford, with the ball catching the outside edge. Guilty of no foot movement there 62/2
32.5 to Taylor, and Pradeep has got 'im! Taylor's nine lives have run out as Pradeep, delivering one closer to the body and nipping back off a back of a length, gets Taylor to chop one on to his stumps. Taylor hustles back to the pavilion with a well compiled 35. Decisive strike for Sri Lanka who looked to letting the game drift a touch 141/3
38.4 to Neesham, and Sri Lanka strike again as Pradeep picks up a third. Neesham ends up playing at this back of a length ball which shapes away from him, with the ball catching the outside edge as he feathers a chance to Prasanna, who snaps it up gleefully. He really has been the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers today, and New Zealand are suddenly five down 162/5
50.3 to Southee, Pradeep has his fourth as New Zealand are now nine down. First ball Southee faces and he ends up feathering a simple edge to Sangakkara at first slip, who is not going to drop such a sitter. Not sure what Southee was thinking there as he looked to clear his front foot. Perhaps he was looking to hit out for some quick runs. Doesn't really matter now though... 195/9
View wickets KTGD Prasad 11.1 1 50 2 4.47 48 9 0 (1nb, 1w)
44.5 to Williamson, first it was Ross, then it was Baz, now it is Kane's turn. Fuller ball which is closer to the body, and Williamson ends up chopping it on with an ill advised stroke. Big wicket for Sri Lanka, as they are now fully into the tail 182/7
55.1 to Bracewell, and Prasad does the deed his captain wanted, ending the inings with a lovely, full delivery which Bracewell plays all around of as New Zealand are scuppered for 221 in their first innings 221/10
View wicket AD Mathews 9 3 29 1 3.22 42 5 0
43.6 to Watling, and it is suddenly six down for New Zealand! Not the greatest delivery from Mathews, pretty much just short and wide. Watling, in hopes of looking for an uppercut over the slips, instead manages to give an outside edge which is snapped up by the slip. This is slowly turning into Sri Lanka's day as Williamson watches from the other end as another partner trudges to the pavilion 181/6
  HMRKB Herath 2 0 7 0 3.50 9 1 0
  Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal FDM Karunaratne c Neesham b Boult 16 33 25 2 0 64.00
8.1 and Boult has found that perfect line, enticing Dimuth to go after a back of a length delivery, bowled on and around a fourth stump line, as Dimuth ends up feathering an outside edge to Neesham in the slips, who takes it comfortably. First wicket down for New Zealand, and Sri Lanka suddenly have some questions to answer 18/1
View dismissal JK Silva b Bracewell 5 47 30 0 0 16.66
11.3 make that four now. Bracewell has now got a Sri Lankan to chop one on as Silva's vigil comes to an acrimonious end. Silva defended this back of a length ball with soft hands, with the ball bouncing behind before landing right on top of the bails and middle stump, which lead to his demise 25/2
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c Boult b Neesham 203 412 306 18 3 66.33
101.6 Boult has just taken a stunner. And should you be surprised? Ends what has been a truly fantastic innings from Sangakkara, who is accepting all the congratulations from the on-field players. This is definitely an early candidate for best catch of 2015 as Boult leapt high to his left to pluck this in mid-air at backward point, before crashing to the ground 356/9
View dismissal HDRL Thirimanne c McCullum b Bracewell 0 7 7 0 0 0.00
13.2 and Thirimanne is gone! One of the softest dismissals you will see as he pushes at a back of a length ball which just spoons directly to McCullum, who is stationed at mid off. New Zealand will be amped with the dismissal, and will look to continue the good work 29/3
View dismissal AD Mathews* c †Watling b Southee 15 32 24 2 0 62.50
20.3 back of a length outside off and New Zealand have picked up a big wicket here as Mathews is caught at the crease, with the ball catching the outside edge as he was squared up. This one darted in from outside off before shaping away at the last possible moment, drawing the shot from Mathews. Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble now at 58 for 4... 58/4
View dismissal HAPW Jayawardene c Neesham b Bracewell 6 27 12 1 0 50.00
25.4 and Prasanna is unable to survive till the end of day, snicking an edge from one which shapes away off a back of a length to Neesham at slip, who will not drop that one in a hurry 78/5
View dismissal LD Chandimal c †Watling b Neesham 67 179 143 8 0 46.85
69.6 fuller one outside off as Chandimal's good work has come undone with a beauty from Neesham, who has him drawn into the drive, with the resulting outside edge going safely into the gloves of Watling. Breaks the partnership which threatened to drift the game from the hosts. Excellent innings from the young turk under pressure, and in foreign conditions. Ends a 130-run partnership for Sri Lanka. Could this be the turning point in the innings? 208/6
View dismissal KTGD Prasad c †Watling b Neesham 11 33 25 1 0 44.00
77.5 and Prasad's short stay comes to an end as Neesham picks up the second wicket of the day, with Prasad drawn into playing because of the angle, but ultimately feathering an edge to Watling, who has been flawless behind the stumps 242/7
View dismissal HMRKB Herath c †Watling b Boult 15 43 18 3 0 83.33
85.6 full and going down leg as Boult offers an appeal, with the bowler and keeper wanting a second look as they go for an appeal for a catch down the leg side. They have decided to review it. No problem with the no-ball, there does look like a little spot on HotSpot, so there could have been a nick there. There is very little activity on Snicko though.. A decision has been made, and it is deemed out by the third umpire. 289/8
View dismissal RAS Lakmal st †Watling b Craig 5 74 26 1 0 19.23
102.1 and it is all over with Lakmal, looking for quick runs, deciding to throw caution to the wind as he dances down and misses the line of this ball entirely as Watling, who fumbles the take initially, ends up picking up the ball and dislodging the stump from its base 356/10
N Pradeep not out 0 0 0 0 -
Extras (lb 4, w 6, nb 3) 13
  Total (all out; 102.1 overs; 448 mins) 356 (3.48 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets TA Boult 24 3 75 2 3.12 110 7 1 (2w)
8.1 to Karunaratne, and Boult has found that perfect line, enticing Dimuth to go after a back of a length delivery, bowled on and around a fourth stump line, as Dimuth ends up feathering an outside edge to Neesham in the slips, who takes it comfortably. First wicket down for New Zealand, and Sri Lanka suddenly have some questions to answer 18/1
85.6 to Herath, full and going down leg as Boult offers an appeal, with the bowler and keeper wanting a second look as they go for an appeal for a catch down the leg side. They have decided to review it. No problem with the no-ball, there does look like a little spot on HotSpot, so there could have been a nick there. There is very little activity on Snicko though.. A decision has been made, and it is deemed out by the third umpire. 289/8
View wicket TG Southee 26 3 87 1 3.34 118 11 1
20.3 to Mathews, back of a length outside off and New Zealand have picked up a big wicket here as Mathews is caught at the crease, with the ball catching the outside edge as he was squared up. This one darted in from outside off before shaping away at the last possible moment, drawing the shot from Mathews. Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble now at 58 for 4... 58/4
View wickets DAJ Bracewell 24 2 93 3 3.87 98 9 0 (3nb, 3w)
11.3 to Silva, make that four now. Bracewell has now got a Sri Lankan to chop one on as Silva's vigil comes to an acrimonious end. Silva defended this back of a length ball with soft hands, with the ball bouncing behind before landing right on top of the bails and middle stump, which lead to his demise 25/2
13.2 to Thirimanne, and Thirimanne is gone! One of the softest dismissals you will see as he pushes at a back of a length ball which just spoons directly to McCullum, who is stationed at mid off. New Zealand will be amped with the dismissal, and will look to continue the good work 29/3
25.4 to Jayawardene, and Prasanna is unable to survive till the end of day, snicking an edge from one which shapes away off a back of a length to Neesham at slip, who will not drop that one in a hurry 78/5
View wickets JDS Neesham 11 0 42 3 3.81 49 6 0 (1w)
69.6 to Chandimal, fuller one outside off as Chandimal's good work has come undone with a beauty from Neesham, who has him drawn into the drive, with the resulting outside edge going safely into the gloves of Watling. Breaks the partnership which threatened to drift the game from the hosts. Excellent innings from the young turk under pressure, and in foreign conditions. Ends a 130-run partnership for Sri Lanka. Could this be the turning point in the innings? 208/6
77.5 to Prasad, and Prasad's short stay comes to an end as Neesham picks up the second wicket of the day, with Prasad drawn into playing because of the angle, but ultimately feathering an edge to Watling, who has been flawless behind the stumps 242/7
101.6 to Sangakkara, Boult has just taken a stunner. And should you be surprised? Ends what has been a truly fantastic innings from Sangakkara, who is accepting all the congratulations from the on-field players. This is definitely an early candidate for best catch of 2015 as Boult leapt high to his left to pluck this in mid-air at backward point, before crashing to the ground 356/9
View wicket MD Craig 17.1 3 55 1 3.20 72 3 1
102.1 to Lakmal, and it is all over with Lakmal, looking for quick runs, deciding to throw caution to the wind as he dances down and misses the line of this ball entirely as Watling, who fumbles the take initially, ends up picking up the ball and dislodging the stump from its base 356/10
  New Zealand 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal TWM Latham c †Jayawardene b Pradeep 35 127 86 4 0 40.69
28.5 and Sri Lanka strike again! It is Latham's time to go as he has a half-hearted push at a short of a length ball going across him, with the ball catching the outside edge and giving Prasanna a straightforward chance to take, which he duly obliges. Both openers in the shed now, and Sri Lanka will be feeling more hopeful now after slogging through the first hour 78/2
View dismissal HD Rutherford c Chandimal b Pradeep 40 118 84 5 0 47.61
26.4 looks like the ploy has worked as Pradeep has got Rutherford to attack this short line outside off and coming in, playing an ill-advised ramp which sails all the way into the waiting hands of third man, who was stationed there just a few balls before by Mathews. Ends a valiant effort from Rutherford, who was really grafting at some stages as he looked to build 75/1
KS Williamson not out 242 623 438 18 0 55.25
View dismissal LRPL Taylor b Herath 0 11 7 0 0 0.00
31.3 and Herath proves just how world-class he is with a peach of a delivery, landing on and around off and then turning in as Taylor makes the fatal mistake of misreading the line. Ends up getting castled comprehensively as a consequence. Herath you beauty 79/3
View dismissal BB McCullum* lbw b Prasad 22 62 46 3 0 47.82
46.3 strikes him on the pads just above the knee roll as this one shapes in upon pitching from off, with McCullum late on it. Looked quite guilty from the start, and he is given out by the umpire. However, Brendon doesn't think so, so he has asked for the review. Turns out he was not correct though as the predicted path shows this would have indeed gone on to hit the stumps. Big blow for New Zealand as these two looked to build some kind of stability. Sri Lanka will feel slightly better having removed a decisive batsman 122/4
View dismissal JDS Neesham lbw b Pradeep 19 59 44 3 0 43.18
60.3 fuller length delivery on the pads and angling in with the angle as Pradeep has a shout for, leg before as the ball strikes the pads but Mathews, while they were deliberating on whether to go for the review, decides to go for it. Given not out initially, let us see if this turns out for the better for Sri Lanka? Predicted path shows this one to go on to hit the stumps so New Zealand are now five down as Neesham is given his marching orders 159/5
BJ Watling not out 142 479 333 9 1 42.64
Extras (b 7, lb 7, w 4, nb 6) 24
  Total (5 wickets dec; 172 overs; 742 mins) 524 (3.04 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  RAS Lakmal 32 4 89 0 2.78 143 9 0 (1w)
View wickets N Pradeep 37 4 117 3 3.16 161 12 0 (5nb, 1w)
26.4 to Rutherford, looks like the ploy has worked as Pradeep has got Rutherford to attack this short line outside off and coming in, playing an ill-advised ramp which sails all the way into the waiting hands of third man, who was stationed there just a few balls before by Mathews. Ends a valiant effort from Rutherford, who was really grafting at some stages as he looked to build 75/1
28.5 to Latham, and Sri Lanka strike again! It is Latham's time to go as he has a half-hearted push at a short of a length ball going across him, with the ball catching the outside edge and giving Prasanna a straightforward chance to take, which he duly obliges. Both openers in the shed now, and Sri Lanka will be feeling more hopeful now after slogging through the first hour 78/2
60.3 to Neesham, fuller length delivery on the pads and angling in with the angle as Pradeep has a shout for, leg before as the ball strikes the pads but Mathews, while they were deliberating on whether to go for the review, decides to go for it. Given not out initially, let us see if this turns out for the better for Sri Lanka? Predicted path shows this one to go on to hit the stumps so New Zealand are now five down as Neesham is given his marching orders 159/5
View wicket HMRKB Herath 56 8 154 1 2.75 235 8 1
31.3 to Taylor, and Herath proves just how world-class he is with a peach of a delivery, landing on and around off and then turning in as Taylor makes the fatal mistake of misreading the line. Ends up getting castled comprehensively as a consequence. Herath you beauty 79/3
View wicket KTGD Prasad 28 1 102 1 3.64 107 9 0 (1nb, 1w)
46.3 to McCullum, strikes him on the pads just above the knee roll as this one shapes in upon pitching from off, with McCullum late on it. Looked quite guilty from the start, and he is given out by the umpire. However, Brendon doesn't think so, so he has asked for the review. Turns out he was not correct though as the predicted path shows this would have indeed gone on to hit the stumps. Big blow for New Zealand as these two looked to build some kind of stability. Sri Lanka will feel slightly better having removed a decisive batsman 122/4
  AD Mathews 11 3 29 0 2.63 51 3 0
  HDRL Thirimanne 8 1 19 0 2.37 35 1 0 (1w)
  Sri Lanka 2nd innings (target: 390 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal FDM Karunaratne c Rutherford b Craig 17 58 34 4 0 50.00
13.2 and it went down to maybe the final 10-12 minutes of the day before a wicket finally fell as this flighted delivery from Craig entices Dimuth to have a go at it, spooning a straightforward chance to Rutherford at mid off, who completes the take 42/1
View dismissal JK Silva c Craig b Bracewell 50 178 121 3 0 41.32
40.2 and New Zealand have managed to prise out a big wicket here as Silva feathers an edge from this back of a length outside off from Bracewell through to Craig, who is stationed at second slip, and is able to take a low catch to his left 94/4
View dismissal KTGD Prasad c Neesham b Boult 6 19 27 1 0 22.22
18.4 and the nightwatchman leaves without much impact as he chases after a shortish length outside his off stump, getting a thick outside edge which flies high to second slip, who takes a wonderful catch high to his left to snag the wicket. That was Neesham who took the catch. Excellent start for the hosts this morning as Sri Lanka are now two down 51/2
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c †Watling b Boult 5 29 18 1 0 27.77
24.6 has a waft at this short and wide delivery outside his off stump, with the left-hander late on it. They have decided to go for the review as Brendon McCullum audibly says "It is worth it." No ball is fine. Doesn't appear to be any contact with the bat as we look at the replay. There is a slight noise but let's see if anything shows up on HotSpot. Nothing discerning on the footage though, but Snicko has something else to say. It looks like there may be something after all in it as there is a disturbance shown. Gee I wouldn't want to be the third umpire at the moment. This can be a pivotal moment in the match considering who is on trial. And would you believe it, it has been overturned. Sangakkara is out. He trudges off with a few parting words as he looks quite upset with the eventual decision handed down. Looks like Boult has won this particular exchange with Sangakkara 61/3
HDRL Thirimanne not out 62 203 144 7 0 43.05
View dismissal AD Mathews* c Williamson b Bracewell 8 10 11 2 0 72.72
42.3 and what a way to enter the lunch break as Bracewell picks up another huge breakthrough, this time getting Mathews to snick at a back of a length wide of his off stump as Kane Williamson, at gully, is able to leap high to his left, bobbling the first attempt, before catching it on the second take as he landed on the ground. This has to be one of the all-time best gully catches and definitely another early contender for Catch of the Year 110/5
View dismissal HAPW Jayawardene c Williamson b Craig 10 51 37 2 0 27.02
55.4 and Prasanna undoes all his good work with a loose slap outside his off stump which finds the cover fielder, who is able to take it cleanly. And it is that man Williamson again who ends up taking the catch 133/6
View dismissal LD Chandimal c †Watling b Craig 13 26 27 2 0 48.14
61.3 and the change in the field has worked as Craig has managed to induce a fine outside edge to this one pitched just about off as Watling is able to take this cleanly from behind to make Sri Lanka seven down 156/7
View dismissal HMRKB Herath lbw b Craig 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
61.4 and he has got 'im first ball! This was as plumb as he is struck on the pads, with this one looking out. Front foot is okay. Herath goes down the track to have a word with Thirimanne before deciding to go for the review, and why not? No inside-edge as per the replays, and it looks like this one is definitely going on to hit leg stump. This decision should stand as it is an on-field call. Herath is sent back as soon as he arrived, and New Zealand are just two away from wrapping up a series whitewash 156/8
View dismissal RAS Lakmal run out (Bracewell/†Watling) 6 31 15 1 0 40.00
69.6 Craig to Thirimanne, Thirimanne has a push at this one outside off, hitting it too well to short cover who is onto it like a flash as he commits a huge blunder, selling his partner down the river as Lakmal is unable to get to the other end in time as Watling collects the throw and flicks the bails. And with tea just five-ten minutes away, it probably means the session will be extended an extra half hour in case New Zealand are able to land the final blow 189/9
View dismissal N Pradeep b Southee 1 9 2 0 0 50.00
72.4 full and right on middle as Southee does the job his captain wanted. Pradeep plays all around this one as his stumps are left splayed on the ground. Too good for the tailender 196/10
Extras (b 12, lb 2, w 3, nb 1) 18
  Total (all out; 72.4 overs; 314 mins) 196 (2.69 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets TA Boult 21 2 55 2 2.61 100 5 0 (1w)
18.4 to Prasad, and the nightwatchman leaves without much impact as he chases after a shortish length outside his off stump, getting a thick outside edge which flies high to second slip, who takes a wonderful catch high to his left to snag the wicket. That was Neesham who took the catch. Excellent start for the hosts this morning as Sri Lanka are now two down 51/2
24.6 to Sangakkara, has a waft at this short and wide delivery outside his off stump, with the left-hander late on it. They have decided to go for the review as Brendon McCullum audibly says "It is worth it." No ball is fine. Doesn't appear to be any contact with the bat as we look at the replay. There is a slight noise but let's see if anything shows up on HotSpot. Nothing discerning on the footage though, but Snicko has something else to say. It looks like there may be something after all in it as there is a disturbance shown. Gee I wouldn't want to be the third umpire at the moment. This can be a pivotal moment in the match considering who is on trial. And would you believe it, it has been overturned. Sangakkara is out. He trudges off with a few parting words as he looks quite upset with the eventual decision handed down. Looks like Boult has won this particular exchange with Sangakkara 61/3
View wicket TG Southee 17.4 6 41 1 2.32 87 6 0
72.4 to Pradeep, full and right on middle as Southee does the job his captain wanted. Pradeep plays all around this one as his stumps are left splayed on the ground. Too good for the tailender 196/10
View wickets DAJ Bracewell 13 3 25 2 1.92 66 2 0 (1nb, 2w)
40.2 to Silva, and New Zealand have managed to prise out a big wicket here as Silva feathers an edge from this back of a length outside off from Bracewell through to Craig, who is stationed at second slip, and is able to take a low catch to his left 94/4
42.3 to Mathews, and what a way to enter the lunch break as Bracewell picks up another huge breakthrough, this time getting Mathews to snick at a back of a length wide of his off stump as Kane Williamson, at gully, is able to leap high to his left, bobbling the first attempt, before catching it on the second take as he landed on the ground. This has to be one of the all-time best gully catches and definitely another early contender for Catch of the Year 110/5
View wickets MD Craig 18 8 53 4 2.94 86 9 0
13.2 to Karunaratne, and it went down to maybe the final 10-12 minutes of the day before a wicket finally fell as this flighted delivery from Craig entices Dimuth to have a go at it, spooning a straightforward chance to Rutherford at mid off, who completes the take 42/1
55.4 to Jayawardene, and Prasanna undoes all his good work with a loose slap outside his off stump which finds the cover fielder, who is able to take it cleanly. And it is that man Williamson again who ends up taking the catch 133/6
61.3 to Chandimal, and the change in the field has worked as Craig has managed to induce a fine outside edge to this one pitched just about off as Watling is able to take this cleanly from behind to make Sri Lanka seven down 156/7
61.4 to Herath, and he has got 'im first ball! This was as plumb as he is struck on the pads, with this one looking out. Front foot is okay. Herath goes down the track to have a word with Thirimanne before deciding to go for the review, and why not? No inside-edge as per the replays, and it looks like this one is definitely going on to hit leg stump. This decision should stand as it is an on-field call. Herath is sent back as soon as he arrived, and New Zealand are just two away from wrapping up a series whitewash 156/8
  HD Rutherford 1 0 2 0 2.00 4 0 0
  KS Williamson 2 0 6 0 3.00 9 1 0

Match details


Toss - Sri Lanka, who chose to field
Series - New Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0
Player of the match - KS Williamson (New Zealand)
Umpires - SJ Davis (Australia) and RK Illingworth (England)
TV umpire - BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
Match referee - BC Broad (England)
Reserve umpire - CB Gaffaney
Close of play
  • Sat, 3 Jan - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 78/5 (KC Sangakkara 33*, 25.4 ov)
  • Sun, 4 Jan - day 2 - New Zealand 2nd innings 22/0 (TWM Latham 9*, HD Rutherford 12*, 11 ov)
  • Mon, 5 Jan - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 253/5 (KS Williamson 80*, BJ Watling 48*, 101 ov)
  • Tue, 6 Jan - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 45/1 (JK Silva 20*, KTGD Prasad 1*, 17 ov)
  • Wed, 7 Jan - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 196 (72.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • New Zealand 1st innings
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 40/1 in 13.0 overs (HD Rutherford 32, KS Williamson 0)
    • New Zealand: 50 runs in 13.6 overs (86 balls), Extras 2
    • Lunch: New Zealand - 93/2 in 25.0 overs (KS Williamson 34, LRPL Taylor 13)
    • New Zealand: 100 runs in 26.3 overs (161 balls), Extras 3
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 68 balls (KS Williamson 29, LRPL Taylor 23, Ex 1)
    • KS Williamson: 50 off 75 balls (8 x 4)
    • New Zealand: 150 runs in 37.4 overs (228 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 161/4 in 38.0 overs (KS Williamson 62, JDS Neesham 15)
    • Over 46.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - SJ Davis, Batsman - DAJ Bracewell (Struck down)
    • Tea: New Zealand - 192/7 in 49.0 overs (MD Craig 5, DAJ Bracewell 5)
    • New Zealand: 200 runs in 51.3 overs (314 balls), Extras 9
    • Innings Break: New Zealand - 221/10 in 55.1 overs (TA Boult 16)
    • Sri Lanka 1st innings
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 29/3 in 13.2 overs (KC Sangakkara 6)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 17.3 overs (106 balls), Extras 2
    • End Of Day: Sri Lanka - 78/5 in 25.4 overs (KC Sangakkara 33)
    • Reviews used before 80th over: Sri Lanka 2 (0 successful, 0 unsuccessful); New Zealand 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 35.3 overs (215 balls), Extras 4
    • KC Sangakkara: 50 off 105 balls (4 x 4)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 117/5 in 41.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 54, LD Chandimal 16)
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 110 balls (KC Sangakkara 22, LD Chandimal 26, Ex 2)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 52.2 overs (316 balls), Extras 6
    • Over 52.6: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - SJ Davis, Batsman - LD Chandimal (Struck down)
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 159/5 in 54.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 66, LD Chandimal 45)
    • LD Chandimal: 50 off 99 balls (6 x 4)
    • 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 228 balls (KC Sangakkara 43, LD Chandimal 55, Ex 3)
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 68.3 overs (413 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 208/6 in 70.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 93)
    • KC Sangakkara: 100 off 191 balls (7 x 4)
    • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 78.4 overs (474 balls), Extras 7
    • Tea: Sri Lanka - 280/7 in 83.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 139, HMRKB Herath 13)
    • Over 85.6: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - RK Illingworth, Batsman - HMRKB Herath (Upheld)
    • KC Sangakkara: 150 off 253 balls (13 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Sri Lanka: 300 runs in 90.6 overs (548 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 333/8 in 96.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 182, RAS Lakmal 5)
    • 9th Wicket: 50 runs in 71 balls (KC Sangakkara 43, RAS Lakmal 5, Ex 2)
    • Sri Lanka: 350 runs in 100.4 overs (607 balls), Extras 11
    • KC Sangakkara: 200 off 301 balls (18 x 4, 3 x 6)
    • Innings Break: Sri Lanka - 356/10 in 102.1 overs (N Pradeep 0)
    • New Zealand 2nd innings
    • End Of Day: New Zealand - 22/0 in 11.0 overs (TWM Latham 9, HD Rutherford 12)
    • New Zealand: 50 runs in 18.5 overs (114 balls), Extras 2
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 114 balls (TWM Latham 27, HD Rutherford 21, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 73/0 in 25.0 overs (TWM Latham 32, HD Rutherford 39)
    • Lunch: New Zealand - 96/3 in 39.0 overs (KS Williamson 4, BB McCullum 14)
    • New Zealand: 100 runs in 39.4 overs (239 balls), Extras 3
    • Over 46.3: Review by New Zealand (Batting), Umpire - SJ Davis, Batsman - BB McCullum (Struck down)
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 143/4 in 54.0 overs (KS Williamson 30, JDS Neesham 12)
    • New Zealand: 150 runs in 55.3 overs (334 balls), Extras 4
    • Over 60.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - SJ Davis, Batsman - JDS Neesham (Upheld)
    • Tea: New Zealand - 183/5 in 67.0 overs (KS Williamson 48, BJ Watling 14)
    • KS Williamson: 50 off 117 balls (4 x 4)
    • New Zealand: 200 runs in 71.4 overs (431 balls), Extras 5
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 104 balls (KS Williamson 24, BJ Watling 26, Ex 0)
    • New Ball taken at 80.2 overs
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 231/5 in 85.0 overs (KS Williamson 74, BJ Watling 36)
    • New Zealand: 250 runs in 97.1 overs (584 balls), Extras 9
    • New Zealand: 250 runs in 99.2 overs (597 balls), Extras 9
    • End Of Day: New Zealand - 253/5 in 101.0 overs (KS Williamson 80, BJ Watling 48)
    • BJ Watling: 50 off 145 balls (6 x 4)
    • 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 258 balls (KS Williamson 44, BJ Watling 52, Ex 4)
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 277/5 in 112.1 overs (KS Williamson 94, BJ Watling 57)
    • KS Williamson: 100 off 243 balls (7 x 4)
    • New Zealand: 300 runs in 117.6 overs (710 balls), Extras 10
    • 6th Wicket: 150 runs in 370 balls (KS Williamson 70, BJ Watling 74, Ex 6)
    • Lunch: New Zealand - 325/5 in 128.0 overs (KS Williamson 121, BJ Watling 76)
    • New Zealand: 350 runs in 133.2 overs (803 balls), Extras 12
    • KS Williamson: 150 off 321 balls (10 x 4)
    • 6th Wicket: 200 runs in 454 balls (KS Williamson 112, BJ Watling 81, Ex 7)
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 384/5 in 143.0 overs (KS Williamson 161, BJ Watling 88)
    • New Zealand: 400 runs in 146.2 overs (883 balls), Extras 20
    • 6th Wicket: 250 runs in 529 balls (KS Williamson 137, BJ Watling 99, Ex 15)
    • BJ Watling: 100 off 270 balls (7 x 4)
    • Tea: New Zealand - 445/5 in 157.0 overs (KS Williamson 190, BJ Watling 118)
    • New Zealand: 450 runs in 158.5 overs (959 balls), Extras 21
    • KS Williamson: 200 off 394 balls (13 x 4)
    • 6th Wicket: 300 runs in 605 balls (KS Williamson 162, BJ Watling 122, Ex 16)
    • Over 162.4: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - SJ Davis, Batsman - KS Williamson (Struck down)
    • New Zealand: 500 runs in 168.2 overs (1016 balls), Extras 21
    • 6th Wicket: 350 runs in 656 balls (KS Williamson 195, BJ Watling 137, Ex 19)
    • Innings Break: New Zealand - 524/5 in 172.0 overs (KS Williamson 242, BJ Watling 142)
    • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
    • End Of Day: Sri Lanka - 45/1 in 17.0 overs (JK Silva 20, KTGD Prasad 1)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 18.1 overs (109 balls), Extras 7
    • Over 24.6: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - RK Illingworth, Batsman - KC Sangakkara (Upheld)
    • Over 25.1: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - SJ Davis, Batsman - JK Silva (No ball- No loss of review)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 73/3 in 30.0 overs (JK Silva 34, HDRL Thirimanne 3)
    • JK Silva: 50 off 119 balls (3 x 4)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 41.4 overs (251 balls), Extras 9
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 110/5 in 42.3 overs (HDRL Thirimanne 11)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 140/6 in 58.0 overs (HDRL Thirimanne 24, LD Chandimal 2)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 59.4 overs (359 balls), Extras 18
    • Over 61.4: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - SJ Davis, Batsman - HMRKB Herath (Struck down)
    • Over 62.5: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - RK Illingworth, Batsman - HDRL Thirimanne (Struck down)
    • HDRL Thirimanne: 50 off 128 balls (5 x 4)
    • Over 72.2: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - RK Illingworth, Batsman - HDRL Thirimanne (Struck down)
 
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Hours of play (local time) 11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

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Arnold: NZ keep finding ways to win
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Russel Arnold reviews the Wellington Test, where New Zealand came from behind to beat Sri Lanka by 193 runs (03:55) | January 7, 2015

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Russel Arnold reviews the Wellington Test, where New Zealand came from behind to beat Sri Lanka by 193 runs (03:55) | January 7, 2015


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