New Zealand cricket team which is the ICC Cricket World Cup finalist back to back two times is visiting Sri Lanka. It is their first tour after the World Cup 2019. But, the Black Caps could not start their journey too well. They are scheduled to play a two matches Test series against the Lions. Not only the long format cricket but also they will play a T20I series against the home team. But, the Test schedule came first. They lost the chance of winning the test series playing the first Test. The home team Sri Lanka won the first test by 6 wickets. So, the Black Caps only chance left of making the series draw. And also to avoid the Test series whitewash. And under the leading of Williamson, they have done it successfully. Test series between New Zealand-Sri Lanka has been drawn.
On 22nd August 2019, the 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand started at the P. Sara Oval, Colombo. The home team Sri Lanka won the toss and came to bat first. Due to the rain, in the first two days, only 66 overs were possible to be grounded. Based on the century of the Lions’s player Dhananjaya de Silva, Sri Lanka scored 244 runs in 90.2 overs. Silva added the highest 109 runs for the Lions. Black Caps bowler Tim Southee took the highest four wickets in the first innings.
New Zealand shared the 2-match series 1-1, beating Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs.
NZ 431/6d vs SL 244, 122-all out (70.2 ov) Niroshan Dickwella 51, Boult, Southee,Patel and Somerville with 2 wickets each. pic.twitter.com/pV866HSQ6p
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) August 26, 2019
Later, New Zealand came to bat for the first innings. In 1 run, opener Raval returned to the dressing room and the Lions players were quite happy and saw the quick end. In 34 runs, the 2nd wicket Williamson was gone as well. Four wickets of the Black Caps gone within a regular gap but in the meantime, two players, opener Latham and Watling found century each and led the team to the big total.
ICYMI: Sri Lanka and New Zealand tied their two-match Test series 1-1 after the Blackcaps completed a final day victory by an innings and 65 runs at the P Sara Oval.https://t.co/5YbMDoQNp0 #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/Z6MvJq2vxi
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 26, 2019
Latham scored the highest 154 runs and Watling remained not out with 105 runs so far. By losing six wickets, the guest team New Zealand declared their innings scoring 431 runs. Perera took three wickets and Embuldeniya took two wickets for the local team.
Later, the Lions came to bat for the 2nd innings. But their batting lineup was collapsed. Just four players made their score to the double-figure where the top scorer was Dickwella who added 51 runs. Scoring 122 runs, Sri Lanka lost all wickets. And the Black Caps won by an innings and 65 runs.