Result
1st Test, Christchurch, Dec 7-9 2006, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
154 & 170
(33 ov, target 119)
206 & 119/5
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
1y
• The Bulletin by Charlie Austin

New Zealand clinch five-wicket victory

An extraordinary low-scoring Test match continued to twist and turn during day three but New Zealand hung on to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka154(52.4 overs)1st Innings
New Zealand206(85.4 overs)1st Innings
Sri Lanka170(53.1 overs)2nd Innings
Shane Bond4/63(19.1)
New Zealand119/5(33 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 335 runs
NZ: 119/5CRR: 3.6 
Brendon McCullum14 (8)
Jacob Oram12 (46)
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.

32.6
4
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
32.5
1
Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run
swept down to long leg for a single, New Zealand are a boundary away
32.4
Muralitharan to Oram, no run
defended on the front foot
32.3
Muralitharan to Oram, no run
struck outside off stump and they appeal for lbw, that was missing off by a long way
32.2
Muralitharan to Oram, no run
tossed up on middle and off, Oram gets his front foot well forward and watches it spin across his pad
32.1
Muralitharan to Oram, no run
defended on the front foot
end of over 325 runs
NZ: 114/5CRR: 3.56 
Brendon McCullum10 (7)
Jacob Oram11 (41)
Farveez Maharoof3-0-15-0
Muttiah Muralitharan13-5-29-3

New Zealand need just five more runs. McCullum is in a hurry to get it over with.

31.6
4
Maharoof to McCullum, FOUR runs
dropped a frction short and it's not that wide but McCullum frees his arms and lashes it through cover point for four
31.5
Maharoof to McCullum, no run
slower ball, only 105kmh, bowled a touch wide outside the off stump, driven to point
31.4
Maharoof to McCullum, no run
good length ball and very straight too, driven back to Maharoof
31.3
Maharoof to McCullum, no run
short outsie the off stump, McCullum drives aggressively off the back foot but can't beat the fielder at cover
31.2
1
Maharoof to Oram, 1 run
dabbed short on the leg side for a quick single

Jayawardene hasn't used Jayasuriya as a spin option so far in the match

31.1
Maharoof to Oram, no run
hits a good line and length outside the off stump, Maharoof lets it go

Farveez Maharoof into the attack, bowling from over the wicket.

end of over 317 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 109/5CRR: 3.51 
Brendon McCullum6 (3)
Jacob Oram10 (39)
Muttiah Muralitharan13-5-29-3
Chaminda Vaas12-3-33-2
30.6
6
Muralitharan to McCullum, SIX runs
shot! McCullum gives Murali the charge and lofts over extra cover for six runs, awesome shot and that reduces the runs needed to 10
30.5
Muralitharan to McCullum, no run
loud appeal for lbw but that wasn't close
30.4
Muralitharan to McCullum, no run
defended on the front foot back to the bowler

McCullum is the new batsman.

30.3
w
Muralitharan to Astle, OUT
Astle goes off the first ball he faces after tea, that one pitched around off stump and straightened, Astle played forward but down the wrong line, he got hit in front of middle and that was pretty plumb, almost identical to his dismissal in the first innings
NJ Astle lbw b Muralitharan 24 (50m 39b 3x4 0x6) SR: 61.53
30.2
1
Muralitharan to Oram, 1 run
drifting down leg side, worked behind square for a single
30.1
Muralitharan to Oram, no run
pitching on off stump and spins quite a long way across Oram who pushes forward and gets beaten, Jayawardene appeals for a catch behind he was miles from nicking that

Play is about to start after tea. Oram will take strike to Muralitharan. New Zealand need only 17 more to win. It's bright and sunny now, no signs of the rain that interrupted the morning session.

Murali will operate from over the wicket. He has a slip and a silly point.

Best performances - batsmen
KC Sangakkara
100 runs (154)
12 fours
1 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
leg glance
20 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
906922191320
DL Vettori
63 runs (114)
8 fours
0 sixes
Control69%
Productive shot
leg glance
17 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
51067131047
Best performances - bowlers
SE Bond
O
19.1
M
5
R
63
W
4
Eco
3.28
M Muralitharan
O
34
M
7
R
65
W
4
Eco
1.91
Match details
AMI Stadium, Christchurch
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Shane Bond
Series resultNew Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1820
Season2006/07
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 3.10-3.30pm, Close 5.30pm
Match days7,8,9 December 2006 (5-day match)
Test debut
Chamara Silva
Umpires
Simon Taufel
Brian Jerling
TV Umpire
Gary Baxter
Reserve Umpire
Dave Quested
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath