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Sri Lanka reaches 108-2 in 2nd test against New Zealand

Sri Lanka loses toss but reaches 108-2 at lunch on day 1 of 2nd test in New Zealand

Sri Lanka reaches 108-2 in 2nd test against New Zealand

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.


Updated : 2021-09-28 19:48 GMT+08:00