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Sri Lanka struggle as Tim Southee strikes twice on Day Three of Colombo Test

Sri Lanka lose five as New Zealand hold the edge at Lunch on Day Three in Colombo Test

Tim Southee struck twice in the first session of Day Three of Colombo Test © AFP

Colombo: Nov 27, 2012

New Zealand‘s Tim Southee bagged two quick wickets to put Sri Lanka under pressure on the third day of the second and final Test at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Tuesday.

The pacer dismissed Angelo Mathews (47) and opener Tharanga Paranavitana (40) in successive overs before Sri Lanka reached 107/5 in their first innings at lunch in reply to New Zealand’s 412.

The hosts, who added 64 to their overnight total of 43/3 in the morning session, now need 106 more runs to avoid a follow-on with five wickets in hand. Prasanna Jayawardene was unbeaten on four at the break with Thilan Samaraweera yet to open his account.

Vice-captain Mathews and Paranavitana added 90 for the fourth wicket after three wickets had fallen for just 12 on Monday. Paranavitana edged Southee to wicket-keeper Kruger van Wyk while Mathews fell to a superb one-handed catch by Martin Guptill, who held the ball low to his right in the slips.

New Zealand earlier had a chance to break the fourth-wicket stand but skipper Ross Taylor dropped Paranavitana at first slip off fast bowler Trent Boult when the batsman was on 32.

Paranavitana then failed to make the most of the opportunity, adding just eight more runs before he was caught behind to become Southee’s third victim of the innings.

Southee, who also removed opener Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara on Monday, has so far taken four wickets for 35 runs off 14 overs.

Mathews, 20 overnight, played some aggressive shots in the morning as he lofted off-spinner Jeetan Patel over wide long-on for the first six of the innings and then cut the bowler past point for a four.

Skipper Ross Taylor (142), Kane Williamson (135) and Daniel Flynn (53) were the main scorers for New Zealand in the first innings, while left-arm spinner Rangana Herath grabbed six wickets for Sri Lanka.

The hosts lead the series 1-0 following their 10-wicket victory in the opening Test in Galle.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 412 (Ross Taylor 142, Kane Williamson 135; Rangana Herath 6 for 103) lead Sri Lanka 107 for 5 ( Angelo Mathews 47, Tharanga Paranavitana 40; Tim Southee 4 for 35) by 305 runs.

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