Thursday, 29 November 2012

New Zealand Square The Series

Rangara Herath, man of the series
New Zealand finished off Sri Lanka at Colombo, in a match they controlled from the first session on day one and in doing so, squared their short Two test series in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka were served best on the final day by vice captain Angelo Mathews, who scored yet another heroic half century batting with the tail. Matthews was last out after giving the home crowd some hope in the first two sessions of the day as Sri Lanka refused to submit. Only one wicket fell before lunch and two after, so with seven down at tea, hopes were rising.

It only took four overs after the break for Tim Southee and Trent Boult, bowling with the second new ball, to finish it. Earlier, leg spinner Todd Astle claimed his first Test wicket with one that gripped and bounced at Prasanna Jayawardene, hit high on the edge of blade and was held by Kruger van Wyck standing up.

Ross Taylor was named man of the match (142 & 74) ad Ranaga Herath the man of the series (20 wickets at 13.9).

The result is a great fillip for Ross Taylor's men as many predicted they would struggle away from home and without Dan Vettori. For Sri Lanka, it continues a long run of disappointing results at home or away, with the series victory against Pakistan in June being their only series win in three years. They'll come to Australia at long odds to win a game, let alone be competitive.