Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Colombo, 5th day November 29, 2012

Sri Lanka's P Sara woes continue

Stats from the fifth day's play in the second Test at the P Sara Oval

A consistent display of fast bowling set up New Zealand's first win in Sri Lanka in 14 years. Here are highlights from the fifth day's play at the P Sara Oval, a venue where Sri Lanka have lost their last three matches.

  • New Zealand's win is their tenth against Sri Lanka and their fourth in Tests in Sri Lanka. Their previous win in Sri Lanka came in 1998 at the R Premadasa stadium. Interestingly, the victory margin was also the same as that of this Test (167 runs). New Zealand's win is also their eighth in Tests in the subcontinent (excluding Bangladesh Tests).
  • Sri Lanka have won just one of their last six home series. Four of the series have been drawn and the solitary series loss (1-0) came against Australia. Three of the last four wins for visiting teams have come at the P Sara Oval.
  • Sri Lanka's record at the P Sara Oval in Tests since 2000 stands at 6-3. All three of their defeats have come in Tests played since 2010 (India, England and New Zealand). They have not lost more than two matches at any other home venue since 2005. The P Sara Oval is one of only three venues to have produced a result on each occasion in Tests since 2005 (min eight Tests hosted).
  • For the first time in a home series since 1999 (against Australia), Sri Lanka failed to score a single century. Overall, it is only the sixth time in home series that they have not managed a single century.
  • Tim Southee's 8 for 120 is the third-best match haul for a New Zealand fast bowler in Sri Lanka and the eighth-best match performance by a pace bowler overall in Sri Lanka. Southee's figures are his best match bowling display surpassing the 8 for 132 in Bangalore earlier this year.
  • Southee's match performance is the fifth-best at the P Sara Oval while Trent Boult's 7 for 75 is sixth. The New Zealand fast bowlers picked up 17 wickets in the match. It is the third-highest number of wickets picked up by visiting fast bowlers in a Test in Sri Lanka.
  • Rangana Herath's series haul of 20 wickets is joint-third on the list of bowlers with the most wickets in a two-match series. Among Sri Lankan bowlers, only Muttiah Muralitharan (22 wickets) has picked up more wickets in a two-match series.
  • Thilan Samaraweera was run out for the 11th time in his career. Only four other batsmen have been dismissed run out more often than Samaraweera.

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sachit on November 30, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Hey Guys - If i remember right when SL won the test series against Pakistan, Thissara Perera played well with both bat and ball right? So why wasn't he included ?

  • Randika on November 30, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Probably the worst infrastructure in teh country at any of its international venues, spectators don't like the place as well as its location even though its central. We have a psychological disadvantage when playing there, I don't see why we have to play at the P Sara at all! Either renew the stands, improve car parking + seating, paint the roof, lay a new turf OR scrap t from the international calendar. This is not owned by the cricket board so can't see it happening either. Tharanga or Dimuth must replace Para as an opener and Thissara must be played in Australia

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I agree that paranavithana does not seem to have the defense against the swinging new ball. Nothing against him as a batsmen but at the top order it does seem he has been found wanting and needs to away and working on his technique against the moving new ball if he wants to open at the highest level. I do rate the New Zealand opening bowlers but imagine a south african , australian or english attack in comparison, probably even more dangerous.

    I do believe that Sri Lankans three best batsmen let them down badly in this test series and I have always believed Sri Lanka relies too heavily on Sanga, Dilshan and Jayaward too much. It was always going to be a problem for them if those three didn't do well in a series. Sri Lankas pace bowling is also sadly lacking. I am happy to see NZ have a win but in comparison to Sth Africa, England, Australia or even the west indies i feel the Sri Lankan team is one of the more unbalanced teams in the world currently.

  • Nathan on November 29, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    It's such a shame that after Muralee's retirement Srilanka's cricket continue to decline. What SL need is a very competitive domestic competition like the one in Aus, Eng and SA, where cricketers learn to play under pressure and become mentally tough cricketers. No doubt SL cricketers are among the best technically sound cricketers in the world, but this alone will not make these cricketers in to world beaters. In my opinion Srilankan cricketers are soft and too nice, remember nice quys come last!!! About P Sara stadium: This is the best cricketing wicket you have in SL, where it assists fast bowlers in the first two days and the spinners come in to play on third day onwards. It's such a pity that SL batters do not know how to handle quality seam bowling. Congratulations New Zealand on this victory. I am very impressed with their rapid rise in world cricket. Keep it up!

  • Prashan on November 29, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Well we paid dearly for dropping Dimuth Karunaratne. So pathetic!

  • Dimuthu on November 29, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Heartbreaking for us Sri Lankan fans, but well played Kiwis! Damn good test match. Was good to see Mathews and Sammy showing some fight. Matthews is showing the world that he's not just 'potential' anymore, but is the real deal. Excellent concentration, but damn shame that Mahela, Sanga, and Dilshan couldn't support him. Time to drop Paranavithana and make way for Dimuth. The Aussies will make a mockery of his (lack of) defence against the moving ball. Dilshan may retire after the Aus series and Para + DK could be Sri Lanka's next generation of openers. But Para really needs to get his technique sorted. A county stint in England or NZ would be ideal.

  • Ranil on November 29, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    SLC will be viewed as naive if further Tests are played in this dismal place giving such psycological advantage to the opponents. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Angad on November 29, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Congrats NZ! Brilliant Stuff!

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