New Zealand crush Sri Lanka by 122 runs to win first test

New Zealand crush Sri Lanka by 122 runs to win first test

New Zealand crush Sri Lanka by 122 runs to win first test

Written by Staff Writer

14 Dec, 2015 | 10:39 am

The Black Caps extended their unbeaten test record to 12 matches on home soil in Dunedin, after comfortably beating Sri Lanka by 122 runs at University Oval on Monday.

The visitors were bowled out for 282 having been set 405 runs to win.

Sri Lanka’s plans to survive a minimum of 98 overs – or become only the fifth team in test history to achieve a target in excess of 400 – unravelled in the first session of the final day when Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal triggered an inexorable slide to their fourth successive loss to the Black Caps.

The duo’s departure when the score was 165 shortly after drinks ensured it was only a matter of time before Brendon McCullum toasted his last test on his home ground in appropriate fashion.

Sri Lanka were 224-6 at the lunch break before Boult grabbed both Rangana Herath (six) and Milinda Siriwardana (29) in the first 20 minutes of the middle session before bowlers Mitchell Santner and Doug Bracewell completed the victory.

Martin Guptill was adjudged the Man of the match.

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