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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
Scorer: Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
There's only one way the five-day game ought to go, and that's in the opposite direction of what we saw in the Delhi Test
Brendon McCullum described New Zealand's victory in the first Test in Dunedin as "bloody hard work", on a surface that flattened out after the second day
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
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
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.
Sri Lanka's highest successful run-chase against New Zealand in Tests, in Galle 2012-13 (won by 10 wkts).
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.
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.
No. of 50+ scores for Williamson in International matches this year (43 inns), including this innings - joint-highest with Joe Root (45 inns).
The last time before this NZ had two fifty-plus stands for their first wicket in a Test - against Pakistan in Napier.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.