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Sri Lanka 372-5 vs, New Zealand

Sri Lanka 372-5 vs, New Zealand

Thilan Samaraweera hit an unbeaten 134 and became the second batsman to score more than 1,000 test runs this year as Sri Lanka continued to dominate the second test against New Zealand, reaching 372-5 at lunch on day two Thursday.
New Zealand seamer Iain O'Brien ended a 180-run partnership between Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene by dismissing Jayawardene for 92 but Sri Lanka still scored 110 runs in the first session.
Samaraweera hit 17 boundaries and a six during his 231-ball innings. He joins England's Andrew Strauss in reaching 1,000 runs this year, but had outperformed Strauss by scoring the runs in seven less innings, and at an average of more than 95.
This year was eventful for Samaraweera, who scored back-to-back double hundreds in Pakistan before sustaining a bullet wound in the thigh in a terrorist attack on the team's bus in March.
He also hit 159 in the first innings of the opening test, helping Sri Lanka win the match by 202 runs.
Jayawardene missed out on his 27th century when he tried to chase a ball away from his body and was caught behind by Brendon McCullum.
He played more cautiously than usual, spending more than five hours at the crease facing 234 balls and hitting just eight boundaries.
After he went, Samaraweera and Chamara Kapugedera combined for a 72-run partnership which ended minutes before lunch when Kapugedera (35) scooped a catch to Daniel Vettori from spinner Jeetan Patel.
On Wednesday, New Zealand skipper Vettori reached a rare double by taking his 300th test wicket to add to 3,000 test runs.
He became only the eighth player to achieve the 3,000-300 double, along with Kapil Dev (India), Richard Hadlee (New Zealand), Ian Botham (England), Imran Khan (Pakistan), Shane Warne (Australia), Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) and Shaun Pollock (South Africa).
O'Brien returned 2-73 while Vettori had 2-103.