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Sri Lankan cricket team in New Zealand in 2015–16
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
Sri Lanka
Dates 10 December 2015 – 10 January 2016
Captains Brendon McCullum (Tests and 1st and 2nd ODIs)
Kane Williamson (3rd, 4th and 5th ODIs and T20Is)
Angelo Mathews (Tests and ODIs)
Dinesh Chandimal (T20Is)
Test series
Result New Zealand won the 2-match series 2–0
Most runs Kane Williamson (268) Dinesh Chandimal (192)
Most wickets Tim Southee (13) Dushmantha Chameera (12)
One Day International series
Result New Zealand won the 5-match series 3–1
Most runs Martin Guptill (331) Milinda Siriwardana (117)
Most wickets Matt Henry (13) Nuwan Kulasekara (4)
Twenty20 International series
Result New Zealand won the 2-match series 2–0
Most runs Martin Guptill (121) Angelo Mathews (85)
Most wickets Grant Elliott (5) Nuwan Kulasekara (2)

The Sri Lanka cricket team toured New Zealand in December 2015 and January 2016 to play two Test matches, five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

New Zealand won the Test series 2–0, the ODI series 3–1 and the T20I series 2–0. With the T20I defeat, Sri Lanka lost their number one spot in the T20I rankings after 16 months.

Squads

Tests ODIs T20Is
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka

Vishwa Fernando was added to Sri Lanka's Test squad as a replacement for Dhammika Prasad after Prasad injured his back in the tour match. Nuwan Kulasekara was named as Prasad's replacement in the ODI squad. Kaushal Silva was added to Sri Lanka's Test squad for Kusal Perera after Kusal tested positive for a banned substance due to suspect in doping violation by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Lasith Malinga was originally named as the T20I captain for Sri Lanka, but suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Dinesh Chandimal. Danushka Gunathilaka and Suranga Lakmal were also added to Sri Lanka's T20I squad. Trent Boult returned for the final ODI in place of Matt Henry while George Worker was dropped. Tim Southee was ruled out of the T20I series because of a foot injury and was replaced by Matt Henry.

Tour match

Three Day: New Zealand Cricket Board President's XI vs Sri Lankans

3–5 December
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
193 (75.2 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
399/8d (84.3 overs)
Match drawn
Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown
Umpires: Phil Jones (NZ) and Derek Walker (NZ)
Dimuth Karunaratne 93 (177)
Tim Johnston 4/43 (16 overs)
Ben Smith 81 (108)
Dushmantha Chameera 4/57 (10.3 overs)
226/6 (71 overs)
Udara Jayasundera 63 (153)
James Baker 2/21 (12 overs)
  • New Zealand Board President's XI won the toss and elected to field.

Test series

1st Test

10–14 December
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
431 (96.1 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
294 (117.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 122 runs
University Oval, Dunedin
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Martin Guptill (NZ)
Martin Guptill 156 (234)
Nuwan Pradeep 4/112 (23.1 overs)
Dimuth Karunaratne 84 (198)
Tim Southee 3/71 (27 overs)
267/3d (65.4 overs) 282 (95.2 overs)
Tom Latham 109* (180)
Rangana Herath 2/62 (11.4 overs)
Dinesh Chandimal 58 (132)
Tim Southee 3/52 (21 overs)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.
  • Rain stopped play at 17:05 on Day 4 and no play was possible for the rest of the day.
  • Udara Jayasundera (SL) made his Test debut.
  • New Zealand wicket-keeper BJ Watling took his 100th Test dismissal when Kusal Mendis was caught by him in the 1st innings.

2nd Test

18–22 December
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
292 (80.1 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
237 (79.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Umpires: Nigel Llong (Eng) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
Player of the match: Kane Williamson (NZ)
Angelo Mathews 77 (125)
Tim Southee 3/63 (21 overs)
Martin Guptill 50 (77)
Dushmantha Chameera 5/47 (13 overs)
133 (36.3 overs) 189/5 (54.3 overs)
Kusal Mendis 46 (90)
Tim Southee 4/26 (12.3 overs)
Kane Williamson 108* (164)
Dushmantha Chameera 4/68 (17 overs)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • Rain stopped play at 16:29 on Day 1 and no play was possible for the rest of the day.
  • Brendon McCullum (NZ) played in his 99th consecutive Test since his debut, beating the previous record of 98 set by AB de Villiers (SA).
  • This was the 13th consecutive home Test for New Zealand without defeat, equalling their previous longest undefeated streak at home (March 1987 to March 1991).
  • Kane Williamson broke the record for the most Test runs in a calendar year by a New Zealand player (1172 runs).

ODI series

1st ODI

26 December
11:00
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
188 (47 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
191/3 (21 overs)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Phil Jones (NZ)
Player of the match: Matt Henry (NZ)
Milinda Siriwardana 66 (82)
Matt Henry 4/49 (10 overs)
Martin Guptill 79 (56)
Milinda Siriwardana 2/45 (5 overs)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Henry Nicholls (NZ) made his ODI debut.

2nd ODI

28 December
11:00
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
117 (27.4 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
118/0 (8.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Derek Walker (NZ)
Player of the match: Martin Guptill (NZ)
Nuwan Kulasekara 19 (24)
Matt Henry 4/33 (9.4 overs)
Martin Guptill 93* (30)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Jeffrey Vandersay (SL) made his ODI debut.
  • Martin Guptill's fifty off 17 balls is the fastest ODI fifty by a New Zealand cricketer and equal second fastest of all time (with Sanath Jayasuriya and Kusal Perera).
  • New Zealand had the second highest run rate (14.16) in ODI history.
  • New Zealand's winning margin by balls remaining (250) was the third highest for a 10-wicket win in ODIs.

3rd ODI

31 December
11:00
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
276/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
277/2 (46.2 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
Saxton Oval, Nelson
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and Michael Gough (Eng)
Player of the match: Danushka Gunathilaka (SL)
Kane Williamson 59 (73)
Dushmantha Chameera 2/38 (10 overs)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 91 (92)
Mitchell McClenaghan 1/39 (9 overs)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan broke the record for the most ODI runs in a calendar year by a Sri Lankan opener (1207 runs).

4th ODI

2 January
11:00
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
75/3 (9 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
No result
Saxton Oval, Nelson
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and Richard Illingworth (Eng)
Martin Guptil 27 (14)
Nuwan Kulasekara 1/4 (1 over)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.
  • The start of the match was delayed by rain and the game reduced to 24 overs per side.
    Rain stopped play at 16:23 and no play was possible for the rest of the game.

5th ODI

5 January
11:00
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
294/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
258 (47.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 36 runs
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and Michael Gough (Eng)
Player of the match: Matt Henry (NZ)
Martin Guptill 102 (109)
Nuwan Kulasekara 3/53 (10 overs)
Angelo Mathews 95 (116)
Matt Henry 5/40 (10 overs)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.
  • Matt Henry took his 2nd ODI five-wicket haul.
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan played his 300th ODI innings. He is the 4th Sri Lankan and 12th overall to play more than 300 innings.
  • Angelo Mathews became the 10th Sri Lankan to score 4000 runs in ODIs.

T20I series

1st T20I

7 January
15:00
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
182/4 (20 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
179/9 (20 overs)
New Zealand won by 3 runs
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Umpires: Phil Jones (NZ) and Derek Walker (NZ)
Player of the match: Trent Boult (NZ)
Martin Guptill 58 (34)
Nuwan Kulasekara 2/26 (4 overs)
Danushka Gunathilaka 46 (29)
Trent Boult 3/21 (4 overs)

2nd T20I

10 January
15:00
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
142/8 (20 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
147/1 (10 overs)
New Zealand won by 9 wickets
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and Phil Jones (NZ)
Player of the match: Colin Munro (NZ)
Angelo Mathews 81* (49)
Grant Elliott 4/22 (4 overs)
Martin Guptill 63 (25)
Thisara Perera 1/26 (2 overs)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.
  • Martin Guptill became the second New Zealander and fourth overall to reach 1,500 Twenty20 International runs.
  • Colin Munro scored the second fastest fifty of all time and the fastest by a New Zealander (14 balls).
  • Sri Lanka lost their number one spot in Twenty20 International team rankings after 16 months.

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