Source: AFP | 2012-11-30 | NEWSPAPER EDITION
NEW Zealand registered its first Test win in Sri Lanka in 14 years yesterday, overcoming Angelo Mathews's defiance in the second and final cricket test in Colombo to level the series 1-1.
New Zealand won by 167 runs, bowling Sri Lanka out for 195 in the second innings in the last session of the fifth and final day at the P Sara Oval as the hosts chased a 363-run target.
All-rounder Mathews offered stiff resistance to the tourists, top-scoring with a fighting 84 which included one six and 11 fours. He was the last man dismissed after batting for more than two sessions.
New Zealand, which had lost five successive tests before this match, put in an improved all-round show in Colombo, posting 412 in the first innings and its bowlers, especially the pacemen, delivered in both innings.
The tourists tightened their grip on the match on Wednesday when they reduced the hosts to 47-4, but had to work hard for success on a fifth-day wicket, which was still good for batting.
New Zealand got just one wicket in the morning session and two in the second before completing the job with the second new ball in the evening.
Fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee each finished with three wickets, while paceman Doug Bracewell took two and debutante leg-spinner Todd Astle one.
Astle provided the crucial breakthrough in the afternoon when he had Prasanna Jayawardene (29) caught behind with a delivery that turned and bounced for his first test wicket. Jayawardene was involved in a defiant 56-run stand for the sixth wicket with Mathews.
Boult, who got four wickets in the first innings, had Suraj Randiv caught by Martin Guptill at second slip before ending the innings with the wicket of Mathews, caught by the same fielder in the slips.