Doug Bracewell was unbeaten on 30 at end of Day 2 in the 2nd Test vs Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Doug Bracewell was unbeaten on 30 at end of Day 2 in the 2nd Test vs Sri Lanka © Getty Images

New Zealand finished at 232 for 9 on Day Two of the second Test against Sri Lanka in the ongoing 2-match Test series. New Zealand still trail the visitors by 60 runs with one wicket to spare and three days left in the match. Doug Bracewell was unbeaten at stumps of Day Two with Neil Wagner getting dismissed on the very last ball of the day. It was a five-wicket haul for Dushmantha Chameera with Wagner becoming the fifth victim. Wagner found some room towards the off side as he went for a big hit and found Vithanage at the cover who made no mistake to push New Zealand struggling at the end of Day Two.New Zealand lost a chunk of wickets towards the end of the day. After the dismissal of Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling and Tim Southee quickly followed him back to the pavilion. Watling added another 28 runs with Bracewell before the former was dismissed leaving New Zealand at 196 for 7. FULL Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 2 at Hamilton

That dismissal had brought Southee at the crease who is considered to be a decent tail-ender. However, he hit his “mandatory” boundary before giving a catch to Jayasundera in the 73rd over. Short balls have been doing the trick for Sri Lanka. Southee joined the other batsmen who were dismissed against a short ball. He moved way outside the off side, pulled a shot but managed a top edge that went into the safe hands of Jayasundera who brilliantly caught it at fine leg.

Earlier in the final session, Mitchell Santner was dismissed after putting on an excellent fight for 105 deliveries. A fuller length ball from Nuwan Pradeep did the trick for the Lankans. Santner only managed a thick outside edge that went straight into the gloves of wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal but that did not convince the on-field umpire. Sri Lanka went on to the third umpire who checked the hot spot showing the outside edge from Santner’s bat. The 23-year-old’s fighting innings lasted only 105 balls where he contributed with 38 runs. FULL UPDATES: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 2 at Hamilton

Sri Lanka were earlier bowled out for 292. Angelo Mathews top-scored for the visitors with 77. Milinda Siriwardana made 62. Tim Southee was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with three wickets. On Day One, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl. Both sides are going in with the same playing XI, who played in the first Test. New Zealand lead the series 1-0, following their impressive 122-run win at Dunedin.

Sri Lanka 292 (Angelo Mathews 77, Milinda Siriwardana 62; Tim Southee 3 for 63, Trent Boult 2 for 51) lead New Zealand 232 for 9 (Martin Guptill 50, Mitchell Santner 38; Dushmantha Chameera 5 for 47, Rangana Herath 2 for 75) by 60 runs.

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(Sakshi Gupta, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a sports fanatic whose mantra in life is “do only what you enjoy.” Her Twitter handle is @sakshi2929)