Sri Lanka have managed only two wickets so far in the second innings © Getty Images
Sri Lanka have managed only two wickets so far in the second innings © Getty Images

Dec 29, 2014

New Zealand are just 29 runs away from a big win against Sri Lanka in the first Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday. Chasing a modest target of 105 runs to win, the Kiwis have reached 76 for two in their chase with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the crease.

Tim Southee had New Zealand closing in on an early end to the first Test against Sri Lanka Monday with the tourists all out for 407 in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day. New Zealand need 105 to win after Southee took three for 19 in a nine-over spell of high-class seam bowling.

Only lusty hitting at the end by Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal, who added 59 for the last wicket, meant New Zealand faced a respectable target. Under a cloudless sky and with an ageing ball, Southee extracted plenty of movement as Sri Lanka resumed the day at 293-5 requiring a further 10 runs to make New Zealand bat again, AFP reported.

Soon after Angelo Mathews and nightwatchman Tharindu Kaushal had steered Sri Lanka past the crucial 303 mark, the New Zealand right-arm seamer made the crucial breakthrough.

Kaushal was first to fall for 12 with an edge to Mark Craig at second slip which brought Sri Lanka’s last recognised batsman, Prasanna Jayawardene, to the middle.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 441 (Kane Williamson 54, Brendon McCullum 195, Jimmy Neesham 85; Angelo Mathews 3 for 39, Suranga Lakmal 3 for 90) & 76 for 2 (Kane Williamson 24*) trail Sri Lanka 138 ( Angelo Mathews 50; Trent Boult 3 for 25, Neil Wagner 3 for 60) and 407 (Dimuth Karunaratne 152;  Tim Southee 4 for 91) 29 runs.

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