Brendon McCullum will lead the New Zealand side © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum smashed the quickest Test century in New Zealand history © Getty Images

Dec 26, 2014

Catch Live Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of 1st Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Christchurch. Sri Lanka will face hosts New Zealand in the Boxing Day Test which will be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Friday. New Zealand will host a Boxing Day Test after 11 years. Hagley Oval will also become the eight Test venue in New Zealand.

It will be a change of pastures and well as formats for both teams. New Zealand are coming off United Arab Emirates (UAE) after a thrilling 3-2 win in the One-Day Internationals (ODI) over Pakistan while Sri Lanka enjoyed had a special time at home as they drubbed England easily by a big margin of 5-2. The challenge will again start for the Lankans as they will be playing in the alien conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

Sri Lanka got a slight lift in the final over of the day as Angelo Mathews got rid of BJ Watling with the second new ball. It was an otherwise grim landscape for the tourists as New Zealand amassed a mammoth 429 for seven at the end of the first day, despite only 80.3 overs being completed.
OUT! BJ Watling 26 (51) lbw Mathews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

New Zealand have crossed 400-run mark, which is a remarkable achievement for them. They have lost a couple of wickets as well, but this total looks quite intimidating.

 

Oh no! No double century for Brendon McCullum as he has fallen for 195, five runs short of the fastest-ever double century in Test cricket. Tharindu Kaushal has struck for the Sri Lankans! After
OUT! McCullum c Karunaratne b Kaushal 195 (134)

 

Sri Lanka are all at sea with their morale completely down facing the wrath of the Kiwi captain. He is batting brilliantly at the moment and there could be a few records being broken today. Neesham has completed his half-century

 

Brendon McCullum has completed his 150 as New Zealand are on a charge at the moment. More than 30 overs are left in the day and the hosts are already past 300-run mark.

 

Brendon McCullum hasn’t let the loss of Kane Williamson or the tea interval break his rhythm as he has continued batting in the same vein as he did in the previous session. McCullum also brought up a unique feat en route to his century, becoming the first Kiwi to register a 1,000 Test match runs in a calendar year. New Zealand have crossed the 300-run mark in the process maintaining an incredible run-rate of over five runs an over. McCullum smashed Suranga Lakmal for a staggering 26 runs in the 55th over of the innings.

 

Brendon McCullum has brought up an 11th Test match hundred in the blink of an eye. McCullum got to the land mark in a mere 74 balls. New Zealand raced past the 200-run mark before losing the wicket of a well set Kane Williamson.
OUT! Kane Williamson b Prasad 54 (98)

 

Brendon McCullum has raced past fifty, where as Kane Williamson’s held anchor at the other end. Williamson too has brought up a well earned half century. The duo are closing in on a hundred run partnership for the fourth wicket. New Zealand are rollicking along at more than four runs an over.

 

 

 

Brendon McCullum has started really well here. He has managed to reach 40 off just 36 balls while his partner has slowed down a bit after reaching the 40s.

 

 

Sri Lanka have managed to get the big wicket of Ross Taylor just after lunch. There was a mix-up between Williamson and Taylor and Taylor has ran himself out. Brendon McCullum, the captain of the New Zeland team has come on to bat.
OUT!! Ross Taylor run out (Kaushal Silva) 7(8)
That’s Lunch on Day One. That was an even session but Sri Lanka would be more happy having picked up the wicket of the New Zealand openers.

 

 

Sri Lanka have managed to pick another wicket. Tom Latham is the man who is dismissed by Shaminda Eranga. It was pitched on the leg stumps and Latham who wanted to turn it down to the on-side got a leading edge to the point fielder.
Out!! Latham c Kaushal b Eranga 27(65)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakmal gets the first wicket for Sri Lanka as Rutherford’s off-stump is pegged back. It was a full delivery but Rutherford who was looking to drive it totally missed it. Kane Williamson has come onto the crease and has started with two boundaries.
OUT!!! Rutherford b Lakmal 18(34)

 

 

 

So, New Zealand have done well in the first couple of overs bowled on the first day. Rutherford has played some sublime strokes and is looking in good touch.

 

 

New Zealand have started well here. A single boundary coming off the first five overs by Rutherford. It will be interesting to witness how Sri Lankan bowlers bowl will the new ball.

 

 

Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), T Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal.

 New Zealand: Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum (c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

TOSS: Sri Lanka have won the toss and opted to field.

Squads:

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, Mark Craig, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Doug Bracewell Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Dean Brownlie.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Prasanna Jayawardena, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Chanaka Welagedara, Dhammika Prasad, Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara.

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