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Sri Lanka vs New Zealand | 2nd Test – Day 1


Sri Lanka Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne made an unbeaten 49 on day 1 of the 2nd ICC Test Championship game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the P Sara Oval in Colombo as Sri Lanka ended the rain-curtailed day on 85/2. 


Heavy rain overnight and incessant showers on match-day forced officials to delay the start of the game by nearly 4 hours but some quick work by the ground staff and brighter weather made it possible for the Umpires to schedule a 1.40pm start. 

Karunaratne won the toss for the hosts and had no hesitation in batting first, despite the cloudy, damp conditions. Both he and opening partner Lahiru Thirimanne started cautiously before the latter was dismissed by the off-spinner Will Somerville midway through the session.

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Karunaratne and Mendis both had their fair share of luck as edges found their way to the boundary through New Zealand’s slip cordon early in the innings, however, with the spinners coming on to bowl, they settled down nicely to score at a relatively good pace throughout the hour before tea.

Somerville was the only Kiwi fortunate enough to get a wicket before the Tea break, despite some tight bowling from both Tim Southee and Trent Boult. The off-spinner broke through Sri Lanka’s opening stand, drawing a false shot from Thirimanne, who was caught by Kane Williamson at short cover.

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Mendis looked fluent after some early struggles but fell to a seemingly harmless delivery from Colin de Grandhomme.

Both teams made one change apiece coming into this game, with Sri Lanka bringing in the experienced Dilruwan Perera to replace Akila Dananjaya while New Zealand opted for the extra batsman cum medium pace bowler in de Grandhomme in place of Mitchell Santner.

Umpires called an early end to the day at 5.03pm as the light steadily deteriorated in Colombo.

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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