1st Test, Dunedin, Dec 10 - 14 2015, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
431 & 267/3d
(target 405)294 & 282
New Zealand won by 122 runs
Player Of The Match
156 & 46

2:20pm: That is that from the first Test. New Zealand have opened their home summer with an impressive performance. Sri Lanka battled hard and will look to step up further to pull level in the second Test in Hamilton, starting December 18. Do come back then. George's report will tell you the Dunedin story. Look out for videos and analysis from Fernando. Cheers and ta, ta for now.

McCullum: It was a professional display but it was pretty hard to get 20 wickets. The guys bowled well and we batted well too. Overall, a professional performance. Sometimes, you have to risk losing to win. We desperately needed some time to beat Sri Lanka. The way the bowlers went about it was outstanding. The way Guptill and Latham started, it was tricky and the batsmen hit the ball down the ground and we got to a four-an-over start on the first morning. Wagner with the pace and bounce even on day five was a testament to how good the surface was. Overall, the pitch definitely suited us. When you know you have guys like Wagner who can bowl hostile spells, you are always in the game. We will have to make sure we put up another thorough performance in Hamilton.

Mathews: I though we fought hard. They got off to a flier and we had too many loose balls. I thought we were too cautious in the first innings. We will have to be more positive. There was a lot of grass on the wicket but we did not land in the right areas. We did not bowl pretty well. We did well in the second innings but it was too late. We did not show much intent in the first innings. Not really, It was a tough wicket to get 20 wickets and they needed time to get us out [on Baz's declaration]. We showed guts and it was exciting to see the batters bat too. We don't have Sanga's and Mahela's in the team, we are inexperienced, but it's all about the mindset.

Guptill, Man of the Match: This is my second Man-of-the-match award, I can celebrate with the guys. I did not feel too much pressure and played a few shots. Tommy and I have been batting well lately. It has been good and hopefully we carry on next week. There was a bit of one-day cricket in the game. If you get yourself in and adjust to the pace and bounce of the wicket, you can take it from there.

2pm: New Zealand extended their unbeaten home streak to 12; they have not lost a Test at home since March 2012. Wagner was the man this morning, hustling Sri Lanka with lifter after lifter with the old ball. He burst the gates open with Mathews' wicket before Boult and Southee took over with the second new ball. Santner and Bracewell then performed the final rites on Sri Lanka.

The visitors' raw, inexperienced batsmen countered, ducked, and fended the short-ball barrage but the fight wasn't enough.

Rich: "And this is why NZ should have taken Wagner to Oz."

Bharath Seervi, our statsman: "NZ are unbeaten since 2012, in 12 consecutive Tests at home. "

Bracewell to Lakmal, OUT

Bracewell wraps up a 122-run victory for New Zealand! He finally has some reward to show for some probing bowling. Overpitched ball, on about middle and off, driven directly at bowler, who takes it easily around thigh height

Suranga Lakmal c & b Bracewell 23 (29m 27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 85.18
Bracewell to Lakmal, FOUR runs

Lakmal reaches his highest Test score with a four. Crumbs of consolation for the visitors

end of over 955 runs
SL: 278/9CRR: 2.92 
Suranga Lakmal19 (25)
Nuwan Pradeep4 (10)
Mitchell Santner 22-6-53-2
Doug Bracewell 19-5-42-0
Santner to Lakmal, 1 run

full and outside off, hit to mid-off as Lakmal sets off. Pradeep makes a sprawling dive and beats the throw

Santner to Lakmal, no run

Santner gives this more air, pushed back

Santner to Lakmal, no run

popped to short leg, Latham moved to his left but the ball did not stick

Santner to Lakmal, no run

length on middle, worked to backward square leg

Santner to Lakmal, FOUR runs

dropped short and outside off, Lakmal skips back and cracks it behind point

Santner to Lakmal, no run

pushed through outside off, chopped towards point

end of over 945 runs
SL: 273/9CRR: 2.90 
Nuwan Pradeep4 (10)
Suranga Lakmal14 (19)
Doug Bracewell 19-5-42-0
Mitchell Santner 21-6-48-2
Bracewell to Pradeep, no run

pitched up and on off, prodded in front of mid-on

Bracewell to Pradeep, FOUR runs

full and outside off, Pradeep fishes and threads the slip cordon for four

Bracewell to Pradeep, no run

left alone outside off

Bracewell to Pradeep, no run

full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler

Bracewell to Pradeep, no run

full and outside off, poke and a miss

Richard: "That stop by Santner was unbelievable. Has to be the run saving 'catch' of the century... "

Bracewell to Lakmal, 1 run

Santner nearly pulls off a blinder. He catches it, then swats it back into the field of play even as he falling over the rope in a side-on position. Whoa, what an effort! He saves five runs for his side. Dug in short on middle, rocked back and pulled but Santner is in the way

Round the stumps.

end of over 93Wicket maiden
SL: 268/9CRR: 2.88 
Nuwan Pradeep0 (5)
Suranga Lakmal13 (18)
Mitchell Santner 21-6-48-2
Doug Bracewell 18-5-37-0

Bharath Seervi, our statsman: "This is the 31st Test played together by Boult and Southee and they have taken 249 wkts between them. 1 to go for 250. "

Santner to Pradeep, no run

92ks, Santner fires it on off, kept out

Santner to Pradeep, no run

poked to second slip off a soft outside edge

Santner to Pradeep, no run

full on middle, heaved to midwicket

Santner to Pradeep, no run

full toss on off, pushed to mid-on

Santner to Pradeep, no run

darted outside off, ignored

No.11 Pradeep

Santner to Chameera, OUT

bowled'em. Slides in with the arm, Chameera hunts for a wild slog sweep. He can't lay bat on it. Santner strikes middle. It gets tilted back

Dushmantha Chameera b Santner 14 (27m 13b 3x4 0x6) SR: 107.69

Santner comes on. He will be supported by a slip and short leg. Mid-on and mid-off up.

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