New Zealand win by 423 runs

  • New Zealand win second Test by 423 runs to claim series 1-0
  • Boult bags Lakmal to bring New Zealand closer to a massive win
  • Sri Lanka stutter to Wagner fire and reach 231/6 at stumps 
  • Hamstring injury forces Mathews to retire hurt

This is New Zealand's biggest win by runs. It's also the eighth-biggest victory, by runs, in Test history. It all started with that sterling effort from Southee in the first innings where he added 68 runs in the face of Lakmal's fifer. Sri Lanka bungled their response but there was little they could do against a raging Boult, who picked up five wickets in 11 deliveries and finished the innings with six wickets. With the pitch having eased up on the third day, New Zealand wanted to bat long and bat they did through Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls. Scores of 176 and 162, respectively, studded a string of scores which lead New Zealand to 585/4 declared. Sri Lanka had their backs against the wall from the get-go in pursuit of the unlikely 660. After a creaky start, Sri Lanka began to show some promise as Gunathilaka and Mendis. Then came the Mathews resistence. It looked like Wellington all over again but a hamstring pull meant Mathews was done. New Zealand's pacers came in hungry and wrapped things up in 12 minutes on the final day. Would have been fun to see Mathews have a bat out there.  

Kane Williamson " Fantastic achievement (to win four-Test series in a row). We wanted to play better than when Sri Lanka came over here last. I think we did that. A couple of brilliant contributions from the bat from the local boys – Latham, Nicholls. Even in the previous series, they did well. After the first session, we have some thought of deja vu. It's a real shame that Angs wasn't able to bat. We were prepared for another long one from him. "

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Dinesh Chadimal " I am disappointed with our performances in the first innings of both the Tests. The second innings, in both the Tests, showed a great fight and that's something of a takeaway. After winning the toss here, Suranga did really well. Overall, seamers have done a decent job. We still have to improve. When the situation comes we have to execute our plans well. After this series, we play in Australia and South Africa. Somewhat similar conditions so this is a good place to start. We're looking forward to the challenge. Mathews is an outstanding player. When it comes this side, he's someone we all look up to. It's unfortunate that he got injured yesterday. "


Tim Southee " It's always nice when you win a Test match. It's nice to get some runs. 170 in the first innings was quite a good score on that wicket. The preparation coming into this series was good. Some aches and pains but nothing bad. "

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