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New Zealand cricket team in Sri Lanka in 1998

The New Zealand national cricket team toured Sri Lanka during the 1998 season, playing three Tests from 27 May to 13 June 1998. New Zealand was led by Stephen Fleming while Sri Lanka was led by Arjuna Ranatunga. Sri Lanka won the Test series 2–1.[1]

Test series summary

1st Test

27–31 May 1998
305 (105.2 overs)
SP Fleming 78 (180)
M Muralitharan 5/90 (38.2 overs)
285 (90.2 overs)
RS Kaluwitharana 72 (136)
DL Vettori 3/56 (24 overs)
444/6d (123 overs)
SP Fleming 174* (333)
M Muralitharan 4/137 (36 overs)
297 (131.5 overs)
PA de Silva 71 (155)
PJ Wiseman 5/82 (46.5 overs)
New Zealand won by 167 runs
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: KT Francis (SL) and RE Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: SP Fleming (NZ)

2nd Test

3–7 June 1998
193 (101.1 overs)
NJ Astle 53 (192)
HDPK Dharmasena 6/72 (24.1 overs)
323 (106.4 overs)
DPMD Jayawardene 167 (278)
DL Vettori 4/88 (26 overs)
114 (55 overs)
AC Parore 32* (86)
MRCN Bandaratilleke 5/36 (24 overs)
Sri Lanka won by an innings and 16 runs
Galle International Stadium, Galle
Umpires: BC Cooray (SL) and DL Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: DPMD Jayawardene (SL)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.

3rd Test

10–13 June 1998
206 (88.4 overs)
MS Atapattu 48 (138)
CL Cairns 5/62 (17.4 overs)
193 (86.3 overs)
SP Fleming 78 (233)
PA de Silva 3/30 (18.5 overs)
282 (84.5 overs)
RS Kaluwitharana 88 (146)
DL Vettori 6/64 (33 overs)
131 (54.3 overs)
CL Cairns 26 (40)
M Muralitharan 5/30 (18.3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 164 runs
Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground, Colombo
Umpires: PT Manuel (SL) and VK Ramaswamy (IND)
Player of the match: RS Kaluwitharana (SL)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.


  1. ^ "New Zealand in Sri Lanka, May-June 1998: Summary of Results". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 February 2021.

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