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    84.6 real teaser, full and seaming away. Guptill has a waft, he had to play at it. He feathers it behind to Chandimal and walks off to warm applause. End of a tremendous effort. On the other side, Sri Lanka have redeemed themselves this session 394/7
    15.6 and Lakmal strikes! full ball seaming slightly away from about off stump, Latham aims a drive through mid on, but the slight movement has done him in. He ends up driving it back to Lakmal, who makes a grab at the ball at thigh height, then secures it at second attempt 56/1
    54.5 KW snaffled at slip at the stroke of tea. The short ball works though the line was wider. Lifts outside off as KW chases it with a cut, he slashes it to lone slip off a thickish edge. Karunaratne takes a sharp leaping catch 229/2
    58.6 Pradeep gets Taylor lbw. Nice and full, angled in, Taylor shuffles a long way across the off stump and falls over the flick. Rapped on the pad. Was that going down leg? The tracker shows that it would have clipped leg, pointing to umpire's call 245/3
    73.3 Milinda Siriwardana breaks the stand. Baz's blitz is over. Full at the leg stump, Baz goes low for a slog sweep. He only top-edges it into the hands of deep square leg 334/4
    78.1 Santner has nicked off. This was full and slanting away outside off with the angle at 143ks, leaving Santer prodding. He gets an outside edge that is taken by Chandimal. Chameera has something to show for 359/5
    80.1 immediate impact with the new ball as Chameera has another. Watling throws his head back in despair. Shortish and not that wide away from the off stump, Wating cuts uppishly as Vithanage completes a sprawling catch at gully 365/6
    96.1 No fifty for Bracewell. He has been given out for lbw, NZ have been bowled out for 431. Full and angled in, Bracewell falls over the flick and is rapped on the pad in front of middle and leg. Was it heading down leg? Bracewell wants to review, what do we have here? The umpire suggests that there is a technology issue. DRS is down. Bracewell has to go. 431/10
    87.2 Lakmal finds the outside edge, caught at second slip. Fullish and outside off as Southee pushes without any feet movement and nicks it to Siriwardana at second slip 399/8
    94.6 Pradeep strikes with the short ball. Well-directed one on a middle and leg line, Wagner attempts a pull again. He top-edges it into the lap of long leg 426/9
    not out
    9 (b 4, lb 3, nb 1, w 1)
    431 all out (96.1 Overs, RR: 4.48, 421 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-56 (Tom Latham, 15.6 ov), 2-229 (Kane Williamson, 54.5 ov), 3-245 (Ross Taylor, 58.6 ov), 4-334 (Brendon McCullum, 73.3 ov), 5-359 (Mitchell Santner, 78.1 ov), 6-365 (BJ Watling, 80.1 ov), 7-394 (Martin Guptill, 84.6 ov), 8-399 (Tim Southee, 87.2 ov), 9-426 (Neil Wagner, 94.6 ov), 10-431 (Doug Bracewell, 96.1 ov)
    RAS Lakmal1616924.3100
    N Pradeep23.1211244.8300
    AD Mathews922813.1100
    PVD Chameera20211225.6010
    HMRKB Herath1914602.4200
    MDUS Jayasundera503306.6001
    TAM Siriwardana402416.0000
    61.4 Santner breaks past Sri Lanka's resistance. This one slides on outside off. Karunaratne skips back to cut a ball which isn't short enough. He can only feather it behind to Watling. A loose shot ends an otherwise patient effort 151/3
    8.6 Kusal Mendis edges behind... 100th Test dismissal for BJ Watling. Full and slants away just a shade outside off, leaving Mendis poking. He feathers a thin nick to the keeper 19/1
    12.5 another short-wide ball, Wagner takes down Jayasundera in his first over. He throws his hands at a cut, slashing it behind, off the toe end of the bat. Watling dives across to his left and snaps up a sharp, low catch in front of first slip 29/2
    81.2 Southee strikes with the second ball of the day. No ton for Chandimal. The new-ish ball was always going to be a threat. Angled in full and cuts away off the seam, leaving Chandimal squared up. He pushes with firm hands and edges it behind as Martin Guptill, who is stationed at second slip, dives to his left and pouches it in front of first slip 198/5
    64.6 Southee goes round the wicket. Mathews strangled down the leg side? Not given by umpire Llong. New Zealand review it, though. This was speared full and down the leg side, Mathews seeks to flick. Hot spot picks a tiny mark on the bat and that's good enough for the on-field call to be reversed. Fourth take for Watling this innings and Southee gets his birthday gift 156/4
    83.3 Vithange is gone. Southee corrects his line now. Pitched up and outside off, Vithanage reaches out for a drive and nicks it behind to Watling. Loose, loose shot. Vithanage would have been better off had he left that alone 209/6
    101.5 Wagner has his man now. Banged in short and slanting away outside off, Siriwardana has a waft at it, grazes the outside edge and carries through to first slip, where Taylor stretches his right hand and takes it around chest height 252/7
    109.3 Herath falls to the short-ball trap, finally. Bouncer, homing onto the ribs, Herath hooks but he is not in control of it. The top edge balloons towards long leg. Boult runs in, plunges forward and catches it 273/8
    114.3 Boult comes back and removes Chameera. Short of a length and angling away outside off, he plays away from the body. Flashes a cut and edges it thickly to first slip where Taylor takes it around waist height. This is a much simpler catch 287/9
    not out
    117.1 Santner wraps up Sri Lanka's innings. Each of their batsmen have been out caught, nine of them close behind the wicket. Flighted and Santner finds enough turn outside off. Pradeep has a leaden-footed prod at it and gives a faint edge to Watling who claims his sixth dismissal 294/10
    9 (b 1, lb 4, nb 4)
    294 all out (117.1 Overs, RR: 2.5, 505 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Kusal Mendis, 8.6 ov), 2-29 (Udara Jayasundera, 12.5 ov), 3-151 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 61.4 ov), 4-156 (Angelo Mathews, 64.6 ov), 5-198 (Dinesh Chandimal, 81.2 ov), 6-209 (Kithuruwan Vithanage, 83.3 ov), 7-252 (Milinda Siriwardana, 101.5 ov), 8-273 (Rangana Herath, 109.3 ov), 9-287 (Dushmantha Chameera, 114.3 ov), 10-294 (Nuwan Pradeep, 117.1 ov)
    TA Boult2275222.3600
    TG Southee2747132.6200
    DAJ Bracewell2164202.0004
    N Wagner2558733.4800
    MJ Santner21.183721.7400
    KS Williamson11000.0000
    26.2 Watling makes no mistake here, takes it at head height for his seventh dismissal of the match This was banged in short and outside off, Karunaratne can't resist... He wants to upper cut and lift it over the cordon. He only slashes it behind off a thickish edge. Karunaratne tosses it away... 54/1
    50.1 fullish and moves away slightly, catches the outside edge and Watling does the rest. Mendis' vigil is over. Watling dives across to his right and snaps it up even as it was dying on him. Record-equalling grab. Most dismissals by a New Zealand keeper in a Test. He had achieved the feat against India in 2014 as well and now needs three more to beat the world record. 109/3
    32.3 Jayasundera has been snaffled down the leg side. The short ball at the ribs from round the stumps does the trick. Banged down, Jayasundera chases before belatedly pulling his bat away. Gloved behind as Watling has another one. Two single-figure scores on debut 64/2
    73.1 Chandimal has offered no stroke and is given out lbw by umpire Kettleborough. He reviews. It is a legal ball. Slides in off the arm, Chandimal gets his front pad forward but does not play at it. Trapped in front of middle and off. The tracker shows that it would have hit off. Some credit to Wagner as well for building pressure with those rising balls. Santner now makes the incision 165/5
    70.3 Wagner follows two short balls with a full one and knocks out the middle stump. Cracking set up. He wheels away and takes high-fives from his team-mates. Key strike. Mathews was camping back, expecting a lifting ball, but is undone. Speared full on middle from over the wicket, Mathews shuffles across off and looks to let it through again. The ball cannons onto the stumps off the inside of the front pad 165/4
    81.2 Southee strikes with his second ball of the new ball. Umpire Kettleborough's finger goes up. Vithanage reviews. No bat involved. Back of a length and straightens a touch, raps the front pad in front of middle. The tracker shows that it would have grazed the top of middle. Vithanage's brief counterattack is over. SL's last recognised batsman is gone 213/6
    88.1 Boult produces a twin-strike. Good length and outside off, Siriwardana drives on the up and picks out Baz at short cover. He takes it casually and tumbles onto the ground. First catch in front of the wicket, Watling will not have the all-time record this Test. New Zealand, though, are closing in 249/8
    86.2 Boult gets Herath in his second over after lunch. Herath who had showed admirable restraint in the first dig chases this full awayswinger outside off and edges it to second slip, where Guptill moves to his right and takes it with both hands. Nice, low catch 236/7
    92.1 bowled'em. Slides in with the arm, Chameera hunts for a wild slog sweep. He can't lay bat on it. Santner strikes middle. It gets tilted back 268/9
    95.2 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 282/10
    not out
    7 (b 2, lb 4, w 1)
    282 all out (95.2 Overs, RR: 2.95, 412 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 26.2 ov), 2-64 (Udara Jayasundera, 32.3 ov), 3-109 (Kusal Mendis, 50.1 ov), 4-165 (Angelo Mathews, 70.3 ov), 5-165 (Dinesh Chandimal, 73.1 ov), 6-213 (Kithuruwan Vithanage, 81.2 ov), 7-236 (Rangana Herath, 86.2 ov), 8-249 (Milinda Siriwardana, 88.1 ov), 9-268 (Dushmantha Chameera, 92.1 ov), 10-282 (Suranga Lakmal, 95.2 ov)
    TA Boult1525823.8600
    TG Southee2165232.4700
    DAJ Bracewell19.254612.3700
    MJ Santner2265322.4000
    N Wagner1755623.2900
    KS Williamson1011011.0010

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number


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

Close of Play

  • Thu, 10 Dec - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 409/8 (DAJ Bracewell 32*, N Wagner 0*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 11 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 197/4 (LD Chandimal 83*, KDK Vithanage 10*, 81 ov)
  • Sat, 12 Dec - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 171/1 (TWM Latham 72*, KS Williamson 48*, 48 ov)
  • Sun, 13 Dec - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 109/3 (LD Chandimal 31*, 50.1 ov)
  • Mon, 14 Dec - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 282 (95.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

NZ's streak


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


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

Chandimal's double


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.