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Day 4

683dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

New Zealand complete best ever Test year

The threat of Tim Southee and Trent Boult confirmed Brendon McCullum's Boxing Day assault as match-winning. Christchurch witnessed New Zealand's fifth victory in 2014, marking it their best year in Test history

683dS Rajesh

The Boult-Southee show

Stats highlights from New Zealand's eight-wicket win in Christchurch, their fifth Test victory in 2014

683dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Hagley Oval

Mathews hails second-innings gains

Though Sri Lanka lost inside four days by eight wickets, they will take some confidence into the Wellington Test, Angelo Mathews said

683dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Hagley Oval

McCullum's pride at New Zealand's record revival

In a sports ecosystem often dominated by the All Blacks, the New Zealand cricket team has begun to generate considerable buzz among the public ahead of their long home summer

Day 3

743dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Hagley Oval

Karunaratne's day of self denial

Sri Lanka's left-handed opener likes nothing more than to play his shots, but after paying for some impetuosity by being dropped he has marked his return with a new-found steel

683dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Hagley Oval

Watling pleased with seamers' toil

BJ Watling praised the New Zealand quicks' perseverance on what was a drier day for them than the previous one, in which they had taken 10 wickets

Day 2

683dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

Boult, Southee force SL to follow on

Trent Boult took three wickets and Tim Southee took two as Sri Lanka slumped to 138 all out, in reply to New Zealand's 441, and were asked to follow-on

683dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Hagley Oval

New Zealand's deadly tag team

In Tim Southee and Trent Boult, two bowlers who swing the ball at pace and complement each other, New Zealand possess one of cricket's most exciting partnerships

Day 1

683dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Hagley Oval

McCullum takes flight once again

Brendon McCullum batted the only way he knows, giving full expression to his attacking instincts, and it came off like it often has in 2014

683dAndrew Fidel Fernando at Hagley Oval

McCullum, the most destructive NZ batsman - McMillan

On a day when Brendon McCullum shattered New Zealand batting records, coach Craig McMillan has described him as the most destructive batsman to have played for his country

Others

NZ's deadly duo

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Percentage of NZ's Test wickets taken by Trent Boult and Tim Southee since the beginning of 2013

Karunaratne's achievement

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Number of Sri Lankan openers who've scored a century in New Zealand: Karunaratne, Marvan Atapattu (in 2005) and Asanka Gurusinha (1995)

A new high

85

Dimuth Karunaratne's previous-highest Test score, versus Australia in Sydney

All or nothing

275

Sangakkara's aggregate in his last 6 Test innings in New Zealand. His scores: 4, 100*, 156*, 8, 6, 1

Consistent threat

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Trent Boult is the fourth NZ bowler, after Hadlee, Martin and O'Brien, to claim 30+ wickets in consecutive years