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New Zealand Thrash Sri Lanka at University Oval to Win First Test by 122 runs

New Zealand Thrash Sri Lanka at University Oval to Win First Test by 122 runs

December 15
11:00 2015

timNew Delhi, Tuesday, December 15 – New Zealand lately thrashed Sri Lanka at University Oval in Dunedin to win the First Test by 122 runs. In response to 431 runs by the Black Caps in first innings, Sri Lanka’s innings came to an end at a total of 294 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne’s 84 runs and Dinesh Chandimal’s 83 runs weren’t adequate to save Sri Lanka from falling in troublesome situation.

The level of problems increased after Kiwis declared their innings at 267 runs for the loss of three wickets in the form of Martin Guptill (46 runs of 82 balls; 4 x 5 and 6 x 1), Kane Williamson (71 runs off 115 balls; 4 x 7) and Ross Taylor (15 runs off 16 balls; 4 x 3).  The opener Tom Latham played an unbeaten knock of 109 runs off 180 balls.

His innings comprised eight boundaries. Brendon McCullum, the captain of home side, was not out at 17 runs that were scored in just 6 balls thanks to a couple of sixes by him. Chasing the target set by Kiwis turned difficult for the travelers. Even Sri Lankan bowling missed the edge. Kusal Mendis, who scored 46 runs before losing wicket to Tim Southee, and Dinesh Chandimal, who was lbw by Mitchell Santner while playing a knock of 58 runs, spent some time on the crease. But before they would have gotten any further, their stint came to an end. Dimuth Karunaratne, the opener, was out by Southee at 29 runs. Udara Jayasundera fail to do substantial contribution and succumbed to Neil Wagner when playing at an individual score of 3.

Angelo Mathews hit three fours to pocket 25 runs but losing his wicket at a time when his team needed him on the 22 yards pitch the most added pressure on Sri Lanka. Kithuruwan Vithanage, Milinda Siriwardana, Rangana Herath, Dushmantha Chameera and Suranga Lakmal scored 38 runs, 29 runs, 6 runs, 14 and 23 runs, respectively. Nuwan Pradeep was not out at 4 runs.  Sri Lanka were all out at 282 runs. Despite the fact that they did not win in Game 1 of their tour to New Zealand but the way shots were hit by the middle-order and tail-ender batsmen struck some timely boundaries to be close to the target.

It was quick collapse of the batting orders that made them face defeat in a match where outcome could have been different had a few players been able to save wickets in the longest format. Test cricket allows players to show their resistance against great bowling. Opportunities missed at a place where things could have been different cost Sri Lanka the match. They would still look forward to a strong start in Game 2 of the Test series which is to kick off from December 18. The last blow has been slated to take place at Seddon Park in Hamilton. It would be crucial to see whether both teams make any changes or go with same players who performed in opening Test. More than a few changes are likely for Sri Lanka in order to come back on winning track but one has to wait for apt proclamation of the same.


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