Fast bowlers, Suranga Lakmal and Tim Southee shared honours on a day which saw14 wickets fall on the opening day of the second Test Match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch on Wednesday.
Lakmal produced a career-best spell of 5 for 54 as New Zealand crumbled to 178 in 50 overs on the Hagley Oval surface, which had plenty of assistance for seam bowling. Southee, the number eight batsman who top scored for New Zealand with 68, then removed three of the Sri Lankan top order as the tourists reached stumps at 88 for 4
After winning the toss and sending the hosts to bat, Lakmal bowled unchanged for 16 overs as he tore New Zealand apart with figures at one stage of 4 for 11.
He returned late in the innings to remove Neil Wagner to eclipse his previous best of 5 for 63 against South Africa two years ago.
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Southee and wicket-keeper BJ Watling (46) offered spirited resistance for New Zealand with a 108-run stand for the seventh wicket while Ross Taylor (27) was the only other home batsman to score more than 10.
After the drawn first Test in Wellington, New Zealand need to win in Christchurch to secure a fourth consecutive series win for the first time.
Sri Lanka are pushing to end a run of six consecutive Tests against New Zealand without a win.
Lakmal, so used to playing second fiddle to spinners in the sub-continent, relished the seam-friendly conditions and the dismissals highlighted his repertoire.
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There were catches by the keeper, second slip and mid-off as well as a bowled as he sent Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, and Henry Nicholls back to the pavilion in his opening spell.
Lahiru Kumara joined the wicket spree after lunch as New Zealand’s fortunes continued to disintegrate.
Taylor was unfortunate to be removed when Kumara’s attempt to stop a straight drive from Watling saw the ball crash through his fingers and on to the stumps with Taylor backing up out of his crease.
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Colin de Grandhomme could not contain himself when Kumara offered a short ball wide of the off stump.
But his attempt to hook it over the leg-side boundary was skied to Dushmantha Chameera at mid-wicket.
Southee had better success with his unorthodox shot selection and took 14 off one Lakmal over to force the Sri Lankan out of the attack for the first time. But his gallant knock was ended by a brilliant catch by a leaping Danushka Gunathilaka when Southee attempted to belt Dilruwan Perara to the mid-wicket boundary.
With New Zealand having fewer than 200 to defend, Southee made early inroads with the wickets of Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal and Gunathilaka.
Karunaratne was caught at gully, while skipper Chandimal edged behind. But Gunathilaka played the worst ever stroke by mistiming a pull stroke to deep square leg.
It took him to 235 Test wickets to become the third most successful New Zealand bowler behind Richard Hadlee (431) and Daniel Vettori (361).
The other Sri Lankan wicket to fall was Kusal Mendis who drove a full-length de Grandhomme delivery and was caught behind for 15.
Angelo Mathews was not out 27 with Roshen Silva on 15 while Southee had three for 29.
178/10 & 585/4
104/10 & 236/10
New Zealand ‘s 1st Innings
|Jeet Raval||c D Chandimal b S Lakmal||6||24|
|Tom Latham||c K Mendis b S Lakmal||10||30|
|Kane Williamson||c N Dickwella b S Lakmal||2||18|
|Ross Taylor||(runout) L Kumara||27||46|
|Henry Nicholls||b S Lakmal||1||10|
|BJ Watling||c D Perera b L Kumara||46||90|
|C de Grandhomme||c D Chameera b L Kumara||1||5|
|Tim Southee||c D Gunathilaka b D Perera||68||65|
|Neil Wagner||c K Mendis b S Lakmal||0||7|
|Ajaz Patel||c S Lakmal b L Kumara||2||5|
|Trent Boult||not out||1||1|
Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings
|Danushka Gunathilaka||c J Raval b T Southee||8||31|
|Dimuth Karunarathne||c K Williamson b T Southee||7||9|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c BJ Watling b T Southee||6||9|
|Kusal Mendis||c BJ Watling b de Grandhomme||15||32|
|Angelo Mathews||not out||33||88|
|Roshen Silva||c T Southee b T Boult||21||63|
|Niroshan Dickwella||c T Southee b T Boult||4||3|
|Dilruwan Perera||lbw by T Boult||0||4|
|Suranga Lakmal||lbw by T Boult||0||1|
|Dushmantha Chameera||lbw by T Boult||0||2|
|Lahiru Kumara||lbw by T Boult||0||4|
|Colin de Grandhomme||6||0||19||1||3.17|
New Zealand ‘s 2nd Innings
|Jeet Raval||c K Mendis b D Perera||74||162|
|Tom Latham||c N Dickwella b D Chameera||176||370|
|Kane Williamson||c K Mendis b L Kumara||48||75|
|Ross Taylor||lbw by L Kumara||40||44|
|Henry Nicholls||not out||162||225|
|de Grandhomme||not out||71||45|
Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings
|Danushka Gunathilaka||c BJ Watling b T Southee||4||7|
|Dimuth Karunarathne||c BJ Watling b T Boult||0||2|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c H Nicholls b N Wagner||56||228|
|Kusal Mendis||c M Henry b N Wagner||67||147|
|Angelo Mathews||not out||22||54|
|Roshen Silva||c BJ Watling b N Wagner||18||73|
|Niroshan Dickwella||b T Southee||19||31|
|Dilruwan Perera||c K Williamson b N Wagner||22||62|
|Suranga Lakmal||b T Boult||18||25|
|Dushmantha Chameera||lbw by T Boult||3||8|
|Lahiru Kumara||not out||0||1|
|Colin de Grandhomme||10||1||23||0||2.30|