Kumar Sangakkar crossed 12,000 Test runs during his unbeaten innings of 33 at stumps on Day One © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara brought up his 38th Test ton during the proceedings of the second day © Getty Images

Jan 4, 2015

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New Zealand and Sri Lanka clash on Day Two of the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Sunday. Sri Lanka were trailing New Zealand by 143 runs at the end of the opening day, having reached a score of 78 for five after dismissing the hosts for 221. Read the Day One report

Sri Lanka won the toss of the first day and skipper Angelo Mathews did not think twice about sending the Kiwis to bat, given the green tinge that the wicket had to suggest the bowler-friendly conditions. The New Zealand batsman persisted during the early part of their innings, reaching a score of 141 for two, with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor well-settled at the crease.

The Sri Lankan pacers manage to get themselves back into the match, with Nuwan Pradeep finishing at the leading wicket-taker for the Lankans with figures of 16-0-64-4. Suranga Lakmal and Dhammika Prasad too chipped in with their disciplined bowling efforts, taking three and two wickets for 71 and 50 runs respectively.

The openers have done well to not lose their wicket going into stumps. That will boost their morale after the Kumar Sangakkara special which
deflated their bowling attack. They are still trailing by 113 runs and will have their work cut out for Day 3.
New Zealand openers are eager to get through the day at no loss and have begun sedately.
Sri Lanka lose their final wicket with a healthy lead of 135.
Suranga Lakmal 5(26) b Craig st Watling
The toil for the New Zealand bowlers continues. Kumar Sangakkara seems hell bent on posting his 11th Test double hundred and
seemingly there’s not much the New Zealand bowlers can do about that.
Sangakkara gets to his 150. One amazing innings this and came at an extremely crucial time and he’s not showing any signs of relenting.
The New Zealand seamers have been successfully tired out. The run flow for Sangakkara shows no signs of relenting. However they’ve picked Herath’s wicket at the other end.
Rangana Herath 15 (18) b Boult c Watling
Sri Lanka head to tea in a confident state of mind as they carry a lead of 59 runs, with them with the presence of Kumar Sangakkara being the biggest source of hope for the visitors to post a total in excess of 300. The day has mostly been about Sanga’s masterclass so far, although the likes of Dinesh Chandimal cannot be ignored at this stage due to his part in forming the life-saving partnership.
New batsman Rangana Herath suddenly seems to have joined the act in terms of getting the quick runs along the team’s way, hitting two consecutive fours off the 79th over, bowled by Doug Bracewell, which went for 14 runs. The Sri Lankan lead has now reached the 37-run mark, as Sangakkara will now aim to remain unbeaten for the rest of the Lankan innings.
Sri Lanka lose their seventh wicket as Prasad edges a Jimmy Neesham delivery. The presence of Sangakkara continues to be a big source of worry for the hosts, as the Lankans are now targeting a score of the range of 300. The new ball will be due any time soon.
OUT! Dhammika Prasad c Watling b Neesham 11 (25)
Sanga completes his 38th Test ton as he proves to be the guiding light for his side yet again, this time leading his side to the verge of gaining a lead against New Zealand with four wickets and an entire day in hand. Sangakkara has hit seven boundaries in a well-paced innings, It has also been a remarkable turnaround by Sangakkara as he overcomes a couple of poor performances to show his class and skill.
And the Kiwis finally manage to get the much-needed wicket! That too when the Lankans need another 14 runs to gain a lead on the hosts. The majestic 130-run stand between Sanga and Chandimal comes to an end as the latter has to now depart on a score of 67 after nicking a good-length delivery that was pitched just outside off.
OUT! Dinesh Chandimal c Watling b Neesham 67 (143)
Sangakkara and Chandimal have now completed the 100-run stand for the sixth wicket, as they now look to take Sri Lanka past New Zealand’s score without losing another wicket. The two have put up an incredible job with the bat so far, as the Sri Lankans have clearly dominated the Kiwis since morning.
Dinesh Chandimal has completed his sixth Test half-century not so long after the Sri Lankans resume their innings after lunch. 56 runs are needed for the Sri Lankans now to surpass the Kiwi total now, which looks likely at the moment. Kumar Sangakkara will now start setting his sight at the three-figure mark.
And its lunch on Day 2! Sri Lanka are now comfortable perched at the score of 159 for five, with the partnership between Sanga and Chandimal worth 81 now. Chandimal has been the main source of runs for the last few overs now, with only five runs left for the batsman to complete his sixth Test half-century.
Its Dinesh Chandimal, who has taken to the run-making duty for now, racing to the 30s in no time at all. The partnership between the two is worth 54 now, and looks to touch the three-digit mark soon. Sangakkara has made the New Zealand bowlers, who were looking unstoppable on the opening day, look like a bunch of rookies on the second day. New Zealand desperately need a wicket at this stage if they are to maintain a lead over the Lankans before they come out to bat for their second innings.
Kumar Sangakkara has brought up a well-deserved half-century, continuing his fine form with the bat. Sangakkara and Chandimal have currently added 37 for the sixth wicket, and look quite settled at the crease for now.
Sri Lankan bring the three-digit mark without losing an additional wicket. Sangakkara is currently batting like a dream for the Lankans, eight runs away from his 52nd half-century. The New Zealand bowlers will try end this partnership as soon as they can before it entwines itself around New Zealand’s neck.
The Sri Lankans face the first four overs of the day, scoring six runs in the process. Boult and Southee are still looking menacing, and will look to get the big wicket of Sangakkara.


New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum(c), James Neesham, BJ Watling(wk), Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

Sri Lanka Playing XI: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene(wk), Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal

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