Brendon McCullum scored 195 from 134 balls that helped his side post a huge win against Sri Lanka in the first Test © Getty Images

Jan 2, 2015

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New Zealand take on Sri Lanka are playing the second Test at Wellington. Sri Lanka won the toss and sent New Zealand into bat in bowler friendly conditions in the second and final Test in Wellington Saturday. The pitch has a distinct green tinge and the weather is overcast with a blustery southerly wind. Read Preview of the match here

“It was a pretty easy decision,” Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews said on bowling first in an attempt to square the series after losing the first Test in Christchurch by eight wickets. “There’s a lot of grass on it and with four seamers including myself we will look to take early advantage.” Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath and New Zealand strike bowler Tim Southee, who were under an injury cloud on the eve of the Test, have been cleared to play. Catch Live Scorecard of the match here

Herath’s inclusion for Tharindu Kaushal is one of three changes to the Sri Lanka side, with Dinesh Chandimal replacing Niroshan Dickwella and Nuwan Pradeep in for Shaminda Eranga. New Zealand have made one change, with fast bowler Doug Bracewell coming in for Neil Wagner in what captain Brendon McCullum described as a “horses for courses” selection, AFP reported.



Doug Bracewell bowling brilliantly today as he’s bagged his 3rd wicket in form of Prasanna Jayawardene! Sri Lanka struggling! And with that stumps have been called. The final session has belonged to the hosts, New Zealand all the way. In fact, despite losing the first two sessions and winning just the last, the match is still poised in their favour.
Prasanna Jayawardene 6(12) b Bracewell c Neesham






Sangakkara is looking very easy at the crease even as all other batsmen are having all sorts of trouble. New Zealand on top here.






Another bites the dust! Angelo Mathews gone! Sri Lanka staring at another humiliation it appears! Tim Southee opens his account.
Angelo Mathews 15(24) b Southee c Watling






Sri Lanka reach 50 runs. Skipper Angelo Mathews has had an edgy start but will want to break free and score smoothly as he’s the man n form. The seamers have maintained the pressure.







Sri Lanka 29/3 I Overs 13.2

 Kumar Sangakkara 6 (19)
Sangakkara reaches the 12,000 run landmark but NZ snare another wicket sending Lahiru Thirimanne to the hut. Doug Bracewell gets his second wicket.
Lahiru Thirimanne 0(7) b Bracewell c McCullum






New Zealand send another to the pavilion. Sri Lanka looking extremely fragile suddenly. Doug Bracewell gets the wicket of a nervous Kaushal Silva.
Kaushal Silva 5(30) b Bracewell




OUT! Dimuth Karunanratne is back in the hut. The New Zealand seamers have troubled the batsmen and have finally been rewarded. Trent Boult takes the wicket.
OUT! Dimuth Karunaratne 16(25) b Boult c Neesham






Sri Lanka have started out sedately after bowling New Zealand out for just 221. The New Zealand opening bowling pair have put them under some pressure but have not been rewarded yet






And that’s it for New Zealand. 221 all-out. Sri Lanka are keen to win this and have begun on the right note. But the pitch has a lot to offer to seamers and they’ll have to be very solid so as to not lose their way to Trent Boult and co. That New Zealand is without Tim Southee will make their job slightly easy.
Out! Doug Bracewell 16 (26) b Dhammika Prasad







New Zealand’s tail not pulling off a miracle today. 3 overs into tea they’ve lost 2 wickets. Nuwan Pradeep has taken his tally to 4 wickets. Trent Boult playing aggressive cricket.
Tim Southee 0 b Pradeep







Tea on day 1. This was clearly Sri Lanka’s session. They took five crucial wickets and gave away only 99 runs. New Zealand will look to score minimum of 250 runs from this position. For New Zealand, Williamson and Taylor batted really well in the first half an hour after lunch, but Taylor’s wicket opened the floodgates for the Lankans. After Taylor chopped one back on, McCullum got out in a similar fashion on no score. Since then, it has been a struggle for the Kiwis. Williamson did put up a front, but he also perished for 69 before tea, playing one back on as well.





OUT! Ohh no that one the big wicket. Kane Williamson is gone 69. Prasad takes the big wicket of Williamson and Sri Lanka are in dominating position. The green top is backfiring the Kiwis.
OUT! Kane Williamson b Prasad 69 (115)



OUT! Mathews takes the wicket of BJ Watling, and it is suddenly six down for New Zealand! Not the greatest delivery from Mathews, pretty much just short and wide. Watling, in hopes of looking for an uppercut over the slips, instead manages to give an outside edge which is snapped up by the slip. This is slowly turning into Sri Lanka’s day.
OUT! BJ Watling c Chandimal b Mathews 11 (22)



OUT! Another one bites the dust. New Zealand losing the plot thick and fast. Jimmy Neesham is gone for 15. Can Sri Lanka restrict them before 250?
OUT! J Neesham c P Jayawardene b Pradeep 15 (18)






OUT! BIG WICKET in the context of the game. In form Brendon McCullum goes for no score. New Zealand are in deep trouble. Sri Lanka on top of the game at this game.
OUT! B McCullum b Lakmal 0 (2)



Out! Third one down for the Kiwis. Second wicket for Pradeep. Decisive strike for Sri Lanka who looked to letting the game drift a touch. Meanwhile Williamson scored his half-century.
OUT! R Taylor b Pradeep 35 (43)



Good start after Lunch for New Zealand. 100 up for them. Sri Lankan bowler have given some easy runs in the start of the session, which gets both these quality batsmen going.





Lunch on Day 1: New Zealand have done well to reach 93 for 2, with Williamson and Taylor looking to build a useful partnership. The Sri Lankan bowlers will be encouraged by the manner in which they came back, and will hope to continue the good work once play resumes.





OUT! Good innings of Hamish Rutherford comes to an end. Pradeep takes his wicket, caught behind. New Zealand in little bit trouble now. Ross Taylor is the new man at the crease.
OUT! H Rutherford c P Jayawardene b Pradeep 37(53)



50 up for New Zealand. Good batting by Hamish Rutherford and Kane Williamson. Skipper Angelo Mathews has brought himself on. He will be handy on this wicket.


OUT! First one down for New Zealand. Tom Latham. That was a poor shot from the Kiwi opener. It was a back of a length delivery outside off, it straightens a touch after coming in with the angle, Latham pokes at it away from his body, gets an outside edge and the keeper swallows it.
OUT! T Latham c P Jayawardene b Lakmal 6(21)


Latham and Rutherford are at the crease. Lakmal has started proceedings for Sri Lanka. It is bit cloudy in Wellington. Both teams have made some changes in their teams. For Sri Lanka Chandimal, Herath and Pradeep come in place of Dickwella, Kaushal and Eranga. For New Zealand, Bracewell replaces Wagner.









Sri Lanka have won toss and decided to bowl first.


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

Sri Lanka Playing XI: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene(wk), Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal





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