New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test- Day 4: New Zealand won by 8 wickets

Shashi / 29 December 2014

At stumps of the second day, Sri Lanka were battling out valiantly to save the Test match. They were poised at the score of 293 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. They resumed with their innings today. And soon after the start of the day’s play, Tim Southee brought the first breakthrough for them in the form of the debutant all-rounder, Kaushal.

After that, Mathews and the Sri Lankan wicket keeper batsman, Prasanna Jayawardene tried to steady up the innings with a valiant fight and just when they were on the verge of building a strong and a decent partnership, Mathews was dismissed by Southee. He edged a ball and was caught by Walting. He scored a total of 66 runs. Sri Lanka were surely struggling at the score of 320 runs for the loss of 6 wickets with just being ahead of the New Zealand score by a margin of 17 runs.

Wickets kept on falling from one end until there was quite a big partnership for the last wicket stand between Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal. Eranga remained unbeaten at the score of 45 runs off 62 deliveries and Lakmal was dismissed at the score of 16 runs to wrap things up for them. Thus, Sri Lanka were bundled at the score of 407 runs. New Zealand required 105 runs to win the match and that concluded the session’s play.

In the second session, New Zealand started their chase. Latham was dismissed early on in the innings and thus the first wicket of New Zealand fell at the score of 23 runs. Rutherford was dismissed soon after that and New Zealand were reduced to 43 for the loss of 2 wickets. Sri Lanka required further quick wickets but that was not going to happen.

There came a solid partnership between Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to settle the chase for New Zealand and they reached to their target without losing any further wickets. Thus, New Zealand won the match by a margin of 8 wickets.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 441 & 107/2 (30.4 ov) and Sri Lanka 138 & 407 (f/o). New Zealand won by 8 wickets

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