Player of the Match
Player of the Match
882dThe 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

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Guptill
MJ Guptill
156(234) 21x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • defended
  • 33 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
8 4 17 15 61 22 17 12
TWM Latham
TWM Latham
109(180) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 26 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
4 4 5 24 23 6 8 35

Best performances - Bowlers

N Pradeep
N Pradeep
O23.1
M2
R112
W4
Eco4.83
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
TG Southee
TG Southee
O21
M6
R52
W3
Eco2.47
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 3.10-3.30pm, Close 5.30pm

Match days

10,11,12,13,14 December 2015 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

NEW ZEALAND 431(96.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SRI LANKA 294(117.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 267/3d(65.4 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SRI LANKA 282(95.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

2:20pm: That is that from the first Test. New Zealand have opened their home summer with an impressive performance. Sri Lanka battled hard and will look to step up further to pull level in the second Test in Hamilton, starting December 18. Do come back then. George's report will tell you the Dunedin story. Look out for videos and analysis from Fernando. Cheers and ta, ta for now.

McCullum: It was a professional display but it was pretty hard to get 20 wickets. The guys bowled well and we batted well too. Overall, a professional performance. Sometimes, you have to risk losing to win. We desperately needed some time to beat Sri Lanka. The way the bowlers went about it was outstanding. The way Guptill and Latham started, it was tricky and the batsmen hit the ball down the ground and we got to a four-an-over start on the first morning. Wagner with the pace and bounce even on day five was a testament to how good the surface was. Overall, the pitch definitely suited us. When you know you have guys like Wagner who can bowl hostile spells, you are always in the game. We will have to make sure we put up another thorough performance in Hamilton.

Mathews: I though we fought hard. They got off to a flier and we had too many loose balls. I thought we were too cautious in the first innings. We will have to be more positive. There was a lot of grass on the wicket but we did not land in the right areas. We did not bowl pretty well. We did well in the second innings but it was too late. We did not show much intent in the first innings. Not really, It was a tough wicket to get 20 wickets and they needed time to get us out [on Baz's declaration]. We showed guts and it was exciting to see the batters bat too. We don't have Sanga's and Mahela's in the team, we are inexperienced, but it's all about the mindset.

Guptill, Man of the Match: This is my second Man-of-the-match award, I can celebrate with the guys. I did not feel too much pressure and played a few shots. Tommy and I have been batting well lately. It has been good and hopefully we carry on next week. There was a bit of one-day cricket in the game. If you get yourself in and adjust to the pace and bounce of the wicket, you can take it from there.

2pm: New Zealand extended their unbeaten home streak to 12; they have not lost a Test at home since March 2012. Wagner was the man this morning, hustling Sri Lanka with lifter after lifter with the old ball. He burst the gates open with Mathews' wicket before Boult and Southee took over with the second new ball. Santner and Bracewell then performed the final rites on Sri Lanka.

The visitors' raw, inexperienced batsmen countered, ducked, and fended the short-ball barrage but the fight wasn't enough.

Rich: "And this is why NZ should have taken Wagner to Oz."

Bharath Seervi, our statsman: "NZ are unbeaten since 2012, in 12 consecutive Tests at home. "

95.2
W
Bracewell to Lakmal, OUT, Bracewell wraps up a 122-run victory for New Zealand! He finally has some reward to show for some probing bowling. Overpitched ball, on about middle and off, driven directly at bowler, who takes it easily around thigh height

RAS Lakmal c & b Bracewell 23 (29m 27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 85.18

95.1
4
Bracewell to Lakmal, FOUR runs, Lakmal reaches his highest Test score with a four. Crumbs of consolation for the visitors

END OF OVER:
95 | 5 Runs | SL: 278/9

  • Suranga Lakmal19 (25b)
  • Nuwan Pradeep4 (10b)
  • Mitchell Santner22-6-53-2
  • Doug Bracewell19-5-42-0
94.6
1
Santner to Lakmal, 1 run, full and outside off, hit to mid-off as Lakmal sets off. Pradeep makes a sprawling dive and beats the throw
94.5
0
Santner to Lakmal, no run, Santner gives this more air, pushed back
94.4
0
Santner to Lakmal, no run, popped to short leg, Latham moved to his left but the ball did not stick
94.3
0
Santner to Lakmal, no run, length on middle, worked to backward square leg

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.