Mendis-Mathews stopped by rain – Sri Lanka pull off famous draw

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018/19 | 1st Test – Day 5

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Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (L) and teammate Angelo Mathews walk from the field as rain starts to fall during day five of the first Test cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on December 19, 2018. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

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.

>>Wicketless day sets up Basin Reserve miracle<<

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.

>>Lahiru Kumara fined by ICC<<

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.

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Full Scorecard

Sri Lanka

282/10 & 287/3

(115 overs)

Result

New Zealand

578/10 & 0/0

(0 overs)

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
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
Extras
9 (lb 7, nb 2)
Total
282/10 (90 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-5 (D Gunathilaka, 1.6 ov), 2-7 (D De Silva, 3.2 ov), 3-9 (K Mendis, 3.6 ov), 4-142 (D Karunarathne, 46.3 ov), 5-167 (D Chandimal, 57.2 ov), 6-187 (A Mathews, 59.3 ov), 7-223 (D Perera, 69.5 ov), 8-240 (S Lakmal, 74.2 ov), 9-275 (K Rajitha, 86.6 ov), 10-282 (L Kumara, 89.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Trent Boult 27 6 83 1 3.07
Tim Southee 27 7 68 6 2.52
Colin de Grandhomme 13 2 35 1 2.69
Neil Wagner 20 2 75 2 3.75
Ajaz Patel 3 0 14 0 4.67

New Zealand ‘s 1st Innings

Batting R B
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
Extras
8 (lb 5, w 1, nb 2)
Total
578/10 (157.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-59 (J Raval, 22.6 ov), 2-221 (K Williamson, 59.3 ov), 3-312 (R Taylor, 84.4 ov), 4-426 (H Nicholls, 122.5 ov), 5-426 (BJ Watling, 123.6 ov), 6-499 (de Grandhomme, 138.6 ov), 7-520 (T Southee, 144.6 ov), 8-520 (N Wagner, 145.6 ov), 9-549 (A Patel, 154.5 ov), 10-578 (T Boult, 157.3 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Suranga Lakmal 31 6 88 1 2.84
Kasun Rajitha 34 5 144 0 4.24
Angelo Mathews 4 3 1 0 0.25
Dilruwan Perera 40 1 156 2 3.90
Lahiru Kumara 31.3 2 127 4 4.06
Dhananjaya de Silva 15 0 54 2 3.60
Danushka Gunathilaka 2 1 3 0 1.50

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
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
Extras
13 (lb 2, w 8, nb 3)
Total
287/3 (115 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-5 (D Gunathilaka, 3.3 ov), 2-10 (D De Silva, 4.5 ov), 3-13 (D Karunarathne, 6.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Tim Southee 25 8 52 2 2.08
Trent Boult 25 4 62 1 2.48
Neil Wagner 23 4 100 0 4.35
Colin de Grandhomme 13 4 24 0 1.85
Ajaz Patel 28 10 46 0 1.64
Jeet Raval 1 0 1 0 1.00

New Zealand ‘s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Extras
Total
0/0 (0 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
Bowling O M R W E