New Zealand cruise to a record 423-run victory over Sri Lanka
New Zealand registered a record win by 423 runs against Sri Lanka and also won the two-match Test series 1-0 in Christchurch.
Sri Lanka have started their short tour of New Zealand summer in a losing cause as the hosts beat them by 423 runs in the series decider. The first Test ended in a dramatic draw after a good display of batting by Lankans in the second innings.
In the series decider on Boxing Day Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first in tough swinging conditions in Christchurch. Lankan bowlers justified the decision by bowling out the hosts for only 178 runs in their first innings.
Suranga Lakmal was the key bowler with a five-wicket haul for Sri Lanka. In reply, Sri Lanka batting was even worse as they were bowled for only 104 runs in their first innings. Trent Boult was the hero in the innings as he picked six wickets within just 15 balls.
This brought the hosts a first-innings advantage of 74 runs which is more vulnerable considering the conditions on the first two days of the Test. In the second innings, New Zealand had another fantabulous display of batting from their line-up.
New Zealand went onto score 585/4 in the second innings and declared the second innings at that point. This resulted in a giant target of 660 for the visitors which was impossible to achieve but they had a chance to survive the game.
Sri Lankan openers didn’t give the needed start for them to survive the game as they were dismissed soon after the start of the chase. But the middle-order batsmen managed to put a hold and stopped the flow the flow of wickets.
Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews and Roshan Silva tried their best to save the game for Sri Lanka and they got success in surviving on day 4. But the Kiwi bowlers came vigorously on day 5 and bowled out Sri Lanka for 236 runs on day 5.
That resulted in a mammoth 423 runs win for New Zealand. At the same time, they won the two-match Test series 1-0. Tim Southee was the man of the match for his all-around performance in the match.
New Zealand: 178-all out
Tim Southee 68, BJ Watling 46
Suranga Lakmal 5/54, Lahiru Kumara 3/49
Sri Lanka: 104-all out
Angelo Matthews 33, Roshen Silva 21
Trent Boult 6/30, Tim Southee 3/35
New Zealand: 585/4 dec
Tom Latham 176, Henry Nicholls 162*
Lahiru Kumara 2/134, Dushmantha Chameera 1/147
Sri Lanka: 236-all out
Kusal Mendis 67, Dinesh Chandimal 56
Neil Wagner 4/48, Trent Boult 3/77
Watch Matt Henry’s super catch here-
New Zealand won the match by 423 runs