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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Wellington, NZ v SL, Mar 17 2023 - Ball by Ball Commentary

2nd Test, Wellington, March 17 - 20, 2023, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
(f/o) 164 & 358

New Zealand won by an innings and 58 runs

Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
337 runs
SL 2nd Innings
Full commentary
end of over 142Wicket maiden
SL: 358/10CRR: 2.52 
Asitha Fernando0 (15b)
Tim Southee 27-13-51-3
Blair Tickner 26-6-84-3

The WTC cycle is done. The series scoresheet shows a 2-0 for New Zealand which does, in many ways, accurately depict the story. But Sri Lanka were much closer, they were on top for a long period in the first game and instead of their cruise hitting an iceberg, it hit a ship in the form of Kane Williamson. He ensured the visitors went winless. Can that turn around in the limited overs internationals? Follow to find out. Till then, it's Ekanth, signing off on behalf of my co-commentators, Madushka Balasuriya and Abhimanyu Bose and our scorer, Chandan Duorah.

Raff: "Been another delightful summer of NZ test cricket. Thanks, Cricinfo, commenters, and NZ's secret weapon: Mac Jean." *Bows to Chapsy*

Tautoru : "KW MOM for me. Great innings and that last catch! " Henry Nicholls has been awarded the POTM award. Williamson is the POTS. The live feed has cut off on the telly. So the quotes from the players will be published in the news and analysis pieces coming up. Check them out here on ESPNcricinfo.

Mark: "SL where still 5 runs short of the Williamson/Nicholls partnership! Well done NZ"

Mustafa Moudi : "As this WTC Cycle comes to an end with this match, I would suggest the no. of matches must remain close (if not exactly the same) for all team. NZ playing just 12 Test in comparison to England's 22 matches doesnt make any sense !!"

Fan: "Rajitha lasted 110 balls and 2.5 hours! That's great for a tailender. Frustrated thr NZ bowlers "

Maddy: "New Zealand wins the windiest test ever(Probably)"

6:30pm: An overtime win for New Zealand. So close yet so far yet again for Sri Lanka. This time it was more conditional as they were relying on tomorrow's play being washed out. Nonetheless, they hung around firmly after toppling in the first innings. Four batters made fifties in the second innings. Many wickets were soft dismissals and fell to short deliveries. Credit to Tickner, who performed Wagner's role in his absence. Sri Lanka's tail wagged, hung and almost crawled back into a branch to call it a night but Bracewell kept plugging away and Southee finished it off.

Southee to Rajitha, OUT

Rajitha fishes and Williamson takes a sharp catch! New Zealand win 2-0 on an overcast Wellington evening! Mitchell and Co are chuffed as they swarm Williamson. Was a back-of-length ball outside off. Rajitha tried to steer it square to try and get a single and retain strike. But Southee was good enough to find the edge. Rajitha and Sri Lanka's resistance ends.

Kasun Rajitha c Williamson b Southee 20 (110b 1x4 0x6 148m) SR: 18.18

Krushna: "What is Rajitha's average currently? " Just under seven

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Length just outside off, good leave

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Length outside off, steered to point


mark: "wouldn't be adverse to see captains penalised for wasting reviews. that on smacked of desperation. one from 23 says it all." Yeah, but the loss of review is punishment enough

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Just down leg, goes across and lets it go

RajaSekharreddy: "And if it rains tomorrow without a ball being bowled!" IFFF!

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Full at the stumps at 126kph, blocked towards mid-on

Balaji: "Spare a thought for NZ bowlers. They bowled 210 overs straight "

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Shoulders arms and the shortish ball comes in and hits around the ribs. Has a chest guard which helps

Scheduled play is done. Overtime is now. The shadows have taken over, the lights have faded but still good enough to continue

end of over 1411 run
SL: 358/9CRR: 2.53 
Asitha Fernando0 (15b)
Kasun Rajitha20 (104b 1x4)
Blair Tickner 26-6-84-3
Tim Southee 26-12-51-2
Tickner to Asitha Fernando, no run

Length outside off, left alone

Tickner to Asitha Fernando, no run

Length around off, blocks it with the straight bat. Goes off the thick outside edge on the bounce to slip

Tickner to Asitha Fernando, no run

Length ball goes just down leg. Fernando went across and let it go

Tickner to Asitha Fernando, no run

Length at the stumps, blocked in front

Tickner to Asitha Fernando, no run

Is that strangled down leg? Not given and Southee reviews! There was a deflection. Replay shows it's off the trouser. Was a shortish ball that Fernando tried to clip fine. Bat was nowhere close to ball. NZ out of reviews. Craig McMillan says they've taken 23 across the summer and have overturned one

Tickner to Asitha Fernando, no run

And again, slightly fuller maybe. Ducked under again. Two for the over

Tickner to Asitha Fernando, 1 wide

Bouncer over the head. Ducked under

De Cruz : "These two will remain unbeaten and day's play will be done because of bad light. Then tomorrow one of them will get out first ball. Well, you know. Cricket. " Yep. This will be the last official over. How many overs can they squeeze in? Umps check the light and say it's okay to bowl a quick. Tickner it will be!

end of over 140Maiden
SL: 357/9CRR: 2.55 
Kasun Rajitha20 (104b 1x4)
Asitha Fernando0 (9b)
Tim Southee 26-12-51-2
Michael Bracewell 42-14-100-2

Vikas Vadgama: "And with that 9th wicket, I guess NZ can officially get half an hour's extension to complete this match today itself, right??" Yes. Sri Lanka's physio is out to check Fernando's left shoulder

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Length outside off at 123kph. Back foot taps across before he lets it go

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Stays leg side and does not bother considering playing it after it landed on a back of length. Went over the stumps. Signals for new gloves right after

Balaji: "What are the chances of play being extended today?" 50/50 given there's just one wicket to go

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Shortish ball outside off, left alone

Fifteen more minutes before things get dicey, says Craig McMillan on air

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Length outside off, left alone

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Length outside off, pushed towards cover

Southee to Rajitha, no run

Jumps up while staying in the crease. Manages to tap it off the back foot to land the ball within the crease. Was a shortish ball at the body

end of over 1391 run
SL: 357/9CRR: 2.56 
Asitha Fernando0 (9b)
Kasun Rajitha20 (98b 1x4)
Michael Bracewell 42-14-100-2
Tim Southee 25-11-51-2

Fourth umpire runs in with the light meter.

Michael Bracewell to Asitha Fernando, no run

Full on middle at 78kph. Blocked in front

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