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
78 & 174
New Zealand 1st INNINGS
Bryan Young c †Kaluwitharana b Muralitharan301171364025.64
Matt Horne  b Bandaratilleke1547323031.91
Stephen Fleming (c)c Jayasuriya b Kalpage7818020912043.33
Nathan Astle c Jayawardene b Kalpage3048494062.50
Craig McMillan lbw b Muralitharan042000.00
Adam Parore c Jayasuriya b Wickramasinghe671131898059.29
Chris Cairns c Bandara b Muralitharan2044501145.45
Chris Harris lbw b Wickramasinghe1937413051.35
Daniel Vettori c Kalpage b Muralitharan2048804041.66
Paul Wiseman c Jayawardene b Muralitharan622241027.27
Simon Doull not out 15100020.00
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)
Pramodya Wickramasinghe1425523.92---10
Mahela Jayawardene301003.33---00
Niroshan Bandaratilleke2265112.31---00
Muthiah Muralidaran38.299052.34---08
Malinga Bandara1334103.15---01
Ruwan Kalpage1524923.26---00
Sri Lanka 1st INNINGS
Sanath Jayasuriya c †Parore b Cairns1020302050.00
Marvan Atapattu c †Parore b Cairns058000.00
Mahela Jayawardene c Vettori b Wiseman5210812810048.14
Aravinda de Silva c Doull b McMillan3785964043.52
Arjuna Ranatunga (c) b Cairns49741226166.21
Romesh Kaluwitharana  b Vettori7213616613052.94
Ruwan Kalpage  b Wiseman610261060.00
Pramodya Wickramasinghe lbw b Vettori2751762052.94
Niroshan Bandaratilleke run out (Wiseman)2051612039.21
Muthiah Muralidaran  b Vettori052000.00
Malinga Bandara not out 00100-
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 (Muthiah Muralidaran, 89.5 ov), 10-285 (Niroshan Bandaratilleke, 90.2 ov)
Simon Doull12.224303.48---01
Chris Cairns1505933.93---02
Chris Harris712703.85---01
Daniel Vettori2485632.33---00
Paul Wiseman2046123.05---00
Craig McMillan1243112.58---00
New Zealand 2nd INNINGS
Bryan Young lbw b Bandaratilleke1113122084.61
Matt Horne c Ranatunga b Muralitharan3569965050.72
Stephen Fleming (c)not out 17433347516152.25
Nathan Astle c †Kaluwitharana b Jayasuriya341041172132.69
Craig McMillan c Kalpage b Muralitharan14217923813679.32
Adam Parore c Kalpage b Muralitharan1660016.66
Chris Cairns c Jayawardene b Muralitharan621151028.57
Chris Harris not out 1428231050.00
Extras(b 5, lb 10, nb 12)27
TOTAL(123 Ov, RR: 3.60)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)
Pramodya Wickramasinghe702103.00---00
Niroshan Bandaratilleke39810512.69---01
Aravinda de Silva201407.00---00
Muthiah Muralidaran36513743.80---08
Malinga Bandara803804.75---04
Ruwan Kalpage1545103.40---00
Sanath Jayasuriya1606313.93---00
Sri Lanka 2nd INNINGS (target: 465 runs)
Sanath Jayasuriya c Young b Wiseman59911138064.83
Marvan Atapattu c Horne b Wiseman1633572048.48
Mahela Jayawardene c Horne b Wiseman542552705021.17
Aravinda de Silva lbw b Vettori711551758145.80
Arjuna Ranatunga (c)c & b Vettori929322031.03
Romesh Kaluwitharana c †Parore b McMillan3958738067.24
Ruwan Kalpage c Young b Vettori1629273055.17
Niroshan Bandaratilleke c Horne b Wiseman1691871017.58
Pramodya Wickramasinghe c Young b Cairns014000.00
Muthiah Muralidaran not out 945472020.00
Malinga 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)
Simon Doull301505.00---00
Chris Cairns1966413.36---03
Paul Wiseman46.5178251.75---00
Daniel Vettori512310131.98---00
Craig McMillan641212.00---00
Chris Harris411604.00---00
Nathan Astle20201.00---00
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming
Series resultNew Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1415
Match daysday (5-day match)
Test debut
Malinga Bandara
Malinga Bandara
Niroshan Bandaratilleke
Niroshan Bandaratilleke
Paul Wiseman
Paul Wiseman
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Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
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Udaya Wickramasinghe
Match Referee
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Talat Ali
Wed, 27 May - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 282/7 (Adam Parore 67*, Daniel Vettori 9*, 96 ov)
Thu, 28 May - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 251/7 (Pramodya Wickramasinghe 9*, Niroshan Bandaratilleke 8*, 82 ov)
Fri, 29 May - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 260/3 (Stephen Fleming 106*, Craig McMillan 64*, 79 ov)
Sat, 30 May - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 111/2 (Mahela Jayawardene 13*, Aravinda 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).