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Critics harp on the horrible shot selection by skipper Mathews and on memories of the home side last losing in New Zealand to South Africa at Hamilton in 2012, before the two teams head to Seddon Park for Friday’s final Test.

A superb all-round performance by New Zealand in Dunedin, that gave them a thumping 122 runs win against Sri Lanka, helped the hosts to extend their unbeaten Test record on home soil to 12 matches.

With this win, the Black Caps took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. This defeat handed Sri Lanka its fourth successive loss against the Kiwis.

Sri Lanka’s plan to survive a minimum of 98 overs or become only the fifth team in Test history to achieve a target in excess of 400 unravelled in the first session of the final day with the dismissals of Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal when the score was 165 shortly after drinks. After that it was only a matter of time before McCullum toasted his last Test on his home ground and comfortably removed a fifth draw from seven Tests at this venue.

Critics harp on the horrible shot selection by skipper Mathews and on memories of the home side last losing in New Zealand to South Africa at Hamilton in 2012, before the two teams head to Seddon Park for Friday’s final Test.

Chandimal (2)In the morning session Chandimal and Mathews had comfortably taken the score from 109-3 to 163 at drinks, but two runs after refreshments both were back in the pavilion to reflect on their strange shot selections.

Mathews, who had looked good making 25, played a horrible shot by failing to pick up the line of a Wagner delivery angled on leg stump, withdrew the bat and the ball deviated off his pad and uprooted his middle stump to end a solid 56-run partnership.

Soon Chandimal followed his captain to the pavilion after offering no shot to a left arm spin delivery from Santher that struck plumb in front and he was given out LBW.
Chandimal, followed up his 83 in the first innings with another half century (58), the third time he has passed 50 in both innings of a Test.

He is the leading run scorer in the sub-continent in 2015. He cracked 11 boundaries in his patient half century made in 58 balls.

Chandimal (3)Siriwardana was given out leg before wicket by umpire Nigel Llong when on one (1) off a Wagner full toss that struck his back pad, but the replay clearly showed the delivery would miss leg stump. Finally he was out following a reckless shot when on 29.

Again The Black Caps wasted a review when Wagner thought he had Vithanage plumb, but Llong’s call showed the Yorker struck the bat.

Vithanage, for the second time in this test played a very good innings stroking three brisk boundaries, but fell leg before wicket to Tim Southee for a run a ball 38.

Southee (6-123), Wagner (5-143), Boult (4-110) and Santher (4-90) bagged the total number of wickets to their credit in the match. However, in a game that was set up by New Zealand’s batsmen Martin Guptill (156) and Tom Latham’s (109 not out) with centuries, Kane Williamson’s (88 & 71), twin half-centuries and McCullum (75) half-century shone for the hosts. It was BJ Watling who was the unsung hero with nine catches behind the stumps.

This Test saw Brendon McCullum equalling the world record of 100 Test sixes, held by Australian Adam Gilchrist. He belted two sixes in six balls in the second innings.
The win was McCullum’s 10th as captain, leaving him only one behind Geoff Howarth and still 17 behind the leader Stephen Fleming.