Mitchell Santner got the crucial wicket of Dinesh Chandimal © Getty Images
Mitchell Santner got the crucial wicket of Dinesh Chandimal © Getty Images

A 17-ball burst saw New Zealand close in on victory Monday in the first Test against Sri Lanka with the removal of the last experienced batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews. At lunch in Dunedin, Sri Lanka were 224 for 6, requiring a further 181 runs with two sessions remaining on the final day to reach their 405-run target. It is a tough ask after they lost three wickets in the morning session to have their tail exposed much earlier than they wanted. At the crease were Milinda Siriwardana, in only his third Test, who is on 18 with Rangana Herath yet to score.Siriwardana survived two leg before wicket reviews, one from each side, when on one. Live Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin

With play starting half an hour early to compensate for the three rain breaks on Sunday, Sri Lanka resumed the day at 109 for 3. Chandimal and Mathews added 56 before Neil Wagner outwitted Mathews to secure the breakthrough New Zealand were searching for.

He bowled two short deliveries and when the Sri Lankan captain expected a third Wagner bowled full and the ball speared off the left pad and on to middle stump. With Mathews gone for 25, the pressure was on Chandimal to survive through to lunch but he was gone less than three overs later for 58 when trapped leg before wicket by spinner Mark Santner. Live Cricket Score, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin, Day 5: 

New Zealand’s generous declaration on Sunday at 267-3 in their second innings gave Sri Lanka an imposing 405-run target but with five sessions remaining and there was no need for the tourists to hurry the score along. However, Kithuruwan Vithanage, in his eighth Test, took the approach that attack was the best method of survival.

He belted 38 off 38 deliveries, including six fours and a six, before he became the sixth wicket to fall, trapped leg before wicket by Tim Southee. Southee has taken three for 35 and Wagner two for 56.