New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Live Updates, First Test, Day 1 at Wellington: Sri Lanka Lose Four, Hosts on Top

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Catch all the live score from the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Wellington through our live commentary. Sri Lanka will hope to put poor form and off-field chaos behind them when they face New Zealand in the first Test at Wellington’s Basin Reserve on Saturday.
The tourists’ preparations have been anything but smooth, with changes to their coaching staff increasing pressure on a team coming off a 3-0 Test series whitewash against England last month.

Former England player Jonathan Lewis was named as the side’s new batting coach this week, joining Australia’s Steve Rixon, who was brought in as fielding coach last week.

Sri Lanka’s bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was suspended by the International Cricket Council in October after he was accused of match-fixing and other “corrupt conduct”.

That same month, ex-chief selector and former captain Sanath Jayasuriya was charged for failing to cooperate with a match-fixing probe.

Adding to their woes, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya was suspended this month for having an illegal bowling action, and the national team’s selection panel was sacked over the England series loss.

Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne admitted it was difficult to block out the upheaval and focus on the upcoming two-Test series.

“It’s not easy, swapping management… but we’re going to the same basics and everything,” he told Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper.

“It’s not a matter for us. We’re trying to regroup as a team, do our best, and trying to win.”

The Sri Lankans, ranked sixth in the world, also have a poor Test record against the Black Caps in New Zealand, winning only two of 17 matches against them.

Fourth-ranked New Zealand enter the series full of confidence after securing their first away Test series win over Pakistan in 49 years, to give coach Gary Stead a winning start to his tenure.

Stead said he was not taking Sri Lanka lightly and was concerned his players may be drained after wrapping up series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi last Saturday.

“Some guys are still struggling with jetlag and we going from the extreme conditions of low, slow, turning wickets to probably a hard, fast bouncy Basin Reserve wicket,” he told Radio New Zealand.

“They are all things that are little red flags that we need to be aware of… we’re a little more vulnerable than we would normally be.”

New Zealand have named a 13-man squad for the series while Sri Lanka have 17 players to choose from, giving them added optiono with the bat.

The two Test series will be followed by three one-dayers and a single twenty20 match.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, Will Young, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera

Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

63.6 Tim Southee to Perera, Bowls a bouncer, the batsman ducks underneath it. 203/6

63.5 Tim Southee to D Perera, FOUR! Good shot from Dilruwan Perera. Full on off, Perera drives it through mid off for a boundary. 203/6

63.4 Tim Southee to Perera, Bowls a bouncer, the batsman does well to duck under it. 199/6

63.3 Tim Southee to Perera, Length delivery outside leg, Perera lets it go. 199/6

63.2 Tim Southee to Perera, Bowls short on leg, Dilruwan defends it off the back foot. 199/6

63.1 Tim Southee to N Dickwella, Short of length delivery, Dickwella pulls it towards fine leg. The batsmen take a run. 199/6

62.6 T Boult to Perera, Full on off, Dilruwan plays it to point. 198/6

62.5 T Boult to Dickwella, Short delivery on leg, Niroshan pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single. 198/6

62.4 T Boult to Dickwella, BEATEN! Reverse swing from Boult. Swinging away from the batsman, Dickwella looks to defend but misses it completely. 197/6

62.3 T Boult to Dickwella, Again short of length delivery, the left-hander pushes it to mid-wicket. 197/6

62.2 T Boult to Dickwella, Short of length delivery, Dickwella flicks it to square leg. 197/6

62.1 T Boult to Dickwella, Full on off, Dickwella looks to defend but gets an edge towards point. The batsmen pick up a couple. 197/6

61.6 Tim Southee to Perera, Bowls a bouncer, the right-hander does well to duck under it. 195/6

61.5 Tim Southee to Perera, Full delivery on middle, Dilruwan flicks it towards square leg. The batsmen take two runs. 195/6

61.4 Tim Southee to Perera, Good length delivery on off, the batsman defends off the back foot. 193/6

61.3 Tim Southee to Perera, Bowls a bouncer, Perera does well to duck under it. 193/6

61.2 Tim Southee to Perera, Good length delivery on off, Perera defends off the back foot. 193/6

61.1 Tim Southee to Dickwella, Short of length delivery, Dickwella pulls it towards square leg for a single. He wanted the second but is sent back rightly by Perera. 193/6

60.6 T Boult to D Perera, DID THAT CARRY? Not sure. On a length around off, Dilruwan looked to defend but got a thick inside edge onto his thighs. The ball went behind and Bradley Watling dived to his right. Hard to say whether the ball hit the glove first and died down or went down and then hit the glove. 192/6

60.5 T Boult to Perera, Full and around off, driven back to the bowler. 192/6

60.4 T Boult to Perera, Outside off, left alone. 192/6

60.3 T Boult to D Perera, FOUR! Edgy boundary. Full and outside off, Perera looks to drive but the away movement induces an outside edge. It flies behind gully and races to the third man fence. 192/6

60.2 T Boult to Perera, Played to the point region by the batsman. 188/6

60.1 T Boult to Perera, A bouncer around middle, Perera ducks. 188/6

59.6 Tim Southee to Perera, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a single. Fiery over from Southee. 188/6

59.5 Tim Southee to Perera, The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. 187/6

59.4 Tim Southee to Perera, Not surprisingly, a bouncer to greet the new man. Perera ducks. 187/6

Into the all-rounders now. Dilruwan Perera walks in next.

59.3 Southee to A Mathews, OUT! Mathews goes now! No century for him either! New Zealand have gone bang bang since Tea. Second wicket in the space of 4 overs and both the important batters are gone. Attacking is fine but perhaps Mathews showed lesser awareness of the game here. New Zealand were bowling to a plan and they were attacking him with the short ball. He could have left those alone, at least for some period after Tea. But the instinct to score runs and not back off has consumed him. This short ball is pitched outside leg and Mathews cannot resist the pull shot. Is cramped for room and gets a top edge. Simple catch for Bradley Watling and it is a Michelle for Southee. His 8th Test 5-fer, 1st at Wellington and second against Sri Lanka overall. 187/6

59.2 Tim Southee to Dickwella, Again a short ball, this time a controlled pull shot is played, towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 187/5

59.1 Southee to N Dickwella, OFF THE GLOVE, OVER THE KEEPER! FOUR! Fortuitous period for the Lankans. A short ball, down the leg side, Dickwella looks to pull but is cramped for room. Gets a bit of a glove and it just eludes a leaping Watling to the fine leg fence. 186/5

58.6 T Boult to Mathews, Way down the leg side, Angelo misses his flick. 14 from that over! 182/5

58.5 T Boult to Mathews, EDGED, FOUR! More luck for Mathews. Full and outside off, Angelo makes a feeble-looking poke and gets an outside edge as there is no feet movement. However, there is no slip and the ball races to the third man fence past the diving Bradley Watling! Mathews moves to 83 with that. 182/5

58.4 T Boult to N Dickwella, Full and outside off, Niroshan punches this through the covers. Finds the gap and gets three runs. The stand is worth 11 from 8 balls. 178/5

58.3 T Boult to Dickwella, Goes fuller, Dickwella pushes it towards mid-wicket. 175/5

58.2 T Boult to A Mathews, Another short ball, another pull shot. This time more in control. Towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 175/5

58.1 T Boult to Mathews, TOP EDGE, SIX! New Zealand are attacking Sri Lanka but the latter are counter-attacking. Could be an entertaining period of 30 minutes coming up. The ball is pitched around middle, Mathews looks to pull but the bounce does him in. Takes the top edge and fine leg seems interested. But then, realizes that it is flying. Way over his head. 174/5

57.6 Tim Southee to Dickwella, Down the leg side, Dickwella misses his tuck. A productive over for Southee. 168/5

57.5 Tim Southee to Dickwella, Around middle, on a length, defended in front of short leg. 168/5

57.4 Tim Southee to Dickwella, A bouncer to greet the keeper, Dickwella ducks. 168/5

57.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, A short ball outside off, Mathews plays a horizontal pull shot through mid-wicket and gets a single. 168/5

Right. Into the wicket-keeper now. Niroshan Dickwella strides out to the middle. Likes to live on the edge. Suddenly, you could see the Lankans raise up their 200 in the next half an hour if he is there. Else, you might see Dilruwan out in the middle during that period as well. The batsmen crossed, so Mathews will be on strike.

57.2 Tim Southee to Chandimal, OUT! Chandimal falls immediately after Tea! Southee has his fourth and Sri Lanka are in trouble again. Half the side is back in the hut. A short ball, around off, Dinesh looked to pull but was not in control of that shot. The height and bounce got big on him and a top edge was induced. Ajaz Patel at deep mid-wicket waited and waited and waited and cupped the catch safely. Early success for the hosts after the break. Can they run through the lower order now? 167/5

57.1 Tim Southee to Chandimal, On a length outside off, Chandimal rises with the bounce and keeps it down. 167/4

Southee to continue from the other end.

56.6 T Boult to Mathews, A length ball, around middle, watchfully defended. 167/4

56.5 T Boult to Mathews, A bouncer now, Angelo ducks. 167/4

56.4 T Boult to Mathews, Full again, defended back to the bowler. 167/4

56.3 T Boult to Mathews, Full and around off, Mathews plays away from his body and pushes it off the bottom edge, back to the bowler. 167/4

56.2 T Boult to Mathews, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 167/4

56.1 T Boult to Mathews, Around off, solidly defended. 167/4

The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews are at the crease. Trent Boult will start the proceedings after Tea.

… DAY 1, SESSION 3 …

Excellent bowling from the Kiwis. They have not got much help in the second session but still did not allow the Lankans to get off the hook. With the ball now reversing, they will be looking to prize out a wicket or two quickly after Tea and then have the tail at their mercy. Join us back at 4 pm local (0300 GMT). 34 overs left, so it is going to be a long session…

No prizes for saying that the Mathews-Chandimal stand is the key for the Lankans but the latter is eating up too many deliveries. He is certainly not comfortable, scoring just 6 from 32 balls, in a stand worth 57 deliveries. Mathews has not got frustrated as yet – but there might come a time when he might.

Sri Lanka’s session, without a doubt. 94 runs scored, in 29 overs, for the loss of Karunaratne. They have the foundation for a big score but as was said at Lunch, they have a big tail.

55.6 Tim Southee to Chandimal, A bouncer around middle, Chandimal ducks. TEA ON DAY 1, SRI LANKA ARE 167/4! 167/4

55.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, He is taking on Southee even in these dying moments before Tea. Another short ball, pulled with total control, this time behind square leg for a run. 167/4

55.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, That is a cracking pull shot – but straight to Colin de Grandhomme at square leg. Perfectly played shot, perfectly placed fielder. 166/4

55.3 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Down the leg side, tucked through fine leg for a single. 166/4

55.2 Tim Southee to Chandimal, A bouncer now, Chandimal ducks. 165/4

55.1 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Around off, watchfully kept out. 165/4

54.6 N Wagner to Mathews, A short ball again, outside off, nicely controlled through mid-wicket, with a pull shot, for a couple. Wagner is not happy with himself at all. Nearly kicks the fielder who comes in to take the throw! 165/4

54.5 N Wagner to Mathews, A short ball outside off, Angelo plays away from his body and pushes the ball towards point. 163/4

54.4 N Wagner to Mathews, Full and around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 163/4

54.3 N Wagner to Mathews, Outside off, punched to the off side. 163/4

54.2 N Wagner to Mathews, Full and around off, Mathews looks to drive through the off side but the ball REVERSES – yes reverses in a little and goes off the inner half back to the bowler. However, Wagner slips and is not able to stop it. The ball goes to long on and the batsmen take a brace. The stand is now worth 21. 163/4

54.1 N Wagner to Mathews, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 161/4

53.6 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Around off, watchfully blocked out. 161/4

53.5 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Down the leg side short again, this time the skipper walks across and shoulders arms. 161/4

53.4 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Ooohhh… more aggression. Short and at the body from Southee, DC rises and looks to fend it down but the ball almost goes straight to the man under the lid on the leg side. 161/4

53.3 Tim Southee to D Chandimal, That is a brute. A short ball, around off, Dinesh is in the air while trying to fend that one. Has no idea where and how to play the ball as he takes his eyes off. In the end, the ball hits his gloves and dies down on the off side. 161/4

53.2 Tim Southee to Chandimal, A sharp bouncer, right at the head, Chandimal sways away in a hurry. 161/4

53.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, On middle and leg, flicked away for a run. 161/4

52.6 N Wagner to Mathews, Down the leg side, flicked away for a run. 160/4

52.5 N Wagner to Mathews, Outside off, allowed to go through. 159/4

52.4 N Wagner to Chandimal, TOP EDGE, SAFE! More short stuff from Wagner but this time, Chandimal takes him on. It is around off, angling away, the Lankan skipper goes for the pull, miscues it but because there is no one in the deep, it is okay. Lands safely and almost reaches the fence. By the time it is retrieved, three runs are taken. 159/4

52.3 N Wagner to Chandimal, A bouncer now, Chandimal ducks with ease. 156/4

52.2 N Wagner to Mathews, Fractionally short of full, tucked through mid-wicket for a single. 156/4

52.1 N Wagner to Mathews, Full and around leg stump, Mathews falls over in his attempt to flick but manages to make contact and push the ball back towards the bowler. 155/4

51.6 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Fuller in length, driven straight to mid off. 155/4

51.5 Tim Southee to Chandimal, A bouncer around off, Dinesh ducks. 155/4

51.4 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Goes back and punches it towards cover. 155/4

51.3 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Stays back in his crease and blocks it out. 155/4

51.2 Tim Southee to Chandimal, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 155/4

51.1 Tim Southee to Chandimal, A short ball, down the leg side, Chandimal looks to pull but misses. 155/4

50.6 N Wagner to Chandimal, Length delivery on middle, Chandimal flicks it towards the leg side for a single. 155/4

50.5 N Wagner to Chandimal, Bowls a bouncer, the skipper does well to duck under it. 154/4

50.4 N Wagner to Chandimal, Full outside off, the skipper drives it to covers. 154/4

50.3 N Wagner to Chandimal, Good length delivery on off, Chandimal defends off the front foot. 154/4

50.2 N Wagner to Chandimal, Good length delivery outside off, Chandimal offers no shot. 154/4

50.1 N Wagner to Mathews, Short of length delivery, Mathews pulls it towards fine leg. Tom Latham puts a brilliant dive to his right and saves runs for his team. 154/4

49.6 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Good length delivery on off, Chandimal looks to defend but gets an outside edge towards second slip where it falls short of Tom Latham. 153/4

49.5 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Good length delivery on middle, Chandimal keeps it out. 153/4

49.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Full on off, Mathews drives it towards covers. The batsmen take a single. 153/4

49.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, the batsman keeps it out. 152/4

49.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, Mathews blocks it off his back foot. 152/4

49.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Length delivery on off, Mathews defends off the back foot. 152/4

48.6 N Wagner to Chandimal, Wide outside off, the skipper offers no shot. 152/4

48.5 N Wagner to Mathews, Short of length delivery outside off, Mathews pulls it towards mid-wicket for a run. 152/4

48.4 N Wagner to Mathews, Bowls a bouncer, Mathews does well to duck under it. 151/4

48.3 N Wagner to Mathews, Length delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket where de Grandhomme dives to his right and saves runs for his team. 151/4

48.2 N Wagner to Mathews, FOUR! 150 up for Sri Lanka. Errs in line and length, Mathews flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. 151/4

48.1 N Wagner to Mathews, Full on off, Mathews drives it to mid off. 147/4

47.6 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Full outside off, Chandimal drives it to short cover. 147/4

47.5 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Good length delivery on off, Chandimal blocks it well. 147/4

47.4 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Bowls wide outside off, the captain offers no shot. 147/4

47.3 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Good length delivery outside off, the skipper shoulders his arms to this one. 147/4

47.2 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Full on middle, Chandimal flicks it to short mid-wicket. 147/4

47.1 Tim Southee to Chandimal, Bowls wide outside off, Chandimal lets it go. 147/4

Tim Southee is back into the attack.

46.6 N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, Mathews defends off the back foot. 147/4

46.5 N Wagner to Mathews, FOUR! Poor delivery from Wagner. Full on leg, Mathews flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. The fielder had no chance there. 147/4

46.4 N Wagner to Chandimal, Length delivery on leg, Chandimal nudges it towards the leg side for a single. 143/4

Dinesh Chandimal is the new batsman in.

46.3 N Wagner to Karunaratne, OUT! No century for Karunaratne! Given the lives he was having, might have even scored a double. Wagner bowls short outside leg, Dimuth Karunaratne looks to pull but cannot quite make good connection. The ball takes a faint edge towards the keeper where Watling takes a comfortable catch. Big wicket for New Zealand. The 133-run stand is broken at last. 142/4

46.2 N Wagner to Mathews, Length delivery on leg, Mathews nudges it towards the leg side for a run. 142/3

46.1 N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, Mathews offers no shot. 141/3

45.6 A Patel to Mathews, Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it past short leg where the fielder does not get a hand to it. The batsmen get a run. 141/3

45.5 A Patel to Mathews, Tossed up on off, the batsman blocks it well. 140/3

45.4 A Patel to Mathews, Floated on middle, Mathews defends off the back foot. 140/3

45.3 A Patel to Karunaratne, Short outside off, Karunaratne plays a late cut towards third man. The fielder makes an excellent effort just before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs. 140/3

45.2 A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it off his back foot. 137/3

45.1 A Patel to Karunaratne, Tossed up on middle, Karunaratne blocks it well. 137/3

44.6 N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, the right-hander keeps it out. 137/3

44.5 N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, Mathews defends off the back foot. 137/3

44.4 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Short again, the left-hander pulls it towards fine leg for a single. 137/3

44.3 N Wagner to D Karunaratne, FOUR! Dimuth Karunaratne making good use of the luck he got early. Short delivery on leg, Karunaratne pulls it through square leg for a delightful boundary. 136/3

44.2 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Short of length delivery, Karunaratne looks to pull but does not get the connection. He manages to get a bottom edge on this one. 132/3

44.1 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Bowls a bouncer, Karunaratne does well to duck under it. 132/3

43.6 A Patel to Mathews, Tossed up on middle, Mathews dances down the track and defends it. 132/3

43.5 A Patel to Mathews, Flighted delivery on off, Mathews keeps it out. 132/3

43.4 A Patel to Mathews, Floated on middle, the batsman defends off the back foot. 132/3

43.3 A Patel to Mathews, Flighted delivery on off, the batsman blocks it well. 132/3

43.2 A Patel to Mathews, Tossed up on off, Mathews defends off the front foot. 132/3

43.1 A Patel to A Mathews, FOUR! Fifty for Angelo Mathews. Great innings from him under pressure. Short outside off, Mathews rocks back and cuts it through point for a boundary. 132/3

First sign of spin. Here comes Ajaz Patel.

42.6 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne blocks it well. 128/3

42.5 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Full on middle, Karunaratne defends off the front foot. 128/3

42.4 N Wagner to D Karunaratne, Full outside off, the southpaw drives it to covers. 128/3

42.3 N Wagner to Mathews, Length delivery on leg, the left-hander flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 128/3

42.2 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Full on middle and leg, Karunaratne looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The batsmen take a run. 127/3

42.1 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Full on off, Karunaratne plays it to mid off. 126/3

DRINKS BREAK.

41.6 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Short outside off, Karunaratne cuts it towards point for a run. 126/3

41.5 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Full outside off, the batsman drives it to short cover. 125/3

41.4 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Good length delivery outside off, Karunaratne offers no shot. 125/3

41.3 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Full again on off, the left-hander drives it again to mid off. 125/3

41.2 de Grandhomme to D Karunaratne, Full on off, the southpaw drives it to mid off. 125/3

41.1 de Grandhomme to D Karunaratne, Length delivery on middle, Karunaratne drives it to mid on. 125/3

40.6 N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, Mathews looks to cut but gets beaten on this one. 125/3

40.5 N Wagner to Mathews, Wide outside off, Mathews offers no shot. 125/3

40.4 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Length delivery outside off, Karunaratne punches it towards covers. The batsmen take a single. 125/3

40.3 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne keeps it out. 124/3

40.2 N Wagner to Mathews, Full delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it towards square leg. The batsmen cross ends. 124/3

40.1 N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, Mathews defends off the front foot. 123/3

39.6 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a couple. 123/3

39.5 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball – but fails. 121/3

39.4 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Outside off, left alone. 121/3

39.3 de Grandhomme to Mathews, A touch short, around middle, Mathews swivels and pulls it through mid-wicket for a single. 121/3

39.2 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 120/3

39.1 de Grandhomme to A Mathews, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 120/3

38.6 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Played to the point region by the batsman. 120/3

38.5 N Wagner to Karunaratne, FOUR! Another one off the outside edge. Outside off, Karunaratne looks to push but gets squared up. The ball goes off the outside edge, but wide of gully, to the third man fence. 120/3

38.4 N Wagner to Mathews, Around off, tucked through square leg for a single. 116/3

38.3 N Wagner to Mathews, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. 115/3

38.2 N Wagner to Mathews, Full and outside off, loose from Angelo as he slashes but misses. 115/3

38.1 N Wagner to Mathews, IN THE AIR… ALMOST A CATCH! More and more luck for Sri Lanka. On a length, around off, Mathews goes back and looks to punch but the ball sticks on the surface. He is through with his shot and the ball takes the toe end of the bat and goes aerially towards the bowler. Luckily for him, it does not carry to Wagner. 115/3

37.6 de Grandhomme to D Karunaratne, Short and outside off, cut through point for a couple. 115/3

37.5 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 113/3

37.4 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Down the leg side, nudged fine for a run. 113/3

37.3 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Outside off, left alone. 112/3

37.2 de Grandhomme to Mathews, FOUR! 100-RUN STAND IS RAISED! What a fightback and now, the run rate is increasing as well. Full and straight, Mathews drives it straight back down the ground, past the bowler and earns a boundary. 112/3

37.1 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off. 108/3

Colin de Grandhomme is back on.

36.6 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full and around off, watchfully kept out. 108/3

36.5 T Boult to Karunaratne, Ouch. Indecision from Dimuth. A short ball, around off, Karunaratne looks to pull initially, but at the last moment, takes the eyes off the ball. Is hit on the chest. 108/3

36.4 T Boult to Karunaratne, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 108/3

36.3 T Boult to Mathews, Down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a run. 108/3

36.2 T Boult to Karunaratne, The batsman works it down the leg side for a single. 107/3

36.1 T Boult to Karunaratne, FOUR! The runs are flowing. Boundaries are coming at will. 6th boundary in 10th over of this session. Full and swinging in, perhaps a bit too full. Karunaratne is ready and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary! 106/3

35.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 102/3

35.5 Tim Southee to D Karunaratne, Another short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run. 102/3

35.4 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, FOUR! STUPENDOUS! A short ball, around off, Karunaratne swivels, pounces on the length and pulls it through square leg. There is a man at deep backward square leg. There is a man in front of square leg. The shot bisects them to perfection. 100 UP FOR SRI LANKA! The stand is now worth 92. 101/3

35.3 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Very full, around off, driven down the ground. 97/3

35.2 Tim Southee to D Karunaratne, Full and around off, driven towards mid off. 97/3

35.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Around off, cutting in, helped through square leg for a single. 97/3

34.6 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full and around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 96/3

34.5 T Boult to Karunaratne, Outside off, pushed away from his body, a bit uppishly. The man from gully dives to his right and catches the ball… but after it bounces. 96/3

34.4 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off. 96/3

34.3 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full and down the leg side, Dimuth misses his flick. 96/3

34.2 T Boult to Karunaratne, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 96/3

34.1 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, left alone. 96/3

33.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Around off, solidly defended. 96/3

33.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 96/3

33.4 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, WELL-DESERVED FIFTY FOR KARUNARATNE. His 21st in Tests, third against New Zealand. Sri Lanka desperately needed him to get runs and he has got them. You do need some luck while playing a big knock and he has got that too. Gets to the landmark with a gentle tuck through mid-wicket. Now – can he get a triple? 96/3

33.3 Tim Southee to D Karunaratne, EDGED, FOUR! Both players are leading the lives of a cat at the moment. Full and around middle, swinging in, Karunaratne looks to flick but the ball takes the outside edge and just eludes a diving second slip, to the third man fence! 95/3

33.2 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Landed outside off, left alone. 91/3

33.1 Tim Southee to A Mathews, INSIDE EDGE, MISSES THE STUMPS! Well, things are certainly starting to happen. Full and outside off, Mathews pushes at it away from his body and gets a thick inside edge past the stumps, towards fine leg! A single taken. 91/3

32.6 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, pushed to the off side. 90/3

32.5 T Boult to D Karunaratne, This one jags back in, Dimuth plays all around it, looking to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Going down the leg side. 90/3

32.4 T Boult to D Karunaratne, Very full, around off, swinging away again, Karunaratne walks into the shot and pushes it towards mid on. 90/3

32.3 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, swinging away, played towards point. 90/3

32.2 T Boult to Karunaratne, On middle and leg, helped towards square leg. 90/3

32.1 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, swinging away, played through the covers for a couple. The stand is now worth 81. These two have 6 50-plus stands with each other in Tests – NONE crossing the 3-digit mark. 96 is their highest, against New Zealand, in Christchurch, in 2014. 90/3

31.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 88/3

31.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, Around off, solidly defended. 88/3

31.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 88/3

31.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, On a length outside off, solidly defended. 88/3

31.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, TOP EDGE, SAFE, FOUR! There comes the self-induced pressure. Mathews and Karunaratne kind of feel compelled to keep the scoreboard ticking and hence are looking at opportunities to score. A short ball, around middle, Mathews looks to pull but gets a top edge. Luckily for him, the ball goes towards fine leg while the fielder is stationed at long leg. 88/3

31.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Outside off, pushed away from his body towards point. 84/3

30.6 T Boult to Karunaratne, Landed outside off, let through. 84/3

30.5 T Boult to Karunaratne, Landed on a length around middle, tucked towards square leg. 84/3

30.4 T Boult to Karunaratne, One more leave outside off. 84/3

30.3 T Boult to Karunaratne, Landed outside off, this is a touch wide, left alone. 84/3

30.2 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, there is the tempter, dangling the carrot, full and outside off, Karunaratne looks to drive but misses. 84/3

30.1 T Boult to Karunaratne, Landed outside off, pushed towards point. 84/3

29.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Wide outside off, Mathews offers no shot. 84/3

29.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball – but fails. 84/3

29.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, the batsman shoulders his arms to this one. 84/3

29.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, FOUR LEG BYES! Length delivery on leg, Mathews looks to flick but gets it off his pads. The ball goes past Watling who puts in a dive to his left but cannot stop it and it races away to the fine leg fence. 84/3

29.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Swinging away from the batsman, Mathews shoulders his arms to this one. 80/3

29.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, Mathews offers no shot. 80/3

28.6 T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on middle, Karunaratne defends off the back foot. 80/3

28.5 T Boult to Karunaratne, Length delivery on middle, Karunaratne flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple. 80/3

28.4 T Boult to Karunaratne, Length delivery on off, the southpaw defends off the front foot. 78/3

28.3 T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on middle, the left-hander defends off the back foot. 78/3

28.2 T Boult to Karunaratne, Swinging away from the batsman, Karunaratne looks to defend but gets beaten on this one. 78/3

28.1 T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne blocks it off his front foot. 78/3

Trent Boult to bowl from the other end post Lunch.

27.6 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Length delivery on leg, the southpaw flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 78/3

27.5 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, FOUR! Poor delivery from Southee. Full on leg, Karunaratne flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. 77/3

27.4 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Bowls full on leg, Karunaratne looks to flick but gets it off the pads and goes towards Watling. Southee appeals and Watling also joins him but the umpire shakes his head. 73/3

27.3 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Bowls down the leg side, the left-hander lets it go. 73/3

27.2 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Full on off, Karunaratne drives it to short cover. 73/3

27.1 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on middle, Karunaratne defends off the front foot. 73/3

The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Karunaratne and Mathews are at the crease. Tim Southee will start the proceedings after Lunch. Karunaratne will take the strike.

… DAY 1, SESSION 2 …

The stand between Mathews and Karunaratne is currently worth 64 and both batsmen are looking increasingly confident and assured. At the same time, the Kiwis have not bowled badly. Only Wagner has tried a bit too hard and leaked some runs. As the great Geoffrey Boycott says – add 2 wickets to the current score and then see how it is looking. The Lankan tail is a big one and a wicket or two quickly after Lunch can derail them. Sri Lanka need two mammoth knocks. Period. New Zealand need to be disciplined. There is plenty on the pitch for the bowlers. Join us back at 1.40 pm local (0040 GMT).

5/1, 7/2 and then 9/3 – Sri Lanka were in all sorts of tatters as Southee ripped the top order apart in the span of 7 balls. At that stage, it looked like the Lankans might get bowled out in the first session itself. But Mathews, along with his experience and Karunaratne, using his composure, have ensured that we have some contest.

A great session of cricket – with two halves. The first 30 minutes was all New Zealand. The remaining, have seen a wonderful fightback from Sri Lanka.

26.6 N Wagner to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, the batsman blocks it well. THAT IS LUNCH ON DAY 1. 73/3

26.5 N Wagner to Mathews, BIG SHOUT FOR LBW! NOT OUT! Bowls length delivery on leg, Mathews looks to flick but misses it and gets hit on the pads. Probably the ball pitched outside leg. 73/3

26.4 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Short of length delivery, the left-hander pulls it towards square leg for a run. 73/3

26.3 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne defends off the front foot. 72/3

26.2 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Full on off, Karunaratne plays it to point. 72/3

26.1 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, the southpaw keeps it out. 72/3

25.6 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Length delivery on off, Mathews defends off the front foot. 72/3

25.5 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Full again on off, the batsman drives it to covers. 72/3

25.4 de Grandhomme to Mathews, FOUR! Full on off, Mathews drives it straight through mid off for a boundary. 72/3

25.3 de Grandhomme to Mathews, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 68/3

25.2 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Fuller in length, driven towards mid on. 68/3

25.1 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Outside off, left alone. 68/3

24.6 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Outside off, left alone. 68/3

24.5 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Outside off, fuller in length, Karunaratne looks to defend but misses. 68/3

24.4 N Wagner to Mathews, The batsman works it down the leg side for a single. 68/3

24.3 N Wagner to Mathews, Typical response from a fast bowler, Mathews ducks. 67/3

24.2 N Wagner to A Mathews, FOUR! SLAUGHTERED! Dropped short around off, Mathews swivels and pulls it behind square leg for a boundary! 67/3

24.1 N Wagner to Mathews, A bouncer on middle, Mathews ducks. 63/3

23.6 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Length delivery on off, Karunaratne looks to flick but misses it and gets hit on the pads. Probably impact was outside off. 63/3

23.5 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Good length delivery outside off, the left-hander lets it go. 63/3

23.4 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, APPEAL FOR LBW! NOT OUT! Length delivery on off, Karunaratne looks to defend but misses it and gets hit low on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Probably there was an inside edge. 63/3

23.3 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Bowls wide outside off, Karunaratne offers no shot. 63/3

23.2 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Length delivery on middle, Mathews tucks it towards mid-wicket for a run. 63/3

23.1 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, Mathews defends off the back foot. 62/3

22.6 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Bowls short down the leg side, Karunaratne shoulders his arms to this one. 62/3

22.5 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Bowls a bouncer, Karunaratne does well to duck under it. 62/3

22.4 N Wagner to Mathews, Short delivery, the batsman pulls it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen take a run. 62/3

22.3 N Wagner to Mathews, Short on off, Mathews gets extra bounce on this one and defends it off the back foot. 61/3

22.2 N Wagner to Mathews, Short of length delivery, Mathews pulls it towards fine leg where Tom Latham does a brilliant job to save runs for the team, with a dive to his right. 61/3

22.1 N Wagner to Mathews, Bowls a bouncer outside leg, Mathews easily leaves it alone. 61/3

21.6 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Length delivery on middle, Karunaratne drives it to mid on. 61/3

21.5 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Full on middle, Karunaratne drives it straight to mid on. 61/3

21.4 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 61/3

21.3 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Good length delivery outside off, the left-hander offers no shot. 61/3

21.2 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on leg, Karunaratne looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Probably it is pitching outside leg. 61/3

21.1 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Full on off, Karunaratne defends off the front foot. 61/3

20.6 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Down the leg side, flicked through square leg for one. 61/3

20.5 N Wagner to Karunaratne, The batsman goes for the pull but misses it completely. 60/3

20.4 N Wagner to Mathews, Banged in short, pulled through mid-wicket for a run. 60/3

20.3 N Wagner to D Karunaratne, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single. 59/3

20.2 N Wagner to Karunaratne, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 58/3

20.1 N Wagner to A Mathews, A short ball, around middle, pulled through mid-wicket for a single. 58/3

19.6 de Grandhomme to D Karunaratne, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. 57/3

19.6 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, IT IS A NO BALL! Dear me… poor Williamson. He had the 4th wicket… only for his bowler to overstep. It has not even touched the line, the foot that is. A full toss, around middle, Karunaratne clips it but straight to short mid-wicket. The umpire wants to check upstairs for the overstepping and he is not proved wrong. 57/3

Oh dear… What has happened here? Karunaratne has thrown it away. New Zealand have got their 4th wicket. Hang on… has de Grandhomme overstepped?

19.5 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Outside off, comes in a long way, Dimuth feels for it but misses. 56/3

19.4 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Outside off, played straight to point. 56/3

19.3 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, A lovely yorker, around off, watchfully dug out. 56/3

19.2 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, The batsman has played it to the point region. 56/3

19.1 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Full on middle, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 56/3

18.6 N Wagner to D Karunaratne, FOUR! SLAP! Short and outside off, Karunaratne gets on top of that and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary! 55/3

18.5 N Wagner to Karunaratne, A riposte from Wagner. A short ball, around off, Dimuth ducks. 51/3

18.4 N Wagner to Karunaratne, FOUR! Wrong line. Down the leg side, fuller in length, Karunaratne tickles it to the fine leg fence. 51/3

18.3 N Wagner to Karunaratne, Outside off, coming in slightly, left alone. 47/3

18.2 N Wagner to Mathews, Short and outside off, a touch wide, Mathews reaches out and punches it through the covers for three. 47/3

18.1 N Wagner to Mathews, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 44/3

Neil Wagner to bowl as well.

17.6 de Grandhomme to D Karunaratne, Short and outside off, cut straight to point. 44/3

17.5 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 44/3

17.4 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, left alone. 44/3

17.3 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 44/3

17.2 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a single. 44/3

17.1 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Around off, solidly defended. 43/3

16.6 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Around off, helped towards mid-wicket. 43/3

16.5 Tim Southee to D Karunaratne, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off. 43/3

16.4 Tim Southee to D Karunaratne, Short and around off, Karunaratne unfurls a cracking pull shot but finds short mid-wicket. 43/3

16.3 Tim Southee to A Mathews, Changes the angle slightly, goes through the covers and earn as a single. 43/3

16.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Very good shot again. Full and straight, driven straight down the ground. 42/3

16.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Around off, nicely hopped to defend. 40/3

15.6 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, On middle and leg, tucked straight to square leg. 40/3

15.5 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Better from de Grandhomme, changes the angle and bowls a cutter outside off, Dimuth lets it go. 40/3

15.4 de Grandhomme to D Karunaratne, Full and outside off, Dimuth leans into this one and drives it very fluently through the covers for a couple. 40/3

15.3 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Around off, angling away, left alone. 38/3

15.2 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, driven beautifully through point for a couple. 38/3

15.1 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, FOUR! That’s a bit too straight, Karunaratne clips it to the fine leg fence. 36/3

14.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 32/3

14.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, A bouncer, a bit too short around off, comfortably ducked under. 32/3

14.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Full and outside off, swinging away, driven back to the bowler. 32/3

14.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, The ball has taken the inside edge of the bat and goes down the leg side. 32/3

14.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, The ball has taken the inside edge of the bat and goes down the leg side. 32/3

14.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Outside off, left alone. 32/3

DRINKS BREAK. Tim Southee gets a change of ends.

13.6 de Grandhomme to Karunaratne, Outside off, left alone. 32/3

13.5 de Grandhomme to Mathews, The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg bye signalled by the umpire. 32/3

13.4 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Outside off, watchfully defended. 31/3

13.3 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Full again, watchfully pressed out. 31/3

13.2 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 31/3

13.1 de Grandhomme to Mathews, Landed outside off, gentle outswing, left alone. 31/3

First bowling change. Colin de Grandhomme has been given an opportunity.

12.6 T Boult to Karunaratne, Around off, dabbed to the off side. 31/3

12.5 T Boult to Mathews, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. One run added to the total. 31/3

12.4 T Boult to Mathews, Short and outside off, Mathews slashes hard but misses. 30/3

12.3 T Boult to Mathews, Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler. 30/3

12.2 T Boult to Mathews, Lovely inswinger, almost a yorker, around middle and off, dug out to the bowler. 30/3

12.1 T Boult to Mathews, On a length around middle, angling away, Mathews hops and defends it towards point. 30/3

11.6 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, BEATEN! Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne looks to defend but misses it. 30/3

11.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, Length delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single. 30/3

11.4 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on middle, Karunaratne flicks it towards mid-wicket. The fielder wanted to throw to Watling’s end but it went wide of him. The batsmen take a run. 29/3

11.3 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne looks to defend but gets beaten on this one. 28/3

11.2 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, FOUR! Classic straight drive from Karunaratne. Full on off, Dimuth drives it straight through mid off for a boundary. 28/3

11.1 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Bowls full on middle, Karunaratne hits it to mid on. 24/3

10.6 T Boult to Mathews, Length delivery on middle, Mathews defends off the back foot. 24/3

10.5 T Boult to Mathews, Good length delivery again outside off, the right-hander offers no shot. 24/3

10.4 T Boult to Mathews, Good length delivery outside off, Mathews leaves it alone. 24/3

10.3 T Boult to Mathews, Bowls a bouncer, the batsman ducks underneath it. 24/3

10.2 T Boult to Mathews, Again on a good length on off, Mathews keeps it out. 24/3

10.1 T Boult to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, Mathews defends off the front foot. 24/3

9.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Length delivery on leg, Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 24/3

9.5 Tim Southee to A Mathews, FOUR! Good shot by Mathews. Full delivery on middle, Mathews drives it straight through mid on for a delightful boundary. 23/3

9.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, the batsman defends off the back foot. 19/3

9.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, BEATEN AGAIN! Brilliant bowling from Tim Southee. Tests him again outside off, Mathews looks to defend but misses it. 19/3

9.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Swinging away from the batsman, Mathews looks to defend but gets beaten on this one. 19/3

9.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Bowls a bouncer, Mathews does well to duck under it. 19/3

8.6 T Boult to Karunaratne, Short outside off, Karunaratne cuts it through point. The batsmen pick up a couple. 19/3

8.5 T Boult to Karunaratne, Length delivery on off, Karunaratne offers a forwards defense on this one. 17/3

8.4 T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length delivery outside off, Karunaratne offers no shot. 17/3

8.3 T Boult to Karunaratne, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Karunaratne looks to drive but misses it. 17/3

8.2 T Boult to Karunaratne, Again on a good length on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 17/3

8.1 T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne keeps it out. 17/3

7.6 Tim Southee to Mathews, Nice away movement for Southee. Good length delivery outside off, the batsman offers no shot. 17/3

7.5 Tim Southee to Mathews, Full on middle, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket. The fielder does a brilliant job to save runs for the team. The batsmen pick up a couple. 17/3

7.4 Tim Southee to Mathews, Short on off, Mathews cuts it to point. 15/3

7.3 Tim Southee to Mathews, Length delivery on off, Mathews looks to defend but gets an outside edge towards fourth slip. It was well short of the fielder. 15/3

7.2 Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, Mathews defends off the back foot. 15/3

7.1 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Length delivery on off, Karunaratne defends and sets off. The batsmen take a quick single. 15/3

6.6 T Boult to Mathews, Length delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it to the leg side. 14/3

6.5 T Boult to Mathews, Length delivery on off, Mathews looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. 14/3

6.4 T Boult to Mathews, Bowls wide outside off stump, the batsman lets it go. 14/3

6.3 T Boult to Mathews, Length delivery on off, the batsman blocks it off his back foot. 14/3

6.2 T Boult to Mathews, Bowls a bouncer, Mathews does well to duck under it. 14/3

6.1 T Boult to Mathews, Good length delivery on off, Mathews keeps it out. 14/3

5.6 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 14/3

5.5 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Short of length delivery outside off, Karunaratne looks to pull but misses it and gets beaten on this one. 14/3

5.4 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Length delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the front foot. 14/3

5.3 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. 14/3

5.2 Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on off, Karunaratne defends off the back foot. 14/3

5.1 Tim Southee to Mathews, Length delivery on leg, Mathews flicks it towards square leg but gets it off his pads. The batsmen cross ends. The umpire gives it as a leg bye. 14/3

4.6 T Boult to Karunaratne, Length delivery on leg, the left-hander flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple. 13/3

4.5 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full delivery on middle, Karunaratne drives it straight through mid on. The batsmen pick up a couple. The fielder does an excellent job to save runs for his team. 11/3

4.4 T Boult to Karunaratne, Outside off, let through. 9/3

4.3 T Boult to Karunaratne, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 9/3

4.2 T Boult to Karunaratne, Way down the leg side, flick shot missed. 9/3

4.1 T Boult to Karunaratne, Full on middle, tailing in prodigiously, Karunaratne falls over but manages to flick it towards mid-wicket. Nearly crept through. 9/3

Angelo Mathews walks in.

3.6 Tim Southee to Mendis, OUT! And then they were three! Kusal Mendis joins the departure list. Very poor shot from him. Bowls full on middle, Kusal looks to flick it over mid-wicket but does not time it well. Ends up giving a simple catch to Ajaz Patel at short mid-wicket. Mendis stands there, looking at the ground, before trudging off. Sri Lanka lose their third wicket. Lacklustre cricket from Sri Lanka. 9/3

3.5 Tim Southee to Mendis, Full again on middle, Mendis flicks it through mid-wicket. The ball does stop before the ropes because it got slowed down. The batsmen pick up a couple. 9/2

3.4 Tim Southee to Mendis, Full delivery on middle, Kusal flicks it to short mid-wicket. 7/2

3.3 Tim Southee to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis defends off the front foot. 7/2

Who is in next to face the music? Kusal Mendis comes in at number 4, replacing de Silva.

3.2 Southee to Silva, OUT! Caught behind! Southee has 2 in 2 overs! Now de Silva departs. Swinging away from the batsman, Dhananjaya looks to defend but gets squared up due to the late away movement. The ball goes off the outside edge towards the keeper where Watling takes a comfortable catch. Sri Lanka lose their second wicket. They are in deep trouble. 7/2

3.1 Tim Southee to Silva, Around off, defended watchfully. 7/1

2.6 T Boult to Silva, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single. 7/1

2.5 T Boult to Silva, Full and outside off, Dhananjaya looks to drive but gets an inside edge towards fine leg. 6/1

2.4 T Boult to Silva, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 6/1

2.3 T Boult to Silva, Landed round off, defended from the crease. 6/1

2.2 T Boult to Silva, Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 6/1

2.1 T Boult to D Karunaratne, Full and outside off, Karunaratne pushes hard and gets a thick outside edge behind point for a single. 6/1

Dhananjaya de Silva is the new batsman in.

1.6 Tim Southee to Gunathilaka, OUT! Gunathilaka departs! First breakthrough for New Zealand. Full length delivery on middle, Danushka Gunathilaka looks to flick but misses it and gets rapped on the pads. Southee appeals and the umpire raises his finger immediately. Gunathilaka chats with his partner but is asked to go back. Replays show that impact is in line and it was umpire’s call in terms of height. 5/1

1.5 Tim Southee to Gunathilaka, Full delivery on middle, Gunathilaka drives it to mid on. 5/0

1.4 Tim Southee to Gunathilaka, Bowls length delivery on middle, the left-hander blocks it off his front foot. 5/0

1.3 Tim Southee to Gunathilaka, Bowls down the leg side, Gunathilaka leaves it alone. 5/0

1.2 Tim Southee to Gunathilaka, Good length delivery outside off, the left-hander lets it go. 5/0

1.1 Tim Southee to Gunathilaka, Good length delivery on leg, Gunathilaka tucks it to short mid-wicket. 5/0

Tim Southee to bowl from the other end.

0.6 T Boult to D Karunaratne, FOUR! First boundary for Karunaratne. Full outside off, Dimuth plays it through backward point for a delightful boundary. 5/0

0.5 T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length delivery outside off, the left-hander lets it go. 1/0

0.4 T Boult to Karunaratne, Bowls full outside off, Karunaratne defends off the front foot. 1/0

0.3 T Boult to Gunathilaka, Length delivery on leg, the left-hander flicks it towards square leg for a single. 1/0

0.2 T Boult to Gunathilaka, Full on off, Gunathilaka drives it to point. 0/0

0.1 T Boult to Gunathilaka, Starts bowling down the leg side, Gunathilaka lets it go. 0/0

First Published: December 15, 2018, 6:40 AM IST