Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Presentation:

The Man of the Match is Rangana Herath: "I enjoy bowling here. I stick to the basics. I saw on (that I was the leading wicket-taker in 2012).

Taylor: "Herath put us under pressure all the while. The way schedules are these days it can't be helped (lack of warm-ups). The new ball bowlers bowled exceptionally well. The partnership between Angelo and Mahela took the game away. I'm sure there will be a couple of changes before the next Test, but we will have to see the wicket."

Mahela: "He (Herath) has taken a lot of responsibility. This morning we showed a lot of control with the ball and kept the pressure on. It's a great venue and enjoy batting here. When Dilshan is fit he will walk straight into the side, positive to see Dimuth bat. Happy with the young talent but it's a work in progress."

We've shared a lot of our views on what NZ's ideal line-up should be. Might be worth getting Todd Astle in as the second spinner. There's also Wagner in the mix. Franklin's had an ordinary game. We'll see what happens in the second Test at the P Sara Oval on Sunday.

Thanks for your company for this Test, a short one though. Cheers!

End of match: The debutant has the joy of hitting the winning runs on debut. After an evenly matched second day, the third was all Sri Lanka's. New Zealand have extended their losing streak to five now, having lost two each to West Indies and India before this. Going back to the horrors of the mid-90s where they endured another horrible slump. Bring back Flem.

It's all about the batting isn't it? We've talked about this before, but the collective loss of form is causing these defeats. Makes you wonder why there wasn't a request to keep BJ Watling for the Tests.

Luke Winslade wants heads to roll at the top: "This is getting beyond a joke now. Ross Taylor must be fast approaching as the worst NZ captain of all time...yet somehow he keeps the skippers band. Time to try someone new. NZ cricket needs to pull its head out of the sand and start playing hard ball with these inconsistent sorry examples of sportsman. From a very disappointed NZ sports fan!"

Rajneesh Gupta tweets that New Zealand's worst losing streak is 6, during 1954-55.

18.3
4
Bracewell to Karunaratne, FOUR runs, game over! This was bowled short and sliding down leg, he swiveled at the crease and pulled it along the ground and the sweeper slides and cannot stop it
18.2
0
Bracewell to Karunaratne, no run, lands outside off and he leaves it alone
18.1
4
Bracewell to Karunaratne, FOUR runs, this was banged in short, he swivels and pulls along the ground behind square, the fielder in the deep had given up the chase

END OF OVER:
18 | 6 Runs | SL: 85/0

  • Dimuth Karunaratne52 (57b)
  • Tharanga Paranavitana31 (51b)
  • Kane Williamson1-0-6-0
  • Doug Bracewell5-0-27-0
17.6
1
Williamson to Karunaratne, 1 run, tucks it wide of mid-on for a single
17.5
2
Williamson to Karunaratne, 2 runs, he gets to his fifty on debut with a clip wide of mid-on! Congrats to the young man, he becomes the 3rd Sri Lankan to score a fifty on debut after a duck, after Roy Dias and Athula Samarasekara
17.4
0
Williamson to Karunaratne, no run, comes well forward and defends
17.3
2
Williamson to Karunaratne, 2 runs, low full toss and he comes down the track and works it wide if midwicket, good stop by Boult at deep midwicket
17.2
1
Williamson to Paranavitana, 1 run, tossed up and he pushes a single to mid-on
17.1
0
Williamson to Paranavitana, no run, tossed up and he defends it

Williamson now

END OF OVER:
17 | 5 Runs | SL: 79/0

  • Dimuth Karunaratne47 (53b)
  • Tharanga Paranavitana30 (49b)
  • Doug Bracewell5-0-27-0
  • Jeetan Patel5-1-22-0
16.6
0
Bracewell to Karunaratne, no run, another short ball and he ducks under the bouncer
16.5
0
Bracewell to Karunaratne, no run, this was banged in short and Karunaratne swiveled and tried to hook that away towards fine leg, missed it completely
16.4
1
Bracewell to Paranavitana, 1 run, full outside off and he pushes it wide of mid-off for a single
16.3
4
Bracewell to Paranavitana, FOUR runs, drags the length back and it's far too short and wide, the field is up so the batsman just has to slap it over backward point