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DUNEDIN --- Dimuth Karunaratne made 84 and
Dineth Chandimal was unbeaten on 83 as Sri Lanka
made slow progress to 197-4 at stumps yesterday,
leaving the first cricket Test against New Zealand
neatly poised at the end of the second day.
Karunaratne and Chandimal put on 122 in a prolonged
partnership for the second wicket which allowed Sri
Lanka to rally after the loss of early wickets to challenge
New Zealand s first innings of 431.
New Zealand hurried to that total Thursday and
early yesterday, scoring at 4.48 runs per over after
losing the toss and being sent in on a green pitch. Sri
Lanka set a much more pedestrian scoring pace, man-
aging only 2.43 runs per over throughout the second
day and allowing its run rate to drop below 2 at times
while grinding its way toward first innings parity.
Wickets were hard to come by, apart from the spurt
at the end of the first day and start of the second when
Sri Lanka wrapped up New Zealand s tail and when
the New Zealand bowlers exposed Sri Lanka s inex-
perienced top order.
New Zealand also snapped up Karunaratne and Sri
Lanka captain Angelo Mathews (2) within three overs
to set back the tourists rally.
Otherwise, the wickets have been well-spaced and
have only come from concerted effort and sustained
pressure from the bowlers and fieldsmen.
Wicketkeeper BJ Watling took catches to dismiss all
four Sri Lanka batsmen who fell yesterday and off four
different bowlers. In doing so he surpassed 100 Test
dismissals --- reaching that mark with his first catch
and ending the day with 103 --- to further establish
himself among New Zealand s best Test keepers.
The innings of Karunaratne and Chandimal were
exercises in concentration. Karunaratne, who made
his maiden Test century in New Zealand a year ago
and has gone on to make two more against Pakistan
and the West Indies, negotiated the loss of Kusal Mendis
(8) and Udara Jayasundera (1) to provide the early back-
bone of the Sri Lanka innings.
Karunaratne took 10 minutes less than three hours
to bring up his half century; Chandimal took nine min-
utes more than three hours but both placed more
emphasis on survival than accumulation yesterday as
Sri Lanka sought a foothold in the match.
Their 122-run partnership occupied 48.5 overs and
they scored at only 2.49 runs per over but they played
Sri Lanka into a solid position, giving it hope of matching
New Zealand s first innings total.
The quick loss of Mathews was costly. English umpire
Nigel Llong turned down New Zealand s appeal for a
catch down the leg side but television umpire Paul
Reiffel overturned the decision when Hot Spot tech-
nology showed a faint edge.
Four New Zealand bowlers took wickets yesterday
but young left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner was prob-
ably the best for the home side, taking 1-37 from 19
Chandimal battles to keep S Lanka alive
M Guptill c Chandimal b Mathews 156
T Latham c and b Lakmal
K Williamson c Karunaratne b Pradeep 88
R Taylor lbw b Pradeep
B McCullum c Vithanage b Siriwardana 75
M Santner c Chandimal b Chameera 12
BJ Watling c Vithanage b Chameera 5
D Bracewell lbw b Pradeep
T Southee c Siriwardana b Lakmal
N Wagner c Jayasundera b Pradeep 7
T Boult not out
Extras: (4b, 3lb, 1w, 1nb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Overs: 96.1. Batting time 421 minutes.
Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-229, 3-245, 4-334, 5-
359, 6-365, 7-394, 8-399, 9-426.
Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 16-1-69-2, Nuwan
Pradeep 23.1-2-112-4, Angelo Mathews 9-2-
28-1, Dusmantha Chameera 20-2-112-2 (1w),
Rangana Herath 19-1-46-0, Udara
Jayasundera 5-0-33-0 (1nb), Milinda
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
D Karunaratne c Watling b Santner 84
K Mendis c Watling b Boult
U Jayasundera c Watling b Wagner
D Chandimal not out
A Mathews c Watling b Southee
K Vithanage not out
Extras: (1b, 4lb, 4nb)
TOTAL: (for 4 wickets)
Overs: 81. Batting time: 339 minutes.
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-29, 3-151, 4-156.
Still to bat: Milinda Siriwardana, Rangana
Herath, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga
Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep.
Bowling: Trent Boult 16-5-38-1, Tim Southee
16-4-35-1, Doug Bracewell 16-4-29-0 (4nb),
Neil Wagner 13-2-53-1, Mitchell Santner 19-
6-37-1, Kane Williamson 1-1-0-0.
Toss: Sri Lanka.
Umpires: Richard Kettelborough and Nigel
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel, Australia. Match
referee: David Boon, Australia.
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a defensive shot against New Zealand on the
second day of the first cricket Test in Dunedin, New Zealand, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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