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New Zealand v Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4: Mathews hits ton to set intriguing target for New Zealand on Final Day

Mathews hits ton
Mathews hits ton to set intriguing target for New Zealand on Final Day

A classy century from Angelo Mathews revived Sri Lanka's fortunes and set up an intriguing Day 5, in the 1st Test against New Zealand. The tourists reached 302 all out on day four and at close of play, New Zealand were 28/1, needing 257 runs to win.

Match Summary

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand

New Zealand 373/10 (107.3 ov) & *28/1 (17 ov)

Sri Lanka 355/10 (92.4 ov) & 302/10 (105.3 ov)

Stumps : Day 4 New Zealand need 257 runs to win


Match Day Report

A century from Angelo Mathews and the early wicket of Devon Conway kept Sri Lanka's World Championship hopes alive in the first Test against New Zealand on Sunday. 

With a masterful 115 from nearly six hours in the middle, Mathews rescued Sri Lanka from a tight spot and led the tourists to a second innings 302. 

It set New Zealand a target of 285, and by stumps, after 17 overs, they were 28 for one with Conway out for five. 

Tom Latham was not out 11 with Kane Williamson on seven with New Zealand requiring 257 on the final day. The highest fourth-innings score at Hagley Oval is 256 for eight in a drawn Test.

Sri Lanka need another nine wickets on the final day but their chances could be dashed by rain, forecast for the morning. 

While New Zealand have only pride at stake Sri Lanka, playing their first Test in seven months, are chasing their ticket to the World Test Championship final against Australia.

But they must win in Christchurch as well as the second Test in Wellington. 

They also need Australia to win or draw their current fourth Test against India. 

There was jubilation in the Sri Lankan camp when Kasun Rajitha had Conway caught and bowled for five, and similar scenes when he thought he had Williamson lbw without scoring. 

Sri Lanka reviewed the not out call, but Williamson, who only made one in the first innings, was safe. 

Mathews went to the middle late Saturday with Sri Lanka in trouble at 81 for three which became 95 for four early Sunday with the dismissal of nightwatchman Prabath Jayasuriya.

But New Zealand's confidence was dented as the 35-year-old Mathews put on 105 for the fifth wicket with Dinesh Chandimal and added a further 60 with Dhananjaya de Silva before he was dismissed by Matt Henry. 

His 235-ball innings, filled with chanceless ones and twos and only 11 boundaries, took Sri Lanka to a position of strength. 

De Silva continued the momentum with his late cameo, finishing unbeaten on 47 while Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara chimed in with scores of 14 and eight as Henry mopped up the tail. 

Blair Tickner, who accounted for the Sri Lanka top order, took four for 100 while Henry finished with three for 71. 

New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner, who left the field injured on Saturday, did not bowl after scans revealed a bulging disc in his back and a torn right hamstring.

Wagner has been ruled out of the second Test starting on Friday.

Match Stats

Sri Lanka 1st Innings Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Oshada Fernando - 6.5 ov), 2-151 (Kusal Mendis - 32.5 ov), 3-151 (Dimuth Karunaratne - 33.4 ov), 4-233 (Dinesh Chandimal - 57.1 ov), 5-260 (Angelo Mathews - 63.5 ov), 6-268 (Niroshan Dickwella - 67.4 ov), 7-316 (Dhananjaya de Silva - 76.2 ov), 8-331 (Kasun Rajitha - 81.4 ov), 9-336 (Prabath Jayasuriya - 87.6 ov), 10-355 (Asitha Fernando - 92.4 ov)

New Zealand 1st innings Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Devon Conway - 28.4 ov), 2-70 (Kane Williamson - 31.6 ov), 3-76 (Henry Nicholls - 35.1 ov), 4-134 (Tom Latham - 50.1 ov), 5-151 (Tom Blundell - 58.2 ov), 6-188 (Michael Bracewell - 75.3 ov), 7-235 (Tim Southee - 82.6 ov), 8-291 (Daryl Mitchell - 97.4 ov), 9-360 (Matt Henry - 105.5 ov), 10-373 (Neil Wagner - 107.3 ov)

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Dimuth Karunaratne - 11.4 ov), 2-47 (Oshada Fernando - 17.6 ov), 3-81 (Kusal Mendis - 33.4 ov), 4-95 (Prabath Jayasuriya - 45.6 ov), 5-200 (Dinesh Chandimal - 82.2 ov), 6-260 (Angelo Mathews - 94.5 ov), 7-266 (Niroshan Dickwella - 96.3 ov), 8-288 (Kasun Rajitha - 102.3 ov), 9-298 (Lahiru Kumara - 104.1 ov), 10-302 (Asitha Fernando - 105.3 ov)

New Zealand 2nd Innings Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Devon Conway - 4.6 ov)


Playing XIs

New Zealand: Tom Blundell(WK), Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee(C), Michael Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Blair Tickner, Matt Henry

Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella(WK), Dimuth Karunaratne(C), Dhananjaya de Silva, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kasun Rajitha,Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Prabath Jayasuriya

Match Details:

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 22:00

Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Christchurch

Toss: New Zealand elected to bowl

Officials: Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand) Michael Gough (England) Richard Illingworth (EnglandTV)

Match Referee: Richie Richardson (West Indies)

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