game over! This was bowled short and sliding down leg, he swiveled at the crease and pulled it along the ground and the sweeper slides and cannot stop it
The Man of the Match is Rangana Herath: "I enjoy bowling here. I stick to the basics. I saw on (that I was the leading wicket-taker in 2012).
Taylor: "Herath put us under pressure all the while. The way schedules are these days it can't be helped (lack of warm-ups). The new ball bowlers bowled exceptionally well. The partnership between Angelo and Mahela took the game away. I'm sure there will be a couple of changes before the next Test, but we will have to see the wicket."
Mahela: "He (Herath) has taken a lot of responsibility. This morning we showed a lot of control with the ball and kept the pressure on. It's a great venue and enjoy batting here. When Dilshan is fit he will walk straight into the side, positive to see Dimuth bat. Happy with the young talent but it's a work in progress."
We've shared a lot of our views on what NZ's ideal line-up should be. Might be worth getting Todd Astle in as the second spinner. There's also Wagner in the mix. Franklin's had an ordinary game. We'll see what happens in the second Test at the P Sara Oval on Sunday.
Thanks for your company for this Test, a short one though. Cheers!
End of match: The debutant has the joy of hitting the winning runs on debut. After an evenly matched second day, the third was all Sri Lanka's. New Zealand have extended their losing streak to five now, having lost two each to West Indies and India before this. Going back to the horrors of the mid-90s where they endured another horrible slump. Bring back Flem.
It's all about the batting isn't it? We've talked about this before, but the collective loss of form is causing these defeats. Makes you wonder why there wasn't a request to keep BJ Watling for the Tests.
Luke Winslade wants heads to roll at the top: "This is getting beyond a joke now. Ross Taylor must be fast approaching as the worst NZ captain of all time...yet somehow he keeps the skippers band. Time to try someone new. NZ cricket needs to pull its head out of the sand and start playing hard ball with these inconsistent sorry examples of sportsman. From a very disappointed NZ sports fan!"
Rajneesh Gupta tweets that New Zealand's worst losing streak is 6, during 1954-55.
lands outside off and he leaves it alone
this was banged in short, he swivels and pulls along the ground behind square, the fielder in the deep had given up the chase
tucks it wide of mid-on for a single
he gets to his fifty on debut with a clip wide of mid-on! Congrats to the young man, he becomes the 3rd Sri Lankan to score a fifty on debut after a duck, after Roy Dias and Athula Samarasekara
comes well forward and defends
low full toss and he comes down the track and works it wide if midwicket, good stop by Boult at deep midwicket
tossed up and he pushes a single to mid-on
tossed up and he defends it
another short ball and he ducks under the bouncer
this was banged in short and Karunaratne swiveled and tried to hook that away towards fine leg, missed it completely
full outside off and he pushes it wide of mid-off for a single
drags the length back and it's far too short and wide, the field is up so the batsman just has to slap it over backward point
pitched up and invites the drive, nearly edges it to the keeper, if only NZ bowled more of these
keeps it outside off and he leaves it alone, keeps a touch low
tossed up and he chips down the track and works it down to deep midwicket
comes down the track and he clips him wide of square leg
punched towards mid-on and there's a misfield
drops it a fraction short and he stays back and punches it wide of point
tossed up on off and middle and Paranavitana comes down on his knee and slogs him over midwicket, lots of vacant spaces there