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New Zealand level series with stunning win against Sri Lanka

New Zealand claim a superlative win against Sri Lanka in the second Test to square the two-match Test series 1-1.

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New Zealand level series with stunning win against Sri Lanka
William Somerville celebrates with Tom Latham. Photo: Getty Images

The Kiwis thrashed the home team out for 122 on Monday thus winning the match by an innings and 65 runs on the final day of the Test.

As the rain hit profoundly in Colombo, New Zealand could not able to complete their first innings until the fifth day morning. They batted for five overs then before declaring the first innings on 431 runs for 6 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 244.

With less than a day to bat for Sri Lanka, New Zealand bowlers exhibited astounding display to take all ten wickets of the opposition in 122.

In a team effort, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel and William Somerville all claimed two wickets each for New Zealand.

Sri Lanka missed the service of regular captain Dimuth Karunaratne in the opening slot of the first after he suffered a torn quadriceps while fielding on Saturday. In the second innings, he and Niroshan Dickwella stood for a 51-run sixth wicket partnership that give Sri Lanka hopes of a draw at one stage of the game.

For New Zealand, Tom Latham top scored with 154 runs while BJ Watling completed his century in the fifth day – he was unbeaten at 105 which is his seventh Test century.

The Sri Lanka skipper blamed his side’s poor batting display for the defeat.

“I think it was a pretty good wicket,” he said. “We needed to be patient and put a big score, 240-odd wasn’t enough.

“We need some partnerships, we keep losing wickets regularly. That’s the key … once the batters get a start, we need to get a big one.”

Sri Lanka and New Zealand will appear in a three match Twenty20 internationals, starting in Pallekele on Sunday.

 

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