Brendon McCullum, Daniel Flynn steady New Zealand after early blows
Sri Lanka players are elated at the fall of New Zealand captain Ross Taylor in the opening session © AFP
Galle: Nov 17, 2012
Shaminda Eranga rocked New Zealand with two wickets off three balls on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Saturday.
The paceman, playing only his second Test, removed opener Martin Guptill (11) and Kane Williamson for no score in his third over before the tourists reached 80-3 in their first innings at lunch.
Opener Brendon McCullum was unbeaten on 38 at the break with Daniel Flynn (21 not out) after New Zealand elected to bat at the Galle International Stadium. The pair have so far added 40 for the unfinished fourth-wicket stand.
Guptill was caught by Angelo Mathews who took a low catch to his right at second slip, while Williamson was caught at first slip by Tharanga Paranavitana in the same over.
Fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara put more pressure on New Zealand when he bowled skipper Ross Taylor (nine) in his fifth over to send the tourists reeling at 40-3.
McCullum played some attractive shots in the morning session, hitting Eranga for two successive fours early in his innings. He has so far cracked six boundaries in his 80-ball knock.
New Zealand went into the match with three pacemen — Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee — and one specialist spinner, Jeetan Patel.
The hosts named two fast bowlers, Kulasekara and Eranga, and as many spinners, Suraj Randiv and Rangana Herath, in their team.
Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who replaced injured Tillakaratne Dilshan, made his Test debut.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 80 for 3 (Brendon McCullum 38*, Daniel Flynn 21*; Shaminda Eranga 2 for 22, Nuwan Kulasekara 1 for 26) vs Sri Lanka.