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Sri Lanka struggle as Kiwis push for unlikely win

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand | 2nd Test – Day 4


New Zealand ended day 4 of the 2nd ICC Test Championship game against Sri Lanka on 382/5, adding 186 runs to their overnight score of 196/4 on a rain-hit day. The visitors lead by 138 runs, going into day 5.


More rain during the early part of the day meant play on day 4 could only begin at 1.40pm local time. BJ Watling and day 3 centurion Tom Latham continued from where they left off, looking comfortable against both pace and spin.

The pair added 73 runs to the overnight score, before a rare miss from Latham saw him dismissed lbw by off-spinner Dilruwan Perera for 154. A 99-run opening session signaled New Zealand’s intent on what looked like a pitch that was offering little to nothing. 

Colin de Grandhomme used the long handle to good effect in the post-tea session, racing to 50 off just 45 deliveries, breathing life into a game which looked like it was heading for a draw. The big man took a liking to the left arm spin of Lasith Embuldeniya in particular, smashing 2 sixes and a four off the youngster in the 19-run 99th over of the visitors’ innings. He did have his share of luck however, when Dinesh Chandimal, on the field for the injured Niroshan Dickwella, put down a tough chance behind the stumps when de Grandhomme was on 13 – Embuldeniya the unlucky bowler, who would eventually go on to bear the brunt of de Grandhomme’s attack.

Dhananjaya, Latham tons leave game in the balance

The Sri Lankans looked flat in the field as the conditions and New Zeland’s batting offered no respite. De Grandhomme and Watling put on 113 runs for the 6th wicket, with the former doing the bulk of the scoring as he finished with 83 off 75 deliveries, inclusive of 5x4s and 5x6s.

Sri Lanka were dealt a heavy blow on day 4 when it was revealed that skipper Dimuth Karunaratne had suffered a quadricep tear in the field last afternoon. With the time he’s been off the field, Karunaratne will also be unable to open the batting – having to come in at No. 7 or lower as the law dictates.

Photos: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand | 2nd Test – Day 4

Niroshan Dickwella too did not take the field today, having injured his right pinkie finger while gathering a delivery from Lahiru Kumara yesterday.

After losing the 1st Test, New Zealand were intent on forcing the pace in the game, in a bid to get a win which would translate to 60 Test Championship points. The Sri Lankan weather did not come to their aid, but the Kiwis did the maximum they could in the time available on day 4 to ensure they still had a chance of winning the game, albeit a small one, going into the final day.

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Sri Lanka
244/10 (90.2) & 122/10 (70.2)
New Zealand
431/6 (115)
Dimuth Karunaratne c BJ Watling b Tim Southee651656039.39
Lahiru Thirimanne c Kane Williamson b William Somerville235005.71
Kusal Mendis c BJ Watling b Colin de Grandhomme32704045.71
Angelo Mathews c BJ Watling b Trent Boult229006.90
Kusal Perera lbw b Trent Boult04000.00
Dhananjaya de Silva b Trent Boult10914816273.65
Niroshan Dickwella c BJ Watling b Tim Southee03000.00
Dilruwan Perera lbw b Ajaz Patel13541024.07
Suranga Lakmal c BJ Watling b Tim Southee10241041.67
Lasith Embuldeniya lbw b Tim Southee02000.00
Lahiru Kumara not out5110045.45
Extras6 (b 1 , lb 2 , nb 3, w 0, pen 0)
Total244/10 (90.2 Overs, RR: 2.7)
Fall of Wickets 1-29 (14.4) Lahiru Thirimanne, 2-79 (32.3) Kusal Mendis, 3-93 (41.1) Angelo Mathews, 4-93 (41.5) Kusal Perera, 5-130 (57.3) Dimuth Karunaratne, 6-130 (57.6) Niroshan Dickwella, 7-171 (74.5) Dilruwan Perera, 8-214 (83.5) Suranga Lakmal, 9-224 (85.1) Lasith Embuldeniya, 10-244 (90.2) Dhananjaya de Silva,
Trent Boult22.267533.38
Tim Southee2976342.17
Colin de Grandhomme1733512.06
William Somerville632013.33
Ajaz Patel1644813.00
Jeet Raval c Dhananjaya de Silva b Dilruwan Perera09000.00
Tom Latham lbw b Dilruwan Perera15425115061.35
Kane Williamson c Kusal Mendis b Lahiru Kumara20282071.43
Ross Taylor c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya23433053.49
Henry Nicholls c Dhananjaya de Silva b Dilruwan Perera15460032.61
BJ Watling not out1052264046.46
Colin de Grandhomme c Lahiru Kumara b Lasith Embuldeniya837755107.79
Tim Southee not out241022240.00
Extras7 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 0, w 3, pen 0)
Total431/6 (115 Overs, RR: 3.75)
Fall of Wickets 1-1 (3.1) Jeet Raval, 2-34 (12.5) Kane Williamson, 3-84 (26.2) Ross Taylor, 4-126 (42.3) Henry Nicholls, 5-269 (85.3) Tom Latham, 6-382 (110.2) Colin de Grandhomme,
Dilruwan Perera37411433.08
Dhananjaya de Silva511002.00
Suranga Lakmal1123202.91
Lahiru Kumara25011514.60
Lasith Embuldeniya37415624.22

Lahiru Thirimanne run out (Ajaz Patel)05000.00
Kusal Perera c BJ Watling b Trent Boult03000.00
Kusal Mendis b William Somerville20633031.75
Angelo Mathews c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme7300023.33
Dhananjaya de Silva c Tim Southee b Ajaz Patel119005.26
Niroshan Dickwella c Tom Latham b Ajaz Patel511614031.68
Dimuth Karunaratne lbw b Tim Southee21702030.00
Dilruwan Perera c Ross Taylor b Tim Southee012000.00
Suranga Lakmal c Tom Latham b William Somerville14452131.11
Lasith Embuldeniya c Kane Williamson b Trent Boult5110045.45
Lahiru Kumara not out03000.00
Extras3 (b 0 , lb 2 , nb 0, w 1, pen 0)
Total122/10 (70.2 Overs, RR: 1.73)
Fall of Wickets 1-0 (0.5) Lahiru Thirimanne, 2-4 (2.2) Kusal Perera, 3-11 (11.3) Angelo Mathews, 4-22 (18.3) Dhananjaya de Silva, 5-32 (21.5) Kusal Mendis, 6-73 (43.5) Dimuth Karunaratne, 7-75 (47.4) Dilruwan Perera, 8-115 (65.3) Suranga Lakmal, 9-118 (69.3) Niroshan Dickwella, 10-122 (70.2) Lasith Embuldeniya,
Trent Boult14.281721.20
Tim Southee1261521.25
Ajaz Patel1933121.63
Colin de Grandhomme41812.00
William Somerville2164922.33