New Zealand sets a tough target for Sri Lankan after they bowled out for 285 in their second inning on Saturday. Sri Lankan were left with only one option, to drive 267 runs if they wanted to make history at Galle.
Galle has always been tough to teams. No single team has ever driven more than 99 runs in that field, and now the Sri Lankan were hopeful of being victorious for the first time after failing three times earlier.
It’s traditionally known that the Galle wickets help spin bowlers. But the New Zealanders tail- Enders got resistance that clearly showed that the wickets might not have the usual doubts.
New Zealand wagging tails cost Sri Lankan heavily, the last five wickets brought another 187 runs. Wicketkeeper B.J. Watling was doing great, and he stitched 54 runs with Tim Southee for the seventh wicket. He then drove another 46 runs for the eighth wickets with William Somerville. Lahiru Kumara caught up with them for 77 then faced 173 deliveries and hit six fours.
Sri Lankan relied heavily on Kumara, but he didn’t disappoint them. He spins bowlers which reaches a speed of 150kph (93mph), a speed only attained by few people.
Somerville went ahead hurting the Sri Lankan even after Watling was suspended. He drove to a post and added 36 runs for the ninth wickets with Trent Boult. He later added 25 runs for the last wicket with Ajaz Patel.
Sri Lankan fielding was sloppy as four catches were put down in the second innings. Left-arm spinner Last Embuldeniya was the last bowler pick, he finished with four wickets in which Dhananjaya de Silva claimed three of them.