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Dimuth Karunarate and Kaushal
Silva led Sri Lanka s fightback on
the second day of the first cricket
Test yesterday as it followed on 303
runs behind New Zealand after
being dismissed for 138 in its first
Karunaratne and Silva shrugged
off their failures in the first innings,
in which they were dismissed for 0
and 4 inside the first five overs, and
led Sri Lanka to 84 without loss at
stumps, still 219 behind New
Zealand s first innings of 441.
Silva was 33 not out and
Karunaratne unbeaten on 49.
Sri Lanka s first innings was
undone by outstanding swing bowl-
ing by Trent Boult (3-25), and Tim
Southee (2-17). Neil Wagner (3-60)
and Jimmy Neesham (2-28) then
wrapped up Sri Lanka s innings in
less than 3-1/2 hours.
"To get through them for 138 and
force them to follow on was good,"
Boult said. "To get a couple more
wickets would have been nice but
obviously the boys bowled tremen-
dously well. There are still three days
to go, three big days, and we re look-
ing forward to those."
New Zealand captain Brendon
McCullum, whose 195 underpinned
his team s first innings total, had no
hesitation in enforcing the follow
on, believing his leading bowlers
were still fresh and conditions at
Hagley Oval still offered swing and
But the pitch seemed to have lost
some of its venom when it was rolled
between innings, the New Zealand
bowlers were less directed and the
Sri Lanka openers more focused.
Boult and Southee had found pro-
nounced movement in the air at the
start of Sri Lanka s first innings and
none of their leading batsmen
showed the technique or restraint
to cope with that challenge.
Karunaratne and Silva were both out
lbw to Boult, caught in front of their
stumps by balls that swung back at
Veteran Kumar Sangakkara, in
what might be his last test, was
undone by an outswinger from Boult
which elicted a drive but no foot
movement and provided a catch to
Southee at third slip. Sangakkara
started his 129th test match with
11,988 runs---needing 12 runs to
become the fifth player in history
to exceed 12,000 runs in tests. But
he fell for six and left that historic
moment to his team s second
"It came out pretty nicely in the
first innings," said Boult. "The ball
came out of the hand pretty nicely
and it seamed around a bit as well.
Those are the conditions and those
of the spells you dream of and it
was good to get through a couple."
Captain Angelo Mathews, who
took 3-39 as Sri Lanka quickly ended
New Zealand s first innings on the
second morning, batted superbly to
top-score with 50 in his team s first
He had limited support but Lahiru
Thirimanne (24) stayed with him to
add 43 for the fourth wicket, stem-
ming the early collapse.
Mathews reached his 19th half
century in tests from 83 balls with
three fours and two sixes. He moved
to 50 runs with a four and six off
consecutive balls from Wagner but
was out two balls later as he tried
to reverse Sri Lanka s dire predica-
ment through aggressive stroke play.
New Zealand resumed its first
innings at 429-7 Saturday and Sri
Lanka needed only 26 minutes and
5.2 overs to capture its last three
wickets for 12 runs. That set the
stage for a first session in which six
wickets fell for 50 runs as Sri Lanka s
decline set in.
Sri Lanka Cricket has retained
the same officials in charge of the
national women s team for their
UAE tour, despite the men
involved being under investiga-
tion for allegations of sexual mis-
conduct from some players.
According to Nishantha
Ranatunga, the SLC secretary, the
officials have not been proven
guilty and the board saw no reason
why they should not continue in
A preliminary inquiry carried
out by a one-person fact-finding
committee had allegedly received
evidence from players that three
officials were involved in the
alleged acts. SLC handed over that
report to the sports ministry for
a full-scale investigation by a
appointed by the sports minister.
Ashley de Silva, the SLC chief
executive, told the Sri Lanka-based
Daily Mirror that the board would
wait for the final report of the
investigation. "Once the final
report comes in, the Ex-Co will
decide the next course of action."
Local media reports in October
had alleged that some women
cricketers were compelled to per-
form sexual favours for officials,
in order to earn or keep their place
in the national side, leading to an
"initial investigation" from SLC,
followed by the preliminary
Australia s injury worries con-
tinued yesterday on the second
day in Melbourne, with David
Warner unable to take the field
during India s innings after being
hit while batting in the nets.
Warner was struck on the right
forearm while batting on the MCG
practice wickets before play, and a
Cricket Australia spokesperson said
he had "significant bruising" which
had limited his ability to field.
Twelfth man Peter Siddle was on
the field for Warner when India s
first innings began after tea, but it
remained to be seen whether Warn-
er would take the field on day three.
"Hopefully Davey s all right in
the morning," captain Steven Smith
said. "He copped a hit in the nets
today and he s got a bruised arm.
He was struggling to clench his fist.
Hopefully he has a good sleep and
feels better in the morning and can
come out and field."
Warner entered the match with
a sore left thumb, after being struck
while batting during Australia s
chase in the second Test at the
Before the Boxing Day Test Warn-
er said the thumb was causing him
some pain and he would field at
mid-off rather than his usual posi-
tion at gully in an effort to protect
the thumb. He was out for a six-
ball duck in the first innings.
The news of Warner s injury came
shortly after Cricket Australia con-
firmed that allrounder Mitchell
Marsh will miss the fourth Test in
Sydney after suffering a setback in
his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The Australians are already with-
out captain Michael Clarke, whose
hamstring problem has ruled him
out of the remainder of the series,
although he is hopeful of recovering
in time for the World Cup. (ESP-
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha
has been barred from bowling in
competitive cricket after his action
was found to be illegal.
ESPNcricinfo understands that
following a request made by the
Hyderabad Cricket Association,
Ojha s home association in domestic
cricket, Ojha s action was tested at
the ICC-recognised centre in Chen-
nai. The tests, it is understood, con-
cluded that Ojha s elbow flexed
more than the permissible limit of
The BCCI informed the HCA in
a letter on Friday that Ojha cannot
bowl in competitive cricket till his
action is cleared, and the bowler
was subsequently withdrawn from
Hyderabad s squad for their Ranji
Trophy game against Services,
which begins on Sunday.
It is understood that Ojha s action
had been under the scanner for
more than a year now, which was
one of the reasons why he disap-
peared from the selectors radar
despite being one of the quickest
Indian bowlers to reach 100 Test
wickets. Ojha is believed to have
discussed the issue informally with
the national selectors, which resulted
in him getting his action tested in
Purshottam Agarwal, the HCA
joint secretary, admitted that the
association had "received a letter"
from the BCCI, but denied that the
HCA had asked for Ojha s action
to be evaluated. Hyderabad s coach
Abdul Azeem, meanwhile, said he
was surprised by the setback to his
team, particularly since there had
been "no whispers about it".
Former Test umpire AV
Jayaprakash, a member of the
BCCI s committee to eradicate sus-
pect bowling actions, had told ESP-
Ncricinfo in October that Ojha had
been asked to undertake corrective
measures in the past.
Following Jayaprakash s claims,
which came during the Duleep Tro-
phy, Ojha started bowling in half-
sleeves. In the Ranji Trophy this
season, he bowled 133.4 overs in
Hyderabad s three matches, picking
up four wickets at 75.25. It is under-
stood that Ojha did bowl his arm-
ball throughout the season, a deliv-
ery which is believed to have come
under the scanner.
NEW ZEALAND-SRI LANKA, DAY 2, 1ST TEST
Sri Lanka in trouble
M Vijay got past fifty for the fourth time in the series, Australia v India, 3rd
Test, Melbourne, 2nd day, yesterday.
SLC retains under-probe women's team officials
New Zealand 1st Innings 441
(Brendon McCullum 195, Jimmy
Neesham 85, Kane Williamson 54;
Angelo Mathews 3-39, Suranga
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 138 (Angelo
Mathews 50; Trent Boult 3-25,
Neil Wagner 3-60, Tim Southee 2-
17, Jimmy Neesham 2-28).
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 84-0
(Dimuth Karunaratne 49, Kaushal
Silva 33 not out).
Warner bruised after
being struck in nets
India's Pragyan Ojha
banned from bowling
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