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Hearth's 10 gave Srilanka 10 wicket victory

First test between Srilanka and New Zealand sounded a thriller till the start of the third day .New Zealand winning the toss elected to bat, started badly by giving cheap wickets to the Srilankan young seam bowler Eranga , then Brendon McCullum and Danial Flynn started to study the ship with a very good partnership of 90 runs ,when every thing seems to be set for a big total, Rangana Herath ,the Srilankan veteran strikes with the wicket of Brendon McCullum .From then New Zealand was never comfortable with spin ,Though Danial Flynn gave his best he was not able to withstand to the classic left arm spin bowling by the veteran .Srilankan veteran is awarded with a five wicket haul which means New Zealand got out for just 221.

With pitch not offering much to the pace bowlers and New Zealand not having any quality spinner .Srilankans were hoping for a big first innings lead . As Dilshan was not fit for the match debutant Karunaratne walked to the center to open the innings with Parnavitana. Tim Southee amused the Srilankan pair by sending them to pavilion with golden ducks. Soon Srilankan's were in serious trouble as they were half down for just 50 on the board by the brilliant bowling by Tim Southee who was very well complemented by Boult. Then the Srilankan skipper Mahela Jayewardene paired with the Vice Captain Angelo Mathews started to study the ship as they made the team reach the 200 mark without any further loss of wicket .James Franklin, kiwi all-rounder stuck with the wicket of Mathews and suddenly every thing changed for New Zealand as they wrapped the innings for just 247 by taking last 5 wickets for just 41 runs. By the end of the Srilankan Innings ship was tilting towards New Zealand as their pace bowlers swung the ball well and restricted without giving much lead.

New Zealand started the second innings to get to a defendable total. But Srilankan swing bowler Kulasekara gave early blows by taking both the openers and gave a great start to the Srilankan team and skipper Jayewardene introduced his trump card Herath early in the innings which this made New Zealand clueless and they fell like a pack of cards by the left arm spin of Herath for just 118 .Srilankan veteran Rangana Herath picket a 10 wicket haul in this test and two 5 wicket hauls.
Srilankanís started the innings very confidently and the New Zealand pacers had no idea how to stop the flow of runs and this made srilanka chase the total easily and win the match by 10 wickets and the debutant who gone out for a golden duck played positively and scored his first test half century. with the ten wicket haul Rangana Herath is awarded Man Of The Match .A match which promised a lot ended up one sided and the weakness of spin bowling is again show quite clearly for the kiwis .being cricket lovers we want matches to go the wire and we hope this happens in the coming matches atleast

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