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HAMILTON---Two young men at the start
of their careers shaped the course of the sec-
ond day's play in the second cricket Test as
New Zealand staggered to 232-9 at stumps
yesterday in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings
Dushmantha Chameera, 23, playing just his
third Test, produced a concerted spell of accu-
rate, short-pitched fast bowling to reduce New
Zealand from 81-0 to 89-4 and give Sri Lanka
the upper hand in a match the home side had
previously sought to dominate. Chameera fin-
ished the day with his first Test five-wicket
haul and career-best figures of 5-47.
New Zealand allrounder Mitchell Santner,
also 23 and playing his third Test, then batted
two-and-a-half hours for 38, sharing a 39-
run partnership with Brendon McCullum (18)
and a 40-run stand with BJ Watling (28) in
an effort to rally New Zealand after more expe-
rienced players had failed.
At stumps New Zealand was still 60 runs
behind Sri Lanka with Doug Bracewell 30 not
"Obviously we haven't batted the way we
would have liked to and the way we should
have," Guptill said. "We were off to a great
start and then we had a crazy 20 or 30 minute
period there when we lost a few wickets quick-
"But the way we fought back shows we're
not too far behind the eight ball."
Neil Wagner's 17 included a six off
Chameera, which flew more than 100 meters
and landed on the street outside Seddon Park
before he fell to the last ball of the day.
New Zealand's collapse, precipitated by
Chameera, was sudden, severe and unexpected.
Guptill and Tom Latham (28) had produced
their third-straight partnership of 50 or more
--- the first time since 2001 a New Zealand
opening pair has achieved three consecutive
half century partnerships --- and had steered
their team comfortable to 81 without loss.
Chameera captured the important wickets
of Latham for 28, Kane Williamson for one
and Ross Taylor for 0 to leave New Zealand
struggling and to support theories that Sri
Lanka's total was more imposing than it
seemed after it lost the toss Friday and was
sent in on a green and seaming pitch.
Guptill and Latham reached 61-0 in barely
80 minutes before lunch to open New Zealand's
chase and had gone on to 81 in 99 minutes
when the hosts' innings began to unravel.
Latham tried to turn a ball from Chameera
which rose sharply at his hip and steered it
directly to Dimuth Karunaratne at leg gully
who first juggled, then pocketed a sharp
Only nine balls later Williamson, playing
on his home, fell to a loose shot he to Suranga
Lakmal on the leg-side.
Guptill, who looked comfortable posting a
half century from 77 balls with nine fours and
a six, attempted to hoist a Herath ball down
the ground for six but edged it to Angelo
Mathews at first slip.
Chameera then had Taylor caught behind.
The luckiest man yesterday was Lakmal
who, during his innings of four for Sri Lanka,
fended a short ball from Neil Wagner which
bounced back onto his wicket, heavily rapping
middle stump without dislodging the bails.
Lakmal was out next ball. (AP)
NEW DELHI---Veterans Yuvraj Singh and
Ashish Nehra returned Saturday to India's
Twenty20 squad for next month's limited-
overs tour of Australia, which has five one-
day internationals and three Twenty20
The 34-year-old Yuvraj, who last played
international cricket at the World Twenty20
tournament in Bangladesh in 2014, was
selected after some fine performances in
domestic one-day games this month.
Yuvraj, best remembered for his six sixes
in an over against Stuart Broad during the
inaugural edition of the World Twenty20 in
2007, was picked as India looks for a finisher
batting at No 6 or No 7 for the next World
Twenty20 in India, starting in March.
Nehra, 36, last played for India in the 2011
World Cup but has been fairly consistent
over the years in the Indian Premier League.
Offspinner Harbhajan Singh is another
experienced player in the T20 squad along
with left-handed batsman Suresh Raina, who
failed to make the ODI selection after a poor
recent home series against South Africa in
which he managed only 68 runs in five games.
India was boosted by the return of pace
bowler Mohammad Shami for both the T20
and ODI squads with experienced pace bowler
Ishant Sharma also in the ODI squad. Shami
had been out with a knee injury since the
World Cup, in which he was India's most
successful bowler with 17 wickets in seven
Left-handed allrounder Ravindra Jadeja
returned to both limited overs squads after
shining in the four-game home test series
against South Africa, which India won 3-0.
Jadeja took 16 wickets in five innings with
his spin bowling and also chipped in with
some useful scores with the bat.
The selectors decided to go with experience
for the 20-over format but opted for a number
of youngsters in the ODI side with time on
their side as the next World Cup is in 2019.
Rookie Brainder Sran, a left-arm seam
bowler, was called up for the ODIs with all-
rounders Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Rishi
Dhawan the other uncapped players in that
Big-hitting allrounder Hardik Pandya was
the lone uncapped player in the T20 squad.
Batsman Ambati Rayudu, allrounder Stuart
Binny and legspinner Amit Mishra failed to
make the cut in both teams.
The one-dayers will be played at Perth
(January 12), Brisbane (Jan 15), Melbourne
(Jan 17), Canberra (Jan 20) and Sydney (Jan.
23).The T20 games will be in Adelaide (Jan
26), Melbourne (Jan 29) and Sydney (Jan 31).
Chameera blitzes NZ top order
Sri Lanka's Dushmantha Chameera, left, celebrates with Kusal Mendis after dismissing New
Zealand's Ross Taylor for 0 on the second day of the second cricket Test in Hamilton, New
Zealand, yesterday. AP PHOTO
India recalls Yuvraj, Nehra for Australia T20
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has all but
ruled out the India-Pakistan series, given
the short window ahead of India's limited-
overs tour of Australia, which begins on Jan-
"It's 19th already and even if a decision
comes in the next week, it might not be pos-
sible to host a series in such short notice,"
Thakur said at the press conference in Delhi,
where the ODI and T20 squads for the tour
of Australia were announced.
He, however, said the onus of making that
call rested with Pakistan, who are the hosts
for the series in accordance with the MoU
signed between the BCCI and PCB. "This is
not a decision for us to make," Thakur said.
"It is for Pakistan to make should the Indian
government grant permission. But, given the
situation today, it appears difficult."
The series has remained in limbo for a while
now with little progress made in the last few
weeks. While the Pakistan government has
green-lit the series, there has been no word
from its Indian counterpart yet.
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
Dimuth Karunaratne c Watling b Southee 12
K Mendis c Watling b Southee
U Jayasundera run out
D Chandimal c Watling b Bracewell 47
A Mathews c Latham b Southee
M Siriwardana c Taylor b Boult
K Vithanage c McCullum b Boult
R Herath run out
D Chameera c McCullum b Bracewell 4
S Lakmal c Williamson b Wagner
N Pradeep not out
Extras (11lb, 12w)
TOTAL (all out)
Overs: 80.1. Batting time: 353 minutes.
Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-44, 3-115, 4-121, 5-
259, 6-259, 7-264, 8-284, 9-288, 10-292.
Bowling: Trent Boult 20-2-51-2, Tim
Southee 21-5-63-3 (1w), Doug Bracewell
22.1-4-81-2 (5w), Neil Wagner 9-1-51-1 (6w),
Mitchell Santner 7-0-34-0, Kane Williamson
New Zealand 1st innings
M Guptill c Mathews b Herath
T Latham c Karunaratne b Chameera 28
K Williamson c Lakmal b Chameera 1
L Taylor c Chandimal b Chameera
B McCullum c Mendis b Herath
M Santner c Chandimal b Pradeep 38
B Watling c Vithanage b Lakmal
D Bracewell not out
T Southee c Jayasundera b Chameera 4
N Wagner c Vithanage b Chameera 17
Extras: (lb 3, w 8, nb 7)
Total: (9 wickets; 78.4 overs)
Fall of wickets 1-81, 2-83, 3-86, 4-89, 5-128,
6-168, 7-196, 8-201, 9-232.
Bowling: R Lakmal 16-4-48-1 (1nb, 1w); A
Mathews 11-7-25-0; Pradeep 17-4-34-1 (5nb,
1w); H Herath 22-1-75-2; P Chameera 12.4-3-
47-5 (1nb, 2w)
Toss: New Zealand.
Series: New Zealand leads the two-match
Umpires: Nigel Llong, England, and Paul
India ODI squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish
Pandey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja,
Mohammad Shami, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann,
Rishi Dhawan, Brainder Sran.
India Twenty20 squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane,
Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin,
Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Harbhajan Singh, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya,
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra.
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