Player of the Match
Player of the Match
214dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Wellington

Rain completes Mathews and Mendis' epic rescue

The pair batted all of the fourth day and 12 overs on the fifth before weather intervened to give Sri Lanka a draw that didn't look possible at 13 for 3

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

TWM Latham
TWM Latham
264(489) 21x4 - 1x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 87 runs
  • 6x4 - 1x6
17 9 17 33 62 26 12 88
BKG Mendis
BKG Mendis
141(335) 16x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 32 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
14 17 22 9 10 10 34 25

Best performances - Bowlers

TG Southee
TG Southee
O27
M7
R68
W6
Eco2.51
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
CBRLS Kumara
O31.3
M2
R127
W4
Eco4.03
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

END OF OVER:
115 | (maiden) | SL: 287/3

  • Kusal Mendis141 (335b)
  • Angelo Mathews120 (323b)
  • Ajaz Patel28-10-46-0
  • Neil Wagner23-4-100-0

3.56pm Play has been officially called off. Test drawn. What a turnaround it has been in the end. Sri Lanka were helped by the rain on the last day, but nothing can take away from the stellar effort of Mathews and Mendis, which played a huge part in hanging onto a draw. Nevermind how the surface played. After having spent as much time as they did at the crease and then being three down, it needed a Herculean effort for them to make something of this Test, and they got that from Mathews and Mendis.

But don't forget the splendid innings of Tom Latham, who put together a magnum opus - 264 unbeaten runs carrying his bat through the New Zealand innings. It was a clinic in Test match batting - embodying all the attributes that make a Test innings what it is. Patience early on, seeing off the new ball, superb judgment outside off, and then once the attack wore down, he began picking up pace. For that, he is the Man of the Match. "It was nice to be able to spend time in the middle," he says. "We'll get a couple of days off. We will re-energise and then reassess and regroup."

"We showed a lot of character throughout the five days," says Dinesh Chandimal "It was not an easy task going out and batting. Angelo has done really well in the last four-five games. Everytime he goes to bat we want some runs from him and he has done really well, even in the first innings, where he and Karunaratne put on a stand, and in the second innings where he and Mendis played superbly. We got two young fast bowlers in this game and only Suranga has the experience. We'll have to learn a lot from this Test. We will look forward to executing that in the next Test."

"The forecast wasn't too good," says Williamson. "Would've been good to pick up a few wickets yesterday. But Sri Lanka were at their best. We'll have positives to take from the match. Certainly the effort was there.. we certainly expected more pace and bounce from the wicket, but it is what it is. It was very patient and disciplined batting from Sri Lanka. It just wasn't to be. it's a shame the weather turned out the way he did. But at the same time, credit to Sri Lanka for the character they showed. It's important we show the same discipline we showed with bat and ball in the first innings."

Right then, that will be a wrap of this Test. It's a shame we couldn't get in more play today, but in the little that we did, Mathews and Mendis soldiered on, further consolidating their epic stand. Several highlights from this Test, which will go down as a memorable one - Latham, Mendis-Mathews, the flatness of the Wellington surface, to name a few. Who knows what more will be in store in Christchurch? Join us then. For now, it's goodbye from myself and Shashank. Thank you for joining us and all your comments.

Neeraj: "Absolutely epic Mendis and Mathews- first time it's happened outside the subcontinent!"

Pranay: "What a fightback from Sri Lanka. Though draw is frustrating, it is well-deserved. It didn't end in draw because of rain but because Mathews and Mendis played all day yesterday."

3.40pm The Blackcaps Twitter says that the covers still on and that the umpires and captains will meet at 4pm to assess conditions.

3.28pm Andrew Fernando tells me that there's no change in Wellington. Still a heavy drizzle, and it could all be called off at 4pm. That's not confirmed as of yet, though.

Tim implores: "Come on, this is getting silly. Just declare a very very very very frustrating draw already. "

2.45pm The rain is light, but it is unfortunately persistent, which means more waiting. But we've had plenty happen around the cricket world over the past 24 hours. India collapsed to lose the Perth Test to Australia by 146 runs. But even as the Indian players sought to shake off the pain of the defeat, several others back home started new chapters. It was IPL auction day. A total of INR 1,06,80,00,000 was spent in Jaipur, and this is how the teams fared at the end.

Faisal Kamal: "Hey Akshay, looking at numbers from Rajesh, can't understand the 4th row that says "Karthik-Jaffer-Dravid-Sachin" 326 runs. " -- Both Wasim Jaffer and Dinesk Karthik retired ill on the opening day because of the Dhaka heat. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid then batted out the remaining overs as India finished on 326 for no loss. Karthik later returned to bat on the second day and was eventually caught at midwicket.

Yasas SL: "IPL Auction 2019 is all done or is there a another round today? " -- It's done, speaking of which, this year's auction was all about the young 'uns. There were mystery spinners, some overseas sensations, and Indian fast bowlers. But the overriding theme was youth. Who became millionaires? Whose lives changed forever? Who were the overseas hits? And who endured disappointment? Alagappan Muthu captures it beautifully in his wrap of the event.

2pm We're back live, and unfortunately, the rain is steady and persistent. The covers are firmly on as we wait on. Remember, around now is when the worst of the rains were forecast to hit Wellington. Not looking so great at the moment, I'm afraid.

For the little play that has been possible today, Mathews and Mendis have soldiered on. They also collected an assortment of records yesterday, during the course of their alliance. S Rajesh, our stats editor, brings you the numbers.

Jonathan: "Waking up to seeing this partnership still flourishing puts a smile on my face :) Sucks that the rain is cutting it short."

Ali Wazir: "With developments and modernisation in our great sport such as the introduction of Day/Night Tests, DRS, Free Hits and 2 New Balls (in ODIs), isn't it time for the powers that be to come up with a solution to counter the rain, especially in Tests? A full day's play today would more likely than not yield a result. Now it's heading towards a draw..."

1.24pm Spots of rain seen on the TV lens. The umpires converge, and they've decided to walk off for lunch with seven minutes still remaining in the session. I'm afraid this is going to be the flavour of the day. Mathews and Mendis continue to soldier on.

Meanwhile, Trent Boult to boundary photographer: "Are you running out of things to take photos of?"

DS: "To add to Gryllus' sentiment: We also have two back to back ODI games, two days apart, at the Bay Oval; but the only cricket Auckland gets is two T20 games. Why would you bother? "

114.6
0
Patel to Mendis, no run, eased gently to silly point

Gryllus: "So test match number one of the season ruined by a flat pitch. We get just one more, then a seemingly endless series of stupid limited over games, before 3 more tests against Bangladesh in March when Autumn is starting to close in. Jesus wept - why bother with cricket at all?"

114.5
0
Patel to Mendis, no run, drifts in and skids on, defended.
114.4
0
Patel to Mendis, no run, gets well forward and smothers this.

silly point in place

114.3
0
Patel to Mendis, no run, spins away from a length on off, defended
114.2
0
Patel to Mendis, no run, lunges forward and blocks.
114.1
0
Patel to Mendis, no run, defends this shortish delivery into the covers.

Sri Lanka 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st5FDM KarunaratneMD Gunathilaka
2nd5FDM KarunaratneDM de Silva
3rd3FDM KarunaratneBKG Mendis
4th274AD MathewsBKG Mendis