Good morning! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry‘s live coverage of Day Four 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. As it stands now, the home team New Zealand are right on top of the contest at the moment. They have dominated a good portion of the match so far and went to stumps on Day Three with a lead of 308 with nine wickets in hand. The obvious idea for the Kiwis will be to hit out and score as many runs before declaring. Live Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin

It’s stumps! Rain has resurfaced and play has been called off for the day. Play will resume half an hour early tomorrow to make up for lost time. New Zealand will be rather happy about the position they find themselves in at the moment but will hope for weather to stay clear tomorrow.

A more recent recent update tells us play will have to resume by 5:57 (five minutes from now) pm local time or play will be called off for the day.

The covers are being peeled off at the ground. The sun is peeking through now and we can get some play in.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 109/3 in 50.1 overs ; BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 39(64): And it’s raining quite heavily at the University Oval. But the good news for New Zealand is it got heavy enough to call play off only after they had taken a third Sri Lankan wicket. This time it’s Kusal Mendis who falls and it is a major setback for Sri Lanka because he was looking good. Tim Southee gets the outside edge. OUT! Kusal Mendis 46(150) c Watling b Southee

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 108/2 in 47 overs ; BATTING: Kusal Mendis 45(140), Dinesh Chandimal 31(55): These two are settling into a neat partnership here. Have decided to attack Mitchell Santner and have done it to good effect so far. The fast bowlers are still getting the ball to zip around it’s going to be really difficult for the pair to keep their focus, but it is possible.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 69/2 in 35 overs ; BATTING: Kusal Mendis 32(114), Dinesh Chandimal 5(9): The teams go for tea break with New Zealand firmly on course to winning the Test. Sri Lanka had a good opening partnership of over fifty runs but have lost two wickets ever since.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 65/2 in 33 overs ; BATTING: Kusal Mendis 32(108), Dinesh Chandimal 1(3): OUT! Neil Wagner has his man now. Jayasundera’s stay at the crease is brief and unimpressive. He got a short one from Wagner and after initially decided to pull, he tried to withdrew and got the glove on way to keeper BJ Watling. OUT! Udara Jayasundera 3 (15) c Watling b Wagner

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 54/1 in 26.2 overs ; BATTING: Kusal Mendis 21(68), Udara Jayasundera 0(0): OUT!!! Tim Southee struggle to find a wicket, come to an end as Dimuth Karunaratne is finally caught by the BJ Waltling. Karunaratne has been lucky uptil now as his edges did not carry in or was not caught by New Zealand players. Udara Jayasundera will want to play good and provide support to Mendis.Sri Lanka still need 351 runs to win.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 42/0 in 20 overs ; BATTING: Kusal Mendis 21(68) Dimuth Karunaratne 21 (54): Both Dimuth Karunaratna and Kusal Mendis have looked in better control than the first innings this could come in late for them. Martin Guptill has till now dropped a sitter, as Karunaratne was well beaten. Mendis has also looked to play spin more with ease than seem bowling.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 23/0 in 9 overs ; BATTING: Kusal Mendis 9(31) Dimuth Karunaratne 14 (24): New Zealand players will be happy to see sun out as game resumes with Sri Lanka needing 382 runs to win. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis have looked more compact than the first time around. Doug Bracewell into the attack, had bowled only one over pre-rain delay. Karunaratne will want to continue his love affair with batting at overseas conditions.

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LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 23/0 in 8.3 overs ; BATTING: Kusal Mendis 9(28) Dimuth Karunaratne 14 (23): RAINS come in as player are seen running of the field. The rain gets more heavier as the bigger covers are been rushed in again. Trent Boult and Tim Southee have looked good swinging the ball with a little bit of help from the over-cast conditions.This is surely be a frustrating day for the players and fans for both the teams.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 15/0 in 4 overs ; BATTING: Kusal Mendis 5(10) Dimuth Karunaratne 10 (16): Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis will look to give Sri Lanka a good and solid start for the coming batsmen to take full advantage. With rain looming around,  the ball will tend to swing and seem a bit for New Zealand bowlers. Brendon McCullum will want his bowlers to rattle the stumps as much as possible with the possibility of showers predicted in the day. Sri Lanka still need 390 runs to win against New Zealand in the first Test at Dunedin.

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LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 4/0 in 1.1 overs ; BATTING: Kusal Mendis 0(0) Dimuth Karunaratne 4 (6): EARLY LUNCH as it starts to drizzle. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis face an uphill task as Sri Lanka get ready to chase down New Zealand’s target of 405. Tom Latham century and Kane Williamson fifty meant that New Zealand get up past the 350 lead mark. Brendon McCullum in the end came out to hit a few lusty blows smashing two sixes before declaring the second innings on 267/3d. Trent Boult takes the new ball as clouds starts to merge in.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 267/3d in 65.4 overs; BATTING: Tom Latham 109(180), Brendon McCullum 17(6): SIX!! and an unexpected declaration by Brendon McCullum. Tom Latham remained not out on the other end making 109 off 180 balls. New Zealand score of 267 for 3 was also helped by Kane Williamson,who made a wonderful 88. Brendon McCullum in his innings of 17 achieved a total of 100 sixes in Test match cricket equaling Australia’s Adam Gilchrist. Sri Lanka now need to bat out of their skin if they have to chase 405.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 247/3 in 63.5 overs; BATTING: Tom Latham 107(175), Brendon McCullum 0(0): OUT!! Rangana Herath picks up Ross Taylor, who was looking a bit scratchy to start off with. With New Zealand looking to score quick the license of hit every ball was their and Taylor perished for the greater good of the team. Skipper Brendon McCullum comes into join Latham, will surely be having his eye on declaration.New Zealand already lead Sri Lanka by 384.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 227/2 in 60 overs; BATTING: Tom Latham 100(150), Ross Taylor 4(4): CENTURY!! Tom Lathan gets to his first ever Test century at home and his third overall for New Zealand. Latham had a tough tour of Australia with loads of questions asked about his inclusion in the team. A few balls before Latham did survive a close call of the bowling of Rangana Herath. Umpire gave it a not out as Angelo Mathews reviewed and decision stood still as ball tracking was unavailable. Ross Taylor would want to get cracking into the innings having hit a boundary.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 220/2 in 58.4 overs; BATTING: Tom Latham 97(150), Ross Taylor: OUT!!! Kane Williamson gets out to a good ball by Dushmantha Chameera. Williamson was looking to play quick and achieve his hundred before lunch. New Zealand have since morning looked only to score and score big with a lead of 308 already in the start of day.  Tom Latham has being moving swiftly with his score on to 97. Ross Taylor has come on to the field to join Latham.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 193/1 in 54 overs; BATTING: Tom Latham 86(150), Kane Williamson 55(98): Kane Williamson has looked good and is in line to get on to his century quick. Tom Latham on the other hand is playing lucky with a catch being not gathered by the keeper, who did not go for it. Latham will want to make his first ever century in Test at home.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: NZ 173/1 in 48.2 overs; BATTING: Tom Latham 72(128), Kane Williamson 50(84):FIFTY !! Kane Williamson  Lakmal to open the bowling for Sri Lanka. Tom Latham will look get on and finish his century, while Kane Williamson will look to reach his hundred before New Zealand announce their declaration. New Zealand looks firm favorites to win big. Sri Lanka will have to really din in deep to try something out-off this game. Everything depends on how Brendon McCullum and the team management thinks a good target is to make Sri Lanka chase and bowl them out to record a well deserved victory. Day 4 looks to be a pretty good prospect for the neutral as both team will fight it hard in the middle.

 

 

Sri Lanka will hope to take early wickets on Day Four to slow down the run scoring and slow down a potential declaration as soon as possible. The wickets were hard to come by for them on Day Three even though they bowled quite well and even had adequate support from the surface. It is just that the New Zealand batsmen were too good in how they dealt with the seam bowling.

There has been a thick cloud cover at Dunedin for better part of the three days and silently Sri Lanka will hope that those clouds bear rain to take away a sizable part of the game. Knowing Brendon McCullum‘s brand of captaincy he will try to get the score to about the 450 mark by lunch on Day Four and give themselves a good amount of time to bowl the opposition out.