New Zealand cruise past Sri Lanka to cap best ever year

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December 29, 2014

Brief Scorecard: New Zealand 441 (McCullum 195, Neesham 85) and 107 for 2 beat Sri Lanka 138 (Boult 3-25, Wagner 3-60) and 407 (Karunaratne 152, Boult 4-100, Southee 4-91) by eight wickets

December 29, 2014

Brief Scorecard: New Zealand 441 (McCullum 195, Neesham 85) and 107 for 2 beat Sri Lanka 138 (Boult 3-25, Wagner 3-60) and 407 (Karunaratne 152, Boult 4-100, Southee 4-91) by eight wickets

The teams shake hands after an entertaining Boxing Day Test, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Christchurch, 4th day, December 29, 2014

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand wrapped up a win against Sri Lanka by eight wickets on Monday to cap their most successful year in Test cricket.

Set a meagre 105-run target on the fourth day of the first Test in Christchurch, they took 30.4 overs to complete the victory with Ross Taylor not out 39 and Kane Williamson on 31.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor walk back after claiming victory, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Christchurch, 4th day, December 29, 2014

It means New Zealand have won five Tests in a calendar year for the first time after enjoying 2014 series wins at home against India (1-0) and away in the West Indies (2-1). They also drew a series with Pakistan (1-1) in the UAE earlier this month.


Courtesy: AFP