Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Steve Moran: "I've been a Black Cap supporter since 1970, through thick and thin, and sometimes it was very thin indeed. These are the best of times. Very proud."

Sayan Dey: "Wagner denied Boult a 10-for and Boult returned the favor by denying Wagner a 5-for, though neither will really mind!!! Wonder if they ever involve in banter like this over a beer after the match..."

Williamson receives the trophy. Pictures and celebrations all around.

This is the fourth series win for New Zealand in a row. First time ever for they have done it. "A guy just told me now [about that]," says Kane Williamson. "It's one game at a time, one day at a time. After the last Test, we wanted to play a little bit better, to show a fighting quality that Sri Lanka showed in the first Test. A couple of brilliant contributions from those two local boys. After the first session yesterday, there were signs of a deja vu. Unfortunate for Angelo to get injured but that opened up one end for us. But it's exciting, the four series wins on the trot is a proud achievement."

"The way we batted in the first innings in both Test matches was disappointing," says Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal. "But it was good to see a better performance in the second innings. Suranga did a really good job, overall the seamers have done a decent job." On upcoming challenges: "We have Australia and South Africa coming up. If we can compete with them and win, it'll be good for our confidence." On Mathews: "He's outstanding player, he has got a lot of experience of intentional cricket. When he comes back, it will a great advantage. He showed a lot of character to come back from the injury, but unfortunately got injured yesterday."

Tim Southee is the Man of the Match, for his all-round performance. "Every time you win a Test match, it's a great feeling," he says. "It was obviously nice to get some runs, all the tailenders work hard on their batting. It's going to be a big summer here and it was great to be part of a series win."

Time for the presentation.

Chris: "So proud of this New ZealNd team. They seldom put a foot wrong. So professional. A reflection of the captain I guess."

11.12am Twelve minutes. That's all it took this morning as New Zealand hand Sri Lanka their largest defeat by victory margin. Also, this is the eighth-largest victory in Test history, and the largest for New Zealand, by 423 runs. Trent Boult picked up three wickets to add to his six from the first innings. Neil Wagner, who did all the hard work on Saturday, finished with 4 for 48.

106.2
W
Boult to Chameera, OUT, Is that it? Length and swinging in, was there some bat involved? The umpire doesn't think so and up goes the finger. Chameera has gone for the review. No bat involved, replays confirm. Pitching on the leg, the impact is also in the line and and it would have gone on to hit the leg stump. No signs of Angelo Mathews, handshakes all around and that's victory for New Zealand

PVD Chameera lbw b Boult 3 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

106.1
2
Boult to Chameera, 2 runs, length around off, driven on the up towards long-on, long chase for Williamson from extra cover

END OF OVER:
106 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | SL: 234/8

  • CBRLS Kumara0 (1b)
  • PVD Chameera1 (6b)
  • N Wagner29-10-48-4
  • TA Boult28-11-75-2
105.6
0
Wagner to Kumara, no run, fuller but way outside off, hits the footmarks and moves sharply towards the right of Watling
105.5
1
Wagner to Chameera, 1 run, fuller on middle and leg, flicked away towards fine leg
105.4
0
Wagner to Chameera, no run, a short one, Chameera was late in deciding whether to duck or not, and gets struck on the gloves as he looks to do so in the end with the ball not bouncing as much as expected
105.3
0
Wagner to Chameera, no run, another short one, angling at the batsman who ducks under

Lahiru Kumara now

105.2
W
Wagner to Perera, OUT, a short one and that will do, Perera goes for the pull but doesn't middle it, Williamson runs backward from square leg and takes it over his shoulder, gracefully done like all things Williamson

MDK Perera c Williamson b Wagner 22 (96m 62b 3x4 0x6) SR: 35.48

105.1
0
Wagner to Perera, no run, back of length around off, stays back and defends it on the off side

Duncan McCormac: "Will they bat Angelo? Do we know?" -- No official word on that as of now.

Here's Wagner

END OF OVER:
105 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 233/7

  • PVD Chameera0 (3b)
  • MDK Perera22 (60b)
  • TA Boult28-11-75-2
  • N Wagner28-10-47-3
104.6
0
Boult to Chameera, no run, cross seam, fuller and leaving the batsman, left alone
104.5
0
Boult to Chameera, no run, a touch fuller around off, comes forward and blocks
104.4
0
Boult to Chameera, no run, length around off, defended with an angled bat towards short leg

Dushmantha Chameera walks in

104.3
W
Boult to Lakmal, OUT, a perfect start for New Zealand, a touch fuller to caught Lakmal on the back foot, comes back in just to beat the bat as he looks to chop it down, clatters into the off stump. New Zealand three away now

RAS Lakmal b Boult 18 (42m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 72.00

104.2
2
Boult to Lakmal, 2 runs, an attempted yorker converts into a low full toss on middle and leg, a bit of shape in, worked away towards square leg
104.1
0
Boult to Lakmal, no run, and he starts with a short one on middle and leg, Lakmal ducks under

Trent Boult will start the proceedings, two slips, a gully and a short leg.

Meanwhile, Neil Wagner was once again the workhorse for New Zealand, picking up three of the four wickets to fall yesterday. According to New Zealand's bowling coach Shane Jurgensen, Wagner "just provides that extra punch we need".

One silver lining for Sri Lanka in this series has been 23-year-old Kusal Mendis, who on Saturday became the second batsman after Virat Kohli to score 1000 Test runs this calendar year. The man himself revealed he had been eyeing up the milestone for several months. "I'm going to try and get there every year," Mendis said.

Wasim MB: "I dont want Angelo to bat unless the others take it to the final 10-20 overs. It could worsen his injury. SL wants him badly for the WC's. Cant take the risk here."

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10.38am Hello and welcome to the fifth day. New Zealand are four wickets away from a series-clinching win in Christchurch. It's mostly sunny out there, so no aid from weather this time for Sri Lanka. There is a little of wear and tear, one can expect an occasional one keeping low but otherwise no major demons in the surface. However, given the time left, it will be a Herculean task for the visitors to eke out a draw from this position.

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1FDM KarunaratneMD Gunathilaka
2nd8LD ChandimalMD Gunathilaka
3rd117LD ChandimalBKG Mendis
4th29AD MathewsLD Chandimal
4th3ARS SilvaLD Chandimal
5th23ARS SilvaN Dickwella
6th27MDK PereraARS Silva
7th25MDK PereraRAS Lakmal
8th0MDK PereraPVD Chameera
9th3PVD ChameeraCBRLS Kumara