NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF SRI LANKA
Trent Boult bowled incisively upfront © AFP
Sri Lanka were left in a whole lot of trouble after the first session on the final day as they aim to save the second Test and preserve their series-winning lead of 1-0 on Monday (August 26). They were 33 for 5 at Lunch – still trailing by 154 – after New Zealand declared on 431 for 6.
After overnight rain delayed the start by half an hour, New Zealand batted five overs to score 49 and bagged a sizeable lead. Colin de Grandhomme failed to add to his overnight score and was caught on the second ball of the day having slog-swept Lasith Embuldeniya to deep midwicket. BJ Watling though completed his seventh Test ton and ended unbeaten on 105.
With plenty of time lost to rain, New Zealand gave themselves 91 over to force a result if there’s no more rain. Dimuth Karunaratne wasn’t allowed to open having spent two hours off the field and Sri Lanka were forced to change their opening combination to Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne. The latter was run on the fifth ball of the innings after he was way short at the bowler’s end having tapped the ball to the on side. Ajaz Patel got a direct hit to give New Zealand just the start they needed.
Perera chased a wide one from Trent Boult and was caught behind in the third over before de Grandhomme nipped out Angelo Mathews. In the 12th over, Mathews left his bat hanging way outside off to an outswinger and the edge was gobbled by Ross Taylor at first slip. Dhananjaya de Silva was the next to go after William Somerville left Kusal Mendis spooked. The tossed up delivery went above the eye-line, dipped and spun in, took the top of off with less than five minutes to go for Lunch as six wickets fell in the session.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 244 (Dhananjaya de Silva 109; Tim Southee 4-63) & 33/5 (Trent Boult 1-2) trail New Zealand431/6 dec (Tom Latham 154, BJ Watling 105*, Dilruwan Perera 3-114) by 154 runs.
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