result
1st Test, Galle, Nov 17 - 19 2012, New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka
221 & 118
(18.3 ov, target 93)247 & 93/0
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
Player Of The Match
5/65 & 6/43
rangana-herath
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• The Report by Siddhartha Talya

Herath delivers crushing win for Sri Lanka

New Zealand slumped to a fifth straight Test defeat in conditions far less lethal than their scoreline suggested

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Scores: Venkat Raghav
Comms: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
New Zealand221/10(82.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka247/10(80.2 overs)1st INNINGS
New Zealand118/10(44.1 overs)2nd INNINGS
Sri Lanka93/0(18.3 overs)2nd INNINGS

Presentation:

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.

18.3
4
Bracewell to Dimuth, FOUR runs

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

18.2
Bracewell to Dimuth, no run

lands outside off and he leaves it alone

18.1
4
Bracewell to Dimuth, FOUR runs

this was banged in short, he swivels and pulls along the ground behind square, the fielder in the deep had given up the chase

end of over 186 runs
SL: 85/0CRR: 4.72 
Dimuth Karunaratne52 (57)
Tharanga Paranavitana31 (51)
Kane Williamson 1-0-6-0
Doug Bracewell 5-0-27-0
17.6
1
Williamson to Dimuth, 1 run

tucks it wide of mid-on for a single

17.5
2
Williamson to Dimuth, 2 runs

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

17.4
Williamson to Dimuth, no run

comes well forward and defends

17.3
2
Williamson to Dimuth, 2 runs

low full toss and he comes down the track and works it wide if midwicket, good stop by Boult at deep midwicket

17.2
1
Williamson to NT Paranavitana, 1 run

tossed up and he pushes a single to mid-on

17.1
Williamson to NT Paranavitana, no run

tossed up and he defends it

Williamson now

end of over 175 runs
SL: 79/0CRR: 4.64 
Dimuth Karunaratne47 (53)
Tharanga Paranavitana30 (49)
Doug Bracewell 5-0-27-0
Jeetan Patel 5-1-22-0
16.6
Bracewell to Dimuth, no run

another short ball and he ducks under the bouncer

16.5
Bracewell to Dimuth, no run

this was banged in short and Karunaratne swiveled and tried to hook that away towards fine leg, missed it completely

16.4
1
Bracewell to NT Paranavitana, 1 run

full outside off and he pushes it wide of mid-off for a single

16.3
4
Bracewell to NT Paranavitana, FOUR runs

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

16.2
Bracewell to NT Paranavitana, no run

pitched up and invites the drive, nearly edges it to the keeper, if only NZ bowled more of these

16.1
Bracewell to NT Paranavitana, no run

keeps it outside off and he leaves it alone, keeps a touch low

end of over 169 runs
SL: 74/0CRR: 4.62 
Tharanga Paranavitana25 (45)
Dimuth Karunaratne47 (51)
Jeetan Patel 5-1-22-0
Doug Bracewell 4-0-22-0
15.6
3
Patel to NT Paranavitana, 3 runs

tossed up and he chips down the track and works it down to deep midwicket

15.5
1
Patel to Dimuth, 1 run

comes down the track and he clips him wide of square leg

15.4
Patel to Dimuth, no run

punched towards mid-on and there's a misfield

15.3
1
Patel to NT Paranavitana, 1 run

drops it a fraction short and he stays back and punches it wide of point

15.2
4
Patel to NT Paranavitana, FOUR runs

tossed up on off and middle and Paranavitana comes down on his knee and slogs him over midwicket, lots of vacant spaces there

Best performances - batters
Mahela Jayawardene portrait
DPMD Jayawardene SL
91 runs (176)
11 fours
1 six
Control94%
Productive shot
leg glance
40 runs
2 fours
1 six
4101122182717
Angelo Mathews portrait
AD Mathews SL
79 runs (154)
12 fours
1 six
Control93%
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
2 fours
1 six
51044168824
Best performances - bowlers
Rangana Herath portrait
HMRKB Herath SL
O
18
M
3
R
43
W
6
ECO
2.38
Rangana Herath portrait
HMRKB Herath SL
O
30
M
5
R
65
W
5
ECO
2.16
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of Sri Lanka
Season2012/13
Player Of The Match
Rangana Herath
Rangana Herath
Series resultSri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2059
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days17,18,19 November 2012 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne
Umpires
South Africa Image
Marais Erasmus
England Image
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Ranmore Martinesz
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Tyron Wijewardene
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath