A clinical performance from the New Zealand bowlers ended Sri Lankan resistance on day five, dismissing them for 282 in the final innings and secured a 122-run victory for the Black Caps in the first Test in Dunedin.
Sri Lanka were three down for 109 at stumps needing a further 296 runs for a win after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum made a sporting declaration on the rain-marred fourth day of the first Test in Dunedin.
Tom Latham brought up a well-crafted unbeaten fifty as New Zealand managed to extend their lead to 308 runs with nine wickets in hand by the end of the third day's play in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal led the Sri Lankan fightback with a 122-run stand for the third wicket as the visitors scored 197 for four at stumps on day two of the first Test in Dunedin, trailing New Zealand by 234 runs.
Martin Guptill slammed a fluent 156 while Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum notched up useful half centuries as New Zealand scored 409 for eight on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.
Udara Jayasundera, Kithuruwan Vithanage and Angelo Mathews hit fifties on day three as the tour game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand Board President’s XI in at Queenstown Events Centre ended in a draw.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera were the only positives for Sri Lanka on the second day of their tour match as fifties from Bharat Popli and Ben Smith propelled New Zealand Board President's XI to a 95-run lead.
Sri Lanka struggled to put runs on the board after Tim Johnston’s three-wicket haul reduced them to 97 for five in the 40 overs that were possible in a rain-affected first day of the practice match against New Zealand Board President’s XI in Queenstown.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has claimed a career-high second spot in the International Cricket Council Test player rankings on the back of his excellent performance in the ongoing series against South Africa.
The New Zealand team management has asked for clarification from the International Cricket Council on the controversial decision involving Nathan Lyon in the first innings of the third Test against Australia in Adelaide.
Australia created history at the Adelaide Oval by winning the first-ever day-night Test by three wickets to seal a 2-0 series victory against New Zealand but not before Trent Boult gave them a scare with his five-wicket haul.
Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh shared five wickets under lights for Australia to keep New Zealand's lead down to 94 at stumps on day two of the third Test in Adelaide after Peter Nevill along with the lower order rescued the Australian innings earlier.