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2nd Test, Christchurch, December 26 - 30, 2018, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
178 & 585/4d
(T:660) 104 & 236

New Zealand won by 423 runs

Player Of The Match
68, 3/35 & 2/61
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P
Comms: Hemant Brar
Scorecard summary
New Zealand 178/10(50 overs)
68 (65)
5/54 (19)
46 (90)
3/49 (14)
Sri Lanka 104/10(41 overs)
6/30 (15)
21 (63)
3/35 (15)
New Zealand 585/4(153 overs)
176 (370)
2/134 (32)
162* (225)
1/149 (41)
Sri Lanka 236/9(106.2 overs)
67 (147)
4/48 (29)
3/77 (28.2)

That's all from our side. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. With that, I will take your leave. See you soon.

Steve Moran: "I've been a Black Cap supporter since 1970, through thick and thin, and sometimes it was very thin indeed. These are the best of times. Very proud."

Sayan Dey: "Wagner denied Boult a 10-for and Boult returned the favor by denying Wagner a 5-for, though neither will really mind!!! Wonder if they ever involve in banter like this over a beer after the match..."

Williamson receives the trophy. Pictures and celebrations all around.

This is the fourth series win for New Zealand in a row. First time ever for they have done it. "A guy just told me now [about that]," says Kane Williamson. "It's one game at a time, one day at a time. After the last Test, we wanted to play a little bit better, to show a fighting quality that Sri Lanka showed in the first Test. A couple of brilliant contributions from those two local boys. After the first session yesterday, there were signs of a deja vu. Unfortunate for Angelo to get injured but that opened up one end for us. But it's exciting, the four series wins on the trot is a proud achievement."

"The way we batted in the first innings in both Test matches was disappointing," says Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal. "But it was good to see a better performance in the second innings. Suranga did a really good job, overall the seamers have done a decent job." On upcoming challenges: "We have Australia and South Africa coming up. If we can compete with them and win, it'll be good for our confidence." On Mathews: "He's outstanding player, he has got a lot of experience of intentional cricket. When he comes back, it will a great advantage. He showed a lot of character to come back from the injury, but unfortunately got injured yesterday."

Tim Southee is the Man of the Match, for his all-round performance. "Every time you win a Test match, it's a great feeling," he says. "It was obviously nice to get some runs, all the tailenders work hard on their batting. It's going to be a big summer here and it was great to be part of a series win."

Time for the presentation.

Chris: "So proud of this New ZealNd team. They seldom put a foot wrong. So professional. A reflection of the captain I guess."

11.12am Twelve minutes. That's all it took this morning as New Zealand hand Sri Lanka their largest defeat by victory margin. Also, this is the eighth-largest victory in Test history, and the largest for New Zealand, by 423 runs. Trent Boult picked up three wickets to add to his six from the first innings. Neil Wagner, who did all the hard work on Saturday, finished with 4 for 48.

Boult to Chameera, OUT

Is that it? Length and swinging in, was there some bat involved? The umpire doesn't think so and up goes the finger. Chameera has gone for the review. No bat involved, replays confirm. Pitching on the leg, the impact is also in the line and and it would have gone on to hit the leg stump. No signs of Angelo Mathews, handshakes all around and that's victory for New Zealand

Dushmantha Chameera lbw b Boult 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 12m) SR: 37.5
Boult to Chameera, 2 runs

length around off, driven on the up towards long-on, long chase for Williamson from extra cover

end of over 1061 run • 1 wicket
SL: 234/8CRR: 2.20 
Lahiru Kumara0 (1b)
Dushmantha Chameera1 (6b)
Neil Wagner 29-10-48-4
Trent Boult 28-11-75-2
Wagner to Lahiru Kumara, no run

fuller but way outside off, hits the footmarks and moves sharply towards the right of Watling

Wagner to Chameera, 1 run

fuller on middle and leg, flicked away towards fine leg

Wagner to Chameera, no run

a short one, Chameera was late in deciding whether to duck or not, and gets struck on the gloves as he looks to do so in the end with the ball not bouncing as much as expected

Wagner to Chameera, no run

another short one, angling at the batsman who ducks under

Lahiru Kumara now

Wagner to Perera, OUT

a short one and that will do, Perera goes for the pull but doesn't middle it, Williamson runs backward from square leg and takes it over his shoulder, gracefully done like all things Williamson

Dilruwan Perera c Williamson b Wagner 22 (62b 3x4 0x6 96m) SR: 35.48
Wagner to Perera, no run

back of length around off, stays back and defends it on the off side

Duncan McCormac: "Will they bat Angelo? Do we know?" -- No official word on that as of now.

Here's Wagner

end of over 1052 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 233/7CRR: 2.21 
Dushmantha Chameera0 (3b)
Dilruwan Perera22 (60b 3x4)
Trent Boult 28-11-75-2
Neil Wagner 28-10-47-3
Boult to Chameera, no run

cross seam, fuller and leaving the batsman, left alone

Boult to Chameera, no run

a touch fuller around off, comes forward and blocks

Boult to Chameera, no run

length around off, defended with an angled bat towards short leg

Dushmantha Chameera walks in

Boult to Lakmal, OUT

a perfect start for New Zealand, a touch fuller to caught Lakmal on the back foot, comes back in just to beat the bat as he looks to chop it down, clatters into the off stump. New Zealand three away now

Suranga Lakmal b Boult 18 (25b 3x4 0x6 42m) SR: 72
Boult to Lakmal, 2 runs

an attempted yorker converts into a low full toss on middle and leg, a bit of shape in, worked away towards square leg

Boult to Lakmal, no run

and he starts with a short one on middle and leg, Lakmal ducks under

Trent Boult will start the proceedings, two slips, a gully and a short leg.

Meanwhile, Neil Wagner was once again the workhorse for New Zealand, picking up three of the four wickets to fall yesterday. According to New Zealand's bowling coach Shane Jurgensen, Wagner "just provides that extra punch we need".

One silver lining for Sri Lanka in this series has been 23-year-old Kusal Mendis, who on Saturday became the second batsman after Virat Kohli to score 1000 Test runs this calendar year. The man himself revealed he had been eyeing up the milestone for several months. "I'm going to try and get there every year," Mendis said.

Wasim MB: "I dont want Angelo to bat unless the others take it to the final 10-20 overs. It could worsen his injury. SL wants him badly for the WC's. Cant take the risk here."

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10.38am Hello and welcome to the fifth day. New Zealand are four wickets away from a series-clinching win in Christchurch. It's mostly sunny out there, so no aid from weather this time for Sri Lanka. There is a little of wear and tear, one can expect an occasional one keeping low but otherwise no major demons in the surface. However, given the time left, it will be a Herculean task for the visitors to eke out a draw from this position.

end of over 1041 run
SL: 231/6CRR: 2.22 
Dilruwan Perera22 (60b 3x4)
Suranga Lakmal16 (22b 3x4)
Neil Wagner 28-10-47-3
Tim Southee 27-13-61-2

6.34pm That's stumps on day four. Sri Lanka made New Zealand toil hard but at the end of the day, they are four wickets away from a series win. Angelo Mathews hurt his left hamstring earlier and didn't come out to resume his innings after tea. For New Zealand, Wagner was the most successful bowler, picking up three wickets, while Southee chipped in with two. There is no forecast of rain tomorrow, which means New Zealand should be able to wrap it up. That's all from us for today. See you.

Wagner to Perera, no run

short of length outside off from over the wicket and defended towards cover-point

Wagner to Perera, no run

too short this time, Perera manages to get under quite comfortably

Wagner to Perera, no run

short of length on the body, defended on the leg side

Wagner to Lakmal, 1 run

another short one, fends at it, was in the air towards point and they look to take a run, the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end. A direct hit and that would have been out despite a tumbling effort by Lakmal

Wagner to Lakmal, no run

another short one, ducks and sways away to let it go through

Around the wicket

Wagner to Lakmal, no run

bouncer, angling across the batsman, manages to leave it alone

Last over of the day.

paddy Marr: "How many wickets do NZ need tonight to extend play? " -- One more wicket and it will be stumps

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
TWM Latham
176 runs (370)
17 fours1 six
Productive shot
54 runs
2 fours0 six
HM Nicholls
162 runs (225)
16 fours0 six
Productive shot
44 runs
2 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
TA Boult
RAS Lakmal
Match details
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Series resultNew Zealand won the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2336
Hours of play (local time)11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days26,27,28,29,30 December 2018 - day (5-day match)
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