New Zealand demonstrated an all round performance in the second Test, upset the hosts, Sri Lanka, registered their first win of 2012, and squared the series.
The bowlers from both sides ruled the day by grabbing 18 wickets during the 4th day’s play as New Zealand was marching towards a grand win to square the series.
Thilan Samaraweera played an anchor’s role in the first innings of Sri Lanka and avoided a follow on against New Zealand that looked eminent at one stage.
The lower order batsmen of Sri Lanka led by Thisrara Perera consolidated the position of their team and took a valuable lead vs. Pakistan in the 3rd Test.
England eliminated the chances of the Islanders to celebrate their first series victory in two years as the visitors anticipate their first Test win of the winter.
England was cruising well in their first innings due to a solid opening stand of 122 runs against Sri Lanka and was chasing well at 154 with 9 wickets in hand.
Mahela Jayawardene led Sri Lanka from the front by thrashing a ton as the home side ended up the first day of the second Test vs. England on a high note.
Rangana Herath spinned England by grabbing 12 wickets in the first Test which Sri Lanka won by 75 runs on the fourth day at Galle.
England was cruising towards the target of 340 runs set by Sri Lanka in the first Test and has scored 111-2 with two days to spare.