Written by Lahiru Fernando
07 Jan, 2015 | 11:51 am
The second test of the Sri Lanka Tour of New-Zealand end as the kiwis claim victory by 193 runs.
Sri Lanka, who chose to field after winning the toss, managed to restrict the home side to 221 runs and went on to post a score of 356 runs.
Holding a lead of 135 runs as centurion Kumar Sangakkara knocked a magnificent double-ton to carry the team there and gave the Lankan camp a chance to level the series 1-1. But the home side had other plans as they posted a score of 253 for the loss of five wickets; with Kane Williamson who was on 80 runs not out, continuing the strike on the fourth day to post 242 runs not out together with BJ Watling on 142 not out as the kiwis declared the innings with a score of 524 for the loss of five wickets.
Sri Lanka began the final innings with a clear target of 389 runs to win and looked very much achievable with test veteran and centurion Kumar Sangakkara in fine form after a double-ton knock in the previous innings. But the home side bowling attack turned the tide around as they swept through the Lankan wickets as they dismissed both Sangakkara and Mathews for single digits.
They finally took the final wicket to limit the visiting side to just 196 runs there-by winning the match and the series comfortably.
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