Spirited New Zealand Resistance Ended By Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 416 & 311-5 declared (Sangakkara 109) beat
New Zealand 234 & 397 (Vettori 140, Herath 5-139) by 96 runs
Second Test, Colombo, day five
Sri Lanka took a 2-0 Test series win over New Zealand but were made to work exceptionally hard on the final day of the second Test, eventually getting home by 96 runs.
After resuming on 182 for six, chasing 494 to win, Daniel Vettori marshalled the lower order to a highly impressive 397 all out, the captain the last man to fall for 140.
Vettori added 124 with Jacob Oram, who made a patient 56 and if Sri Lanka thought that the dismissal of Oram by Tillakaratne Dilshan would herald a swift end to the match, they were mistaken.
Jeetan Patel came and went quickly, making 12 in 21 balls before Vettori passed his century accompanied by Iain O'Brien, who resisted for 75 deliveries in making 12 runs, the pair putting on 69 for the ninth wicket.
Even Chris Martin managed to hold on for 13 balls before Vettori's vigil was finally ended, caught at midwicket by Rangana Herath off of Muttiah Muralitharan.
Herath finished with five for 135, Muralitharan returning three for 85 while for Vettori, the disappointment of losing the match must have been tempered slightly by the fact that he himself had a record-breaking game. He became the first left-arm spinner to take 300 Test wickets earlier in the match and his 140 was a career-best effort in Test cricket.
New Zealand's 397 was also the highest ever fourth innings score in Test cricket in Sri Lanka, surpassing the 391 for four made by Sri Lanka against Pakistan earlier this season.
Thilan Samaraweera hit 143 in the first innings and Kumar Sangakkara also passed three figures in Sri Lanka's second innings while Herath and Muralitharan both picked up three wickets when New Zealand were bowled out first time round for 234.
Sri Lanka won the first Test by 202 runs in Galle.
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