26.2 Watling makes no mistake here, takes it at head height for his seventh dismissal of the match This was banged in short and outside off, Karunaratne can't resist... He wants to upper cut and lift it over the cordon. He only slashes it behind off a thickish edge. Karunaratne tosses it away... 54/1
    50.1 fullish and moves away slightly, catches the outside edge and Watling does the rest. Mendis' vigil is over. Watling dives across to his right and snaps it up even as it was dying on him. Record-equalling grab. Most dismissals by a New Zealand keeper in a Test. He had achieved the feat against India in 2014 as well and now needs three more to beat the world record. 109/3
    32.3 Jayasundera has been snaffled down the leg side. The short ball at the ribs from round the stumps does the trick. Banged down, Jayasundera chases before belatedly pulling his bat away. Gloved behind as Watling has another one. Two single-figure scores on debut 64/2
    73.1 Chandimal has offered no stroke and is given out lbw by umpire Kettleborough. He reviews. It is a legal ball. Slides in off the arm, Chandimal gets his front pad forward but does not play at it. Trapped in front of middle and off. The tracker shows that it would have hit off. Some credit to Wagner as well for building pressure with those rising balls. Santner now makes the incision 165/5
    70.3 Wagner follows two short balls with a full one and knocks out the middle stump. Cracking set up. He wheels away and takes high-fives from his team-mates. Key strike. Mathews was camping back, expecting a lifting ball, but is undone. Speared full on middle from over the wicket, Mathews shuffles across off and looks to let it through again. The ball cannons onto the stumps off the inside of the front pad 165/4
    81.2 Southee strikes with his second ball of the new ball. Umpire Kettleborough's finger goes up. Vithanage reviews. No bat involved. Back of a length and straightens a touch, raps the front pad in front of middle. The tracker shows that it would have grazed the top of middle. Vithanage's brief counterattack is over. SL's last recognised batsman is gone 213/6
    88.1 Boult produces a twin-strike. Good length and outside off, Siriwardana drives on the up and picks out Baz at short cover. He takes it casually and tumbles onto the ground. First catch in front of the wicket, Watling will not have the all-time record this Test. New Zealand, though, are closing in 249/8
    86.2 Boult gets Herath in his second over after lunch. Herath who had showed admirable restraint in the first dig chases this full awayswinger outside off and edges it to second slip, where Guptill moves to his right and takes it with both hands. Nice, low catch 236/7
    92.1 bowled'em. Slides in with the arm, Chameera hunts for a wild slog sweep. He can't lay bat on it. Santner strikes middle. It gets tilted back 268/9
    95.2 Bracewell wraps up a 122-run victory for New Zealand! He finally has some reward to show for some probing bowling. Overpitched ball, on about middle and off, driven directly at bowler, who takes it easily around thigh height 282/10
    not out
    7 (b 2, lb 4, w 1)
    282 all out (95.2 Overs, 412 minutes)
    TA Boult15.025823.8600
    TG Southee21.065232.4700
    DAJ Bracewell19.254612.3700
    MJ Santner22.065322.4000
    N Wagner17.055623.2900
    KS Williamson1.0011011.0010
    Fall of wickets:1-54 (FDM Karunaratne, 26.2 ov), 2-64 (MDUS Jayasundera, 32.3 ov), 3-109 (BKG Mendis, 50.1 ov), 4-165 (AD Mathews, 70.3 ov), 5-165 (LD Chandimal, 73.1 ov), 6-213 (KDK Vithanage, 81.2 ov), 7-236 (HMRKB Herath, 86.2 ov), 8-249 (TAM Siriwardana, 88.1 ov), 9-268 (PVD Chameera, 92.1 ov), 10-282 (RAS Lakmal, 95.2 ov)

Close of Play

  • Thu, 10 Dec - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 409/8 (DAJ Bracewell 32*, N Wagner 0*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 11 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 197/4 (LD Chandimal 83*, KDK Vithanage 10*, 81 ov)
  • Sat, 12 Dec - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 171/1 (TWM Latham 72*, KS Williamson 48*, 48 ov)
  • Sun, 13 Dec - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 109/3 (LD Chandimal 31*, 50.1 ov)
  • Mon, 14 Dec - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 282 (95.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

NZ's streak


Last time NZ lost a Test at their home venue - by 9 wkts to SA in Hamilton in March 2012. They are unbeaten since then in 12 consecutive Tests.

SL's 4th inns troubles


Sri Lanka's highest successful run-chase against New Zealand in Tests, in Galle 2012-13 (won by 10 wkts).

Chandimal's double


No. of times Chandimal has scored 50-plus in both inns of a Test, including in this Test. As a wicketkeeper Only Flower (7), Knott (5) and Dhoni (4) have done it more.

Double for the 2nd wkt


No. of previous instances of century stands for the 2nd wkt in both inns of a Test for NZ, before this match - v Eng, Lord's 2004 and v Ban, Chittagong 2013-14.

Another milestone for Kane


No. of 50+ scores for Williamson in International matches this year (43 inns), including this innings - joint-highest with Joe Root (45 inns).

NZ's rare opening double


The last time before this NZ had two fifty-plus stands for their first wicket in a Test - against Pakistan in Napier.

Watling's record


No. of inns where Watling has taken 5 or more catches in Tests, including this. This is now record a for NZ beating McCullum's 4 such hauls

Twin 80s at top


No. of previous instances of 2 of SL's top 4 batsmen getting out in 80s in a Test inns; Karunaratne and Chandimal produce the first such instance for SL.

Huge difference in two days


Run rate on Day 2 of this Test, 219 runs in 87.1 overs. On Day 1, the runs were scored at 4.54 runs per over, 409 in 90 overs.

SL's opening misery


Number of 50-plus opening partnership for Sri Lanka in Tests this year; only West Indies have fewer (0). Lowest for SL in a year since 1995 (0 50-plus stands then)

NZ going strong on day 1


No. of times New Zealand made 400 or more on the opening day of a Test, before this - 452/9 vs Zim, Harare, 2005-06 and 429/7 vs SL, Christchurch, 2014-15.

New Zealand's Permanent


Consecutive Tests played by McCullum for NZ since his debut in March 2004. Equals AB de Villiers' record of most consecutive Tests for a team from debut.