Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    19.3 leading edge, that's an easy catch for Kaushal at point, Latham is gone! It wasn't a wicket-taking delivery really, swinging down the leg side, Latham played it early trying to tuck it to the leg side and the edge looped towards point. The ball had actually cut in after pitching, inducing the edge 60/2
    13.1 that's through! What a sight for the bowler, the off stump went flying. Change of ends worked or not, change of length worked for sure. It was fuller on the off stump, Rutherford drove for the angle but the ball nipped in after pitching on length and crashed into the off stump 37/1
    46.2 that's gone through, Williamson is bowled! That was a beautiful delivery, nipping in from outside off, KW leaned forward to defend but the ball sneaked through the bat and pad gap to hit the top of the stumps 214/4
    23.4 oh Taylor's run out, that was a mix up and Taylor slipped on top of that! He tucked the incoming delivery off the pads towards backward square leg and set off for a quick single, KW responded initially but stopped after a couple of steps, and just when Taylor turned back to get back in the crease, he slipped and was fell short as Kaushal Silva got a direct hit 88/3
    65.5 he's gone! No double-hundred, no more records! Gets down to reach the ball on the full, had moved outside leg as well to carve it wide of long-off again, but the fielder was quick to move to his left, dive forward and pouch a good catch to give Kaushal his maiden Test wicket. Christchurch gives the New Zealand captain a standing ovation as he walks back. What a treat after eight years without Test cricket in the city 367/5
    74.2 gone, superb catch from Sanga at slip! The ball was angled across the batsman outside the off stump, Neesham played it late and wanted to run it down to third man bu the thick edge went wide of the keeper and Sanga dived low to his right for a very good and quick catch he completed with both hands 420/6
    80.3 another loud appeal for lbw, another one given out, but Watling doesn't review it. This was a sharp swinging delivery coming in from outside off, Watling looked to defend but missed and was struck in front of middle and leg. Watling spoke to Craig once he was given out, and decided not to review it. Replays show that was missing leg stump, though. And that's stumps 429/7
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    82.5 that's a good catch at second slip, Mathews has struck again! He drew the outside edge by pitching the good-length delivery outside off, Southee drove tentatively and Thirimanne dived to his right to complete the low catch with both his hands. Bit of extra bounce as well 431/8
    85.4 straight to point, Wagner has given it away! It was a short delivery well outside off, Wagner played it on the up and handed a simple catch to Kaushal's left. Second wicket for Lakmal 440/9
    85.5 that's the last wicket, he's caught behind and the SL players are celebrating but the umpire is unmoved, Boult's reaction also showed as if nothing had happened. Short of length delivery outside off with some outswing, he tried to defend on the back foot and was beaten, SL review it! Replays confirm there was an edge and HotSpot confirms it too. Decision overturned, NZ are all out 441/10
    13 (lb 4, nb 7, w 2)
    441 all out (85.5 Overs, RR: 5.13, 413 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Hamish Rutherford, 13.1 ov), 2-60 (Tom Latham, 19.3 ov), 3-88 (Ross Taylor, 23.4 ov), 4-214 (Kane Williamson, 46.2 ov), 5-367 (Brendon McCullum, 65.5 ov), 6-420 (James Neesham, 74.2 ov), 7-429 (BJ Watling, 80.3 ov), 8-431 (Tim Southee, 82.5 ov), 9-440 (Neil Wagner, 85.4 ov), 10-441 (Trent Boult, 85.5 ov)
    RAS Lakmal19.539034.5302
    RMS Eranga1818214.5500
    AD Mathews1223933.2500
    KTGD Prasad1226215.1620
    PHT Kaushal22015917.2205
    HDRL Thirimanne20502.5000
    0.4 gone gone, loud appeal for lbw and given immediately! This one came in instead of swinging away from off stump line, Karunaratne defended on the wrong line and was struck on the back pad in front of the stumps. 100th Test wicket for Boult! 0/1
    4.2 another loud appeal, another one given! Silva hardly had time to play the shot for that one. It was a length delivery on middle stump and it swung in sharply, hardly giving Silva any time to react, hitting him in front of leg. Silva reviews it but ball-tracking says that's hitting leg stump, he has to go back 8/2
    8.3 edged and Boult gets the big fish - Sanga! Beautiful away-swinging length delivery outside off making him drive, he does that on the up and thick edge flies to Southee's left at third slips where he takes a good diving catch. Sanga falls short of 12k runs by six runs 15/3
    25.2 edged this time and another good catch in the slips! Thirimanne had poked in the last delivery as well and does it again to edge the length delivery outside off towards the slips and Craig dives to his right from second slip to complete an impressive catch. Southee gets his reward for his persistent bowling 58/4
    35.5 his attacking mode costs him the wicket. caught at third man easily. Charged down again for the length delivery outside off, got a thick leading edge which went high in the air and Latham got under it easily. Second wicket for Wagner 105/7
    25.6 another edge, another wicket for Southee! It was outside the leg stump and Dickwella played early to tuck it on the leg side and the ball took a leading edge as the face of the bat had closed by the time it reached the batsman. Simple catch for the captain at short cover 60/5
    33.4 another good catch, another wicket and SL reeling now! It was a fullish delivery well outside off, Jayawardene reached out for it and drove away from the body, producing a thick edge and Williamson dives to his right to take a good low catch. Sixth wicket down 88/6
    38.6 in the air again and this one's taken easily at mid off! It was on length and angled in, Prasad wanted to loft it over the in field but didn't middle it at all. The bat turned in his hand as he drove it in the air and McCullum took an easy catch 128/9
    37.4 make it one more - for another great catch behind square! Kaushal pushed at the length delivery that was angled across him, thick edge went in the air and KW at gully dived to his right again, but to catch it with only one hand this time 118/8
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    42.4 wicket number 10 and Sri Lanka are all out for 138! Lakmal made room and slogged the length delivery from outside off, it went high and McCullum ran back a bit at mid off to take the high catch, and that should be tea 138/10
    6 (lb 3, nb 1, w 2)
    138 all out (42.4 Overs, RR: 3.23, 204 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 0.4 ov), 2-8 (Kaushal Silva, 4.2 ov), 3-15 (Kumar Sangakkara, 8.3 ov), 4-58 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 25.2 ov), 5-60 (Niroshan Dickwella, 25.6 ov), 6-88 (Prasanna Jayawardene, 33.4 ov), 7-105 (Angelo Mathews, 35.5 ov), 8-118 (Tharindu Kaushal, 37.4 ov), 9-128 (Dhammika Prasad, 38.6 ov), 10-138 (Suranga Lakmal, 42.4 ov)
    TA Boult1142532.2710
    TG Southee1241721.4100
    JDS Neesham6.412824.2010
    N Wagner1106035.4501
    MD Craig20502.5000
    116.3 bowled him, that's the big wicket with a peach of a delivery! Boult angled the ball in by pitching it on length on off, Dimuth played for the angle with a straight bat but the ball moved away and struck off stump. Wicket-taking delivery, no doubt 277/4
    35.6 gone, Southee strikes in the first over! Moved one way, brought one in and this one was bowled with a scrambled seam just outside off, Silva poked for the ball and it just took the outside edge for an easy catch to the keeper. Great start for New Zealand straightaway 85/1
    42.2 Boult has struck, he gets Sanga again with the outside edge! Accurate delivery just outside off on length, Sanga played inside the line again as the ball moved away and the outside edge was flying to first slip's right but Watling got there just in time with both hands for a nice catch 94/2
    87.5 whattay catch, Watling's a star, as good a catch as the one taken by Haddin at the MCG some time back! Neesham angled it across the batsman, Thirimanne drove and the thick edge was flying towards first slip but Watling leapt to his left to grab the ball with both hands 181/3
    132.2 another one for Southee, he's got the captain caught behind! It was bouncer angled in a little bit, Mathews stayed in the crease and pulled and the ball took a faint top edge for an easy catch for Watling. Big wicket for NZ 320/7
    122.3 Boult's on fire! He produces another edge from Dickwella's bat, with a short of length delivery this time, he pokes and the outside edge goes around chest height to Neesham at third slip 287/5
    128.4 can't keep it down this time, Southee's short stuff has worked! It was just outside off, Kaushal wanted to leave it but couldn't get his bat out of the way in time and a thick edge flew to second slip where Craig took the catch to his right over the shoulders 307/6
    144.3 the bowling change has done it - that's an easy catch for Southee at long-off. Craig pitched it around length outside off, Jayawardene came on the front foot and lofted it high in the air to hand an easy catch to Southee 348/9
    136.4 he takes it this time, Taylor at slip! Southee's producing edges so often here Taylor gets another chance and he grabs it. Full delivery outside off, Prasad drove without any footwork and the edge went over Taylor's head but he held on to it this time 325/8
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    153.6 that's it, that's the last wicket and SL are all out. Lakmal swung his bat at this short of length ball outside off, got a leading edge high in the air and Southee pouched it at cover. That will also be lunch 407/10
    26 (b 4, lb 20, nb 1, w 1)
    407 all out (f/o) (154 Overs, RR: 2.64, 655 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-85 (Kaushal Silva, 35.6 ov), 2-94 (Kumar Sangakkara, 42.2 ov), 3-181 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 87.5 ov), 4-277 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 116.3 ov), 5-287 (Niroshan Dickwella, 122.3 ov), 6-307 (Tharindu Kaushal, 128.4 ov), 7-320 (Angelo Mathews, 132.2 ov), 8-325 (Dhammika Prasad, 136.4 ov), 9-348 (Prasanna Jayawardene, 144.3 ov), 10-407 (Suranga Lakmal, 153.6 ov)
    TA Boult39810042.5610
    TG Southee3789142.4500
    N Wagner3067602.5301
    MD Craig38108312.1800
    JDS Neesham822913.6200
    BB McCullum10303.0000
    KS Williamson10101.0000

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)

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

Close of Play

  • Fri, 26 Dec - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 429/7 (MD Craig 5*, 80.3 ov)
  • Sat, 27 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 84/0 (FDM Karunaratne 49*, JK Silva 33*, 35 ov)
  • Sun, 28 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 293/5 (AD Mathews 53*, PHT Kaushal 5*, 125 ov)
  • Mon, 29 Dec - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 107/2 (30.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

NZ's deadly duo


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

Karunaratne's achievement


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


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

All or nothing


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

Consistent threat


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