New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test

After forcing a battling draw against a strong New Zealand lineup in Wellington, Sri Lanka will look to carry on their confidence against the hosts in the second and final Test in Christchurch. With help of some gritty batting coupled with assistance from rain gods, the Islanders dig deep to survive the onslaught from the Kiwis, who were all over the touring side. New Zealand dominated Sri Lanka in the first half of the first Test, bundling them for 282 in a little over a day, and then riding on Tom Latham’s unbeaten 264 to post a mammoth 578 to set the stage for a dominating result. An unbroken 274-run partnership between Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews scripted one of the historic feats in red-ball cricket as the Lankan duo batted all of the fourth day. They were aided by rain on the fifth to deny the Kiwis a victory. The Basin Reserve pitch flattened out considerably after the first day, it was still a remarkable effort by the Sri Lankans, given they were up against a team that had just historically beaten Pakistan 2-1 in UAE – their first overseas win against them since 1962.