Match Over - New Zealand won by innings and 65 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
  • Venue: P Sara Oval, Colombo
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 22 Aug 2019, 06:30 SAST
  • Winner: New Zealand
  • Man of the Match: TWM Latham

Umpires

  • Umpire1: MA Gough
  • Umpire2: BNJ Oxenford
  • Third Umpire: RK Illingworth

244/10

 

Overs: 90.2 / 0.0

Sri Lanka

431/6

 

Overs: 115.0 / 0.0

New Zealand

5.05 pm: Right so that ends this series. 26 consecutive Tests in Sri Lanka that have had an outright winner. Lots of great performances in these two games, and points split evenly - which is a fair result. And leaving you with a wonderful stat, courtesy our stats maven Shiva Jayaraman. "At present this is the 'winning-est' of years with at least ten Tests in the entire history of Test cricket." Here are the numbers. There will be more cricket soon, join us for that. Till then, this is Saurabh, signing off on behalf of Ankur and Ranjith.

Kane Williamson: "(on what he did differently from Galle) - Lost the toss! (smiles). But a great effort to push for victory and ultimately come out on the winning side. Naturally when the game starts coming so close, and the light's always a factor here as well this time of the year (you do get tense). But it was an outstanding effort from the first innings itself. And then the batters scored at a rate that allowed us to move the game forward. Great individual contributions that allowed us to get the win. Deserve to be 1-1.

Our bowlers bowled really nicely in the UAE as well, but as a collective they got breakthroughs at key moments. Everybody will gain things personally and as a group our general growth is important. Looking forward to my break, the guys are going for some T20 cricket. The international calendar is busy so the moments you do get some time off to refresh are nice."

Dimuth Karunaratne: "I think it was a pretty good wicket. 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. But some positives are there. Dhananjay batted really well. But at the end of the day we need to put our hands up and say we didn't do well. But once the batters get a start, we need to get a big one, like Tom and BJ did. Dhananajay and Dickwella were the biggest positives, and the bowlers also did really well."

BJ Watling is the Man of the Series. - his first ever Man of the Series.

Tom Latham is the Man of the Match. "Nice to contribute, we had partnerships throughout the innings. As a batting unit, we look to do that. I don't think we did anything different (to the first Test). We hadn't played Test cricket in a while so just those little adjustments. Conditions are a lot different over here than they are at home, so it's nice to come over here and contribute. (Dickwella catch) - as soon as I saw him go down, I went to my left. Probably a bit lucky it hit his arm and slowed down. The bowlers did extremely well to get all the wickets."

4.55pm: Time for the presentations.

Lots of you asking questions about the World Test championship and how it works. Our explainer has all the answers. Trust me, really it does.

Suley: "Great to see NZ perform well regardless of Williamson. Great depth"

Pratik: "Really happy with the performance of Southee. Lost his place to Matt Henry in limited overs side, almost has been out of favour in Tests too with Wagner faring well. Well done Sixer Southee. 6 wickets and some handsome Sixes with the bat."

Sandy: "Three matches of ICC Test Championship started same day and all three gave results. Bright future for Test Cricket."

Ashish Agarwal: "@Saurabh, you were the one NZ needed. 2 wickets in 8 balls of your commentary..." - I'm going to be rushing through my visa to see if I can make it in time for the presentation ceremony to pick up my Man of the Match award...

4.44pm: The gloom was setting in - in the sky certainly and perhaps in New Zealand hearts too, but even as the day's play was ending, New Zealand managed to winkle out the last two wickets. The series is at 1-1, and both teams are on 60 points now in the World Test Championship table.

Really remarkable effort by New Zealand to close out victory in a match so heavily affected by rain. It almost looked like the sequence of results in Test cricket in Sri Lanka would be broken, but we now have 26 straight Tests that have had an outright winner in Sri Lanka. Ben Stokes may be keeping Test cricket pumping, and Jofra Archer, Steven Smith, Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli may be grabbing the headlines - but if you want to keep Test cricket alive, hey just play in Sri Lanka! They don't know the meaning of a draw here.

70.2TA Boult to L Embuldeniya, OUT, No run, it's all over! A superb short ball from Trent Boult and New Zealand have squared the series. Fast, rising up awkwardly from back of a length and it's too much for a tailender. He's trying to get out of the way by ducking, but it's homing in on his ribs and he is too slow to get his gloves down. The ball flies off the gloves to second slip.
70.1TA Boult to L Embuldeniya, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, full ball on the pads and imperiously flicked to the square leg fence. Top shot. And it shows that he's not going to be hesitant even though they are nine down..
End of over 70. 1 runs this over. 118/9 after 420 balls.
CBRLS Kumara 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 19-3-31-2
L Embuldeniya 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 69.  A maiden over! 117/8 after 414 balls.
N Dickwella 51 (160b 6x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 14-8-13-1
L Embuldeniya 0 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 68. 1 runs this over. 117/8 after 408 balls.
L Embuldeniya 0 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 21-6-49-2
N Dickwella 51 (154b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 67. 1 runs this over. 116/8 after 402 balls.
L Embuldeniya 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 13-7-13-1
N Dickwella 50 (151b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 66.  A maiden over! 115/8 after 396 balls.
L Embuldeniya 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 20-6-48-2
N Dickwella 49 (146b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 65.  A maiden over! 115/7 after 390 balls.
N Dickwella 49 (146b 6x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 12-7-12-1
RAS Lakmal 14 (42b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 64. 5 runs this over. 115/7 after 384 balls.
RAS Lakmal 14 (42b 2x4 1x6 ) WER Somerville 19-5-48-1
N Dickwella 49 (140b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 63. 1 runs this over. 110/7 after 378 balls.
RAS Lakmal 14 (39b 2x4 1x6 ) AY Patel 18-3-30-1
N Dickwella 44 (137b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 62. 10 runs this over. 109/7 after 372 balls.
RAS Lakmal 14 (36b 2x4 1x6 ) WER Somerville 18-5-43-1
N Dickwella 43 (134b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 61. 4 runs this over. 99/7 after 366 balls.
N Dickwella 43 (134b 5x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 17-3-29-1
RAS Lakmal 4 (30b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 60.  A maiden over! 95/7 after 360 balls.
RAS Lakmal 4 (30b 1x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 17-5-33-1
N Dickwella 39 (128b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 59.  A maiden over! 95/7 after 354 balls.
N Dickwella 39 (128b 4x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 16-3-25-1
RAS Lakmal 4 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 58. 5 runs this over. 95/7 after 348 balls.
RAS Lakmal 4 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 16-4-33-1
N Dickwella 39 (122b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 57. 1 runs this over. 90/7 after 342 balls.
RAS Lakmal 0 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 15-2-25-1
N Dickwella 38 (118b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 56. 1 runs this over. 89/7 after 336 balls.
RAS Lakmal 0 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 15-4-28-1
N Dickwella 37 (115b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 55. 1 runs this over. 88/7 after 330 balls.
RAS Lakmal 0 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 14-2-24-1
N Dickwella 36 (111b 4x4 0x6 ) more

3.25 pm: Sri Lanka will feel much more confident of saving this match, and therefore winning this series, than they had at the lunch break. The New Zealand bowlers probed and probed. Perhaps Williamson erred by not giving his quicker men a go a bit earlier - but when they did come back Southee took both wickets - his 250th and 251st in Tests - for New Zealand's only successes in this session. Niroshan Dickwella has been a picture of patience after a slightly jittery start, and while he's still there, Sri Lanka will believe they can pull off a draw. Join us for what should be an exciting final session soon.

End of over 54. 1 runs this over. 87/7 after 324 balls.
RAS Lakmal 0 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 14-4-27-1
N Dickwella 35 (108b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 53. 1 runs this over. 86/7 after 318 balls.
RAS Lakmal 0 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 13-2-23-1
N Dickwella 34 (104b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 52. 1 runs this over. 85/7 after 312 balls.
RAS Lakmal 0 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 13-4-26-1
N Dickwella 33 (100b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 51. 1 runs this over. 84/7 after 306 balls.
N Dickwella 32 (96b 4x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 12-2-22-1
RAS Lakmal 0 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 50.  A maiden over! 83/7 after 300 balls.
RAS Lakmal 0 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 12-6-15-2
N Dickwella 31 (90b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 49. 8 runs this over. 83/7 after 294 balls.
N Dickwella 31 (90b 4x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 11-6-12-1
RAS Lakmal 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 48. 1 runs this over. 75/7 after 288 balls.
RAS Lakmal 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 11-5-15-2
N Dickwella 23 (84b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 47.  A maiden over! 74/6 after 282 balls.
MDK Perera 0 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 10-6-4-1
N Dickwella 22 (81b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 46.  A maiden over! 74/6 after 276 balls.
N Dickwella 22 (81b 2x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 10-5-14-1
MDK Perera 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 45. 1 runs this over. 74/6 after 270 balls.
MDK Perera 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 9-5-4-1
N Dickwella 22 (75b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Dilruwan is not out, but he's still got some worries because that was a painful hit. The physio is out, giving him the works.

End of over 44. 2 runs this over. 73/6 after 263 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 21 (70b 2x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 9-4-14-1
N Dickwella 21 (73b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 43.  A maiden over! 71/5 after 258 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 21 (67b 2x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 8-5-3-1
N Dickwella 20 (71b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Physio is out and putting the magic spray on Karunaratne after that painful blow.

End of over 42. 8 runs this over. 71/5 after 252 balls.
N Dickwella 20 (71b 2x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 12-4-25-1
FDM Karunaratne 21 (61b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 41.  A maiden over! 63/5 after 246 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 21 (61b 2x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 7-4-3-1
N Dickwella 12 (65b 0x4 0x6 ) more

And handing over to Saurabh till tea.

End of over 40.  A maiden over! 63/5 after 240 balls.
N Dickwella 12 (65b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 11-4-17-1
FDM Karunaratne 21 (55b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39. 1 runs this over. 63/5 after 234 balls.
N Dickwella 12 (59b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 6-3-3-1
FDM Karunaratne 21 (55b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 3 runs this over. 62/5 after 228 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 21 (55b 2x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 10-3-17-1
N Dickwella 11 (53b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37.  A maiden over! 59/5 after 222 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 19 (50b 2x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 8-4-12-0
N Dickwella 10 (52b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 36.  A maiden over! 59/5 after 216 balls.
N Dickwella 10 (52b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 9-3-14-1
FDM Karunaratne 19 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 35. 3 runs this over. 59/5 after 210 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 19 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 7-3-12-0
N Dickwella 10 (46b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 34. 2 runs this over. 56/5 after 204 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 17 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 8-2-14-1
N Dickwella 9 (45b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 33. 2 runs this over. 54/5 after 198 balls.
N Dickwella 9 (45b 0x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 6-3-9-0
FDM Karunaratne 15 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 32. 1 runs this over. 52/5 after 192 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 15 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 7-2-12-1
N Dickwella 9 (39b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 1 runs this over. 51/5 after 186 balls.
N Dickwella 8 (35b 0x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 11-2-21-1
FDM Karunaratne 15 (31b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 2 runs this over. 50/5 after 180 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 15 (31b 2x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 6-2-11-1
N Dickwella 7 (29b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29. 6 runs this over. 48/5 after 174 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 13 (25b 2x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 10-2-20-1
N Dickwella 7 (29b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 28. 2 runs this over. 42/5 after 168 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 8 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 5-2-9-1
N Dickwella 6 (28b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 27. 1 runs this over. 40/5 after 162 balls.
N Dickwella 6 (28b 0x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 9-2-14-1
FDM Karunaratne 6 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 26.  A maiden over! 39/5 after 156 balls.
N Dickwella 6 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 4-2-7-1
FDM Karunaratne 5 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 4 runs this over. 39/5 after 150 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 5 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 8-2-13-1
N Dickwella 6 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 24. 2 runs this over. 35/5 after 144 balls.
N Dickwella 6 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 3-1-7-1
FDM Karunaratne 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 1 runs this over. 33/5 after 138 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 7-2-9-1
N Dickwella 5 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more

12.30pm: Sensational session for New Zealand. They started by biffing the ball around merrily, and Watling getting to a century. A declaration followed and they've strangled Sri Lanka in the second innings since then. Sri Lanka are still 154 runs away from making New Zealand bat again, and are already five down. Plenty depends on how Karunaratne, with a dodgy quadricep, and Dickwella, who hasn't looked very convincing so far and has a bruised finger, deal with the New Zealand bowlers. Catch us after the lunch break, where Ankur will be back in the hot commentary seat.

End of over 22.  A maiden over! 32/5 after 132 balls.
FDM Karunaratne 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 2-1-5-1
N Dickwella 4 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 21. 5 runs this over. 32/4 after 126 balls.
N Dickwella 4 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) AY Patel 6-2-8-1
BKG Mendis 20 (58b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 20. 5 runs this over. 27/4 after 120 balls.
N Dickwella 4 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) WER Somerville 1-0-5-0
BKG Mendis 15 (55b 2x