Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka bats
Angelo Mathews registered his second 50 for the match and 20th of his career agianst New Zealand at Christchurch on Day Three of the first Test © Getty Images

Dec 28, 2014

Sri Lanka showed immense resolve and significantly better application on Day Three of the first Test at Christchurch finishing at 293 for 5 . Dimuth Karunaratne was the shining light on the day for Sri Lanka. Trent Boult Stalled Karunaratne’s progress soon after he had notched up a 150. The Kiwis lost two untimely wickets at the fag end of the Day as New Zealand maintained their position of ascendency. Sri Lanka trail the hosts by 10 runs with five wickets in tact

The tourists began the day on a typically sorry note, losing opener Kaushal Silva in the first over of the morning. Kumar Sangakkara followed suit soon after, dismissed for one by Trent Boult who accounted for the southpaw’s wicket for the second time in the match. Sangakkara has struggled against the Kiwis lately with his last five Test innings accumulating a meagre 28 runs. Sangakkara’s dismissal brought Lahiru Thirimanne to the crease. Karunaratne and Thrimanne batted with a resolve that had eluded the visitors hitherto.

The duo batted out almost 45 overs to stitch together the highest partnership of the match, adding 89 runs. Thirimanne was dismissed against the tide, as BJ Watling took a screamer of the bowling of Jimmy Neesham. Yet, the tourists had lost just one wicket in the post lunch session, albeit the runs came at a snail like pace. The priority at the time was to bat out overs, which the Lankans were successful in achieving.

Angelo Mathews joined Karunaratne in the middle and the pair carried on the good work of the top order. Karunaratne and Mathews almost to Sri Lanka to safety before Trent Boult returned to dislodge the opener for a superlative 152 under immense pressure. New Zealand applied plenty of Pressure on the new man Niroshan Dickwella at the fag end of Day Three and it paid rich dividends as he was dismissed by Boult who was breathing fire. Angelo Mathews was left stranded on 53 not out, with the match slipping out of grasp of the tourists

The last nine overs

Brief scores:

Brief scores: New Zealand 441 (Kane Williamson 54, Brendon McCullum 195, Jimmy Neesham 85; Angelo Mathews 3 for 39, Suranga Lakmal 3 for 90) lead Sri Lanka 138 ( Angelo Mathews 50; Trent Boult 3 for 25, Neil Wagner 3 for 60) and 293 for 5 (Dimuth Karunaratne 152, Angelo Mathews 53*;  Trent Boult 3 for 58) by 10 runs.

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