Sri Lankan cricket team in New Zealand in 2006–07

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Sri Lankans in New Zealand in 2006–07
  Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Flag of New Zealand.svg
  Sri Lanka New Zealand
Dates 30 November 2005 – 9 January 2006
Captains Mahela Jayawardene Stephen Fleming
Test series
Result 2-match series drawn 1–1
Most runs Kumar Sangakkara (268)
Chamara Silva (213)
Craig Cumming (119)
Daniel Vettori (114)
Most wickets Muttiah Muralitharan (17)
Lasith Malinga (9)
Daniel Vettori (10)
Shane Bond (10)
One Day International series
Results 5-match series drawn 2–2
Most runs Kumar Sangakkara (219)
Sanath Jayasuriya (182)
Ross Taylor (143)
Nathan Astle (83)
Most wickets Muttiah Muralitharan (7)
Chaminda Vaas (7)
Michael Mason (6)
Mark Gillespie (5)

The Sri Lankan cricket team toured New Zealand for cricket matches during the 2006–07 cricket season. It was the third successive season Sri Lanka visited New Zealand, after the 2005–06 tour was aborted and reschuled for the winter of 2005–06. Originally, the tour had been set to include three Tests and five One Day Internationals, but New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden announced in June that one of the Tests would be replaced with two Twenty20 Internationals.[1]

Sri Lanka lost their ODI series 1–4 and the Test series 0–2 the last time they visited New Zealand, but beat New Zealand at the 2006 Champions Trophy. However, that was their only victory in the group stage, as New Zealand progressed from the group. On the ICC Test Championship tables, Sri Lanka were ranked two places ahead of New Zealand, but New Zealand were ranked third on the ODI tables, three places ahead of Sri Lanka.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule was announced on 22 June.[2]

No. Date Venue
First class cricket
Tour v Otago 30 Nov, 1,2,3 Dec 2006 University Oval
1st Test 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Dec 2006 Jade Stadium
2nd Test 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Dec 2006 Basin Reserve
Twenty20 International Series
1st T20I 22 Dec 2006 Westpac Stadium
2nd T20I 26 Dec 2006 Eden Park
One-day International Series
1st ODI 28 Dec 2006 McLean Park
2nd ODI 31 Dec 2006 Queenstown Events Centre
3rd ODI 2 Jan 2007 Jade Stadium
4th ODI 6 Jan 2007 Eden Park
5th ODI 9 Jan 2007 Seddon Park

Squads[edit]

Sri Lanka[3]
Mahela Jayawardene c RHB, RM Sinhalese SC
Prasanna Jayawardene wk RHB Sebastianites C&AC
Kumar Sangakkara wk LHB Nondescripts CC
Marvan Atapattu RHB, LB Sinhalese SC
Malinga Bandara RHB, LBG Ragama CC
Tillakaratne Dilshan RHB, OB Bloomfield C&AC
Dilhara Fernando RHB, RFM Sinhalese SC
Akalanka Ganegama RHB, RFM Nondescripts CC
Sanath Jayasuriya LHB, SLA Bloomfield C&AC
Chamara Kapugedera RHB, RM Colombo CC
Farveez Maharoof RHB, RFM Bloomfield C&AC
Lasith Malinga RHB, RM Nondescripts CC
Muttiah Muralitharan RHB, OB Tamil Union C&AC
Ruchira Perera LHB, LMF Colts CC
Chamara Silva RHB, LB Sebastianites C&AC
Upul Tharanga LHB Nondescripts CC
Chaminda Vaas LHB, LFM Colts CC
Ganegama and Prasanna Jayawardene returned home after the Tests. Atapattu, Bandara and Perera were added to the squads for the one-day matches.
New Zealand[4]
Stephen Fleming c LHB Wellington
Brendon McCullum wk RHB Canterbury
Nathan Astle RHB, RM Canterbury
Shane Bond RHB, RF Canterbury
Craig Cumming RHB Otago
James Franklin LHB, LFM Wellington
Jamie How RHB, RM Central Districts
Michael Mason RHB, RFM Central Districts
Chris Martin RHB, RFM Auckland
Iain O'Brien RHB, RM Wellington
Jacob Oram LHB, RM Central Districts
Mathew Sinclair RHB, RM Central Districts
Daniel Vettori LHB, SLA Northern Districts
Mason missed the first Test due to injury.[5]

First class matches[edit]

Tour Match: Otago v Sri Lankans, 30 November–3 December[edit]

Match drawn[6]

At Dunedin, Sri Lanka passed 400 twice, with Upul Tharanga making the highest score of the match with 108 in the third innings. For Otago, Jordan Sheed, Craig Cumming and Aaron Redmond all passed 50, and the remaining eight batsmen contributed 86 runs to the total in the first innings. Lasith Malinga took three wickets, with wicket-keeper Gareth Hopkins the highest-batting, and no-balled 11 times.

First Test: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 7 December–9 December[edit]

7–9 December
Sri Lanka
v
New Zealand
154 (52.4 overs)
CK Kapugedera 37 (86)
JEC Franklin 12-0-30-3
206 (85.4 overs)
DL Vettori 63 (114)
M Muralitharan 34-7-65-4
170 (53.1 overs)
KC Sangakkara 100* (154)
SE Bond 19.1-5-63-4
119/5 (33 overs)
CD Cumming 43 (57)
M Muralitharan 14-5-34-3
New Zealand won by 5 wickets[7]
Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand
Umpires: BG Jerling (RSA) and SJA Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: SE Bond (NZ)

Shane Bond took three wickets in his first six overs in his first Test match for a year, and Sri Lanka were bowled out for 154 with only Tharanga and Chamara Kapugedera passing 20. In reply, New Zealand trailed by 41 with six wickets in hand, but Daniel Vettori's half-century helped score 206 against a Muttiah Muralitharan-led bowling attack. Murali took four for 65 from 34 overs, while Chaminda Vaas took two wickets in an over and ended with three for 49. The second time around, Kumar Sangakkara made an unbeaten century from number three, out of a total of 170. After completing an easy single to complete Sangakkara's century Muralitharan walked down the pitch to celebrate while the ball was being returned to the wicketkeeper. McCullum then appealed for a runout and Muralitharan was dismissed, ending Sri Lanka's second innings. After the match Jayawardene expressed the Sri Lankan team's disappointment about the incident, saying it was contrary to the spirit of the game, but Fleming and McCullum were unrepentant.[8] New Zealand managed to reach the modest target of 118 to win the game, despite a mini-collapse.

Second Test: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 15 December–19 December[edit]

15–19 December
Sri Lanka
v
New Zealand
268 (65 overs)
KC Sangakkara 156* (192)
CS Martin 13-2-50-3
130 (39.1 overs)
BB McCullum 43 (61)
SL Malinga 18-4-68-5
365 (109.3 overs)
LPC Silva 152* (219)
DL Vettori 42.3-6-130-7
286 (85.1 overs)
DL Vettori 51 (68)
M Muralitharan 34.1-9-87-6
Sri Lanka won by 217 runs[9]
Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand
Umpires: BG Jerling (RSA) and SJA Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: LPC Silva (SRL)

Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva put on a stand of 121 runs to lift the Sri Lankans to a score of 268 in their first innings after Jayawardene chose to bat. Sangakkara hit 21 4s and one 6 on his way to 156 not out, while Silva scored 61 runs. The only other player for Sri Lanka to get into double figures was Prasanna Jayawardene, while 5 of their players didn't manage to trouble the scorers. At the end of the first day, New Zealand in reply were 64 for 4, still 204 runs behind with Malinga taking 3 scalps.

On the second day, Muralitharan and Malinga shared the remaining 6 wickets of the New Zealand innings, as they were bowled out for 130 before lunch. The second Sri Lankan innings started off shaky, with their first three wickets, including the in-form Sangakkara falling with just 62 runs on the board. Chamara Silva then came to the crease and helped the Sri Lankans to 255 for 5 at the end of the day, with Silva getting to 79 not out at stumps.

The third day belonged to Sri Lanka once more, with Silva reaching 152 not out by the end of the innings, and Chaminda Vaas chipping in with a well made 47. Needing an unlikely 504 runs to win the match, New Zealand lost their openers with just 60 runs scored. On the fourth and final day, the New Zealanders lost five quick wickets falling to 163 for 7, before Vettori and Franklin shared a partnership of 96. After Vettori got out, the New Zealand team lost their way and finished with 286. Sri Lanka won by 217 runs to level the test series 1-1. The player of the match was Chamara Silva after scoring 213 runs in the match.

1st Twenty20 International: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 22 December[edit]

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 8/162 (20 overs) Sri Lanka won by 18 runs (D/L method)[10]

BB McCullum 39 (22)
ST Jayasuriya 4-0-21-3

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Umpires: AL Hill (NZ) and EA Watkin (NZ)
Man of the Match: ST Jayasuriya (SRL)

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 1/62 (5.5 overs)

ST Jayasuriya 51 (23)
SE Bond 3-0-24-1

2nd T20 International: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 26 December[edit]

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 115 (18.2 overs) New Zealand won by 5 wickets[11]

SL Malinga 27 (19)
JEC Franklin 4-0-23-3

Eden Park Auckland, New Zealand
Umpires: BF Bowden (NZL) and AL Hill (NZL)
Man of the Match: JEC Franklin (NZL)

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 5/116 (18.3 overs)

NJ Astle 40 (42)
CRD Fernando 4-0-19-3

1st ODI: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 28 December[edit]

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 8/285 (50 overs) Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets [12]

RL Taylor 128 (191)
WPUJC Vaas 10-0-50-3

McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand
Umpires: AL Hill (NZ) and SJ Davis (AUS)
Man of the Match: ST Jayasuriya (SRL)

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 3/289 (40 overs)

ST Jayasuriya 111 (105)
DL Vettori 8-0-36-1

2nd ODI: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 31 December[edit]

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 7/224 (50 overs) New Zealand won by 1 wicket [13]

KC Sangakkara 89 (155)
MR Gillespie 10-0-46-2

Queenstown Events Centre Queenstown, New Zealand
Umpires: GA Baxter (NZL) and SJ Davis (AUS)
Man of the Match: JEC Franklin (NZL)

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 9/228 (50 overs)

JAH Marshall 50 (108)
M Muralitharan 10-1-31-3

3rd ODI: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2 January[edit]

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 10/112 (35.2 overs) New Zealand won by 4 wickets D/L method[14]

MS Atapattu 28 (23)
MJ Mason 9-1-24-4

Jade Stadium Christchurch, New Zealand
Umpires: SJ Davis (AUS) and AL Hill (NZ)
Man of the Match: MJ Mason (NZ)

Due to D/L method New Zealand chased 110 runs
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 6/110 (24.3 overs)

PG Fulton 43 (94)
PDRL Perera 5-0-37-2

4th ODI: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 6 January[edit]

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 6/262 (50 overs) [15] Sri Lanka by 189 runs

KC Sangakkara 79 (131)
MR Gillespie 10-1-39-3

Eden Park Auckland, New Zealand
Umpires: GA Baxter (NZL) and SJ Davis (AUS)
Man of the Match: ST Jayasuriya (SL)

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 10/73 (26.3 overs)

CD McMillan 29 (91)
WPUJC Vaas 8-3-10-3

5th ODI: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 9 January[edit]

Match Abandoned

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Twenty20 'part of future of cricket' - Snedden, from Cricinfo, retrieved 8 December 2006
  2. ^ NZ focus on World Cup preparation, from Cricinfo, retrieved 8 December 2006
  3. ^ Silva and Ganegama named in Test squad, from Cricinfo, retrieved 8 December 2006
  4. ^ Sinclair picked for first Test against Sri Lanka, from Cricinfo, retrieved 8 December 2006
  5. ^ Mason to miss first Test, from Cricinfo, retrieved 8 December 2006
  6. ^ Cricinfo - Tour Match: Otago vs Sri Lankans at Dunedin, Nov 30-Dec 3, 2006, from Cricnfo, retrieved 9 December 2006
  7. ^ Cricinfo - 1st Test: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Dec 7-9, 2006, from Cricinfo, retrieved 9 December 2006
  8. ^ No regrets on controversial run-out - Fleming from Cricinfo, retrieved 11 December 2006
  9. ^ Cricinfo - 2nd Test: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Wellington, Dec 15-19, 2006, from Cricinfo, retrieved 19 December 2006
  10. ^ Cricinfo - 1st T20: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Wellington, Dec 22, 2006, from Cricinfo, retrieved 22 December 2006
  11. ^ Cricinfo - 2nd T20: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Auckland, Dec 26, 2006, from Cricinfo, retrieved 26 December 2006
  12. ^ Cricinfo - 1st ODI: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Napier, Dec 28, 2006, from Cricinfo, retrieved 28 December 2006
  13. ^ Cricinfo - 2nd ODI: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Queentown, Dec 31, 2006, from Cricinfo, retrieved 31 December 2006
  14. ^ Cricinfo - 3rd ODI: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Jan 2, 2006, from Cricinfo, retrieved 2 January 2007
  15. ^ Cricinfo - 4th ODI: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Auckland, Jan 6, 2006, from Cricinfo, retrieved 6 January 2007