Sri Lanka ended day 2 of their 2nd ICC Test Championship match against New Zealand struggling on 144/6, despite a half century from skipper Dimuth Karunaratne as the visitors took the upper hand at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
The start of day 2 was delayed by 45 mins due to bad weather, with Colombo experiencing some heavy rain overnight and this morning. Karunaratne resumed on an overnight score of 49* with Angelo Mathews on the other end, yet to get off the mark.
Mathews was the 1st to go, caught behind down the leg side trying to pull a wayward delivery from Trent Boult. With the scalp, Boult went to 250 Test wickets, becoming just the 3rd New Zealander to reach the landmark. The left armer then trapped Kusal Perera right in front of the stumps for a duck in the same over as Sri Lanka slumped to 93/4.
Coming into bat in a tough situation, with Boult and Colin de Grandhomme bowling well in tandem, all rounder Dhananjaya de Silva had a bit of luck as the former dropped perhaps one of the easiest catches you’ll ever see. De Silva top-edged the delivery which popped harmlessly up in the air, Boult settled under the ball but inexplicably, was unable to hold on to the sitter.
Karunaratne too had a chance off his bat missed, this time by opposition skipper Kane Williamson, albeit a far more difficult chance than that spilled by Boult. Sri Lanka’s captain was unable to capitalize on the chance however as he fell shortly after in what turned out to be another double wicket over as Tim Southee struck to remove both Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella caught behind by BJ Watling.
De Silva and Dilruwan Perera survived an awkward 8-over period before the rain came down at the stroke of Lunch. With no play possible for the next 2 and a half hours, the umpires decided to call off play for the day; just 29.3 overs were bowled during the day.
If weather permits, play is set to commence at 9.45am tomorrow (24th).