Kumar Sangakkara's contribution will be important for Sri Lankan's on Day Three © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara’s contribution will be important for Sri Lankan’s on Day Three © Getty Images

Dec 27, 2014

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Dimuth Karunaratne reached his maiden Test century off 255 balls in the first Test played against New Zealand at Christchurch on Sunday.

Karunaratne improved his previous performance and looked compact and solid.  He stood tall and provided stability to the Sri Lankan innings. He was removed by Trent Boult only in the first over of Boult in the previous innings for  nought. But this time around he came to the crease with great resolve and guided the Sri Lankan innings.

Sri Lanka have concluded Day Three of the first Test against New Zealand at Christchurch at 293 for five. Angelo Mathews is holding fort batting on 53 as the Lankans trail the hosts by 10 runs. Sri Lanka had a fantastic day before New Zealand pegged them back with the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne who scored a superlative 152 to keep the Sri Lankan’s alive followed by Niroshan Dickwella. Trent Boult accounted for both those wickets. Boult was spitting venom in the closing stages of Day Three as New Zealand assumed a position of ascendency once again.


Sri Lanka have gone past 250 with Dimuth Karunaratne closing in on a 150 and skipper Angelo Mathews on a 20th Test half-century. The tourists are slowly but surely clawing their way back into the contest. The deficit is now down to just 52 with seven wickets in tact.


Sri Lanka have reduced the deficit to 79 in the final session on Day Three at Christchurch. Dimuth Karunaratne is batting on 123, where as the Sri Lankan captain is getting into his stride, batting on 28 in quick time. Angelo’s brief innings has included four hits to the fence along the ground and one over the fence. The second new ball has produced just one wicket thus far and its 19 overs old now. Its likely to have lost its zing by now and the Sri Lankan batsmen can cash in after almost a hundred overs grind.



Lahiru Thirimanne is dismissed after staying on the wicket for almost 124 balls. So Sri Lanka have managed to pass another session after losing the wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne. Dimuth Karunaratne remains unbeaten at 116 and is looking good for a big score. The captain of the Sri Lankan team, Angelo Mathews is out in the middle. Mathews was the highest run-getter for Sri Lanka in the previous innings as made an half-century. Sri Lanka still trail by 102 runs with the final session of play pending on Day Three.
OUT!! L Thirimanne c Watling b Neesham 25(124)




Finally, the handwork for Karunaratne has paid off. He gets his first Test century off 255 deliveries. He is the same man who was dismissed for nought in the first innings and what now he was come up with a superb effort. This ton is special because this has come in testing New Zealand condition. At the time when, two wickets fell in quick succession, 26-year-old Karunaratne stood unruffled and made sure Sri Lanka was in safe zone.





So both these batsmen continue to march ahead in a stagnated manner. But Sri Lanka would be happy to have both of them in the middle. They both have managed to add just 13 runs in the last nine overs post the Lunch session. New Zealand bowlers still haven’t figured out the way to break this partnership. The 50-run partnership between these two has also come up. This is the second-best partnership for Sri Lanka in this Test. Dimuth Karunaratne is slowly inching towards hi first Test century.





That’s Lunch on Day Three at Christchurch. It was a mixed session as New Zealand did well early to get two wickets but Sri Lanka later recovered as Karunaratne and Thirimanne provided stability to the innings. New Zealand need to do do some thinking now and get back to the middle with some different plans to break this partnership. This partnership has added 37 runs after playing 146 deliveries. Karunaratne who got out only in the first over in the first innings has come up with an improved showing this time around. He needs to carry on and take Sri Lanka towards the road to recovery,





The runs have really slowed down here at Christchurch. Only nine runs have come off the last eight overs. New Zealand have now deployed, Mark Craig in search of a wicket. Craig went wicket-less in the first innings as he only bowled two overs which went for five runs. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be thinking of means to break this partnership which is showing some resistance to the New Zealand bowlers.






After getting out cheaply in th first innings, Karunaratne has done well here to bring up his half-century. He needs to continue for a long time to help Sri Lanka save this Test match. Neil Wagner who picked up three wickets in the innings has been wicket-less so far. He has conceded 40 runs so far. Along with Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne is on the crease.



Trent Boult has done it second time in a row. He has got the big wicket of Kumar Sangakkara. Sangakkara has been dismissed for just one runs after playing 25 deliveries. It was a full delivery outside off and Sangakkara edged to the first slip. New Zealand will be really delighted to get this wicket. It was the second wicket of the day for them.
OUT!!Sangakkara c Watling b Boult 1(16)





Tim Southee has picked the first wicket for New Zealand this morning. It was pitched outside off on good length and Kaushal Silva got a hint of his bat on the ball. New Zealand would be really happy to get the first wicket only in the first over of the day. Trent Boult and Tim Southee now have an opportunity to finish it early but Kumar Sangakkara’s wicket would be the key here.
OUT!!!Kaushal Silva c Watling b Southee 33(106)


Earlier, New Zealand made 441 in their first innings as skipper Brendon McCullum piled up 195 off 202. His knock included 18 boundaries and 11 sixes. He was included in 153-run partnership with Jimmy Neesham for the fifth wicket which set up the groundwork for a big score. Sri Lanka need to invent some hope into the match if they need to bounce back. They would want to trust their most experienced batsmen, Kumar Sangakarra to get some runs.

The third day of the Test will be crucial for both teams as they would want to make lasting impression. Both the Sri Lankan openers would want to stay in the crease for most of the day. While for the hometeam they would rely on their pace duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult to get them the wickets. Sri Lanka need to bat really well to make a lasting impression in the first Test of the two matc Test series.


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