Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Live Score (TEST)

Date: Wednesday, 14 August, 2019 10:00 IST Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle Match Status: Match Ended

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

249/10
Overs
83.2
R/R
2.99
Fours
17
Sixes
2
Extras
3
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
William Somerville not out 9 28 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Suranga Lakmal 15.2 5 29 4
Lahiru Kumara 10 1 37 0
267/10
Overs
93.2
R/R
2.86
Fours
27
Sixes
4
Extras
3
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Lahiru Kumara not out 0 9 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Trent Boult 20 4 45 2
Tim Southee 7 3 17 0
285/10
Overs
106.0
R/R
2.69
Fours
17
Sixes
2
Extras
11
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
William Somerville not out 40 118 2 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Suranga Lakmal 15 2 37 0
Akila Dananjaya 32 4 84 1
268/4
Overs
86.1
R/R
3.11
Fours
21
Sixes
2
Extras
7
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Angelo Mathews not out 28 73 2 0
Dhananjaya de Silva not out 14 13 3 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Trent Boult 9.1 1 34 1
Tim Southee 12 2 33 1
  • So in a pitch where there is spin on offer, it was the pacer who did the damage in the opening hour. That might excite the fast bowlers of New Zealand. Join us in a while for Sri Lanka's reply.
  • A good day for Sri Lanka, especially Suranga Lakmal. 5 wickets fell and 4 of them fell to Lakmal. The hosts started the day in the best of fashion as Ross Taylor departed without scoring any runs today. The lower order did put up a fight and managed to take the score close to 250, thanks to small but vital contributions from Southee, Boult and unbeaten Somerville.
  • 83.2 OUT! LBW! Unsuccessful review. Full ball outside off, Ajaz looks to play it across the line and gets hit on the pads. Huge appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger. Ajaz Patel takes the review, replay rolls in and shows that the ball was clipping the leg pole. NEW ZEALAND BOWLED OUT FOR 249.
  • Ajaz Patel has taken the review for LBW.
  • Ajaz Patel is the last man in.
  • 83.1 OUT! Caught! Lakmal strikes in his very first over of his new spell. His third of the day and New Zealand lose their 9th. Trent Boult's entertaining cameo comes to an end. Good length ball on off, Boult looks to loft it over mid on but does not get the elevation and he ends up hitting it straight to Kusal Perera at mid on.
  • Now Suranga Lakmal is back on.
  • Drinks Break - Just when Suranga Lakmal was given the new ball, Boult had an issue with his helmet and looking at this opportunity the umpires have called for drinks.
  • 82.6 Shorter on off, Somerville defends it off the back foot to get through another over unharmed. 249/8
  • 82.5 Floated on middle and leg, Boult looks to defend but gets an inside edge towards the square leg region allowing them to take a single.
  • 82.4 Floated on off, Somerville plays it towards point and once again there is yes and no between the batsmen but misfield at point allows them to take a single.
  • 82.3 Spinning away and it is wide of leg stump. William looks to flick but misses.
  • 82.2 On the pads, Somerville flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 82.1 Tossed up on off, Boult comes down the track and nudges it to long on for one.
  • 81.6 On the stumps, blocked by Somerville. 246/8
  • 81.5 Flighted on the stumps, WS keeps it out.
  • 81.4 Floated on off, Boult comes down the track and nudges it towards cover for one.
  • 81.3 SIX! Boult is enjoying his time out in the middle. Tossed up on off, Boult comes down the track and lofts it over long off for a maximum.
  • 81.2 Floated on the stumps, Boult defends it off the front foot.
  • 81.1 This is comical. Tossed up outside off, Boult looks play the paddle but gets a leading edge on it. The ball goes through the grill and gets stuck in. Boult moves away from all the surrounding fielders. After a while, Boult lets the keeper take it off. Not out though as the ball was dead.
  • New ball is taken now by Sri Lanka.
  • 80.6 Tossed up outside off, Somerville comes down the track and looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. 239/8
  • 80.5 Tossed up outside off, WS looks to defend inside the line but misses.
  • 80.4 Miscommunication but safe. Tossed up on off, Boult defends it with soft hands. The ball goes towards point, Somerville calls for a run, Boult says no but still goes with it. Luckily Somerville gets in.
  • 80.3 Floated on middle and leg, Boult defends it in a proper number 10 fashion.
  • 80.2 Tossed up on off, Boult blocks it off the front foot.
  • 80.1 FOUR! Bonus runs for New Zealand, frustrating for Sri Lanka. Tossed up on off, Boult comes down the track and swivels it with the spin over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 79.6 Slower through the air outside off, Somerville looks to drive but misses. 234/8
  • 79.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 79.4 Tossed up on the stumps, WS keeps it out.
  • 79.3 Flighted outside off, Somerville looks to drive but misses.
  • 79.2 Tossed up on middle, Somerville blocks it off the front foot.
  • 79.1 Starts with a flighted delivery on off, Boult strokes it towards cover for a single.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is into the attack.
  • 78.6 Floated on off, WS defends it off the front foot. 233/8
  • 78.5 NOT OUT! Brilliant review from Somerville. He survives to fight another day. Loopy off spinner pitching outside off, Somerville looks to defend. The ball lobs off his pad and goes straight into the hands of short leg. Sri Lanka players put in an appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Somerville takes the review. Snicko shows there was no bat or glove involved. Ball Tracker then rolls in and shows that though the impact was umpire's call, the ball was going on to miss the stumps.
  • New Zealand have taken their last review here. It is for caught. Somerville straightaway signaled the 'T' indicating that there might be no bat involved.
  • 78.4 Shorter on off, WS defends it off the back foot.
  • 78.3 Shorter on middle and leg, Somerville tucks it wide of short leg.
  • 78.2 Floated on off, Somerville bends his back and defends it.
  • 78.1 Tossed up around off, Boult comes down the track and milks it towards long on with the spin for a single.
  • 77.6 Good length ball around off, WS defends it towards cover to get through the over. 232/8
  • 77.5 Length ball outside off, Somerville drives it wide of sweeper cover and gets a couple as the fielder cleans it up.
  • 77.4 Fuller on middle, Boult strokes it wide of mid on for one.
  • 77.3 Length ball on off, WS punches it wide of cover for one.
  • 77.2 Follows the edgy boundary with a solid front foot defense.
  • 77.1 EDGED AND FOUR! Fuller ball outside off, Somerville looks to drive but ends up getting a fat outside edge. It flies wide of the diving gully fielder and to the fence at third man for a boundary. Bonus yet vital runs these for New Zealand.
  • 76.6 Floated on the stumps, Trent defends it to get through the over. 224/8
  • 76.5 Tossed up on middle, Boult comes down the track and strokes it back towards the bowler.
  • 76.4 Shorter on off, Boult defends it off his back foot this time.
  • 76.3 Tossed up on off and middle, Boult looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge towards point.
  • 76.2 Floated on the stumps, Boult defends it.
  • 76.1 Tossed up on off, TB defends it off the front foot.
  • 75.6 Good length ball outside off, William looks to defend but misses. 224/8
  • 75.5 On the stumps, Somerville defends it off the front foot.
  • 75.4 Bouncer! Somerville sways away from it.
  • 75.3 DROPPED! Tough chance but still a chance. Good length ball on off, Boult looks to drive it on the up but does so uppishly. Lakmal gets his right hand on it in his follow up but cannot stick it in. The ball goes behind the stumps at the bowler's end and Boult rather than getting out ends up getting a single.
  • 75.2 Length ball outside off, Boult looks to play it initially but then leaves it in the end in typical tailender's style.
  • 75.1 Good length ball on off, Somerville pushes it wide of cover and gets a single.
  • Trent Boult walks out at number 10.
  • 74.6 OUT! Run out! What has happened here? Akila tosses one on leg, Southee looks to defend but the ball hits his front pad. Akila and the keeper go up in appeal but the umpire says nothing doing. But in the meantime, the ball goes towards gully and Tim had come halfway down looking for a single. Somerville, initially was calling for a run but then turns his back on his partner. Tim is in no man's land. Dhananjaya de Silva throws it at the keeper's end and Dickwella does the rest. Terrible day for New Zealand so far. 222/8
  • 74.5 On the pads, Southee flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 74.4 Tossed up on the stumps, Southee follows the maximum with a solid defense.
  • 74.3 SIX! First six of the gme and it has come off Southee's bat. Tossed up around middle, Southee says enough of the waiting game and he comes down the track. He gets to the pitch of the ball and smokes it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
  • 74.2 Flighted on the stumps, Tim blocks it off the front foot.
  • 74.1 Tossed up on off, Southee defends it off the front foot.
  • 73.6 Outside off on a length, Somerville leaves it alone. 216/7
  • The new man in is William Somerville.
  • 73.5 OUT! LBW! Second wicket for Lakmal today. His consistent line and lengths are finally reaping his benefits. Good length ball pitching outside off, Santner leaves it assuming it to swing away but the ball comes in with the angle and hits him flush on the front pad. Sri Lankan players put in a huge appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Santner has a word with his partner, Southee and the opt against the review. Good decision as replays later on show that it would have been umpire's call as the ball was clipping the stumps enough to stay with the on-field call.
  • 73.4 Direct hit but safely in. Full on off, Southee drives it wide of mid off and takes a single. The fielder hits bull's eye at the bowler's end but Tim is in. The ball deflects off the stumps but does not cost any extra runs.
  • 73.3 Length ball coming in with the angle, Southee defends it off the upper half of his bat with the angle.
  • 73.2 Fuller on off, Southee tucks it towards mid-wicket, he looks for a quick single but Santner shouts a loud no.
  • 73.1 Length ball on off, Southee stands tall and punches it through covers for a couple.
  • 72.6 Tossed up outside off, Southee plays it with soft hands towards third man and keeps the strike with a single. 213/6
  • 72.5 Tossed up on middle, Santner nudges it towards long on for one.
  • 72.4 Floated on the stumps, MS blocks it properly this time.
  • 72.3 That excited the Sri Lankan players. Dananjaya flights it very full on middle and leg, Santner looks to defend but gets a big inside edge which goes towards the fine leg region. Two runs taken as the fielder cleans it up.
  • 72.2 Floated on middle, Southee strokes it towards mid on for one.
  • 72.1 Tossed up on off and middle, Tim defends it off the front foot.
  • 71.6 Outside off, Santner lets it carry to the keeper. 208/6
  • 71.5 Lakmal tempts Santner to drive by bowling it outside off, Mitchell though is not interested and shoulders arms to it.
  • 71.4 Length ball on off, Santner defends it with a straight bat.
  • 71.3 Hits the deck hard outside off, it comes in but Santner is aware of his off stump and offers a good leave.
  • 71.2 Good length ball outside off, Mitchell leaves it alone.
  • 71.1 Off the inside edge. Good length ball which comes in to the right-hander. Southee looks to defend but gets an inside edge which goes towards square leg allowing him to get to the bowler's end.
  • 70.6 Short and straight, Santner punches it straight back to the bowler. 207/6
  • 70.5 Shorter on the stumps, MS defends it off the back foot.
  • 70.4 Another beauty. Tossed up on off, the ball spins away from the southpaw. Santner looks to defend but misses.
  • 70.3 Leg spinner now. Shorter around off, Southee punches it towards extra cover against the spin and gets a single.
  • 70.2 This has spun a lot. Off spinner pitching outside off, Southee gets on his back foot and looks to punch it to the off side but the ball spins in and hits him on the back leg wide away from the leg stump line.
  • 70.1 Floated delivery on off, Southee looks to defend but gets a leading edge towards point which goes all along the ground..
  • 69.6 Excellent delivery. Lakmal comes around the wicket and bowls it an away swinger pitching close to the off pole. Santner looks to defend but misses and luckily for him the ball does not kiss the outside edge. 206/6
  • 69.5 Closer to the off pole but Santner is aware of his stumps and lets it carry to the keeper.
  • 69.4 Good length ball angling away. It is pitched outside off, Santner has no issues leaving it alone.
  • 69.3 Southee is off the mark. Length ball outside off, Southee manages to guide it towards third man and gets to the other end.
  • 69.2 Good length ball on the stumps, Southee does well to defend it off the front foot.
  • Tim Southee is the new man in.
  • 69.1 OUT! What a start this is for Sri Lanka! Lakmal steams in and bowls a loose ball outside off. Taylor, facing his first ball of the day goes for the cut shot but ends up getting a fat outside edge to the right of the keeper. Dickwella behind the stumps moves just a bit to his right and takes a simple catch. Dream start for the hosts, they wanted Taylor early and they have got just that.
  • Suranga Lakmal to partner Akila Dananjaya.
  • 68.6 Shorter on off, Santner punches it to mid off to get through the first over of the day unharmed. 205/5
  • 68.5 Better line, tosses it up on the stumps, Santner blocks it.
  • 68.4 First runs of the day. Short around off, Santner looks to cut but it goes off the thick outside edge of his bat, wide of slip. Due to heavy rains last night the outfield is relatively slow, So the ball does not get to the fence. Two taken by the batsmen.
  • 68.3 Flighted delivery on off and middle, Santner looks to defend but it comes off the inside edge of his bat onto the pads.
  • 68.2 Floated on middle and leg. Santner defends it off the front foot.
  • 68.1 Starts with a loopy delivery on off, Santner plants out his front foot and blocks it. Dickwella likes it as he shouts very well bowled to his colleague.
  • We are all set to begin. The Sri Lankan players are out in the huddle before they take their respective positions in the field. Overnight batsmen, Ross Taylor and Mitchell Santner stride out to the middle to resume their innings. Santner will be on strike. Akila Dananjaya to bowl the first over of the day. A slip and short leg in place.
  • Pitch Report - Kyle Mills is down doing the pitch report. Mills says that it was consistent on Day 1 and he expects it to be the same. Looking at the surface, Mills says that there are patches and the pitch will crumble as the day progresses, meaning that the footmarks will come into play.
  • Gritty runs, spinning track, a 5-fer for a spinner and rain. Barring the last, it was a proper subcontinent Test match. New Zealand started off slowly but steadily but the introduction of Akila Dananjaya turned the tide in Sri Lanka's favour. Ross Taylor though is still out there in the middle and he holds the key here for the Kiwis. With good amount of spin on offer, the hosts, will be looking to bundle out New Zealand under 250. Welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of this 1st Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand as an exciting day of Test cricket awaits us at Galle.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • AN EARLY START IS SCHEDULED AT 9.45 AM LOCAL (0415 GMT) come Thursday. This is of course, weather permitting. The forecast is very grim but hopefully, like it was proved wrong on Wednesday, it is proved incorrect again. New Zealand will look at Ross Taylor to do a Steve Smith and take them to 300. The Lankans on the other hand will look to wrap them up inside 250. Join us to see what happens. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Post Lunch, the Lankans seemed to be giving away the advantage through a 100-run stand between Taylor and Nicholls but like in the first session, Dananjaya struck with 15 minutes to Tea and got the Kiwis 5 down. After that, Rosco tried to counter-attack but rain had the final say.
  • Right. Whose day was it? Akila Dananjaya's? For sure. Ross Taylor's? Ummm... actually a good shout too! It seemed like a good toss to win when Kane Williamson called correctly and the 64-run stand for the opening wicket set the right tone. But then, with 15 minutes remaining in the first session, Akila Dananjaya struck, reducing the Black Caps to 71/3.
  • 4.30 pm local (1100 GMT) - STUMPS IT IS! Given the storm that hit Galle, it was very difficult to see game resuming, that too, with the sun setting. The rain seems to have stopped but the whole ground is damp.
  • Update 1555 Local (1025 GMT) - Bad news for all of us. It has started to rain a bit heavily now and it does not look too good. Seems like it is a wet day in the world of cricket.
  • Oh no! The heavens have opened up once again, the players are off and they are replaced by the groundstaff out in the middle with the covers.
  • 67.6 Better this. Floated on off, RT defends it to get through the over. 203/5
  • 67.5 FOUR! Poor ball from Embuldeniya. He flights one down the leg side, Taylor gets down on one knee and sweeps it through the vacant backward square leg region for a boundary. 200 comes up for New Zealand with that.
  • 67.4 Once again Taylor comes down the track but this time he drives it back to the right of the bowler. Embuldeniya collects and Taylor rushes back inside his crease.
  • 67.3 Flighted delivery on middle, Taylor comes down the track and blocks it off the front foot.
  • 67.2 Flatter around off, Taylor defends it towards cover-point.
  • 67.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Santner strokes it towards long off and gets a single.
  • 66.6 This one is down the leg side and the batsman leaves it alone. 198/5
  • 66.5 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 66.4 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 66.3 Full and around off, Taylor looks to flick but misses and the ball goes off his pads to short leg. The Lankans appeal for a catch but there is no bat involved.
  • 66.2 Landed outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 66.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 65.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 198/5
  • 65.5 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 65.4 That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
  • 65.3 Full and down the leg side, swept through square leg for a single.
  • 65.2 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 65.1 FOUR! Full and down the leg side, Taylor gets down and sweeps it behind square leg, beating the man at deep square leg to his right!
  • 64.6 Outside off, punched off the back foot. 193/5
  • 64.5 Full and around off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 64.4 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a run.
  • 64.3 On middle, pushed towards long on for a single.
  • 64.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 64.1 Full and outside off, Taylor looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge which flies behind point. Three runs taken.
  • 63.6 FOUR! MAGNIFICENT! Full and outside off, Santner leans and drives this through the covers! 188/5
  • 63.5 Around off, spinning in, Santner looks to tuck it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 63.4 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 63.3 Tossed up outside off, Taylor comes down the track and drives it down the ground for a run.
  • 63.2 Full and around off, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.
  • 63.1 Outside off, short in length, punched through the covers for a single.
  • We are hearing that the official time for STUMPS is 5.18 pm (1148 GMT). If life permits, of course.
  • 62.6 Full and outside off, Santner drives this down the ground for a run. 182/5
  • 62.5 Outside off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 62.4 Full and outside off, swept through square leg for a single.
  • 62.3 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 62.2 Outside off, pushed back defensively.
  • 62.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 61.6 Outside off, blocked solidly. 180/5
  • 61.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 61.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 61.3 Pushes this through mid on for a single.
  • 61.2 Full and outside off, Taylor comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler.
  • Conditions are bright and sunny at the ground. Who would have thought it was raining?
  • 61.1 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 60.6 Defends this from the crease. 179/5
  • 60.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 60.4 Outside off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 60.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Welcome back for what should have been the start of the third session. But unfortunately, we are in for some delay. The ground is covered, or most parts of it as the ground staff is expecting some rain. Dark clouds have enveloped the stadium. It is not raining though and strong breeze is blowing across the ground. Just as we say that, a drizzle starts.
  • ... DAY 1, SESSION 3 ...
  • Less than 30 overs left in the day. This could be a make-or-break session for both teams. There is one hero on either side but both heroes need some support. It would be unfair on the Lankans to expect Akila to pick up all the 10 wickets while Rosco alone cannot be scoring runs for the Kiwis. If the Lankans can restrict the Black Caps under 250, they are very well within a shout. On the flip side, if the Kiwis cross 250 and get to 275 and above, boy, they can make the ball talk on this pitch as well. Join us back at 3 pm local (0930 GMT).
  • The session started poorly for the home side. They never looked like picking up a wicket and allowed the Taylor-Nicholls stand to flourish. And then, in the dying moments of the session, Akila sent back Nicholls and Watling in quick succession.
  • Identical session to the first! Nothing happening for more than three quarters of the session and then suddenly, bang bang. In the first, it was three wickets in the last 15 minutes before Lunch and in the second, it is two. Akila is single-handedly keeping the Lankans in the contest.
  • 60.2 OUT! LBW! Oh that is a dead duck. A short ball, outside off, Watling rocks back to pull but the ball stays low and hits him on the pads. Akila runs towards the keeper in celebration and then appeals. The umpire raises his finger after a thought. Watling has a look at his partner, has a chat but then Taylor indicates not to take a review. Fair call. Crashing into the stumps. Would have exhausted their reviews. 4th 5-fer for Akila in Test cricket. TEA ON DAY 1!
  • 60.1 Landed outside off, spinning in, pushed through mid on for a single.
  • 59.6 Around off, solidly blocked out. 178/4
  • 59.5 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 59.4 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
  • 59.3 On middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 59.2 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 59.1 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a couple.
  • 58.6 Down the leg side, helped in front of leg slip. Played that with soft hands. 173/4
  • 58.5 On middle and off, Taylor flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 58.4 A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 58.3 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • BJ Watling walks in at number 6, replacing Nicholls.
  • 58.2 OUT! LBW! It is Akila again who has got a wicket. 4 out of 4! Full and around off, Nicholls looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. Akila appeals and appeals and eventually umpire Illingworth raises his finger! Nicholls has a look at his partner and Taylor straightaway asks him to go for the review. Not of much use. No inside edge or glove, three reds and the 100-run stand is broken. Fantastic knock though.
  • Review time! Nicholls has been adjudged LBW. He has taken the review though. Nothing on the Ultra Edge. Here comes Hawk Eye. Hitting leg stump. Very good decision. It is Akila again...
  • 58.1 FOUR! Fractionally short, Nicholls goes back and drags this through mid-wicket. Kusal Perera gives it a chase from deep backward square leg and dives but in vain. 100-RUN STAND IS UP!
  • Akila Dananjaya is back on. 17-1-43-3 so far.
  • 57.6 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 167/3
  • 57.5 Full and around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 57.4 Outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 57.3 Full and around middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 57.2 Dropped short, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 57.1 Yorker around middle, swinging in, Nicholls looks to dig it out but ekes an inside edge towards square leg.
  • 56.6 Full and outside off, Taylor gently laps this past the keeper towards fine leg for a couple. 162/3
  • 56.5 Comes down the track again and bunts this towards long on for a run.
  • 56.4 Tossed up outside off, Nicholls comes down the track and hits this back to the bowler.
  • 56.3 Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 56.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 56.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 55.6 Full and outside off, Taylor looks to drive but gets an outside edge to short third man. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Replays show that had he hit, Taylor was a goner! 157/3
  • 55.5 FOUR! That is a terrific shot. A half tracker, outside off, Taylor gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket. Akila Dananjaya tries to cut it off, puts in a despairing dive to his left but cannot even get to the ball.
  • 55.4 Outside off, pushed towards gully where Kusal Mendis fumbles and concedes a single.
  • 55.3 A short ball, on middle, pulled through backward square leg for a run.
  • 55.2 Another long hop, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 55.1 A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 54.6 Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler. 148/3
  • 54.5 Around middle, pushed towards mid on for a single.
  • 54.4 Around off, worked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 54.3 Outside off, Nicholls looks to push but misses.
  • 54.2 Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 54.1 Outside off, punched off the back foot back to the bowler.
  • 53.6 A length ball, around off, tucked through square leg for a run. HALF CENTURY FOR TAYLOR. One of his best knocks under pressure. He will aim to convert this into a century now. 146/3
  • 53.5 Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 53.4 Around middle and leg, tucked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 53.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 53.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 53.1 Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a couple.
  • Lahiru Kumara returns. 6-1-14-0 so far.
  • 52.6 Full and outside off, Taylor looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge behind point. Two runs taken. 142/3
  • 52.5 Full and down the leg side, swept through mid-wicket for one.
  • 52.4 Outside off, eased through cover and point for a run.
  • 52.3 Around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 52.2 Full and around off, this is swept powerfully through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 52.1 Massive, loud screeches for LBW. Nothing doing. Full and outside off, Nicholls gets well outside the line, looking to sweep. Misses but is hit on the shoulder miles outside off.
  • 51.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 137/3
  • 51.5 This one jags back in, Rosco looks to defend but the ball goes off the inside edge towards square leg.
  • 51.4 Full and around off, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 51.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 51.2 Pushes this towards mid on.
  • 51.1 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 50.6 Excellent stop by Kusal Mendis. Full and outside off, Taylor sweeps this powerfully through square leg but Kusal Mendis at short leg brings out excellent reflexes to stick out his left leg. Cannot stop the ball cleanly but concedes only a single. 137/3
  • 50.5 Short and outside off, cut behind point for a brace.
  • 50.4 Full and around off, Henry gets down and sweeps this through mid-wicket. Very effective shot to the left-arm spinner. A single taken.
  • 50.3 Comes down the track and bunts it through mid on for a run.
  • 50.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 50.1 Full and around middle, Nicholls gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a single.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is back on. 12-1-38-0 so far.
  • 49.6 On middle and leg, tucked through mid-wicket for a run. 131/3
  • 49.5 Outside off, played through point for a single.
  • 49.4 Outside off, solidly defended.
  • 49.3 Full and outside off, solidly defended towards mid on.
  • 49.2 Outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple.
  • 49.1 Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • DRINKS BREAK.
  • 48.6 Full and around off, well defended. 127/3
  • 48.5 Comes down the track and works it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 48.4 Fired in on middle, pushed towards cover.
  • 48.3 Full and outside off, Nicholls lunges and takes his bat away.
  • 48.2 Short and around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 48.1 Tossed up outside leg, Taylor pads it away.
  • 47.6 Full and around off, well kept out. 126/3
  • 47.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 47.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 47.3 Gets across his stumps and looks to tuck but misses. The ball hits his pads and goes towards fine leg and a leg bye is taken.
  • 47.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 47.1 Outside off, Taylor looks to punch but gets a bottom edge to the off side.
  • 46.6 Around off, pushed back to Dhananjaya again. 125/3
  • 46.5 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 46.4 Gets down, takes it on the full and paddles it through fine leg for a run.
  • 46.3 MISCOMMUNICATION, SAFE! Big miss by Karunaratne. Outside off, Nicholls pushes it towards cover and sets off for a single. But then, he stutters and stops. Taylor starts and stops too, looking at that. Eventually, they decide to go through and Rosco is gone for all money but Karunaratne returns a wild throw to Dickwella, which is very wide to his right and Taylor gets in.
  • 46.2 Fired in on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.
  • 46.1 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 45.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 122/3
  • 45.5 Full and outside off, Nicholls pushes it with soft hands and gets it through the slip cordon for a couple. 50-RUN STAND IS UP. Excellent recovery.
  • 45.4 Full and just around off, watchfully defended.
  • 45.3 Around off, worked wide of mid on for a single.
  • 45.2 Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 45.1 Full and outside off, Taylor leans and drives this through the covers for a couple.
  • This was coming. With nothing happening after Lunch, Karunaratne has been forced to bring his pacers back on. Suranga Lakmal to bowl. 6-3-5-0 so far.
  • 44.6 Eases this down to long on for a run. 117/3
  • 44.5 Full and around middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
  • 44.4 Fired in around off, punched towards mid on but short mid-wicket mops it up.
  • 44.3 Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 44.2 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 44.1 More runs on the off side. This is short and outside off, Nicholls goes back and cuts it behind point. Lasith Embuldeniya chases it down from backward point and pulls it back in. Two runs taken.
  • 43.6 Full and around middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket. 113/3
  • 43.5 Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 43.4 Rosco comes down the track but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 43.3 FOUR! MURDERED! Fractionally short and around off, Taylor goes back and pulls it over short mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 43.2 Landed around off, driven straight to short extra cover.
  • 43.1 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 42.6 Outside off, pushed towards point. 109/3
  • 42.5 Landed outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 42.4 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 42.3 Fired in around middle, Nicholls looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 42.2 Around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 42.1 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva back on. 2-0-11-0 so far.
  • 41.6 Around middle, helped towards short leg. 108/3
  • 41.5 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 41.4 Comes down the track and pushes it through mid on for one more.
  • 41.3 Around middle and leg, helped through square leg for a run.
  • 41.2 Full and around middle, Taylor gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a single.
  • 41.1 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 40.6 Plenty of loop outside off, Nicholls lunges to defend but ends up yorking himself. 105/3
  • 40.5 Full and around off, pushed to the leg side.
  • 40.4 Short and outside off, punched down to long on for another easy run. Sri Lanka just seem to be giving away the advantage at the moment.
  • 40.3 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 40.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.1 Full and around middle, swept behind square leg for a single.
  • 39.6 Pushes this to long on for a run. 103/3
  • 39.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 39.4 Comes down the track and flicks it off the inner half but it flies wide of short leg.
  • 39.3 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 39.2 Tossed up outside off, Taylor comes down the track and drives it through the covers where Dimuth Karunaratne at short extra cover dives to his right to take some sting off the ball. Parries it to long off and a run is taken.
  • 39.1 A short ball, around leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 38.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 100/3
  • 38.5 Tossed up with hardly any pace outside off, Rosco defends it watchfully.
  • 38.4 Full and around off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 38.3 Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 38.2 Around off, worked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 38.1 Doosra from Akila, landing outside off, short in length, Taylor picks it up in a trice and looks to cut but is beaten by pace.
  • 37.6 Uses his feet this time to drive this towards long off for one. 100 UP FOR NEW ZEALAND. 100/3
  • 37.5 Slowly pushed through the air, around middle and leg, Taylor looks to defend but the ball takes the inside edge and goes on the bounce to short leg.
  • 37.4 Full and around middle, pushed towards long on for a run.
  • 37.3 Outside off, Nicholls goes back and defends.
  • 37.2 Comes down the track and pushes it towards long on for a single.
  • 37.1 Flighted outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 36.6 Around off, pushed back to the bowler. 97/3
  • 36.5 Full and down the leg side, Nicholls gets down and sweeps it behind square leg. Lahiru Kumara chases it down from deep mid-wicket and dives to his left to stop the ball. Two runs taken.
  • 36.4 Full and around off, pushed towards long on for a run.
  • 36.3 Full and down the leg side, swept to deep square leg for a single.
  • 36.2 Slowly bowled through the air, on a fuller length around off, Henry comes forward to defend but is beaten by the massive off spin.
  • 36.1 Full and around off, Nicholls lunges to defend.
  • 35.6 Now Nicholls comes down the track, takes this on the full and bunts this to long on for a run. 93/3
  • 35.5 This is what happens when a batsman plays a shot similar to the one on the previous delivery. Mid off is pushed back. Why? Very bizarre. Rosco comes down the track and drives it towards long off for a comfortable single.
  • 35.4 FOUR! IMPERIOUS! Taylor is at his best when he is looking to play such shots. Jumps down the track, gets to the pitch of this ball, which is flighted outside off on a fuller length and hammers it past the bowler to beat mid off.
  • 35.3 Outside off, eased towards the bowler on Taylor's off side.
  • 35.2 Full and around middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
  • 35.1 Hmmm.... this is how Taylor plays. Tossed up outside off, Rosco looks to play the cover drive with hard hands but misses. Niroshan Dickwella behind fumbles but takes it in the second attempt.
  • 34.6 Full and down the leg side, HN looks to sweep but the ball hits his glove and goes off Niroshan Dickwella's boots towards first slip. 87/3
  • 34.5 Outside off, spinning in, worked towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 34.4 Good fielding. Dananjaya drops this a bit short outside off and Henry goes back and punches it through the covers. Lasith Embuldeniya gives it a good chase from cover and slides to his left to keep the batsmen to a single.
  • 34.3 That is a ripper. Akila lands this around middle, Nicholls goes back to defend but then the ball spins away past the outside edge.
  • 34.2 Goes back and turns it through square leg for a single.
  • 34.1 Slowly tossed up, outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 33.6 On middle and leg, turned towards square leg. 84/3
  • 33.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 33.4 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 33.3 Full and around middle, Taylor comes down the track and lofts it over mid on. The ball stops near the ropes and Lahiru Kumara gets to it with a valiant chase. Three runs taken.
  • 33.2 Around off, watchfully pushed back.
  • 33.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 32.6 Outside off, Nicholls punches it towards cover. Dimuth Karunaratne fields and has a needless shy at the bowler's end, despite Taylor being well in his crease. Misses and by the time Angelo Mathews can track it down from mid-wicket, two runs are taken. 81/3
  • 32.5 FOUR! Very good shot. Tossed up, around middle, Nicholls gets his big reach out, gets down and sweeps it in front of square on the leg side.
  • 32.4 Around middle, HN thrusts his pads in front and blocks this with the bat to the leg side.
  • 32.3 Landed outside off, Henry is squared up and pushes it awkwardly to the off side.
  • 32.2 Tossed up, outside off, pushed towards the bowler.
  • 32.1 Full and outside off, Nicholls comes forward and shoulders arms to one spinning away.
  • 31.6 FOUR! HAMMERED! Full and around middle, Taylor gets down and mows a slog sweep over mid-wicket! 75/3
  • 31.5 Full and outside off, Rosco comes down the track and drives it towards cover.
  • 31.4 Excitement all around but nothing from the umpire. Full and outside leg, Taylor gets down to sweep but misses. The ball hits his pads and is taken by Kusal Mendis at short leg but there is not much of an appeal.
  • 31.3 Full and outside off, driven through the covers where the fielder makes a good stop to his left.
  • 31.2 Comes down the track and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 31.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya to continue from the other end. 5-1-12-0 so far.
  • 30.6 Full and around off, pushed back to AD. 71/3
  • 30.5 Quicker outside off, the southpaw is solid in defense from his crease.
  • 30.4 A touch short, Henry goes back and pushes it back to Akila once again.
  • 30.3 Full and around off, nice pace and flight, Nicholls pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Welcome back after the break. Boy, have we waited and waited for Lunch to end! Excited to see the ball spin and make heads turn. Do New Zealand have any fightback plan? Henry Nicholls to join Ross Taylor in the middle.
  • ... DAY 1, SESSION 2 ...
  • Hard to explain New Zealand's state of mind for now. They did all the hard part, seeing off the new ball and would have seen off the session as well but spin did them in. 71/3 looks so different from 64/0. In fact, it looks devastating. The Lankans will now be smiling because this is their territory. Spin it like a cobra and sting the opponents. They will hope to run through the middle order after the break. Join us back at 12.40 pm local (0710 GMT) for the second session.
  • Akila Dananjaya was bowling against the wind in his first spell and after 2 overs, he changed ends, which immediately bore fruit. He got the ball to land in the right areas and caused doubts in the minds of the batsmen. That indecision caused Latham to think twice before playing or not playing, while Williamson spooned one to the leg side and in the final over before Lunch, Raval edged one behind. Akila, along with the turn but more because of his variations, has eked out all the three wickets.
  • When Kane Williamson called it correctly this morning at the toss, it seemed like half the battle was won. And when the Black Caps added 64 without losing a wicket, it did look like a long day was in store for the Lankans, with nothing much on offer. But that is the beauty of Test cricket. For minutes and hours, it seems like nothing is happening and when it eventually starts to happen, you cannot believe it has happened. Something similar has occurred here.
  • Wow. Wow-o-wow-o-w. After 105 minutes of snooze fest, where nothing much was going the bowling team's way, all of a sudden, in the span of 15 minutes, Akila Dananjaya has brought the game to life. Two set batsmen and one synonym to a glue which cannot be separated, have been sent back to the pavilion. Boy, this game is alive and kicking.
  • 30.2 OUT! Edged and taken! Third wicket down in the span of 16 minutes! What a spur of life this mini-spell has brought about. Full and outside off, Raval lunges to defend but the ball hits the pitch and Jeet expects it to spin away. Hence, to miss it. But this is the doosra. It comes in, takes the outside edge and goes low to first slip where Dhananjaya de Silva takes it by coming forward. LUNCH ON DAY 1!
  • 30.1 Short and outside off, Taylor cuts it through point where Lahiru Kumara dives to his left and makes a half-stop. A quick single taken.
  • 29.6 Full and around off, Rosco flicks it through mid-wicket where Angelo Mathews dives and parries it wide of mid on. A run taken. 70/2
  • 29.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 29.4 Around off, spinning in, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 29.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 29.2 Full and down the leg side, Rosco gets down and sweeps it fine. Akila Dananjaya gives it a good chase and flicks it back in, with a dive near the boundary. Three runs taken.
  • 29.1 Landed outside off, Taylor goes back and plays it with the away spin towards cover.
  • 28.6 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover. 65/2
  • 28.5 Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 28.4 Landed outside off, spinning down, Rosco goes back and tucks it past leg slip for a single.
  • 28.3 Outside off, flicked straight to short leg where Kusal Mendis quickly flicks it back to the keeper. Dickwella takes the bails off but Taylor is in.
  • 28.2 The wrong 'un now, outside off, RT picks it and looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 28.1 Full and outside off, Taylor goes back to defend but the ball skids on after pitching and squared Rosco up, going off the outside edge towards cover.
  • 27.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 64/2
  • 27.5 Outside off, Raval goes back and defends it from his crease.
  • 27.4 Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 27.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 27.2 Full and around off, Raval lunges and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 27.1 Around off, punched off the back foot.
  • Ross Taylor walks in at number 4, replacing his skipper.
  • 26.6 OUT! Caught! Second wicket in the over and the Kiwi captain is gone for a duck. Big, big blow. The match has spun big time. From going nowhere, sending people into dreams with yawns, now, with a quarter of an hour to go to Lunch, everyone has been stirred awake. Landed outside off, Williamson comes forward initially, but then goes back, looking to work it into the leg side. He cannot keep it down and finds Dimuth Karunaratne at short mid-wicket who takes it easily! Sri Lanka have their tail up now. 64/2
  • 26.5 Around middle and off, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 26.4 Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • With around 15 minutes left for Lunch, Kane Williamson strides out to the middle, at number 3.
  • 26.3 OUT! Caught behind! Akila Dananjaya has provided the first breakthrough of this Test. A bit of an indecision from Latham here. Landed around off, Tom goes back to defend but then looks to withdraw his bat as an afterthought. Is caught in no man's land as he does a bit of both and hangs his bat midway. The ball pitches, turns and takes a feather of an outside edge behind. Niroshan Dickwella collects and leaps in celebration. The umpire raises his finger and Latham does not wait. End of a 64-run stand.
  • 26.2 Outside leg, this time Jeet plays it straighter, pushing it towards mid on for a quick single.
  • 26.1 Tossed up around leg stump, Raval looks to flick it to the leg side but the ball spins away and takes the leading edge towards cover.
  • 25.6 Full and around off, pushed towards mid on. 63/0
  • 25.5 Comes down the track and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 25.4 Full and around off, pushed towards the bowler.
  • 25.3 Around middle and leg, flicked wide of mid on for a single.
  • 25.2 Full and around middle and leg, worked to the leg side.
  • 25.1 Around off, worked towards short leg.
  • 24.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 62/0
  • 24.5 Around leg and middle, spinning away, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 24.4 Tossed up around off, Tom comes forward and blocks it out to the off side this time.
  • 24.3 Thrown up outside off, Latham comes forward and pushes it towards short leg.
  • 24.2 THAT STAYS LOW. It is on a length, spinning away from off, Jeet adjusts well on the back foot to punch it through the covers for a single.
  • 24.1 Full and around off, Raval lunges to defend.
  • 23.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 61/0
  • 23.5 Goes back and blocks this one.
  • 23.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 23.2 Landed outside off, Latham looks to tuck it to the leg side but misses and wears it on his pads.
  • 23.1 FOUR! Short and outside off, Latham goes back and cuts it behind point for a boundary!
  • 22.6 Safe as a house. Full and outside off, Latham lunges to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes to short third man. Latham is doubtful about the run but Raval always wanted it and calls him through. Kusal Mendis fires a direct hit at the striker's end and it is referred upstairs. But replays show that Raval is well in. 57/0
  • Direct hit! Is this the first breakthrough? Nope. The replays show that Raval is well in.
  • 22.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 22.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 22.3 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • 22.2 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 22.1 Very nicely played. Landed outside off, Raval goes back and plays it very late past first slip towards third man for a couple.
  • 21.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 53/0
  • 21.5 Around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 21.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 21.3 Outside off, tapped to the off side for a quick run.
  • 21.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 21.1 Full and down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya now. Bowls left-arm spin.
  • 20.6 On middle and leg, helped through the leg side for a single. 51/0
  • 20.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Nicely played. Full and around off, Latham gets down and sweeps it through square leg.
  • 20.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 20.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended
  • 20.1 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 19.6 On middle and leg, worked towards short mid-wicket. 46/0
  • 19.5 FOUR! Interesting choice of a shot. Tossed up outside off, Raval leans and lofts this over wide mid off for as boundary! Are these signs of wanting to take the spinners on?
  • 19.4 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 19.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 19.2 Outside off, punched to the off side.
  • 19.1 FOUR! LOVELY! Full and outside off, Raval leans and drives it wide of mid off for a boundary!
  • 18.6 Full and around off, worked through mid-wicket for a couple. 38/0
  • 18.5 Outside off, punched through the covers where Karunaratne makes a good stop.
  • 18.4 Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 18.3 Short and outside off, Raval cuts it through the covers where the fielder makes a good stop to his right. A run taken.
  • 18.2 Gets down, takes this on the full and paddles it fine down the leg side for a single.
  • 18.1 Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 17.6 Around off, pushed towards cover. 34/0
  • 17.5 Full and down the leg side, Jeet gets down and paddles it past the keeper towards fine leg. Two runs taken.
  • 17.4 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 17.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 17.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 17.1 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva to bowl now.
  • 16.6 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover. 31/0
  • 16.5 Full and outside off, Jeet lunges to defend but the ball spins away and beats the outside edge.
  • 16.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 16.3 Down the leg side, helped through mid-wicket. Mid on gets to the ball to stop when it has already stopped and parries it back to mid-wicket. Three runs taken.
  • 16.2 Outside off, Tom looks to push but misses. Extravagant turn.
  • 16.1 Full and outside off, Latham looks to defend but misses.
  • 15.6 Outside off, left alone. 28/0
  • 15.5 On a length around off, TL taps it wide of mid on and takes a quick single.
  • 15.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 15.3 Outside off, let through.
  • 15.2 Down the leg side, Tom misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Fine shot. Just the second boundary of the morning. Outside off, Latham leans and punches it through the covers.
  • 14.6 Landed outside off, punched towards cover. 23/0
  • 14.5 Landed outside off, guided through third man for a couple.
  • 14.4 One more leave outside off.
  • 14.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 14.2 Landed around off, Jeet looks to defend but the ball spins past the outside edge.
  • 14.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • DRINKS BREAK.
  • 13.6 Full and around middle, flicked to deep mid-wicket for one. 21/0
  • 13.5 Pitched outside leg, 145 kph, JR is beaten by pace as he looks to flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 13.4 Make that four bouncers in a row, Jeet sways away from the line.
  • 13.3 Third bouncer on the trot, swayed away now.
  • 13.2 Another bouncer, ducked under this time.
  • 13.1 A short ball, around off, Raval sways away.
  • 12.6 A touch short, down the leg side, helped through square leg for a couple. 20/0
  • 12.5 Lovely bowling. Slower through the air, landing outside off, Tom looks to defend but the ball spins away and beats the outside edge.
  • 12.4 Full and outside off, Latham looks to paddle but misses. It is a good thing that Niroshan Dickwella caught that. Because had he missed, Dhananjaya de Silva, at first slip, in his excitement to get to the ball in case Latham connected, had gone too far across and had to change track. Slipped.
  • 12.3 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 12.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 12.1 Full and outside off, spinning away, left alone.
  • No surprises. Akila Dananjaya swaps ends now. 2-0-4-0 so far.
  • 11.6 Outside off, punched to the off side. 18/0
  • 11.5 Misfield from the skipper. Full and outside off, Jeet drives it down the ground. Dimuth Karunaratne at mid off quickly gets across to his left but while trying to field the ball, he misjudges it and the cherry goes off his body behind. He quickly gets up and chases it down, preventing a boundary but two runs are taken by then.
  • 11.4 Fuller in length, driven straight down the ground but without any timing. Mid on cuts it off.
  • 11.3 A bouncer, dug in at halfway down the pitch, Raval watches it closely and sways away in time.
  • 11.2 Landed around middle, angling away, left alone.
  • 11.1 Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • Lahiru Kumara gets a change of ends, replacing Akila Dananjaya. He will be bowling with the wind now. 3-1-6-0 so far.
  • 10.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 16/0
  • 10.5 On a length outside off, coming in, watchfully defended.
  • 10.4 Full and outside off, first mistake from TL as he looks to push at a wider one and is beaten. This is due to that inward movement on the no ball which was not a no ball earlier in the over...
  • 10.3 Full and outside off, Tom takes his bat away from the line.
  • 10.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 10.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 10.1 Good bowling but Lakmal oversteps. NO BALL. It was a decent nut, angling in from outside off, Latham looked to defend but was cut into half by the late movement. Ahh... replays show that Lakmal had something behind the line. Tough luck.
  • 9.6 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out. 15/0
  • 9.5 Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
  • 9.4 Full and around off, Tom looks to paddle again but this time the ball takes the under edge and goes wide of short leg. TL looks for a single but leg slip quickly gets across and Raval sends his partner back.
  • 9.3 Landed around off, a bit of loop, watchfully pushed towards point.
  • 9.2 Full and around off, paddled past short leg for a single.
  • 9.1 Tossed up around off, Latham comes forward and defends it in front of short leg.
  • 8.6 A length ball outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 13/0
  • 8.5 Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 8.4 Oohhh... saved by the bounce! On a good length outside off, Latham shoulders arms. But the ball swings in a long way and goes just over the stumps! Would have hit them, had it not been for the bounce.
  • 8.3 Back of a length this time, well blocked out.
  • 8.2 On a length, just outside off, coming in, watchfully pushed towards cover.
  • 8.1 On a length wide outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 7.6 Down the leg side, Jeet goes back and works it straight to short leg. 13/0
  • 7.5 Tossed up, around off, Raval lunges and pushes this back to Akila.
  • 7.4 Full and just outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 7.3 The batsman has been struck on the thigh pad. They pick up a single. Leg byes given by the umpire.
  • 7.2 Full and around leg, paddled through fine leg for a couple.
  • 7.1 Full and around leg and middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • Aha! Here we go. Spin introduced within 35 minutes! Akila Dananjaya into the attack.
  • 6.6 Outside off, punched towards cover. 10/0
  • 6.5 Down the leg side, worked through square leg for a couple.
  • 6.4 Better ball. Outside off, at an angle which can cause the batsman to play, from around the wicket, but Raval lets it go.
  • 6.3 Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 6.2 Another one down the leg side.
  • 6.1 Some change of angle but the line is still poor. Down the leg side, left alone.
  • 5.6 Very full, around off, pushed towards mid on. 8/0
  • 5.5 Outside off, on a length, let through.
  • 5.4 Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 5.3 On middle, helped past short leg for a single.
  • 5.2 On middle and leg, tucked to the leg side.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Nice shot. Full and around off, Raval leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 4.6 Outside off, left alone again. 3/0
  • 4.5 Full and around middle, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 4.4 Yawn. Full. Wide. Does the area matter? Not to either of the batsmen. Anyways, just so that you can picture how the action happened, this was outside off. Left alone.
  • 4.3 Another leave outside off.
  • 4.2 A length ball outside off, but too wide. Calmly left alone.
  • 4.1 On a length outside off, left alone.
  • 3.6 This is full again, almost a yorker, dug out back to Kumara once more. 3/0
  • 3.5 Very full, around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 3.4 Outside off, Jeet guides it towards third man, with soft hands but Kusal Mendis at second slip dives to his left and makes a brilliant stop.
  • 3.3 Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 3.2 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 3.1 Full and down the leg side, pitching outside leg, Latham looks to flick but misses. Is hit outside leg as well as the LBW cries of the Lankans die down pretty quickly.
  • 2.6 Outside off, Jeet taps it towards cover and sets off for a single but is sent back as three fielders come charging in. 2/0
  • 2.5 On a length outside off, coming in, punched straight to cover.
  • 2.4 Another wide ball outside off, Jeet is not interested.
  • 2.3 Full and outside off, wide again, let through once more.
  • 2.2 Outside off, a touch wide, coming in but not bothering the batsman, shouldered arms to.
  • 2.1 Excellent delivery. On a length outside off, from around the stumps, coming in a long way off the deck, Raval looks to defend but is beaten by the movement. Gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 1.6 A bouncer but down the leg side, calmly ducked under. 2/0
  • 1.5 Full and straight, well blocked out.
  • 1.4 On a length around middle and leg, angling away, Latham watchfully shoulders arms.
  • 1.3 Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 1.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 1.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Lahiru Kumara to share the new ball with Lakmal.
  • 0.6 Full and around off, Suranga switching to around the wicket, watchfully defended. A good opening over from Lakmal. 2/0
  • 0.5 Bizarre from umpire Illingworth. Down the leg side, Jeet looked to tuck it away but missed and the ball went off his thighs behind. Niroshan Dickwella dived to his right and got a glove to it, parrying it towards fine leg and taking some pace off it. The batsmen took a single but the umpire signalled a dead ball! Probably he felt that Raval was not offering a shot but replays do not seem to indicate so.
  • 0.4 NOT FAR FROM SHORT LEG! Heart-in-mouth moment for Latham. Down the leg side, Tom tucks it aerially and just wide of short leg. A run taken to get both the openers off the mark.
  • 0.3 Full and outside off, no swing on this one, left alone.
  • 0.2 Good running. Around off, Raval pushes this towards cover and sets off quickly. The fielders are caught off guard and a single is easily taken. The Test match scoreboard starts ticking.
  • 0.1 On the money right away. Full and around off, swinging in, watchfully defended.
  • That's 'Namo, Namo, Namo, Namo Matha' done and we are all set to begin. Nice breeze blowing across the ground and should assist the seamers. Tom Latham and Jeet Raval are the openers for the Kiwis, with the latter on strike. Suranga Lakmal will start off proceedings for this day, match, series and tour. Straightaway, a short leg in place, along with two slips. Here we go. Let's play, mates!
  • Right. The players are out in the middle with some new clothing as the number and name gets printed on their white shirts. Something new, which was started in the Ashes a fortnight ago. Time for the national anthems. New Zealand's first, followed by Sri Lanka's.
  • Sri Lanka Playing XI - Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara.
  • New Zealand Playing XI - Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, William Somerville, Trent Boult and Ajaz Patel.
  • Sri Lankan captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, says that he too, was looking to bat first as the track usually turns a lot but now, wants to bowl well first and take early wickets. On the new faces in the side, Dimuth says that they did well in South Africa and wants them to do their basics right and compete hard. Informs that Lakmal and Kumara are playing and the spin options are Akila, Dhananjaya and Embuldeniya.
  • New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says that it looks a good surface to bat, hence the reason. Admits that rain has robbed them of practice but backs his experienced guys to do well on a challenging surface. On Test cricket not being played since February for the Kiwis, Kane says that it is how the international calendar goes. Informs that Colin de Grandhomme misses out for this game.
  • TOSS - Time for the spin of the coin. Kane Williamson calls Tails and Tails it is. NEW ZEALAND WILL BAT FIRST. That is half the battle won.
  • PITCH REPORT - Russell Arnold observing the track says that it seems a very good-looking one but very different from the usual Galle one, citing plenty of grass, which could assist seam bowling early on. But from Day 3, spinners should take control.
  • WEATHER - It was raining the whole of Tuesday and even on match day but at the time of game start, bright sunshine appeared. But the forecast says rain for all the five days.
  • As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, they have been struggling with the white ball but with the red ball, they have not been that bad. They beat South Africa at home, then the West Indies away and the Proteas away again. The last one was without that champion, Rangana Herath and that victory should certainly boost their spirits. Here they are, at their fortress, Galle.
  • The Black Caps enter this series on the back of 5 successive Test series wins and if we extend that to 7 in the last 8, it just showcases their dominance. However, only one of those 8 has come outside Kiwiland, hence, this will be a big test of Kane Williamson and his men's character.
  • Aha... that smell of the morning wet mud on the ground. The sight of the wet grass which has just been watered. The sun shining high in the sky. And... red ball! Woohoo! Test cricket. After days and weeks and months of continuous white-ball cricket, the red-ball stuff comes into focus. Yes, the Ashes have already begun but from this day, we could see a plethora of red-ball games, something which this sport badly needs to avoid imbalance. It is Sri Lanka and New Zealand to kickstart the Test championship in Asia, with the Aussie and the Brits already inagurating it. Who will win? Sri Lanka? New Zealand? Rain? Oops... certainly not the last, we hope. Hello and a warm welcome to the opening day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Galle.

Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • It is now probably a one innings showdown! If New Zealand bat well and get somewhere close to 250, they will be favourites but it will not be easy to do so. Sri Lanka on the other hand, will not want to chase a lot in the 4th innings for which they will need to keep picking wickets at regular intervals. For now, there is around 50 minutes for Lunch and the hosts will hope to take a couple before that. Another interesting passage awaits ahead. Stay tuned.
  • At one stage, it never looked like they would go into the lead when they were 161 for 7 after Ajaz Patel, who was easily the pick of the bowlers ran through the Sri Lankan batting line up but then came the fight back from Dickwella and Lakmal. The two added an 81-run stand and took the hosts close to New Zealand's total. Lakmal was dismissed in the 40s but Dickwella continued. He got to a half ton but could not score a lot after that as Somerville got him and the last wicket.
  • After a decent finish for Sri Lanka yesterday evening, they have managed to have a decent morning today as well. They have managed to add 40 runs which means they have taken a lead. It is a slender one but any kind of lead could be handy.
  • 93.2 OUT! Three reds and there is the last wicket! Somerville gets it. It was a review in hope by the batter as it always looked out. A loopy delivery on the middle stump, Lasith Embuldeniya attempts to sweep but misses the ball and gets hit on the pads. The Kiwis go in for a loud appeal and the umpire has no hesitation in giving it out. Embuldeniya goes for the review in desperation. The replays roll in and the Hawk Eye shows that it was hitting the stumps. SRI LANKA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 267! THEY LEAD BY 18!
  • Embuldeniya is a goner! He has reviewed though but don't think it would make a difference.
  • 93.1 Loopy delivery outside the off stump, Embuldeniya pushes it to cover.
  • 92.6 Bowls a yorker on middle, Kumara manages to dig it out. 267/9
  • 92.5 Bowls a yorker on off, Kumara does well to dig it out.
  • 92.4 Bowls a bouncer, Kumara does well to duck under it.
  • 92.3 Good length delivery on off, Kumara blocks it off the back foot.
  • Out comes the physio. Time for the concussion test and also the helmets will be changed. Good thing is Embuldeniya seems fine.
  • 92.2 On a good length and outside off, Embuldeniya looks to go big but gets a top edge. It goes towards third man where the fielder collects the ball in one bounce. The batsmen cross ends. Lasith Embuldeniya looks in pain as he got hit on the helmet in the previous ball.
  • 92.1 FOUR! Very handy runs for Sri Lanka. Boult bowls a short delivery, Embuldeniya looks to pull but it goes off the helmet towards fine leg for a boundary. The umpire feels there is bat involved and he gives it as a boundary.
  • 91.6 Loopy delivery outside the off stump, Lahiru blocks it out off the front foot towards the off side. Good over from Somerville. A wicket and no runs from it. 262/9
  • 91.5 Flatter delivery on the off stump, Lahiru defends it towards the cover fielder.
  • 91.4 Shorter in length this time, LK defends it to the off side.
  • 91.3 Flighted delivery on the off stump, Lahiru lets it go.
  • 91.2 Loopy delivery on the middle pole, Lahiru blocks it out.
  • Lahiru Kumara is the last man in.
  • 91.1 OUT! Straight to the man! The last recognized batter for Sri Lanka is making his way back. He has done a fine, fine job though. Clever bowling this by Somerville. He sees Dickwella come down the track and floats it wide outside off. Dickwella has to reach for it, he does so, hits it nicely but does not keep it down and straight to Williamson at short cover who takes a good catch. With Dickwella gone now, one would believe the lead won't be a very threatening one. For now it is 13. A wicket to go though.
  • 90.6 Very full delivery aimed at the middle stump, Lasith does well to keep it out and gets through another over. 262/8
  • DRINKS BREAK!
  • Now Embuldeniya is in pain. The good thing for Sri Lanka is it is not his bowling arm which he is struggling with at the moment. The physio is out once again with the spray.
  • 90.5 NASTY! Short ball aimed at the body. Embuldeniya uncomfortably fends at it but gets hit flush on the gloves. Embuldeniya looks in serious pain here and has removed his gloves off.
  • 90.4 Good length delivery this time on the off pole, Dickwella pushes it to wide mid off and takes a single. Embuldeniya has to face two balls in the over.
  • 90.3 FOUR! Good shot from Niroshan. He is going on his merry way here. It was as short delivery on the body, Dickwella rocks back and pulls it towards the fine leg fielder for a boundary. Excellent batting from Dickwella. The lead is above 10 now.
  • 90.2 Back of a length delivery on the off stump, Dickwella flicks it towards the leg side and once again does not take a single.
  • 90.1 Good length delivery on the middle pole, Dickwella pushes it towards mid off and refuses to take a single.
  • 89.6 A waste of a delivery! This is fired outside off, the batter lets it be. 257/8
  • 89.5 Takes the single which means Embuldeniya has one ball to play out. This is tossed up on off, Dickwella pushes it through covers for one.
  • 89.4 Gives it a lot of air outside off, Dickwella looks to sweep but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 89.3 Gives it a lot of air outside off, Dickwella looks to sweep but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 89.2 Nicely played! Dickwella comes down the track and also stays leg side of the delivery, he hits it wide of long off for two.
  • 89.1 Floats it up on off, Dickwella keeps it out.
  • William Somerville is on now!
  • 88.6 Good length delivery on the off stump, Embuldeniya defends it towards the off side. Embuldeniya has managed to survive the two balls. 252/8
  • 88.5 NOT OUT! It is going down leg! New Zealand lose their last review. Boult bowls this full and on the pads, Embuldeniya looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. After a chat, Williamson signals the 'T'. Replays roll in and they show that the ball is going down leg.
  • An LBW shout has been turned down and New Zealand review. It seems to be going down with the angle.
  • 88.4 Back of a length delivery on the off pole, Dickwella pushes it to cover and takes a single. Embuldeniya now has to face two balls to survive.
  • 88.3 Shorter in length this time, Dickwella leaves it alone to the keeper.
  • 88.2 On a good length ball on the middle stump, Dickwella defends it off the back foot towards the leg side.
  • 88.1 Good length delivery on the pads, Dickwella flicks it towards square leg and refuses the single.
  • 87.6 Plays the two balls out nicely! On off and it is flatter. Embuldeniya keeps it out. 251/8
  • 87.5 Very full on off, the batter pushes it to mid off.
  • 87.4 A single now as this is worked with the turn through square leg. Fifty for him, an excellent comeback into the side. 12th in this format. He came out to bat when Sri Lanka were in trouble and now has taken them into a good position. He is still not done though.
  • 87.3 Outside off, Dickwella pads it away.
  • 87.2 Another tossed up ball on middle, it is kept out.
  • 87.1 Floats it up on off, Dickwella looks to defend but it goes off the inner half on the leg side.
  • 86.6 Excellent delivery from Boult. It was a short delivery on the off pole. Embuldeniya looks uncomfortable fending at it and the ball just whizzes past the bat. The bowler and the keeper think that it was out and put in a huge appeal but the umpire is unmoved. The Kiwis think about a review but opt against it and rightly so, as the replays show that the ball had hit the shoulder rather than the bat. 250/8
  • 86.5 Good length delivery on the middle stump, Embuldeniya gets an inside edge towards fine leg. A single is not taken.
  • 86.4 Good length delivery on the off pole, Dickwella pushes it towards mid-wicket and this time takes a single. 250 up for the hosts.
  • 86.3 This is way too short outside off, Dickwella lets it be.
  • 86.2 On a good length ball on the pads, Dickwella guides it to fine leg but refuses the single.
  • 86.1 Good length delivery on the middle stump, Dickwella flicks it towards mid-wicket and calls Embuldeniya for a quick double. Scores level
  • 85.6 Flighted delivery on middle, Embuldeniya looks to defend but again gets hit on the thigh pad. 247/8
  • 85.5 Tossed up on middle, Embuldeniya looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 85.4 NOT OUT! Indeed Dickwella is in. Flighted delivery on middle, Dickwella flicks it towards mid-wicket and goes for a quick single. Kane Williamson at mid-wicket throws the ball to the keeper and he whips the bails off in a flash. It is referred upstairs. The replays show that Dickwella was comfortably in. A direct hit would have got Dickwella in trouble.
  • A run out appeal has been taken upstairs but the batter seems to be in.
  • 85.3 Flighted delivery on off, Dickwella looks to play the reverse sweep but misses it and gets hit on the glove.
  • 85.2 Tossed up on middle, Dickwella blocks it off the front foot.
  • 85.1 FOUR! Very good shot from Niroshan Dickwella. Flighted delivery on middle, Dickwella comes down the track and flicks it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 84.6 Another beauty to end! This is on off and it shapes away. Embuldeniya looks to defend but is beaten by the movement. 242/8
  • 84.5 Beautiful delivery from Boult. It was a full delivery outside the off stump. Embuldeniya attempts to defend but misses due to the swing on it.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is the new batsman in.
  • 84.4 OUT! Chops it on! Suranga Lakmal's handy, handy innings comes to an end. He has really done a fine job with the bat. He was probably shaken up after being hit on the elbow. Coming to the ball now, it is a back of a length delivery on the off stump, Lakmal goes for a wild hoick but gets an inside edge back to the off stump. An excellent partnership of 81 runs comes to an end. Sri Lanka trail by 7.
  • 84.3 Another short delivery from Trent, Lakmal plays this comfortably towards cover.
  • The physio is out in the middle to have a look. The spray is out.
  • 84.2 OUCH! Banged in by Boult, aimed at the body. Lakmal attempts to flick it but misses and gets hit flush on the elbow. Suranga is in pain while the ball goes towards point.
  • 84.1 Short delivery outside the off stump, Dickwella guides it to third man for a single
  • 83.6 Beaten again! Patel gives it a lot of air this time and lands it outside off, Lakmal goes hard after it but the ball spins away and beats the outside edge. 241/7
  • 83.5 BEATEN! This lands on off and then turns away. Lakmal plays the original trajectory but is beaten.
  • 83.4 Flatter and on off, it comes off slow of the surface and also turns away. Lakmal looks to defend but the ball hits the higher part of the bat but lands safe on the off side.
  • 83.3 On the middle pole, Lakmal defends it out.
  • 83.2 Dickwella works this one with the turn through square leg for one.
  • 83.1 Another very good shot by Lakmal! This is shorter and outside off, Lakmal slaps it through covers for one. The deficit is below 10 now.
  • 82.6 Boult bowls it down the leg side, Lakmal looks to flick but misses it. It goes towards the keeper who fails to collect the ball and it goes past him. The batsmen take a run. The umprie gives it as a bye. 239/7
  • 82.5 SIX! Top edge but it goes all the way! That was with the wind and hence, it carried over. This stand continues to Frustrate New Zealand. Boult goes short and on middle, Lakmal looks to pull it but the ball hits the top edge and clears the fine leg fence.
  • 82.4 Good length delivery on the off pole, Lakmal attempts to drive but gets a thick outside edge towards mid on.
  • 82.3 BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Lakmal looks to cut but misses it due to the seam movement on this one.
  • 82.2 Good length delivery outside off, Lakmal shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 82.1 On a good length on middle, Lakmal flicks it to square leg.
  • 81.6 Loopy delivery on middle stump, Dickwella goes for his trademark sweep and the ball goes towards fine leg. Lakmal will be on strike for the next over. 232/7
  • 81.5 A single now as that fielder has been pushed back! Floats it up on off, Lakmal pushes it through covers for one.
  • 81.4 FOUR! First boundary of the day for the hosts. Shorter in length this time outside the off pole. Lakmal rocks back and slaps it hard and this time it goes past the cover fielder for a boundary. The trail is now below 20.
  • 81.3 Beautiful delivery! Flighted delivery on off stump and it spins away from Suranga. The batsman tries to defend but gets beaten due to the spin.
  • 81.2 Shorter in length this time, Lakmal rocks back and cuts it straight to the cover fielder.
  • 81.1 Loopy delivery on the middle, Lakmal blocks it out.
  • Ajaz Patel to bowl from the other end.
  • 80.6 A good nut to end! A maiden to begin with by Boult. This is on a length again and around off, shapes away once again. Dickwella looks to defend but it goes off the outer half to gully. 227/7
  • 80.5 Good length ball on the middle pole, ND plays it back to the bowler.
  • 80.4 Loses his line this time does Boult. This one is bowled down the leg side and Niroshan attempts to flick but does not get any bat on it.
  • 80.3 Beaten! Good length delivery outside off stump, Dickwella attempts to fend at it but misses it completely.
  • 80.2 Back of a length delivery on the off stump, Dickwella defends it off the back foot towards cover.
  • Boult has some issue with the landing area. Some saw dust being sprayed on that area.
  • 80.1 A chance of a run but Dickwella does not take it. This is on a length and around off, the ball shapes away a touch. Dickwella looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards deep point. Lakmal wants a run and he is halfway down the track but Dickwella sends him back.
  • We are all set to begin Day 3. The New Zealand players are out in the middle. Niroshan Dickwella and Suranga Lakmal will resume their innings. Trent Boult will start the proceedings for Day 3. Also, the new ball has been taken.
  • Pitch report - Kyle Mills is out there for the Pitch report and he says that there is a little bit of grass on the wicket which is unusual in Galle. He further states that there will be help for the faster bowlers as the new ball is due.
  • A warm welcome to Day 3 of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Galle. The game is evenly poised at the moment with the hosts trailing by another 22 runs with three wickets in hand. The current pair batting out there are amidst a decent stand and Sri Lanka would hope for them to continue and also the batters to come in to contribute and help them take any sort of a lead. On the other hand, New Zealand would look to bundle out the Sri Lankan innings as quickly as possible. The weather forecast ain't that great for today but for now, there is no rain. An important first hour of cricket awaits.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 1 ...
  • So we are done with Day 2 of this first Test and we still do not know who is on top of this game. A very crucial Day 3 awaits us as we might get a clear favorite. Join us on Friday, i.e., 16th August, 2019 at 0945 Local (0415 GMT) for the coverage of Day 3. The weather forecast looks dodgy but let us hope we have a full day's play as we had on Day 2. Join us for the coverage of Day 3, till then cheers!
  • As for New Zealand's bowling, Ajaz Patel was the star, picking up 5 out of the 7 to have fallen in this innings. Boult and Somerville were the other two who got into the wickets column. Williamson though will be disappointed that his bowlers could not break the Dickwella-Lakmal stand.
  • From 143/2 Sri Lanka found themselves at 161/7. It looked like it was all done and they would struggle to get to even 200. But Lakmal and Dickwella had other ideas. They joined hands and decided that they will not go down without a fight. The two have added 66-runs and have reduced the deficit to just 22 now and will now look to overtake the deficit now.
  • What a fight from Lakmal and Dickwella! An even day of Test cricket. After bundling out New Zealand for 249 earlier in the day courtesy of Lakmal, who scalped 4 wickets today. Sri Lanka started off steadily. They lost two wickets for 66 runs but Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews then steadied the ship and stitched together a 77-run stand, with Mendis registering his 10th Test fifty. He though did not last long after that and departed soon after registering his milestone. Perera too vanished quickly and just like Mendis, Mathews followed suite after getting to his 50.
  • 79.6 Lakmal sees the day off. Looped up delivery on off, Suranga keeps it out to get through the day with no more further damage. STUMPS ON DAY 2. 227/7
  • 79.5 On the stumps, Lakmal defends it off the front foot.
  • 79.4 Tossed up on middle, Dickwella strokes it towards mid on for one.
  • 79.3 Floated on off, Dickwella blocks it towards cover.
  • 79.2 On the pads, Niroshan flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 79.1 Tossed up outside off, Dickwella leaves it alone.
  • 78.6 Tossed up outside off, Lakmal leaves it alone. 226/7
  • 78.5 In the air but safe! Tossed up on off, Lakmal throws his bat at it. He gets a top edge on it. It flies right over the bowler's head. Raval runs in from mid on and Santner comes running in from mid off. Santner shouts mine, he puts a good dive but the ball falls agonisingly wide of Santner. Brilliant effort from the left-arm spinner.
  • 78.4 Suranga has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 78.3 Tossed up on off, Lakmal defends it off the front foot.
  • 78.2 Flights one on off, Lakmal keeps it out.
  • 78.1 Tossed up on off, Dickwella comes down the track and strokes it to long on for one.
  • 77.6 Floated on off, SL defends it off the front foot. 223/7
  • 77.5 Slowly loops it up on middle, Dickwella milks it to long on for a single.
  • 77.4 Tossed up on off, Dickwella plays a classic front foot defense.
  • 77.3 Tossed up on off, Lakmal nudges it towards cover with soft hands and gets a single.
  • 77.2 Floated outside off, Lakmal leaves it alone.
  • 77.1 Shorter on off, Dickwella reverse sweeps it to third man for a single.
  • 76.6 Looped up ball on the off stump, Lakmal defends it back to the bowler. 220/7
  • 76.5 Outside off, Lakmal leaves it alone.
  • 76.4 Flighted delivery on the middle pole, Niroshan goes for another sweep but this time towards fine leg and take another single.
  • 76.3 Another loopy delivery on the middle, Dickwella comes down the track and flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 76.2 Loopy delivery on middle, Lakmal comes down the track and pushes it towards mid on for a single.
  • 76.1 Flatter delivery on middle stump, Dickwella plays another sweep towards mid-wicket and cross over for a single.
  • 75.6 On the stumps, Lakmal blocks it off the front foot. 217/7
  • 75.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 75.4 On off, Dickwella drags his sweep to square leg for one.
  • 75.3 Flighted on off, ND blocks it.
  • 75.2 Tossed up around off, Dickwella sweeps it through mid-wicket. Santner gives it a chase and cleans it up before the ropes. Two taken.
  • 75.1 Floated on off, Dickwella drives it but straight to cover.
  • Santer is back on.
  • 74.6 Tossed up on off, Lakmal bends forward and blocks it to get through the over. 214/7
  • 74.5 Once again Lakmal has nothing to do with the ball outside off.
  • 74.4 Outside off, Lakmal does not tease that one.
  • 74.3 Floats one on off, Lakmal defends it with calmness.
  • 74.2 Floated on the stumps, SL defends it with confidence.
  • 74.1 Slower through the air outside off, Lakmal looks to defend but gets beaten.
  • 73.6 Short ball, Dickwella looks to pull but misses. 214/7
  • 73.5 Full toss on middle, Dickwella strokes it to mid on.
  • 73.5 WIDE! Another short delivery from Boult but this time it is way over the batsman's head and it has been wided.
  • 73.4 FOUR! Excellent batting from Dickwella. It was a short delivery from Boult which was going over ND's head but Dickwella had other ideas. The batter just uppercuts the ball over the keeper's head for a boundary. With that boundary, the fifty run partnership comes up between the two.
  • 73.3 On a good length this time on middle stump, Dickwella pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 73.2 Back of a length delivery outside the off stump, Dickwella rocks back and blocks it out.
  • 73.1 Good length delivery on the middle stump, Dickwella defends it towards the mid-wicket.
  • 72.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 209/7
  • 72.5 Tossed up on off, Dickwella sweeps it to square leg for a single to take the partnership to 48.
  • 72.4 Tossed up on off, Dickwella comes down the track and blocks it.
  • 72.3 On off, Lakmal strokes it to mid off for a single.
  • 72.2 Outside off, Lakmal leaves it alone.
  • 72.1 Tossed up outside off, Dickwella once again brings out the reverse sweep and hits it to third man for one.
  • 71.6 On a good length delivery, Lakmal defends it back to the bowler. 206/7
  • 71.5 Good length delivery outside off stump, Dickwella guides it uppishly towards third man and takes a single.
  • 71.4 This time a short delivery which goes over the head of Dickwella. The batsman tries to play the uppercut but misses.
  • 71.3 On a good length on off stump, Dickwella drives it towards cover for another brace.
  • 71.2 Back of a length delivery on the middle stump, Dickwella flicks it to the on side.
  • 71.1 Good length delivery outside off stump, Dickwella drives it through point region for a brace. The fielder at third man runs in and makes a diving stop.
  • Trent Boult is back on.
  • 70.6 Outside off and Lakmal does not tease that one. 201/7
  • 70.5 On the stumps, Lakmal keeps it out.
  • 70.4 Outside off, Suranga shoulders arms to it.
  • 70.3 Floated outside off, Suranga looks to drive but gets beaten.
  • 70.2 Arm ball outside off, Lakmal leaves it alone.
  • 70.1 Tossed up outside off, Dickwella reverse sweeps it towards backward point and gets a single.
  • 69.6 Defends it calmly to get through the over. 200/7
  • 69.5 On off, Lakmal keeps it out.
  • 69.4 On the pads, Lakmal looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
  • 69.3 On the pads, Dickwella turns it to the on side and gets a single. Brings up the 200 for Sri Lanka. The deficit now is 49.
  • 69.2 Floated on the stumps, ND defends it sensibly.
  • 69.1 Tossed up on off, Dickwella sweeps it to backward square leg and looks for a single but Lakmal says no.
  • 68.6 On the stumps, Niroshan defends it to get through the over. 199/7
  • 68.5 Floated on the stumps, SL blocks it out.
  • 68.4 Lakmal goes hard at this tossed up delivery outside off. It finds the outside edge and goes wide of slip. They take a couple but hang on Lakmal keeps his bat on the line meaning it is a run short. So just a single.
  • 68.3 Floated outside off, Suranga looks to drive but gets squared up.
  • 68.2 Tossed up outside off, Lakmal leaves it alone.
  • 68.1 Flighted on off, Lakmal defends it off the front foot.
  • 67.6 Outside off, Niroshan leaves it alone. 198/7
  • 67.5 Comical fielding from Ajaz! Tossed up on off, Dickwella plays the reverse sweep to wrads the left of backward point. Ajaz Patel thinks the ball will come to him but then he sees that the ball will go past him so he puts a very funny looking dive. In the end, he saves a run.
  • 67.4 On middle, Lakmal strokes it wide of mid on for one.
  • 67.3 On the pads, Lakmal looks to defend but gets hit on thigh pad.
  • 67.2 Shorter on off and middle, Niroshan punches it towards mid on for a single.
  • 67.1 Floated outside off, Dickwella looks to drive but misses.
  • 66.6 On the stumps, Lakmal blocks it out to get through the over. 196/7
  • 66.5 Tossed up on off, Lakmal nudges it to mid off.
  • 66.4 Tossed up outside off, Dickwella drags it towards backward square leg for one.
  • 66.3 Tossed up outside off, ND lunges out and defends it off the front foot.
  • 66.2 Shorter on off, Niroshan taps it towards third man and gets a couple.
  • 66.1 Flighted on the stumps, Dickwella keeps it out.
  • 65.6 Short delivery outside off stump, Lakmal rocks back and punches it towards cover. 193/7
  • 65.5 Loopy delivery on off stump, Lakmal defends it back to the bowler.
  • 65.4 DROPPED! Latham is the culprit here. It was a shorter delivery on the leg stump, Lakmal tries to flick it away but goes to Latham at short leg who is unable to hold on to it. It was a difficult chance.
  • 65.3 Another loopy delivery on middle, Lakmal blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 65.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Niroshan flicks it to square leg and takes a single.
  • 65.1 Loopy delivery on the middle pole, Dickwella sweeps but straight to fine leg.
  • 64.6 Short around off, Lakmal cuts it to point. 192/7
  • 64.5 On off, Suranga pushes it to cover.
  • 64.4 Tossed up outside off, Lakmal looks to drive but misses.
  • 64.3 On the stumps, Lakmal defends it off the front foot.
  • 64.2 Tossed up on off, Lakmal nudges it wide of mid off for one.
  • 64.1 Sweeps it away wide of square leg for a couple.
  • 63.6 FOUR! Excellent shot this time from Lakmal. It was another loopy delivery from Somerville. Lakmal like a proper top order batsman prods forward and drives it straight past the bowler for a boundary. 189/7
  • 63.5 On the pads, Lakmal keeps it out.
  • 63.4 Follows it up with a sensible front foot defense.
  • 63.3 FOUR! Lakmal is going after selected ones here. Tossed up on off, Suranga comes down the track and lofts it over covers for a boundary.
  • 63.2 Flighted on middle, Lakmal pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 63.1 Looped up ball on off, Lakmal defends it with calmness.
  • 62.6 Tossed up on off, Dickwella taps it back to Ajaz. 181/7
  • 62.5 On the stumps, ND keeps it out.
  • 62.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 62.3 Flighted on off, Dickwella comes down the track and taps it back to the bowler.
  • 62.2 On the pads, Lakmal flicks it to the on side for a single.
  • 62.1 Flighted on the stumps, Lakmal blocks it off the front foot.
  • 61.6 Flighted on off, Dickwella reverse sweeps it to point. 180/7
  • 61.5 Short around off, Lakmal cuts it towards point for a single.
  • 61.4 Off spinner outside off, Lakmal looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 61.3 On the stumps, Lakmal blocks it off the front foot.
  • 61.2 Flighted on off, Dickwella sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 61.1 Tossed up outside off, Dickwella looks to drive but misses.
  • Drinks Break. It has been all New Zealand since Tea and they have picked up three wickets. For the hosts, Dickwella has looked comfortable at the crease at one end and with only Embuldeniya and Lahiru Kumara to follow, they will look to survive the remaining overs and get close to the New Zealand total. The visitors will look to get the remaining three wickets quickly and get a lead of around 50 by close.
  • 60.6 On the stumps, Suranga blocks it out. 178/7
  • 60.5 First extra of the game. On the pads, Dickwella looks to flick but the ball goes off his thigh pad down the leg side for a single.
  • 60.4 Loopy ball outside off, Dickwella looks to sweep but gets hit on the pad. Appeal follows but the umpire is unmoved and rightfully so as the impact was outside off.
  • 60.3 Tossed up on middle and leg, Dickwella comes down the track and looks to defend but the ball hits him on his pad. There is a stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire.
  • 60.2 Tossed up on middle, Lakmal pushes it to mid on for a run.
  • 60.1 Floated outside off, Dickwella reverse sweeps it towards backward point for a single.
  • 59.6 Loopy delivery on the off pole, Niroshan pushes it towards mid off and takes a single. Dickwella will keep strike for the next over. 175/7
  • 59.5 Flighted delivery bowled at middle stump, Lakmal flicks it towards fine leg and the batters take a single.
  • 59.4 NOT OUT! Very good review from Lakmal. There is no bat and the ball is going on to miss the leg pole. Flighted on off, Lakmal looks to defend but the ball goes through and lobs off his pad towards first slip. The Kiwi players ask the question and the umpire raises his finger. Lakmal after a few thoughts takes the review. Replays roll in, first up, the Ultra Edge shows no involvement of either bat or glove. Ball Tracker then follows and shows that the ball was going on to miss the leg pole.
  • Suranga Lakmal has taken a review for caught. He was not too confident let us see what the replays have to say though.
  • 59.3 Loopy delivery outside the off stump, Dickwella sweeps from off stump towards deep mid-wicket and calls Lakmal for a single.
  • 59.2 Floated on off and middle, Niroshan keeps it out.
  • 59.1 Tossed up outside off, Dickwella goes for an ambitious reverse sweep but does not connect.
  • 58.6 Flighted outside off, Lakmal looks to defend but gets beaten by the spin. 172/7
  • 58.5 Outside off, Lakmal leaves it alone.
  • 58.4 On the pads, Lakmal flicks it wide of mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 58.3 Flighted on the stumps, SL defends it off the front foot.
  • 58.2 Floated on off, the ball keeps low but Lakmal does well to keep it out.
  • 58.1 Tossed up on middle, Lakmal pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 57.6 Loopy delivery on the middle stump, ND looks to defend but gets hit on the pads and the bolwers make a stifled appeal for LBW but is turned down. 170/7
  • 57.5 Another flat delivery on the off pole, Dickwella blocks it out towards the off side.
  • 57.4 Flatter delivery on the off stump, Dickwella defends it to point and takes of for a single but is sent back by Lakmal.
  • 57.3 Loopy delivery on the off pole, Suranga prods forward and flicks it towards long on for a single.
  • 57.2 Flighted delivery on the pads, Niroshan plays another paddle sweep towards fine leg but this time it is only a single.
  • 57.1 Tossed up on the stumps, Dickwella defends it with straight bat.
  • 56.6 Shorter on off, Lakmal punches it to cover. 168/7
  • 56.5 Follows it up with a calm defense.
  • 56.4 SIX! This one is out of here. Tossed up on off, Lakmal gets down on one knee and hammers his slog sweep over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
  • 56.3 Appeal but nothing from the umpire. Floated on leg, Lakmal looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. There is a huge appeal but nothing from the umpire as the ball seemed to be going down leg side.
  • 56.2 On middle, Lakmal pushes it to mid on.
  • 56.1 Tossed up around off, Niroshan defends it off the front foot. The ball goes towards point and they take a single.
  • 55.6 Loopy delivery on the pads, Lakmal tries to defend but gets hit on the pads and goes to short leg fielder. The Kiwi fielders appeal for a possible bat and pad decision but the umpire is unmoved. 161/7
  • The new man in is Suranga Lakmal.
  • 55.5 OUT! Caught! Another one bites the dust! First wicket for Somerville in this game. The consistent line and length he has bowled in this over has bore its fruit. Floated outside off, Akila goes for a big drive but gets a thick outside edge which goes straight into the hands of Ross Taylor at first slip. From 144/3 they are now reeling at 161/7.
  • 55.4 Another brilliant delivery from Somerville, Akila in another attempt to defend it misses the ball completely.
  • 55.3 Beaten! Flighted delivery outside off stump, Dananjaya tries to defend it but gets deceived in the air.
  • 55.2 Loopy delivery on the off stump, Dickwella plays it towards mid off for a quick single.
  • 55.1 Full delivery on the middle stump, Dickwella paddles sweeps it to fine leg for a brace.
  • 54.6 Floated on off, Akila pushes it to cover. 158/6
  • 54.5 On the pads, AK flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 54.4 Floated on off, Akila taps it back to the bowler.
  • 54.3 Floated on the stumps, AD blocks it away.
  • 54.2 Flighted on off, Akila starts his innings with a front foot defense.
  • Akila Dananjaya is the new man in.
  • 54.1 OUT! Caught! Another Sri Lankan batsman who does not hang around a lot after getting to his half ton. 5-wicket haul for Ajaz Patel. Quicker on off, Mathews looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge and it goes straight to Taylor at first slip. Sri Lanka in trouble now as they still trail by 91.
  • 53.6 Loopy delivery outside the off stump, Dickwella lets it go to the keeper. 158/5
  • 53.5 Flighted delivery on the off stump, Dickwella looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is a loud LBW appeal but not given by the umpire.
  • 53.4 Fifty for Angelo Mathews! His 34th Test fifty for Mathews. This has been a fine knock from the experienced campaigner. He gets to his fifty with a flick towards mid-wicket for a single. He raises his bat in appreciation. He will look to convert this into a big one.
  • 53.3 Loopy delivery on the middle stump, Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 53.2 Shorter on off, Mathews looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge whcih flies wide of the man at slip towards third man. Two runs taken.
  • 53.1 Shorter around off, Mathews defends it off the back foot.
  • William Somerville is back on!
  • 52.6 Another flighted delivery on the off stump, Dickwella blocks it out towards cover. 155/5
  • 52.5 Flighted delivery on the off stump, Dickwella prods forward to defend but gets hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but the umpire is unmoved.
  • 52.4 Another loopy delivery on the middle stump, Niroshan sweeps it fine but straight to the fine leg fielder.
  • 52.3 Loopy delivery on the off stump, Dickwella defends it to cover.
  • Niroshan Dickwella walks in at number 7, replacing Dhananjaya de Silva.
  • 52.2 OUT! Terrific return catch! Sri Lanka have now lost a wicket either side of Tea. Poor shot from de Silva. Tossed up outside off, Dhananjaya comes down the track and looks to go big but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Hits it back to Ajaz Patel who reacts well to take a sharp catch. New Zealand still in shout for a decent first innings lead. Sri Lanka still behind by 94.
  • 52.1 Full and around off, Dhananjaya comes down the track and looks to swing but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards mid on.
  • 51.6 On a good length delivery outside off stump, Dhananjaya leaves it alone. 155/4
  • 51.5 Good length delivery outside off stump, de Silva defends it towards the cover fielder.
  • 51.4 Boult keeps on bowling back of a length. This time Dhananjaya flicks it square leg for a single.
  • 51.3 Another back of a length delivery on the body, de Silva flicks it to mid-wicket. Another dot ball.
  • 51.2 Back of a length delivery on middle stump, de Silva flicks it towards square leg. No run.
  • 51.1 Good length delivery on middle, de Silva defends it back to the bowler.
  • 50.6 Short around off, Mathews punches it to cover. 154/4
  • 50.5 FOUR! Mathews continues his good work. Tossed up on middle, Angelo comes down the track and lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 50.4 Short and quick outside off, Mathews looks to cut but misses.
  • 50.3 Tossed up on the stumps, AM keeps it out.
  • 50.2 Tossed up around off, Angelo defends it to cover.
  • 50.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 49.6 Good length delivery on the middle stump, DdS blocks it back to the bowler. 150/4
  • 49.5 Good length delivery on the pads, de Silva flicks it towards square leg.
  • 49.4 Shorter in length this time, Dhananjaya rocks back and pushes it towards the point fielder.
  • 49.3 On a good length on middle, de Silva defends it off his back foot.
  • 49.2 Good length delivery on the middle pole, Dhananjaya defends it towards cover.
  • 49.1 Back of a length delivery aimed at the body, Mathews flicks it towards square leg and takes a single. The trail now is under 100.
  • 48.6 On the stumps, de Silva defends it. 149/4
  • 48.5 Floated on the stumps, de Silva keeps it out.
  • 48.4 FOUR! But a good effort in the field from Santner. Short and wide outside off, Dhananjaya cuts it through point. Santner chases it from point and looks to pull it back before the ropes but his hand ends up touching the ropes.
  • 48.3 Tossed up on off, Dhananjaya keeps it out.
  • 48.2 Floated on off, de Silva blocks it off the front foot.
  • 48.1 On the pads, Mathews flicks it towards square leg for one.
  • 47.6 Another back of a length delivery, Dhananjaya flicks it towards square leg. Excellent over from Boult. A wicket and no runs in it. 144/4
  • 47.5 Boult bowls a fuller length delivery outside off, de Silva pushes it to mid off.
  • 47.4 Back of a length delivery on the middle stump, Dhananjaya defends it off the back foot.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is the new man in.
  • 47.3 OUT! Caught! New Zealand wanted to attack the new man and they have done just that. Short ball around off, Perera was in two minds whether to leave it or play the shot. He goes for the latter but half-heartedly. He just ends up lobbing it straight to Mitchell Santner at cover-point. New Zealand once again get their noses just in front.
  • 47.2 Good length delivery on the leg stump, Perera defends it off his back foot towards mid on.
  • 47.1 Almost a calamity there. Good length ball on off, Perera strokes it wide of mid off and calls for a run. Mathews though was not interested and sends him back. Watling has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
  • Trent Boult to continue from the other end.
  • 46.6 Perera is off the mark straightaway! Tossed up on middle, Perera comes down the track and flicks it wide of mid on for a single. 144/3
  • We are back for the third and final session of Day 2. Kusal Perera is the new man joining Angelo Mathews out in the middle. Ajaz Patel to finish off his incomplete over.
  • ...Day 2, Session 3...
  • Tea! A tiring session for New Zealand but the wicket they got in the end will definitely boost their confidence. The start and end belonged to New Zealand but the pair of Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis really started to take the game by the scruff of its neck. The duo added 77-run stand with Mendis even getting to his 50 but then soon departed. Ajaz Patel has been the only bowler in the wicket column and rightfully so as he has been the best of the lot. Though New Zealand kept it tight, the lack of wickets would be a concern but with a new man set to join after the break, things are still evenly poised. Join us after a while for the final session of the day.
  • 46.5 OUT! Caught! Fifty and out! Mendis will be gutted with himself. He was looking so good out in the middle but has thrown it away. This has been a trademark of his career. Tossed up on middle, Mendis looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies to the man at slip, and guess who takes the catch? Yes, it is Ross Taylor. The 77-run stand is broken and that will be Tea on Day 2.
  • 46.4 FOUR! Fifty for Mendis. This has been a fine knock from the young man. He will now look to convert this into a big one. He gets a gift to get to his 10th Test fifty. A low full toss on the pads, Mendis flicks it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • 46.3 Short again on off, Mendis plays it to point.
  • 46.2 Shorter on off, Angelo punches it to cover.
  • 46.1 Tossed up on the stumps, Mendis keeps it out.
  • 45.6 Outside off and it is left alone once again by Angelo. 139/2
  • 45.5 On the pads, Mathews nudges it towards mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 45.4 Length ball on the stumps, Mathews blocks it.
  • 45.3 Once again outside Mathews offers no stroke to this one.
  • 45.2 Length ball outside off, Angelo leaves it alone.
  • 45.1 Good length ball on off, Mathews defends it towards mid off.
  • Trent Boult is back again this time from the other end.
  • 44.6 Flights one on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot. 137/2
  • 44.5 Shorter on off, Mathews taps it towards third man and gets to the other end.
  • 44.4 Floated on the stumps, Angelo defends it off the front foot.
  • 44.3 Shorter around off, Mathews punches it to point.
  • 44.2 Tossed up on off, Angelo blocks it off the front foot.
  • 44.1 Loopy ball on middle and leg, Mathews pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Ajaz Patel is back on! New Zealand in desperate need of wicket can Ajaz be the man?
  • 43.6 On the pads, Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket for one. 136/2
  • 43.5 FOUR! This duo continue to trouble New Zealand. Tossed up on middle, Mathews comes down the track and lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 43.4 Shorter on off, Mendis pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 43.3 On the pads, Mendis turns it to the on side.
  • 43.2 On the pads, Angelo turns it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 43.1 Quicker on middle and off, Mathews tucks it to short leg.
  • 42.6 Length ball on off, KM keeps it out. 129/2
  • 42.5 On the pads, Angelo flicks it to the on side for a single. Trail now stands at 120.
  • 42.4 Gets behind this length ball and solidly blocks it.
  • 42.3 Good length ball on off, Angelo defends it off the front foot.
  • 42.2 This time gets it wide of the man at point for a single.
  • 42.1 Length ball on off, Mendis plays it to point.
  • 41.6 FOUR! Mathews shows aggression once again. Tossed up on middle and off, Angelo comes down the track and squeezes it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 127/2
  • 41.5 Loopy delivery on off, Angleo blocks it.
  • 41.4 Tossed up on the pads, Mathews turns it to fine leg and rotates the strike.
  • 41.3 Floated on middle and leg, Mathews turns it to the on side and gets a single.
  • 41.2 On the pads, Kusal turns it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 41.1 Short ball on middle and leg, Mendis pulls it towards deep square leg and gets a couple.
  • William Somerville is back on.
  • 40.6 On the pads, Mathews flicks it but finds mid-wicket. 118/2
  • 40.5 Inside edge to the rescue. Very full and inswinging ball on off, Mathews looks to defend but luckily the ball kisses the inside edge and goes onto the pads.
  • 40.4 On the body, Mendis glances it towards fine leg for one.
  • 40.3 On the fourth stump line, Mendis leaves it alone.
  • 40.2 Outside off, Kusal leaves it alone.
  • 40.1 Good length ball on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
  • Trent Boult is back on.
  • 39.6 On the pads, Angelo flicks it to the on side. 117/2
  • 39.5 Floated on the stumps, Mathews blocks it away.
  • 39.4 Floats it on off, Angelo defends it off the front foot.
  • 39.3 FOUR! Runs starting to come quicker now. Shorter around off. Mathews cuts it through point for a boundary. Also brings up the 50-run stand between the duo.
  • 39.2 Floated on middle and off, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 39.1 On the pads, Mathews turns it to the on side.
  • 38.6 Good length ball outside off, Kusal shoulders arms to it. 113/2
  • 38.5 Once again bowls it full around off, Mendis keeps it out.
  • 38.4 Full ball outside off, Kusal defends it towards cover.
  • 38.3 Full on off, Kusal pushes it to mid on.
  • 38.2 Outside off, asking the batsman to drive but Mendis says not now mate.
  • 38.1 Fuller on off, Mendis keeps it out.
  • 37.6 Angelo has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 113/2
  • 37.5 Tossed up on the stumps, AM keeps it out.
  • 37.4 Floated on the stumps, Santner defends it off the front foot.
  • 37.3 IN THE AIR AND SIX! Tossed up on off, Mathews frees his arms and lofts it over long off for a biggie. It looked like he did not connect well but he had got enough meat on it.
  • 37.2 On the pads, Mendis turns it towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 37.1 Floated on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
  • 36.6 Fuller on off, Mathews drives it to mid on off the inner half of his bat. End of an expensive over, 8 from it. 106/2
  • 36.5 Length ball on off, Mathews defends it calmly.
  • 36.4 FOUR! Poor bowling this from Southee. He strays one down the leg side, Angelo flicks it fine down the leg side to score the second boundary of the over.
  • 36.3 On the pads, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 36.2 FOUR! 100 comes up for Sri Lanka in style. Good length ball around off, Mathews cuts it with venom through point for a boundary. Much needed as this has come after almost 9 overs.
  • 36.1 Good length ball on off, Mathews blocks it off the front foot.
  • 35.6 Once again short, Mathews cannot get it past point. 98/2
  • 35.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.4 On the stumps, AM blocks it off the front foot.
  • 35.3 Floated on the stumps, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 35.2 Shorter on off, Mendis punches it to cover.
  • 35.1 Tossed up on middle, Mendis comes down the track and taps the ball onto the ground.
  • 34.6 Fuller on middle, AM keeps it out. 96/2
  • 34.5 Fuller on middle, Angelo strokes it to mid on.
  • 34.4 Good length ball on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 34.3 Almost chopped on! Good length ball around off, Mathews is late in getting his bat down. The ball hits the bottom half of his bat and onto the pads. It goes past the stumps and to the keeper.
  • 34.2 Good length ball outside off, Mathews leaves it alone.
  • 34.1 Southee bowls the effort ball and bangs it in short. Mathews sways away from it.
  • 33.6 Floated on the stumps, Mendis blocks it away. 96/2
  • 33.5 Slower through the air on off, Mendis defends it off the inner half of his bat.
  • 33.4 Floated on off, KM blocks it.
  • 33.3 Shorter around off, Kusal taps it towards third man for a couple.
  • 33.2 Floated on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
  • 33.1 Slower and shorter outside off, Mathews punches it towards cover for a single.
  • 32.6 Same line and this one is defended towards mid on. Maiden for Southee on his return. 93/2
  • 32.5 Closer to off pole, Kusal defends it to cover.
  • 32.4 On the fourth stump line, Mendis has no business with it.
  • 32.3 Length ball on off, Kusal blocks it off.
  • 32.2 No swing on this one. It is outside off, KM shoulders arms to this.
  • 32.1 Good length ball outside off, Mendis leaves it alone.
  • Tim Southee is back.
  • Drinks Break! Sri Lanka are cruising along nicely here. They have lost just two wickets and Kusal Mendis is still out in the middle and he is looking very good out in the middle. New Zealand need wickets here and need to break this stand.
  • 31.6 Floated on off, AM keeps it out. 93/2
  • 31.5 On the pads, KM turns it to the on side and gets a single.
  • 31.4 Tossed up on the stumps, Kusal blocks it off the front foot.
  • 31.3 Floated on off, Mendis blocks it off the front foot.
  • 31.2 Slightly shorter on middle, Mendis keeps his eyes on the ball and defends it.
  • 31.1 Tossed up on off, Mendis defends it calmly.
  • 30.6 On the stumps, AM blocks it off the front foot. 92/2
  • 30.5 Short on off, Mathews defends it off the back foot.
  • 30.4 Floated on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 30.3 Short around off, Mendis runs it down to third man and gets a single.
  • 30.2 Shorter around off, Mendis cuts it through point and gets a couple as Santner goes after it from point and pulls it before the ropes.
  • 30.1 Flatter on off, Kusal defends it off the front foot.
  • 29.6 On off, Mathews blocks it to get through the over. 89/2
  • 29.5 Floated on off, Mathews defends it with a straight bat.
  • 29.4 Tossed up on off, Mathews strokes it to cover.
  • 29.3 Flighted on off, Angelo defends it off the front foot.
  • 29.2 Short around off, Mendis punches it towards cover and gets a single.
  • 29.1 Tossed up on middle, Kusal defends it off the front foot.
  • 28.6 Tossed up on off, AM keeps it out. 88/2
  • 28.5 Floated on the stumps, Angelo defends it off the front foot.
  • 28.4 Once again cuts but finds point.
  • 28.3 Short and around off, Angelo cuts it but finds point.
  • 28.2 On the stumps, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 28.1 Floated on the stumps, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 27.6 On the pads, Mendis flicks it to the man at mid-wicket. 88/2
  • 27.5 Short again this is on off, KM punches it to cover.
  • 27.4 FOUR! Short and punished. It is on middle, Kusal picks the length early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 27.3 Tossed up on the stumps, KM blocks it.
  • 27.2 Floated on off, Mendis pushes it to mid off.
  • 27.1 Not Out! There was no bat involved but the impact was outside leg. New Zealand lose one of their two reviews. Tossed up on leg, Mendis looks to flick but misses. The ball hits him on the pads. There is a huge appeal but the umpire is unmoved. Williamson after a few consultation takes the review. Replay rolls in, Ultra Edge shows no involvement of bat but the Ball Tracker shows that the impact was outside leg.
  • LBW appeal taken upstairs. Mendis is the man in question. It looked like there was bat involved, let's see what the replays have to say.
  • 26.6 Floated on the stumps, AM defends it off the front foot. 84/2
  • 26.5 Short around off, Mathews cuts but cannot get it past the man at point.
  • 26.4 Tossed up on middle, Angelo flicks it to square leg.
  • 26.3 Now a confident defense. Tossed up on off, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 26.2 Beauty! Slower through the air on off, Mathews looks to defend it off his back foot but gets beaten by the spin on that one.
  • 26.1 Shorter on top of middle, Mathews gets on his back foot and punches it to mid on.
  • 25.6 Now he induces spin here. Floated on off, Mathews looks to defend with soft hands but gets a thick outside edge which goes towards the third man region for a single. 84/2
  • 25.5 Tossed up on off, Angelo blocks it. Though Santner has been right on the money he has not got too much spin here.
  • 25.4 Flatter on off, Mathews defends it towards cover.
  • 25.3 On middle and leg, Mathews tucks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 25.2 Shorter on off and middle, Mathews gets right behind it and defends it back towards the bowler.
  • 25.1 Starts right on the money. Flighted on off, there is late spin on this one. Mendis looks to defend but it goes off the outer half of his bat towards the third man region for a single.
  • Third spinner into the attack now. Mitchell Santer is introduced.
  • 24.6 On the pads, AM flicks it to square leg. 82/2
  • 24.5 Once again Ajaz bowls short, Mathews punches it to cover
  • 24.4 FOUR! This time Mathews cuts it with authority! Short and wide outside off, Mathews gets on his back foot and cuts it right off the meat through point for a boundary.
  • 24.3 Tossed up on off, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 24.2 In the air but short. Short outside off, Mathews looks to cut but does so uppishly but it falls short of Santner at backward point.
  • 24.1 Arm ball outside off, Mathews leaves it alone.
  • 23.6 SIX! Mendis won't miss out on those hit me balls. Tossed up on middle and leg, it is overpitched by Somerville. Kusal gets down on one knee and sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 78/2
  • 23.5 Quicker and shorter on middle and leg, Kusal tucks it down and wide of short leg.
  • 23.4 Mathews is off the mark. Off spinner on the pads, Mathews glances it with the spin towards fine leg for a single.
  • 23.3 On the pads, Mendis flicks it to the on side for one.
  • 23.2 FOUR! Hammered away. Somerville is guilty of bowling it too short, Mendis picks it early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 23.1 Quick and spinning in. It is on the leg side, Mendis looks to play it to the on side but misses.
  • 22.6 Flighted outside off, Mathews starts his innings with a leave. 66/2
  • Angelo Mathews replaces his skipper out in the middle.
  • 22.5 OUT! LBW! The Sri Lankan skipper is out of here. Ajaz bowls one quicker on middle and off, Dimuth looks to flick but misses. The Kiwis ask the question and the umpire gives Karunaratne his marching orders by raising his finger. Karunaratne and Mendis have a word and they opt against the review. Good decision as replay later on shows that the ball would have gone onto hit the leg pole.
  • 22.4 Flatter on the pads, Karunaratne looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
  • 22.3 Shorter on off, DK blocks it off the back foot.
  • 22.2 Short and spinning in, Karunaratne plays it late and wide of slip and third man. Raval at third man mops it up before the ropes. Two taken.
  • 22.1 Tossed up on middle and off, Karunaratne comes down the track and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 21.6 On the stumps, Mendis keeps it out. 64/1
  • 21.5 On the pads, DK flicks it towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 21.4 Shorter on off, Karunaratne punches it to cover.
  • 21.3 Flights one on the stumps, Karunaratne defends it with a straight bat.
  • 21.2 Sharp turn! Floated around off, Karunaratne looks to defend but gets beaten.
  • 21.1 Tossed up on off, Karunaratne pushes it to cover.
  • 20.6 Driven towards the mid-off by Mendis. 63/1
  • 20.5 FOUR! Swept and swept fine. Floated on the pads, Mendis gets down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 20.4 On off, Mendis keeps it out with a classical front foot defense.
  • 20.3 Flighted on the stumps, Mendis gets on his front foot and blocks it.
  • 20.2 Floated on the stumps, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
  • 20.1 Uppish but safe! Tossed up around middle, Mendis comes down the track and drives it uppishly towards extra cover. Luckily for him, it falls short of the fielder.
  • 19.6 Slower through the air on off, Karunaratne defends it to get through the over. 59/1
  • 19.5 Flighted on off, Dimuth blocks it away.
  • 19.4 Loopy ball on middle, Karunaratne taps it back to the bowler.
  • 19.3 Shorter on off, Karunaratne plays it to point.
  • 19.2 Edged but short! Flighted outside off, Karunaratne looks to drive but gets an outside edge. This time it does not carry to Rosco and he does well to stop it with a dive.
  • 19.1 Flighted around off, Karunaratne defends it towards point.
  • 18.6 Shorter on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot. 59/1
  • 18.5 Kusal has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.4 Floated on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
  • 18.3 Flighted on off, Mendis drives it straight to cover.
  • 18.2 Floated on the stumps, Mendis keeps it out.
  • 18.1 Tossed up on off, KM defends it off the front foot.
  • 17.6 Floated on middle, Karunaratne flicks it to mid-wicket. 59/1
  • 17.5 UPPISH AND FOUR! Somerville tosses it up around off, Karunaratne drives it uppishly to the right of Somerville. The tall spinner puts in a good dive but can just get a finger tip to it. That is not enough to take the pace of the ball as it still goes to the long off fence.
  • 17.4 Flighted outside off, Dimuth leaves it alone.
  • 17.3 Very full on off, DK nudges it to mid on.
  • 17.2 Short and wide outside off, Karunaratne punches it with the spin towards cover.
  • 17.1 Flighted and spinning away from outside off, Dimuth guides it with the spin towards gully.
  • 16.6 Short again but this is on off, Kusal defends it towards point. 55/1
  • 16.5 FOUR! Easy pickings! Short on middle, Mendis gets on his back foot and pulls it over the vacant mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 16.4 Flighted on off, Mendis blocks it off the front foot.
  • 16.3 Floated on middle and off, Karunaratne strokes it to mid on and gets to the other end.
  • 16.2 Shorter on middle, Karunaratne flicks it against the spin towards the fine leg region. Santner gives it a chase and pulls it before the ropes. Two taken.
  • 16.1 Flighted on off, Dimuth defends it with a straight bat.
  • 15.6 Arm ball on off, Karunaratne taps it wide of gully and keeps the strike. 48/1
  • 15.5 Flights one on off, Dimuth strokes it to mid off.
  • 15.4 Tossed up on the stumps, DK keeps it out.
  • 15.3 Follows it up with a gentle front foot defense.
  • 15.2 FOUR! Crisp! Flighted on off, Karunaratne lunges out and drives it with sweet timing straight down the ground for a boundary.
  • 15.1 Flighted on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
  • 14.6 EDGED AND FOUR! Taylor once again is lethargic at slip. Short around off, Mendis looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge which goes just left of Taylor at first slip and to the fence for a boundary. 43/1
  • 14.5 Floated on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
  • 14.4 Beauty! Tossed up on off, Mendis looks to defend but the ball spins away and squares Kusal all ends up.
  • 14.3 Shorter on off and middle, Mendis defends it off the upper half of his bat.
  • 14.2 On the pads, Karunaratne flicks it towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 14.1 Flighted on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
  • Ajaz Patal to continue.
  • 13.6 Tossed up on off, Kusal drives it straight to the bowler. 38/1
  • 13.5 Floated on off, Mendis blocks it.
  • 13.4 Short on off, Kusal plays the nataraja pull shot but straight to mid-wicket.
  • 13.3 Floated outside off, Mendis leaves it alone.
  • 13.2 Now calmly leaves this one which is outside off.
  • 13.1 FOUR! What a glorious way to start the session. Tossed up outside off, Mendis gets on his front foot and drives it through mid off for a boundary!
  • We are back for the 2nd session. Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis walk out to resume their innings. William Somerville to bowl the first over of this new session.
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Tidy start from Boult and Southee followed by tight spells from Somerville and Ajaz Patel has seen New Zealand get one wicket before the break. There is a lot of spin on offer and with the rough outside the left-hander's off stump, the Kiwi spinners will be looking forward to exploiting that as the hosts do have a lot of left-handers. Can they succeed in their plans will be the real question. Join us after the break for the second session.
  • LUNCH! After a solid display with the ball from Lakmal in the morning, Sri Lanka bowled out New Zealand for 249. The opening pair of Karunaratne and Thirimanne were putting up a good fight and it looked like the hosts would go into the break unharmed but just over 10 minutes before the Lunch break, Thirimanne decided to show aggression and in the process was out stumped. That is the only casualty for Sri Lanka as they head into the break with a trail of 215.
  • 12.6 Short on off, Mendis punches it towards point and gets a single. LUNCH ON DAY 2! 34/1
  • 12.5 Floated on off, Mendis defends it by getting right behind the ball.
  • 12.4 Shorter around off, DK runs it down to third man for one.
  • 12.3 Ajaz once again tries to bowl it on the rough which is developing outside off stump of the left-hander. Karunaratne looks to negate it by coming down the track. He misses his flick and the ball hits him on the pads. There is a stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire.
  • 12.2 Short around off, Karunaratne looks to cut but misses.
  • 12.1 Tossed up around off, Karunaratne comes down the track and blocks it.
  • 11.6 Tossed up on middle, Karunarate comes down the track and nudges it wide of mid on for one. 32/1
  • 11.5 Ohh! Floated on the pads, Karunaratne flicks it uppishly just wide of short leg.
  • 11.4 Tossed up on middle and off, Karunaratne blocks it off his front foot.
  • 11.3 Floated on the stumps, DK defends it off the front foot.
  • 11.2 DROPPED! Taylor is the culprit! Somerville will feel hard done by this. William tosses it up outside off, Karunaratne goes for the drive but ends up getting a thick outside edge. The ball flies to the right of first slip. Taylor misreads and the ball hits his right hand and lobs behind for a couple.
  • 11.1 Shorter on off, Karunaratne runs it down towards third man and gets a couple.
  • Kusal Mendis walks out at number 3.
  • 10.6 OUT! Stumped! New Zealand needed a wicket before lunch and Ajaz Patel has given them just that in his first over. Not a smart choice from Thirimanne. Ajaz flights one outside off, it is slower through the air. Lahiru comes down the track and looks to play it on the leg side. He misreads the spin and it cuts the bat and body on its way to the keeper. Watling takes the bails off as Lahiru is too far in front. 27/1
  • 10.5 Floated outside off, Thirimanne leaves it alone.
  • 10.4 On the pads, Dimuth comes down the track and flicks it towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 10.3 Short around off, Thirimanne looks to cut but the ball goes off the lower half of his bat towards point for one.
  • 10.2 Flighted on middle, Thirimanne defends it off the front foot.
  • 10.1 Starts with a short ball on top of off, Karunaratne punches it through point and gets three as the fielder cleans it before the ropes.
  • Ajaz Patel is into the attack.
  • 9.6 Maiden for Somerville. Better over this. The last ball is flighted on off, Lahiru blocks it. 22/0
  • 9.5 Shorter on off, Lahiru blocks it off the back foot.
  • 9.4 Tossed up on middle, Thirimanne strokes it to mid on.
  • 9.3 Sharp spin on this one. Floated on middle and leg, Thirimanne does well to read the spin and block it.
  • 9.2 Very full on the pads, LT defends it back to the bowler.
  • 9.1 Loopy delivery outside off, Thirimanne drives it but straight to cover. Lahiru will be gutted to miss out on that one.
  • 8.6 Short delivery outside the off stump, Dimuth cuts hard but straight to the point fielder. DK will feel that he missed out there as it was a ball to be hit. 22/0
  • 8.5 On a good length delivery on the pads, Lahiru flicks it off his pads and crosses over for a single.
  • 8.4 Good length ball on middle pole, Lahiru blocks it out to mid on.
  • 8.3 Full delivery outside the off stump, Thirimanne drives it towards cover. No run.
  • 8.2 On a good length on the middle pole, Thirimanne pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 8.1 Short ball on middle, Thirimanne rocks back and defends it towards mid on.
  • 7.6 FOUR! No power just placement. Short and wide outside off, Karunaratne waits and then places it fine towards the third man region for a boundary. 21/0
  • 7.5 Shorter on off, Karunaratne drives it through point for a couple.
  • 7.4 Quicker and shorter on off, Karunaratne taps it towards gully.
  • 7.3 Floated on off, DK blocks it off his front foot.
  • 7.2 Flighted on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
  • 7.1 Starts with a loopy delivery outside off, Karunaratne leaves it alone.
  • Spinner into the attack now. William Somerville is on.
  • 6.6 In the air but safe! Fuller on middle and leg, Thirimanne flicks it uppishly but luckily it falls well short of short mid-wicket. 15/0
  • 6.5 FOUR! Excellent shot! First boundary of the day for Thirimanne. Good length ball around off, Lahiru leans back and cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 6.4 Full on off and middle, Lahiru nudges it to mid on.
  • 6.3 Bouncer! It is on middle and leg, Lahiru sits under it and the ball goes just past him.
  • 6.2 Good length ball on off, Thirimanne defends it towards cover-point.
  • 6.1 Boult steams in and hits the deck hard around off, it comes in slightly but Thirimanne offers a classical leave to it.
  • 5.6 Full delivery on the off pole, Dimuth pushes it towards mid off. 11/0
  • 5.5 Good length ball on the middle pole angling in to the left hander, Thirimanne flicks it to square leg and takes a single.
  • 5.4 Back of a length delivery outside the off stump, Lahiru lets it go to the keeper.
  • 5.3 Good length ball on middle pole, Thirimanne drives it back to the bowler.
  • 5.2 Another good length delivery on the off stump, Thirimanne defends it to the off side. The batter wants to take a single but it is not there as the fielder at point makes a diving stop.
  • 5.1 Good length ball outside off stump, Thirimanne leaves it alone.
  • 4.6 Good length ball outside off, Karunaratne leaves it alone. 10/0
  • 4.5 Boult misses his line and bowls one down the leg side. Karunaratne looks to flick but misses.
  • 4.4 On the pads, Karunaratne flicks it towards square leg for a couple.
  • 4.3 OHH! Full outside off, Karunaratne looks to drive it on the up but misses.
  • 4.2 Fuller on off, Dimuth defends it off the front foot.
  • 4.1 Good length ball outside off, Karunaratne leaves it alone.
  • 3.6 BEATEN! Excellent delivery from Southee. It was on a good length on the off pole. Lahiru prods forward to defend but is not able to put any bat on it. 8/0
  • 3.5 Full delivery outside off stump, Dimuth prods forward and pushes it to mid off and takes off for a single.
  • 3.4 Fuller in length this time on the off stump, Karunaratne pushes it towards mid off.
  • 3.3 Another one on a good length outside off stump, DK defends it again towards cover.
  • 3.2 Good length ball on the off pole, Karunaratne defends it to the off side.
  • 3.1 Full delivery on the middle pole, Dimuth tries to flick it towards the leg side but gets a thick edge towards the off side.
  • 2.6 Length ball on off, Thirimanne tucks it to the on side. 7/0
  • 2.5 Good length ball close to off stump, Lahiru defends it off the front foot.
  • 2.4 Length ball outside off, Thirimanne shoulders arms to it.
  • 2.3 Back of a length ball on off, Thirimanne defends it off the back foot.
  • 2.2 Bouncer! Thirimanne ducks under it.
  • 2.1 Good length ball outside off, Thirimanne taps it towards gully.
  • 1.6 Beaten! Shorter delivery outside the off stump, Karunaratne looks to defend but misses the ball. 7/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Excellent shot from Karunaratne! It was a full delivery on the pads. Dimuth flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for the first boundary of the innings.
  • 1.4 Another full length delivery on the middle pole, Dimuth defends it towards the off side.
  • 1.3 Fuller in length this time but on the pads, Lahiru flicks it towards square leg and takes a single.
  • 1.2 Shorter in length this time, Thirimanne defends it off the back foot.
  • 1.1 Good length ball on the off stump, Thirimanne drives it down the ground and gets off the mark with a couple.
  • Tim Southee to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 On the fourth stump, Dimuth leaves it alone to get through the first over without any damage. 0/0
  • 0.5 On off, Karunaratne defends it with authority.
  • 0.4 Fuller on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
  • 0.3 Good length ball on off, Karunaratne pushes it to cover.
  • 0.2 No wild swing on this one. It is a good length ball around off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
  • 0.1 Wild swing first up. Good length ball on the fourth stump line, the ball swings away and goes towards the first slip. Watling does really well as he dives to his left to collect the ball.

Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • So far, the rain has stayed away after making an appearance early in the morning. We hope for similar weather throughout. Should be an exciting chase. Do join us in a short while.
  • Lunch is taken now on Day 4! Sri Lanka have their task cut out on a wearing surface to scale down a target of 268. They are on the back foot at the moment but can learn from the way the Kiwi lower order fought.
  • 54, 46, 36, 25 - These are the partnership runs for the last four wickets. This brilliant effort has lifted New Zealand from the doldrums and has put them in a commanding position. The Kiwis were reeling at one stage after Embuldeniya and Dhananjaya ran havoc but then BJ Watling emerged on the scene to strung in critical partnerships with the lower order. Tim Southee and William Somerville stuck in with the bat and Trent Boult played a handy cameo as well. Sri Lanka were completely off colour and lacked the intent with the ball.
  • Right then, after grinding for over two hours, Sri Lanka have finally managed to pick the remaining three wickets. New Zealand continued with their fight today morning and added another 90 runs to their lead.
  • 105.6 OUT! Just by a fraction de Silva has got the wicket. The gamble to take the review almost paid off. Flighted delivery around off, skidding back in after landing, Ajaz looks to defend but misses. The ball hits him flush on the front pad. The Sri Lankan players put in a loud appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Ajaz takes the review with a glimmer of hope that something goes in his favour. Replay rolls in and shows that Dhananjaya de Silva's front foot was just, just around the crease. The line belongs to the umpire and the T.V umpire is happy with his front foot's landing. He then moves onto the Ball Tracker and it shows three reds. That will be the last action before Lunch. SRI LANKA NEED 268 TO WIN!
  • Ajaz Patel has been adjudged LBW. He has taken the DRS. It looks plumb but New Zealand have both the reviews left so they have just taken a chance here it seems.
  • 105.5 Floated outside off, AP leaves it alone.
  • 105.4 Tossed up on the pads, Somerville glances it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 105.3 Floated on off, Ajaz strokes it to long off and gets to the other end.
  • 105.2 FOUR! First boundary for Ajaz. It was a full delivery on the middle stump line. Ajaz goes for the slog sweep and hits it towards the deep mid-wicket fence for a boundary.
  • 105.1 Flatter delivery on the pads, Somerville gets hit on the pads and goes towards fine leg and takes a single.
  • 104.6 Good length delivery on middle, Somerville plays it towards the mid-wicket region and takes a single. The lead is now 260. 278/9
  • 104.5 Back of a length delivery on the off stump line, Somerville guides it to third man. No run.
  • 104.4 On a good length outside off, Somerville drives it nicely towards mid off and takes a brace. Mathews runs after it and cleans it up.
  • 104.3 Full delivery on the middle stump line, Somerville flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 104.2 Good length delivery on the off stump, Patel guides it to third man and takes a single.
  • 104.1 On a good length on off, Ajaz defends it towards the leg side.
  • Suranga Lakmal to try and end the New Zealand innings now.
  • 103.6 Shorter on off, Somerville waits and then taps it wide of third man for a couple. 274/9
  • 103.5 Floated on off, Patel strokes it towards cover for one.
  • 103.4 Flights one outside off, Patel has nothing to do with it.
  • 103.3 Floated on off, Patel defends it off the front foot.
  • 103.2 NOT OUT! It's missing the stumps. Floated outside off, Ajaz covers his stumps and then decides to offer no shot. The ball though skids in to hit him on the pads. The Sri Lankan players appeal but the umpire says no. After a few words with his players, Dimuth signals the 'T'. Replays roll in and the Ball Tracker shows that the impact is way outside off. But since Patel was not offering any shot it won't matter much. Importantly for the Kiwis, it's missing the stumps quite easily.
  • Sri Lanka have taken the review for LBW. Ajaz Patel is the man in question. They have a review left and they have taken a chance.
  • 103.1 Shorter on off, Ajaz gets on his back foot and defends it off the back foot.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is back.
  • 102.6 Short delivery on the off stump, which spun away from the batsman, Somerville looks to cut but due to the turn on it fails to put any bat on it. 271/9
  • 102.5 Looped up ball on middle, Somerville blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 102.4 Flighted delivery on middle, Ajaz flicks it off the front foot towards the mid-wicket region and takes a single.
  • 102.3 Flatter delivery on middle, Somerville flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 102.2 Shorter in length on off, William cuts it towards the point fielder.
  • 102.1 Loopy delivery on off, William defends it to point.
  • 101.6 The lead now goes past 250. Slowly but steadily New Zealand are taking this away from Sri Lanka. Floated around off, Ajaz sweeps it towards square leg for a couple. 269/9
  • 101.5 Tossed up outside off, Patel leaves it alone.
  • 101.4 Floated on middle and off, Ajaz defends it really well.
  • 101.3 Flatter delivery on middle, WS flicks it to square leg and takes a single.
  • 101.2 Flighted delivery on off, Somerville flicks it towards the leg side. No run.
  • 101.1 Nicely looped up by Dananjaya on the off stump line, Ajaz pushes it to mid off and takes a single.
  • 100.6 Floated outside off, Somerville looks to sweep but misses. 265/9
  • 100.5 Play and a miss. Flighted outside off, Ajaz looks to drive but misses.
  • 100.4 Flighted on off and middle, Ajaz gets down on one knee and sweeps it to square leg for a single.
  • 100.3 Tossed up on middle, Somerville milks it to long on and gets to the other end.
  • 100.2 Floated on middle and leg, Somerville gets on his back foot and pushes it to mid on.
  • 100.1 Shorter on the pads, William looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • Lasith Embuldenya is back.
  • 99.6 Shout for an LBW! It is a flighted delivery on middle turning away from the batsman, Patel goes for a defensive shot but misses and gets hit on the pads. Akila appeals but is turned down. The Sri Lankan players do not go for the review. We are done with 100 overs now, New Zealand have put themselves in a commanding position. 263/9
  • 99.5 Flighted delivery which spun away from the batsman, Patel while trying to defend misses the ball due to the spin on it.
  • 99.4 Floated on middle, WS nudges it to long on for one.
  • 99.3 Tossed up outside off, the ball spins in but does too much as Somerville looks to defend and misses to get hit on the front pad.
  • 99.2 Flighted on off, Somerville defends it off the front foot.
  • 99.1 Floated on off, Ajaz strokes it towards point for one.
  • 98.6 BOUNCER! It was a very high one from Kumara and it went way above Somerville's head. William ducks under it. 261/9
  • 98.5 Shorter delivery aimed at the body of Patel, the batsman rocks back and guides to cover and takes a single. Ajaz is off the mark with that single.
  • 98.4 On a good length on middle, Ajaz pushes it to mid on.
  • 98.3 Back of a length delivery on middle, Ajaz guides it to first slip.
  • Ajaz Patel walks out at number 11. Any runs from here are ultra bonus.
  • 98.2 OUT! Caught! Boult's cameo comes to an end! He has played an entertaining and very important knock here. Lahiru bowls it short on middle and off, Boult hangs back and plays the upper cut. He connects well but he cannot get it wide enough of third man. Dhananjaya de Silva there runs to his right and takes a simple catch. The 36-run stand has been broken. Sri Lanka will be happy to see his back as he was creating a lot of nuisance out in the middle for them. Lead is 242!
  • 98.1 Low full toss aimed at the middle stump, Boult who made room for himself by moving towards the leg side, drives it through the cover region and takes a brace.
  • 97.6 Flighted delivery on the off stump line, Somerville defends it towards the leg side. 258/8
  • 97.5 Looped up ball on off, Somerville defends it off the front foot.
  • 97.4 Shorter delivery spinning into the batsman, Boult flicks it off his pads towards the square leg region and takes a single.
  • 97.3 DROPPED AND SIX! Embuldeniya almost pulled out a stunner here. Tossed up on off and middle, Boult plays another brilliant shot after coming down the track. He gets to the pitch of the ball and smacks it over mid-wicket. Lasith Embuldeniya in the deep jumps and almost pulls it out of thin air but fails to hold on. The ball hits his hands and falls onto the ropes. Takes the partnership to 33 now.
  • 97.2 Shorter delivery spinning into the batsman, Somerville rocks back and guides it to third man and takes a single. The lead now moves to 233 with that single.
  • 97.1 Floated outside off, Somerville comes down the track and pads it away.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back on!
  • 96.6 Another extraordinary shot from Boult. It was a full delivery on the leg stump line, Boult makes room towards the leg side and plays a lofted drive over the bowler's head for a brace. Mathews from mid on runs back and cleans it up before it reaches the ropes. 250/8
  • 96.5 On a good length outside the off stump, Boult moves towards the off side and flicks it towards square leg. Boult is entertaining the fans over here. Rameez Raja on air has just called him in the Charlie Chaplin of batting! Hahaha!
  • 96.4 Back of a length delivery on middle, William flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes off for a single.
  • 96.3 Back of a length delivery on the pads, WS looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad and the ball rolls on to fine leg.
  • 96.2 Pacy ball down the leg side, Somerville looks to glance but misses.
  • 96.1 Short ball on the middle stump, Boult makes room for himself and pulls it straight towards long on and takes a single.
  • 95.6 Floated around off, it is slightly short and spinning in. William waits for it and taps it towards first slip under his eyes. 246/8
  • 95.5 Bowls it quicker just wide of the leg stump, Somerville looks to flick but misses.
  • 95.4 FOUR! Brilliant shot from Somerville. It is a flighted delivery on middle, William goes for a slog sweep and hits it towards the mid-wicket region for a boundary. The lead moves to 228.
  • 95.3 Fuller delivery which is converted to a full toss by Boult and played towards mid on for a single.
  • 95.2 Full delivery on the middle stump, Boult goes for the reverse sweep but hits it straight to third man.
  • 95.1 Tossed up on middle, Boult comes down the track and negates the spin. He glances it wide of long on and gets a brace.
  • 94.6 OHH! This time Lahiru bowls this fuller aimed at the middle stump, Boult made room for himself towards the off side but still manages to flick it towards square leg for a single. 239/8
  • 94.5 Shorter delivery outside the off stump line, Boult goes for the cut but is unable to put any bat on it.
  • 94.4 Good length delivery on the middle stump line, Somerville pushes it towards the cover region and gives Boult the strike.
  • 94.3 Another one on a length on off, Somerville pushes it towards mid off.
  • 94.2 On a good length, on the off pole line, WS defends it towards the off side.
  • 94.1 Shorter delivery aimed at the body, Somerville blocks it out.
  • 93.6 Another play and miss. Floated around off, Boult looks to drive on the up again but once again misses. 237/8
  • 93.5 SAFE! Boult never left and hence the lack of confidence from the Sri Lankan players. Flighted delivery on off, there is spin and bounce on this one. Boult looks to play a cover drive to follow up the boundary but misses. Dickwella takes the bails off in a flash and puts in an appeal. Boult looks in but the square leg umpire takes no chance and takes it upstairs. One replay is enough for the T.V umpire to show NOT OUT on the giant screen.
  • Stumping appeal taken upstairs. The Sri Lankan players are not too confident indicating Boult is in. Let's see what the replays have to say.
  • 93.4 FOUR! Excellent use of the feet from Boult. It was a flighted delivery on off. Boult dances down the track and plays a lofted drive over the cover fielder for his second boundary. The ball goes between the long off and cover fielders.
  • 93.3 Loopy delivery on the off stump line, Boult defends it off the front foot.
  • 93.2 Slightly short and spinning away, Boult leaves it alone showing he is fully aware of his off stump.
  • 93.1 Starts his new spell with a floated delivery on off, Boult gets behind the ball and blocks it.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is back.
  • 92.6 On a good length on off, Somerville defends it from the crease. 233/8
  • 92.5 Back of a length delivery, WS punches it towards the off side.
  • 92.4 Fuller delivery on off, Somerville drives this nicely but doesn't get it past the cover fielder.
  • 92.3 BOUNCER! This one is way outside off and Somerville ducks under it.
  • 92.2 Back of a length delivery on the off pole, Somerville punches this off the back foot towards the cover region and take a brace. The fielder at cover runs behind it and cleans it up.
  • 92.1 On a good length ball on off stump, William pushes it to mid off.
  • Drinks Break! The day has so far belonged to New Zealand. They have got a lead of over 200 and are in the driver's seat. It has took Sri Lanka more than an hour to get their first wicket of the day but it was the big wicket of BJ Watling who has single-handedly dragged this game by the scruff of its neck.
  • 91.6 Off spinner on off, Boult tucks it with the spin wide of mid-wicket for a couple. 231/8
  • 91.5 Tossed up around off, Boult gets his front foot ahead and flicks it wide of short leg towards mid on.
  • 91.4 Flighted delivery outside off, Boult comes across and looks to defend but misses. The ball hits him on his pad and there is an appeal for LBW but the umpire says no. Boult seemed to be a bit nervous as for some reason in a funny manner he points to the ball and lunges forward making it look like he was going to pick it up for a moment.
  • 91.3 FOUR! First boundary for Boult. It is a full toss and Boult lunges forward and hits it straight down the ground for a boundary. Valuable runs these for the Kiwis. The lead moves to 211 with that shot.
  • 91.2 Looped up delivery on off, Somerville drives this towards the cover fielder and takes a single.
  • 91.1 BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside the off stump, William goes for the drive but gets beaten in air.
  • 90.6 Full delivery on middle, Boult does well to block it out. Excellent first over by Trent! 224/8
  • 90.5 BOUNCER! Good bowling from Lahiru. Bowled at the body. Boult uncomfortably tries to fend at it but misses it.
  • 90.4 On a good length on the off pole, Trent defends it off the back foot towards mid off.
  • The new man in is Trent Boult.
  • 90.3 OUT! Caught! Lahiru strikes! He has been waiting for his chance to bowl and has delivered as soon as he got hold of the ball. Lahiru hits the deck hard around off, it is in the corridor of uncertainty. Watling looks to defend but the extra pace and a hint of away movement get the better of him as he ends up getting a thick outside edge to the keeper. Dickwella takes an easy catch. Dimuth might have missed a trick here not getting Kumara earlier on but as the saying goes - Better late than never! End of a brilliant knock from BJ. He has played a critical role with the lower order batsmen and his efforts have taken his side to the lead of 206. End of the 46-run stand but a knock to remember from Watling, deserved a hundred but will have to be satisfied now with 77.
  • 90.2 On a good length on the off stump, WS plays it towards the cover-point region and takes a single.
  • 90.1 Back of a length delivery on off, William pushes it to cover.
  • Lahiru Kumara is on for the first time today.
  • 89.6 Floated on off, Watling lunges forward and blocks. 223/7
  • 89.5 Shorter on top of middle, Watling goes back and punches it to short mid-wicket.
  • 89.4 Looped up ball on off, Watling blocks it out.
  • 89.3 Flighted delivery on middle, Watling flicks it to short leg.
  • 89.2 Looped up ball on off, William dances down the track and pushes it to mid off and goes for a quick single. The fielder has a direct hit at the bowler's end but the batsman is well in.
  • 89.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Somerville lunges forward and defends it towards the leg side.
  • 88.6 Fuller in length on the off pole, Watling blocks it towards the off side. Good over from Lakmal. 222/7
  • 88.5 On a good length on middle, Watling plays it back to the bowler.
  • 88.4 Loses his line here does Lakmal. It is bowled way down the leg side. Watling looks to flick but misses.
  • 88.3 On a length and outside off, Watling lets it go to the keeper.
  • 88.2 On a good length on the off pole, William pushes it to point and takes a single.
  • 88.1 Back of a length delivery outside the off stump, Somerville goes for the cut off the back foot but outside edges it. Luckily for him, it falls just short of the gully fielder.
  • 87.6 Watling uses his feet this time to come out of the crease. He, then, drives it through covers for a couple of runs. 221/7
  • 87.5 Pulls his length back and bowls it short on middle, Watling gets on the back foot and taps it down to mid-wicket again.
  • 87.4 Quicker and fuller on middle, helped on the leg side towards mid-wicket.
  • 87.3 Shorter delivery which was bowled slower through the air. Somerville pushes it easily towards the cover region and takes a single.
  • 87.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Somerville defends it back to the bowler.
  • 87.1 Shorter delivery on middle, turning into the batsman, Watling flicks it to the leg side for a single. The lead is now 200.
  • 86.6 Angles in a length ball close to off, Somerville defends it from the back foot. 217/7
  • 86.5 Stifled appeal for an lbw! Again not entertained by the umpire. Easily going down. An inswinger by Lakmal, landing on a length around middle, Somerville fails to flick and is pinged on the pads. Lakmal appeals but soon realized his fate.
  • 86.4 Fractionally short and close to off, Watling plays late and eases it past the diving gully fielder for a run. 199 is the lead!
  • 86.3 On a good length delivery on middle, Watling pushes it off the back foot towards the leg side.
  • 86.2 Shout for an lbw! Not given. It is on a good length which jags back in and it hits Watling on the pads. There is a loud appeal for LBW but it's turned down. The Sri Lankans think of a review but opt against it. The replays show that the ball was just clipping the leg stump. It would have been umpire's call had they taken the review.
  • 86.1 Good length delivery in the zone outside off, Watling pushes it out with an angled bat towards gully.
  • 85.6 Beaten! Off spinner landing outside off, William tries to defend but it spins past his bat. Maiden from Dananjaya, lead remains two short of 200! 216/7
  • 85.5 Floated delivery, full and close to off, William defends it close to his front pad.
  • 85.4 Loopy and outside off, turning back in, Somerville strides forward to defend it back but it spins back in to beat the inside edge.
  • 85.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 85.2 Tossed up ball on off, turning in sharply, William gets his bat down in time to keep it towards square leg.
  • 85.1 Fullish and on off, it's defended back off the front foot.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back into the attack. Three close-in fielders around and there is a long on in place.
  • 84.6 Lakmal bowls a good length delivery on the off pole, Somerville brings his bat down just in time and gets it away off a thick outside edge. It moves towards the point region and they take a single. The lead moves on to 198. 216/7
  • 84.5 Another good length delivery on the middle pole, William blocks it towards mid off.
  • 84.4 On a good length on off, Watling defends it to the off side and takes a single.
  • 84.3 Good length delivery on middle, Watling plays it back to the bowler.
  • 84.2 Another delivery on a length outside off, going straight on after landing, Watling covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
  • 84.1 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Watling has a good look at it before making a leave.
  • 83.6 Slower through the air, full and around off, Somerville is on the front foot as he gently pushes it to covers. Very solid. The lead is closing in on 200! 214/7
  • 83.5 FOUR! Edgy but effective! It is an arm ball from Embuldeniya which is close to the off stump. William still goes for the cut and it goes off the outside edge between the first slip and the second slip fielders towards the third man fence.
  • 83.4 Shorter in length on off, WS pushes it off the back foot towards point.
  • 83.3 Flighted delivery on middle, Somerville blocks it out.
  • 83.2 Looped up ball on middle, Somerville flicks it to short leg.
  • 83.1 Flighted delivery on off, William pushes it to cover.
  • 82.6 On a good length on the off pole, William defends it towards the point region and takes the single. 210/7
  • 82.5 Good length delivery outside the off stump, Somerville shoulders arms to this one.
  • 82.4 Lakmal keeps bowling it outside the off pole, Somerville has no problems in leaving it alone.
  • 82.3 Another outswinger outside off stump, William leaves it alone.
  • 82.2 Good length delivery outside the off stump, swinging away from the batsman, Somerville leaves it alone.
  • 82.1 Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery outside off, Somerville spots the chance to exercise his arms and throws his bat at it. Fails to make any connection though.
  • 81.6 Flighted delivery around the off stump, William lunges forward and drives it wide of cover and towards mid off for another run. Sensible. 209/7
  • 81.5 Loopy delivery on off, Watling pushes it to covers and takes a single.
  • 81.4 Flatter delivery on middle, William flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single as the bowler himself runs to the ball.
  • 81.3 Shorter delivery on the off stump, Somerville attempts to cut but is unable to put bat on it.
  • 81.2 BEATEN! Flighted delivery from Embuldeniya on the off stump, William looks to defend but misses due to the away spin. That was a peach and would have put even the best batsman in a spot.
  • 81.1 Flighted delivery around off, good drift and it spins away a bit, Somerville covers the line and makes a brave leave.
  • 80.6 On a good length shaping away from the batsman, Watling lets it go to the keeper. 206/7
  • 80.5 Back of a length delivery outside the off stump, Watling plays a cracking cut shot towards the cover-point region and takes a brace. The fielder (Thirimanne) runs in from third man and makes an excellent diving stop.
  • 80.4 Good length ball on the pads, William flicks it behind square leg and takes a single.
  • 80.3 On a good length outside the off stump, Somerville leaves it alone.
  • BJ Watling walks up to his partner and has a quiet word. Just reminding him that there is no need to do anything fancy.
  • 80.2 Good length delivery outside off stump, Somerville pokes at it but misses.
  • 80.1 Full delivery on middle, William defends it towards mid on.
  • SECOND NEW BALL IS TAKEN! Crucial period of play coming up. Suranga Lakmal to continue from this end. Let's see if there is some extra zip and bounce from the surface. Two slips in place.
  • 79.6 Looped up ball on middle, BJ defends it back to the bowler. 203/7
  • 79.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Somerville sweeps it behind square leg for a run.
  • 79.4 Loopy delivery on middle, Somerville defends it off the front foot.
  • 79.3 Shorter in length this time, Watling rocks back and slaps it to cover for a single.
  • 79.2 FOUR! Good shot from Watling. It was a full delivery from Embuldeniya and BJ sweeps it fine towards the fine leg region for a boundary. 200 up with that shot.
  • 79.1 Loopy delivery on the pads, BJ defends it to the off side.
  • 78.6 BOUNCER! A good one at that. It is aimed at the body and Somerville does well to duck under it. With a leg gully in place, the idea was to hurry up the batsman but William did well to hold his composure. 197/7
  • 78.5 BEATEN! Good length delivery outside the off stump, Somerville goes for a drive but misses it completely.
  • 78.4 This time, Suranga bowls a short delivery outside the off stump, Somerville lets it go.
  • 78.3 Fuller in length on middle, William flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 78.2 Good length delivery on middle, Somerville defends it towards the off side.
  • 78.1 Starts with a nice and full delivery on off, Somerville solidly defends it back to the bowler.
  • So, just one over of spin from this end and Dimuth Karunaratne goes to Suranga Lakmal. A slip and gully in place.
  • 77.6 Flatter one, full and on middle, Watling defends it off the front foot to the on side. Maiden! 197/7
  • 77.5 Watling has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 77.4 Embuldeniya gives this one a good toss. Lands it full and on off, Watling leans forward in defense.
  • 77.3 Fires one in on middle, Watling covers the line, there isn't much spin and hence he defends it easily to the leg side.
  • 77.2 Arm ball this time, around off and skidding back in, BJ is on the back foot in defense.
  • 77.1 Floated delivery, full and on middle, Watling lunges and defends it to the off side.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya to bowl from the other end. He was impressive on Day 3, bagging 4 wickets so far. A slip and short leg in place.
  • 76.6 Nicely defended. Slow spin back into the batsman from outside off, William sticks back and blocks it with soft hands. 197/7
  • 76.5 Turning back in from around off, Somerville defends it comfortably in front of short leg.
  • 76.4 Tossed up ball on middle, Watling flicks it past the left side of the leg slip fielder for a single.
  • 76.3 Uses the spin this time. Somerville works it past short leg and gets off strike. First run of the day for the Kiwis!
  • 76.2 Flatter through the air, around off, Somerville goes back inside the crease and defends.
  • 76.1 Turn straightaway! Flighted and full on off, William is on the front foot to play that out but it turns in to take the inside edge. It rolls wide of short leg.
  • Right then, the waiting period is over and the players are making their way out to the middle. Akila Dananjaya to kickoff proceedings. A slip, leg slip and short leg in place. Here we go, Somerville is on strike.
  • Pitch report - Kyle Mills is down there to inspect the fourth day surface. He tells that from the Fort End, the spinners have bowled the most and there are a lot of footmarks present there. Not going to be easy to bat on this pitch.
  • Update 0950 local - Good news! In 45 minutes from now, Day 4 will be getting underway, weather permitting.
  • Update 0933 local - The drizzle isn't there any more and the groundsmen are doing their best to get the field ready for play. They are drying all the water on the covers at the moment. The pitch can be seen now. Best part of playing cricket in Sri Lanka is that they have huge covers so there should not be much delay. Stay tuned for more...
  • We can't fight nature but we can switch our focus on this match which is on a knife-edge at the moment. In spite of Sri Lanka dominating the majority of Day 3, New Zealand somehow fought back through BJ Watling's unbeaten knock and his crucial partnerships to gain the upper hand. The lead is currently 23 runs short of the 200-run mark and believe me, on this surface, it's going to be really tough to chase. As and when the weather permits, the first target of the home team will be to bundle out New Zealand as soon as possible and on the contrary, the Kiwis would love to swell their lead more. Exciting day ahead if the rain gods show some mercy.
  • Hello lovely people! Unfortunately, we are starting the day on a wet note. It's drizzling in Galle and it looks unlikely that we will be having a prompt start. The inclement weather has become a norm and we are seeing so many interrupted/abandoned games. But that's nature and just like you can't fight change, you can't fight gravity, you certainly can't fight nature. Let's make peace with that and hope the conditions improve soon so that we go ahead with this riveting Test match.
  • ... DAY 4, FIRST SESSION ...
  • New Zealand lead by 177 runs at the moment and they would be eager to add as many more runs as possible. They would hope Watling could bat till the end and the others just stay there with him. Sri Lanka on the other hand, need to get the last three wickets quickly as the lead the Kiwis have now, is already going to be a tricky total to chase. Also, if Sri Lanka chase the target given to them, it is going to be the highest chase on this ground. They will have to bat really well to do so but for now, the remaining three wickets is their issue. Day 4 will probably give us a very nice idea to which way this game is going. Do join us at 0945 local (0415 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
  • First it was Latham and Nicholls who steadied the ship with a 50-run stand but then both were dismissed in quick succession. Sri Lanka were still on top at that time but then, the stand which probably could prove to be the game-changing one, the partnership between Southee and Watling which accounted for 54 took the Kiwis to safer shores. The former was dismissed but then Somerville hung in there with Watling who has surpassed his half ton.
  • End of another excellent day of cricket. Still, it is difficult to decide on which way this game is heading too. However, it is New Zealand who will be the happier side at the moment but it was Sri Lanka who dominated majority of the day. The Lankans started by adding handy runs with the bat early on and taking a lead of 18. They then got rid of the top order quickly. Embuldeniya was the tormentor-in-chief. It seemed like they would run through the Kiwi batting line-up but that was not to be.
  • IT IS STUMPS ON DAY 3! This was expected, once they went off, chances of them coming back and resuming play was very bleak.
  • Well, the umpires have offered light to the batters, they have taken it and off go the players. That should probably be it for the day too. No official word yet. It has gotten quite dark out there and difficult to see it brightening up now. A round of applause for Watling as he makes his way back into the dressing room and it is well deserved. He has been the hero for New Zealand.
  • 75.6 On the pads again, this is worked through square leg for one. 195/7
  • 75.5 From over the wicket, he lands it outside leg, Somerville lunges and keeps it out.
  • 75.4 Floats it up outside off, Watling strokes it through covers for one.
  • 75.3 Floats it up on the middle stump, Watling comes down the track and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 75.2 Loopy ball on off, Watling lunges and keeps it out.
  • 75.1 On off, Watling defends it.
  • 74.6 On off, this is pushed to covers. 193/7
  • 74.5 A bumper, WS ducks under it.
  • 74.4 Short ball on the pads, Somerville looks to flick but gets an inside edge to the thigh pad and the ball rolls on towards fine leg.
  • 74.3 Another short one on the body, Somerville ducks under it.
  • 74.2 A short one but it is down the leg side. Somerville evades it.
  • 74.1 Lovely fielding! This is fuller and around off, Watling creams it towards cover where the fielder dives to his left and stops it. Saves at least two.
  • 73.6 Looped up delivery on the middle stump, William blocks it out. 192/7
  • 73.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Somerville defends it back to the bowler.
  • 73.4 Short delivery on off stump, Watling cuts towards cover and takes a single.
  • 73.3 Loopy delivery on middle, Watling defends it off the front foot.
  • 73.2 Another flighted delivery on middle, Watling comes down the track and pushes it to mid on.
  • 73.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Watling blocks it out.
  • 72.6 Good length ball on the off stump, Somerville defends it off the front foot. Good over from Lahiru. 191/7
  • 72.5 BOUNCER! A good one at that. It was aimed at the body. Somerville does well to duck under it.
  • 72.4 Good length delivery outside off, Somerville leaves it alone.
  • 72.3 Another back of a length delivery, William blocks it out of the back foot.
  • 72.2 Back of a length delivery on off, Somerville defends it off the back foot.
  • 72.1 Good length ball around off, Somerville stands tall and punches it through cover for a couple.
  • 71.6 Loopy delivery on off, Watling plays it to covers. 189/7
  • 71.5 Tossed up on off, Watling defends it off the back foot.
  • 71.4 Flighted delivery on off, Watling blocks it off the back foot.
  • 71.3 Floated delivery on middle, Somerville flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 71.2 Tossed up on off, Somerville blocks it off the back foot.
  • 71.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Somerville defends it off the front foot.
  • 70.6 FOUR! Back to back boundaries for Watling. This one is bowled short and outside off stump. Watling just rocks back and guides it over gully for a boundary. Excellent batting this from BJ. He moves on to 60 with that shot. 188/7
  • 70.5 FOUR! Brilliant shot from Watling. It is a full delivery on middle, Watling drives it straight past the mid on fielder for a boundary. Watling is playing an amazing knock here.
  • 70.4 Good length delivery on off, Somerville pushes it to cover for a single.
  • 70.3 BOUNCER! Not a good one at that. It was bowled way outside off and Somerville does not feel the need to play at it. He lets it go back to the keeper.
  • 70.2 Another back of a length delivery outside off stump, Watling cuts it towards cover for a single.
  • 70.1 NOT OUT! A big LBW shout. It is a back of a length delivery on middle, Watling tries to flick but gets hit flush on the pads. There is a strong appeal for LBW but is turned down. The Sri Lankan players think of a review but opt against it.
  • 69.6 A dot to end a successful over for Embuldeniya. On off, Somerville keeps it out. 178/7
  • William Somerville is the new batsman in.
  • 69.5 OUT! STUMPED! The dropped catch does not cost Sri Lanka a lot. Finally they manage to get the breakthrough. A very, very good partnership for the Kiwis though. Southee walks back after playing a handy innings. New Zealand are effectively 160 for 7 now. Embuldeniya gets his fourth. He tosses it up above the eye line. Seeing that, Southee comes down the track. He though is beaten by the dip and the turn away as he looks to drive. The keeper collects and whips the bails off. Sri Lanka would now really hope to take the last three wickets quickly.
  • 69.4 Tossed up on middle, Southee defends it out.
  • 69.3 Floated delivery on off, Southee defends it off the front foot.
  • 69.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Southee plays a sweep towards the keeper where he fumbles.
  • 69.1 Tossed up on middle, Southee defends it out.
  • 68.6 A bumper on middle, Watling ducks under it. 178/6
  • 68.5 DROPPED! That went right in between first slip and the keeper, both went for it, it hits the glove of the keeper and then deflects onto the first slip fielder and goes towards fine leg for one. Dickwella's positioning could be blamed. Kumara goes wide of the crease and angles it short and into the batter. Dickwella now moves leg side with the delivery. Southee looks to cut but the ball is too close to play that shot. It goes off the outside edge to the right of Dickwella. He is wrong footed but still manages to get a dive in. The ball hits the right outstretched glove but does not stick in. Deflects onto the body of Mathews who dives to his left and goes down to fine leg for one. A tough chance but had Dickwella not moved to his left, it would have been taken. They needed to break this stand. This could prove costly.
  • 68.4 BOUNCER! A good one from Lahiru. It was bowled at a perfect bouncer length and Southee tries to hook it but misses the ball completely.
  • 68.3 Another single as Watling guides it to deep point.
  • 68.2 Back of a length on off, Southee pushes it to covers for one.
  • 68.1 Fifty for Watling, 17th in Tests. He generally performs during tough times and he has done exactly that here. Almost single-handedly taken New Zealand to safer shores. Needs to go on though. He gets there by cutting this short ball outside off to deep point for one.
  • 67.6 Flighted delivery on the middle stump, Southee defends it off the front foot. 174/6
  • 67.5 Full delivery on middle, Watling flicks it to square leg for a single.
  • 67.4 It was a flighted delivery on the middle pole, Southee flicks it towards leg side for a single. It hit the short leg fielder on the way towards mid-wicket.
  • 67.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 67.2 Flighted delivery on the middle stump, BJ blocks it out.
  • 67.1 Loopy delivery on middle, Southee punches it to long on for a single.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is back into the attack.
  • 66.6 Another one on a length and outside off, Watling plays it late towards point. 170/6
  • 66.5 Shortens his length and lands it on off, defended.
  • 66.4 Very full this time and on middle, this is hit back to the bowler.
  • 66.3 A little too straight this time, Watling works it through mid-wicket and bags a brace.
  • 66.2 Fuller and on off, Watling once again keeps it out.
  • 66.1 Back of a length on off, Watling defends it.
  • Lahiru Kumara is on!
  • Drinks Break! Just like Lakmal and Dickwella troubled New Zealand, Southee and Watling are returning the favour. The duo have added 44 runs and have quietly taken the lead to 150. Sri Lanka will need to find a way to get rid of this partnership.
  • 65.6 Looped up ball on off, Southee defends it back to the bowler. 168/6
  • 65.5 Flighted delivery on off, Southee blocks it out.
  • 65.4 Loopy delivery on middle, Watling pushes it to mid off and takes a single. The lead is now 150.
  • 65.3 Shorter in length which spun away from the batsman, Watling defends it to the off side.
  • 65.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Watling bends and plays it short leg.
  • 65.1 Loopy delivery outside the off pole, Southee defends it to the off side and takes a single.
  • 64.6 Direct hit but Southee is in! Good length and on middle, Southee pushes it towards mid on for a quick run. 166/6
  • 64.5 Back of a length around off, Watling pushes it through covers and takes one.
  • 64.4 On off again and lands it on a length. Watling keeps it out.
  • 64.3 Peach! Unplayable! This lands on off and then straightens. The batter defends inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 64.2 EDGY FOUR! New Zealand won't mind how they come as long as they come. This is on a length and around off, Watling looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge. He does so with soft hands though so it goes all along the ground, past the first slip fielder and into the third man fence.
  • 64.1 Slightly fuller around off, Watling plays it late and down towards third man for two.
  • 63.6 Loopy delivery on middle, Southee blocks it out. 158/6
  • 63.5 Flighted delivery on the middle pole, Southee prods forward to defend but the ball gets hit on the pad and goes to short leg. There is a stifled appeal for a catch at short leg but the umpire is unmoved.
  • 63.4 Loopy delivery on the middle stump, Southee tries to pull but the ball goes in between the legs as Southee misreads the spin.
  • 63.3 Short ball on off stump, which spun into the batsman, Watling rocks back and flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 63.2 Shorter in length on off, Watling pushes it to cover.
  • 63.1 Loopy delivery on the middle stump, Watling plays it back to the bowler.
  • 62.6 Short of a length delivery, Watling pulls it towards fine leg for a run. 157/6
  • OH NO! Not a good sign this. The groundstaff are out and the dark clouds over look like a threat. It looks like rain is ready to spoil the fun here.
  • 62.5 On a length on middle, Southee flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 62.4 Lakmal bowls a short of a length delivery, Southee pulls it over mid-wicket. Dhananjaya de Silva in the deep does well to stop it with a dive and saves two runs for the team.
  • 62.3 On a length on middle, Southee flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 62.2 Good length delivery on off, Southee defends it off the back foot.
  • 62.1 On a good length and outside off, Southee plays it to covers.
  • 61.6 NOT OUT! There is bat involved. It was a loopy delivery on middle stump, Watling looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. There is a big appeal for LBW but the umpire is unmoved. The Sri Lankan players, after a chat, opt for the review. The replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows that it is off the inside edge. Sri Lanka have lost one of their reviews. 151/6
  • Review time! An appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Sri Lanka review. Looks high and also there seems to be bat involved.
  • 61.5 Short ball on off stump, Watling rocks back and slaps it towards the cover region and takes a brace.
  • 61.4 Loopy delivery on middle, Watling defends it to short leg.
  • 61.3 Fuller delivery which is converted to a low full toss by Watling as he dances down the track and pushes it to mid off.
  • 61.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Watling pushes it to short leg.
  • 61.1 Loopy delivery on middle, Watling flicks it to short leg.
  • 60.6 Good length delivery on the off pole, Southee pushes it to point. 149/6
  • 60.5 Back of a length delivery on middle, Southee flicks it to mid-wicket. No run.
  • 60.4 Good length ball on off, Watling rocks back and pushes it towards cover for a single.
  • 60.3 Good length ball on off, Southee pushes it towards cover and takes a single.
  • 60.2 BEATEN! In the corridor of uncertainty. Southee pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 60.1 Good length and on off, Southee defends it out.
  • Suranga Lakmal is on!
  • 59.6 Looped up ball on off, Watling blocks it out. 147/6
  • 59.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Watling defends it back to the bowler.
  • 59.4 Loopy delivery on the off stump, Watling blocks it out.
  • 59.3 Looped up delivery outside off stump, Watling moves towards the off side and flicks it to short leg.
  • 59.2 Flighted delivery on off which spun into the batsman. Watling flicks it towards short leg.
  • 59.1 Fuller delivery on the off stump, Watling flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 58.6 Flighted delivery on off, Watling comes forward and drives it through covers for a run. 147/6
  • 58.5 Loopy delivery on middle, Southee flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single.
  • 58.4 Floated delivery on middle, Southee defends it off the front foot.
  • 58.3 Tossed up on leg, Southee looks to defend off the back foot but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 58.2 Short on off, Watling makes room and slaps it through covers. The batsmen take a single.
  • 58.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Watling keeps it out.
  • 57.6 A huge shout by the bowler but the impact is outside off. Dananjaya floats it up outside off, Southee gets his front pad outside the line of off and tries to defend. The ball turns back in and hits the pad. Akila appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Sri Lanka think about the review but then do not take it. Good they did not as it never looked out. 144/6
  • 57.5 On off again, Southee lunges and keeps it out.
  • 57.4 On off, Southee defends it back to the bowler.
  • 57.3 The batsman has driven it through mid off. They pick up a single.
  • 57.2 This is bowled outside off and it is turning back in. Watling looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 57.1 On off, Watling defends it.
  • 56.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 143/6
  • 56.5 Loopy ball on off, Southee pushes it to covers.
  • 56.4 No run. Loopy delivery on the off stump, Southee blocks it out.
  • 56.3 DROPPED! Kusal Mendis is the culprit. It was a loopy delivery on off, Southee slashes at it but gets an outside edge. The ball goes towards the gully fielder who was standing quite close. He fails to react in time and does not hang on. It was a tough chance but should have been taken at this level.
  • 56.2 Shorter ball on off, Watling cuts towards point and takes a single.
  • 56.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Watling blocks it out.
  • 55.6 Looped up ball on off, Watling comes down the track and plays it towards mid on and takes a quick single. 142/6
  • 55.5 Flighted delivery on the off stump, Southee pushes it to third man for a single.
  • 55.4 Loopy delivery on middle, Southee pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 55.3 Shorter and outside off, Watling cuts it through point for one.
  • 55.2 Flatter and outside off, this one turns back in. Southee pushes it through covers for one.
  • 55.1 This is on middle, it is worked through square leg for one.
  • 54.6 Flighted delivery on off, Southee defends it back to the bowler. 137/6
  • 54.5 Loopy delivery on the middle, Southee blocks it out.
  • 54.4 Short delivery on the off stump, Watling pushes it to cover for a single.
  • 54.3 Flighted delivery on the middle stump, Watling dances down the track and plays it back to the bowler.
  • 54.2 Flighted delivery on the off stump, Watling defends to silly point.
  • 54.1 Loopy delivery on the middle stump, Watling, in an attempt, to defend it edges it to first slip but it falls short of the fielder.
  • 53.6 On the pads again, it is worked to mid-wicket. 136/6
  • 53.5 On the pads, Southee looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 53.4 FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Short and on middle, easy pickings. Southee goes back and pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 53.3 Shorter and on middle, Southee pushes it to mid on.
  • 53.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 53.1 On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back into the attack.
  • 52.6 Flighted delivery on middle, Watling pushes it to mid off for a single. 131/6
  • 52.5 SAFE! Loopy ball on middle, Watling gets an outside edge which was up in the air for a while towards cover.
  • 52.4 Short ball on off, Southee pushes it to mid on for a single.
  • 52.3 Short ball outside off stump, Southee cuts off the back foot towards cover but the fielder makes an excellent diving stop.
  • 52.2 Flatter and on the pads, Southee works it to short leg.
  • 52.1 On off, blocked.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is back into the attack.
  • 51.6 Loopy delivery on the middle pole, Southee pushes it to mid on for a single. 129/6
  • 51.5 Flatter delivery on the off stump, Southee defends it towards the off side.
  • 51.4 Looped up ball on middle, Southee blocks it out.
  • 51.3 Flighted delivery on middle, Southee pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 51.2 Flatter delivery on the middle stump, Southee defends it off the back foot.
  • 51.1 Flatter and on off, Watling goes back and pushes it through covers for one.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is on!
  • 50.6 Loopy delivery on the middle pole, Southee defends it off the front foot. 127/6
  • 50.5 Shorter delivery on the off stump which spun into the batsman a bit, Watling rocks back and cuts it towards point for a single.
  • 50.4 Flighted delivery on the off stump, Watling defends it to the off side.
  • 50.3 Flighted delivery on the off pole, Watling defends it to the off side.
  • 50.2 Very full and on off, Southee pushes it to mid off for one.
  • 50.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Southee flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • Akila Dananjaya to bowl from the other end.
  • 49.6 Shorter in length on off, Southee cuts it towards point for a single. Southee gets off the mark with that single. 125/6
  • 49.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Southee defends it back to the bowler.
  • 49.4 Loopy delivery on the off pole, Southee defends it to the off side.
  • We are back for the final session of Day 3. Tim Southee will join BJ Watling in the middle. Lasith Embuldeniya will continue his over after Tea.
  • ... Day 3, Session 3 ...
  • Another session that belonged to the hosts. They have scalped 5 wickets and are now into the bowlers with New Zealand's lead just 106. It has been the spinners who have spun the web and done the damage with Embuldeniya, the star with three wickets. Apart from a 56-run stand between Latham and Nicholls, nothing else has been substantial from the visitors. With BJ Watling, the only recognized batsman out in the middle will hold the key. Sri Lanka will look to restrict them under 150 and New Zealand, on the other hand, will be looking to get closer to 200. What will happen? Join us in a while for the final session of Day 3.
  • 49.3 OUT! CAUGHT! Santner throws his wicket away at the stroke of Tea. Yes, it was a bad ball but he could have resisted playing that shot. It is a short ball, a nothing ball down the leg side from Embuldeniya which comes slow off the surface. Santner wanted to play the pull shot but is early into it as it sticks in the surface. A top edge is induced and it goes towards the deep mid-wicket fielder. Lakmal runs forward and across and takes a simple catch. Another batter walks back after getting off to a start. Another budding stand comes to an end. Santner walks back disappointed, all the other players follow him as it is TEA ON DAY 3!
  • 49.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Mitchell defends it off the front foot towards the bowler.
  • 49.1 Loopy delivery on off, Santner defends it off the back foot.
  • 48.6 Another one on the stumps, Watling prods forward and blocks it. 124/5
  • 48.5 On the stumps again, Watling lunges and keeps it out.
  • 48.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 48.3 On middle, this is defended.
  • 48.2 On middle, this is kept out.
  • 48.1 Beauty! Flighted delivery outside off, it grips away off the surface. Santner looks to drive but misses.
  • 47.6 Almost a disastrous run out. Shorter on off, Santner punches it wide of cover and takes a single. He wants the second but Nicholls says no and rightfully so as the fielder quickly gets to the ball. 123/5
  • 47.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 47.4 Tossed up on off, Watling comes down the track and milks it to long on for a single.
  • 47.3 Short on off, Watling punches it to cover.
  • 47.2 On the stumps, Watling blocks it off the front foot.
  • 47.1 Shorter on off, Watling punches it to cover.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is back into the attack.
  • 46.6 EDGED AND DROPPED! Tough chance but still a chance. Slightly short on off, it is not short enough to cut. Santner still goes for the cut but gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes quickly to the left of first slip. Mendis there gets wrong footed and misses, fails to gather it as the ball hits him on his body. 121/5
  • 46.5 Defended off the back foot by Santner.
  • 46.4 On middle and leg, Watling flicks it towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 46.3 Once again turns it to square leg.
  • 46.2 On the pads, Watling tucks it to the on side.
  • 46.1 Shorter on off, Santner punches it towards cover for one.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back.
  • 45.6 Flights one on off, Santner milks it to long off for a single. 119/5
  • 45.5 On the stumps, Santner gets down and blocks.
  • 45.4 Shorter on off, Santner punches it to cover.
  • 45.3 Slightly shorter on off, Santner defends it off the back foot.
  • 45.2 Floated on off, MS defends it off his front foot.
  • 45.1 Tossed up on middle, Santner defends it nicely off the meat.
  • 44.6 Flatter delivery on middle, Santner pushes it off the back foot, back towards mid off and takes a single. The lead has moved to 100 with this single. 118/5
  • 44.5 Loopy delivery which is taken on the full by Watling and he plays it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 44.4 Flatter delivery spinning into Santner, Mitchell plays it towards long off for a single.
  • 44.3 Looped up ball on the off stump, Santner defends it towards the off side.
  • 44.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Santner blocks it out.
  • 44.1 Loopy delivery on middle, Santner plays it back to the bowler.
  • 43.6 Short on off, Santner punches it towards cover for one. 115/5
  • 43.5 Tossed up on the stumps, Watling comes down the track and strokes it to long on for a run.
  • 43.4 Floated on off, Watling keeps it out.
  • 43.3 Follows it up with a calm front foot defense.
  • 43.2 FOUR! Bad ball and rightfully punished. Dhananjaya is guilty of bowling too short on this occassion, it is on the pads too. BJ picks it early, gets on his back foot and swivels it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 43.1 Floated on the pads, Watling turns it to square leg.
  • 42.6 Shorter delivery outside the off stump, Santner rocks back and slaps it through the cover region for a brace. 109/5
  • 42.5 Looped up ball on off, Santner defends it into ground.
  • 42.4 Loopy delivery on off stump, Santner while trying to defend gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • 42.3 Full delivery on the off pole, Watling gets out his sweep and plays it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 42.2 Flighted delivery on off, Watling defends it off the front foot.
  • 42.1 Loopy delivery on off stump, Watling defends it towards cover.
  • 41.6 On the stumps, Santner keeps it out. 106/5
  • 41.5 On the pads, Watling flicks it wide of leg gully for a run.
  • 41.4 Floated on off, Mitchell strokes it towards cover for a single.
  • 41.3 Shorter on off, Santner defends it to cover.
  • 41.2 Tossed up on the stumps, Santner defends it off the front foot.
  • 41.1 Ohh! Play and just misses. Flighted outside off, Santner looks to drive it on the up but the ball turns away and just misses the outside edge of his bat. Luckily Santner had his feet inside the crease as Dickwella was quick to whip the bails off.
  • 40.6 Looped up ball on off stump, BJ defends it off his front foot towards the off side. 104/5
  • 40.5 Flighted delivery on off stump, Watling plays it back to the bowler.
  • 40.4 Floated on off, Watling strokes it to cover.
  • 40.3 FOUR! Creamed away! Excellent shot from Watling. It was a loopy delivery outside off, Watling dances down the track and drives it towards the mid off region. The fielder at mid off dives to make a stop but lets it go to the boundary. First boundary for Watling.
  • 40.2 Flighted delivery on off stump, Watling defends it back to the bowler.
  • 40.1 Loopy delivery on the off pole, Santner tries to drive it towards the off side but gets an inside edge and takes a single.
  • 39.6 On the stumps, Watling defends it off the front foot to get through the over. Good over from Dhananjaya de Silva. 99/5
  • 39.5 Flighted on off, BJ keeps it out.
  • 39.4 Shorter on off, Santner punches it towards cover and gets off the mark with a single.
  • 39.3 Floated on off, Santner starts his innings off the front foot.
  • Mitchell Santner is the next batsman in.
  • 39.2 OUT! Caught! Dickwella will be a relieved man as he had dropped Nicholls not too long ago. Dhananjaya was unlucky on that occassion but Kusal Mendis has not made the same error. De Silva bowls this slower through the air on off, it grips away off the surface. Nicholls looks to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and it goes to the left of first slip. Mendis there shows good reflexes and takes a sharp catch. Big wicket in the context of the game for Sri Lanka as Nicholls was looking very good out in the middle. Once again the Kiwis have their backs to the wall in this game. A well-deserved wicket for Dhananjaya de Silva.
  • 39.1 Tossed up on off, Nicholls gets on his front foot and blocks it.
  • 38.6 On the stumps, Watling blocks it off the front foot. 98/4
  • 38.5 Drifter outside off, Watling leaves it alone.
  • 38.4 Flighted on off, BJ gets on his front foot and defends it.
  • 38.3 Floated around off, Nicholls now drags his sweep to square leg and rotates the strike.
  • 38.2 Tossed up on off, Watling drags his sweep towards backward square leg for one. Finally a run after 20 balls.
  • 38.1 Floated on off, Watling blocks it.
  • 37.6 Flighted delivery outside the off pole, Nicholls lets it go. 96/4
  • 37.5 DROPPED! Dickwella is the culprit over here. Nicholls who was well-set, gets a lucky reprieve here. It was a loopy delivery on the off stump, Nicholls who was about to leave the ball at first decides to put bat on it but can only get an outside edge to the keeper. Dickwella was not expecting it and makes a mess of the catch.
  • 37.4 Looped up ball on off, HN defends it to the off side.
  • 37.3 Flighted delivery on middle, Henry blocks it out towards the leg side.
  • 37.2 Loopy delivery outside the off stump, Nicholls lets it go.
  • 37.1 Full delivery on middle, Nicholls plays it back to the bowler.
  • 36.6 Comes down the track and taps it back to the bowler. 96/4
  • 36.5 On the stumps, Watling keeps it out.
  • 36.4 Loopy delivery on middle, BJ defends it classically.
  • 36.3 On middle, Watling turns it towards square leg.
  • 36.2 Floated on off, Watling blocks it.
  • 36.1 Tossed up on off, BJ keeps it out.
  • 35.6 Loopy delivery on off stump, Nicholls defends it towards the bowler. 96/4
  • 35.5 OHH! Flighted delivery on off stump, HN looks to drive but gets an outside edge towards point.
  • 35.4 Loopy delivery on middle, Nicholls blocks it out.
  • 35.3 Flighted delivery on middle, Nicholls defends it back to the bowler.
  • 35.2 Flatter delivery on the middle stump, Henry pushes it towards mid on.
  • 35.1 Looped up ball on middle, Nicholls blocks it out.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is back on
  • 34.6 Very full on the stumps, Watling does well to get down. 96/4
  • 34.5 Floated on off, Watling lunges forward and defends it.
  • 34.4 On the stumps, Watling bends his back and taps the ball down onto the ground.
  • 34.3 Floated on off, BJ defends it off the front foot.
  • 34.2 Full toss on middle, Watling turns it towards fine leg and gets a couple.
  • 34.1 Floated on off, Watling defends it off the front foot.
  • 33.6 Looped up ball on off, Nicholls defends it off the front foot back to the bowler. 94/4
  • 33.5 Flighted delivery on off, Nicholls defends it off the front foot.
  • 33.4 Shorter delivery, spinning into the batsman. Watling cuts towards the cover region and crosses over for a single.
  • 33.3 Flatter delivery on the middle, Nicholls flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 33.2 Loopy delivery on middle, Nicholls blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 33.1 Flighted delivery outside the off stump, Nicholls lets it go.
  • 32.6 Floated on off, BJ blocks it. 92/4
  • 32.5 On the pads, Watling turns it to mid-wicket.
  • 32.4 Floated on middle, HN nudges it to long on and gets to the other end.
  • 32.3 Quicker on off, BJ strokes it to the left of the bowler. Embuldeniya cannot stop it cleanly allowing the batter to take a single.
  • 32.2 Tossed up on off, BJ keeps it out.
  • 32.1 Floated on off, Watling defends it off the front foot.
  • 31.6 On off, this is blocked. 90/4
  • 31.5 Loopy delivery on the off stump, Nicholls blocks it out.
  • 31.4 FOUR! Excellent shot from Nicholls. It was a loopy delivery and on the middle stump, Nicholls flicks it past the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
  • 31.3 Flighted delivery on off, Nicholls defends it towards the off side.
  • 31.2 Loopy delivery on the middle stump, Nicholls defends it back to the bowler.
  • 31.1 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 30.6 Drifted outside off, Watling shoulders arms to it to get through the over unscathed. 86/4
  • 30.5 Tossed up on the stumps, Watling defends it off the front foot.
  • 30.4 On the stumps, Watling sweeps it to leg gully.
  • 30.3 Tossed up on the stumps, BJ blocks it.
  • 30.2 NOT OUT! Excellent review and there was bat involved. Quicker and spinning away from the batsman. Watling looks to play it across the line but misses. There is a huge appeal and the umpire raises his finger. BJ takes the review straightaway, the man at short leg too indicates there is bat involved. Replays roll in and the Ultra Edge confirms that the ball kissed the leading edge of his bat.
  • Appeal for LBW taken upstairs. Watling is the man in question, he signalled the 'T' straightaway indicating there is bat involved. The man at short leg too indicated that there was bat involved.
  • 30.1 Flighted delivery on off, Nicholls plays a sweep through square leg for a single.
  • 29.6 Bowls a flighted delivery on middle, Watling pushes it back to the bowler. 85/4
  • 29.5 Loopy delivery on the middle stump, BJ defends it back to the bowler.
  • 29.4 Flatter delivery on middle, Watling blocks it out.
  • 29.3 Flighted delivery on the middle pole, Watling defends it back to the bowler.
  • 29.2 Flighted delivery on the middle stump, Nicholls gets an inside edge towards square leg and takes a single.
  • 29.1 Looped up ball on off, Nicholls blocks it out.
  • 28.6 Floated outside off, Watling leaves it alone. 84/4
  • 28.5 On the stumps, Watling defends it off the front foot.
  • 28.4 Tossed up on off, Nicholls milks it to long off for another single.
  • 28.3 Watling is off the mark with a good looking drive. Tossed up on off, BJ drives it towards cover for one.
  • 28.2 Floated on the pads, Henry glances it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 28.1 On the pads, Nicholls defends it off the front foot.
  • 27.6 On off, this is guided to point. End of a successful over by Akila. 81/4
  • BJ Watling walks out to bat now.
  • 27.5 OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Akila Dananjaya gets the breakthrough. A much-needed one as this partnership was going along really nicely. Latham walks back after getting a start and Sri Lanka continue to control the game. Akila pitches this on middle, it turns away square. Latham defends inside the line. The ball goes off the outside edge towards second slip. Thirimanne there takes a good low catch. New Zealand are effectively 63 for 4.
  • 27.4 Another appeal but not given! This is outside off, Latham looks to paddle sweep but misses. It hits the pads and goes towards third man for two.
  • 27.3 FOUR! Too short and it is the leg spinner on off, Latham picks it, he goes back and pulls it past mid on for a boundary. Up comes the 50-run stand, very vital one. They need to keep going though. The lead is only 61 at the moment.
  • 27.2 Shorter delivery outside the off stump, Nicholls rocks back and pushes it towards the cover region for a single.
  • 27.1 NOT OUT! Flighted delivery on the off stump, Nicholls goes for the slog sweep but gets hit on the thigh pad. There is a big appeal for LBW but they are turned down. The hosts think of a review but opt against it. In the process, the ball goes towards the third man region and the batsman take a couple.
  • 26.6 Short and straight outside off, Latham defends it off the upper half of his bat. The ball pitches on the crease and hits the pads of Dickwella. 72/3
  • 26.5 Tossed up on the pads, Henry charges and glances it to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 26.4 Loopy ball on the stumps, Henry stays in his crease this time and defends it.
  • 26.3 Nicholls is not letting the ball turn here as he once again charges down and blocks it on the full.
  • 26.2 Flatter on off and middle, Nicholls comes down the track and blocks it.
  • 26.1 Slower through the air on off and middle, Latham comes down the track and nudges it to long on for a single.
  • 25.6 Tossed up on middle and leg, Latham drags it to fine leg and gets a single to take the partnership to 45. 70/3
  • 25.5 Shorter delivery outside the off stump, Nicholls rocks back and cuts it towards the cover region for a single.
  • 25.4 BEATEN! Loopy delivery on the middle. Nicholls misses the ball completely due to the turn on it.
  • 25.3 Loopy delivery on the off stump, Nicholls gets an inside edge towards third man and takes a single. The lead is now 50 with that single.
  • 25.2 Flighted delivery on the middle stump, Latham blocks it out.
  • 25.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Latham defends it back to the bowler.
  • 24.6 Latham comes down the track and tucks it towards mid-wicket. 67/3
  • 24.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 24.4 Floated on off, Latham sweeps it to the on side for one.
  • 24.3 Shorter around off, Nicholls looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge wide of first slip for one.
  • 24.2 Tossed up on middle, Nicholls strokes it to mid on.
  • 24.1 Floated on off, Nicholls defends it off the inner half of his bat.
  • 23.6 Shorter delivery on the off stump, Latham defends it off the back foot. 65/3
  • 23.5 Full delivery on the middle pole, Latham goes for the slog sweep towards the square leg region where the fielder from deep mid-wicket runs in and makes an excellent diving stop. Two runs taken.
  • 23.4 Flighted delivery on the middle pole, Henry Nicholls flicks it away to square leg for a single.
  • 23.3 Looped up ball on off, Nicholls defends it back to the bowler.
  • 23.2 Flighted delivery on the off pole, Nicholls gets a thick outside edge towards first slip where the ball falls short.
  • 23.1 Loopy delivery outside the off stump, Latham pushes it towards cover for a single.
  • 22.6 Shorter on the pads, Latham turns it with the spin wide of the man at leg slip. The fielder from slip cleans it up before the ropes saving a run. 61/3
  • 22.5 On the pads, Nicholls flicks it without any fuss towards the leg side for a single.
  • 22.4 Flighted on the stumps, Nicholls blocks it off the front foot.
  • 22.3 Tossed up on middle, Latham sweeps it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 22.2 Tossed up on middle and leg, Latham comes down the track and defends it off the front foot.
  • 22.1 Shorter on the pads, Nicholls glances it towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 21.6 FOUR! Flighted delivery on the middle pole, Tom sweeps it nicely towards the fine leg fence for a boundary. Latham is looking really good here and has to continue the good work in order for the the Kiwis to get a substantial lead. 55/3
  • 21.5 Shorter delivery on off stump, Latham rocks back and cuts it to point.
  • 21.4 Flatter delivery on the middle pole, Latham flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 21.3 Flighted delivery outside the off stump, Latham lets it go.
  • 21.2 Shorter in length, Nicholls rocks back and pushes it to cover for a single.
  • 21.1 Loopy delivery on the off stump, Henry blocks it towards the off side.
  • 20.6 Flighted on the pads, Nicholls flicks it to the on side and keeps the strike. 50/3
  • 20.5 Tossed up on middle, Nicholls defends it off the front foot.
  • 20.4 Shorter on leg, Latham flat-bats it against the spin towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 20.3 FOUR! Swept and swept with authority! Flighted on middle and off, Latham gets down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. He is set now and holds the key here for New Zealand.
  • 20.2 Tossed up on middle, Latham keeps it out.
  • 20.1 Floated on the pads, Latham glances it to the on side.