Close of Play

  • Fri, 25 Apr - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 207/2 (SP Fleming 112*, MS Sinclair 4*, 93 ov)
  • Sat, 26 Apr - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 4/1 (ST Jayasuriya 2*, WPUJC Vaas 2*, 1.4 ov)
  • Sun, 27 Apr - day 3 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 267/4 (DPMD Jayawardene 58*, HP Tillakaratne 71*, 84 ov)
  • Mon, 28 Apr - day 4 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 424/6 (HP Tillakaratne 126*, HDPK Dharmasena 19*, 137 ov)
  • Tue, 29 Apr - day 5 - New Zealand 2nd innings 161/5d (78 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • Sleepy draw in Colombo

    The inmates of the nearby Welikada Prison, given day release during the Test match to man the pitch covers, may have sung and danced their way through their last afternoon of freedom, but for the others present at the P Saravanamuttu Oval there was

  • Fleming delighted with performance against Muralitharan

    Stephen Fleming believes New Zealand are now better-placed to win the secondTest at Kandy after having shown that they can survive against Sri Lanka's leading spinner Muttiah Muralitharan

  • Sri Lanka management lament missed opportunities

    Sri Lanka's captain Hashan Tillakaratne and coach Duleep Mendislamented their side's poor fielding in the opening Test but praised the effortsof the bowlers and batsmen

  • There is still work to do, says Tillakaratne

    Hashan Tillakaratne, who celebrated the first match of his captaincy tenurewith his eleventh Test century, believes Sri Lanka still have work to do onthe final day despite his side's strong reply to New Zealand's 515 for 7 anda fourth day wash-out

  • Tillakaratne, Kaluwitharana share honours on rain-affected day

    A thunderstorm brought relief on the fourth afternoon of the opening Test: relief from the sweltering heat and also from the dreary cricket, which had reached a stalemate after a dour, unbeaten 11th Test century from Hashan Tillakaratne