New Zealand Rout Sri Lanka, Attain Comfortable Win In First Test
New Zealand 107-2 (Taylor 39 no) & 441 (McCullum 195) beat
Sri Lanka 407 (Karunaratne 152) & 138 (Boult 3-25, Mathews 50)
First Test, Day Four, Christchurch
By virtue of top class all-round performance throughout the first Test, New Zealand attained comfortable victory by eight wickets against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
Despite a bit of staunch resistance from the Sri Lankan tail-end batsmen, New Zealand cruised towards an effortless victory on day four.
Tim Southee struck two crucial early blows in the first hour of play as he dismissed both the overnight batsman, night watchman Tharindu Kaushal (12) and skipper Angelo Mathews (66).
Kaushal failed to negotiate a well directed bouncer as he lobbed off an easy catch to Craig at second slip, whereas, Mathews too got undone by a cleverly directed short delivery which took a faint edge to the keeper.
Dhammika Prasad (4) failed to contribute towards his team's cause as Southee produced a brilliant outside edge of his bat, which was snapped in first slip by Ross Taylor.
Prasanna Jayawardene (23), Shaminda Eranga (45) and Suranga Lakmal (16) abetted Sri Lanka to set a modest target of 105 runs.
Trent Boult (4-100) and Tim Southee (4-91) did the heavy lifting as Jamesh Neesham (1-29) and Mark Craig (1-83) chipped in with a wicket each.
New Zealand opening pair Tom Latham (17) and Hamish Rutherford (10) started-off the chase in a positive manner scoring above four runs per over.
Tharindu Kaushal foxed Latham with flight and produced a simple edge which was snapped at first slip.
Shaminda Eranga deceived Rutherford with an intense bouncer which looped straight to Dickwella at gully.
Kane Williamson (31 not out) and Ross Taylor (39 not out) constructed an unbeaten 64-run partnership for the third wicket to seal an comfortable victory for the home side.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was fittingly awarded the man of the match award for his match defining 195-run knock.
The second and final Test of this series is scheduled to be played at Wellington on January 3.
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