Written by Staff Writer
27 Dec, 2014 | 10:27 pm
Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva led Sri Lanka’s fightback on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand on Day 2, as it followed on 303 runs behind the Kiwis after being dismissed for 138 in its first innings.
New Zealand resumed its first innings at 429-7 today and Sri Lanka needed only 26 minutes and 5.2 overs to capture its last three wickets for 12 runs. That set the stage for a first session in which six wickets fell for 50 runs as Sri Lanka’s decline set in.
Sri Lanka’s first innings was limited to 138 runs with only Skipper Angelo Matthews playing a lone innings of 50. Sri Lanka’s first innings was undone by outstanding swing bowling by Trent Boult, who bagged 3 for 25 and Tim Southee 2 for 17, Neil Wagner 3 for 60 and Jimmy Neesham 2 for 28 wrapping up Sri Lanka’s innings in less than 3-1/2 hours.
Forced to follow on, Karunaratne and Silva shrugged off their failures in the first innings, in which they were dismissed for 0 and 4 inside the first five overs, and led Sri Lanka to 84 without loss at stumps, still 219 behind New Zealand’s first innings of 441.
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