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. The present scenario suggests that New Zealand are well on top. Sri Lanka will have to exhibit great resilience to avert defeat. While that is a threat to New Zealand’s chances in itself, the hosts will be more concerned about the weather. There was substantial rain delay on Day Four and if the rain gods are angry, the match will be drawn. Live Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin

 

That is all from here at Dunedin guys, see you at Hamilton for the second Test match of the series until then have a nice day 🙂

MATCH REPORT

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MAN OF THE MATCH : Martin Guptill for his 156  off 234 balls.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 282 all out  in 95.2 overs ; BATTING:  Nuwan Pradeep 4(10), : AND THATS IT!!! New Zealand the Test by 122 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Suranga Lakmal was the final batsmen to get out as Doug Bracewell picks up his only wicket in the Test match. New Zealand looked to be dominant going into the second Test at Hamilton. New Zealand have now extended their unbeaten home record since  2012 Neil  Wagner was the man for New Zealand since the morning, making it tough for Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews to score of the old ball, more so picking the important wicket of Mathews for 25 before Tim Southee and Trent Boult could do the damage with newer ball.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 269/9 in 92.1 overs ; BATTING:  Suranga Lakmal 18(13), Nuwan Pradeep 0(0): OUT!! Mitchell Wagner bowls Dushmantha Chameera, as he tries to top his personal best score of 14. Sri Lanka have had it down hill since the wicket of Angelo Mathews and seemed to dig themselves into trouble.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 249/8 in 88.1 overs ; BATTING:  Dushmantha Chameera 8(7), Suranga Lakmal 0(0): OUT!! Milinda Siriwardana innings come to an end as he tries to drill Trent Boult’s ball on above the covers only to find Brendon McCullum waiting for him to pounce it. Post- lunch session as anything but good for the Sri Lanka as they have lost two wickets in a span of 2 wickets. Trent Boult has picked up second in this innings

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 236/7 in 86.2 overs ; BATTING: Milinda Siriwardana 24(35), Dushmantha Chameera 0(0): OUT!! Rangana Herath out in the second over post lunch session. Trent Boult picks up his first wicket of the innings as Sri Lanka are placed at 236 for 7. New Zealand are now just three wickets away from a comfortable victory.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 229/6 in 85 overs ; BATTING: Milinda Siriwardana 18(31), Rangana Herath 5(12): Milinda Siriwardana and Rangana Herath will find it hard to survive the new ball as New Zealand bowlers have got the ball to swing a bit. Sri Lanka at start of play looked well poised to finish the match in a close affair but was not the case. Herath got off the mark with a sweetly timed four on the off-side. Sri Lanka need more 176 runs to win while New Zealand are just four wickets away.

 LUNCH REPORT: HERE

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 224/6 in 84  overs ; BATTING: Milinda Siriwardana 18(30), Rangana Herath 0(6): LUNCH. Sri Lanka go into lunch with heads held down. Having gotten a good start by Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews they failed to rise up to a greater level and went down badly. Sri Lanka had a good session in terms of runs scored by lost one-two many wickets. Chandimal scored his half century early in the session. Neil Wagner, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santer got one wicket apiece.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 213/6 in 81.2  overs ; BATTING: Milinda Siriwardana 7(20), Rangana Herath 0(0): OUT!!!  Tim Southee gets the dangerous looking Kithuruwan Vithanage. Vithanage was looking at his aggressive best after making 38 ball 38, including six 4’s and one huge 6. Vithanange and Milinda Siriwardana would have wanted to go wicket-less until lunch but that was not to be. New Zealand are still four wickets away from victory .

 LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 165/5 in 73.1  overs ; BATTING: Milinda Siriwardana 0(0),Kithuruwan Vithanage 0(0) :OUT!! Dinesh Chandimal goes after making a valiant 58. This is surely bad news for Sri Lanka as their most trusted batsman Chandimal goes back. Mitchell Santner picsk up Chandimal after he offers no shot and given out lbw. Even after being reviewed, the ball tracker shows that it would have hit off the stumps and umpire decision stand still. Sri Lanka need more 237 runs to win.

 LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 165/4 in 70.3 overs ; BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 56(90),Kithuruwan Vithanage 0(0) : OUT!!! Captain Angelo Mathews goes to a silly shot. Neil Wagner picks up the first wicket of the day as Sri Lanka’s best batsman makes his way back into the pavilion. New Zealan need more 6 wickets to win, with Dinesh Chandimal looking to avoid this result.

 LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 157/3 in 69 overs ; BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 56(90), Angelo Mathews 25(27):Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews have looked in complete control dishing out proper treating to the bowlers. Chandimal will want to score a hundred to help his teams cause. Mathews has looked a bit edgy but shown good skills as time went on. the pair has added 54 runs since the morning session. Sri Lanka are still needing 242 runs to win.

 LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 138/3 in 59 overs ; BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 50(90), Angelo Mathews 7(27): FIFTY!! Dinesh Chandimal gets to his second fifty in this match, having scored a fifty in the first innings as well. This morning has been a mixed bag for both New Zealand and Sri Lanka. New Zealand have found a few edges but to their luck have fallen short of fielders. Sri Lanka on the other hand looked more positive with Chandimal being a bit more aggressive as well.

 LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 121/3 in 55 overs ; BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 39(76), Angelo Mathews 4(11): Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews have a very positive intent to play. Chandimal has looked more aggressive of the batsmen not wasting any chances on a loose ball. Tim Southee and Trent Boult has bowled consistent and straight-up to the batsmen giving every chance to the ball to move in air.Sri Lanka still have an uphill task of 284 runs to get to win a memorable victory.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SL 109/3 in 51 overs ; BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 31(64), Angelo Mathews 0(4) : Southee to continue his over from  with 5 balls remaining. New Zealand start the day as firm favorites to win the Test by taking remaining seven Sri Lankan wickets. Sri Lanka will on the other hand bank on Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews to to chase down the remaining 296 required or at best drawing the match. Yesterday was a day of frustration for the players as rain and hail storm halted play three times.

 

New Zealand set Sri Lanka a stiff lead of 405 before declaring the innings. Sri Lanka actually made a very promising start to their innings with the first partnership going past the fifty-run mark. However the New Zealand seamers persisted and got a couple of wickets soon after. Dimuth Karunaratne was the first to fall and Jayasundera fell soon after.

Later after a bit of a partnership with Dinesh Chandimal fell to Tim Southee and just at about that point the rain got too heavy enough for the players to have to leave field and then it did not clear soon enough for play to start again. Tim Southee picked two wickets while Neil Wagner got the only other wicket to fall in the innings so far. Trent Boult will be looking to pick a few wickets too.