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  • 4:47 PM IST

    Out! New Zealand have got the final wicket of Lasith Embuldeniya, who has been caught by Kane Williamson off Trent Boult and it’s done for the home side. What a dramatic win it is for New Zealand. They took their chance by declaring just five overs in the morning and asked Sri Lanka to bat. In the end, NZ’s bowlers did the job in 70.2 overs to defeat SL by an innings and 65 runs. With this win, New Zealand also level the series that ends 1-1.

  • 4:42 PM IST

    Out! New Zealand have got the ninth wicket and this should do the job for them. Niroshan Dickwella cannot believe that he is out. He sat down on his knees to send one down to fine leg but instead got caught by Tom Latham, standing at short-leg. 21 overs still to survive for New Zealand.

  • 4:24 PM IST

    Out! A timely wicket for New Zealand. Suranga Lakmal is caught at short-leg by Tom Latham off Will Somerville and Sri Lanka have lost their eighth wicket. It has come at the right time for the visitors. SL are still trailing by 72 runs.

  • 2:59 PM IST

    Another one bites the dust! Tim Southee has dismissed Dilruwan Perera, who has been caught at slips by Ross Taylor. Sri Lanka are now seven down and they still trail by 112 wickets.

  • 2:37 PM IST

    Out! What have you done Karunaratne? The Sri Lankan captain didn’t offer a shot to a delivery from Tim Southee that went on to castle his stumps. Had he offered a shot, the impact would have saved him. Sri Lose the wicket of Karunaratne and their review as well. New Zealand back in the game. SL 73/6.

  • 2:31 PM IST

    Sri Lanka haven’t lost a wicket after lunch. Dimuth Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella are batting wisely and haven’t given any chance to New Zealand’s bowlers. SL were missing Karunaratne out in the middle. After a wobbly first session, the hosts have done well after lunch.

  • 12:32 PM IST

    And it’s lunch time in Colombo. What a session it was for New Zealand. After batting for five overs in the day, they declared their innings and have taken Sri Lanka’s five wickets for just 33 runs and are chasing an unlikely victory. Sri Lanka need to play two sessions to avoid a defeat here. New Zealand will have their one eye on the weather as well.

  • 12:26 PM IST

    Out! A dream wicket for an offspinner. Kusal Mendis missed the ball completely as it spun in to castle his off-stump. A little flight and the rest of the work was done by the spin. Sri Lanka five down for 32. and finally, captain Dimuth Karunaratne is out to bat.

  • 12:11 PM IST

    Out! Dhananjaya uses his feet to play towards cover but ends up edging it towards slips off Ajaz Patel. Another big wickets for New Zealand and the hosts are now 4 down for 22. Niroshan Dickwella joins Kusal Mendis in the middle.

  • 11:44 AM IST

    Out! Colin de Grandhomme has got the big wicket of Angelo Mathews. The batsman reached out to play the delivery outside off-stump and ended up edging it to Ross Taylor at slips. Sri Lanka 11/3.

  • 11:02 AM IST

    Two quick wickets for New Zealand. After Thirimanne, Sri Lanka have also lost the wicket of Kusal Perera on a duck. Dream start for New Zealand here. Sri Lanka need their captain to come out and take the charge but he will have to wait for two hours before coming out. Tough times for the home team. SL now two down at a score of 4.

  • 10:37 AM IST

    And New Zealand have declared after playing five overs, scoring 49 runs in those

  • 10:18 AM IST

    Out! Colin de Grandhomme goes for a big shot on the second delivery of the day and is caught by Lahiru Kumara at deep square leg. Clear signs that New Zealand want a result here. Grandhomme c Kumara b Embuldeniya 83 (77). NZ 386/6.

  • 10:03 AM IST

    There will be a slight delay in the start of the final day’s play. The play will start at at10:15 due to wet outfield. The weather is clear for now and the sun is also out in Colombo.

Highlights Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 5: New Zealand level series with dramatic win in Colombo

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day 5 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Colombo on Monday.

SL vs NZ Day 5 recap

Contrasting half-centuries from BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme helped New Zealand lead by 138 runs in their first innings against Sri Lanka on day four of the rain-hit second Test on Sunday. De Grandhomme, scoring 83 off 75 balls, and Watling, on 81, put together an unbeaten 113-run stand for the sixth wicket to frustrate the Sri Lankan bowling at Colombo’s P. Sara Oval.


Overnight centurion Tom Latham made 154 during a key 143-run partnership with Watling after the first session was washed out due to rain and wet outfield. Only 48 overs were possible of the scheduled 98 on the fourth day as New Zealand reached 382 for five at stumps. The tourists resumed the day on 196-4.

READ: Latham century leads New Zealand’s reply

Offspinner Dilruwan Perera broke the marathon stand after trapping Latham leg before on a delivery that pitched and hurried on to the batsman’s pad. Latham, who started the day on 111, registered his fifth 150 plus score in Tests. His career-best 264 not out also came against Sri Lanka in Wellington last year.

De Grandhomme counter attacked after Latham’s departure, hitting the home bowlers to all parts of the ground, smashing five fours and five sixes. Watling, who completed his 18th Test fifty, then stood guard with De Grandhomme to take the team to tea at 295-5. The two batsmen kept the Sri Lankan attack at bay in the final session as Watling played the sheet anchor role to perfection, while allowing De Grandhomme to take charge. Watling, who started the day on 25, has played a patient knock during his 208-ball stay.