Hosts bundled out for 122 in 2nd innings
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug 26, (AP): New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs in the second Test to level the two-match series 1-1 on Monday. Needing 187 runs in the second innings to make New Zealand bat again, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 122 runs in the final session despite a fighting 51 off 162 deliveries from wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.
Sri Lanka won the first Test by six wickets in Galle.
The match was curtailed by rain for most part but New Zealand played positive cricket to force a result.
Sri Lanka started the last session at 88 for seven hoping to salvage a draw, with Dickwella batting with purpose and joined by defiant tailender Suranga Lakmal.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson used some aggressive field placings, sometimes placing as many as five fielders around the bat.
The tactic paid off when Lakmal (14 from 45 balls) gloved a catch to batsman Tom Latham – who hit a fine 154 in New Zealand’s innings – at forward short-leg. Crucially that dismissal ended a 41-run partnership in 132 balls between Dickwella and Lakmal, batting at No. 9.
Dickwella tried to sweep spinner Ajaz Patel and was also caught by Latham, close to the bat.
Fast bowler Trent Boult bounced at No. 10 batsman Lasith Embuldeniya whose evasive play resulted in a catch to Williamson at third slip, taking New Zealand over the line to victory.
“(It) was a much improved performance from us. It was a great effort to push for victory especially with the weather,” Williamson said after the match. “It was a tough series overall and deserves to be one all.”
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said his batsmen should have been more patient.
In the first session, Kusal Perera opened the batting with Lahiru Thirimanne because of Karunaratne’s extended stay off the field with an injury during New Zealand’s innings.
Thirimanne was run out before Sri Lanka had scored and Kusal Perera (0) was caught behind by B.J. Watling off paceman Boult, leaving Sri Lanka two down for four runs.
Sri Lanka lost its third wicket with the total 11 when Angelo Mathews (7) fended an outswinger from seamer Colin de Grandhomme to Ross Taylor at slip.
Dhananjaya de Silva (1), who scored a century for Sri Lanka in the first innings, stepped out against left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel to drive on the on side but only managed to give a catch to Southee at slip.
William Somerville bowled Kusal Mendis for 20 runs, with an impeccable off spinner. The well-flighted delivery drew the right-hander forward outside off stump to defend and the ball turned sharply after pitching, sneaked through bat and pad to hit off stump.
Karunaratne made 21 before being trapped lbw by fast bowler Tim Southee bowling round the wicket with the total on 73. He reviewed the decision unsuccessfully.
Dilruwan Perera departed without scoring, caught by Ross Taylor off Southee.
Southee returned best bowling figures two for 15. Boult, Patel and Somerville also took two wickets each.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug 26, (RTRS): Scoreboard at close of play on the fifth day of 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
SRI LANKA 1st innings 244 (D. de Silva 109; Karunaratne 65; Southee 4-63)
NEW ZEALAND 1st innings
J. Raval c de Silva b D. Perera 0
T. Latham lbw D. Perera 154
K. Williamson c Mendis b Kumara 20
R. Taylor c de Silva b Embuldeniya 23
H. Nicholls c de Silva b D. Perera 15
B.J. Watling not out 105
C. de Grandhomme c Kumara b Embuldeniya 83
T. Southee not out 24
Extras: (4lb, 3w) 7
Total: (115 overs, 6 wkts, decl) 431
Fall of Wickets: 1-1 (Raval), 2-34 (Williamson), 3-84 (Taylor), 4-126 (Nicholls), 5-269 (Latham), 6-382 (Grandhomme)
Did Not Bat: Somerville, Patel, Boult
Bowling: D. Perera 37-4-114-3, de Silva 5-1-10-0, Lakmal 11-2-32-0, Kumara 25-0-115-1, Embuldeniya 37-4-156-2
SRI LANKA 2nd innings
L. Thirimanne run out Patel 0
K. Perera c Watling b Boult 0
K. Mendis b Somerville 20
A. Mathews c Taylor b Grandhomme 7
D. de Silva c Southee b Patel 1
N. Dickwella c Latham b Patel 51
D. Karunaratne lbw Southee 21
D. Perera c Taylor b Southee 0
S. Lakmal c Latham b Somerville 14
L. Embuldeniya c Williamson b Boult 5
L. Kumara not out 0
Extras: (2lb, 1w) 3
Total: (70.2 overs, all out) 122
Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Thirimanne), 2-4 (K. Perera), 3-11 (Mathews), 4-22 (de Silva), 5-32 (Mendis), 6-73 (Karunaratne), 7-75 (D. Perera), 8-115 (Lakmal), 9-118 (Dickwella), 10-122 (Embuldeniya)
Bowling: Boult 14.2-8-17-2, Southee 12-6-15-2, Patel 19-3-31-2, Grandhomme 4-1-8-1, Somerville 21-6-49-2
Match Result: New Zealand win by an innings and 65 runs
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Michael Gough
TV Umpire: Richard Illingworth
Match Referee: Andrew Pycroft