Highlights, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Christchurch, Day 5: Hosts clinch series with 423-run win

Follow LIVE updates on Day 5 of the second Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Christchurch's Hagley Oval.

FirstCricket Staff, Dec 30, 2018 04:04:18 IST

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 423 runs

178/10
Overs
50.0
R/R
3.56
Fours
15
Sixes
3
Extras
14
104/10
Overs
41.0
R/R
2.54
Fours
10
Sixes
0
Extras
10
585/4
Overs
153.0
R/R
3.82
Fours
58
Sixes
3
Extras
14
236/9
Overs
106.2
R/R
2.22
Fours
26
Sixes
0
Extras
7

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Report, Day 4: Concerted pressure from New Zealand’s bowling attack pushed them to the brink of victory in the second test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.

Sri Lanka, chasing an improbable 660 for victory, were 231 for six at stumps on the fourth day, with Dilruwan Perera (22) and Suranga Lakmal (16) set to resume on Sunday needing to bat the entire day to save the match and series.

The first game in the two-match series ended in a damp draw in Wellington last week.

Highlights, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Christchurch, Day 5: Hosts clinch series with 423-run win

File image of New Zealand cricket team. AP

Sri Lanka had been set the target late on Friday after Tom Latham (176) and Henry Nicholls (162 not out) drove New Zealand’s second innings to 585 for four declared.

The tourists lost two early wickets in their response but had resumed on Saturday on 24 for two with captain Dinesh Chandimal on 14 and Kusal Mendis on six.

Despite a solid start, their hopes of saving the test effectively ended in the session before tea with the dismissal of Mendis and an injury to Angelo Mathews.

Mendis, who helped save the first test with Mathews with an unbroken 274-run partnership, appeared well set to repeat the dose with Chandimal on Saturday as they thwarted New Zealand for the entire first session.

However, the 23-year-old Mendis, who joined India captain Virat Kohli as the only players to surpass 1,000 test runs in 2018, fell after lunch for 67 to a superb diving catch by Matt Henry at mid-off.

The way in which the New Zealanders mobbed the substitute fielder showed how much they valued the wicket, which ended a 117-run partnership between Mendis and Chandimal.

Mathews, who top scored with 33 not out in Sri Lanka’s first innings of 104, looked like he would be even more difficult to remove than Mendis before he pulled up after completing a run and immediately clutched at his left hamstring.

He received treatment on the field but was clearly hampered and could do nothing but play from the crease and hop when Chandimal called him through for a run.

The former captain did not return after the tea break and is expected to have scans later on Saturday, although it is doubtful he will bat on Sunday.

With inputs from Reuters

Updated Date: Dec 30, 2018 04:04:18 IST






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