HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Sri Lanka's batsman showed defiance after losing an influential toss on a green pitch to reach 108-2 at lunch Friday on the first day of the second test against New Zealand.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in on the lushly-grassed pitch at Seddon Park, but strike bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult initially struggled to take advantage of the conditions.
Sri Lanka resisted through opener Kusal Mendis, who made a quick 31, and Dinesh Chandimal who was 41 not out at lunch.
New Zealand took an hour to make a breakthrough, then Southee struck in consecutive overs, removing Dimuth Karunaratne for 12 and Mendis, leaving Sri Lanka on 44-2.
Chandimal and Udara Jayasundera (23) led Sri Lanka to lunch without further loss.