On Day 5 of New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Test match, a rare and noteworthy incident occurred due to the strong winds in Wellington. The wind caused the ball to drift far away from the batsman and wicketkeeper, which is an infrequent occurrence in cricket. Despite the fact that high winds frequently impact games in Wellington, the magnitude of the ball's drift was extraordinary and noticeable. Sri Lankan tailender Prabath Jayasuriya was batting at 2 and Lanka's score was 337/7 when a delivery from Michael Bracewell was carried away by the force of the wind, resulting in a viral video of the incident and amazement from cricket fans.
The persistent strong winds also had an impact on the live coverage of the game, with the broadcaster having to limit their footage to Single End shots. This was because the cameraperson was forced to come down from the elevated camera tower due to the high winds in Wellington. The broadcaster acknowledged this in a tweet, stating that the camera crew from @sparknzsport had to come down from the tower at the Adelaide Road end of the Basin Reserve because of the extremely strong winds.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all in cricket. High winds so single end coverage in Wellington. Here’s the supporting evidence… pic.twitter.com/AzQerm4h9b— Rob Williams (@robwilliams_tv) March 20, 2023
On Monday, in windy Wellington, New Zealand achieved a resounding victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test, winning by an innings and 58 runs. The South Asian team's resistance eventually crumbled on the fourth day, resulting in a series sweep of 2-0 for New Zealand.
For those watching at home, the @sparknzsport camera crew have had to come down from the camera tower at the Adelaide Road end of the Basin Reserve due to extremely high winds in Wellington. #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/rlMK6wDqiL— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 20, 2023
After being asked to follow on, Sri Lanka required 416 runs to make New Zealand bat again. However, they were unable to reach the target and were bowled out for 358 in their second innings at the Basin Reserve.
This resulted in New Zealand claiming their third consecutive Test win, having won a thrilling series-opener against Sri Lanka by two wickets on the last ball in Christchurch, and defeating England by a single run in another nail-biting match in Wellington.