Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DL Vettori
63(114) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 1 2 4 0 0
CK Kapugedera
37(86) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 1 0 0 13 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

JEC Franklin
O12.0
M0
R30
W3
Eco2.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Muralitharan
O34.0
M7
R65
W4
Eco1.91
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
33 | 5 Runs | NZ: 119/5

  • BB McCullum14 (8b)
  • JDP Oram12 (46b)
  • M Muralitharan14-5-34-3
  • MF Maharoof3-0-15-0

It's been an intriguing, low-scoring Test and New Zealand have held the advantage, although very slight at times, all the way through. Jayawardene's decision to bat first and Vettori's defiant fifty proved crucial to the final outcome. New Zealand's 52-run lead in the first-innings was invaluable.

Sri Lanka had their moments too, Muralitharan's four wickets in the first innings and Kumar Sangakkara's outstanding century on the third morning. However they just didn't score enough to stretch New Zealand to the limit.

It's been a fascinating Test and I've enjoyed bringing it to you. My favourite oddity from this Test was Craig Cumming being caught thrice of no-balls. That's about it from us at Cricinfo, your commentators for this match have been Binoy George, Sajan Nair and George Binoy. Do join us for the second Test at Wellington beginning on December 15. Cheers.

32.6
4
Muralitharan to McCullum, FOUR runs, and that's it that, McCullum settles the score in style, that pitches on leg and McCullum moved his front foot out of the way and slog sweeps over midwicket, New Zealand have won a tight Test by five wickets
32.5
1
Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run, swept down to long leg for a single, New Zealand are a boundary away
32.4
0
Muralitharan to Oram, no run, defended on the front foot
32.3
0
Muralitharan to Oram, no run, struck outside off stump and they appeal for lbw, that was missing off by a long way
32.2
0
Muralitharan to Oram, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Oram gets his front foot well forward and watches it spin across his pad
32.1
0
Muralitharan to Oram, no run, defended on the front foot

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DL Vettori
63(114) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 1 2 4 0 0
CK Kapugedera
37(86) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 1 0 0 13 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

JEC Franklin
O12.0
M0
R30
W3
Eco2.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Muralitharan
O34.0
M7
R65
W4
Eco1.91
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF