Highlights, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Christchurch, Day 2, Full cricket score: Hosts lead by 305 runs

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FirstCricket Staff, Dec 26, 2018 21:04:26 IST

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 423 runs

178/10
Overs
50.0
R/R
3.56
Fours
15
Sixes
3
Extras
14
104/10
Overs
41.0
R/R
2.54
Fours
10
Sixes
0
Extras
10
585/4
Overs
153.0
R/R
3.82
Fours
58
Sixes
3
Extras
14
236/9
Overs
106.2
R/R
2.22
Fours
26
Sixes
0
Extras
7

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Report, Day 1: Tim Southee rescued New Zealand with the bat then dragged his side back into the match with the ball after Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal’s career-best figures had threatened to dominate the first day of the second test in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Southee counter-attacked with wicket-keeper BJ Watling to blast 68 from 65 balls and take New Zealand from the depths of despair on 64 for six after Lakmal had destroyed the top order on a green wicket at Hagley Oval.

The 30-year-old Southee and Watling (46) combined for 108-runs as New Zealand were dismissed for 178 with Lakmal finishing with five for 54.

Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews ducks to avoid a bouncer during play on day one of the second cricket test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

File image of Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews. AP

First test centurion Angelo Mathews was on 27 with Roshen Silva (15) as the visitors were 88 for four at stumps, with neither team holding the advantage as both seek to win the two-match series with victory in Christchurch.

The first test in Wellington ended last week in a damp draw after virtually all of the final day’s play was washed out.

The 31-year-old Lakmal, utilising the overcast, cool conditions and green pitch, had reduced the hosts to 36 for four after Dinesh Chandimal had won the toss and wasted little time in choosing to field.

Lakmal went to lunch having bowled 12 successive overs with figures of four for 18.

Southee, whose innings of 77 not out in his debut in 2008 remains his highest score, then decided attack was the best form of defence and belted six fours and three sixes to resurrect his side’s fortunes.

His dismissal, to a brilliant, one-handed leaping catch by Danushka Gunathilaka at short mid-wicket, sparked another collapse with the last three wickets adding just six runs.

Southee then took the first three Sri Lankan wickets to reduce them to 21 for three inside 10 overs.

The second victim — Chandimal for six — moved him to 234 test wickets and third on New Zealand’s all-time list.

Chris Martin had been in third on 233, although Southee is still a long way away from Daniel Vettori’s 361 and Richard Hadlee’s New Zealand-leading mark of 431 wickets.

After his initial spell, Southee continued to be a threat towards the end of the day’s play as Silva and Mathews played and missed several times but saw their side through to stumps.

With inputs from Reuters

Updated Date: Dec 27, 2018 19:44:58 IST







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