Sri Lanka in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2018
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Date & Time: 25 December 2018
RR: 2.21 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 423 runs
So that is it from this game, that is it from the Test series as well. It all ended as one expected it to, the Kiwis take the series 1-0. Now though the two sides need to turn their attention to the 50-over format which begins on the 3rd of January with the first ODI being played in Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui at 1400 local (0100 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Kane Williamson, the winning New Zealand captain says he did not know about the record and was reminded by a presenter regarding the same but says it is a fantastic achievement to win 4 series in a row. Adds it wasn't easy with the Sri Lankans showing a lot of fight but is really proud of how his boys gave their 100 percent and got over the line in the end. Applauds the batsmen for not just giving it away after scoring an 80 or a 100 and going on to make it really count. Reckons that at one point of time last morning, there was even some sense of 'deja vu' from the first Test as they failed to pick a wicket in the first session on Day 4. He feels that the bowlers really gave it their all on the penultimate day too, and the Angelo Mathews injury came to their help somewhat. Feels that playing at home is always really nice because they know the conditions well and even though the surfaces in these two Tests played a little different to what they expected, he says that these are the rigors of international cricket. Signs off by saying that he is tremendously proud of the 4 series wins in a row, an incredible achievement.
Dinesh Chandimal, captain of Sri Lanka feels disappointed on losing the match and series. Feels let down by their batting in the first innings. Says he is happy about their batting in the second innings though. Also adds that they are a young side and learning with every outing and getting better. Applauds his seamers for doing a really good job and says they need to focus on getting the work done as a whole team. Says that it will be a challenge with the upcoming tours and want to show good fight everywhere especially like the second innings in both games. Singles out Angelo Mathews for some praise to come out after injury and fight it out. Signs off by saying that the juniors in the team must look upto Mathews and learn from him.
The player of the match goes to Tim Southee for his all round contribution. He feels it is always great to win a Test match and even better when you contribute to the win. Says it was nice to get some runs and hang in there with Watling to help New Zealand to a decent score in their first dig. Adds that his body is holding up nicely and he feels amazing after a good summer of cricket. Feels there was good swing this morning with the overhead conditions and it helped them finish the game off early. Ends by saying he doesn't mind sharing the cherry with the others as long as the team is doing well.
The Kiwis then had a little more than 2 days to bowl the Lankans out whereas, the visitors had the same to chase 660. The former equation was the more likelier one and that is exactly what happened. Yes, Angelo Mathews' injury was a big blow but I do not think it would have made a difference to the outcome. Their skipper and Mendis did show some character with a 100 plus run stand but it was always going to be an uphill task, especially with Boult and Wagner on song. The two finished with 7 in total with Wagner taking 4 and Boult taking 3 to give the Kiwis a huge win. Stay tuned for the presentation.
From there on, the home side bossed the game. They then never gave the Lankans a sniff. Daddy tons from Latham and Nicholls and handy contributions from the rest saw them set Sri Lanka a massive target.
Then in reply, staring down a low first innings score, the visitors did lose early wickets but recovered well to end Day 1 on 88 for 4. However, Day 2 was where everything changed. The Lankans lost their last 6 wickets for just 16 runs. Trent Boult was the tormentor-in-chief as he picked all 6 and it took just around 3 overs for him to do so ensuring the hosts take a decent lead, 74 to be precise.
The scorecard suggests it is a comprehensive win for New Zealand but the Lankans had their chances. Especially in the first innings after they elected to bowl, they had the Kiwis reeling at 64-6 but failed to capitalize as the New Zealand lower order added 114 runs, courtesy a brilliant 108-run stand between Southee and Watling with the former scoring a half ton.
14 balls is all it took the Black Caps this morning. 2 for Boult and 1 for Wagner today as the Lankan tail was blown away by pace, swing and bounce. This was never in doubt though today morning but it would escalate so quickly, we did not expect that. Also, with the win, New Zealand take the series and win their fourth consecutive Test series.
Have the Kiwis got another? The umpire has given Chameera out LBW but he has reviewed it. Only an inside edge can save him here.
Lahiru Kumara is the new batsman in.
Dushmantha Chameera is in at number 9, replacing Lakmal.
We are set to get underway. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal are at the crease. Lakmal to take strike. Trent Boult will start the proceedings for Day 5.
Hello and welcome to Day 5 of the decider Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Christchurch. 90 overs, 4 wickets is the equation for the hosts, that too considering Mathews comes out to bat. The speculation though is that he might not come out to the middle. However, the visitors have shown character and determination to survive like the first Test where the rain came to their rescue. This time though it seems to be a little difficult with rain not forecast. Will the Black Caps clean up the tail or is there a miracle on the cards? What is in store for us? Stay tuned.
... DAY 5, SESSION 1 ...
Now then, how long will it take for New Zealand to wrap this up on Day 5? Will Angelo Mathews come out to bat? Is there another fightback left? All these questions will be answered on the final day of the second Test at 1100 local (2200 GMT, previous night). Till then, take care and goodbye!
The Kiwi bowlers, bowled their heart out on a wicket which had nothing for the bowlers. Wagner especially, he bowled with the same energy throughout and also bowled long spells. He was the pick of the bowlers ending with three big wickets of, Mendis and Chandimal the half centurions and the third one was of Roshen Silva. He was well supported by Southee who also picked two. Boult and Patel did look threatening but did not have luck on their side.
After the first session being a wicket-less one and just one wicket falling in the second, we thought, the Lankans are once again on the verge of pulling off a miracle here. However, Angelo Mathew's injury changed the whole course of the game. The former Lankan skipper did not walk out to bat in the last session and that proved to be the opening the Kiwis needed. They then got rid of Chandimal quickly, Dickwella also did not last for long. Roshen Silva was stubborn but he too got out to a loose shot. A Day 4 finish looked on the cards. Perera and Lakmal though battled hard and ensured we head into Day 5.
A happy New Zealand team walk off the field, they have turned it around in the last session by picking up 5 wickets. The Lankans have no recognized batsman left and with Angelo Mathews not sure of batting, the hosts are firm favorites to take the series.
Suranga Lakmal is the new man in.
Tim Southee is back.
Neil Wagner is back into the attack.
Colin de Grandhomme is on.
DRINKS! Five wickets is what New Zealand need to win the series, four actually as Angelo Mathews who has gone for a scan on his hamstring will not be available today.
Is that a bump ball? The umpires have gone upstairs to check. NOT OUT is the soft signal.
Dilruwan Perera is the new batsman in.
Tim Southee is on.
The second new ball is now available and it has been taken immediately. Trent Boult is brought back on.
Niroshan Dickwella is the new man in.
Neil Wagner to bowl from the other end.
We are back! Sad news to begin with for Sri Lanka fans is not that, Mathews is not seen walking out. it is Roshen Silva and Dinesh Chandimal who are the batsmen at the crease. Ajaz Patel to start proceedings for the Kiwis.
... DAY 4, SESSION 3 ...
Sri Lanka continue to fight and it is their skipper who is leading from the front. The session started with Mendis and Chandimal continuing from where the left off before the Lunch break. The two looked at ease against the Kiwi bowlers. However, a moment of brilliance from the Kiwi sub, Matt Henry saw Mendis being dismissed. Chandimal though continued his battle along with Angelo Mathews. but just at the end, Mathews was seen struggling, this is a major concern for the visitors. It will be interesting to see if he comes out to bat after the break. Stay tuned to find out.
Neil Wagner is back on. Change of ends for him.
Mathews is down on the ground and the physio is out. He may have done his hamstring here, he has had injury issues before also. Not good for Sri Lanka this. He is up on his feet now and is fine to continue.
Trent Boult is back on.
Colin de Grandhomme is back now.
Trent Boult is back.
Angelo Mathews is the new batsman in.
Change of ends for Wagner.
Ajaz Patel is on.
We are back after Lunch. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis are at the crease. Neil Wagner will start the proceedings after Lunch.
... DAY 4, SESSION 2 ...
New Zealand on the other hand, have bowled well, especially Boult, he has looked the most threatening with those in-dippers. However, wickets is what they need and Williamson will hope they can get a few quickly after the break. Will they do so or will the Lankans continue to dominate with the bat? Join us to find out in a while.
Perfect session for the Lankans, a wicket-less one. Great character and determination shown by Mendis and Chandimal. They have kept out the good balls and have also managed to score off the bad deliveries. Especially Mendis who has looked very positive. He has crossed his fifty and now will be aiming to score big. Chandimal too is battling it well out there. The Lankans though will hope the two continue.
Ajaz Patel now comes into the attack.
It was initially Ajaz Patel who was given the ball but a last moment change sees Boult back into the attack.
Colin de Grandhomme is back on.
DRINKS! Sri Lanka have started the day off really well. They have negotiated the first hour without losing a wicket. The pair though need to continue batting like this. New Zealand on the other hand, will try and get at least a wicket before Lunch.
Neil Wagner is on now.
Tim Southee to bowl now.
Trent Boult will bowl from the other end.
We are all set to get underway. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis are at the crease. Colin de Grandhomme will start the proceedings for Day 4.
Hello and welcome to what could probably be the last day of the decider between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The hosts need 8 wickets to win the series. On the other hand, the visitors need a miracle to avoid defeat in this game. They showed great character in the first Test, the task is a tougher one this time and it would probably be one of their best efforts if they manage to pull of something unthinkable. Can they do so or will New Zealand blow them away? Join us in a while to find out.
... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ...
The Kiwis need another 8 wickets and the Lankans require another 636 runs. The former equation is more likely. The visitors need a miracle to get out of this one. Will the Kiwis run over the Lankan batsman or will the tourists show character like they did in the first Test? Join us on Day 4 to find out at 1100 local (2200 GMT previous night). Till then take care and goodbye.
Earlier in the day, the Kiwis probably batted the Lankans out of the game courtesy, daddy tons from Nicholls and Latham, 2 100-plus run stands, 2 fifty-plus run stands and a massive 200-plus run stand. They set Lankans a huge target of 660 and in reply, the visitors have already lost their openers.
A satisfied New Zealand team walks off the field. They are right on top at the end of Day 3 after yet another excellent session. First Colin de Grandhomme and Nicholls smashed some quick runs before the hosts declared. Their bowlers had 12 overs to bowl at the Lankan batsman and they have managed to dismiss the openers.
Kusal Mendis is the new batsman in.
Dinesh Chandimal is the new man in. Also, Tim Southee to bowl from the other end.