Sri Lanka openers make strong start in their victory push in Galle

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first_img(REUTERS) – Sri Lanka got off to a strong start in their chase for a 268-run victory target after skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne frustrated New Zealand with a 133-run opening stand on the penultimate day of the opening Test yesterday.After New Zealand made 285 all out, to leave the hosts with a tricky fourth-innings target, Karunaratne and Thirimanne batted sensibly through the last two sessions, to swing momentum their way.Karunaratne hit only two boundaries in his patient 71, while Thirimanne stroked four of them in his sedate 57 before bad light stopped play with the hosts needing 135 to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series.The home captain needed luck to reach the 50-mark, which he did when BJ Watling, who had an outstanding match with the bat, could not hold on to a catch after Karunaratne had edged spinner William Somerville.Earlier, Watling and Somerville batted resolutely to frustrate Sri Lanka after New Zealand resumed on 195-7 at the Galle International Stadium.Watling, who had completed his fifty on Friday, fell for 77 which is the highest Test score by a New Zealand wicketkeeper in Sri Lanka.Trent Boult chipped in with 26 useful runs while Somerville remained not out on 40 after facing 118 balls.For the hosts, spinners Lasith Embuldeniya (4-99) and Dhananjaya de Silva (3-25) shared seven wickets between them.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 249SRI LANKA 1st innings 267NEW ZEALAND 2nd inningsJeet Raval c Dimuth Karunaratne b Dhananjaya de Silva 4Tom Latham c Lahiru Thirimanne b Akila Dananjaya 45Kane Williamson c Kusal Perera b Lasith Embuldeniya 4Ross Taylor c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 3Henry Nicholls c Kusal Mendis b Dhananjaya de Silva 26BJ Watling c Niroshan Dickwella b Lahiru Kumara 77Mitchell Santner c Suranga Lakmal b Lasith Embuldeniya 12Tim Southee stp. Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya 23William Somerville not out 40Trent Boult c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lahiru Kumara 26Ajaz Patel lbw Dhananjaya de Silva 14Extras: (b-4, lb-5, nb-2) 11Total: (all out, 106.0 overs) 285Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-20, 3-25, 4-81, 5-98, 6-124, 7-178, 8-224, 9-260.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 15-2-37-0 (nb-2), Akila Dananjaya 32-4-84-1, Dhananjaya de Silva 12-3-25-3, Lasith Embuldeniya 37-4-99-4, Lahiru Kumara 10-0-31-2.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsDimuth Karunaratne not out 71Lahiru Thirimanne not out 57Extras: (b-4, lb-1) 5Total: (no wkt, 50.0 overs) 133Bowling: Trent Boult 6-1-21-0, Tim Southee 5- 1- 8-0, William Somerville 20-5-36-0, Ajaz Patel 10-0-0-0.last_img

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