result
1st Test, Christchurch, Dec 26 - Dec 29 2014, Sri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series
(30.4 ov, target 105)441 & 107/2
(f/o) 138 & 407
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
player of the match
Brendon McCullum
New Zealand
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• The Report by Alagappan Muthu

New Zealand complete best ever Test year

The threat of Tim Southee and Trent Boult confirmed Brendon McCullum's Boxing Day assault as match-winning. Christchurch witnessed New Zealand's fifth victory in 2014, marking it their best year in Test history

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand441/10(85.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka138/10(42.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka407/10(154 overs)2nd INNINGS
Tim Southee4/91(37)
Trent Boult4/100(39)
New Zealand107/2(30.4 overs)2nd INNINGS

Time for the presentation:

Angelo Mathews: Our batting didn't step up in the first innings which kept us out of the game. Dimuth showed a lot of character with his first hundred against a quality attack. We will get better and better with time but you can't do much when someone nearly gets a double hundred in a session.

NZ captain Brendon McCullum is also the Man of the Match: Really good all-round performance after losing the toss. We developed some nice partnerships in top and middle order and our seamers make a potent attack. Two of our three seamers bowled really well and they kept running in to get the job done. Really good way to end 2014. The pitch still had a bit in it and our bowlers wanted to bowl when we enforced the follow-on, there were no doubts about that. But credit goes to Sri Lanka for fighting back in the second innings. Every game I'm playing is a bit of a bonus for me. I am happy where I am right now. In the past few months I have tried to improve my weaknesses and it's been good so far. The attitude that every game could be your last helps and I'm pretty lucky to have the batting quality around me, everyone has been standing up. Our focus is how were are progressing as a group.

That's all we have from the first Test, wish you all a great and prosperous 2015 and do join us for the second Test in Wellington starting 3rd January. Enjoy the other two Boxing Day Tests until then, buh-bye!

4.30pm A comprehensive win for New Zealand to end the year and quite a few players chipped in performnces - McCullum's 195 (of course), 80-ball 85 from Neesham and they took a massive lead of 303 runs because of their swing bowlers Boult and Southee. Karunaratne's maiden Test hundred led SL's fightback on the third day but the trail was too much to get on top of, and Boult and Southee did it again in the second innings. NZ end the year with five wins overall, their best so far, and they were unbeaten at home in 2014. SL, meanwhile, end the year with a lost but their win loss ratio was 5:3, so still in their favour.

30.4
4
Prasad to Taylor, FOUR runs

that's it, another four as Taylor smashes the fullish delivery straight down the ground past mid off for four to seal the eight-wicket win

30.3
Prasad to Taylor, no run

bouncer just outside off, he pulls and misses

30.2
4
Prasad to Taylor, FOUR runs

short and wide and that's been slapped fiercely square of the wicket for four! Crunching sound off the bat

30.1
Prasad to Taylor, no run

strays down the leg side, Taylor glances and it deflects fine down leg where the keeper does well to save a few runs

Just six more runs required

JohnBabcock: "Watching the Aussie India test in parallel. Sri Lankan bowlers are a step up from India's - there is no comparison. "

end of over 305 runs
NZ: 99/2CRR: 3.30 
Kane Williamson31 (75)
Ross Taylor31 (59)
Tharindu Kaushal13-0-48-1
Shaminda Eranga7-2-20-1
29.6
2
Kaushal to Williamson, 2 runs

goes back for the wide delivery outside off and slices it behind square on the off side for two

29.5
1
Kaushal to Taylor, 1 run

outside off this time, pushed off the back foot towards cover point

29.4
1
Kaushal to Williamson, 1 run

wants to drive the fullish delivery through the covers, gets an inside edge on the leg side for one

29.3
Kaushal to Williamson, no run

wide outside off, KW comes down to defend and takes it on the pad

29.2
1
Kaushal to Taylor, 1 run

strays down leg with a full delivery, helped past short leg for one

29.1
Kaushal to Taylor, no run

flighted on middle, driven with the turn to short midwicket

end of over 29Maiden
NZ: 94/2CRR: 3.24 
Kane Williamson28 (72)
Ross Taylor29 (56)
Shaminda Eranga7-2-20-1
Tharindu Kaushal12-0-43-1
28.6
Eranga to Williamson, no run

nice and straight on the off stump, KW defends it back

28.5
Eranga to Williamson, no run

stays in the crease for the back of length delivery outside off and taps it to gully

JohnBabcock: "Williamson is a very good player of spin. Taylor looks a bit more fragile, but you can't get too critical given his 45 test average!"

28.4
Eranga to Williamson, no run

short ball towards the batsman, he stays back to defend it back

28.3
Eranga to Williamson, no run

angled in sharply towards the batsman, he's hit near the box in an attempt to work it on leg

28.2
Eranga to Williamson, no run

good length delivery on the stumps and defended carefully

28.1
Eranga to Williamson, no run

good length delivery outside the off stump, driven in front of point

end of over 282 runs
NZ: 94/2CRR: 3.35 
Kane Williamson28 (66)
Ross Taylor29 (56)
Tharindu Kaushal12-0-43-1
Shaminda Eranga6-1-20-1
27.6
1
Kaushal to Williamson, 1 run

drifting in towards off, driven down to long on for one

27.5
Kaushal to Williamson, no run

sharp turn from well outside off, KW stayed back to wait for it and then defended it

27.4
Kaushal to Williamson, no run

low full toss outside off, driven down to mid off

27.3
Kaushal to Williamson, no run

comes down the pitch to take it on the full and drives it to short cover

Best performances - batsmen
Brendon McCullum portrait
BB McCullum
195 runs (134)
18 fours
11 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
on drive
33 runs
1 fours
4 sixes
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Dimuth Karunaratne portrait
FDM Karunaratne
152 runs (363)
17 fours
0 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
cut shot
35 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Tim Southee portrait
TG Southee
O
37
M
8
R
91
W
4
ECO
2.46
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Trent Boult portrait
TA Boult
O
39
M
8
R
100
W
4
ECO
2.56
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
1W
Match details
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series
Season2014/15
Player Of The Match
Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum
Series resultNew Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTEST No. 2151
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2014 - day match (5-day match)
Test debut
Tharindu Kaushal
Tharindu Kaushal
Umpires
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Bruce Oxenford
England Image
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand Image
Derek Walker
Match Referee
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Chris Broad