BLACKCAPS v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Hagley Oval

The BLACKCAPS defeated Sri Lanka by 423 runs on day five at Hagley Oval.

Super Southee on day one at Hagley

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Tim Southee top scored with 68 before becoming the BLACKCAPS third highest wicket-taker in Tests on an eventful day one against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first in the Test Series decider, Suranga Lakmal was the pick of the bowlers on the opening morning, taking 4-18 from 12 unchanged overs at the City End.

After losing Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme early after lunch, it was left to BJ Watling and Tim Southee to launch the counter-attack.

The pair did so in contrasting styles - Watling gritted it out working singles, while Southee swung the blade to devastating effect - scoring 68 off just 65 balls before falling to a spectacular catch from Danushka Gunathilaka off Dilruwan Perera.

Eventually, the BLACKCAPS were bowled out for 178, Watling dismissed just shy of a half-century with 46 while Lakmal finished with figures of 5-54 off 19 overs. 

After the innings break, Southee was at it again with the ball, taking the opening three wickets and in the process eclipsing Chris Martin as New Zealand’s third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 235.

Sri Lanka finished the day 88/4, still 90 runs behind the BLACKCAPS first innings total.

*The visitors have made two changes to their side with Dushmantha Chameera and Roshen Silva coming in for Kasun Rajitha and Dhananjaya de Silva respectively. Meanwhile, the BLACKCAPS side remains unchanged from the first Test.


The BLACKCAPS defeated Sri Lanka by 423 runs on day five at Hagley Oval.

Boult brilliance puts BLACKCAPS on top

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Trent Boult produced a devastating spell of swing bowling in the morning session of day two to put the BLACKCAPS in a strong position in the deciding Test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval.

Boult took 6-4 off 15 balls to finish with innings figures of 6-30, his swing and pace too much for the Sri Lankan batsmen to handle.

BLACKCAPS openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham made it through to lunch at 36/0 to extend their team's lead to 110 runs ahead of the middle session on day two.

The pair continued their batting dominance after the break, Raval doing the bulk of the scoring en route to his seventh Test half century.

The BLACKCAPS pushed past the century mark going to tea 117/0 with an overall lead of 191 runs.

In the final session, Sri Lanka had some success, dismissing Raval (74) then Williamson (48), however the scoring rate was also lifted as the BLACKCAPS built a sizeable lead. 

The home side finished the day 231/2 with Latham on 74* and Taylor 25*, an overall lead of 305 runs.


The BLACKCAPS defeated Sri Lanka by 423 runs on day five at Hagley Oval.

Local duo score centuries on dominant day

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Centuries from Tom Latham (176) and Henry Nicholls (162*) have put the BLACKCAPS in a dominant position after day three of the deciding Test against Sri Lanka.

After losing Ross Taylor early for 40, local duo Latham and Nicholls put together a massive 214-run partnership much to the delight of the Hagley Oval crowd.


Latham fell on the stroke of tea, but not before becoming the first New Zealand opening batsmen to make three scores in excess of 150 runs, surpassing Brendon McCullum and Glenn Turner.

After tea, Colin de Grandhomme was elevated up the order and quickly compiled New Zealand’s fastest ever Test half century – off just 28 balls.

He and Nicholls saw the lead through to a massive 659 runs before captain Kane Williamson declared on 585/4.

Opening bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee were on form early in the Sri Lankan second innings, each taking a wicket before the close of play to leave the visitors 24/2 heading into day four.


The BLACKCAPS defeated Sri Lanka by 423 runs on day five at Hagley Oval.

Wagner picks up three as Sri Lanka dig in

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The BLACKCAPS are four wickets away from a Test series victory over Sri Lanka after the visitors fought hard with the bat at Hagley Oval on day four.


The day started with some fight from Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis, the pair batting through the morning session to see their side to 89/2 at lunch.

Their 117-run stand was finally broken by Neil Wagner in the middle session, with sub-fielder Matt Henry taking a spectacular diving catch at short extra cover.

Angelo Mathews joined his skipper in the middle and was looking assured at the crease until just before tea when he pulled his hamstring while taking a run.

Mathews retired hurt with the hamstring injury during the tea break and just before the new ball was due, Wagner struck again, this time ending Chandimal’s vigil at the crease after 324 minutes.

Two further wickets fell late in the day for the BLACKCAPS but the visitor’s lower order held on to send the match to a day five.

Tomorrow is FREE ADMISSION for spectators with Sri Lanka requiring 429 runs while the BLACKCAPS need four wickets.


The BLACKCAPS defeated Sri Lanka by 423 runs on day five at Hagley Oval.

BLACKCAPS close 2018 with historic victory

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The BLACKCAPS created history in Christchurch by defeating Sri Lanka in the second Test to achieve a fourth consecutive Test series victory for the first time ever.


Things finished in a hurry on the final day, as Trent Boult and Neil Wagner claimed the remaining three wickets in just 14 balls to seal the 423-run win and a 1-0 series victory.

Tim Southee was named Player of the Match for his five wickets and crucial 68 runs in the first innings.

It was a match of magnificent performances for the home side with the local duo of Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls both passing 150, while Trent Bout's six wickets in 15 balls and Neil Wagner's second innings wickets played major hands in the win.

The victory lifts the BLACKCAPS to their equal highest Test ranking of number three.

As it happened...


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