Highlights, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Wellington, Day 2, Full Cricket Score: Black Caps reach 311/2 at stumps

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FirstCricket Staff, Dec 16, 2018 21:43:35 IST

New Zealand drew with Sri Lanka

282/10
Overs
90.0
R/R
3.13
Fours
33
Sixes
1
Extras
9
578/10
Overs
157.3
R/R
3.67
Fours
53
Sixes
4
Extras
8
287/3
Overs
115.0
R/R
2.5
Fours
28
Sixes
0
Extras
13

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Day 1 report: Tim Southee’s prophecy before the start of the first test against Sri Lanka came true on the opening day of the match as he took his eighth five-wicket haul at the Basin Reserve on Saturday.

Sri Lanka reached stumps at 275 for nine, after a stubborn fightback from opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who made 79, and former captain Angelo Mathews (83) rescued the touring side from early trouble.

Highlights, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Wellington, Day 2, Full Cricket Score: Black Caps reach 311/2 at stumps

File image of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. AP

The duo combined for a fourth-wicket stand of 133 after seamer Southee had reduced the visitors to nine for three inside the first four overs.

Niroshan Dickwella remained unbeaten on 73 to further thwart New Zealand’s attack in the final session.

The 30-year-old Southee had spoken on Thursday of liking the look of a green pitch in Wellington after low, slow and spin friendly pitches in the United Arab Emirates in his team’s 2-1 series victory against Pakistan.

He had also mentioned, however, that looks could be deceiving and while a green pitch might help initially, the Basin Reserve wicket tends to flatten out and become easier for batsmen to score later on.

After Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bowl, Southee wasted no time in proving his worth on a humid, but fine day.

He trapped Danushka Gunathilaka in front for one on the final ball of his first over, had Dhananjaya de Silva caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling for one before Kusal Mendis (two) flicked a delivery to Ajaz Patel at midwicket.

Karunaratne, who was caught off a no-ball from Colin de Grandhomme on 33, defied the initial onslaught and went on to bring up his 21st test half century, while Mathews scored his 33rd to resurrect their innings.

Wicketkeeper Dickwella then attacked New Zealand’s bowlers, whose lengths shortened as the day progressed, with inventive scoops, flicks and aggressive shots behind square to produce an entertaining 10th test half century.

Updated Date: Dec 16, 2018 21:43:35 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 India 8411 263
4 Australia 5471 261
5 South Africa 4407 259
6 New Zealand 4784 252