Bowlers put in a an exceptional performance to help New Zealand register a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka in the second and final game of the series at P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Monday. With this result, New Zealand managed to level the two-match series against Sri Lanka.
New Zealand look in control after taking a massive 187 run-lead going to the second innings, the Islanders did not off any resistance and were bundled out for 122 runs in 70.2 overs. The star of the show for the visitors was the combination of Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel and Trent Boult, as they collectively picked up six wickets between them.
For Sri Lanka, Wicket keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella was the bright spot in the batting department and scored 51 runs off 161 balls but it was just not enough for the home side as the rest of the batting lineup crumbled against New Zealand bowlers.
Earlier in the game, Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss for Sri Lanka and opted to bat first. Bowling all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva was the star of the show in the first innings and scored 109 runs off 148 balls with the help of sixteen fours and two sixes. It was due to his splendid innings that saw Sri Lanka post a decent total in their innings.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne continued his good form with the bat in this game and chipped in with 65 off 165 balls with the help of six boundaries.
For New Zealand, the new-ball pair of Trent Boult and Tim Southee bowled exceedingly well on a surface that offered some assistance. The experienced duo picked up seven wickets between them to dismiss Sri Lanka for just 244 runs in 90.2 overs.
Kane Williamson’s men beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs to level the two-match Test series in Colombo.
In reply, New Zealand declared their first innings at the score of 431 for the loss of six wickets, leaving hosts with option to play out the rest of final day in order to secure a draw.
The star of the show for New Zealand was opening batsman Tom Latham, as he scored his 10th century in Test cricket and scored 154 off 251 balls with the help of fifteen boundaries.
Wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling scored his 7th century in Test cricket and scored 105 not out off 226 balls with the help of nine boundaries. He added unbeaten 143-run partnership with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme to help New Zealand take a massive lead going into Sri Lanka’s second innings.For Sri Lanka, Dilruwan Perera and Lasith Embuldeniya picked up key wickets for the side.
New Zealand opener Tom Latham was awarded man of the match for scoring a splendid 154 runs off 251 balls to help New Zealand register a match-winning score in the first innings.
With the conclusion of the two-match Test series, New Zealand will now take on Sri Lanka in the three-match T20I series that will begin from 1st September.