New Zealand had a fantastic day overall despite resilience shown by the Sri Lankans © Getty Images
New Zealand had a fantastic day overall despite resilience shown by the Sri Lankans © Getty Images

New Zealand and Sri Lanka were engaged in an exciting encounter on Day 2 of the first Test at the University Oval in Dunedin. The match is poised in an interesting position for Day 3, where even though the hosts are on top, Sri Lanka still have a chance to make a comeback in the contest. Sri Lanka enjoyed one meaty 122-run partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal which gave their efforts some respectability. New Zealand’s bowlers stuck to the right lines and lengths for most parts of the game but were dealt well by the duo. Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin

At one stage Sri Lanka were more than 150 for the loss of just two wickets and it looked like a very balanced picture. However, they made a comeback with the young Mitchell Santner getting rid of Dimuth Karunaratne with his accurate left arm spin. Trent Boult looked threatening through the course of the day but made only one breakthrough. Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell were a little less threatening with their bowling. Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin, Day 3

On Day 3, it all depends on how Chandimal bats. He’s unbeaten at 83 and will be eyeing the hundred definitely but that is only a short term goal. If he want to clear a sizable chunk of the deficit he will have to aim for about 150. New Zealand on the other hand will be keen to see his back early in the day in order to minimise the possible turn of tide.