The fifth and final day of the first Test between hosts New Zealand and Sri Lanka saw just 13 overs of play as Sri Lanka managed to draw a game which seemed far beyond their reach after the 3rd day. The match was played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Overnight batsmen for Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis, eagerly waiting to extend their dominance over the Kiwi bowlers after a record breaking, wicket-less day, were made to wait due to a delayed start.
With the ground already wet and not suitable for play, rain too arrived proving the weather forecast to be 100% accurate. With the rain persisting for a while, start of play had to be postponed to 12.30 local time.
Even the late start didn’t work out as per the revised schedule of play as rain arrived 7 minutes prior to the re-scheduled lunch break.
During the short play of 13 overs Sri Lanka managed to add 28 runs, with Kusal Mendis scoring 25 of it. Mendis nearing a much deserved 150 at close of play, hit 4 boundaries. The stylish right-hander looked in sweet touch and was stroking the ball nicely before rain came back.
Since the first intervention, rain too didn’t look back, having the final say of the match, which has been a memorable one for Sri Lanka.
The two teams will now meet on Boxing Day (26th) for the 2nd Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
282/10 & 287/3
578/10 & 0/0
Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings
|Danushka Gunathilaka||lbw by T Southee||1||9|
|Dimuth Karunarathne||c BJ Watling b N Wagner||79||144|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c BJ Watling b T Southee||1||7|
|Kusal Mendis||c A Patel b T Southee||2||4|
|Angelo Mathews||c BJ Watling b T Southee||83||153|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c A Patel b T Southee||6||34|
|Niroshan Dickwella||not out||80||101|
|Dilruwan Perera||c BJ Watling b de Grandhomme||16||38|
|Suranga Lakmal||c H Nicholls b N Wagner||3||12|
|Kasun Rajitha||c BJ Watling b T Boult||2||32|
|Lahiru Kumara||c de Grandhomme b T Southee||0||8|
|Colin de Grandhomme||13||2||35||1||2.69|
New Zealand ‘s 1st Innings
|Jeet Raval||c N Dickwella b L Kumara||43||70|
|Tom Latham||not out||264||489|
|Kane Williamson||c K Rajitha b D De Silva||91||93|
|Ross Taylor||c D Karunarathne b L Kumara||50||88|
|Henry Nicholls||c K Rajitha b D Perera||50||101|
|BJ Watling||c N Dickwella b L Kumara||0||6|
|C de Grandhomme||c K Rajitha b D De Silva||49||53|
|Tim Southee||(runout) D Chandimal||6||14|
|Neil Wagner||c D De Silva b S Lakmal||0||6|
|Ajaz Patel||b D Perera||6||21|
|Trent Boult||c N Dickwella b L Kumara||11||6|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||15||0||54||2||3.60|
Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings
|Danushka Gunathilaka||lbw by T Boult||3||17|
|Dimuth Karunarathne||c T Boult b T Southee||10||13|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||b T Southee||0||5|
|Kusal Mendis||not out||141||335|
|Angelo Mathews||not out||120||323|
|Colin de Grandhomme||13||4||24||0||1.85|
New Zealand ‘s 2nd Innings