Good morning! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry‘s live coverage of Day One of the second Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Seddon Park, Hamilton. I am Pramod Ananth along with Paulami Chakraborty, and we will be bringing you the live updates from this game. New Zealand have taken 1-0 lead in the two-Test series after a comprehensive 122-run win in the first Test at Dunedin. New Zealand were right on top throughout the game after putting up 431 runs on the board in their first innings. Martin Guptill returned to from in the longest format as he struck a brilliant 156 in the first innings. Kane Williamson continued his good run of form and struck a mature 88 and 71 in the match, thereby crossing the 1,000-run mark in 2015. Live Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Hamilton

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 264/7 | Overs 67 | Batsmen: Angelo Mathews 63 (111), Dushmantha Chameera 0(0): And it’s stumps. Sri Lanka, from a very comfortable position, lost 3 back to back wickets. Skipper Angelo Mathews is at the crease and can make it big but needs support from the other end. Trent Boult took two wickets and this can turn the match around. Here is the Day 1 Report
OUT! Rangana Herath run out 4 (6), Kithuruwan Vithanage c McCullum b Boult 0 (3),  Milind Siriwardana c Taylor b Boult 62 (81)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 249/4 | Overs 62 | Batsmen: Angelo Mathews 61 (105), Milinda Siriwanrana 53 (70): Sri Lanka going steady towards a good total with both Mathews and Siriwardana at the crease. The growing partnership between these two is definitely adding positives to the Sri Lankan scoreboard.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 198/4 | Overs 54| Batsmen: Angelo Mathews 48 (80), Milinda Siriwanrana 26 (47): Sri Lanka go to tea with all the momentum as the unbeaten stand of 77 between Mathews and Siriwardana has given Sri Lanka the advantage at tea. New Zealand have not managed to get as many wickets as they would have wanted, but they will come all guns blazing after the tea break. Here’s our TEA REPORT

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 182/4 | Overs 50| Batsmen: Angelo Mathews 31 (66), Milinda Siriwanrana 24 (41): Despite losing  a couple of quick wickets after lunch, Sri Lanka ave staged a recovery with skipper Anfelo Mathews leading the way. He has put on a half-century stand with Milinda Siriwardana and Sri Lanka  ow look in a much secure place.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 123/4 | Overs 37| Batsmen: Angelo Mathews 6 (21), Milinda Siriwanrana 0 (4): Sri Lanka have lost another one after lunch and BJ Watling collects his third catch of the innings. He has been excellent behind the wickets in this series so far. Chandimal was looking settled and was on course to get his third fifty in as many innings but just fell short. OUT! Dinesh Chandimal c Watling b Bracewell 47 (56)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 118/3 | Overs 32| Batsmen: Dinesh Chandimal 45 (49), Angelo Mathews 3 (2): new Zealand have gotten themselves an early breakthrough and it is a run out. Jayasundera was looking settled at the crease but has been dismissed while attempting a second run. Lucky break for New Zealand. This brings a 71-run stand to an end. Skipper Anglo Mathews comes out to the crease to join Chandimal.  OUT! Udara Jayasundera run out 26 (54)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 108/2 | Overs 28| Batsmen: Udara Jayasundera 23 (41), Dinesh Chandimal 41 (40): And that’s lunch at Hamilton and Sri Lanka will be the happier side going into the break. Chandimal has scored at over a run-a-ball and his partnership with Jauasundera is worth 64. The runs have come at a quick rate as well. New Zealand will have to rethink their strategies when they come out to bowl after the break. Here’s our LUNCH REPORT

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 78/2 | Overs 22| Batsmen: Udara Jayasundera 13 (29), Dinesh Chandimal 21 (16): Sri Lanka go past the 50-run mark and have scored with ease after the dismissal of Mendis. Chandimal has taken on the opposition and smashed three boundaries of one over from Bracewell. Jayasundera is hanging in there with Chandimal as lunch is just moments away.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 48/2 | Overs 16| Batsmen: Udara Jayasundera 0 (7), Dinesh Chandimal 4 (2): Southee strikes again and this time he gets rid of Mendis, who was looking settled at the crease at the moment. Southee goes wide of the crease to create a bit of an angle, pitches the ball on the wickets and gets it to shape away, which helps in getting the faintest of outside edges. Dinesh Chandimal is the new batsman for Sri Lanka. OUT! Kusal Mendis c Watling b Southee 31 (42)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 39/1 | Overs 14| Batsmen: Kusal Mendis 26 (37), Udara Jayasundera 0 (2): New Zealand finally get their first breakthrough as a lapse of concentration ensures that Karunaratne inside edges the ball to the wicketkeeper BJ Watling. Udara Jayasundera is the new batsman. OUT! Dimuth Karunaratne c Watling b Southee 12 (45)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 25/0 | Overs 10| Batsmen: Kusal Mendis 16 (28), Dimuth Karunaratne 8 (32): Sri Lanka are off to a steady start. Mendis has struck a couple of boundaries and has looked confident after being let off earlier. Karunaratne is just hanging in there. Good news for Sri Lanka is that they have not lost a single wicket as yet.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 2/0 | Overs 4| Batsmen: Kusal Mendis 0 (12), Dimuth Karunaratne 2 (12): Early drama at Seddon Park as Kusal Mendis is dropped off the second ball of Tim Southee’s first over. Ball pitches on good length, slightly shapes away and squares the batsman up. Ross Taylor diving to his left drops the catch at slips. An excellent start nevertheless for New Zealand. They will hope that the dropped catch does not cost them much.

Playing XI:

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c),Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor,  Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Udara Jayasundera, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kithuvuran Vithanage, Milinda Siriwardana, Rangana Herath, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep

Toss: New Zealand have won the toss and have decided to bowl first

A quick sneak peek of the pitch:

 

New Zealand have decided that they will not mess with the winning combination and are going in with the same playing XI for this match as well. There were talks that they might play an extra spinner. But having done a quick inspection of the pitch, New Zelaand have desided against it.

Guptill and Williamson put on 173 runs for the second wicket in the first innings, which put New Zealand in a dominant position initially. Brendon McCullum then smashed a 57-ball 75 and Doug Bracewell chipped in with 47 batting low down the order. Nuwan Pradeep struck four times, but could not restrict New Zealand under 400. READ: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2015-16, 2nd Test at Hamilton, preview: Visitors look to level series

Sri Lanka, to their credit gave a decent fight. Nobody other than Dimuth Karunaratne (84) and Dinesh Chandimal (83) played well in their first innings. Milinda Siriwardana scored 35 batting at No. 7 to help Sri Lanka get close to the 300-run mark. Sri Lanka conceded a 137-run first innings lead.

New Zealand in their second innings scored at a brisk pace to ensure that they declared at 267 for 3, courtesy of a century by Tom Latham. Sri Lanka were set a target of 405 in the fourth innings, but the managed to get only 282. Chandimal again the lone fighter for Sri Lanka with a half-century.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Mendis, Udara Jayasundera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Vishwa Fernando, Kaushal Silva (wk).

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

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