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1st Test, Wellington, December 15 - 19, 2018, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
282 & 287/3

Match drawn

Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
New Zealand 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Match Details
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 
Danushka Gunathilaka lbw b Southee1980011.11
Dimuth Karunaratne c †Watling b Wagner7914420011054.86
Dhananjaya de Silva c †Watling b Southee1770014.28
Kusal Mendis c Patel b Southee2440050.00
Angelo Mathews c †Watling b Southee831532399154.24
Dinesh Chandimal (c)c Patel b Southee634460017.64
Niroshan Dickwella not out 8010115411079.20
Dilruwan Perera c †Watling b de Grandhomme1638442042.10
Suranga Lakmal c Nicholls b Wagner312280025.00
Kasun Rajitha c †Watling b Boult23255006.25
Lahiru Kumara c de Grandhomme b Southee0813000.00
Extras(lb 7, nb 2)9
TOTAL90 Ov (RR: 3.13, 401 Mts)282
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 1.6 ov), 2-7 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 3.2 ov), 3-9 (Kusal Mendis, 3.6 ov), 4-142 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 46.3 ov), 5-167 (Dinesh Chandimal, 57.2 ov), 6-187 (Angelo Mathews, 59.3 ov), 7-223 (Dilruwan Perera, 69.5 ov), 8-240 (Suranga Lakmal, 74.2 ov), 9-275 (Kasun Rajitha, 86.6 ov), 10-282 (Lahiru Kumara, 89.6 ov)
Trent Boult2768313.071239100
86.6 to CAK Rajitha, ah, he didn't want to face another ball. Tell you what.. he couldn't if he wanted to now. Because he's nicked off. Boult switches to around the wicket and Rajitha pushes at one that he could have left alone. But that's what the around the wicket angle does to you. Because it's attacking the off-stump, you instinctively play at most deliveries coming your way. 275/9
Tim Southee2776862.511269000
1.6 to MD Gunathilaka, gone! Plays all around a length delivery that pitched on middle and off, looking to play cross-batted through midwicket but got his front foot right across. Dead duck the moment he missed it, the late inswing doing the trick. Gunathilaka is told by his partner in no uncertain terms to not review that. Good decision too.. 5/1
3.2 to DM de Silva, squared up by late away movement and he gets a thin edge through to BJ Watling. Feet rooted to the crease as he feels for the ball that moves away in the air, at the point of contact, his right shoulder is visible, a great sign of him being in no control over the stroke, and the nick gleefully accepted. Southee on fire already.. 7/2
3.6 to BKG Mendis, flicks this straight to short midwicket. What is happening! Ajaz takes a dolly. Southee went from wide of the crease to angle a full ball on middle, he looked to flick but only got it off the bottom to loop the simplest of catches.. 9/3
57.2 to LD Chandimal, he's fallen to the short-ball plan. Hit straight down the throat of Ajaz Patel at deep square leg. Very poor from Sri Lanka's captain. Lack of fight against New Zealand's tried and tested plan.. 167/5
59.3 to AD Mathews, huge wicket and it's the well-set Mathews who has now been undone by the short ball. This is cleverly angled away from round the stumps in such a way that Mathews is cramped for room as he looks to take on the short ball, in the process can only glove this to Watling who leaps high to grab this. They're falling apart quite spectacularly here to a plan that New Zealand have not tried to hide. 187/6
89.6 to CBRLS Kumara, snaffled at leg gully! Stunning catch, Southee finishes with six. It's the big inswing that has felled Kumara, who has no clue and wafts at the delivery. Plays down the wrong line, so it takes a thick inside edge and flies between his legs. So de Grandhomme at leg gully wouldn't have seen it for a split-second. He anticipated the movement nice and early, dived low to his left to pluck this. Super stuff.. 282/10
Colin de Grandhomme1323512.69603001
69.5 to MDK Perera, very loose. Full and straight, flashes at it and gets a clear nick for his troubles as the ball settles into the gloves of Watling. 223/7
Neil Wagner2027523.758310001
46.3 to FDM Karunaratne, the 133-run stand has been broken! big wicket against the run of play and it's the short-ball tactic that has played mind games on Karunaratne. Looks to be ultra-aggressive, wants to take him on with the pull even though there were two fielders set for the pull, he manages to simply glove this through to Watling down the leg side. Huge wicket, huge moment in the game. It's that war horse who has delivered a timely breakthrough for New Zealand.. 142/4
74.2 to RAS Lakmal, outstanding from Henry Nicholls! What anticipation. Lakmal runs out of patience as he looks to pull a short ball angling away, but something stops him from doing so fully. But by then its too late so the ball lobs into the leg side. Now, Nicholls starts to take off from short leg as he turns back, but isn't helped by the fact that he is looking upwards to track the trajectory with the helmet on his head. So he now trusts his agility and speed to get him close to the ball. He sprints, gets close to the ball and as it comes down, he puts out a full-length dive to reach it. As he completed the catch, he also ensured the impact of his elbows of the turf wouldn't allow the ball to bobble out. Stunning catch. 240/8
Ajaz Patel301404.66132000
New Zealand 1st Innings 
Jeet Raval c †Dickwella b Kumara43701016061.42
Tom Latham not out 26448969421153.98
Kane Williamson (c)c Rajitha b de Silva919316910097.84
Ross Taylor c Karunaratne b Kumara50881025056.81
Henry Nicholls c Rajitha b Perera501011546049.50
BJ Watling c †Dickwella b Kumara066000.00
Colin de Grandhomme c Rajitha b de Silva4953623392.45
Tim Southee run out (Chandimal)614270042.85
Neil Wagner c de Silva b Lakmal065000.00
Ajaz Patel  b Perera621430028.57
Trent Boult c †Dickwella b Kumara1161720183.33
Extras(lb 5, nb 2, w 1)8
TOTAL157.3 Ov (RR: 3.66, 694 Mts)578
Fall of wickets: 1-59 (Jeet Raval, 22.6 ov), 2-221 (Kane Williamson, 59.3 ov), 3-312 (Ross Taylor, 84.4 ov), 4-426 (Henry Nicholls, 122.5 ov), 5-426 (BJ Watling, 123.6 ov), 6-499 (Colin de Grandhomme, 138.6 ov), 7-520 (Tim Southee, 144.6 ov), 8-520 (Neil Wagner, 145.6 ov), 9-549 (Ajaz Patel, 154.5 ov), 10-578 (Trent Boult, 157.3 ov)
Suranga Lakmal3168812.8314311001
145.6 to N Wagner, the short-ball tactic has worked. Awkward bouncer, rising towards Wagner's front shoulder, and he tries to fend it away into the leg side. Only manages to pop it up in an unintended direction, off glove - I think - and it balloons into the hands of the fielder at wide slip. 520/8
Kasun Rajitha34514404.2313713311
Angelo Mathews43100.25230000
Dilruwan Perera40115623.9014312100
122.5 to HM Nicholls, there's the breakthrough, finally. Jumps out of his crease to this nicely flighted ball, and I think he's been done in by the drift here. He was looking to hit it back over the bowler's head, but the ball drifted inwards, pitched on a line closer to him than he expected, forcing him to hit it a little further into the on side, off the inside half of the bat, and long-on takes a smart catch running to his right. 426/4
154.5 to AY Patel, gets down for a big wild slog but this one's flat, curves in and pretty much goes on with the arm to not afford him the room. Not much bounce as well and he gets cleaned up. 549/9
Lahiru Kumara31.3212744.0311715000
22.6 to JA Raval, is that gone? Yes, he is! Oh, dear! Raval with a brain fade. Gifts his wicket away off the last ball before lunch. All the good work over the session undone. Short ball does the trick. Raval compulsively pulls but is tucked up and sends an edge through to the keeper. Swings without control and pays for it with his wicket. 59/1
84.4 to LRPL Taylor, full again, on middle stump, and Dimuth Karunaratne has taken the catch of the decade! Only a slight exaggeration, really. A firm flick from Taylor, off the middle of the bat, towards the left shoulder of the forward short leg fielder, and he gets his hands up incredibly quickly and manages to hold on on the second attempt despite the impact causing him to fall backwards and causing the ball to bounce out of his hands. Terrific reflex catch. 312/3
123.6 to BJ Watling, ooh, is that off the bat or the helmet? Bat is the umpire's decision, and Watling isn't arguing. That's a nasty bouncer, keeps coming in with the angle, and you'll have to say Watling dealt poorly with that, taking his eyes off the ball and turning his head away as he ducked, while leaving his bat up like a periscope. The ball hit the back of the bat and popped up in the air to offer Dickwella the simplest of catches. 426/5
157.3 to TA Boult, short ball, backs away and swats at it looking for a pull. He's not holding any sort of shape as he almost falls over attempting the shot. Gets a top edge that is snaffled by the keeper. 578/10
Dhananjaya de Silva1505423.60472000
59.3 to KS Williamson, would you believe what has just happened? Williamson fails to keep this sweep down and has toe-ended this straight to backward square leg. Williamson will be livid with himself, a century was there for the taking and he's just missed out bigtime.. 221/2
138.6 to C de Grandhomme, holes out to deep midwicket! Comes down the ground and uses his powerful wrists to whip it away off the pads. Just doesn't manage as much power this time, gets just about enough elevation and distance to carry and settle into the hands of Rajitha diving forward. 499/6
Danushka Gunathilaka21301.5090000
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 
Danushka Gunathilaka lbw b Boult317140017.64
Dimuth Karunaratne c Boult b Southee1013301076.92
Dhananjaya de Silva  b Southee057000.00
Kusal Mendis not out 14133545516042.08
Angelo Mathews not out 12032344711037.15
Extras(lb 2, nb 3, w 8)13
TOTAL115 Ov (RR: 2.49, 479 Mts)287/3
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 3.3 ov), 2-10 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 4.5 ov), 3-13 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 6.2 ov)
Tim Southee2585222.081204000
4.5 to DM de Silva, straight through. Cross-seamer, lands on a length and moves in to go past the inside edge as de Silva prods forward and takes out his stumps. SL in deep trouble. 10/2
6.2 to FDM Karunaratne, that's a horrible shot to play. Short, that was always the plan. Karunaratne needlessly swings at it, looking for an ambitious pull. Trying to hit his way out perhaps. Top-edged to deep backward square. The best day for batting and SL have lost three in six overs. 13/3
Trent Boult2546212.481166000
3.3 to MD Gunathilaka, umpire Tucker grants Boult an lbw appeal but Gunathilaka reviews. Full and angling in, going past the closed face of the bat. No inside edge, so we wait for ball-tracking. It straightens just before hitting the pads and that means it's smashing into middle. Review lost. 5/1
Neil Wagner23410004.349413042
Colin de Grandhomme1342401.84661001
Ajaz Patel28104601.641414000
Jeet Raval10101.0050000
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Basin Reserve, Wellington
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
Tom Latham
Series result2-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 2335
Hours of play (local time)11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days15,16,17,18 19 December 2018 - day (5-day match)
Michael Gough
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
Richard Illingworth
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand
Chris Brown
Match Referee
West Indies
Richie Richardson
Sat, 15 Dec - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 275/9 (Niroshan Dickwella 73*, 87 ov)
Sun, 16 Dec - day 2 - New Zealand 1st innings 311/2 (Tom Latham 121*, Ross Taylor 50*, 84 ov)
Mon, 17 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 20/3 (Kusal Mendis 5*, Angelo Mathews 2*, 12 ov)
Tue, 18 Dec - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 259/3 (Kusal Mendis 116*, Angelo Mathews 117*, 102 ov)
Wed, 19 Dec - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 287/3 (115 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Rain: Sri Lanka - 259/3 in 102.0 overs (BKG Mendis 116, AD Mathews 117)
  • Wet Ground: Sri Lanka - 259/3 in 102.0 overs (BKG Mendis 116, AD Mathews 117)
  • 4th Wicket: 250 runs in 603 balls (BKG Mendis 118, AD Mathews 119, Ex 13)
  • Rain: Sri Lanka - 287/3 in 115.0 overs (BKG Mendis 141, AD Mathews 120)
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 287/3 in 115.0 overs (BKG Mendis 141, AD Mathews 120)
  • Rain: Sri Lanka - 287/3 in 115.0 overs (BKG Mendis 141, AD Mathews 120)
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