Good morning! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry‘s live coverage of Day Two of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the University Oval, Dunedin. I am Vishal Mehra along with Rishad D’Souza, and we will be bringing you the live updates from this game. After Day One, New Zealand are comfortably on top of the opposition having scored 409 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Martin Guptill top-scored for the home side with 156 runs to his name. He was given assistance from Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum who scored 88 and 75 respectively. Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 197/4 in 81 overs ; BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 83(208), Kithuruwan Vithanage 10(49): That’s STUMPS! Sri Lanka will be happy with what they have achieved after the horrible start. Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal showed great sense of application through the course of their innings. Karunaratne missed out on a ton, but Chandimal is still hanging in there and will look to score hundred and beyond. Sri Lanka are still trailing by 234 runs and have just six wickets in hand. With the kind of bowling New Zealand is capable of, they can expect to take a big lead, but Sri Lanka have shown stomach for a fight.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 158/4 in 67 overs ; BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 59(165), Kithuruwan Vithanage 0(6): All that effort invested in the partnership threatens to boil down to nothing as Sri Lanka have lost two quick wickets now. Angelo Mathew’s dismissal was a tad unfortunate as he was trying to flick a poor, full length ball down leg but got a very faint edge to the keeper. The on-field umpire ruled him not out but hot spot detected the very, very fine edge and Mathews had to go. OUT! Angelo Mathews 2(10) c Watling b Southee

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 151/3 in 62 overs ; BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 54(149), Angelo Mathews 0(2): Mitchell Santner makes the breakthrough and it’s that man Dimuth Karunaratne. He deserved a hundred for showing that much resolve and determination but that said, Mitchell Santner was due a reward for displaying such patience and unrelenting accuracy. The extra bounce got the better of Karunaratne as he looked to cut a ball outside off and took the nick on way to the keeper. OUT! Dimuth Karunaratne 84(198) c Watling b Santner

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 132/2 in 55 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 78(182), Dinesh Chandimal 41(125): Fantastic effort by this duo. Trent Boult and the others are getting the bowl to move around and are even getting it in the right areas more often than not but they have just been very resolute with each delivery. Making New Zealand work hard for that breakthrough.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 103/2 in 48 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 59(162),Dinesh Chandimal 31(103): TEA!! Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal go into tea on Day 2 much more relaxed and content. New Zealand looked nothing like a tear away fast bowling team bowling medium pacer and spinner more in the session. Going into tea New Zealand will want to rethink their strategy and work on the on-field basics.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 92/2 in 41 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 51(137),Dinesh Chandimal 30(38):Dimuth Karunaratne has looked much at peace with himself playing proper cricketing shots. This is Karunaratne 7th half century in Tests, he also has 3 centuries to his name.New Zealand bowlers have looked a bit sloppy in the field. Neil Wagner has not in his element which has forced Brendon McCullum to cut back to his containment bowler Doug Bracewell.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 52/2 in 27 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 33 (92),Dinesh Chandimal 8(44): Sri Lanka have looked to be in more control this session as they have absorbed everything the New Zealand bowlers had to throw at them. Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunarathne have looked more in control of their shot-selection. Brendon McCullum is yet to throw in a spinner to see wither the ball spins or not. Sri Lanka are still behind by 376 runs. Trent Boult has had an extended bowling session.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 43/2 in 19 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 26(65),Dinesh Chandimal 6(24): After a good time out in the pavillion Sri Lankan batsmen will need to get their mind in right direction and over come the New Zealand threat. Chandimal is a key batsman going into the second session of the day. Brendon McCullum will look to keep his quick’s going. New Zealand lead Sri Lanka by 338 runs, Sri Lanka are heading into the best time to bat with sun beating down on the pitch.


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LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 38/2 in 18 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 21(59),Dinesh Chandimal6(24): Sri Lanka some how manage to survive pre-lunch session with lossing anymore wickets. With already two down the team were in a spot of bother.  Karunaratne looked to dig in deep and play out the New Zealand fast bowlers. Trent Boult looked more dangerous of the bowlers. Boult and Neil Wagner were the wicket takers for New Zealand.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 29/2 in 13 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 19(52),Dinesh Chandimal: OUT!! Neil Wagner picks up wicket in his first over as Udara Jayasundera goes without disturbing the scoreboard. Sri Lanka now look to be in a spot of bother with 2-wickets already down. A lot would depend on how Dinesh Chandimal bats in the middle, as he has been their most consistence batsmen in the recent one year.Sri Lanka would want not to lose any more wickets with Lunch just round the corner.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 19/1 in 9 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 10(35), Udara Jayasundera 0(0): OUT!! After battling hard for 19 balls Kusal Mendis innings of 8 comes to an end. Trent Boult who has looked the more lethal of bowler for New Zealand picks up his first wicket of the game. Sri Lanka still trail New Zealand by 411 runs. Udara Jayasundera has joined Mendis in the middle

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 12/0 in 5 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 8(28),Kusal Mendis 4(6): New Zealand bowlers have looked sharp and on the mark, since they have stepped on the field to defend their total. Trent Boult has looked the same dangerous bowler as he was during the final session of play at the historic first ever day-night Test against Australia. Even though Karunaratne has scored he has had two lucky nicks not carrying yo the slips in consecutive balls.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 5/0 in 1 over ; BATTING: Dimuth Karunaratne 5(6),Kusal Mendis 0(0):After having bowled New Zealand early in the session Sri Lanka will bank on their openers to give them a solid and steady start. Sri Lankan bowlers did well cleaning up the tail and making sure that the best time to bat on the pitch is used up by them. New Zealand will want Tim Southee and Trent Boult to ensure Sri Lanka doesn’t get past their total of 431.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 431/10 in 96.1 overs; BATTING: Trent Boult 0(0): OUT!! DOUG BRACEWELL Nuwan Pradeep cleans up the New Zealand tail as final two wickets fall in the quick successions. Bracewell missed on a well deserved fifty. Nuwan Pradeep was the star bowler for Sri Lanka picking up four-wickets giving away 112 runs in 23.1 over. With this New Zealand’s innings come to a stop after a magnificent 156 from Martin Guptill propelled New Zealand to 408/8 on Day 1 with half-centuries from Kane Williamson(88) and skipper Brendon McCullum(75).Sri Lanka trail New Zealand by 431 runs. In Trent Boult and Tim Southee New Zealand will look to bowl short and quick to inexperienced Sri Lankan batsmen.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 426/9 in 95 overs; BATTING: Doug Bracewell 47(58),Trent Boult 0(0): OUT!! NEIL WAGNER goes on the final ball of the 95th over as Nuwan Pradeep picks up his third wicket of the match and first for the day for Sri Lanka. New Zealand will did not want to lose a wicket so early in the session.Trent Boult has now joined Doug Bracewell who with a four reaches his highest score in Test(47*).

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 425/8 in 94 overs; BATTING: Doug Bracewell 41(50), Neil Wagner 7(21): New Zealand batsmen since the morning have looked aggressive from the out-set. Wagner has already hit Dushmantha Chameera for a lucky SIX. Doug Bracewell is looking good to get  his first ever Test fifty. His previous best in Test is 43 against India at Bangalore in 2012. Bracewell since start of play has hit two boundaries already off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 411/8 in 91 overs; BATTING: Doug Bracewell 33(42), Neil Wagner 1(9):Bracewell faces the first ball of the day as play resumes on Day 2 at Dunedin. Nuwan Pradeep opens the bowling for Sri Lanka. New Zealand having made 409 will be weary of the fact that Sri Lankan team have the batting line up capable of making as many runs. With Bracewell and Wagner on the pitch New Zealand would like to get to a score near to  500. Sri Lanka on the other hand will want to top off a great bowling performance late last evening picking six Kiwi wickets.


McCullum was in his usual destructive mood scoring his 75 of just 57 balls. New Zealand could have been in a far more commanding position had Sri Lanka not gotten their act straight in the final hour or so. Sri Lanka’s final effort showed that there was plenty of support on offer for seamers if they applied themselves to the job. ALSO READ: Martin Guptill displayed skill and maturity in his knock of 156 against Sri Lanka in first Test at Dunedin

Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal all took two wickets each and looked a lot more threatening in the latter part of the day. Perhaps the cool temperature in the morning took toll on their accuracy and pace. Sri Lanka will hope to take the remaining two wickets as soon as possible on Day Two so that they give themselves a manageable first innings lead to contend with. New Zealand on the other hand will try to inch towards the 450-run mark and Doug Bracewell showed that he is no mug with the bat going to stumps at a well compiled 32 with Neil Wagner at the other end.

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