2nd Test, Colombo (PSS), Nov 25-29 2012, New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka
412 & 194/9d
(85.5 ov, target 363)
244 & 195
New Zealand won by 167 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
• The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

All-round New Zealand level series with big win

New Zealand shrugged off five consecutive defeats with one of their most memorable victories in recent times, squaring the two-Test series with a 167-win at the P Sara Oval

Match centre 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Devashish Fuloria
Scorecard summary
New Zealand412(153 overs)1st Innings
Sri Lanka244(94 overs)1st Innings
New Zealand194/9d(54 overs)2nd Innings
Ross Taylor74 (95)
Todd Astle35 (100)
Sri Lanka195(85.5 overs)2nd Innings

So another wonderful Test to round-up a week or so of exciting cricket. Thanks for all your comments and feedback. I may not be drunk, but the fingers certainly feel that way. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off, it's been a pleasure.

Ponting, what a legend!

Presentation: Ross Taylor wins the Man-of-the-Match award: "It is always good to come overseas and win. The bowlers were brilliant and they set it up. I guess we got a lot of stick last week for our performances, but we stuck to our task and fought hard throughout five matches. We took our catches and fielder pretty well. Hopefully we can take some momentum from here to South Africa."

Mahela Jayawardene: "Credit to New Zealand team, they played really well and we were always behind. Three Tests would have been brilliant, but this series has been good and tough at the same time. They batted really well and they scored well in the first innings and we didn't do that. Their bowlers kept asking questions and kept the pressure up. We need to improve against the new ball when we go the Australia. But New Zealand bowled very well in these conditions."

Rangana Herath is the Man of the Series: "For 20 wickets, I had to bowl a lot and it was good for me in a two-match series. I am confident ahead of the Australia series."

Samuel: "I think the best thing about this victory is that now New Zealand has a team that can take 20 wickets! Say what you will about the batting being talented but not performing. But the bowling attack hasn't looked as threatening as this since Bond retired. All round performance. More hard work ahead. Bring it on SAFS! "

Kalpit: "What a superb cricket we have seen in last week or so. Visitors' week it has been. It started with England, then RSA drew superbly and now Kiwis have given it finishing touch. Not only visitors but also Test Cricket has bounced back."

Karthik: "For all those wondering why the fuss about this potential NZ victory, the black caps have won only 9 of 43 tests in the last 5 years. Of those, 6 have come against Zim & Ban. This is a big victory folks, against a higher ranked team and in an away series!"

Tom: "Great result for world cricket, good to see NZ finally getting a result go there way, I don't know what it is, but I get the feeling that South Africa, Aus, Eng, NZ are going to dominate world cricket due to the fact they are not flat track bullies!" Surely they can, they seem to have incisive bowling attacks for all conditions.

New Zealand square the series with their first win in 14 years in Sri Lanka. What a test match this has been? Sri Lanka fought hard all day through Angelo Mathews and some useful efforts around him. But New Zealand bowlers kept coming hard on a dead pitch. It was only a matter of time before the new ball was taken. A big big win for the kiwis.

Lots of big contributions from New Zealand - Taylor, Williamson, Southee and Bolt. From a Sri Lankan perspective, their top-order left the team in doldrums in both innings, and that turned out to be the difference between the two teams.

Brendan: "After watching this match unfold, seeing the New Zealand bowling attack performing so well, I can't wait to see them come to England in the summer! Was expecting an easy win until now..."

Boult to Mathews, OUT
Caught at second slip! It was a length ball going across Angelo, who tried to hit it hard towards the leg side and got an outside edge that flew fast towards Guptill, who took a reflex catch in front of his face
AD Mathews c Guptill b Boult 84 (299m 228b 11x4 1x6) SR: 36.84
Boult to Herath, 1 run
fuller delivery now, this is squeezed past cover and Herath gets off strike
Boult to Herath, no run
short ball on the body now, hits the shoulder of the bat and lobs up in the air, tantalisingly short of the gully fielder
Boult to Herath, no run
fuller length delivery, swings in and hits the batsman in front. Loud appeal by everyone but there was big inside edge that saved Herath
Boult to Herath, FOUR runs
length ball on the middle, Herath walks across and glances it down to fine-leg boundary
end of over 8517 runs
SL: 190/9CRR: 2.23 
Angelo Mathews84 (227)
Rangana Herath1 (1)
Tim Southee20-5-58-3
Trent Boult17-6-28-2
Southee to Mathews, FOUR runs
bowled on the pads and this is driven through midwicket for another boundary

He needs the strike now.

Southee to Mathews, FOUR runs
full down the leg side again, it is flicked through square leg for another boundary. Mathews goes to 80
Southee to Mathews, no run
short of length outside off, defended off the back foot
Southee to Mathews, FOUR runs
full ball down the leg side, helped on its way to the fine-leg boundary
Southee to Mathews, FOUR runs
short ball, Mathews goes for a pull, the top-edge goes over the keeper's head
Southee to Herath, 1 run
dabbed towards midwicket the batsman pinch a single
end of over 844 runs
SL: 173/9CRR: 2.05 
Angelo Mathews68 (222)
Rangana Herath0 (0)
Trent Boult17-6-28-2
Tim Southee19-5-41-3
Boult to Mathews, no run
super yorker, swings the other way, Mathews gets a leading edge to the bowler, who gets a hand to it and deflects the ball past the stumps. Had it hit, the game would have been over
Boult to Mathews, no run
length ball, goes across the batsman, Mathews pushes it to cover without much feet movement
Boult to Mathews, FOUR runs
what a shot by Mathews! Boult bowls it full and outside off, the batsman just punches it past mid-off to the boundary
Boult to Mathews, no run
full and swinging on the pads, driven back to the bowler

Sean: "This game has kept my Grandfather and I awake all week. The Black caps when away have kept us both awake late for years and this is why! Thanks for rewarding my patience lads! I'm holding my breath for a win now :) Clean champagne glasses ready to go!"

Boult to Mathews, no run
full down the leg side and Mathews flicks it in the air, goes after one bounce to the fielder at deep backward square
Boult to Mathews, no run
short of length, beats the outside edge as Mathews tries to play that from the crease

Just one more to go...

end of over 831 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 169/9CRR: 2.03 
Angelo Mathews64 (216)
Tim Southee19-5-41-3
Trent Boult16-6-24-2

But seriously, these one-handers have been brilliant. Please do check them out on youtube or somewhere later.

Southee to Eranga, OUT
What a blinder! or is it? it's a fuller length ball outside off and Eranga tries to play it from the crease, gets an edge to gully, very low to the right of Williamson and he plucks another one-hander. It looks good to me, but the third umpire is checking if that hasn't touched the ground. Finally the finger goes up
RMS Eranga c Williamson b Southee 0 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Best performances - batsmen
LRPL Taylor
142 runs (306)
11 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
48 runs
5 fours
0 sixes
KS Williamson
135 runs (305)
12 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
40 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
HMRKB Herath
TG Southee
Match details
P Sara Oval, Colombo
TossNew Zealand , elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Ross Taylor
Player Of The Series
Rangana Herath
Series result2-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberTest no. 2063
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days25,26,27,28,29 November 2012 (5-day match)
Test debut
Todd Astle
Nigel Llong
Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Tyron Wijewardene
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath