Dimuth Karunanratne (above) celebrates his brave century © Getty Images
Dimuth Karunanratne (above) celebrates his brave century © Getty Images

Dec 29, 2014

The first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand being played at Christchurch has seen the home-side dominating for most part of the Test. After posting a mammoth 441 runs in the first innings, New Zealand quickly consolidated their position as favourites by bowling Sri Lanka out for 138. Brendon McCullum the New Zealand skipper enforced follow-on without hesitation and Sri Lanka responded well in their second innings on Day 2.

The Sri Lankan openers, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva went to stumps with Sri Lanka at 84. But soon in the morning on Day 3, the visitors were in trouble again as Tim Southee claimed the wicket of Kaushal Silva in his very first over. The New Zealand seamers were assisted by amazing overhead conditions with a heavily overcast sky. The bowlers didn’t fail to cash in on the conditions as shortly after wicket number one, Southee’s partner in crime Trent Boult came to the party claiming the prized wicket off Kumar Sangakkara.

Sangakkara who got out on six was left just five runs short of the 12,000 Test match runs landmark which only five players have reached this far. Lahiru Thirimanne then came in and tried his best to support Karunanratne who was batting brilliantly at the other end but shortly after lunch, James Neesham claimed his wicket.

Angelo Mathews, the only half-century scorer in Sri Lanka’s first innings then joined Karunanratne. Together they worked out a partnership of 96 before Thirimanne finally lost his wicket to Boult on a marvelous 152. Boult then also lapped up the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella who put only four runs on the board. Sri Lanka went to stumps at 293 for 5 still trailing by 10 runs. New Zealand will hope to finish things off quickly on Day 4.

 

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