1st Test, Colombo (RPS), May 27-31 1998, New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka
305 & 444/6d
(131.5 ov, target 465)
285 & 297
New Zealand won by 167 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
New Zealand 1st Innings
BA Young c †Kaluwitharana b Muralitharan301171364025.64
MJ Horne  b Bandaratilleke1547323031.91
SP Fleming (c)c Jayasuriya b Kalpage7818020912043.33
NJ Astle c Jayawardene b Kalpage3048494062.50
CD McMillan lbw b Muralitharan042000.00
AC Parore c Jayasuriya b Wickramasinghe671131898059.29
CL Cairns c Bandara b Muralitharan2044501145.45
CZ Harris lbw b Wickramasinghe1937413051.35
DL Vettori c Kalpage b Muralitharan2048804041.66
PJ Wiseman c Jayawardene b Muralitharan622241027.27
SB Doull not out15100020.00
Extras(lb 9, nb 9, w 1)19
TOTAL(105.2 Ov, RR: 2.89)305
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Matt Horne, 7.5 ov), 2-97 (Bryan Young, 39.5 ov), 3-141 (Nathan Astle, 53.4 ov), 4-141 (Craig McMillan, 54.4 ov), 5-188 (Stephen Fleming, 67.6 ov), 6-229 (Chris Cairns, 80.4 ov), 7-269 (Chris Harris, 90.5 ov), 8-282 (Adam Parore, 96.3 ov), 9-296 (Paul Wiseman, 101.6 ov), 10-305 (Daniel Vettori, 105.2 ov)
GP Wickramasinghe1425523.9210
DPMD Jayawardene301003.3300
MRCN Bandaratilleke2265112.3100
M Muralitharan38.299052.3408
HMCM Bandara1334103.1501
RS Kalpage1524923.2600
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
ST Jayasuriya c †Parore b Cairns1020302050.00
MS Atapattu c †Parore b Cairns058000.00
DPMD Jayawardene c Vettori b Wiseman5210812810048.14
PA de Silva c Doull b McMillan3785964043.52
A Ranatunga (c) b Cairns49741226166.21
RS Kaluwitharana  b Vettori7213616613052.94
RS Kalpage  b Wiseman610261060.00
GP Wickramasinghe lbw b Vettori2751762052.94
MRCN Bandaratilleke run out (Wiseman)2051612039.21
M Muralitharan  b Vettori052000.00
HMCM Bandara not out00100-
Extras(lb 8, nb 4)12
TOTAL(90.2 Ov, RR: 3.15)285
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Marvan Atapattu, 1.4 ov), 2-21 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 5.6 ov), 3-101 (Aravinda de Silva, 35.3 ov), 4-105 (Mahela Jayawardene, 36.4 ov), 5-206 (Arjuna Ranatunga, 63.4 ov), 6-221 (Ruwan Kalpage), 7-237 (Romesh Kaluwitharana), 8-284 (Pramodya Wickramasinghe, 89.2 ov), 9-284 (Muttiah Muralitharan, 89.5 ov), 10-285 (Niroshan Bandaratilleke, 90.2 ov)
SB Doull12.224303.4801
CL Cairns1505933.9302
CZ Harris712703.8501
DL Vettori2485632.3300
PJ Wiseman2046123.0500
CD McMillan1243112.5800
New Zealand 2nd Innings
BA Young lbw b Bandaratilleke1113122084.61
MJ Horne c Ranatunga b Muralitharan3569965050.72
SP Fleming (c)not out17433347516152.25
NJ Astle c †Kaluwitharana b Jayasuriya341041172132.69
CD McMillan c Kalpage b Muralitharan14217923813679.32
AC Parore c Kalpage b Muralitharan1660016.66
CL Cairns c Jayawardene b Muralitharan621151028.57
CZ Harris not out1428231050.00
Extras(b 5, lb 10, nb 12)27
TOTAL(123 Ov, RR: 3.6)444/6d
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Bryan Young, 3.1 ov), 2-68 (Matt Horne, 24.4 ov), 3-160 (Nathan Astle, 56.4 ov), 4-400 (Craig McMillan, 110.5 ov), 5-404 (Adam Parore, 112.2 ov), 6-416 (Chris Cairns, 116.3 ov)
GP Wickramasinghe702103.0000
MRCN Bandaratilleke39810512.6901
PA de Silva201407.0000
M Muralitharan36513743.8008
HMCM Bandara803804.7504
RS Kalpage1545103.4000
ST Jayasuriya1606313.9300
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings (target: 465 runs)
ST Jayasuriya c Young b Wiseman59911138064.83
MS Atapattu c Horne b Wiseman1633572048.48
DPMD Jayawardene c Horne b Wiseman542552705021.17
PA de Silva lbw b Vettori711551758145.80
A Ranatunga (c)c & b Vettori929322031.03
RS Kaluwitharana c †Parore b McMillan3958738067.24
RS Kalpage c Young b Vettori1629273055.17
MRCN Bandaratilleke c Horne b Wiseman1691871017.58
GP Wickramasinghe c Young b Cairns014000.00
M Muralitharan not out945472020.00
HMCM Bandara lbw b Wiseman086000.00
Extras(b 1, lb 4, nb 3)8
TOTAL(131.5 Ov, RR: 2.25)297
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Marvan Atapattu, 14.3 ov), 2-89 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 30.4 ov), 3-194 (Aravinda de Silva, 84.1 ov), 4-216 (Arjuna Ranatunga, 92.4 ov), 5-216 (Mahela Jayawardene, 93.1 ov), 6-239 (Ruwan Kalpage, 100.6 ov), 7-277 (Romesh Kaluwitharana, 113.5 ov), 8-279 (Pramodya Wickramasinghe, 115.2 ov), 9-289 (Niroshan Bandaratilleke, 129.3 ov), 10-297 (Malinga Bandara, 131.5 ov)
SB Doull301505.0000
CL Cairns1966413.3603
PJ Wiseman46.5178251.7500
DL Vettori512310131.9800
CD McMillan641212.0000
CZ Harris411604.0000
NJ Astle20201.0000
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossNew Zealand , elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Stephen Fleming
Series resultNew Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1415
Match days27,28,29,30,31 May 1998 (5-day match)
Test debut
Niroshan Bandaratilleke
Malinga Bandara
Paul Wiseman
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
Udaya Wickramasinghe
Match Referee
Talat Ali
Wed, 27 May - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 282/7 (AC Parore 67*, DL Vettori 9*, 96 ov)
Thu, 28 May - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 251/7 (GP Wickramasinghe 9*, MRCN Bandaratilleke 8*, 82 ov)
Fri, 29 May - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 260/3 (SP Fleming 106*, CD McMillan 64*, 79 ov)
Sat, 30 May - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 111/2 (DPMD Jayawardene 13*, PA de Silva 19*, 48 ov)
Sun, 31 May - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 297 (131.5 ov) - end of match
  • First ever time in Test history that New Zealand have won 3 consecutive Tests - 2 v Zimbabwe, 1 v Sri Lanka in 1997-98.
  • A streak of 8 consecutive home Tests without defeat (4 wins, 4 draws) for Sri Lanka is ended (Sri Lankan record).
  • Partnership of 240 for the 4th wicket of the New Zealand 2nd innings between SP Fleming and CD McMillan is a record in Tests against Sri Lanka (previous: 82 between JF Reid and SL Boock at Colombo Cricket Club in 1983-84). It is the 3rd highest partnership for any wicket for New Zealand in Tests against Sri Lanka. It is the 2nd highest partnership for the 4th wicket in Tests for New Zealand against any country (best: 243 between MJ Horne and NJ Astle v Zimbabwe at Auckland in 1997-98).
  • SP Fleming's match aggregate of 252 runs (78 & 174*) is the 4th highest in Tests for New Zealand.
  • SP Fleming's 174* is the 2nd highest individual Test score by a New Zealander in Sri Lanka (best: JF Reid 180 at Colombo Cricket Club in 1983-84).
  • PJ Wiseman's 5-82 in the 2nd Sri Lankan innings are the 3rd best ever by a New Zealander on Test debut (and best since BR Taylor 5-86 v India at Calcutta in 1964-65). His match haul of 7-143 are the best figures on debut in Tests for New Zealand (previous best: FJ Cameron 6-92 v South Africa at Cape Town in 1961-62).