Cricket: New Zealand wrap up win

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New Zealand completed an easy victory over Sri Lanka yesterday after dismissing the tourists late in the third session on the fourth day for 328. It was the seventh time New Zealand has secured a Test win by an innings margin.

Sri Lanka had resumed on 37 without loss, needing 327 to avoid an innings defeat. They subsided to 133 for 6 soon after lunch, but Romesh Kaluwitharana and Chaminda Vaas launched a counter-offensive with a seventh-wicket stand of 137 runs in just 168 balls.

Kaluwitharana fell to a fine return catch by the left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori to end the partnership. The last man, Muttiah Muralitharan, slogged his way to a Test-best 26.

Fourth day; Sri Lanka won toss

NEW ZEALAND - First Innings 586 for 7 dec (B A Young 267no, C L Cairns 70, M J Horne 66, S P Fleming 51).

SRI LANKA - First Innings 222 (H P Tillakaratne 55no; S B Doull 5- 58).

SRI LANKA - Second Innings

(Overnight: 37 for 0)

S T Jayasuriya c Parore b Doull 50

R S Mahanama b Doull 21

M S Atapattu b Patel 22

P A De Silva lbw b Astle 0

*A Ranatunga c Horne b Vettori 13

H P Tillakaratne run out 8

R S Kaluwitharana c and b Vettori 103

W P U J C Vaas c and b Davis 57

G P Wickramasinghe c Doull b Astle 0

N Zoysa not out 16

M Muralitharan c and b Doull 26

Extras (lb9 nb3) 12

Total (86.3 overs) 328

Fall: 1-49 2-82 3-85 4-99 5-115 6-133 7-270 8-271 9-285.

Bowling: Doull 20.3-5-82-3; Davis 22-2-79-1 (nb2); Horne 4-2-18-0; Astle 15-3-51-2 (nb-1); Patel 10-3-36-1; Vettori 15-3-53-2.

Umpires: C E King (NZ) and I T Robinson (Zim).

New Zealand win by an innings and 36 runs.

The first Test between West Indies and India ended in a draw on the rain-affected fifth and final day at Sabina Park yesterday.

(Final day; West Indies won toss)

WEST INDIES - First Innings 427 (C L Hooper 129, B C Lara 83, S Chanderpaul 52; A R Kumble 5 for 120).

INDIA - First Innings 346 (N R Mongia 78, V Laxman 64, F Rose 6-100).

WEST INDIES - Second Innings 241 for 4 dec overnight (B C Lara 78).

INDIA - Second Innings 99 for 2.

Match drawn.

Desmond Haynes, the 41-year-old former West Indies opener, retired from first-class cricket after playing for Western Province against Natal in Cape Town. He made a duck in his final innings yesterday.

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