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Day 5

888dThe Report by George Binoy

Wagner paves way to NZ's 122-run victory

Neil Wagner led the attack for New Zealand, breaking a fluent stand between Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal on the fifth morning, after which two more wickets fell

888dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

When workhorse Wagner brought down the barn door

New Zealand were made to labour for their wickets throughout the Test, so in many ways it fit that a man such as Neil Wagner made the pivotal play on day five

Day 4

888dThe Report by George Binoy

New Zealand push for win on rain-hit day

Rain and hail halted play three times at University Oval, and at stumps Sri Lanka had seven wickets left and 296 runs to get, with a better forecast for the final day

888dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

An accountant among NZ's rockstars

There are wicketkeepers who fling their arms around and those who flap their gums wide. And then there is BJ Watling. Mousy, soft-spoken, expressionless and really really good

Day 3

888dThe Report by George Binoy

New Zealand pull away with 308-run lead

The third day in Dunedin was overcast, cold and windy - conditions that were as familiar to New Zealand as they were foreign to Sri Lanka, and the visitors struggled to cope

Day 2

888dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

Sri Lanka's delightfully drab day

For a team used to frequent collapses from its brittle batting line-up, a partnership of 122 in 48.5 overs between Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal was a pleasantly surprising display of restraint

Day 1

888dThe Report by George Binoy

Wickets tumble, but NZ rack up 409

The two batsmen who struggled most during New Zealand's recent tour of Australia rediscovered their form on the first day of the home summer in Dunedin

888dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

Respect thy opponent, to all parts

After three undefeated seasons at home, New Zealand's mode of operation is clear: talk up the visiting teams and then set about traumatising them

Others

888dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

McCullum wary of Sri Lanka's 'underrated' attack

Sri Lanka may appear the weaker team on paper, but the hosts remain wary of a seam attack that's "underrated" and "world-class" senior batsmen in the opposition, Brendon McCullum said

888dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Dunedin

Mathews prepared for higher bowling load

The depletion of Sri Lanka's attack due to injury will likely mean an enhanced role for himself with the ball, Angelo Mathews said. A prospect he said he doesn't mind in New Zealand's seam-friendly conditions.

NZ's streak

2012

Last time NZ lost a Test at their home venue - by 9 wkts to SA in Hamilton in March 2012. They are unbeaten since then in 12 consecutive Tests.

SL's 4th inns troubles

93

Sri Lanka's highest successful run-chase against New Zealand in Tests, in Galle 2012-13 (won by 10 wkts).

Chandimal's double

3

No. of times Chandimal has scored 50-plus in both inns of a Test, including in this Test. As a wicketkeeper Only Flower (7), Knott (5) and Dhoni (4) have done it more.

Double for the 2nd wkt

2

No. of previous instances of century stands for the 2nd wkt in both inns of a Test for NZ, before this match - v Eng, Lord's 2004 and v Ban, Chittagong 2013-14.

Another milestone for Kane

20

No. of 50+ scores for Williamson in International matches this year (43 inns), including this innings - joint-highest with Joe Root (45 inns).

NZ's rare opening double

2009

The last time before this NZ had two fifty-plus stands for their first wicket in a Test - against Pakistan in Napier.

Watling's record

5

No. of inns where Watling has taken 5 or more catches in Tests, including this. This is now record a for NZ beating McCullum's 4 such hauls

Twin 80s at top

0

No. of previous instances of 2 of SL's top 4 batsmen getting out in 80s in a Test inns; Karunaratne and Chandimal produce the first such instance for SL.

Huge difference in two days

2.51

Run rate on Day 2 of this Test, 219 runs in 87.1 overs. On Day 1, the runs were scored at 4.54 runs per over, 409 in 90 overs.

SL's opening misery

1

Number of 50-plus opening partnership for Sri Lanka in Tests this year; only West Indies have fewer (0). Lowest for SL in a year since 1995 (0 50-plus stands then)

NZ going strong on day 1

2

No. of times New Zealand made 400 or more on the opening day of a Test, before this - 452/9 vs Zim, Harare, 2005-06 and 429/7 vs SL, Christchurch, 2014-15.

New Zealand's Permanent

98

Consecutive Tests played by McCullum for NZ since his debut in March 2004. Equals AB de Villiers' record of most consecutive Tests for a team from debut.