Sri Lanka manage to delay the inevitable

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018/19 | 2nd Test – Day 4

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis plays a shot during day four of the second test cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Park Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 29, 2018. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Sri Lanka put on a modest batting display on day 4 to take the Test for the 4th day losing just 4 wickets on the day as they chase 660 runs set by hosts New Zealand. The 2nd Test of the 2-match series is being played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Sri Lanka’s pair of overnight batsmen, captain Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis started day 4 excellently as the duo batted through the first session remaining unbeaten.

Negotiating the early threats from the Kiwi seamers very well the two right handers, Mendis in particular, batted with ease towards the end of the morning session. In the course Mendis reached 1000 Test runs in 2018 becoming only the 2nd batsman after Virat Kohli to achieve the feat this year. Kusal Mendis reached his 8th Test fifty before lunch with an upish shot through covers straight to the fence.

Resuming their mammoth run-chase of 660, which is the 8th highest target set in the history of Test cricket, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Mendis courtesy a brilliant diving catch by 12th man Matt Henry fielding at extra cover. Mendis who fell for Neil Wagner just after his skipper Dinesh Chandimal reached his 17th Test fifty with a sweep off Ajaz Patel, had scored 67 runs with 10 boundaries.

Going towards tea Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews looked pretty comfortable on a wicket which seemed to have eased up a bit comparing to the adversity it imposed on batsmen on the first 2 days. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, they had to deal with another major blow as Angelo Mathews hurt himself in the 66th over.

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Mathews straight away went down holding his left groin after he picked up two twos off the first two deliveries bowled by Trent Boult. The Sri Lankan physio, who soon ran in to the field put a heavy strapping around Mathews’ leg to make him fine enough to resume. With discomfort, Mathews hobbled on towards tea facing 15 off the remaining 16 deliveries before the break. Mathews who didn’t come out to bat after the break was taken off for scans.

It was Roshen Silva who walked in with Dinesh Chandimal to resume Sri Lanka’s resistance after tea with Mathews retiring hurt for 22 runs. Neil Wagner once again struck claiming his 2nd wicket as he hurried up Chandimal with a quick short ball which the Lankan skipper only could lob to the short leg fielder, Henry Nicholls. Chandimal was dismissed for 56 runs which took 228 deliveries including 5 boundaries.

Wicket keeper Niroshan Dickwella and Roshen Silva couldn’t hold on long enough as they were dismissed for 19 and 18 respectively after the second new ball was introduced. Dickwella inside edged a short and wide delivery on to the stumps throwing his hands without any foot movement while Roshen Silva did the same thing to edge it to the wicket keeper. Dickwella was Southee’s second wicket while Roshen became Wagner’s third wicket which also was wicket keeper BJ Watling’s 200th catch in Test cricket.

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From 208/6, Sri Lanka’s bowling spearheads, Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal saw through the remaining overs cautiously. Dilruwan scored 22 off the 60 balls he faced while Lakmal had scored 16 off 22 deliveries. Both the batsmen had stroked 3 boundaries each.

Sri Lanka will expect the duo to resist further tomorrow with the hope that Angelo Mathews’ scans will show positive results and allow him to bat tomorrow. On the other hand New Zealand will be looking to remove the 4 (if Mathews bats, otherwise 3) remaining wickets and wrap up the series.


Full Scorecard

New Zealand

178/10 & 585/4

(153 overs)


Sri Lanka

104/10 & 236/10

(106.2 overs)

NZ won by 423 runs

New Zealand ‘s 1st Innings

Jeet Raval c D Chandimal b S Lakmal624
Tom Latham c K Mendis b S Lakmal1030
Kane Williamson c N Dickwella b S Lakmal218
Ross Taylor (runout) L Kumara2746
Henry Nicholls b S Lakmal110
BJ Watling c D Perera b L Kumara4690
C de Grandhomme c D Chameera b L Kumara15
Tim Southee c D Gunathilaka b D Perera6865
Neil Wagner c K Mendis b S Lakmal07
Ajaz Patel c S Lakmal b L Kumara25
Trent Boult not out11
14 (b 6, lb 7, nb 1)
178/10 (50 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-16 (J Raval, 8.3 ov), 2-17 (T Latham, 10.1 ov), 3-22 (K Williamson, 14.2 ov), 4-36 (H Nicholls, 18.5 ov), 5-57 (R Taylor, 25.3 ov), 6-64 (de Grandhomme, 27.1 ov), 7-172 (T Southee, 47.2 ov), 8-175 (N Wagner, 48.4 ov), 9-177 (BJ Watling, 49.2 ov), 10-178 (A Patel, 49.6 ov)
Suranga Lakmal195545 2.84
Lahiru Kumara144493 3.50
Angelo Mathews4160 1.50
Dushmantha Chameera81430 5.38
Dilruwan Perera51131 2.60

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Danushka Gunathilaka c J Raval b T Southee831
Dimuth Karunarathne c K Williamson b T Southee79
Dinesh Chandimal c BJ Watling b T Southee69
Kusal Mendis c BJ Watling b de Grandhomme1532
Angelo Mathews not out3388
Roshen Silva c T Southee b T Boult2163
Niroshan Dickwella c T Southee b T Boult43
Dilruwan Perera lbw by T Boult04
Suranga Lakmal lbw by T Boult01
Dushmantha Chameera lbw by T Boult02
Lahiru Kumara lbw by T Boult04
10 (b 5, lb 5)
104/10 (41 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-10 (D Karunarathne, 5.2 ov), 2-20 (D Chandimal, 7.2 ov), 3-21 (D Gunathilaka, 9.4 ov), 4-51 (K Mendis, 17.1 ov), 5-94 (R Silva, 36.4 ov), 6-100 (N Dickwella, 38.1 ov), 7-100 (D Perera, 38.5 ov), 8-100 (S Lakmal, 38.6 ov), 9-104 (D Chameera, 40.2 ov), 10-104 (L Kumara, 40.6 ov)
Trent Boult158306 2.00
Tim Southee155353 2.33
Colin de Grandhomme60191 3.17
Neil Wagner50100 2.00

New Zealand ‘s 2nd Innings

Jeet Raval c K Mendis b D Perera74162
Tom Latham c N Dickwella b D Chameera176370
Kane Williamson c K Mendis b L Kumara4875
Ross Taylor lbw by L Kumara4044
Henry Nicholls not out162225
de Grandhomme not out7145
14 (b 5, lb 3, w 3, nb 3)
585/4 (153 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-121 (J Raval, 47.6 ov), 2-189 (K Williamson, 70.1 ov), 3-247 (R Taylor, 83.1 ov), 4-461 (T Latham, 138.3 ov)
Suranga Lakmal306960 3.20
Lahiru Kumara3261342 4.19
Dushmantha Chameera3051471 4.90
Dilruwan Perera4131491 3.63
Danushka Gunathilaka162450 2.81
Dimuth Karunarathne4260 1.50

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Danushka Gunathilaka c BJ Watling b T Southee47
Dimuth Karunarathne c BJ Watling b T Boult02
Dinesh Chandimal c H Nicholls b N Wagner56228
Kusal Mendis c M Henry b N Wagner67147
Angelo Mathews not out2254
Roshen Silva c BJ Watling b N Wagner1873
Niroshan Dickwella b T Southee1931
Dilruwan Perera c K Williamson b N Wagner2262
Suranga Lakmal b T Boult1825
Dushmantha Chameera lbw by T Boult38
Lahiru Kumara not out01
7 (b 4, lb 2, w 1)
236/10 (106.2 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-1 (D Karunarathne, 0.6 ov), 2-9 (D Gunathilaka, 1.5 ov), 3-126 (K Mendis, 54.5 ov), 4-158 (D Chandimal, 76.2 ov), 5-181 (N Dickwella, 85.1 ov), 6-208 (R Silva, 95.4 ov), 7-233 (S Lakmal, 104.3 ov), 8-233 (D Perera, 105.2 ov). 9-236 (D Chameera, 106.2 ov)
Trent Boult28.211773 2.73
Tim Southee2713612 2.26
Colin de Grandhomme101230 2.30
Neil Wagner2910484 1.66
Ajaz Patel129210 1.75