New Zealand wraps up famous Test victory

Trent Boult celebrates with teammates

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 167 runs to claim their first Test victory in the country for 14 years. After reducing the home side to 47-4 by the close of day four, New Zealand finished the job off during the final session on the final day with 27.1 overs remaining. In so doing the Kiwis avoided a sixth successive Test defeat and the victory represented a rare win against a major Test nation in recent years. Angelo Mathews (84 in just under five hours) put up stubborn resistance for Sri Lanka but he was last man out after hitting five boundaries in his previous eight deliveries in an attempt to hurry towards his second Test century. Trent Boult (3-33)… Read More →

Herath spins Sri Lanka to comfortable win

Rangana Herath - 1st Test - Galle - SL v NZ

11 wickets in the match from Rangana Herath helped Sri Lanka clinch a comfortable 10-wicket victory over New Zealand on Monday in the opening Test Match. Herath claimed 6-43 in the second innings as New Zealand collapsed on Monday morning, making just 118 all out, having slumped from 35-1 to 79-7 in another disappointing batting display. Only one batsman could get to 20, despite eight players making double figures, as Herath added to his figures of 5-65 in the first innings. Sri Lanka wasted no time in chasing down its victory target of 93, with Dimuth Karunaratne (60 not out) and Tharanga Paranavitana (31 not out) putting on an impressive undefeated stand in 18.3 overs. The teams now head to… Read More →

Dilshan to miss first Test against New Zealand

TMDilshan AFP

Sri Lankan opener T.M Dilshan will not be considered for selection for the 1st Test match against New Zealand which is scheduled to commence tomorrow at Galle International Cricket Stadium. This is due to the back injury he suffered during the ODI series. Uncapped Left handed opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been drafted in to the squad as cover for Dilshan. The Hon. Minister of Sports has approve this selection.

Black Caps thwarted by rain

Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene poses with the trophy after victory in the One Day International (ODI) Series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Hambantota on November 12, 2012

New Zealand were denied the chance to pull off a consolation victory in the ODI series against Sri Lanka when the final match in Hambantota was abandoned. The Black Caps had put themselves into a strong position by reducing the hosts to 123-8 as Sri Lanka, already 3-0 up in the series, played a carefree brand of cricket. A long delay for rain then ensued before the match was called off just before 8.30pm. Tim Southee was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with 3-18 from 5.3 overs but all of the New Zealand attack played their part as the home side found the going tough. Kumar Sangakkara’s departure left Sri Lanka reeling on 44-4 before Upul Tharanga and… Read More →