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New Zealand win by an innings and 65 runs to level Test series against Sri Lanka

The Test series ended at 1-1
The Test series ended at 1-1

The 120 points on offer for the two-match series were split equally between the two teams as the caravan now moves towards the T20Is.

Match Summary 

Sri Lanka 1st Innings 244

New Zealand 1st Innings 431-6 Dec

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 122

[Dickwella(wk) 51(161), Karunaratne(c) 21(70), Southee 2/15, Boult 2/17]

New Zealand won by an innings and 65 runs

Colin de Grandhomme could not add to his overnight score of 83 and was dismissed by Lasith Embuldeniya. BJ Watling went on to notch up a century and got good support from Tim Southee.

Southee clobbered 24 off just 10 deliveries including two fours and two sixes to take New Zealand to 431 after which they declared.

Sri Lanka, who had been flying high in the series till now, made a disastrous start as both openers were back in the hut within the first 14 balls. In place of skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera came out to open the innings this time with Lahiru Thirimanne, but things did not turn out well for the new opening pair.

Kusal Mendis then showed some resistance followed by Niroshan Dickwella and Karunaratne, who finally came to bat at seven, but with the team being 32-5, there was little they could have done from thereon.

Fighting frequent rain interruptions, New Zealand finally had something to cheer as Tim Southee, William Somerville, Ajaz Patel, and Trent Boult picked up two wickets each to bowl out Sri Lanka for just 122 and win by an innings and 65 runs.

Tom Latham was awarded the Player of the Match for his 154-run knock in the first innings, while wicketkeeper BJ Watling walked away with the Man of the Series award.

Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara

New Zealand- Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, William Somerville, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult

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