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  • 5:58 PM IST

    So we are done with Day 2 of this first Test and we still do not know who is on top of this game. A very crucial Day 3 awaits us as we might get a clear favorite. Join us on Friday,i.e., 16th August, 2019 for the coverage of Day 3. The weather forecast looks dodgy but let us hope we have a full day’s play as we had on Day 2. Join us for the coverage of Day 3, till then cheers!

  • 5:58 PM IST

    As for New Zealand’s bowling, Ajaz Patel was the star, picking up 5 out of the 7 to have fallen in this innings. Boult and Somerville were the other two who got into the wickets column. Williamson though will be disappointed that his bowler’s could not break the Dickwella-Lakmal stand.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    From 143/2 Sri Lanka found themselves at 161/7. It looked like it was all done and they would struggle to get to even 200. But Lakmal and Dickwella had other ideas. They joined hands and decided that they will not go down without a fight. The two have added 66-runs and have reduced the deficit to just 22 now and will now look to overtake the deficit now.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    What a fight from Lakmal and Dickwella! An even day of Test cricket. After bundling out New Zealand for 249 earlier in the day courtesy of Lakmal, who scalped 4 wickets today. Sri Lanka started off steadily. They lost two wickets for 66 runs but Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews then steadied the ship and stitched together a 77-run stand, with Mendis registering his 10th Test fifty. He though did not last long after that and departed soon after registering his milestone. Perera too vanished quickly and just like Mendis, Mathews followed suite after getting to his 50.

  • 4:52 PM IST

    William Somerville to Niroshan Dickwella. no run, Comical fielding from Ajaz! Tossed up on off, Dickwella plays the reverse sweep to wrads the left of backward point. Ajaz Patel thinks the ball will come to him but then he sees that the ball will go past him so he puts a very funny looking dive. In the end, he saves a run.

  • 4:52 PM IST

    Drinks Break. It has been all New Zealand since Tea and have picked up three wickets. For the hosts, Dickwella is going strong at one end with only Embuldeniya and Lahiru Kumara to follow. Sri Lanka trail by 71 runs and will look to get the lead by the end of day 2.

  • 4:52 PM IST

    William Somerville to Suranga Lakmal. no run, NOT OUT! Very good review from Lakmal. There is no bat and the ball is going on to miss the leg pole. Flighted on off, Lakmal looks to defend but the ball goes through and lobs off his pad towards first slip. The Kiwi players ask the question and the umpire raises his finger. Lakmal after a few thoughts takes the review. Replays roll in, first up, the Ultra Edge shows no involvement of either bat or glove. Ball Tracker then follows and shows that the ball was going on to miss the leg pole.

  • 4:51 PM IST

    Ajaz Patel to Suranga Lakmal. SIX, SIX! This one is out of here. Tossed up on off, Lakmal gets down on one knee and hammers his slog sweep over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.

  • 4:51 PM IST

    William Somerville to Akila Dananjaya. out, OUT! Caught! Another one bites the dust! First wicket for Somerville in this game. The consistent line and length he has bowled in this over has bore its fruit. Floated outside off, Akila goes for a big drive but gets a thick outside edge which goes straight into the hands of Ross Taylor at first slip. From 144/3 they are now reeling at 161/7.

  • 3:52 PM IST

    And just as we mentioned, it’s the end of Mathews. Ajaz Patel grabs his third as Mathews edges him to slips. Sri Lanka have slipped from 142/2 to 158/6.

Highlights: SL vs NZ 1st Test, Day 2: After Ajaz Patel’s fifer; Sri Lanka fight back

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand live cricket score and ball by ball commentary, SL vs NZ 1st Test, Day 2, Live score at Galle

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day 2 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Galle. The opening day was washed our earlier than the scheduled close of play, but not before Akila Dananjaya had marked his comeback to Test cricket with a five-wicket-haul, bowling with a remodelled action. His first three wickets arrived the fag end of the first session, which left Sri Lanka in a spot of bother at 71/3. But thanks to a strong comeback from Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls, both of whom scored unbeaten half-centuries took New Zealand to 203/5.

Play was stopped at 3.42 pm (1012 GMT) due to rain and half an hour later was called off with 22 overs lost in the day. It will resume early on Thursday.

Day 1 report: Dananjaya’s five-for on return but Taylor, Nicholls fight for New Zealand

Ross Taylor hit an unbeaten half-century to keep New Zealand afloat after Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya claimed five wickets on a rain-hit day one of the first Test on Wednesday. New Zealand were 203 for five, having recovered from 71-3 at lunch, when rain stopped play for the day in the final session in Galle with Taylor batting on 86.

Dananjaya claimed his fourth five-wicket haul, bowling with a remodelled action after being reported for a suspect action last year. He took three early wickets including skipper Kane Williamson for nought before Taylor put on 100 runs for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls.

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