Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
41 | (wicket maiden) | SL: 104/10

  • AD Mathews33 (88b)
  • TA Boult15-8-30-6
  • TG Southee15-5-35-3

Deep: "What in the world just happened? Was it a good bowling, bad pitch, poor batting, overcast condition, magic, voodoo?" -- Black(caps) magic, perhaps?

11:44am The day started with the Test still in balance, you may argue New Zealand had their nose ahead but a little partnership could have tilted it. Trent Boult had finished the first day on 10-5-20-0. He had bowled well but wasn't lucky enough. But he changed the complexion totally this morning with a dream of a spell. New Zealand have taken a lead of 74 as Sri Lanka slipped from 94 for 4 to 104 all out.

40.6
W
Boult to Kumara, OUT, make that six! Full and straight on the stumps, and Kumara didn't offer a shot, dead out. However, he has gone for the review but the New Zealand fielders are actually walking off. Pitched around middle and leg and straightened a bit as the batsman moved across, was hitting middle and leg. That's six wickets for four runs in 15 balls for Boult

CBRLS Kumara lbw b Boult 0 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

40.5
0
Boult to Kumara, no run, fuller in the channel but too away to get an edge, the batsman though fished outside

Ajay Kumar Gour: "Boult is doing Ambrose's Perth here in Christchurch"

40.4
0
Boult to Kumara, no run, fuller length around off, defended from the crease
40.3
0
Boult to Kumara, no run, fuller in the corridor, pushes away from the body and gets beaten

Kumara now, can Boult make it four in five

40.2
W
Boult to Chameera, OUT, and he gets him now, that's a five-wicket haul for Boult, length ball, gets it shape back this time to rap the batsman on the front pad, up goes the finger and Sri Lanka are suddenly nine down

PVD Chameera lbw b Boult 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

40.1
0
Boult to Chameera, no run, and he defends it, was a touch fuller outside off, blocked on the front foot

Boult, on a hat-trick. Three slips and a gully. Chameera to face his first ball

END OF OVER:
40 | 4 Runs | SL: 104/8

  • AD Mathews33 (88b)
  • PVD Chameera0 (0b)
  • TG Southee15-5-35-3
  • TA Boult14-7-30-4
39.6
4
Southee to Mathews, FOUR runs, another bouncer, stays in his crease this time and nails the pull, gets four to deep square leg
39.5
0
Southee to Mathews, no run, a bouncer, comes down and looks to smash it away towards square leg, fails to connect
39.4
0
Southee to Mathews, no run, a touch fuller outside off and a bit of shape away, defended from the crease
39.3
0
Southee to Mathews, no run, length, just around off, looks to defend, the ball hits the inner half and rolls towards the leg side
39.2
0
Southee to Mathews, no run, short ball but doesn't ride much and hits the batsman near the shoulder as he looks to duck under, half a shout for lbw but was going over
39.1
0
Southee to Mathews, no run, length ball on off and middle, defended

Here is Southee

END OF OVER:
39 | (wicket maiden) | SL: 100/8

  • AD Mathews29 (82b)
  • TA Boult14-7-30-4
  • TG Southee14-5-31-3

For the first time today, please welcome Hemant Brar on commentary

38.6
W
Boult to Lakmal, OUT, no, he can't. This is full, fast, furious and swinging in late to beat Lakmal's forward push by hitting him right on the toe. As an umpire, you can't ask for an easier decision to make.

RAS Lakmal lbw b Boult 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So often the victim of spin-bowling tyranny at home, Suranga Lakmal produced some domination of his own in Christchurch with the ball. Now, can he show some fight with the bat with Mathews?

38.5
W
Boult to Perera, OUT, they're committing hara-kiri here, complete misjudgment in length and angle. Dilruwan shoulders arms to a full delivery on middle, this one didn't angle away, but just held its line to thud into the pad. Given out on the field and Dilruwan reviews. Can only be saved if this was going over, but ball tracking shows three reds

MDK Perera lbw b Boult 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

38.4
0
Boult to Perera, no run, shortens his length, slants this across, left alone
38.3
0
Boult to Perera, no run, tails away from off stump, squeezed into the covers.
38.2
0
Boult to Perera, no run, full on off, defended

What can Southee not do? Dilruwan is the new man in

38.1
W
Boult to Dickwella, OUT, catch of the tour, and it's Southee again! Sensational stuff. Dickwella sucked into the drive by a full delivery that tails away late, he's squared up, feet rooted to the crease as he goes for a loose drive, gets a thick edge that flies fast, so fast that Southee has just about enough time to throw his right hands out on a full stretch dive in front of second slip and this sticks. Wow, magnificent. How quickly the Test has turned. Suddenly, this score by New Zealand seems much bigger than it looked last night.

N Dickwella c Southee b Boult 4 (8m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

END OF OVER:
38 | 2 Runs | SL: 100/5

  • AD Mathews29 (82b)
  • N Dickwella4 (2b)
  • TG Southee14-5-31-3
  • TA Boult13-6-30-1
37.6
0
Southee to Mathews, no run, defended back to the bowler as he covers the swing nicely.
37.5
0
Southee to Mathews, no run, defends this firmly into the covers.
37.4
2
Southee to Mathews, 2 runs, sublime from Mathews, lovely use of the forearms and wrists as he punches this down past mid-on. First runs for Mathews this morning

Abdullah : "This game is eerily similar to the one going on in Centurion. Lakmal and Olivier got five-fors and Mathews and Bavuma to the rescue. Not to forget, Southee and Azam both played with grit and aggression. So the direction this game takes, foreshadows the twists and turns the Centurion test will take later today. Hoping SL gets bowled out before lunch."

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1FDM KarunaratneMD Gunathilaka
2nd8LD ChandimalMD Gunathilaka
3rd117LD ChandimalBKG Mendis
4th29AD MathewsLD Chandimal
4th3ARS SilvaLD Chandimal
5th23ARS SilvaN Dickwella
6th27MDK PereraARS Silva
7th25MDK PereraRAS Lakmal
8th0MDK PereraPVD Chameera
9th3PVD ChameeraCBRLS Kumara