New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Wellington, Mar 17 2023, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand

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
New Zealand 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings (Following on)
Match Flow
New Zealand 1st Innings 
c Jayasuriya b Rajitha21731180028.76
c & b de Silva7810816513072.22
c sub (RTM Mendis) b Jayasuriya21529639023272.63
not out 20024039315483.33
c & b Rajitha17122311141.66
not out 17172420100.00
Extras(b 2, lb 17, nb 8, w 5)32
TOTAL123 Ov (RR: 4.71, 558 Mins)580/4d
Fall of wickets: 1-87 (Tom Latham, 25.1 ov), 2-118 (Devon Conway, 35.4 ov), 3-481 (Kane Williamson, 112.6 ov), 4-530 (Daryl Mitchell, 117.4 ov) • DRS
25.1 to TWM Latham, Latham holes out at deep square! Oh, he has been so patient, but ends up spooning a catch to the fielder in the deep! It's banged in short on middle, he went for the pull, but was hurried into the shot and cramped for space. The ball went up in the air and it was a simple catch in the end for Prabath Jayasuriya. 87/1
117.4 to DJ Mitchell, Slapped back and taken! This was short of a length and Mitchell just flat bats it back to Rajitha, who reacts incredibly well to hold on to this at chest height.. 530/4
35.4 to DP Conway, Caught and bowled and Conway must go! Great work from Dhananjaya, who again plops it on that good length. Conway shuffles down the track to get to the pitch but he just can't keep this straight drive down. Dhananjaya still has a lot to do though, as he dives low and to his right to get both hands on this and complete a great return catch!. 118/2
112.6 to KS Williamson, And Williamson, looking to up the rate even further, has holed out! Came down the track and looked to loft this all the way down the ground, but only managed the height. Long-on comes in and holds on.. 481/3
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 
c †Blundell b Henry632370018.75
c Latham b MG Bracewell891882939047.34
c Conway b DAJ Bracewell01014000.00
c Mitchell b Southee417291023.52
c †Blundell b Henry110140010.00
st †Blundell b MG Bracewell37921304040.21
c Southee b MG Bracewell067000.00
c MG Bracewell b Henry1931353061.29
run out (Latham/MG Bracewell)0916000.00
not out 1490025.00
c Williamson b Tickner036000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 1, nb 1, w 1)7
TOTAL66.5 Ov (RR: 2.45, 299 Mins)164
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Oshada Fernando, 9.1 ov), 2-18 (Kusal Mendis, 12.3 ov), 3-27 (Prabath Jayasuriya, 19.1 ov), 4-34 (Angelo Mathews, 22.1 ov), 5-114 (Dinesh Chandimal, 51.4 ov), 6-116 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 53.3 ov), 7-156 (Nishan Madushka, 62.5 ov), 8-163 (Kasun Rajitha, 65.2 ov), 9-163 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 65.4 ov), 10-164 (Asitha Fernando, 66.5 ov) • DRS
19.1 to NGRP Jayasuriya, Edged and taken! That was coming. Southee bowled one identical to this at the end of the last over, length ball shaping away. Jayasuriya played back and looked to defend once more, but this one catches the edge and first slip gobbles it up.. 27/3
9.1 to BOP Fernando, Henry gets the edge! He has persisted with his line and length and he has reaped the rewards. It's a length ball just outside off and Fernando defends a bit away from his body. The ball shapes away and takes the nick and it's easy pickings for Tom Blundell. 13/1
22.1 to AD Mathews, And Mathews is gone! That's a huge wicket for New Zealand! This is a back of a length in the that sixth stump line, and Mathews goes fishing. Fends at this away from the body, and gets a faint tickle through to Blundell.. 34/4
62.5 to KNM Fernando, And now he's gone! This one rears up a bit off a length just outside off, and Madushka can't help but fend at this. Catches the shoulder of the bat and flies to Michael Bracewell in the slips. Just can't keep him out of the game at the moment!. 156/7
12.3 to BKG Mendis, What a blinder by Conway! The pressure tells on Mendis, who has been comprehensively tested in the nine balls prior to this. He sees this one dug in short and wide by Bracewell and cuts it hard but Conway at point leaps high to his left and gobbles it up!. 18/2
51.4 to LD Chandimal, Oh dear what has Chandimal done here?! Just some shocking decision making, as he charges down the track and looks to heave Bracewell over long-on. But it dips and turns sharply between bat and pad, and Chandimal is caught miles out his crease. Swift stumping from Blundell.. 114/5
53.3 to DM de Silva, And Bracewell gets another! Dhananjaya just walks down the track, doesn't get to the pitch and ends up chipping an easy catch to Southee at short catching midwicket. Sri Lanka folding fast here.. 116/6
65.4 to FDM Karunaratne, Karunaratne picks out long-off! Karunaratne has been very patient and seen his partners get out at the other end. He decides to attack Bracewell, who loops it up full outside off, but ends up scooping it a bit and it's an easy catch for Tom Latham. 163/9
66.5 to AM Fernando, Up in the air, and Williamson gobbles it up! Sri Lanka have been bowled out with a 416-run deficit. Another short ball and this time Fernando has a heave. This top edge goes straight up and Williamson settles under it at silly point and takes it reverse-cupped. 164/10
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings (Following on) 
c sub (WA Young) b DAJ Bracewell536490013.88
c Conway b Southee51831334061.44
c Williamson b Henry501061368047.16
c MG Bracewell b Tickner24464004.54
c DAJ Bracewell b Tickner62921418067.39
c Nicholls b MG Bracewell9818525712152.97
c Southee b Tickner39931244141.93
c Williamson b Southee201101481018.18
c Tickner b MG Bracewell24557004.44
c MG Bracewell b Southee745611015.55
not out 01522000.00
Extras(lb 6, nb 2, w 14)22
TOTAL142 Ov (RR: 2.52, 600 Mins)358
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Oshada Fernando, 12.4 ov), 2-97 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 31.1 ov), 3-113 (Kusal Mendis, 43.6 ov), 4-116 (Angelo Mathews, 46.1 ov), 5-242 (Dinesh Chandimal, 76.2 ov), 6-318 (Nishan Madushka, 105.4 ov), 7-318 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 106.3 ov), 8-338 (Prabath Jayasuriya, 122.3 ov), 9-354 (Lahiru Kumara, 137.1 ov), 10-358 (Kasun Rajitha, 141.6 ov) • DRS
31.1 to FDM Karunaratne, Karunaratne holes out at deep midwicket! Southee gets the breakthrough. Southee persists with the short-ball plan and Karunaratne looks to pull. Top-edges it high in the air and Conway settles underneath it and takes it with ease. Karunaratne departs for 51. 97/2
137.1 to CBRLS Kumara, Kumara's leave is indecisive, ball takes the bat and Bracewell takes a smart catch at slip. Was a length ball outside off, Kumara was hanging with planted feet. He tried to leave it but was a second or two too late. Taken to the left by the Beastman.. 354/9
141.6 to CAK Rajitha, 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.. 358/10
43.6 to BKG Mendis, And Henry strikes in the first over of the day! A disastrous start for Sri Lanka, a dream for NZ. This was short and there to be pulled, but Mendis crunches it straight to man at short midwicket.. 113/3
106.3 to DM de Silva, And Dhananjaya is gone! He stands there in shock as he leaves for 98. He premeditates and paddle scoop over the shoulder, but only manages to cue end it to short leg. Just the tail left now.. 318/7
122.3 to NGRP Jayasuriya, Top edged and Jayasuriya's vigil ends! And it's another short one that does the trick. Goes for the pull, and Tickner at short fine nearly swings this as the wind takes it away from him at the last moment. Manages to put in a dive though and hold on.. 338/8
12.4 to BOP Fernando, Flicked straight square leg! And it's another soft dismissal for Oshada. This was a simple length ball on the pads, but Oshada somehow finds the only man catching on the leg side.. 26/1
46.1 to AD Mathews, And Mathews is gone just like that! And it's the short one that does the trick again. It's another crunching pull, and this is taken well overhead by the man at square leg. Sri Lanka folding, and folding fast.. 116/4
76.2 to LD Chandimal, Chandimal also is out to the pull, Tickner is aggressive and delighted. Hugs and loud come-ons are heard while the batter has to walk back. Was a short ball around rib height, Chandimal was hurried and it took the top-edge. Hit around three-fourth of the length of the bat and went up. Bracewell tracked to the left and took it on the slide.. 242/5
105.4 to KNM Fernando, Soft dismissal, short ball gifts Tickner another wicket. Nishan Madushka is dejected and trods back slowly. Fielders ruffle Tickner's hair and celebrate heartily before everyone disperses for tea. Short ball outside off, Nishan tried to drag it across to the leg side but found Southee around a catching midwicket position who was also effectively a mid-on. It was the last over of the session and the debutant has given his wicket away.. 318/6
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Fri, 17 Mar - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 155/2 (Kane Williamson 26*, Henry Nicholls 18*, 48 ov)
Sat, 18 Mar - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 26/2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 16*, Prabath Jayasuriya 4*, 17 ov)
Sun, 19 Mar - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 113/2 (Kusal Mendis 50*, Angelo Mathews 1*, 43 ov)
Mon, 20 Mar - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 358 (142 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 54.3 overs (328 balls), Extras 8
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 77 balls (LD Chandimal 26, DM de Silva 24, Ex 1)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 172/4 in 61.0 overs (LD Chandimal 30, DM de Silva 26)
  • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 67.3 overs (406 balls), Extras 8
  • DM de Silva: 50 off 80 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 144 balls (LD Chandimal 43, DM de Silva 57, Ex 1)
  • LD Chandimal: 50 off 74 balls (8 x 4)
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 249/5 in 78.0 overs (DM de Silva 63, KNM Fernando 6)
  • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 78.2 overs (471 balls), Extras 10
  • New ball taken at 81.1 overs
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 288/5 in 92.0 overs (DM de Silva 80, KNM Fernando 28)
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 97 balls (DM de Silva 21, KNM Fernando 29, Ex 0)
  • Sri Lanka: 300 runs in 98.2 overs (592 balls), Extras 11
  • Tea: Sri Lanka - 318/6 in 105.4 overs (DM de Silva 98)
  • Over 122.4: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - RK Illingworth, Batter - CBRLS Kumara (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 340/8 in 124.0 overs (CAK Rajitha 14, CBRLS Kumara 1)
  • Sri Lanka: 350 runs in 133.3 overs (803 balls), Extras 19
  • Over 134.1: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - RK Illingworth, Batter - CAK Rajitha (Struck down)
  • Over 135.6: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - CB Gaffaney, Batter - CBRLS Kumara (Struck down)
  • Over 140.2: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - RK Illingworth, Batter - AM Fernando (Struck down)
Basin Reserve, Wellington
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultNew Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2500
Match days17,18,19,20 March 2023 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
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Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsNew Zealand 12, Sri Lanka 0
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