Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Colombo, 5th day

All-round New Zealand level series with big win

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

November 29, 2012

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New Zealand 412 (Taylor 142, Williamson 135, Herath 6-103) and 194 for 9 dec (Taylor 74) beat Sri Lanka 227 (Samaraweera 76, Mathews 47, Southee 5-62, Boult 4-42) and 195 (Mathews 84, Southee 3-58, Boult 3-33) by 167 runs
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Angelo Mathews pushes it to the off side, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Colombo, 5th day, November 29, 2012
Angelo Mathews made a resilient 84 but ran out of partners © Associated Press
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New Zealand shrugged off five consecutive defeats with one of their most memorable victories in recent times, squaring the two-Test series with a 167-win at the P Sara Oval. Hammered in under three days in Galle, New Zealand stretched the hosts in Colombo by holding the edge over all five days and rounded things off just after tea, despite a resilient 84 by Angelo Mathews.

It was New Zealand's first Test win in Sri Lanka since 1998, and in a remarkable coincidence, that victory at the R Premadasa Stadium was also by the same margin. This win drew parallels with their inspiring win at Hobart a year ago. On both occasions, New Zealand were hammered in the first Test, but stunned the hosts by showing the resolve to fight back. While the Hobart Test was anybody's game till the final moments, this Test was dominated by the visitors and coming into the final day, the only realistic outcomes were a New Zealand win and a draw.

New Zealand's penetrative seam attack - one of the positives to come out of an otherwise horror of a year - set it up by getting the top four the previous evening. The twin failures of the top order were responsible for Sri Lanka's struggle through the Test. It meant that Sri Lanka were left with only one option - to play for a draw. They had to derive inspiration from Faf du Plessis' marathon effort at the Adelaide Oval earlier this week to deny Australia.

Mathews was the only batsman who looked like emulating du Plessis, but lacked support to help him last the distance. Thilan Samaraweera's early departure, due to a communication breakdown early in the morning, only made the task tougher for Mathews. Dropping the ball towards short cover, Samaraweera set off for a non-existent single and was three-fourths down the pitch but Mathews wasn't interested. Jeetan Patel threw the ball to the wicketkeeper, who broke the stumps before a deflated Samaraweera could make his ground.

The wicket put Mathews' survival skills to test. With the seamers swinging it towards the pads, the captain Ross Taylor set unconventional fields for Mathews, placing a silly mid-on and two fielders close at short midwicket on one occasion. Only five boundaries were scored in the morning session, with the focus more on wearing the bowlers down.

The afternoon session was dominated by spin, with a spinner operating from one end for the entire duration. Tim Southee bowled round the wicket with a packed on side field, with a short leg, backward short leg and short square leg to create some opportunities. Doug Bracewell, for a short period, bowled short of a length to Mathews with the wicketkeeper up to the stumps.

The Prasanna Jayawardene-Mathews stand frustrated New Zealand for 35.3 overs. New Zealand tried hard to create chances, placing fielders around the batsman when the spinners were on. The breakthrough after lunch came via Todd Astle, who generated good drift with his leg breaks. The one that got Jayawardene was one that drifted away and bounced more, clipping the shoulder of the bat. Suraj Randiv lasted only 11 deliveries, when he edged Trent Boult to second slip.

Nuwan Kulasekara joined Mathews to add 46. Astle bowled loopy full tosses, that were clubbed over deep midwicket by Kulasekara and Mathews too used his feet to Patel and smashed a six over long-on.

New Zealand were waiting to get hold of the second new ball to unleash their seamers. They would have been anxious to get quick breakthroughs and avoid a last-minute scramble for wickets, keeping the weather in mind. Poor light had curtailed play in the final session in the first four days, but Sri Lanka couldn't stick around long enough for any divine intervention.

Boult got the breakthrough straight after tea when he had Kulasekara fending to Kane Williamson who took a low catch at gully. Williamson, who plucked a brilliant catch in the same position on the fourth day, took another stunner when he took one inches off the ground to get rid of Shaminda Eranga. The third umpire studied several replays before giving it out. Boult rounded off the match when he had Mathews edging to Martin Guptill at second slip, giving New Zealand their second* Test win in 2012.

*6:52GMT, November 30: The report had previously said this was New Zealand's first win in 2012. This has been corrected.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Narbavi on (December 2, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

@Htc-Android: I agree that they haven't won many in these last few years but at the same time you should also know that it took sri lanka 3 years to win a test series now, isn't it?

Posted by   on (December 2, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

@lukecannon-ENG- Epic comment man. lol. so true.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 2, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

@bravetigersmustwin, haha anyway India's lowest ODI total 54 has been against Sri Lanka in Sharjah which is one of the flattest tracks on earth. Sanath Jayasuriya scored 189 that day must be the worse batsman in the history of cricket right?? As per your link India has been dismissed many times for double digit scores so stop gloating.

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 1, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

@Narbavi can you tell me how many test matches did NZ and WI won in the past 4 or 5 years. we are much better team than these two teams.

Posted by Narbavi on (December 1, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Sinhaya always comes up with excuses, he says india beat newzealand due to umpiring decisions, he says india beat lanka because of lanka's negative mindset, now he says australia beat lanka in lanka's own backyard because of underestimation!! Wow!! Brilliant stuff mate!!

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (December 1, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

@sinhaya ... SL is the lowest after Zim and CAN only .... refer this http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283987.html

Posted by Raj2000 on (December 1, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

SL lost the match because of the following:

1. Poor team selection. Thisara Perera should've played instead of Randiv. 2. SL depended too much on Herath and Randiv and didn't give Samaraweera or Dilshan a chance to bowl. NOT utilizing your spinners on a spin friendly track??? Tell me they didn't deserve to lose! 3. They gambled on winning the toss. The winning formula on SL grounds is bat first, put up big total and make the other team bat on a worn out tracks. They lost the toss, NZ took advantage, batted well and turned the table on SL.

Posted by cjscanada on (November 30, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Congrats NZ good all-around performance! Well played SL too, do not despair. I like this Angello, He is a fighter. This is not the first time, he played his heart out. I think he should only bat and occasionally bowl as you do not want to loose him to injury. Sameera too is good. Can someone tell me what happened to Chandimal? He should be in the team unless he is injured. I do not think SL fans should despair with this loss, they are a good team. I am astounded to see the reactions to a few negative comments. Is it worth even responding to irrational comments? A word for all those who mentioned Australia had great pitches and the SC had boring pitches. Last six games played in BD, SL andIND had results. Australia 2 on 2 draws with high scores. Am I missing something?

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 30, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

@maddy20, haha forgot how this NZ side last beat Australia in a test match in Hobart this time last year to level the series 1-1?? Yeah I remember you saying we will get a 3-0 thrashing in South Africa this time last year but we won a test match there indeed much to your frustration. I know Australia is tough but we will do our best and show character. We have time to freshen up. We must improve our batting and we will somehow justify giving us the marquee tests. Aussies are no doubt great and tough and we underestimated them last year in our shores and hope it does not happen this time.

Posted by RAJ18 on (November 30, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Mahela says he is dissapointed,how helarious,Is this the side that we are taking to down under.Aussies will make mince meat out of us.First drop useless Randiv & Para,get Upul to Partner Dilly,in tests, after all he is the reg opener in ODIs.Kule won't do for Tests in Aus.@ 121Km/h.We will get bouncy true surfaces, and seamers must avg at least 135Km/h.Rev swing plays a huge part.Seamers should be at least for tests,Eranga,Wela,Thisara,spinners Herath,Mendis(if fit) or else, J Mendis, the leggie can be groomed for tests, with his batting add. adv for S.L.Mathews must perform as the V.C, or otherwise should be dropped.Mr.Ashantha, pls don't take any passengers to AUS.

Posted by Muhammad-Ilyas on (November 30, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Well Done Mr. Shane Bond .

Posted by Narbavi on (November 30, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Hmm, so just as i thought, this team deserves to be ranked below NZ and WI in test cricket, it took them 3 years now to win a test series, that too with wrong decisions they beat PAK recently at home, now couldn't beat england at home, couldn't even beat NZ at home!! I guess its time to go back to those decks which they are experts in preparing which produce scores like 800 or 900 so that lankan batsmen can make records which their fans can cherish!! Good luck SLC!!

Posted by Peternarendra on (November 30, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

The srilankan test model that I could find from past two decades is 1 atapattu 2 jayasuriya 3 sangakkara, 4 aravinda, 5 mahela, 6 thilan, 7 soiza, 8 vaas, 9 malinga, 10 herath, 11 murali...there may be weeknesses of some players. for example jayasuriya cannot make a big contribution in test matches in fast tracks. soiza is not an ideal bowler who can bounce the ball well. But this is the team which I could find from past two decades. I haven't seen the batting abilities of former players like Roi dias who is said to be the most technically correct batsman produced in srilanka...For the T20s, kapugedera should be given more chances. because the average is not a decider for T20s. And also, any all rounder for any format should have an emerging ability as a batsman or as a bowler.when compairing jayasuriya and jeevan mendis, sanath is a great all rounder than jeevan. actually jeevan has half abilities in both batting and bowling.Finally I must say, upul and paranawithana should be dropped

Posted by Peternarendra on (November 30, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

I think Asantha de mel may be going to select upul tharanga again in to the T20 squad for the austrailian tour.I think upul is not fit for any format.scoring 100 from 120 balls is not reasonable when the target is 350+ in an ODI. SL selectors should find batsman with part time bowling abilitie for ODI and T20s. They should find great players like sanath, aravinda, ganguly, kallis, gayle, samuel, symonds, clarke, watson etc...Else the players who cannot bowl should have the ability to make a big contribution with a better strike rate. Ponting, hayden etc... are such a batsman. But, many a time SL selectors select bowl consuming batsman. Their ability in ODIs is to score 20 from 30 bowls and dropping catches while fielding in the slip or bitting finger nails in the field.I don't know when SL will have striking line up for ODIs and T20s again. If you select a batsman for test matches, he should have the ability to score more than 200 at least per 40 innings with a strike rate over 50

Posted by SuperSharky on (November 30, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

I'm blessed with brilliant competitive cricket to watch this season. Even Bangladesh vs West Indies were entertaining. But it was special to see the 3 guest nations fighting to keep their series hopes alive and leveling the series so far. Faf Du Plessis fought hard to keep his team alive down under in Australia. Kevin Pietersen, Monty Panesar, Cook and Swann also fought hard to keep their team hopes alive. And it was another special innings by Angelo Matthews, but New Zealand also fought hard to level their series. This season is brilliant competitive cricket season.

Posted by lukecannon on (November 30, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

@Harmony111- All i have to say is exactly the same as i just said to" Kadampan ". Please check the comments list. I am a cricketer myself and so was my father. Please dont try to claim everything for India. I know SL is 1/60 the size of India and they have a small population. But it is another country not a small state of India. They have their own players,culture and pride. As for kohli's magical innings ,people don't like to be reminded of embarrasing encounters.Just like Indians don't like to be mentioned 2008 Asia cup final. I have a lot of respect for India,SL and Pakistan. But i know that SL has the best in the business because of their extraordinary players- Mendis,Murali,Malinga,Jaya and this new kid i saw in pallekele-dananjay. Again please read the comment section.If you have any questions regarding pinch hitting and T20 originators please leave a comment. I l reply as soon as i can. Good day. :)

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 30, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Well done NZ. They are accumulating quite a good away record. Away series draws against both SL and Aus.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (November 30, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

i think i speak for all nz cricket fans out there. THANK YOU

Posted by ajithabey on (November 30, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Vaas - Kiwis gain is Sri Lanka's loss.Congrats on your debut as the asst bowling coach.He probably was influential in getting the Kiwi pacies to bowl their hearts out as he has done during his playing days on dead tracks.What a pity that the services of Murali and Vaas 2 of the greatest bowlers that SL has produced matched by their performances has not been obtained by the SL cricket board.it is time that the thinking changed on the composition of coaching staff so that players who have proved their worth at the highest level are brought into to assist the team.

Posted by senthil25 on (November 30, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

HARMONY 111 pls don't post such a comments against other teams.......look at our team its so terrible.......... No fighting, we lost in England 0-4, but we suppose to give them back, but we cant........we didn't put enough fight in Mumbai test, So pls don't care about other teams.........One thing i want to say for Srilankans fans....don't care about some of Indian fans comments......Most of Indians will love Srilanka....... but they will not come here to post all time.......so better luck for next match...

Posted by Tusker17 on (November 30, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Eh....Excuse me, this was a Test match between Sri Lanka & New Zealand. The last time i checked, i didnt see anything to do with GREAT INDIA THE CRICKETING SUPER GOD OF WORLD CRICKET!

I hope Cricinfo publishes this.

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (November 30, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

It is not the firts time and wont be the last time to make poor selection for these matches. Batsmens could not go past 250 in any of the inning wasting a fine effort from bowlers. Mahela put faith on players with poor performance over and over agian avoiding potential young players. SL will definitely in trouble agianst Australia in the forth coming series if the Batting line up could not score over 350 .

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

NZ deserves to win this time though I am British citizen of Sri Lankan origin. Ross Taylor is good captain. Well done, lads.....

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 30, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

@ lukecannon-ENG: T20 and IPL is because of Jayasuriya and Kalu? Ha Ha Ha. Jaya and Kalu did not really invent that concept. Before him Sachin in his early days as an opener scored just like that. In the 1994-95 Asia Cup SF vs Pak Jaya scored 30 runs of 16 balls and was described by Ranjit Fernando as "He is a bit like Tendulkar". And even before SRT, it was Greatbatch who started that trend of fast scoring. As for their so called good record, they are basically losers. On the ground as well as off the ground. Team as well as fans. They refused to ack India's 2011 WC win by saying it came on at home and yet failed to win the T20 WC Final at home themselves. Till date, I am yet to come across a single SL fan appreciating Kohli's 138* and India's magical 321 in 37 overs run chase. With such bitter esp, and esp on a day when these Lankans lost to NZ at home, you want to be eulogize the Lankans? No way. They started the bashing, now they got to cop it back too....Hope you now see why.

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 30, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

I am very sad , SL&WI are my favourite teams after IND , now IND. SL are not doing well , infact they are not performing to thier true capabilitie, at present only SL IS BLESSED with present eras greats like SANGAA MAHELAA, DILSHAN WHERE AS OTHER TOP teams have 1 or 2 such as CLARK FOR AUS, PIETERSON IN ENG, KALLIS FOR SA , INDIANS are on slide ,

Posted by Akshita29 on (November 30, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

@Kadampan Shrikanth was an attacking bastman he used to loft the ball but he did not made that kind of stroke making popular as he rarely played a long innings. And using the powerplay to score runs quickly was used by Mark Gratbatch in 92 wc too. Viv was a special talent but not an opener . Nobody tried to follow his style same goes for kapil Dev .But none could make the Powerhitting in 1st 15 overs popular the way Jayasurya did in 1996. He was a true match winner. If He scored a century or even a 60 I think 90% times SL have won . But in this match credit should go to NZ fast bowlers and Fielders . We should not Slam Sri Lankan Cricket .

Posted by randikaayya on (November 30, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Congratulations to NZ from an ardent SL and a Cricket fan. It was nice to see a proper ontest between bat and ball even though my team lost the secodn test. The first test was over too quickly and wasn't too much entertainment but matches liek this will make test cricket more interesting for the masses. SL fans: Please don't respond to the trolling Indian fans, they are just the minority and are not representative of the majority of Indian fans. I was touched to see the Indians at the stadium give a standing ovation to KP and I believe that they've turned a corner

Posted by FastTrack_Bullies on (November 30, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Have srilanka won any series in home or away recently i can't think of any...i think SL fans are only keen on following indian cricket and do mud slinging but alteast we beat NZ home hehe :)

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 30, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

@Harmony111 India lost 9 of the last 12 test matches they played. Most of the matches they were beaten inside 4 days. they cant even within a test match in a track. I dont know whose test status should be taken away first.

Posted by Rock_cricket on (November 30, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Well played kiwis.keep it up.

Posted by Rick_T on (November 30, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

kadampan - Srikkanth, Richards & Dev were not pinch-hitters. Viv Richards was never a pinch-hitter. He never opened the batting in a one-day International. Kapil Dev opened the batting 3 times for a total of 11 runs. Maybe one of the openers couldn't find his pads and Dev said "That's OK. I'll go in." After Mark Greatbatch was elevated to the opening position in the 1992 World Cup, he played almost all of the rest of his one-day International career as a designated pinch-hitter. Srikkanth, also, was not a pinch-hitter. He was an opener (he opened in every single International ODI he ever played) with an aggressive style and a good strike rate (in those days). A pinch-hitter is someone that has been elevated specifically up the batting order to fulfil the role of a 'slogger'.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

@lukecannon ----- Superb comment. As we all know Indians have short memories. This Harmony guy is shooting from his hip.As same as you I am not a Sri Lankan but adore this little Island, its people and the cricket team. I think ICC should seriously consider of looking in to Indias recent performance. How many whitewashes they had recently? They should be demoted before any other team. England has just violated them in their own backyard. I agree with this guy on one thing, if BD had the same facilities as India then they would beat anyone in few years. Haters are loosers. SL must improve soon if not pointless in coming to Australia. They will make mince meat out of them. The TOP 4 must perform consistantly.

Posted by PadMarley on (November 30, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

This series will be forgotten soon... but for Sri Lanka, there is one big positive and one big negative from the series ...

+ There is a reliable captain for the future who can fight in tough situations... who is willing to take the ownership when the times are tough!!

(-) Second test exposed a shit load of weaknesses to Australians..

Posted by Prema1948 on (November 30, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

but there are enough talented players coming out of schools every year. They should be given their due places in the National Sides at the times their confidence at its peak. The youth of today are 10 times better than the same of a decade ago(as proven by Bhanuka, Angelo Perera, Chandimal, Roshen Silva, Ashen Silva, Umesh Karunarathne,Ajantha,Sachithra Senanayake, Malinda Pushpakumara, Dulanjana Mendis,….. Many a quality youngsters of last 25 years couldn't find their due place in the National teams due to the ignorance of J&Ps in office during that period.

Posted by Prema1948 on (November 30, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

The front-line is meant for Roy Dias's, Atapattu's, S'weera's, Mathews' class players that has total control over their stroke play. All 3 seniors can't be given places in the Team; (proven) youngsters have to be picked in their place. How can one groom players for the future by asking them to sit outside. If we consider the last 25 Innings of the each 3 seniors; Sangakkara (with assistant provided)was able to go pass the 50 run mark only 7 times the other 2 could do that only 5 times(pls verify these stats in this very website). How can we win matches thus when the top order perform in this manner? We don't mind if they continue with the seniors, only if there's any dearth of talent, (to be CNTD)

Posted by Rick_T on (November 30, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

Lukecannon-ENG - Pinch-hitting was not introduced by Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana. Kaluwitharana was first used as a pinch-hitter in 1996. Jayasuriya was first used as a pinch-hitter in 1994. Pinch-hitting first came to international prominence (in cricket) with Mark Greatbatch from New Zealand who was used as a pinch-hitter in the World Cup in February 1992.

Posted by MrMojoRisin on (November 30, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

@lukecannon-ENG - Loved Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana. However it was Kris Srikkanth, an Indian opener who revolutionised cricket, by attacking right from the outset. It is debatable though, whether his team should be labelled as "revolutionary". His opening partner at the other end, Ravi Shastri, could make Boycott look like Sehwag! The resultant run rate was typically around 5 runs per over, thanks mainly due to the mind boggling efforts of his partner.....In that sense, the SL team should be credited with the revolution, as they went for a full-on explosion at the top of the order.

Posted by Meety on (November 30, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

****@Sinhaya on (November 27 2012, 15:17 PM GMT) @Meety, mark my words Ponting will definitely play against Sri Lanka and get back into form. My comment at the time was - you mighht be right but I would not be so sure.**** So we'll be taking on your mob minus Punter, again another opportunity for SL.

Posted by Min2000 on (November 30, 2012, 1:16 GMT)

YES! How freakin' good was that? Southee, Boult and Bracewell have bowled well all year -- the batsmen do their jobs and we get a result. Would have made for an awesome third test.

Posted by MH19 on (November 30, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

Hats off to Kiwis coming from behind after the first test loosing in 3 days and for sure they have worked hard pulling the second test.Beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is a hard effort by any visiting sides to SL.Tim Southee & Boult along with Dougie looks good for NZ. Its good to see SL is giving sporting pitches and result oriented ones. Well done to the Curator and hope SL will pull their socks up in Australia to win the test matches.I am very happy for Vaasy for his progress game is now proffessional and he has to make a career for him self too.

Posted by wazza85 on (November 30, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

NZ played a good game in this test match. and they showed they can adapt to a sub-Continent pitch. however, SL didn't play to their best of ability. and they can put up a better show than that Herath has been excellent. but the question is can he do the same when he comes down under. i hope the SL selectors learn from this humiliating defeat, please drop T. Paranavitana his a white elephant in the team. give Chandimal a chance. poor batting caused SL the match. and a failure to consolidate. good fight by Mattews and Samaraveera who perhaps look the two in form. and for the SL selectors this is a result of not utilizing their own resources like Vaas to give out tips to the NZ bowlers.

Posted by Meety on (November 29, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

@ kevinjune on (November 29 2012, 14:32 PM GMT) - I wish NZ all the best, as an Ozzy I hate their Rugby team as they are too good. I do however love their cricket team as they punch above their weight all the time. I cannot see any possibility of NZ emulating their Rugby team in cricket - as Rugby is a religion over there & cricket is a 3rd rate sport. I wouldn't mind betting that Irish cricket has similar participation levels as NZ, which makes what NZ has achieved even more meritorious. Would like to see NZ win a W/Cup in cricket, but only when they have had another barren run in Rugby, the thought of NZ being reigning W/Cup RUGBY AND cricket champions (+Netball) - I know too many kiwis - it would make my life unbearable!!!!!!!

Posted by sarainSL on (November 29, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

SL lost the match due to the fact that the selectors' insatiable desires to carry on with the veteran players till the next WC. While keeping the unpredictable seniors in the Team and continuously ignoring the talented youth, they bring in unproven player from the dark into the National Sides. The most fans don't know the reason why some average players continuously find places at National level. Some highly talented players who have had very successful School & 1st Class careers can't find places even in SLPL squads. e.g. The Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2008 (with 1st Cl Bat. Ave.35.61 & 1st Cl Bow. Av 18.01). One may find similar type of quality players in dozens in the Cricket circle of SL who have been continuously ignored by the irresponsible Cricket Authorities of the Country.

Posted by Meety on (November 29, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

I like Sri Lankan cricket, but I must say that I am very happy for my little Cuzzy Bro's from accross the ditch to win a test. I think NZ have a very good bunch of seamers at their disposal. If they could staunch up their batting a bit more, I think McCullum should keep & bat #7, they COULD move up the rankings. As for Sri Lanka, their tour of Oz could go any one of a number of ways. I think there is opportunity for their batsmen to make some runs. I can't see Sanga & MJ having two bad/below average series in a row. Oz will probably have a new-look bowling line up, so there would be opportunity. that said, history says SL will have a very tough time in Oz, but I said the same thing before the Sth Africa series for SL & they won a match.

Posted by maddy20 on (November 29, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

If this is what NZ could do them in their own backyard, imagine what the Aussies would do to them in the lion's den! They might as well chalk up a 3-0 before it even begins!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

From last time we have seen only Jayawardhane was doing well for his team. even in all format. So it need to understand to all team members one player is not responsible to score run and to get wickets. Same happening with India.

Posted by shott on (November 29, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

NZ's fantastic win at P Sara Oval was set up by gritty batting by Kane Williamson, Daniel Flynn and more emphatically by Ross Taylor, who played out of character. The lesson for the likes of Brendan McCullum and Martin Guptill should be clear - forget dashing 20s and 30s, or more frequently, even more abject scores, and grind it out in tests. Return to our national characteristic -- unflashy, settler-mentality graft - like our great team of the '80s and even the All Blacks. Rob Steen's brilliantly crafted Homage to Catatonia on Cricinfo should be required reading for NZ batsmen. It's time to consign "playing positively" and other such garbage to the bin and embrace playing to win.

Posted by Chris_P on (November 29, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

@Harmony111. I am certain you posted that for a reaction, but, if you were serious, might I remind you that your beloved India has not won a series in Sri Lanka since 1996! Not too bad against one of the big teams,certainly one well & truly belonging on the test stage.

Posted by Chris_P on (November 29, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Well done to the Black Caps. I really think this could be a special team, especially with the quality of their quicks. They will be very hard to beat at home as well. To win away is hard, to win in Sri Lanka is very, very difficult.

Posted by dalboy12 on (November 29, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

@Harmony111 - couldn't disagree more, Sri Lanka has some of the great players and if anything they suffer a bit from too much cricket and just need a break. They won the first test well and while I think they may struggle in Aussie - they are a good team and everyone struggles in Aussies just look at India last year and SA this year. Will need their batsman to stand up in Aussie but most of all their seamers. They look a little weak in the fast bowling department at present. Great win by the black caps --- well done. Now need to follow up against SA and England.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

i honestly think srilanka batting and bowling style and capacity is only suited for limited over cricket....how icc has given this team a test status is beyond my logic...u cannot name a single srilankan player who plays bookish pleasant cover drive or ondrive or stright drive....they all smash the ball like dilshan sangkara....and mahela knows only to loft above cover or fine towards leg side...seriously srilanka is not meant for this level of cricket...bring technically sound players like dravid,mahanama, pujara, tendulkar or proper bowler like zaheer ,vaas.....why r u kidding with test cricket if u dont know how to play it.

Posted by Sombrehombre on (November 29, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

Anyone saying SL should be demoted to minnow doesn't know what they're talking about. They produce unique world class players but will be in a transition phase for a while with the legends slowly retiring off. If anything NZ are the ones narrowly avoiding minnow status with this win (this coming from a NZ fan). Our batsmen NEED to learn from the Taylor and Williamson partnership. Patience, perseverance and graft is required for test hundreds. Lets hope we kick on from here, unlike what happened after Hobart a year ago…

Posted by Gamaraala on (November 29, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

Well done Kiwis... You deserved that victory... Though we get beaten, I'm happy that Mathews has started to show his true potential, specially while getting groomed as future captain... I honestly thought that NZ would win by 250+ but he fought well... Hadn't it been to that ridiculous run out, things MIGHT have been the other way... Cheers Kiwis...

I look forward for a great summer in Australia... We'll be cheering you guys...

Posted by Divinetouch on (November 29, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

The lion's roar is replaced by the squeak of mice. Congrats New Zealand a well deserved victory but do not read much into it. Sr Lanka post Murali ( probably the only Tamil that may be given a fair opportunity to play for Sri Lanka, unless another Arjuna Rabatunga comes along) is not really a top team.

Ian Chappell may disagree that SL is not a top team but he is often wrong.

Posted by merrallt on (November 29, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

I think Mark Greatbatch was one of the first to pinch hit at the start of an ODI innings back at the 1992 world cup. Before Jayasuriya and Kaluwithrana started to do this. Well done Southee and Boult also and NZ.

Posted by Lermy on (November 29, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Intriguing cricket in both tests. Regardless of the critics both these teams may have, I'd rather watch result cricket, than boring single innings run fests. NZ may not win many, but most of their tests end in results and they do have the ability to surprise anyone. They also have some genuine quality bowlers waiting in the wings such as Adam Milne and others. Todd Astle bowled some very good deliveries on that wicket too. So the bowling stocks look potentially a match winner. The batting is still a worry, but in this test it fired once, and that was enough to give the bowlers something to work with.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (November 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Well done Black-caps, you literally thrashed lanka in there on den with your fast bowling on rank turner, What an achievement, once again well done guys.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Sri Lanka, welcome to the club!

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (November 29, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

@Harmony, I know you belongs to India, yep the same country I come from too. Its the guys like you who make this as a fight of nations rather than a sport. One loss and you call far snatching away the test status? What about us? 9th loss in last 12 outing? Sl is going through transformation phase too in bowling just like our batting is going. NZ played better and they have always, always punched above their weight. SL, no doubt played badly but that does not make them a bad team. They still are a good, in fact very good team. Congrats to NZ on their win.

Posted by Independencechoice1 on (November 29, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Great win NZ.Congratulations for that. SL selectors are flop in this loss.We were 1-0 up the series with a promising young talent coz of Dilshan injury absent&Dilshan returns in the next match&Dimuth is out.Dilshan is near his test career end&so as Sanga&Mahela.The idea of playing Dimuth was just coz Dili wasnt there.SL selectors werent looking for future.They dont hav guts to risk a series&work for future.They could've easily gone with Dimuth which will be a investment for future.Win or loose with a eye on both present&future.SL test cric is in danger with main players are to leave shortly&do we hav backups for them.Thiri&Chandi look inconsistent@tests we got a chance to test Dili sub but wasted.When its time for old generation to retire there will be only few settled new players.I sense a collapse in SL tests shortly. SL selectors are only trying to keep their name clean.SL cricket hardly can move forward with these selectors.They are the worst I can imagine in the post.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Can any honest lankan fan show me few promising prospects after the 2 batting legends in their team retire?

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Jayasuriya and romesh were aggressive players.But v funny to say that they are the founders of T20 and stuff. There were a lot others who were more aggressive than them like viv richards,kris srikanth,chappalie etc, Sanath and kalu followed their footprints.

Posted by Middlemarch on (November 29, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

A wonderful win for NZ. Well done to team and management. Plaudits go to both batsmen and bowlers - everyone played their part and they looked dominant from day 1-5. As a NZ supporter, it is wonderful to see such application and effort. Good on you. I truly hope you manage to capture the essence of this win and bring it to future games.

Posted by polborta on (November 29, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Front-Foot, ENG in SL 2012 series ended 1-1 - whatever do you mean?

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Southee had shattered India also and we were some 15-5 in the second innings of the first test at Ahmedabad. It was only obdurate batting by Laxman and Dhoni and a great 100 by Harbhajan that saved India.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 29, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

@Harmony111, ICC should have demoted India from test status, just based on this game. Recall it? http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65900.html

Posted by imrankhan76uk on (November 29, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

@kadampan... I dont know what "KSrikanth" are you talking about... totally stupid. Just check stats for KSrikanth. He has career stricke rate of 71 with avg of 29 in ODIs...while Jaysuriya has career Strike rate of 91 and avg of 32 and there is basically no comparison between these two. Jaysuriya is FAR FAR FAR superior player than KSrikanth. and by the way if he was better than Jaysuriya, would'nt he still be playing for India like Statchin :))

Posted by lukecannon on (November 29, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

@kadampan- Along with his opening partner Romesh Kaluwitharana, Jayasuriya revolutionized One Day International batting with his aggressive tactics during the 1996 Cricket World Cup, a strategy they first tried on the preceding tour of Australia. The tactic used was to take advantage of the early fielding restrictions by smashing the opening bowlers to all parts of the cricket ground, particularly by lofting their deliveries over the mandatory infielders, rather than the established tactic of building up momentum gradually.Their new gameplan is now the standard opening batting strategy in limited overs cricket for the modern era. Glenn McGrath cited Jayasuriya in his XI of toughest batsmen, noting "it is always a massive compliment to someone to say they changed the game, and his storming innings in the 1996 World Cup changed everyone's thinking about how to start innings."-Wikipedia Pinch hitting top order batsman- The first and argubly the best.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

kadampan, I think you will find that Gilbert Jessop started it all a very long time ago - and there may have been others before him.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 29, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

I think the biggest difference in this test match was in the NZ first innings, their top 2 Taylor and Williamson scored tons, which our big 2 failed. That helped them get a 150 plus lead which simply tells the story. At least if Sanga and Jaya clicked in the 1st innings, things could have been different. Congratulations NZ and I am happy for you all winning a test match after the win in Hobart last year against the Aussies. I know that NZ lost in India this year in Ahmedabad and Bangalore due to atrocious umpiring and nothing else.

Posted by mark2011 on (November 29, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

@ kadampan on (November 29 2012, 15:03 PM GMT); Its not about fast scoring....if it is fast scoring then it should be great WIs.. not SriKanth.. when Srikanth was playing SL was like minnow, very early days of international cricket .. and had not much international experience.. just loosing 5-0 is not big worry then, may be Indians think like that bcos other than winning against minnow team, India couldnt do well those days. Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana did was not just fast scoring... it was about changing the conventional appraoch to opening a inning using 15 over field restriction rule to get the maximum score, that is the revolution.. not just fast scoring.Before that the mentality of teams were not like that.. so they changed the opening style of the ODI inning..even wicket keeper's batting also became more important after that and team's started looking for attacking wicket keeper batsman...dont try to claim everything for india...give credit to whom its due.

Posted by calidfern on (November 29, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Harmony 111 - How can u talk like this ? SL is a good cricketing nation. and they have produced so many world class players . even though they lost this test match still a good cricketing nation. see India now struggling to win a match with English spinners. they thought they got the whole series with an one win see how English team came up. will see how they gonna win the series. u have only one batsmen to talk is sachin but he cant play now see his last test match records. ask him to retire before talking about other teams. get an exaple Ponting.. ...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

What a game. Test Cricket is the life of the game and this is the reason we should all fight to preserve test cricket from IPL mania. I am a Sri Lankan fan, but well done NZ. Congratulations.

Posted by Prema1948 on (November 29, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

By the way pls ignore the Comment made by one HARMONY 111, he seems to have some grudge with SLans. Pls note that SL is a country where the Game has been played continuously for 180 years therefore the talent in the Country is quite amazing. It has nearly won the very 1st Test match with England. Just before degrading SL please verify the records that they're holding, (a) 4 times Semi-Finalists & (b) 3 times Finalists of the WCs, They are the holders of the highest Scores, in all 3 forms of the Game at the moment and it was only a SLan that has a scored double century in a T/20 match of a Minor -County tournament in England, They are doing all that without the their best players produced by schools not being picked (and very little money spent on players compared to other countries).

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Any honest lankan fan will worry about the future of SL cricket after their 2 heavy weights retire

Posted by Prema1948 on (November 29, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

The persons responsible for selections are to blame for all these loses, since they are unable to pick the right talent comes out of schools every year. It is sad to note that each National team has been filled with at least 4-5 henchmen who are very ordinary cricketers at School & Domestic levels. Nobody knows why some players are in the Team. (TO BE CNTD)

Posted by SLMaster on (November 29, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

When will SLC realize that SL cannot win matches in P. Sara. Why were the Galle, Kandy, and SSC avoided.

Posted by priceless1 on (November 29, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

@ Harmony111 , seriously mate looking at the way different Test team performances during last two weeks all i have to say if any ones Test status should be removed then that Should be India , cannot face seemers cannot face spin bowlers dont know why still they are playing Test matches

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

@gnanzcupid : "Whom does SL have after Mahela and Sanga?" That's a very interesting question mate.SLC is a bunch fools.They always give chances to the useless guys like Para-trooper(who "parachuted" in to the team suddenly in 2009).Obviously there are so many promising youngsters,but the fools never give them a chance.One of those prodigious guys left the island to play Australian club cricket recently.He was the most prolific first-class batsman of 2011 !- we are seeing the demise of island cricket.

Posted by lukecannon on (November 29, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

@kadampan - I hope you understand what i'm getting at. Jayasuriya was a pinch hitter who became a top order batsman by exploiting his ability at hitting the ball hard. Viv Richards and others were top order batsmen who were agressive in their manner of play. Jayasuriya was closely followed by Kaluwitharana as pinch hitters. BINGO top order pinch-hitting batsmen. The first in the world was from Sri lanka. After witnessing their success countires like Pakistan tried opening with Afridi and all. There's a documantary released by the ICC in 2008 regarding this. Sourav Ganguly in featured in it. He agrees with the fact that Jayasuriya and Kaluwithrana were the originators of Pinch hitting hence the originators of T20 cricket.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

This is nice match,and look like a real test..thats why the test cricket has their own beauty,,congratulates for both the team for nice cricket...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

It was an emphatic victory for New Zealand in the second test match against Sri.Lanka after a gap of 14 years.This was mainly responsible due to spirited batting by New Zealand's batsmen Taylor & and destructive seam attack of their pace bowlers,accounting 17 out of 20wkts.This triumph for New Zealand is similar to England's recent one against India.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 29, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

@Harmony111, we have produced great cricketers and that is why one of them is the bowling coach of NZ right now. We are proud of Chaminda Vaas being sort after by other teams for his expertise. So all your talk is nothing but trash. If we are a perennial poor test nation, then how did we produce the world's leading test wicket taker? Answer that please? I think India is the global whupping boys if I can label them that way. Even losing to England at home too and not just away.

Posted by lukecannon on (November 29, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

@kadampan - In cricket, pinch hitter or slogger is the usual term for a batsman (not a substitute, unlike in baseball) promoted up the batting order in order to score quick runs. As attempting to score runs quickly involves playing more aggressive shots and thus an increased likelihood of being dismissed, it is generally considered unwise for a top-order batsman to attempt this. - Wikipedia... I think you misunderstand the meaning of pinch hitting. So according to you Kapil Dev was a slogger? Sanath Jayasuriya was a Spin bowler and a hard hitter way down the order before Ranatunga realised he would make a very good agressive batsman for Sri lanka and gave him the opportunity to open and the freedom to go all guns blazing. Jayasuriya grabbed the opportunity with both hands and struck boundaries at ease. He did it very consistently and gave SL strong starts.He became very famous when he became Man of the series in the 96 WC which SL won eventually.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

@ lukecannon-ENG: T20 and IPL is because of Jayasuriya and Kalu? Ha Ha Ha. Jaya and Kalu did not really invent that concept. Before him Sachin in his early days as an opener scored just like that. In the 1994-95 Asia Cup SF vs Pak Jaya scored 30 runs of 16 balls and was described by Ranjit Fernando as "He is a bit like Tendulkar". And even before SRT, it was Greatbatch who started that trend of fast scoring. As for their so called good record, they are basically losers. On the ground as well as off the ground. Team as well as fans. They refused to ack India's 2011 WC win by saying it came on at home and yet failed to win the T20 WC Final at home themselves. Till date, I am yet to come across a single SL fan appreciating Kohli's 138* and India's magical 321 in 37 overs run chase. With such bitter esp, and esp on a day when these Lankans lost to NZ at home, you want to be eulogize the Lankans? No way. They started the bashing, now they got to cop it back too....Hope you now see why.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 29, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

@gnanzcupid, we have Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera etc. So we are fine buddy.

Posted by mark2011 on (November 29, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

@Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29 2012, 09:35 AM GMT); Mathew does not need to be Du Plessis..whole world knows Mathew as he is.. that is better for sri lanka... Du plessis inning is not the greatest innings played on earth. Sri lankan batsmen have played match saving innings many times...every time you cant save or win... winning or loosing SRI LANKAN ENJOY THE GAME!!

Posted by Viru219 on (November 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Test Matches that were played in past couple of weeks proved an undeniable fact about Fast bowling v/s Spin Bowling. They both require Technique, Mental Strength and Persistence. But there is one fact that makes Fast Bowling win over Spin bowling, is the "Intimidation Factor". Teams can easily accustom to spin bowling and save/ win matches. But, when it comes to Fast bowling, its not that easy due to the "Intimidation Factor". So, I suggest Indian team to stop boasting about "Spin", learn how to face/ bowl Fast bowling. Otherwise, you are never going to be treated as a better team.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

@Harmony111, what a load of rubbish. Haha forgetting how we won a test match inside 3 days just over a week ago. Yeah we have won test matches against all test playing nations because we have been good enough. ICC will never remove test status from Sri Lanka. Keep dreaming all day. India have been the pure perennial losers forever. Forgot how this same NZ side beat Australia in a test match this time last year in Australia? Well we lost this match and nothing can stop us from rebounding. This Lankan side beat South Africa in a test match in South Africa last year indeed.

Posted by mark2011 on (November 29, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

@Posted by Harmony111 on (November 29 2012, 11:37 AM GMT); ICC has decided to give you 'CRICKET HATER'award in next icc award ceromony , instead of taking test status of Sri Lanka, unfortunately they have felt like that for the well being of the sport...

Posted by jb633 on (November 29, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

I love seeing how some Indian fans are trying to have a pop at the Sri Lankans. I think English fans always support Sri Lanka as a second team, certainly the most of any SC side. I want Sri Lanka to become the dominant force in the SC and they should be applauded for producing wickets that actually aid seamers as well as spin. I did not catch any of this game but it must have been a deck with a bit in it for everyone (considering Herath took a hatful along with Southee et al for NZ). Considering the pressure NZ have been under they must be applauded for their performance here. @ the Indian Front-Foot_Lunge, please do not take anything away from the efforts of NZ. Winning in the SC against any of the 3 main sides is difficult as is winning in ENG/AUS/SA for any SC side. Sri Lanka deservedly drew all the plaudits from their great win in Durban last year and NZ deserve them here. It is just a shame that India deserve zero plaudits for their performance in any away game recently.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Well Done Kiwis. Sl like India is seeping into the vicious cycle of ignoring test & first class cricket by chasing quick buck cricket -IPL. Cancelling Test Series against WI & SA next year for the sake of playing IPL & ODI do not auger well for them. ICC must step if cricket survival to be ensured. There are no batsman coming up for SL after the trio in mid 30`s. Disturbing for SL & world Cricket.

NZ is slowly building up a decent improving seam bowling attack. Like the way Southe & Boult is making the ball seam & swing in Asian Conditions. As & when Vettori join in & top order plays with more discipline & maturity, NZ can be competitive in Test in years to come. Well Done & Don`t play too many T20`s

Posted by galle10 on (November 29, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

We have to think as a srilankan the reasons for taking wickets by NZ fast bowlers(15 wickets) in a flat wicket & How chaminda Vass helped them in achieving their goals.I think vass has contributed much in this NZ victory.

Posted by Prem2248 on (November 29, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

The J&Ps are the culprits of these loses. We are unable to win a series against top teams from the day the quality players like Attapatu & Samaraweera was removed from the Top-Order (2007). They the J&Ps have lot of faith in reckless risky stroke makers rather than the solid stroke-makers as front-liners at a time all other countries employ quality players like Pujara, Kholi, Amala, Cooke, Trott. If not for his bowling ability Mathews too won't find a place in this team. If they had continued with these J&PS for another few years that would be the end of SLan Cricket and it will definitely would go from bad to worse and it is high time for the 3 seniors too to get themselves dropped without blocking the path of talented youngsters in the Country.

Posted by swat1999 on (November 29, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

This is a very good Test match win for New Zealanders. Thanks T.Southee played very wel. also Ros Taililor and K.Williamson. Wel done Kiwis

Posted by kadampan on (November 29, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Hi lukecannon-ENG before Jayasuriya it was KSrikanth who started this fast scorings. Srilanka once lost 5-0 to India and they said they lost to Srikanth not to India. Even before Srikanth it used to Viv Richards and Kapil Dev the originators.

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 29, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

@Lord.Emsworth- +1 my friend, as always you make perfect sense...@ my fellow SL fans, lets not lower ourselves in responding to those who are trolling this section looking to get a response..To SLC, this is the result of foolishly scheduling 2 match test series, if it were three we could have had a chance to win the series...

Posted by kevinjune on (November 29, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Compared to previous visits in Sri Lanka, New Zealand Fast Bowlers has done the job in this match. That's why they were able to win this test match after 14 years in Sri Lankan pitches. Appointing former Sri lankan player Chaminda Vass one of the world famous Left Arm Fast Bowlers in World Cricket, is an intelligent and good decision that the New Zealand Cricket Board has made. New Zealand Fast bowlers have shared 17 wickets out of 20 in wickets against Sri Lanka in 2nd second test match in Colombo. It shows how they have improved and it helped New Zealand to win this match. So I shall suggest they can further go with Vass and improve the skills of their fast bowlers and to win matches as a habit. New Zealand are the World Rugby Champs, Why they can't do the same thing in Cricket. Yes they can. Work Hard guy. Congrats.....

Posted by lukecannon on (November 29, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

@ Harmony111 - Are you serious? I m English and I adore Sri lanka. Have you not heard of people like Jayasuriya who revolutionaised cricket way before sehwags and Afridis. T20 cricket itself is originated from pinch hitting which was introduced by Jayasuriya and Kaluwithrana in the 90s.Basically IPL is there because of SL batsmen. don't be a hater. Appreciate the Kiwis. But dont put your foot down SL's throat. They'v done wonders in cricket. (4 WC finals in 5 years)

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Every country has atleast one shining Young performers who can carry on the responsibility after the retirement of their senior legends.SA-FAF,AMLA-- INDIA-PUJARA--ENGLAND-COOK--AUS-CLARKE,WARNER,PAK-NASIR JAMSHED,HAFEEZ. most batsmen above in 20's and early 30's.They are rising stars for their country who can recover their team from crisis an try to save their team if the big guns fail. Whom does SL have after Mahela and Sanga?

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Well played to NZ on a win which was on the cards from after the first innings...we struggled against their swing bowling and that is a fact...I am lad that we are trying to change our wickets to try and get us more used to quicker,swinging conditions rather than preparing dead flat tracks...agin well done NZ.to all those enjoying our loss, good luck o you but DON'T put NZ down by assuming this was an unbelievable win for them, thy are a good team and a team in transition who are constantly underrated...SL fans support our team win or lose...

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Congratulations to NZ for a great win. It seems the subcontinent magic is gone with ENG beating IND and now NZ beating SL. The irony is it is the fast bowlers who set up this victory for NZ unlike in IND - ENG series. NZ has gr8 young talent in fast bowling department and all they need is someone who can perform consistently with the bat and they will be a side to reckon. From an Indian fan.

Posted by shortsillypoint on (November 29, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Great result. SL may have taken them a little too lightly - never mind a win away from home is golden. The NZ team can build around their pace bowlers but they need to fix the batting by selecting hard nuts who will grind it out - just like in the good old days of the 80's.

Posted by mgsperera on (November 29, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Asantha De mel & Mahela pls JUSTIFY your decssion why you have included Tharanga Paranavitana for playing 11 & Aus tour ??????? His career average is 32.58 ... Pls see His perfomances in 2011 & 2012 ..

Matches (2011/12 ) - 16 (32 Innings ) 100+ Runs - none 50+ Runs - 6 times (Hight score 76* ) Below 10 - 14 times 0 Runs - 7 times

Pls SL media , dnt leave Asanta & Mahela until they justify this .we are waisting young bloods like Chandimal / Dimuth / Thirimanne ...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Dilshan, Kumar and Mahela appeared disinterested in the just concluded Test Match. The question is, will they wake up before the Aussie tour and get themselves motivated? If not, it would be better to give a chance to some of the young guys.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (November 29, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

southee has transformed himself into a world class bowler . he took a 7 wkt haul in india & now took a 5 wkt haul in srilanka . the swing which he generates with the new ball is amazing .

Posted by VinodGupte on (November 29, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

that NZ did this without vettori's services is a commendable achievement for NZ.

Posted by ChanaL on (November 29, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

What happened to the boys CHARACCTER? that Mahela talks about all the time Mahela, let's face the reality,However you want suger coat it, SL losing on their own conditions to new zealand!! is not good at all.(No pun intended to NZ) . He always talk big when we win 1 match which doesnt count. But SL team tend to loose the big ones/key matches. Character is when you perform on the big stage. Feel sorry for them, they are going to get royally beaten up in down under. Hope the boys come home with atleast some CHARACTER.

Posted by spiritwithin on (November 29, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

@Mervo..>>All credit to SL for producing real cricket wicket for Test cricket. Not rolled mud as we see in India all the time>>i think u did'nt heard the commentary on TV nor read the cricinfo commentary either,the pitch was totally flat,it was more due to bowlers terrific performance and poor effort by batsman that we saw results..so in hindsight u need to take a potshot at india whenever getting any chance eh?

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Mr. Harmony111. This is cricket and anything could happen. You should learn learn basic cricket and dont try to be smart. You dont deserve place here. Remember SL didnt lose the serious. Its leveled. I am strongly advising Cricinfo to not to publish comments like this.

Posted by Windies2Dheart on (November 29, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

@harmony111- I'm not sure where you get your information, but SL are leagues ahead of BAN. they have produced several top class cricketers in both batting and fielding departments. I cant say that for BAN. of course SL batsmen played poorly in this test. But credit must be given to NZ to rebound so amazingly from the last game.

Posted by pt_pt on (November 29, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Congrats NZ , you won because you played well for 5 days. The only disappointing thing is that we didnt have a 3 test. All series should be 3 tests, that way we can get a proper result. Look forward now to the South African series.

Posted by Legaleagle on (November 29, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Incredible win for the Kiwis!! Very well played and thoroughly deserved to win and level the series. Beating Sri Lanka in their own backyard is a great achievement. Time for Sri Lanka to do a deep introspection.

Posted by HawK89 on (November 29, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Sri Lanka need to step up their batting for when Australia shows up.

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 29, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

@Harmony111. ur fans need to pray that swan and panesar dont play in the rest of the series. thats the only way u guys can save ur team from england.

Posted by KingOwl on (November 29, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

I think SL could have still saved this if not for that stupid run out of Samaraweera. But all credit to NZ. They no doubt played better cricket and deserved to win.

Posted by 777aditya on (November 29, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

We have been privileged to see some really high quality test match cricket recently. First it was Aus vs RSA and now this! I really did not expect NZ to beat SL in SL in a test match. Awesome team performance!

Posted by DINESHCC on (November 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Harmony111: What about our team? Even though they lost the test match, their spinner is able to take 20 wickets in two tests. What about our spinners. They crushed Kiwis in the first test inside 3 days. What about our team. We struggled to beat England in Ahmedabad and surrendered to them at Mumbai in 3 days. What is our achievement after WC 2011. We registered one or two wins against SL and Pakistan here and there. But lost all other matches wherever played. At least Mathews have shown some fight. But what about our team in the Mumbai Test. Finally, I am, no no, I was one of the Hard core fan of our team than you. But our players totally let down crores of our fans including me with their pathetic performance. As on the date among the Cricket playing nations, only Bangladesh is behind us.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Very well done Blackcaps,felt so good,with u all the way,well performed,just keep it going!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Probably its time for MJ (he's 36 now) to step down and give Mathews the captaincy. It will be good to develop the Mathews leadership skills while MJ is still around. It will also be good to ask Dilshan to retire from tests and develop an opener for the future.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Kiwis are ever short of producing such surprises..good job..his keeps test cricket alive..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Well played Kiwis.Much deserved win.Good to see SL fighting to the last moment.It was a good test match after all.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (November 29, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

New Zealand beat the same team that England couldn't defeat over the course of our last horror 12 months of cricketing failure....#justsaying.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (November 29, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Great win for NZ, but I'm gonna give a wrap to the pitch curator. It really made for good test cricket. There was bounce and carry for the pace bowlers to start with. Swing occurred the whole game. As the game went on there was more and more spin and the occasional ball that kept low. Through all this the pitch was still good to bat on. A+ to the pitch, it is exactly what you should get when you visit any country in the subcontinent.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (November 29, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

It was a good test. both teams played well...and wicket was good to which supported spinners as well as pacers... The number of balls used was a concern and authorities should ensure that this does not happen frequently

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (November 29, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Well played New Zealand! Sri Lanka's old weakness against quality pace bowling whether its swing or bounce still reigns. They just couldnt handle Southee. It WILL be difficult in Australia, very difficult. A new opening batsmen is needed for Paranavitana who has NEVER played fluently often scratching about for runs. SL should also start the replacement process ASAP for the famous (ageing) trio of Dilshan, Mahela and Sangakarra. Herath is old too but spinners tend to last longer and he IS bowling like a dream.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 29, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

I seriously think ICC should take the test status away from Sri Lanka and focus more on developing BD as a proper Test nation. Even though BD have lost vs WI they have shown some amazning ability to fight. That 100 by their debutant no 10 was a gem as was the 97 by Shakib and the 100s by the other BD batsmen. Look here, Mathews was so worried about his 100 that he started playing his shots when they were 9 down, he was not thinking about stretching the match as much as possible. This was the diff between him and Faf. Faf stayed on his 98 for god knows how many balls as he was more focused on saving the match. I want ICC to demote Sri Lanka to the levels of associates for being a perennial poor Test nation and ask BD, Kenya, Afghnaistan and Zim to work on their domestic cricket and give them the resources. Sri Lanka have always been a poor Test nation, a rather par ODI nation and they have been given enough rope.

Posted by RobTay14 on (November 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Very proud of the boys, great stuff! Particularly the new ball bowling.

Posted by satanswish on (November 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Well deserved victory for a well deserved team.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

How one ges run out when on the final day what mattered is survival not runs.

Posted by SamTheKing on (November 29, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Well Done kivis.. Good pace attack after a long time.. Southy and Boult made the difference.. williamson and Taylor batted beautifully.. Good Victory NZ should try to build on this... !!

Posted by Mervo on (November 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

As Benaud said, "it is not over until Matthews is out". And then it was. NZ won really because they had more than one bowler. All credit to SL for producing real cricket wicket for Test cricket. Not rolled mud as we see in India all the time.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

After the retirement of sanga and mahela i think sl would lose their test status and have to play cricket only with associate nations like china,afghan,usa,netherlands,bermuda,scotland etc.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Teams like zim and bangla can draw confidence from nz team's performance and start visiting srilanka regularly to improve their rankings.

Posted by ajithabey on (November 29, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

Congrats NZ. Once again inept batting by the senior trio Mahela,Dilshan & Sanga who have a combined experience of over 300 test matches contributing only a mere total of 40 runs in both innings of this test have brought on more pressure for the middle order batsmen. They should take a cue on building match saving innings from Michael Clark,Chanderpaul,Mike Hussey,Cook,Pietersen,Smith and even younger players like Pujara and Darren Bravo to name a few who have all contributed to their teams in test matches played recently.Dilshan should move down the order instead of creating so much of pressure by getting out cheaply with his unorthodox style of play.SL may be better off with Mahela and Sanga opening instead as there is hardly any contribution by the so called specialist openers. Kiwis deserve all the credit for winning this match with their allround performance and squaring the series which impacts Sri Lanka's position in the rankings . So SL better brush up their batting techniques

Posted by Perera32 on (November 29, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

A really well deserved win for New Zealand, Southee and Boult were brilliant throught the whole tour. So well done to them. However Mathews batted well 6 hours in the last innings and 3 hours in the 1st innings. The real problem for Sri lanka is that Paranavitana is not world class and doesn't deserve a place in the team at all, same with Randiv. Why was Thisara Perera left out of this series and the Aussie tour. My XI for the 1st AUS test: 1.Dilshan 2.Karunaratne 3.Sanga 4.Jayawardene 5.Samaraweera 6. Mathews 7.P Jayawardene 8.Thisara Perera 9.Kulasekara 10.Herath 11. Eranga

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Indian fans can be happy that they lost a home test match to a team which is superior ranked to them. This victory will do wonders to nz team's confidence and the opposite to lankan team's morale

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Good to see the Kiwis registering a historic win every year. Sri Lanka got a piece of what they are going to get in Australia and they struggled against the swinging red ball. I am now seeing a 3-0 win for the Aussies against the Lankans.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Almost 12 months since NZ beat Oz. Hopefully this time they can build on today's effort and the young pace attack, continues to improve.

Posted by Cric_lover1234 on (November 29, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

samaraweera's foolish run out and sanga's unfortunate loss cost us the match....otherwise it could have been saved......anyway very well played kiwis, congratz for the great display of batting, bowling and fielding

Posted by rashmi4cricket on (November 29, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Gud work Kiwis. Mathews fought bravely but not get support from other end. Any way congrats to Kiwis.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (November 29, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Congrats to NZ for a win in totally alien conditions. Test wins abroad are doubly sweet especially in a still live rubber. Great performance by Southee. Any pace bowler who performs in the subcontinent deserves appreciation (Just ask Dennis Lillee how difficult it is!!) As for SL, Kulasekara opening the bowling in a Test Match. Seriously? LOL!!. I know Malinga's retired from Tests but where are Fernando and Zoysa?

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 29, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Mathews is not Faf du plesis.He is just Angelo Mathews. So dont expect him to save you the match.

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 29, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

come on kiwis win ur match in sri lanka and show them u came here for winning, black caps ftw

Posted by DSN CRIC CLUB on (November 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Where is the guys who did much explanations about ability of Randiv and Paranavithana`s,As before their contribution for team was not enough in this match too.If you consider about some of other players in playing 11, they have contributed enough for their team in recent matches,that`s the difference,unfortunately both guys are always in playing 11,that was happened before and will happen again.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (November 29, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

Oh god, please keep Angelo Mathews and Prasanna Jayawardhena not out to save this match.

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