Sri Lanka in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2018

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka - 1st Test

Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

Date & Time: 14 December 2018

Sri Lanka 287/3

RR: 2.49 | Sri Lanka trail by 9 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Danushka Gunathilaka lbw Trent Boultlbw Trent Boult31700
Dimuth Karunaratne c Trent Boult & b Tim Southeec Trent Boult & b Tim Southee101310
Dhananjaya de Silva bowled Tim Southeebowled Tim Southee0500
Kusal Mendis not out not out 141335160
Angelo Mathews not out not out 120323110
Dinesh Chandimal
Niroshan Dickwella
Dilruwan Perera
Suranga Lakmal
Kasun Rajitha
Lahiru Kumara
Extras 13 (b 0, lb 2, w 8, nb 3)
Total 287 (3 Wkts, 115.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
5-1 (Danushka Gunathilaka,3.3), 10-2 (Dhananjaya de Silva,4.5), 13-3 (Dimuth Karunaratne,6.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Southee25 8 52 2 2.08
Trent Boult25 4 62 1 2.48
Neil Wagner23 4 100 0 4.35
Colin de Grandhomme13 4 24 0 1.85
Ajaz Patel28 10 46 0 1.64
Jeet Raval1 0 1 0 1.00
Tom Latham0 0 0 0 0
Kane Williamson 0 0 0 0 0
Ross Taylor0 0 0 0 0
Henry Nicholls0 0 0 0 0
BJ Watling 0 0 0 0 0

So that is it from this game! Sri Lanka will take a lot of confidence heading into the second Test after this result. New Zealand on the other hand, will know they need to get their best game if they are to seal the series in Christchurch on the 26th of December at 1100 local (2200 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, says he knew the forecast was not too good and he would have loved to pick a few wickets yesterday itself. Credits the way Lanka played. States they expected a little more pace and bounce from the wicket but it was very flat. Mentions the guys were a little tired after the UAE tour but did well to recover for Day 1 of this Test. Ends by saying he is looking forward to the second Test.

Sri Lankan captain, Dinesh Chandimal, says he is really pleased at the moment. Further adds his players have shown great character and determination. Credits Mathews and Mendis for the way they played. Reckons the wicket eased out as the game progressed. Ends by saying they still have a lot to learn and are looking forward to the next game.

Man of the Match, Tom Latham, says it will be nice that they will have a couple of days off. Further adds it is good he has a day off on Christmas. Ends by saying he is looking forward to the second Test.

Sri Lanka, in their second innings, ended Day 3 at 20-3. A innings defeat seemed certain but a determined Angelo Mathews and a flamboyant innings from Kusal Mendis saw the Lankans bat out Day 4 without losing a wicket. Yes, the Kiwi bowlers were not at their best but take nothing away from the effort by the two. The two added an unbeaten 274-run stand and with some fortune (rain) have managed to save this game.

New Zealand then batted almost the whole of two days and took a massive lead of 286, courtesy Tom Latham. He remained unbeaten scoring a brilliant 264. He was well supported by Williamson who was dismissed in the 90s and also Taylor and Nicholls who notched up half centuries.

New Zealand on the other hand, will be disappointed they have not taken the lead here. They were in control of the game right from Day 1. First they restricted the Lankans under 300 on a flat wicket. Southee was the tormentor-in-chief as he picked a 6-fer. The visitors were then too struggling at 9 for 3 but 50-plus scores from Karunaratne, Mathews and Dickwella saw them get to a compatible total.

The inevitable has happened. The match has been CALLED OFF, which means it ends in a draw. Who would have thought Sri Lanka would be heading into the second Test all level at the end of Day 3. We certainly did not and if you did, you should surely buy yourself a lottery ticket.

1511 local time - Update - We have nothing to update as the rain continues to fall and the most likeliest result seems to be a draw.

We were supposed to get underway by now. The rain has continued to fall after the Lunch break. The covers are firmly placed and we are in for another delay.

... DAY 5, SESSION 2 ...

SO LUNCH has been taken a few minutes early than the scheduled time. Another wicket-less session for the Lankans, 4th in a row. However, they only had to face 13 overs in this one. Both Mathews and Mendis continued from where they left off yesterday. The trail is now in single digits and the game is more or less heading towards a draw. Wickets is the call for the hour for New Zealand and if play resumes after Lunch, that is exactly what they will be looking for.

It has started to drizzle again. The umpires get together and have decided to call the covers on.

114.6
0
A Patel to Mendis, Floated on off, Mendis drives it to covers.
114.5
0
A Patel to Mendis, Tossed up on middle, Kusal defends off the back foot.
114.4
0
A Patel to Mendis, Floated delivery on middle, Kusal defends off the back foot.
114.3
0
A Patel to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Kusal defends off the front foot.
114.2
0
A Patel to Mendis, Tossed up on off, Mendis blocks it well.
114.1
0
A Patel to Mendis, Short on off, Mathews plays it to mid off.
113.6
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Driven straight to the fielder at mid on.
113.5
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Length delivery on off, Mathewss rocks onto his back foot and blocks it.
113.4
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Length delivery outside off and Mathews calmly leaves it.
113.3
0
N Wagner to Mathews, On the pads, AM flicks it towards the fielder at square leg.
113.2
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Pulls back the length this time but Mathews is up for the task and defends it off the back foot.
113.1
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Fuller delivery on off, Angelo pushes it straight to the fielder at mid on.
112.6
0
A Patel to Mendis, Kusal shows the full face off the bat and defends that one.
112.5
0
A Patel to Mendis, Tossed up on middle and leg. Mendis blocks it off his front foot.
112.4
0
A Patel to Mendis, Defended by Mendis by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
112.3
0
A Patel to Mendis, Loopy delivery by Ajaz and Mathews has hit it straight back at the bowler. It's starting to get really cloudy here in Wellington once again.
112.2
0
A Patel to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis pushes it straight back to the bowler.
112.1
0
A Patel to Mendis, Tossed up on middle, Kusal blocks it off his front foot.

Ajaz Patel is into the attack.

111.6
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Length delivery on middle, Angelo defends off the back foot. Surprisingly no short balls by Wagner to begin with. He may have changed his plans today and will concentrate more on a good length area.
111.5
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, Mathews defends off the front foot.
111.4
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, Angelo blocks it off his front foot.
111.3
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Length delivery on off, Mathews stands tall and defends from within the crease.
111.2
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery on off again, Angelo defends off the back foot.
111.1
0
N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, Mathews keeps it out.

Neil Wagner is on.

110.6
2
Tim Southee to Mendis, Once again Tim bowls it short and Mendis pulls it away but the ball on this occasion doesn't have the legs to reach the boundary but the batsmen will get a brace there.
110.5
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Once again Kusal follows the boundary with a perfect straight bat defense.
110.4
4
Tim Southee to Mendis, FOUR! Timing! Short off a length by Southee, Mendis goes on his back foot and pulls it away towards the square leg region for a boundary. Sri Lanka now trail by just 11 runs.
110.3
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, A bit shorter on this occasion and Mendis defends it off the front foot. Beautiful cricket here by Mendis, he follows that beautiful straight drive with a perfect front foot defense.
110.2
4
Tim Southee to Mendis, FOUR! Perfect straight drive. Fuller on off, Kusal gets on his front foot and drives it straight past the bowler for a wonderful boundary.
110.1
2
Tim Southee to Mendis, Length delivery outside off, Mendis punches it through covers for a couple.
109.6
1
T Boult to K Mendis, Short delivery, Mendis pulls it towards square leg for a single.
109.5
4
T Boult to Mendis, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Kusal Mendis. Length delivery on leg, Kusal flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.
109.4
4
T Boult to Mendis, FOUR! First boundary of the day. Full on middle, Mendis drives it straight past the bowler for a boundary.
109.3
0
T Boult to Mendis, Full on middle, Mendis defends off the front foot.
109.2
0
T Boult to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis blocks it well.