On day five, when
came to bat in their second innings, they were 45 for one and needed 390 runs to
and level the series. Chasing this target was not easy for the Lankan players.
Before lunch, the touring team lost four wickets, including Kumar Sangakkara
and captain Angelo Mathews who scored five and eight runs respectively. Sri Lanka
Kaushal Silva played a passionate innings of 121-ball 50. It was his seventh half century. Lahiru Thirimanne remained not out on 62.
Offspinner Mark Craig took four wickets for 53 while Trent Boult Doug Bracewell took two wickets each. Tim Southee took only one wicket which helped his side to bowl out the opposite team for 196 runs.