Player of the Match
Player of the Match

33 | 5 Runs | NZ: 119/5

  • Brendon McCullum14 (8b)
  • Jacob Oram12 (46b)
  • Muttiah Muralitharan14-5-34-3
  • Farveez Maharoof3-0-15-0

It's been an intriguing, low-scoring Test and New Zealand have held the advantage, although very slight at times, all the way through. Jayawardene's decision to bat first and Vettori's defiant fifty proved crucial to the final outcome. New Zealand's 52-run lead in the first-innings was invaluable.

Sri Lanka had their moments too, Muralitharan's four wickets in the first innings and Kumar Sangakkara's outstanding century on the third morning. However they just didn't score enough to stretch New Zealand to the limit.

It's been a fascinating Test and I've enjoyed bringing it to you. My favourite oddity from this Test was Craig Cumming being caught thrice of no-balls. That's about it from us at Cricinfo, your commentators for this match have been Binoy George, Sajan Nair and George Binoy. Do join us for the second Test at Wellington beginning on December 15. Cheers.

Muralitharan to McCullum, FOUR runs, and that's it that, McCullum settles the score in style, that pitches on leg and McCullum moved his front foot out of the way and slog sweeps over midwicket, New Zealand have won a tight Test by five wickets
Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run, swept down to long leg for a single, New Zealand are a boundary away
Muralitharan to Oram, no run, defended on the front foot

New Zealand 4th innings Partnerships

1st58CD CummingJM How
2nd8MS SinclairCD Cumming
3rd0SP FlemingMS Sinclair
4th2NJ AstleMS Sinclair
5th35NJ AstleJDP Oram
6th16JDP OramBB McCullum