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SL244,122(70.2ov)NZ431/6(115.0ov)

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Tom Latham
PLAYER OF THE SERIES
BJ Watling

70.2Boult to Embuldeniya

W
OUT! Embuldeniya is bounced out! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 65 RUNS! A snorter by Boult. He digs in a well-directed short ball on middle and Embuldeniya is caught by surprise. He takes his eyes off the ball, tries to fend at it but the ball takes his gloves and balloons to Williamson at gully. The Kiwi skipper does the rest and it's a convincing win for the Black Caps to level the 2-match series.

70.1Boult to Embuldeniya

4
FOUR! Very full in length and sliding down the leg side, Embuldeniya gets bat on ball and flicks it behind square leg for a boundary.

69.6Patel to Kumara

0
Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

69.5Patel to Kumara

0
Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

69.4Patel to Kumara

0
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

69.3Patel to Dickwella

W
OUT! What have you done Dickwella? Pensive faces in the Sri Lankan dressing room. Ajaz serves a flighted full ball around off, Dickwella gets down to play the paddle sweep but there is some extra bounce and it takes the top half of his bat before deflecting from the arm-guard. The ball loops in the air and Latham moves across to his left in anticipation from forward short leg to grab a fine reflex catch. Dickwella is frustrated with himself. New Zealand celebrate. They can smell a win here, only 1 wicket more left to pick.

69.2Patel to Embuldeniya

1
Too full in length on off, Lasith brings his bat down and digs it out off the outer half to third man. A single taken. Not ideal for New Zealand.

69.1Patel to Embuldeniya

0
Beats the bat straightaway! Flighted and full outside off, not turning much, Embuldeniya tries to defend but misses.

68.6Boult to Dickwella

0
Fullish and on off, it's pushed off the front foot to covers. New Zealand have achieved their objective. It will be Lasith Embuldeniya on strike in the next over.

68.5Boult to Dickwella

0
Leading edge but safe! Boult spears in a very full ball on leg, Dickwella tries to flick but gets a big leading edge. Fortunately for Sri Lanka it goes wide of Taylor at covers. Good stop by the veteran with a dive.

68.4Boult to Dickwella

0
Back of a length ball on off, Niroshan defends it from the back foot to covers.

68.3Boult to Dickwella

0
Hurls in an inswinger outside off, Dickwella shoulders arms.

68.2Boult to Dickwella

0
Goes fuller and darts it on off, Dickwella defends it to mid off.

68.1Boult to Dickwella

0
Angles in a length ball on off, Dickwella defends it near his front pad.

67.6Somerville to Embuldeniya

0
Tossed up ball on off, Lasith defends it watchfully to survive the over. 23 more overs left in the day, don't think we will get that far with the light fading.

67.5Somerville to Embuldeniya

0
Fires it in, full and on off, straightening a bit after landing, Embuldeniya gets forward to defend with firm hands. It falls in front of silly point.

67.4Somerville to Embuldeniya

0
Well tossed up off spinner, pitching full on off, Lasith defends it confidently to the off side.

67.3Somerville to Dickwella

1
Floated and on off, Dickwella gets down and paddles it fine down the leg side for a run. 3 balls for Embuldeniya to survive.

67.2Somerville to Dickwella

0
Leans forward to a full ball and defends it with the spin to the off side.

67.1Somerville to Dickwella

0
Loopy and landing full outside off, spinning away, Dickwella allows it through.

66.6Boult to Embuldeniya

0
Boult serves it on a length and outside off, it keeps its line after pitching, Embuldeniya plays inside the line and lets it go.

66.5Boult to Dickwella

1
13th Test fifty for Niroshan Dickwella! He is not too excited about this fifty as he knows that his job is only half done. Short delivery around middle, Niroshan rides the bounce and eases his pull shot down to fine leg for a run.

66.4Boult to Dickwella

0
On and around off, a length ball, it's solidly blocked by Niroshan.

66.3Boult to Dickwella

0
Back of a length ball on middle, Dickwella stands back and dead bats it down the surface.

66.2Boult to Dickwella

0
Beaten! Angling away from the batsman around off, Dickwella pushes inside the line and misses.

66.1Boult to Dickwella

0
Back of a length ball on off, Dickwella defends it off his back foot.

65.6Somerville to Embuldeniya

0
Loopy and outside off, Lasith allows it through. A wicket maiden for Somerville!

65.5Somerville to Embuldeniya

0
Quicker and flatter close to off, Embuldeniya tries to defend but it goes past the outside edge.

65.4Somerville to Embuldeniya

0
Embuldeniya has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

65.3Somerville to Lakmal

W
OUT! Lakmal's fight is over! Somerville strikes to break this 107-ball partnership! A superbly tossed up off spinner. It hits the deck outside off and breaks back in to kiss the gloves of Lakmal who was trying to defend. It then brushes his pads and lobs to Latham at forward short leg. He takes the simplest of catches and Sri Lanka lose their eighth wicket. The Kiwis are relieved. 25.3 overs left in the Test match to pick the remaining two wickets.

65.2Somerville to Lakmal

0
A touch short and outside off, Lakmal moves inside the crease and defends it off the inner half to the leg side.

65.1Somerville to Lakmal

0
Flighted off spinner on off, turning in with extra bounce, Lakmal tries to defend but misses.

64.6Boult to Dickwella

0
Waste of energy and ball. Bouncer well outside off, Dickwella makes another leave to close the over.

64.5Boult to Dickwella

0
Identical to the last delivery, further angling away from the left-hander, Niroshan drops his wrists and lets it be.

64.4Boult to Dickwella

0
Boult switches to 'round the wicket and hurls in a bouncer around middle, Dickwella crouches and sways away from the line of fire.

64.3Boult to Dickwella

0
Pitches it up and outside off, it's pushed in the gap at covers and Dickwella denies the single.

64.2Boult to Dickwella

0
Angles in a length ball on middle, Dickwella defends it off his back foot to the leg side.

64.1Boult to Dickwella

0
Good length delivery in the zone outside off, Niroshan has nothing to do with it.

63.6Somerville to Lakmal

0
Very full in length on middle and leg, Lakmal defends it in front of forward short leg.

63.5Somerville to Lakmal

0
Off spinner landing full on middle, Lakmal offers no shot and takes it on the pads.

63.4Somerville to Lakmal

0
Fuller in length on off, it's driven back to the bowler.

63.3Somerville to Dickwella

1
Floated one, pitching full on off, Dickwella paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for one.

63.2Somerville to Dickwella

0
Loopy delivery, wide outside off, an easy leave for Niroshan.

63.1Somerville to Dickwella

4
FOUR! Superbly played! Loopy and full, landing outside off, Dickwella sweeps it against the spin but backs it with great power. A boundary at mid-wicket results.

62.6Patel to Lakmal

0
Tossed up around off, Lakmal defends it off the outer half of his bat towards point.