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New Zealand draw series after terrific bowling display


The visitors have won the second Test and draw the two-match series against Sri Lanka after a terrific bowling display.

New Zealand draw series
The second-best Test team in the world showed why they are in that position as they clinched a huge win against Sri Lanka with only 20 odd overs were left on day five.

Contrasting half-centuries from BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme helped New Zealand lead by 138 runs in their first innings against the hosts on day four of the rain-hit second Test on Sunday.  Grandhomme scored 83 off just 75 balls while Watling scored 81 to put 113 runs stand together.

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While Grandhomme missed his hundred, Watling remained unbeaten on 105 as Kane Williamson decided to declare.

In the second innings, the hosts found themselves in all sorts of trouble with 32 for 5. Kusal Mendis departed for 20 after just getting set in the crease while Niroshan Dickwella was the only man who could handle the Kiwi bowlers.

He faced 161 balls, the longest in his Test career so far to score 51 runs. However, he ran out of partners in the end and under pressure, he lost his wicket as well which also ended Sri Lanka’s hope in the end.

With 24 overs left for the day to end, Ajaz Patel got the 9th wicket, the wicket of Dickwella courtesy of a spectacular catch from Tom Latham and an over late, Trent Boult picked up the last wicket to secure the match and draw the series.

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