Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne scored a superb 4th innings century on a wearing track to put Srilanka on top of the world championships points table at Galle. Needing 268 to win a gripping test match Karunaratne was all class and determination as he and Thirimane (64)stitched a patient opening stand of 161 which virtually won the game for Srilanka. Both played impressive shots on both sides of the wicket. Karunaratne was missed twice after his 50 with Latham missing a catch at short leg and keeper Walting missing an easy stumping which virtually sealed the fate of New Zealand. When Karunaratne (122) was finally dismissed, the home team was well on course and a rapid cameo from Kusal Parera (23) with a steady Anjelo Mathews (28no) ensured victory by 6 wickets.
Earlier batting first the Kiwis could not get a good enough first innings score folding up for 249 in the face of some quality spin bowling by Akhila Dhananjaya (5/80) whose dismissals included Williamson for zero. Ross Taylor played a patient knock of 82 and Nicholls scored 42. In reply the Lankans could not produce the one big innings as their batters lost wickets after settling down . Gallant efforts by spinners Ajaz Patel (5/89) and Sommerville with the ball restricted Lankans to 267 though Kusal Mendis and Mathews scored fifties . However another cheap Kane Williamson dismissal affected New Zealand’s progress in 2nd Innings with the Srilankan spinners and fast bowlers chipping away at the wickets. Some good lower order efforts specially from Walting(77) took the Blackcaps to 285 setting a target of 268. However inability of Boult and Southee to make the initial breaks and man of the match Karunaratne’s 100 sealed the match for the Lankans in a well contested test match.