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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.

  • 3:51 PM IST

    Fifty for Mathews. Straight after tea, New Zealand have struck time. Trent Boult bounces out Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva hits the ball right back to Ajaz Patel to give the spinner his third wicket.

  • 2:16 PM IST

    Nice little recovery from Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews here to get Sri Lanka over the 100-run mark. New Zealand lose a review against Mendis when there was a huge appeal for a catch at short leg. There was just a teeny tiny movement on the snicko which wasn’t enough to change the on-field decision on not out.

  • 1:18 PM IST

    OUT! Huge appeal and the finger goes up. Sri Lanka 66/2. Second success for Ajaz Patel and the Sri Lanka captain is on his way back. Rapped on the pads and Karunaratne was stuck – neither coming forward nor going back.

  • 12:56 PM IST

    The 50 is up for Sri Lanka quickly in the second session. Kusal Mendis started the session with a boundary and with the help of a couple more, has moved to 13 off 15.

  • 12:01 PM IST

    Thirimanne falls at the stroke of lunch: Nothing shot from Lahiru Thirimanne as Sri Lanka lose their first wicket. He was 10 off 35 and decided to go for the big swing off Ajaz Patel. The only problem there is that he could not put bat to ball and is out stumped. No need for it. 27 for 1, Sri Lanka

  • 11:50 AM IST

    Sri Lanka 22 without loss after 10: It’s been a confident start for Sri Lanka. Not the most free-flowing start but Karunaratne and Thirimanne seem to know what they’re doing. Boult and Southee have not allowed Sri Lanka openers any respite with tight lines and lengths but a couple of boundaries to the Karunaratne the skipper and one square cut to Thirimanne will help their confidence against the new ball.

  • 11:17 AM IST

    A quick innings interval and we’re back for the action. Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne have the task of seeing off the new ball from Trent Boult and Tim Southee.

  • 11:00 AM IST

    TWO in TWO for Lakmal and New Zealand have been bowled out for 249. He finishes with 4/29. Trent Boult entertained for a while with a 22-ball 18 with a boundary and a six each but Lakmal returned and wiped out the last two wickets. Boult was caught at mid on and Ajaz Patel endured a first-ball duck.

  • 10:26 AM IST

    RUN OUT! Tim Southee goes back for 14. New Zealand 222/8. Terrible mix-up. Why would you run on that? A huge LBW appeal turned down but Sri Lanka get a wicket anyway because Southee, unaware of where the ball went to, took off. The ball hit him on the pads and went straight to slip. The fielder picks the ball and throws it to the keeper and Southee is nowhere near.

  • 10:16 AM IST

    Rapped on the pads and he’s gone: Second wicket for Lakmal this morning. Comes round the wicket and with the ball angling in, for some reason Santner does not offer a shot. It looked plumb and the umpire’s finger went up in double quick time. New Zealand 216/7

  • 9:58 AM IST

    EDGED AND TAKEN: Dream start for Sri Lanka on Day 2 as they get the big wicket of Ross Taylor. First ball of the second over by Suranga Lakmal – short and wide – and Taylor goes after it to find an edge for Niroshan Dickwella to complete the catch. Loose, very loose from Taylor. New Zealand 203/6.

  • 9:48 AM IST

    The two batsmen march their way out to the middle. Sri Lanka hand the ball straightaway to Dananjaya. Ross Taylor is sight of a century, on 86. The average first-innings score in Galle is 400 but New Zealand, for starters, would target 270 and it depends on how Taylor approaches.

  • 9:46 AM IST

    Niroshan Dickwella weighs in on the match so far: It was a good performance after losing the toss (yesterday), we wanted to bat. There was a bit of moisture early but it got flatter and flatter after the first session. It will turn from tomorrow evening, I guess. Last year I couldn’t quite capitalise on the chances I had,that was my bad, now I’ve done my homework and want to convert my starts and get big scores.

  • 9:42 AM IST

    So the first signs on Day 2 are promising. The sun is beating down at the Galle International Stadium and we’re just a few minutes away from start of play on the second day. Ross Taylor and Mitchell Santner should be on their way out soon as New Zealand resume their first innings on 203/5.

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.