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New Zealand eases to big win

Wagner strikes telling blows as Sri Lanka is bowled out for 282 to go down by 122 runs

New Zealand eases to big win - Cricket News
Neil Wagner exults after successfully appealing for a LBW decision.
New Zealand coasted to a 122-run victory over Sri Lanka on the fifth day of the first Test in Dunedin, bowling out the visitor for 282 in its chase of 405 on Monday (December 14) at the University Oval.
After Brendon McCullum’s second-innings declaration at 267 for 3, Sri Lanka had more than five sessions to reach its target, but had lost three wickets before close of play on the fourth day.
Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews resumed the fifth morning – which began a half hour early to make up time lost due to rain breaks on Sunday – on 109 for 3, 296 runs short of a team record-breaking victory. The overnight pair frustrated the New Zealand bowlers, putting on 56 for the fourth wicket, a period of defiance in which the New Zealand bowlers tried everything to no avail.
The stand was eventually broken by Neil Wagner, recalled after a year out, when he caught Mathews off guard with a fuller delivery after sending down two consecutive short balls. Mathews (25) had his middle stump disturbed, and thereafter, wickets fell in quick succession.
Chandimal, who had completed his half-century, offered no shot and was trapped in front by Mitchell Santner for 58. Kithuruwan Vithanage then decided to take the attack to the bowlers and scored a run-a-ball 38 – comprising six fours and a six – before departing to Tim Southee, who had him lbw.
Sri Lanka went in to lunch at 224 for 6, but it didn’t take long after resumption for New Zealand to complete victory. The final four wickets fell for the addition of 58 runs in 11 overs, as Southee ended with 3 for 52 and Boult, Wagner and Santner all picked up two wickets each.
The second and final Test starts at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Friday.

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