Player of the Match
Player of the Match

The New Zealand players soak themselves in champagne after what has been a stellar performance from the boys. They are truly a force to reckon with in the longer form, and they will hope to continue on in the shorter formats with the ICC World Cup looming just around the corner. We certainly hope you enjoyed our coverage of this Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. On behalf of Devashish Fuloria and Andrew Fidel Fernando, this is Rohan Sharma signing off for ESPNcricinfo. Till the next match!

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: The last little while we have played some outstanding cricket. To find a way out of the precarious situation we were in was special. The confidence has definitely improved among the group. Great Test win for the side and a series we are really proud of. Great performances from Kane and Watling, along with the bowlers. We have been through an interesting period where our results probably hadn't stacked up for a while now. The boys were desperate to make their time with the New Zealand team a successful one, and that has shown in the fighting instincts the team has shown, and in how we have performed in difficult times. We are starting to make some headway into where we should be. We have had some challenges in front of us. Winning away from home was not easy, like we did in the West Indies, and then to tie the series against Pakistan in the UAE, then come here and put up some stellar performances against a very good Sri Lankan team, in particular, Kumar Sangakkara. It is great to see different people standing up and feeling comfortable to perform. We don't want to get too far ahead, but we are plenty pleased with how far we have come over the last 12-14 months.

Kane Williamson, Man of the Match: Someone did mention it to me (fastest to 3000 Test runs by a New Zealander). The culture in the team has been outstanding for a while now. It has reflected in our performances, led in front by Brendon and the outstanding year they have had, along with Ross. The bowlers were outstanding again as they took the twenty wickets. I think we were both quite tired. I thought he played outstandingly (Watling, 365-run stand). It is a good cricket wicket. Usually provides a little for the ball and bat. It definitely flattened out a lot so it was great for BJ and I to put up that partnership, and then set it up for the bowlers to take it through. Think it is important to keep looking at the next match to keep grounded and keep improving so that when the World Cup comes around we will be ready.

The Man of the Match is Kane Williamson for his 69 and 242.

3.57pm The presentation has just begun..

danik: "where does sri lanka go from here? if sanga retires i fear that will truly be the end of SL as a competitive Test team, even against the likes of Zim and bangla"

Steve: "When do the next test rankings come out - I'm hoping we might have moved up a couple of places."

Longboarder: "Wow, wow, wow. Congratulations to the Black Caps who are turning in to a great team. What a wonderfully intriguing game. Long live test cricket."

Hamish: "Kane along with Rutherford will enjoy that champagne"

AJ: " Kane bowls - so he gets to go for a ride in the limo with the bowlers to the top of Mt Victoria for a champagne!"

Jack: "Great test match. Best of all it was played in the proper spirit of the game, unlike the Aus/India series. "

3.50pm So New Zealand wrap up victory just before tea on the final day to finalise a 193-run victory. We will be back shortly for the match presentation

Mark Craig's four wickets in the second innings played a pivotal role, while not enough can be said about the 365-run stand for the sixth wicket between Williamson and Watling in New Zealand's second innings, which really put the hosts in control

3.45pm It has been a thoroughly brilliant performance from New Zealand, not only over the course of this Test, but the entire series. They have safely secured a whitewash as they take the two-match series 2-0.

Southee to Pradeep, OUT, full and right on middle as Southee does the job his captain wanted. Pradeep plays all around this one as his stumps are left splayed on the ground. Too good for the tailender

N Pradeep b Southee 1 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Southee to Thirimanne, 1 run, pushes at this short of a length towards mid off, with the fielder coming round to field it before firing in a throw at the non-striker's. Direct hit would have been interesting
Southee to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length outside off as Thirimanne has a lazy waft at it. Watling likes it tough after taking the catch, but Brendon decides, very late at that, that he wants the review. Doesn't appear to be any contact with the bat as it flew past the edge. So this turns out to be a dud for New Zealand
Southee to Pradeep, 1 run, manages to pickup a single through long off

72 | (maiden) | SL: 194/9

  • Lahiru Thirimanne61 (142b)
  • Nuwan Pradeep0 (0b)
  • Mark Craig18-8-53-4
  • Kane Williamson2-0-6-0

cricketsimpleto: "aah.. williamson's new action is reminiscing what carl hooper was doing for Windies in late 80s and early 90s.. the dancing shoes !"

Craig to Thirimanne, no run, invites him to go for the big slow through midwicket, but the batsman is too early on it as the ball turns away after landing, with Watling completing the take from behind
Craig to Thirimanne, no run, this time has a push down towards the covers
Craig to Thirimanne, no run, floated up on off as Thirimanne gets on one knee to try and loft this through midwicket, striking short leg on the back of his helmet in the process
Craig to Thirimanne, no run, onto the front foot as he diffuses the threat of this Craig special
Craig to Thirimanne, no run, this time cut away to backward point, but straight to the fielder
Craig to Thirimanne, no run, on the back foot as this is worked away to the leg side

71 | 5 Runs | SL: 194/9

  • Lahiru Thirimanne61 (136b)
  • Nuwan Pradeep0 (0b)
  • Kane Williamson2-0-6-0
  • Mark Craig17-7-53-4
Williamson to Thirimanne, 1 run, shows great finesse in running this off the face through the same region, this time a touch finer, as Thirimanne gets the single to retain strike
Williamson to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, turn and bounce from Williamson as Thirimanne cuts this late behind square to find a boundary through third man
Williamson to Thirimanne, no run, invites him to have another drive, this time through long off, as the fielder comes into pay
Williamson to Thirimanne, no run, this time driven firmly to the short cover fielder by the left-hander
Williamson to Thirimanne, no run, slipping down the leg side as Thirimanne works this to the right of short leg, who is unable to grasp at the chance

Coming from behind


The largest 1st-innings deficit that New Zealand have overcome to win a Test, v Pakistan in Christchurch in 1994

First since


The last time a New Zealand No. 3 hit a double-hundred before Williamson in this Test - Stephen Fleming in Cape Town.

Watling's value


Number of 200-plus 6th-wicket stands that Watling has been involved in, out of 6 such partnerships in NZ's Test history

2nd-innings master at home


Williamson's batting average in the second innings of home Tests; in away Tests, it drops to 31.90

Consistent in Wellington


Number of 40-plus scores for Williamson in his last 8 Test innings at the Basin Reserve