Sri Lanka beat New Zealand, sweep series

Updated: 31 August 2009 17:21 IST

Daniel Vettori's 140 runs went in vain as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 96 runs in the second Test and swept the series 2-0 on the final day on Sunday.

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand, sweep series

Colombo, Sri Lanka:

Daniel Vettori's 140 runs went in vain as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 96 runs in the second Test and swept the series 2-0 on the final day on Sunday.

Spinner Rangana Herath took five wickets as the tourists, needing 494 to win, were bowled out for 397 shortly before tea.

The Black Caps entered Day 5 at a precarious 182-6, but Vettori and Jacob Oram delayed the inevitable with a 124-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Vettori brought up his fourth Test hundred and was out last with a career-best 140, improving on his previous best of 137 not out.

He was well caught by Herath off Muttiah Muralitharan after spending more than four hours at the crease, facing 189 balls and hitting 16 boundaries.

Tillakaratne Dilshan put the breaks on the Black Caps' fightback, snaring Oram for 56 runs in the first session caught by Kumar Sangakkara at extra-cover.

Oram faced 148 balls and hit five boundaries in brining up his sixth Test half-century.

The partnership between Vettori and Oram came in 228 balls and came after New Zealand coach Andy Moles on Saturday accused his players for getting out after good starts and not learning from their mistakes. He called for some "character and fight" from his batsmen on the final day.

Later, Vettori combined with tailender Iain O'Brien for another valuable 69-run partnership before Herath forced an edge off O'Brien for a catch to wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardena.

O'Brien faced 75 balls for his 12 runs.

New Zealand also enjoyed some luck after Vettori survived an edge to slip, then when Herath broke the stumps without the ball in his hand with Vettori still some distance to complete a run.

Herath grabbed four wickets on Saturday to carry Sri Lanka within sight of victory and has the team's best figures of 5-139. Muralitharan picked up three wickets for 85.

Sri Lanka declared its second innings on 311-5, helped largely by an imperious 109 from Sangakkara. New Zealand was bowled out for 234 in the first innings in reply to Sri Lanka's 416.

Sri Lanka won the first Test by 202 runs.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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