Player of the Match
Player of the Match
356dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

McCullum 195 flays Sri Lanka

Brendon McCullum KO-ed Sri Lanka on Boxing Day with the fastest century in New Zealand Test history

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
BB McCullum
195(134) 18x4 - 11x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 33 runs
  • 1x4 - 4x6
9 13 20 20 43 28 40 22
FDM Karunaratne
FDM Karunaratne
152(363) 17x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 35 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
2 14 34 20 23 15 10 34

Best performances - Bowlers

TG Southee
TG Southee
O37
M8
R91
W4
Eco2.45
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TA Boult
TA Boult
O39
M8
R100
W4
Eco2.56
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
1W

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)

11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

Match days

26,27,28,29 December 2014 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

NEW ZEALAND 441(85.5 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SRI LANKA 138(42.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SRI LANKA 407 f/o(154 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 107/2(30.4 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Time for the presentation:

Angelo Mathews: Our batting didn't step up in the first innings which kept us out of the game. Dimuth showed a lot of character with his first hundred against a quality attack. We will get better and better with time but you can't do much when someone nearly gets a double hundred in a session.

NZ captain Brendon McCullum is also the Man of the Match: Really good all-round performance after losing the toss. We developed some nice partnerships in top and middle order and our seamers make a potent attack. Two of our three seamers bowled really well and they kept running in to get the job done. Really good way to end 2014. The pitch still had a bit in it and our bowlers wanted to bowl when we enforced the follow-on, there were no doubts about that. But credit goes to Sri Lanka for fighting back in the second innings. Every game I'm playing is a bit of a bonus for me. I am happy where I am right now. In the past few months I have tried to improve my weaknesses and it's been good so far. The attitude that every game could be your last helps and I'm pretty lucky to have the batting quality around me, everyone has been standing up. Our focus is how were are progressing as a group.

That's all we have from the first Test, wish you all a great and prosperous 2015 and do join us for the second Test in Wellington starting 3rd January. Enjoy the other two Boxing Day Tests until then, buh-bye!

4.30pm A comprehensive win for New Zealand to end the year and quite a few players chipped in performnces - McCullum's 195 (of course), 80-ball 85 from Neesham and they took a massive lead of 303 runs because of their swing bowlers Boult and Southee. Karunaratne's maiden Test hundred led SL's fightback on the third day but the trail was too much to get on top of, and Boult and Southee did it again in the second innings. NZ end the year with five wins overall, their best so far, and they were unbeaten at home in 2014. SL, meanwhile, end the year with a lost but their win loss ratio was 5:3, so still in their favour.

30.4
4
Prasad to Taylor, FOUR runs, that's it, another four as Taylor smashes the fullish delivery straight down the ground past mid off for four to seal the eight-wicket win
30.3
0
Prasad to Taylor, no run, bouncer just outside off, he pulls and misses
30.2
4
Prasad to Taylor, FOUR runs, short and wide and that's been slapped fiercely square of the wicket for four! Crunching sound off the bat
30.1
0
Prasad to Taylor, no run, strays down the leg side, Taylor glances and it deflects fine down leg where the keeper does well to save a few runs

Just six more runs required

JohnBabcock: "Watching the Aussie India test in parallel. Sri Lankan bowlers are a step up from India's - there is no comparison. "

END OF OVER:
30 | 5 Runs | NZ: 99/2

  • Kane Williamson31 (75b)
  • Ross Taylor31 (59b)
  • Tharindu Kaushal13-0-48-1
  • Shaminda Eranga7-2-20-1
29.6
2
Kaushal to Williamson, 2 runs, goes back for the wide delivery outside off and slices it behind square on the off side for two
29.5
1
Kaushal to Taylor, 1 run, outside off this time, pushed off the back foot towards cover point

Consistent threat

4

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

All or nothing

275

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

A new high

85

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

Karunaratne's achievement

3

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

NZ's deadly duo

46

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