Sri Lanka took 1-0 lead in the 2-match series after pulling off an emphatic victory by 202 runs in the first test at Galle. The hosts were eyeing the victory on the fourth day when New Zealand was struggling at 30 for 1 while chasing a winning target of 413 runs.
On the final day, New Zealand failed to show any significant resistance, except Captain Daniel Vettori who played a well-made half century. However, it was not enough for New Zealand to save the match as Vettori got out for 67 in his 122-ball innings. Most importantly, New Zealand’s top order failed totally, and they winning margin could have been bigger, unless the lower middle order and lower order could put on some runs on the board.
New Zealand second innings stopped at 210 when wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum got run out for 29 as the last batsman. Sri Lanka’s spin duo Mendis and Muralitharan shared 5 wickets among them, while Thushara picked up 2 wickets. Kulasekara and Jayawardene got a wicket each. Tillakaratne Dilshan was awarded the man of the match award for his match winning performance. The second and final test of the series will start on 26 August at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.