Rain forces early draw in Wellington
The first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka ended in a draw after rain interruption on day 5 in Wellington.
Sri Lanka have started their summer outing in New Zealand in a much more positive manner than the expected one. Sri Lanka will play two Tests, three ODIs and one T20I game in this New Zealand summer.
The summer opener was the opener of the two-match Test series between both teams in Basin Reserve, Wellington. Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl first in the typical Test track in Wellington.
Tim Southee was the key player for the hosts in the first innings by picking up 6 wickets and that put the hosts in a more comfortable position. The visitors were bundled out for 282 in their first innings, with Angelo Mathews top scored the batting chart.
In reply, New Zealand had dominating first innings with the bulk of runs. They put 578 in their first innings with some magnificent knock in the batting table. Tom Latham was the topper and he carried his bat till the end of Kiwi innings with 264 runs to his name.
This batting display provided a huge lead of 296 runs for the hosts to start the second innings. Sri Lanka were almost in the edge of an innings defeat compared to their batting display in the first innings. As expected Lankan top order collapsed too early and put the visitors in the edge.
But the things were re-written by Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis for Sri Lanka with a mammoth match-saving partnership. Both batsmen went on to score tons which are very classy Test knock in the context of the game.
At the end of day 4, Sri Lanka were 259/3. They started the day in a much more positive manner with more chances to save the Test. The duo went on to frustrate the Kiwi bowlers in the morning session too.
But there was a twist in the tale as Rain was the final one to call the result of the game. Rain interrupted during the morning session and at that point, Sri Lanka were 287/3. The rain persisted continuously and forced to call-off the play on day 5.
As a result, the series opener ended in a draw. Tom Latham was awarded the man of the match for his career best knock of 264 in the first innings.
Sri Lanka: 282-all out
Angelo Mathews 83, Dimuth Karunaratne 79
Tim Southee 6/68, Neil Wagner 2/75
New Zealand: 578-all out
Tom Latham 264*, Kane Williamson 91
Lahiru Kumara 4/127, Dananjaya de Silva 2/54
Sri Lanka: 287/3
Kusal Mendis 141*, Angelo Mathews 120*
Tim Southee 2/52, Trent Boult 1/62