Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne powers Sri Lanka to 6-wicket win against New Zealand in 1st Test

Dimuth Karunaratne led Sri Lanka from the front
Dimuth Karunaratne led Sri Lanka from the front
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It is a huge win for Sri Lanka in terms of the Test Championship. This being only a two-match series, the Lions have bagged 60 valuable points.


Match Summary

Full Scorecard

New Zealand 249, 285
Sri Lanka 267, 268-4 (86.1 Overs)

[Karunaratne(c) 122(243), Thirimanne 64(163); Somerville 1/73, Southee 1/33]

Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets 



The Sri Lankan opening pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne added 28 more runs to their overnight partnership before Thirimanne was trapped in front of the wickets off William Somerville. This brought an end to the 161-run opening stand which almost sealed the game for the hosts.

New Zealand would have sensed a chance when Kusal Mendis was dismissed in the next over by Ajaz Patel. However, Angelo Mathews then had a partnership with Karunaratne to upset any hopes that New Zealand might have held of winning this game.

Karunaratne was finally dismissed by Tim Southee for a well-made 122. Kusal Perera's 23 was followed by Dhananjaya de Silva's 14, who remained unbeaten along with Angelo Mathews, to see the team to a six-wicket win.


Each of Tim Southee, William Somerville, Trent Boult and Ajaz Patel got one wicket each but what New Zealand needed was a spell of fiery bowling which accounted for at least three-four wickets for them to come back into the match.

It is a huge win for Sri Lanka in terms of the Test Championship. This being only a two-match series, the Lions have bagged 60 valuable points.

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

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