Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    57.3 Southee bags the prize scalp of Dimuth Karunaratne Fuller than a good length and angling away outside off, seaming away further, Southee drags Karunaratne forward into a drive away from the body. The SL captain does not meet the pitch of the ball and simply nicks it off to Watling behind the stumps 130/5
    14.4 that's soft and Thirimanne, after an hour's toil falls to a loose stroke! Done in in the flight after the quicker one previous ball, this one was tossed up, drew him forward, but was never quite there for the drive, Thirimanne pushed at it uncertainly and just spooned an easy catch to Williamson at short cover 29/1
    32.3 the nibble outside off does him in. CdG keeps it in the channel and gets it to move just a little bit away. Mendis has been feeling bat confidently on ball and is coming forward to push-punch it, but the movement means it takes a feather of an edge and settles into Watling's gloves. 79/2
    41.1 and that's Boult's 250th, the third from New Zealand to the landmark! Not the best delivery, an attempted short ball that didn't quite rise as much and was misdirected down the leg side but more than anything, what did Mathews in was the lack of pace as he was through the pull too early and ended up feathering it to a diving Watling down the leg side 93/3
    41.5 and just like that he has his 251st! A worthy delivery, that one,it was length just outside off, jagged back in sharply, Perera shouldered arms and the umpire raised his finger as soon as Boult went up in appeal, there was no doubt about that whatsoever 93/4
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    90.2 that's that, and he's lost his stumps. Was looking for quick runs, Boult bowls a knuckle ball again, this time on target on the stumps. Dhananjaya went for the slog to cow corner, too early into the shot and the ball crashes into timbre. 244/10
    57.6 Top bowling from Southee. He emulates Boult in producing a double-wicket maiden. Nice and full, leaving Dickwella from over the stumps, a bit closer to off, so Dickwella has to play at this. He has a leaden-footed waft at it and edges it behind to Watling 130/6
    74.5 arm ball, skids on, he plays back expecting it to be shorter than it really is, done in by the flat trajectory and the umpire raises his finger promptly. He reviews after some consultation with his partner but probably knew he was dead in front of middle there 171/7
    83.5 and this time the short ball gets him! Lakmal showed spirit in lasting through the barrage, but a flying catch by Watling behind the stumps sends him on his way. Southee had taken out the slips and only had a short leg, telegraphing the bouncer - or making Lakmal think of a double bluff - but he ends up bowling a mean bumper that homes in on the throat. Lakmal's fends at it with arched back and it flies off the glove/bat handle. The hang time means Watling can go full stretch to his right and pluck out the ball. 214/8
    85.1 rapped in front for a confident shout and he's given. Embuldeniya is reviewing it, but I don't think it will save him. Pitches in line, straightens and hits pad with the batsman playing half-cock and DRS shows three reds. That was crashing into leg stump 224/9
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    6 (b 1, lb 2, nb 3)
    TOTAL
    244 all out (90.2 Overs, RR: 2.70, 410 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 14.4 ov), 2-79 (Kusal Mendis, 32.3 ov), 3-93 (Angelo Mathews, 41.1 ov), 4-93 (Kusal Perera, 41.5 ov), 5-130 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 57.3 ov), 6-130 (Niroshan Dickwella, 57.6 ov), 7-171 (Dilruwan Perera, 74.5 ov), 8-214 (Suranga Lakmal, 83.5 ov), 9-224 (Lasith Embuldeniya, 85.1 ov), 10-244 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 90.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    TA Boult22.267533.3500
    TG Southee2976342.1700
    C de Grandhomme1733512.0503
    WER Somerville632013.3300
    AY Patel1644813.0000
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    3.1 edged and taken! Nicely tossed up around off, drew him forward, dipped and turned, took the outside edge and it's that man, Dhananjaya de Silva, in action at slip again, pouched safely 1/1
    85.3 skidder from Dilruwan, the new ball slides on at 91ks, keeps gathering pace off the pitch and pings the pad as the batsman plays back to it. Latham has been given out lbw. But he challenges the on-field out decision. Is this heading down the leg side? Slides in and hits the back pad on the knee-roll in front of leg stump. Impact in line, and ball-tracking reckons it would crash into leg stump. Good call from umpire Gough, and Latham has to go after a resolute 154. He acknowledges the applause as he walks back to the change room 269/5
    12.5 length around off and Williamson guides it into second slip's hands, like offering catching practice. This dab to third man often gets Williamson into trouble but a third straight failure isn't as common. New Zealand in trouble 34/2
    26.2 taken by slip. The coming down the track tactic has come unstuck. They were doing it to Embuldeniya a lot, but he kept tossing them up. This time Taylor didn't get to the pitch of the ball but went for the drive anyway. The turn took his outside edge for the lone slip to hold a smart catch. 84/3
    42.3 it's the same bowler-fielder combination that accounted for Jeet Raval, almost identical dismissal, as it was tossed up, inviting him forward, dipped on him and turned just enough to take the outside edge to Dhanajaya de Silva. Against the run of play, Sri Lanka claw back into the contest and would probably consider themselves ahead in this seesawing battle 126/4
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    110.2 looks for the sweep again from the rough, the ball kicks a little and de Grandhomme top edges it straight to deep square leg. Wasn't an easy chance at all as the ball had plenty of hang time, he settled under it and watched it into his hands nicely. 382/6
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    TOTAL
    431/6d (115 Overs, RR: 3.74, 490 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Jeet Raval, 3.1 ov), 2-34 (Kane Williamson, 12.5 ov), 3-84 (Ross Taylor, 26.2 ov), 4-126 (Henry Nicholls, 42.3 ov), 5-269 (Tom Latham, 85.3 ov), 6-382 (Colin de Grandhomme, 110.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MDK Perera37411433.0800
    DM de Silva511002.0000
    RAS Lakmal1123202.9000
    CBRLS Kumara25011514.6030
    L Embuldeniya37415624.2100
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    0.5 what a dreadful way to lose your first wicket when you're trying to save a match! Run out by a mile, Thirimanne.. Pushed to midwicket, he took off almost immediately even though there was slight hesitation from the non striker but had to change course suddenly, the fielder swooped down quickly on the ball and hit direct with the under arm 0/1
    2.2 edged and taken, Sri Lanka, oh Sri Lanka, what are you doing? Poor shot under any circumstances, it was banged in back of a length, climbing and moving away slightly, Perera followed it with his hands and offered Watling a head high catch, which was gleefully accepted 4/2
    21.5 bowled through the gate Super ball from Somerville, classic offie's dismissal. Flighted outside off, gets it to drift gently away, draws Mendis forward to defend before dipping, and breaking sharply on pitching. Sneaks through bat and pad to ping the stumps. 32/5
    11.3 the outswinger gets him! New Zealand's charge continues. This was bowled in the corridor, gently moving away, and Mathews' bat seemed to have a magnet in it, pulling it towards the ball. Kisses the edge and goes to slip. 11/3
    18.3 and it's worked immediately! The arrival of that fielder at silly point could have prompted Dhananjaya to skip down the track and play the ball, not wanting to risk one popping in the air while defending from the crease. It results in an uncertain push away from the body that takes the edge and flies to second slip. 22/4
    69.3 Dickwella is distraught but he he has to leave. That was against the run of play completely. He had looked so much in control, especially when sweeping. And outstanding anticipation by Tom Latham. So this was a fuller one outside off, Dickwella's been fetching sweeps from there all innings long, this time he gets a top edge. Latham runs from backward short leg to leg slip even as Dickwella was shaping to play the shot and grabbed it. 118/9
    43.5 no shot offered and given lbw Southee subtly altered his line to bring it closer to off stump and it moved in with the angle to hit him on the knee-roll. He was looking to shoulder arms so no shot offered. He's opted to review it, but that won't help him. three reds so Karunaratne is gone, and he's become Southee's 250th Test wicket 73/6
    47.4 caught by Taylor at first slip Southee had set the field for the bouncer, bowled a full one swinging away. Dilruwan couldn't rein himself in and went for the drive, got a healthy edge and Ross Taylor moved smartly to hold it well away from his body and low down to his right. 75/7
    65.3 finally New Zealand have the breakthrough to crack ope the game again.That was a lovely delivery to the tailender! Tossed up around off, drew him forward, there was extra bounce and turn for Somerville and it took Lakmal's on the way to backward short-leg 115/8
    70.2 it's all over! A superb short ball from Trent Boult and New Zealand have squared the series. Fast, rising up awkwardly from back of a length and it's too much for a tailender. He's trying to get out of the way by ducking, but it's homing in on his ribs and he is too slow to get his gloves down. The ball flies off the gloves to second slip 122/10
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    TOTAL
    122 all out (70.2 Overs, RR: 1.73, 297 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 0.5 ov), 2-4 (Kusal Perera, 2.2 ov), 3-11 (Angelo Mathews, 11.3 ov), 4-22 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 18.3 ov), 5-32 (Kusal Mendis, 21.5 ov), 6-73 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 43.5 ov), 7-75 (Dilruwan Perera, 47.4 ov), 8-115 (Suranga Lakmal, 65.3 ov), 9-118 (Niroshan Dickwella, 69.3 ov), 10-122 (Lasith Embuldeniya, 70.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    TA Boult14.281721.1800
    TG Southee1261521.2510
    AY Patel1933121.6300
    C de Grandhomme41812.0000
    WER Somerville2164922.3300

Close of Play

  • Thu, 22 Aug - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 85/2 (FDM Karunaratne 49*, AD Mathews 0*, 36.3 ov)
  • Fri, 23 Aug - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 144/6 (DM de Silva 32*, MDK Perera 5*, 66 ov)
  • Sat, 24 Aug - day 3 - New Zealand 1st innings 196/4 (TWM Latham 111*, BJ Watling 25*, 62 ov)
  • Sun, 25 Aug - day 4 - New Zealand 1st innings 382/5 (BJ Watling 81*, C de Grandhomme 83*, 110 ov)
  • Mon, 26 Aug - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 122 (70.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Sri Lanka 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0MDKJ PereraHDRL Thirimanne
2nd4MDKJ PereraBKG Mendis
3rd7AD MathewsBKG Mendis
4th11DM de SilvaBKG Mendis
5th10N DickwellaBKG Mendis
6th41FDM KarunaratneN Dickwella
7th2MDK PereraN Dickwella
8th40RAS LakmalN Dickwella
9th3N DickwellaL Embuldeniya
10th4CBRLS KumaraL Embuldeniya