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New Zealand 51-2 against Sri Lanka

New Zealand 51-2 against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka grabbed two New Zealand wickets after being bowled out for 416 in its first innings of the second test, as the visitors moved to 51-2 in reply by tea on day two Thursday.
Seam bowler Dammika Prasad took a wicket with his first ball, trapping Tim McIntosh (5) leg before.
Martin Guptill and Daniel Flynn added 35 runs for the second wicket before left-arm seamer Thilan Thushara forced an edge off Flynn (13) to wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardena.
Guptill was not out on 29 at the break with Ross Taylor batting on two.
Earlier New Zealand whipped through the Sri Lanka tail after Thilan Samaraweera top scored with 143 runs to help Sri Lanka accumulate a solid first-innings total.
New Zealand offspinner Jeetan Patel picked up three wickets in the middle session and finished with 4-78 to hasten Sri Lanka's collapse after the hosts had been strongly placed at 372-5 at lunch.
Prasanna Jayawardena (17) was the first to be dismissed after lunch, caught by Iain O'Brien off seamer Chris Martin.
Patel then elicited an edge off Prasad to Taylor at slip and the next ball trapped Rangana Herath lbw.
Samaraweera, who had batted cautiously, tried to reverse-sweep Patel only to get a top edge that was caught by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum.
Samaraweera faced 240 balls and hit 17 boundaries and a six for his 11th test hundred and became the second batsman to score more than 1,000 test runs this year, along with England's Andrew Strauss.
But Samaraweera 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.
In the morning session, New Zealand seamer Iain O'Brien ended a 180-run partnership between Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene by dismissing Jayawardene for 92.
Jayawardene chased a ball away from his body and was caught behind by 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 Patel.
Vettori, who on Wednesday reached a rare double by taking his 300th test wicket to add to 3,000 test runs, finished with 3-104.


Updated : 2021-03-03 20:41 GMT+08:00