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Old 11th December 2015, 13:11   #1
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NZ v SL series

Far more interesting than seeing the sad demise of the WIndies is the visit of SL to NZ.

NZ should be firm favourites with home advantage (I think this would be a better series in SL) but SL will make them work for it.

One of the things I'm interested is in how the Kiwi bowling attack bounces back from their struggles in Oz and how Karunaratne, Chandimal and Pradeep go and whether they can establish themselves as the backbone of this inexperienced SL team - only Herath and Angelo Mathews have played more than 25 tests.
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Old 12th December 2015, 22:57   #2
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For all his talent and technique Kane Williamson seems to be doing a Root and getting out when set quite a lot at the moment.
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For all his talent and technique Kane Williamson seems to be doing a Root and getting out when set quite a lot at the moment.
He does have a broken finger and they were batting for the declaration today. Valid criticism of his first innings though.

Actually a really interesting test this one. Because of the risk of time lost to rain, McCullum declared setting a relatively chaseable looking 405 with more than 5 sessions remaining. We've had two short showers but one just precipitated an early lunch so there's some kind of prospect that we could get the overs in if NZ need them to get the wickets or SL the runs. Course the NZ win is far likelier but it's very much a new ball wicket and in fact, 13.2 overs in, it's not doing very much with SL 28/0.
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Old 13th December 2015, 15:45   #4
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It's an observation carried over from the Australia tour as well. Slightly less valid in that second innings.

A lot, clearly, depends on how long Chandimal and Matthews can bat together to save the game. Don't see 'em winning at all.
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It's an observation carried over from the Australia tour as well. Slightly less valid in that second innings.

A lot, clearly, depends on how long Chandimal and Matthews can bat together to save the game. Don't see 'em winning at all.
Lost too many overs yesterday. It's still possible for them to win but would require a better run rate than they've managed up to now and of course will be reluctant to take risks in search of that given already 3 down and with a long tail.
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SL have made a decent start to their innings today. The pitch looks quite dead and they haven't really been in much trouble. The key for NZ may well be the new ball which they have due in about 20 overs from now. 142/3 after just over 60 overs.
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SL have made a decent start to their innings today. The pitch looks quite dead and they haven't really been in much trouble. The key for NZ may well be the new ball which they have due in about 20 overs from now. 142/3 after just over 60 overs.
It's quite an interesting one, albeit still highly likely NZ win. Chandimal isn't going to stop playing shots though and Mathews has quite a few higher gears than he's shown so far.
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Not seen many test batsmen bowled through their leagues before
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Comfortable in the end for the Kiwis, not enough batting strength in the tourists
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Comfortable in the end for the Kiwis, not enough batting strength in the tourists
True enough but also the Sri Lankan attack was almost entirely unable to contain the NZ batting. The Lankans batted quite a few overs both innings, more than the Kiwis, in fact, but just had too much batting to do to save the game. They lasted 212 overs in a game with time lost to rain, it was the speed NZ scored at and the aggressive declaration that gave enough time to force the win. Well that and how slowly SL scored their first innings.
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True enough but also the Sri Lankan attack was almost entirely unable to contain the NZ batting. The Lankans batted quite a few overs both innings, more than the Kiwis, in fact, but just had too much batting to do to save the game. They lasted 212 overs in a game with time lost to rain, it was the speed NZ scored at and the aggressive declaration that gave enough time to force the win. Well that and how slowly SL scored their first innings.
True, helps batting first I think. Which brings me back to our discussion on the rankings thread about tailored wickets. I did a quick count and realised that the home side has won 11 out of 12 tosses in the autumn series so far, and batted first ten times. Certainly not great for tourists playing on wickets suited for the home side.
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You're probably not trying to say this but the wicket was just a flat one, not tailored for anyone, although of course NZ atmospherics suit their bowlers far more than the Sri Lankans.
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Another home toss win but they put SL in to bat. 264/7 at close.
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Could've been better for the tourists though as they were 259/4 not long before close
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Did anyone see the pitch? I've never seen a Test wicket as green as that.
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Did anyone see the pitch? I've never seen a Test wicket as green as that.
Greener than the Hulk's balls. You could see fielders on what looked like the pitch with them playing on what looked more like the outfield than even an over grassed strip. Apart from first up though, when the new ball swung and seamed prodigiously and NZ didn't take full advantage, it actually played very well.

Losing three late wickets when very well placed has shagged up NZ's position a bit but with Mathews still in there's hope of getting well past 300 and making a game of it from there.
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Old 18th December 2015, 18:06   #17
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The Lankans fought well except for a couple of daft run-outs. I don't think the pitch/attack is so unplayable that you have to slog to get runs before the ball with your name on it arrives, but they were more or less in control of the match for 2.5 sessions, how often can we say that about a touring side these days...
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Anyone know of legal free audio of the game?
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This says it has live commentary, but I can't get anything working - maybe you can have better luck

http://www.radiosport.co.nz/sport-ne...test-hamilton/
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NZ collapse on here.
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