1st Test: New Zealand 59/1 at lunch on day two after Tim Southee’s six
That 40s show: Jeet Raval was once again dismissed after getting a start. ©AFP

New Zealand lost a wicket on the final ball of the morning session of day two at Basin Reserve, undoing an opening stand of 59 to head into the break trailing Sri Lanka by 223 runs.

Having dominated the partnership with Tom Latham, the left-hand opener Jeet Raval perished for 43 when he mistimed a short ball and was caught behind by Niroshan Dickwella, the man who was left not out on 80 earlier in the day when Sri Lanka’s innings ended on 282. Lahiru Kumara was the successful bowler for Sri Lanka, the only wicket the tourists managed in 23 overs on Sunday morning in Wellington.


Raval’s reckless shot off the last ball of the session was disappointing, for it undid a fine opening stand and gave the 30-year-old yet another dismissal in the 40s after getting a start. In his last seven Test innings, Raval has scores of 46, 45 and 43 to go with 7, 31, 2 and 0.

Latham is 15 not out off 68 balls at the lunch break.

Earlier, New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka who added seven to their overnight total before Tim Southee took the final wicket of Kumara to claim 6/68 from 27 overs. The tailender did not open his account, getting an inside edge to Colin de Grandhomme at leg gully.

Lunch: New Zealand 59/1 (Raval 43) trail Sri Lanka 282 (Dickwella 80*, Southee 6/68) by 23 runs