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Sri Lanka v New Zealand Test Series 2012
P Sara Oval
Final result - NZ win by 167 runs A hard-fought and well deserved win by New Zealand. Their victory ends a five-match losing slump, and helps them to their first win on Sri Lankan soil since 1998. Interestingly the scoreline - a 167-run win - is exactly the same as their last victory here. The result here was set up by Williamson and Taylor's first-innings centuries and some tireless work from the seamers. Southee finishes with eight wickets for the match, Boult seven. The series is squared at 1-1. If only there was a third Test to be played! We do hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this game. Your commentator today has been Liam Brickhill, and you can find me on Twitter under the handle Gomorezvidinha. Until next time, goodbye!
Over 85.5 - SL 195 all out (Herath 6) WICKET! It's all over for Sri Lanka. New Zealand have a win after five consecutive losses. Herath provided some drama before Boult ended proceedings. He began Boult's over with a neat little clip to the fine leg boundary before surviving a vociferous lbw appeal and splicing the next ball agonizingly short of a diving point fielder. A drive brings Mathews on strike, and he lines up a heave into the leg side but succeeds only in sending a thick edge to Guptill in the slips.
Over 85 - SL 190/9 (Mathews 84, Herath 1) Well, Mathews is having some fun before the end! He may well be on for a ton here if he can keep this up. A tiring Tim Southee has been dispatched for four fours in this over, all off Mathews' bat. The first came off a top-edged pull, but the next three were all superb shots in the arc between fine leg and wide long-on. Mathews is into the 80s, but can't keep the strike at the end of the over ...
Over 84 - SL 173/9 (Mathews 68, Herath 0) Mathews offers the couterpunch of a fabulous punch past mid-off, but there's barely a murmur from the batsman. The Test match almost comes to an end as a leading edge from Mathews is deflected back towards the stumps by Boult with Herath well short of his ground at the non-striker's end ... but the ball scoots past the wicket and they play on. Surely not long now.
Over 83 - SL 169/9 (Mathews 64, Herath 0) WICKET! What a catch. Williamson has already taken a couple of blinders in this game, and he's pulled off another one to put Sri Lanka nine down. Or has he? The umpires tell Eranga to hang around as they look at replays of the dismissal. Southee snaked one away from the bat, taking a thick edge, and Williamson tumbled to his right at gully, grasping the ball one-handed inches from the turf. Yep, that's a fair catch and Eranga trudges off.
Over 82 - SL 168/8 (Mathews 63, Eranga 0) WICKET! Boult strikes immediately, whanging down a lifter at Kulasekara that is guided straight to Kane Williamson at gully. Shaminda Eranga comes in ahead of Herath, with New Zealand surging towards a historic and series-leveling win.
Tea Sri Lanka are clinging to survival with a session to play on the fifth day in Colombo. Mathews has had a good game with the bat, and he's unbeaten on 63. Nuwan Kulasekara also deserves a mention. He's been at the crease for over an hour for his 18. New Zealand are still overwhelming favourites, but these two have now put on 46 for the eighth wicket. Their teammates will ask for a lot more during the interval. Join us in 15 minutes for the final session.
Over 81 - SL 168/7 (Mathews 63, Kulasekara 18) There's plenty of swing for Tim Southee with the new ball, curving away from Mathews' bat, but he starts most of his deliveries too far outside off and Mathews only has to play at half of them. He survives, seeing out a maiden, and that'll be tea.
Over 80 - SL 168/7 (Mathews 63, Kulasekara 18) No less than five Blackcap fielders crowd around Kulasekara as Patel continues. Guptill, at silly point, and McCullum, at short leg, are standing with a foot each on the cut strip. Neither is wearing a helmet - although, hopefully, they do have a pair of boxes at hand. Kulasekara is content to block out a maiden, after which the fourth umpire runs on with the new ball, which is taken immediately. We'll have just the one over before tea. Southee will bowl it.
Over 79 - SL 168/7 (Mathews 63, Kulasekara 18) Astle comes round the wicket for the first time today, looking to land the ball in the rough outside leg stump. He does just that, but Mathews is equal to the task and keeps a couple of deliveries out before punching one through the covers for two.
Over 78 - SL 166/7 (Mathews 61, Kulasekara 18) Patel sends down a mixed bag, switching from over to around the wicket as he tries to unstick the limpet-like Mathews from the crease. A single brings Kulasekara on strike with two deliveries to play, the second of which he inside edges very close to short leg's waiting hands ...
Over 77 - SL 165/7 (Mathews 60, Kulasekara 18) Taylor sticks with Astle, and he bounces back well to send down a maiden. There's turn and bounce aplenty, but he's bowling very slowly indeed and so Kulasekara has time to adjust to it.
Over 76 - SL 165/7 (Mathews 60, Kulasekara 18) Sri Lanka will go down fighting! After Kulasekara's brace of sixes in the last over, Mathews steps down the wicket to loft Patel majestically down the ground. The shot takes him to 60, and Sri Lanka now need under 200 to win. They surely won't be thinking of that result ...
Over 75 - SL 159/7 (Mathews 54, Kulasekara 18) Time, I think, to yank Astle out of this attack. At least for the moment. Kulasekara takes advantage of a full toss and a long hop to spank two mighty sixes over midwicket, taking Sri Lanka beyond 150. New Zealand will have the new ball in five overs' time, and will probably be able to give their quicks a crack at these two before tea. In the meantime, it's spin from both ends as Jeetan Patel is called upon.
Over 74 - SL 147/7 (Mathews 54, Kulasekara 6) There's yet another unscheduled ball change in the course of a maiden from Bracewell. Mathews had the chance for a single off the first ball, having turned one into space on the leg side, but decided not to run and blocked out the rest of the over. Do Sri Lanka still have a chance of saving this match?
Over 73 - SL 147/7 (Mathews 54, Kulasekara 6) Taylor has, perhaps, kept Astle on an over too long. He's flagging a little, and offers Kulasekara a gentle full toss that is hammered to the leg side boundary.
Over 72 - SL 143/7 (Mathews 54, Kulasekara 2) Doug Bracewell comes back into the attack, and immediately asks a question of the umpire as Kulasekara is rapped on the pad. There were two noises though - bat and pad, it would appear - and so it's rightfully not given. Kulasekara does well to get off strike immediately afterwards, with Mathews seeing out the over but unable to farm the strike at the end of it.
Over 71 - SL 142/7 (Mathews 54, Kulasekara 1) Nuwan Kulasekara has two slips, a leg slip and a short leg waiting for an error as Astle continues, but he manages to get off strike and Angelo Mathews brings up a fighting half-century with a crunchy pull to deep midwicket off a long-hop.
Over 70 - SL 134/7 (Mathews 46, Kulasekara 1) Mathews moves closer to his fifty with a slapped cut to the cover point boundary, Tim Southee having been brought back into the attack. Kulasekara, for the moment, looks fairly solid at the crease, coming forward to drive Southee into the covers with a high left elbow. It is surely only a matter of time before New Zealand wrap this up.
Over 69 - SL 129/7 (Mathews 41, Kulasekara 1) Ah, we finally see some variation from Astle now that he's bowling at the tail. Mathews hands the strike to Kulasekara with a single, and Astle spears down a quicker one that rushes straight one off the track. Kulasekara jabs down hurriedly in defense to keep it out.
Over 68 - SL 128/7 (Mathews 40, Kulasekara 1) Kulasekara is off the mark with an uppish flick into the leg side that draws cries of "catch it!", but falls safely. There's also a shy at the stumps and a direct hit to end the over as Mathews calls for a sharp single, but Kulasekara is home. Just.
Over 67 - SL 126/7 (Mathews 39, Kulasekara 0) What hope can Angelo Mathews have now? His half century, at least, would be a good effort and he moves to 39 with his third boundary - a cracking cut to cover point off Astle. His partner at the other end does have a first-class best of 95 so all is not lost. If Sri Lanka get out of this one, it'll be miraculous.
Over 66 - SL 122/7 (Mathews 34, Kulasekara 0) WICKET! Sri Lanka are sliding now, as Randiv falls without scoring. Boult fired one down on a great length and managed to curve the ball just far enough from round the wicket to find the outside edge. Martin Guptill, at second slip, completed the dismissal. New Zealand are buzzing, and Boult really thunders in at the new batsman, Kulasekara.
Over 65 - SL 121/6 (Mathews 34, Randiv 0) Two slips, a silly point and a short leg are staring Randiv dead in the eye as Astle continues. He offers a dead bat in return, and drinks are called on at the end of the over.
Over 64 - SL 121/6 (Mathews 34, Randiv 0) Boult fires a short one past Mathews' flashing blade to begin his 13th over, but discretion soon takes over and the batsman sees fit to play out the remaining five deliveries defensively. Mathews looks sturdy in defense, but every so often he'll attack wildly and that'll give New Zealand hope.
Over 63 - SL 121/6 (Mathews 34, Randiv 0) A single puts Randiv on strike to Astle, and he's immediately crowded by men all round the bat on both sides of the wicket. Astle has his tail up, and sends down a couple of ripping legspinners that are well kept out.
Over 62 - SL 120/6 (Mathews 33, Randiv 0) Suraj Randiv comes to the wicket after a grinding 56-run partnership is broken. Bracewell is replaced by Boult, and his comeback over is safely negotiated by the batsmen. Upon multiple viewings of the replays after the wicket, there may be some doubt as to whether Jayawardene actually got anything on that. If there was an edge, it was very fine indeed and practically inaudible on the stump mic. There's no HotSpot on offer.
Over 61 - SL 119/6 (Mathews 32) WICKET! Todd Astle has his first Test dismissal, and it comes about in classic fashion for a legspinner. He floats one up, gets the ball to drift in a touch and then zip off the pitch, taking the outside edge of Jayawardene's poking defense and nestling in van Wyk's gloves. He's jubilant at the dismissal, and is mobbed by some very happy teammates.
Over 60 - SL 117/5 (Mathews 32, Jayawardene 27) Kruger van Wyk is standing back once again as Bracewell begins his over with a short ball that is too wide outside off to be of any danger to Jayawardene. The batsman has a flash at what looked like a legcutter shortly afterwards, drawing hopeful gasps from the keeper and slip cordon.
Over 59 - SL 116/5 (Mathews 32, Jayawardene 26) Todd Astle replaces Jeetan Patel, offering more flight and spin away from the right-handed batsmen. What he doesn't have, or so it appears, is a wrong 'un, and Mathews is comfortable leaving deliveries pitching just outside off well alone. With the batsmen currently rendered almost shotless, Astle registers his second maiden of the innings.
Over 58 - SL 116/5 (Mathews 32, Jayawardene 26) Just the faintest hint of movement in through the air for Bracewell, and he also uses a wide angle on the crease to try and sneak one between bat and pad. An attempted bouncer that sails over Jayawardene's head is called wide and, mixing things up further, Taylor then calls van Wyk up to the stumps. New Zealand still look really hungry for a wicket.
Over 57 - SL 115/5 (Mathews 32, Jayawardene 26) A swarm of fielders around the bat heap the pressure on Mathews as Patel continues, but he soaks it up and keeps his feet moving either forward or back to see out a maiden. There's even a hint of aggression as he considers jumping out of his crease, but the effort comes to naught.
Over 56 - SL 115/5 (Mathews 32, Jayawardene 26) Bracewell replaces Southee, and bends his back to try and get some life out of this aging ball. A couple of attempted bouncers are dealt with fairly easily, Jayawardene hopping in defense and then pulling a single out into the deep. Might this ball begin to reverse? The Blackcaps fielders are putting plenty of work into shining it, but there's been no real movement as yet.
Over 55 - SL 113/5 (Mathews 31, Jayawardene 25) Survival is of utmost importance to Sri Lanka, and Mathews even goes so far as to pat a full toss back to Patel in the course of a maiden. Plenty of variation again from the offspinner, switching between over and round the wicket.
Over 54 - SL 113/5 (Mathews 31, Jayawardene 25) The ball is checked by the Umpires at the start of the over, but is deemed fit for use so we won't have another unscheduled ball change - of which there have been several in this game. Southee, meanwhile, is bowling a mixture of short, quick deliveries and slow offcutters pitched up to the bat. A pull and a nudge off the armpit take Mathews into the 30s, and the fifty partnership - from 171 deliveries - comes up during the over.
Over 53 - SL 108/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 24) Jeetan Patel twirls his way through an over, trying a variety of lines and paces in his efforts to get past Jayawardene. He even offers a chirp in the batsman's ear, but Jayawardene holds firm. Yet another maiden.
Over 52 - SL 108/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 24) Southee is on the hunt for a wicket. He's only got one slip in place, but he has two catchers close in at short leg and short midwicket, and mid-on is also fairly close in. He begins the over by whistling one past Jayawardene's grille, and then beats his outside edge with a well-disguised slower ball. Another short one is pulled into the deep, where there are two men waiting for a top edge, before Mathews blocks out the remainder of the over.
Over 51 - SL 107/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 23) Patel stays on at the other end, with two men in close and catching on the leg side and a slip in place. As was the case before lunch, he varies his pace well to keep the batsman guessing. Mathews is content to play himself back in after the interval, and sees out a maiden. Now, will we see more short stuff from Southee, or were the bouncers in the last over a surprise attack?
Over 50 - SL 107/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 23) The second delivery after lunch brings an appeal as a short ball rears past Jayawardene's attempted hook and into van Wyk's gloves. Not out is the answer, and the batsman survives a few more short balls - with a short leg in place - in the course of the over. Is this a change of plan for New Zealand?
Lunch New Zealand retain control of this Test match despite taking just one wicket in the morning session - and that through batsman's error as Thilan Samaraweera was run out. Their quick bowlers have, once again, been impressive, working hard to find any movement on offer and making sure to keep the batsmen playing at the ball. The spinners have been good too, and one feels that Sri Lanka could slip very quickly once New Zealand get past Mathews and Jayawardene. That said, Faf du Plessis recently showed the value of grinding defense and a never-say-die attitude, and it's not impossible that Sri Lanka could save this match. Join us in half an hour or so for the second session.
Over 49 - SL 107/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 23) There's barely a shot in sight as Patel twirls down the last over before lunch to Jayawardene. What would have been the third maiden on the trot is ruined by a single to extra cover, and that takes us to lunch.
Over 48 - SL 106/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 22) Ah, now this is a surprise. Daniel Flynn, who has never bowled a ball in a Test and has a solitary first-class wicket to his name, is brought on with minutes to go before lunch. He offers up loopy straightbreaks from around the wicket, but he's on target and Mathews blocks his way through a maiden. Will we squeeze another over in before lunch? Yes indeed.
Over 47 - SL 106/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 22) Jayawardene has survival - and, possibly, lunch - on his mind as he offers resolute defense to Patel. The offspinner is varying his pace a lot more than Astle is. He's generally quicker through the air as well.
Over 46 - SL 106/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 22) Jayawardene moves into the 20s as Astle pulls one down a little too short and is clobbered to the deep midwicket boundary. The bowler looks threatening when he pitches the ball up, and continues to find turn and bounce - particularly when he pushes it through a little quicker. Lunch isn't far away. New Zealand would love a wicket before the break.
Over 45 - SL 101/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 17) Patel beats the outside edge! The offspinner begins his seventh over with a superb delivery that drifts away from Jayawardene's bat and then goes straight on. A flighted delivery is driven to mid-off's left for a single, and Mathews sees out the over ... at the end of which, there's another delay as some running repairs are done to one of the bats. New Zealand don't look impressed, and neither do the umpires.
Over 44 - SL 100/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 16) Todd Astle is really looping the ball down very slowly in his search for some purchase off the wicket. Jayawardene repeatedly stretches forward to smother any spin, and then brings up the Sri Lankan hundred with a pull to deep midwicket off a short delivery.
Over 43 - SL 99/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 15) Jayawardene taps a single to point off the back foot, and Mathews sees fit to block out the rest of Patel's over.
Over 42 - SL 98/5 (Mathews 27, Jayawardene 14) Mathews is still looking for his shots. Astle slips one down a little too short and the Sri Lankan leaps onto the back foot to crunch a pull to the wide long-on boundary. New Zealand won't mind the aggression.
Over 41 - SL 93/5 (Mathews 23, Jayawardene 13) Spin from both ends as Jeetan Patel is brought on, and very nearly forces the breakthrough! The man out on the sweep was brought in to a regular square leg, and a fidgety Mathews bent into a wild slog sweep. An inside edge bounced to the fielder at backward short leg, the shot setting off a succession of cackles from the close fielders. They'll be having a word in Mathews' ear about that shot, with 20 minutes to go before lunch.
Over 40 - SL 93/5 (Mathews 23, Jayawardene 13) Turn and bounce for Astle! He beats Jayawardene's backfoot defense with one that pitches on middle and leg and fizzes past the outside edge. A couple of Sri Lankans trot onto the field with water and towels at the end of the over and are given short shrift by the umpires. No time wasters please!
Over 39 - SL 91/5 (Mathews 22, Jayawardene 12) Southee hurls down a bouncer at Jayawardene, who is equal to it sends a controlled pull out to the man at deep square leg. To Mathews, Southee keeps it full and the batsman has to dig out a quick yorker to end the over.
Over 38 - SL 90/5 (Mathews 22, Jayawardene 11) Astle appears to have found his rhythm now. He loops the ball down on a good, full length to keep Mathews defending before giving the final delivery a real rip. That one has drift, dip and sharp spin off the track as Mathews leans forward and leaves alone.
Over 37 - SL 90/5 (Mathews 22, Jayawardene 11) Jayawardene shows good patience in leaving several deliveries alone outside off to Southee, but the bowler is moving the ball both ways and a couple of them aren't too far from the stumps. There's an extended, emotive appeal for lbw as the final delivery of the over zips past his defense and strikes him on the pad, but Nigel Llong isn't interested. It looked to be missing leg, perhaps. Some doubt there.
Over 36 - SL 90/5 (Mathews 22, Jayawardene 11) Astle has two slips now, but he's got to let the ball pitch if either of them are to be of any use. A massive, looping full toss is bludgeoned to the deep midwicket by Mathews, who then finds a single to deep cover off one pitched a little too short. A flick to fine leg by Jayawardene makes it six from the over.
Over 35 - SL 84/5 (Mathews 17, Jayawardene 10) We saw a couple of innovative, experimental field positions from New Zealand in Sri Lanka's first innings and it's been the same story this morning. Tim Southee is brought back on, and two men are placed very close together close in at midwicket. There's an obvious plan, but Mathews survives the bumper and a couple of deliveries aimed at the stumps without offering a chance. He's looked pretty solid this morning.
Over 34 - SL 81/5 (Mathews 15, Jayawardene 9) Todd Astle is brought into the attack for the first time this morning. He's got a slip and a short leg in place, with cover in the deep on either side of the wicket for Mathews. The Sri Lankan taps a shortish, flat delivery into the leg side for a single, and with Jayawardene on strike a man is placed for the top-edged sweep. He resists the temptation and is gifted a low full toss to get off strike. There's a moment of alarm thereafter as Mathews lunges forward to a flighted leggie and edges towards slip, but the ball drops short of a tumbling Taylor.
Over 33 - SL 78/5 (Mathews 13, Jayawardene 8) Jayawardene wears one on the body as Boult digs one in, and has to hurry a jabbed defense as the bowler curves one down very full a couple of deliveries later. Jayawardene's not had the greatest series, and he hasn't looked very convincing this morning. Cometh the hour, perhaps ...
Over 32 - SL 76/5 (Mathews 13, Jayawardene 6) Plenty of loop once again from Patel, who is still operating from around the stumps with two slips in place. It's the catcher on the leg side who's kept interested as a couple of deliveries are nudged towards him, but there are no chances offered and Mathews finds two runs with a glance past short fine leg.
Over 31 - SL 74/5 (Mathews 11, Jayawardene 6) Boult continues after the short interval, zipping the first ball through Jayawardene's poking defense. With a touch of wobble on the ball and Boult attacking the stumps from round the wicket, Jayawardene is tested by almost every delivery. He survives, Boult registering his fourth maiden.
Over 30 - SL 74/5 (Mathews 11, Jayawardene 6) Jeetan Patel has two men in the slips and another at short leg as he flights the ball temptingly from around the wicket. The ball isn't exactly spitting off the wicket, and Jayawardene nudges a single behind square on the leg side. Mathews' concentration holds, despite plenty of chatter from the fielders at the wicket, and he sees out the over as drinks are brought onto the field.
Over 29 - SL 73/5 (Mathews 11, Jayawardene 5) Mathews picks up two more by working Boult through the leg side, with the bowler attacking the stumps from both over and round the wicket during the over. His lines, after the first delivery, are good - as are his lengths - and Mathews offers stolid defense.
Over 28 - SL 71/5 (Mathews 9, Jayawardene 5) Jeetan Patel replaces Doug Bracewell, with three men catching around the bat and another at a shortish midwicket. Jayawardene is off the mark with a flick past that midwicket fielder for one and then ends the over with a languorous drive through extra cover that beats the fielder to the fence. It was a pretty classy looking shot, but Patel won't mind the batsman driving against the spin like that.
Over 27 - SL 65/5 (Mathews 8, Jayawardene 0) Has Mathews been rattled by the run-out? He's starting to play a couple of shots now. He chops a cut past gully for a couple against Boult, and aims a drive into the covers before the over's up.
Over 26 - SL 63/5 (Mathews 6, Jayawardene 0) WICKET! Samaraweera departs in disappointing fashion, run out. He dropped a length delivery towards cover and set off for a run, calling 'yes' and running down without looking at the non-striker. Mathews yelled 'no!' and didn't move. The senior bat, turned back but was yards short when Patel's throw went to van Wyk. Sri Lanka are slipping now.
Over 25 - SL 63/4 (Samaraweera 7, Mathews 6) Ross Taylor continues to rotate his seamers, Trent Boult coming back into the attack. He starts over the wicket to Mathews, who starts the over in a positive fashion with a clip to deep backward square for two. Mathews leaves a couple alone outside off on the angle, and Boult switches to round the wicket for the final delivery, with no luck.
Over 24 - SL 61/4 (Samaraweera 7, Mathews 4) The first delivery that you might call short from Bracewell, but it doesn't get up too high and Mathews hops to defend easily enough. Things aren't quite so easy for Samaraweera four deliveries later, as he takes his eyes off another short one and is pinged on the back of the helmet. The ball flies over the slips and down to third man for four leg byes. Samaraweera has a smile on his face. I suppose a bouncer can't be too scary when you've dodged - and been hit by - actual bullets.
Over 23 - SL 56/4 (Samaraweera 7, Mathews 3) Southee is attacking the stumps here, bowling wicket to wicket, but every so often he gets a little too straight at the batsman. Samaraweera glances the first boundary of the morning off a delivery that was snaking down the leg side with a neat little shot. Southee's next delivery flies even further down the leg side, and Samaraweera can't get a touch on it. McCullum, at a short, straight catching mid-on, is in action for the final delivery as Samaraweera drives a ball straight at him along the ground. McCullum pulls off a clean stop and sends the batsman scurrying for the crease as he threatens a shy.
Over 22 - SL 52/4 (Samaraweera 3, Mathews 3) Runs for Mathews now, the right-hander whipping a delivery that was angled in towards leg stump through square leg. Southee is the man down at fine leg, and he charges across to keep the batsmen to two. The short midwicket fielder is retained - McCullum it is - so New Zealand are ready for a catch in front or behind the wicket should either of these batsmen slip up.
Over 21 - SL 50/4 (Samaraweera 3, Mathews 1) The first runs off the bat of the morning are scored, Samaraweera leaning over a full delivery to nurdle a couple of runs through midwicket and take Sri Lanka to fifty. Southee readjusts and no further runs are scored in another tight over. New Zealand have a man in at a catching midwicket, should such a shot fly in the air.
Over 20 - SL 48/4 (Samaraweera 1, Mathews 1) Bracewell, who picked up the important scalps of Sangakkara and Jayawardene last night, replaces Boult and there's no let up in the pressure being created. His length is a little fuller than either Southee or Boult had been in their short spells today, Bracwell attacking the stumps consistently. Mathews offers a drive to mid-on, but is otherwise defensive. No runs off the bat yet.
Over 19 - SL 48/4 (Samaraweera 1, Mathews 1) This is testing stuff so far from the New Zealand quicks. Once again Southee aims almost every delivery at the top of off, but Samaraweera is equal to the task and bats out a maiden. Can the Sri Lankans Faf New Zealand here? These two certainly seem to be digging in.
Over 18 - SL 48/4 (Samaraweera 1, Mathews 1) Trent Boult replaces Patel immediately, and his very first delivery curves in towards Samaraweera's pads through the air. That'll encourage the Blackcaps seamers. They've been working with former Sri Lankan left-armer Chaminda Vaas on this tour. Indeed, Vaas is Boult's first left-arm specialist coach. Boult's first over this morning is a good one, with wobble either way through the air and the batsman forced to play every delivery once again. Just a leg-bye off it.
Over 17 - SL 47/4 (Samaraweera 1, Mathews 1) Southee from the other end, with three slips and a gully awaiting an edge. They're almost in business as a thick outside edge goes towards gully off Mathews' bat, but it drops well short of the field. Southee zones in on a length and has the batsman playing at every delivery, with just a hint of shape through the air to keep him guessing.
Over 16 - SL 47/4 (Samaraweera 1, Mathews 1) Jeetan Patel completes the two deliveries left over from yesterday for the first over of the day, with a slip, leg-slip, forward short leg and catching midwicket in place. Samaraweera, unsurprisingly, offers a vertical defensive bat.
Greetings Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on day five of the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
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