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  • 5:24 PM IST

    Another 135 runs needed for Sri Lanka to go 1-0 up in the 2-match Test series and open their account in the ICC World Test Championship.

  • 5:24 PM IST

    Dimuth Karunaratne has batted with supreme confidence and it rubbed off on Lahiru Thirimanne as well after the initial struggle for his partner. New Zealand bowled decently but without much succession in the afternoon session. In the evening, they did manage to create a couple of openings but Latham put down a catch and Watling missed the stumping opportunity, both offered by the Sri Lankan skipper.

  • 5:24 PM IST

    The players are going back due to bad light and that will be STUMPS ON DAY 4! We have lost 13 overs today. Anyway, after going through a lot of twists and turns, this Test match has fallen in the bag for Sri Lanka. They were on the back foot in the morning session once New Zealand stretched their lead past the 250-run mark but this outstanding opening partnership has made things pleasantly happy for the Islanders.

  • 4:44 PM IST

    The umpires have been given the light meters. They will be keeping a close eye on the degrading light.

  • 4:44 PM IST

    Ajaz Patel to Dimuth Karunaratne. no run, DROPPED! Latham is the culprit here. It is a flighted delivery on off, Dimuth comes down the track and tries to flick but the ball goes off his inside edge towards short leg who makes a mess of it. Big break for the Sri Lankan skipper and he has to make use of the opportunity. Karunaratne dropped on 58.

  • 4:43 PM IST

    Ajaz Patel to Lahiru Thirimanne. 3 runs, Excellent fielding from Boult! Saves a run for his side. Flighted outside off, Thirimanne sweeps it through square leg. It looks like the ball will go to the fence but Boult runs in from mid-wicket and shows his athleticism. He covers the ground and pulls it back just before the ropes. 100 comes up for Sri Lanka.

  • 4:17 PM IST

    Tim Southee to Lahiru Thirimanne. FOUR, FOUR! Class written all over it. Full outside off, Thirimanne gets on the front foot and drives it through point for a glorious boundary. The score now is into the 90s.

  • 3:58 PM IST

    SL 81/0 (33.0 Ovs) | Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Live Cricket Score Live Test Match

  • 3:58 PM IST

    30 runs for Lahiru Thirimanne

  • 3:57 PM IST

    We are back for the final session. The New Zealand players are in a huddle. Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne will resume their innings. Ajaz Patel will bowl the first over of the final session.

  • 3:33 PM IST

    TEA TAKEN! Dimuth Karunaratne has struck his 23rd half-century as Sri Lanka are off to an excellent start in their pursuit of 268 on Day 4. Alongside Lahiru Thirimanne, he has added 76 runs for the opening stand.

  • 3:10 PM IST

    Openers Karunaratne and Thirimanne have laid a solid foundation adding 52 runs between them.

  • 2:07 PM IST

    Over 9: So far, a positive start from the two Sri Lankan openers. They have added 18 runs

  • 1:29 PM IST

    We’re back. Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne are the two Sri Lanka openers. Trent Boult with the new ball for New Zealand

  • 12:51 PM IST

    That’ll be lunch as well

  • 12:51 PM IST

    WICKET! New Zealand 285-all out; Sri Lanka need 268 to win the first Test.

    Ajaz Patel is the last man to be dismissed after being adjudged lbw off Dhananjaya de Silva. He reviewed but the on-field decision stayed. Patel scored 14
  • 12:29 PM IST

    The lead has now gone past 250

  • 12:18 PM IST

    WICKET! Lahiru Kumara strikes again and this time puts an end to an entertaining knock from Trent Boult. Bowled short and wide and Boult guides that to third man where Dhananjaya takes an easy catch. He scored 26 off 25. NZ 260/9, lead by 242 runs

  • 12:09 PM IST

    Over 96.6: 250 up for New Zealand, their lead is now 233 runs

  • 11:52 AM IST
    WICKET! Lahiru has struck for Sri Lanka with the big scalp of BJ Watling! Lahiru hits the deck hard around off, it is in the corridor of uncertainty. Watling looks to defend but the extra pace and a hint of away movement gets the better of him and ends up getting a thick outside edge towards the keeeper. He scored 77.
  • 11:18 AM IST

    Suranga Lakmal to Bj Watling. no run, NOT OUT! Watling survives. It is on a good length which jacked back in and it hit Watling on the pads.

  • 11:14 AM IST

    Akila Dananjaya is back into the attack. Three close-in fielders around and there is a long on in place.

  • 11:09 AM IST

    NZ 214/7 (84.2 Ovs) | Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Live Cricket Score Live Test Match

  • 11:08 AM IST

    Lasith Embuldeniya to William Somerville. FOUR, FOUR! Edgy but effective! It is an arm ball from Embuldeniya which is close to the off stump. William still goes for the cut and it goes off the outside edge between the first slip and the second slip towards the third fence for a boundary.

  • 11:08 AM IST

    SECOND NEW BALL IS TAKEN! Crucial period of play coming up. Suranga Lakmal to continue from this end. Let’s see if there is some extra zip and bounce from the surface. Two slips in place.

  • 10:40 AM IST

    Lasith Embuldeniya to bowl from the other end. He was impressive on Day 3, bagging 4 wickets so far. A slip and short leg in place.

  • 10:40 AM IST

    Right then, the waiting period is over and the players are making their way out to the middle. Akila Dananjaya to kickoff proceedings. A slip, leg slip and short leg in place. Here we go, Somerville is on strike.

  • 10:40 AM IST

    Pitch report – Kyle Mills is down there to inspect the fourth day surface. He tells that from the Fort End, the spinners have bowled the most and there are a lot of footmarks present there. Not going to be easy to bat on this pitch.

  • 10:20 AM IST

    Update 0950 local – Good news! In 45 minutes Day 4 will be getting underway, weather permitting.

  • 9:43 AM IST

    Hello lovely people! Unfortunately, we are starting the day on a wet note. It’s drizzling in Galle and it looks unlikely that we will be having a prompt start. The inclement weather has become a norm and we are seeing so many interrupted/abandoned games. But that’s nature and just like you can’t fight change, you can’t fight gravity, you certainly can’t fight nature. Let’s make peace with that and hope the conditions improve soon so that we go ahead with this riveting Test match.

Highlights: SL vs NZ 1st Test, Day 4, at Galle: Sri Lanka openers steady chasing 268 to win in Galle

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day 4 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Galle on Saturday.

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Day 3 recap

New Zealand lead by 177 runs at the moment and they would be eager to add as many more runs as possible. They would hope Watling could bat till the end and the others just stay there with him. Sri Lanka on the other hand, need to get the last three wickets quickly as the lead the Kiwis have now, is already going to be a tricky total to chase. Also, if Sri Lanka chase the target given to them, it is going to be the highest chase on this ground. They will have to bat really well to do so but for now, the remaining three wickets is their issue. Day 4 will probably give us a very nice idea to which way this game is going. Do join us 0945 local (0415 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

First it was Latham and Nicholls who steadied the ship with a 50-run stand but then both were dismissed in quick succession. Sri Lanka were still on top at that time but then, the stand which probably could prove to be the game-changing one, the partnership between Southee and Watling which accounted for 54 took the Kiwis to safer shores. The former was dismissed but then Somerville hung in there with Watling who is surpassed his half ton.

End of another excellent day of cricket. Still, it is difficult to decide on which way this game is heading too. However, it is New Zealand who will be happier side at the moment but it was Sri Lanka who dominated majority of the day. The Lankans started by adding handy runs with the bat early on and taking a lead of 18. They then got rid of the top order quickly. Embuldeniya was the tormentor-in-chief. It seemed like they would run through the Kiwi batting line-up but that was not to be.