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  • 4:38 PM IST

    So that’s it for the day. The showers are heavy enough to call for early stumps. There is a prediction of rain on all the five days and the first shower of the match was enough to washout 22 overs on day 1. All in all, both the teams would be pretty satisfied with their efforts. New Zealand did have a good start but failed to convert it. Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls repaired the things for them. For Sri Lanka, it was all about Akila Dananjaya, who scalped all five wickets on the day. It should be an interesting contest tomorrow. Ross Taylor (86*) will be on Dananjaya’s radar early morning. Stumps on day 1, New Zealand 203/5.

  • 4:12 PM IST

    It has started raining in Galle and it’s quite heavy as well. There is a possibility that we might not have any play now. Should it happen, New Zealand will be a relaxed camp. They lost all five wickets to Akila Dananjaya on day 1. After 68 overs, NZ are 203/5.

  • 2:45 PM IST

    And that’s another one! Dananjaya traps BJ Watling in front of the stumps to complete his fifer in the last over before the tea break to leave New Zealand tottering. What a dream Test match he is having. NZ 179/5; Dananjaya 5/50.

  • 2:31 PM IST

    Wicket! Just at the stroke of tea, Akila Dananjaya has taken another one. This time, Henry Nicholls went for a sweep and missed the ball completely. He seemed confident of hitting the ball and went for a review, only to lose it. New Zealand now four down at 171. Dananjaya has hit fourth wicket.

  • 2:01 PM IST

    Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls have shared 66 runs for the fourth wicket. The duo has pulled the team out of a difficult situation. Before lunch, Dananjaya had forced a comeback for Sri Lanka with three quick wickets but Taylor and Nicholls have done the repairing work well. New Zealand will aim not to lose any wicket at this point. NZ 137/3 after 52 overs.

  • 12:04 PM IST

    Wicket! Dananjaya continues the magic and Jeet Raval is dismissed in the final over before the lunch break. Half hour back, New Zealand were on the top but the Dananjaya got three wickets in last 20 minutes to put Sri Lanka on the top. Spin was always going to play a big part and it did, a bit late. Raval c de Silva b Dananjaya 33 (83). New Zealand 71/3.

  • 11:52 AM IST

    Wicket! Dananjaya gets his second wicket. Kane Williamson is out for a duck. He edges one to short mid-wicket, where Karunaratne takes a simple catch. Two wickets for Dananjaya in a single over and New Zealand have lost the early advantage. Williamson c Karunaratne b Dananjaya 0 (3). New Zealand 64/2.

  • 11:47 AM IST

    Wicket! The first reward of the day for Sri Lanka. Spinner Akila Dananjaya gets Tom Latham, who nicks it to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Great comeback by Sri Lanka just at the stroke of lunch break. New Zealand are one down for 64. Latham c Dickwella b Dananjaya 30 (88)

  • 11:40 AM IST

    New Zealand sit comfortably at a score of 61 after 24 overs. Openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval have negated Sri Lanka’s bowling attack so far. Spinners haven’t been able to make much impact. Raval and Latham will look to end the session on a high.

  • 10:48 AM IST

    New Zealand are 15/0 after 10 overs. Openers Jeet Raval (9 off 29) and Tom Latham (5 off 32) showing no hurry. Suranga Lakmal (5-3-4-0) has bowled well. There have been just two overs of spin so far and the things could change soon. The key for New Zealand will be not to lose any wicket in the first session of play.

Live cricket score: SL vs NZ 1st Test, Day 1: Heavy rain forces early end to day 1 after Akila Dananjaya’s fifer, New Zealand 203/5

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand live cricket score and ball by ball commentary, SL vs NZ 1st Test, Day 1, live score at Galle

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day 1 of 1st Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand on Wednesday at the Galle International Stadium, Galle.

MATCH PREVIEW

After experiencing the highs and lows of Test cricket this year, Sri Lanka square off with New Zealand when the first of the three-match series gets underway at Galle on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka whitewashed South Africa in February 3-0 in a historic away defeat but were reduced to an equally embarrassing defeat against England at home.

However, the experiences against England, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratneadmitted, have forced the team to rethink their plans specially with some of the key players, who have either announced retirement or nursing injuries.

Rangana Herath is no longer available and neither is the other lead spinner in Dilruwan Perera, who is recovering from injury. Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara is not even in the squad. Karunaratne has largely to depend on Akila Dananjaya, who has played only five Tests, and Lasith Embuldeniya, who has played only two, and none at home.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.