New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, First Test, Day 2 Live Score: Kiwis in Command After Losing Raval

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Catch all the live action from the second day of the opening Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Wellington. Day 1 report: Fast bowler Tim Southee skittled Sri Lanka’s top order with a five-wicket haul to put New Zealand in a commanding position on the opening day of the first Test in Wellington on Saturday. Southee took three scalps in a devastating opening spell to reduce the tourists to nine for three, then followed with a double strike to snuff out a promising fightback in the final session. Sri Lanka were 275 for nine at stumps, with their hopes resting on a rearguard action from Niroshan Dickwella, who was not out on 73. Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne were the only other batsman to offer any meaningful resistance, notching 83 and 79 respectively and forging a 131-run partnership.
Southee ended the day with five wickets for 67 in 25 overs, his eighth five-wicket haul in Test cricket and his best figures at the Basin Reserve. His early burst ensured New Zealand’s decision to bowl on a green wicket after winning the toss reaped immediate rewards. Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said before the match that he wanted his top order to survive the first hour and see off the new ball but the wickets began to tumble in just the second over. Danushka Gunathilaka was Southee’s first victim, out lbw for one after failing to deal with a late inswinger. Dhananjaya de Silva then edged through to the keeper for the same score and a clearly rattled Kusal Mendis only managed to reach two before hitting a simple catch to Ajaz Patel at mid-wicket. Karunaratne was given a life on 33 when Neil Wagner had him caught at mid-wicket, only to have the delivery ruled a no-ball due to a foot fault.

He was also fortunate not to be caught in the slips after nicking a swinging Southee delivery just before bringing up his 21st Test 50. Wagner finally got his man after lunch when Karunaratne miscued a pull shot and gloved a short ball to keeper BJ Watling. Mathews was looking threatening before Southee struck again, leaving Dickwella to work with the tailenders in pursuit of a respectable total. He did the job superbly, frustrating the New Zealand attack to take Sri Lanka’s innings into a second day. Sri Lanka, ranked sixth in the world, have lost their last five Tests against New Zealand and suffered a 3-0 Test series whitewash against England last month. They have faced upheaval in their coaching and selection ranks in recent weeks and arrived in New Zealand low on confidence. In contrast, the fourth-ranked Black Caps entered the two-match contest buoyed by their first away Test series win over Pakistan in 49 years last week.

Commentary (New Zealand innings)

30.3 L Kumara to Williamson, 1 run. 82/1

30.2 L Kumara to Williamson, Length delivery on off, Williamson taps it to point. 81/1

30.1 L Kumara to Williamson, Length delivery on leg, Williamson flicks it to short mid-wicket. 81/1

29.6 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 81/1

29.5 K Rajitha to Latham, Down the leg side, Latham misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads through square leg. A couple of runs taken, leg byes signalled. 81/1

29.4 K Rajitha to Latham, A short ball, down the leg side, Tom gets across and lets it go. 79/1

29.3 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 79/1

29.2 K Rajitha to Latham, Outside off, left alone. 79/1

29.1 K Rajitha to Latham, Around off, watchfully defended. 79/1

28.6 L Kumara to Latham, There is a short leg, a leg gully and a long leg. Predictably the line is outside leg and the length – short. But Latham is careful and wily enough to carefully maneuver the ball between short leg and leg gully, towards fine leg, for a run. 79/1

28.5 L Kumara to Williamson, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 78/1

28.4 L Kumara to Williamson, Fractionally short outside off, Williamson punches it on the up. Almost finds point. 77/1

28.3 L Kumara to Williamson, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 77/1

28.2 L Kumara to Williamson, On a length outside off, tapped towards the off side. 77/1

28.1 L Kumara to Williamson, On middle and off, Williamson gets across and helps it towards square leg. 77/1

27.6 K Rajitha to Latham, FOUR! CRISP! Latham and those cover drives. Lovely to watch. Full and outside off, Latham leans and drives it through the covers, making it an absolutely glorious sight to view. Moves to 20 now. 77/1

27.5 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 73/1

27.4 K Rajitha to Latham, Full and outside off, driven down the ground. 73/1

27.3 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 73/1

27.2 K Rajitha to Latham, A bouncer, accustomed to seeing this every now and then, Latham ducks. 73/1

27.1 K Rajitha to Latham, On a length around off, solidly defended. 73/1

26.6 Kumara to Williamson, Good attempted yorker, around off, equally well dug out. 73/1

26.5 L Kumara to Williamson, A bouncer, Kane ducks under it calmly. 73/1

26.4 L Kumara to Williamson, Goes back in his crease and punches it towards point. 73/1

26.3 L Kumara to Williamson, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 73/1

26.2 L Kumara to Williamson, Around off, well blocked out again. 73/1

26.1 L Kumara to Williamson, Full and just outside off, solidly defended. 73/1

25.6 K Rajitha to Latham, The tempter, full and wide outside off, Tom lets it go. 73/1

25.5 K Rajitha to Latham, NOT OUT! Pitched outside leg. Chapter closed. Really poor review from Chandimal though one suspects the keeper or the bowler should have advised him against it. It looked like pitching outside leg to the naked eye and Hawk Eye confirms it. Latham fell over while playing the flick shot and got hit on the pads and that perhaps made the Lankans feel that the ball was pitched in line. 73/1

Review for LBW! Sri Lanka feel that Latham might be out here. Looked to be pitching outside leg to the naked eye…

25.4 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 73/1

25.3 K Rajitha to Latham, Outside off, quietly left alone this time. 73/1

25.2 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 73/1

25.1 K Rajitha to Latham, Full and wide outside off, Latham gets carried away, looking to drive away from his body without moving his feet and misses. 73/1

24.6 L Kumara to Williamson, Stays back in his crease and blocks. 73/1

24.5 L Kumara to Latham, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 73/1

24.4 L Kumara to Williamson, A full toss, on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 72/1

24.3 L Kumara to Williamson, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries! Kane Williamson is on fire here, without actually looking attacking. Spare a thought for Tom Latham. He has faced balls more than three quarters of a hundred, soaked in all the pressure, yet scored only 15. And here is his skipper, come in just now and gone bang bang! On a length outside off, Williamson punches it on the up through the covers for a boundary! 71/1

24.2 L Kumara to Williamson, FOUR! Ohhh… great batting. On a length outside off, Williamson goes back and punches it behind point for a boundary. So lovely was the shot that even my colleague Arjun, who barely utters a word during a game, could not stop himself from saying, ‘SHOT!’ Really pleasing – both to see the shot and to understand that my colleague likes to express himself. 67/1

24.1 L Kumara to Williamson, FOUR! Off the edge. But controlled. Full and outside off, Williamson looks to defend. But the ball moves away and takes the outside edge. However, since the shot was played with soft hands, the outside edge did not go to hand. It went to ground and evaded the hands as well. Past the second slip fielder to the third man fence. 63/1

Lahiru Kumara to continue from the other end.

23.6 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump once again. 59/1

23.5 K Rajitha to Latham, Back to leaving balls outside off. 59/1

23.4 K Rajitha to Tom Latham, Finally the batsman drives. Finds mid off. 59/1

23.3 K Rajitha to Latham, Hat-trick. Full, outside off, asking to drive, batsman not interested. 59/1

23.2 K Rajitha to Latham, Outside off again, same reaction. 59/1

23.1 K Rajitha to Latham, Full and outside off, tempting line, left alone. 59/1

The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Kane Williamson joins Tom Latham in the middle. Kasun Rajitha will start the proceedings after Lunch.

… DAY 2, SESSION 2 …

The visitors’ bowlers have not been able to apply pressure on the batsmen. They have got a wicket but it was more due to Raval’s mistake than the accuracy of the bowling. If at least the line can be consistent, the batsmen can still commit mistakes and wickets might come. Join us back at 1.40 pm local time (0040 GMT).

The hosts started well with the bat and were very cautious in their approach. Both openers played some delightful shots and got a 50 run-stand as well. They were looking poised to go unharmed into the break when Raval lost his concentration.

Something to smile for Sri Lanka heading into the break. It was an excellent session for New Zealand, barring that last-ball blemish. They came in the morning and wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings very quickly with Southee bagging a 6-fer.

22.6 L Kumara to Raval, OUT! A wicket at the stroke of Lunch! Out of nowhere. A short ball outside off, Raval looks to pull but is done in by the slowness of the delivery. The ball takes the toe end of the bat, curves behind but Dickwella does well to keep his eyes on the cherry. Dives to his left and takes it with both hands. Another start wasted by Raval. LUNCH ON DAY 2, NEW ZEALAND TRAIL BY 223! 59/1

22.5 L Kumara to Raval, FOUR! Beauty to the eyes. A length ball outside off, Raval punches this on the up through the covers and finds the boundary! 59/0

22.4 L Kumara to Raval, A short ball outside off, Raval lets it be. 55/0

22.3 L Kumara to Latham, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single. 55/0

22.2 L Kumara to J Raval, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single. 54/0

22.1 L Kumara to Raval, Around off, defended watchfully. 53/0

21.6 S Lakmal to Latham, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 53/0

21.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 53/0

21.4 S Lakmal to Latham, Full and just outside off, watchfully defended. 53/0

21.3 S Lakmal to Raval, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 53/0

21.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Tight run. On middle and leg, flicked through square leg. The batsmen decide for the second at the last moment and it seems risky. The throw is just a touch wide and Raval makes it. 52/0

21.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Around off, solidly defended. 50/0

20.6 L Kumara to Raval, A short ball, pulled away for a single. 50-RUN STAND IS UP. The deficit is 232. Nothing is happening. 50/0

20.5 L Kumara to Raval, A bouncer around middle, Raval sways away. Almost got down on his haunches. 49/0

20.4 L Kumara to Latham, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run. 49/0

20.3 L Kumara to Latham, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 48/0

20.2 L Kumara to Latham, A bouncer on middle, Latham sways away from the bouncer. 48/0

20.1 L Kumara to Raval, A length ball down the leg side, helped through square leg for a single. 48/0

19.6 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on middle, the left-hander defends off the back foot. 47/0

19.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander blocks it well. 47/0

19.4 S Lakmal to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, Latham ducks underneath it. 47/0

19.3 S Lakmal to Raval, Length delivery on middle, Raval nudges it towards the leg side. The batsmen take a run. 47/0

19.2 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on off, Latham tucks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen take a quick single. Mathews from mid-wicket scores a direct hit at the bowler’s end but Latham was well in. 46/0

19.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Length delivery on middle, Raval flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run. 45/0

18.6 L Kumara to Latham, Bowls a bouncer, the left-hander does well to duck under it. 44/0

18.5 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, Latham shoulders his arms to this one. 44/0

18.4 L Kumara to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Tom keeps it out. 44/0

18.3 L Kumara to Raval, Full on leg, Raval flicks it towards square leg. The batsmen take a run. 44/0

18.2 L Kumara to Raval, Wide outside off, Raval offers no shot. 43/0

18.1 L Kumara to Raval, Outside off, Raval leaves it alone. 43/0

17.6 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham keeps it out. 43/0

17.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Wide outside off, Latham lets it go. 43/0

17.4 S Lakmal to Latham, Length delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the front foot. 43/0

17.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, the left-hander lets it go. 43/0

17.2 S Lakmal to Tom Latham, FOUR! What a shot. Full outside off, Latham leans into the shot and drives it through covers for a wonderful boundary. Both the openers looking in good touch. 43/0

17.1 S Lakmal to Latham, Full on off, Latham drives it straight towards the bowler. 39/0

Suranga Lakmal is back on. 4-0-15-0 so far.

16.6 L Kumara to Raval, Length delivery on leg, Raval flicks it to the leg side. 39/0

16.5 L Kumara to Raval, The batsman manages only a bottom edge on that one. 39/0

16.4 L Kumara to Raval, Wide outside off, the left-hander offers no shot. 39/0

16.3 L Kumara to Raval, ALMOST A WICKET! Short of length delivery, Raval looks to pull but lobs off the glove behind. Dickwella makes a false start, initially runs back, then realizes he has to run forward and eventually does not get to it. 39/0

16.2 L Kumara to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, Raval offers no shot. 39/0

16.1 L Kumara to Latham, Length delivery on leg, Latham flicks it towards fine leg. The batsmen cross ends. 39/0

Lahiru Kumara is into the attack.

15.6 D Perera to Raval, Wide outside off, Raval shoulders his arms. 38/0

15.5 D Perera to Raval, Floated on middle, the left-hander offers a forward defense on this one. 38/0

15.4 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the front foot. 38/0

15.3 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on off, Raval keeps it out. 38/0

15.2 D Perera to Raval, FOUR! Good shot by Raval. Full on off, Raval comes down the track and drives it through covers for a boundary. 38/0

15.1 D Perera to Raval, Short outside off, Raval makes room and guides it towards third man. The batsmen pick up a couple. 34/0

14.6 A Mathews to Latham, Length delivery on middle, Latham stands tall and defends off the back foot. 32/0

14.5 A Mathews to Latham, Wide outside off, Latham offers no shot. 32/0

14.4 A Mathews to Latham, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the back foot. 32/0

14.3 A Mathews to Latham, Good length delivery on middle, the left-hander keeps it out. 32/0

14.2 A Mathews to Latham, Wide outside off, Latham lets it go. 32/0

14.1 A Mathews to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham hits it to mid off. 32/0

13.6 D Perera to Raval, Floated on off, the southpaw blocks it well. 32/0

13.5 D Perera to Raval, Short outside off, Raval rocks back and cuts it towards point. The batsmen get two runs. 32/0

13.4 D Perera to Raval, Floated on off, Raval comes down the track and keeps it out. 30/0

13.3 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on off, the left-hander keeps it out. 30/0

13.2 D Perera to Raval, Flighted delivery on middle, Raval blocks it well. 30/0

13.1 D Perera to Raval, Tossed up on off, Raval defends off the back foot. 30/0

Spin is in early. Dilruwan Perera to bowl now.

12.6 A Mathews to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, Latham lets it go. 30/0

12.5 A Mathews to Latham, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander keeps it out. 30/0

12.4 A Mathews to Latham, Length delivery on off, Latham plays it to covers. 30/0

12.3 A Mathews to Latham, Good length delivery outside off, the left-hander offers no shot. 30/0

12.2 A Mathews to Latham, Good length delivery on off, Latham defends off the back foot. 30/0

12.1 A Mathews to Latham, Length delivery on off, Latham guides it to third man. 30/0

11.6 K Rajitha to Raval, Length delivery on leg, the left-hander flicks it to the leg side. 30/0

11.5 K Rajitha to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, Jeet offers no shot. 30/0

11.4 K Rajitha to Raval, Length delivery on leg, the left-hander looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad. Dickwella fails to collect the ball properly. 30/0

11.3 K Rajitha to Raval, FOUR! Classic straight drive from Jeet Raval. Full on off, Raval drives it through mid off for a delightful boundary. 30/0

11.2 K Rajitha to J Raval, Length delivery on middle, Raval plays it to mid on. 26/0

11.1 K Rajitha to Raval, Length delivery on leg, Raval flicks it towards square leg. The batsmen pick up a couple. 26/0

DRINKS BREAK.

10.6 A Mathews to Raval, Length delivery on off, Raval drives it straight towards mid off. The batsmen take a run. 24/0

10.5 A Mathews to Raval, Length delivery outside off, the left-hander offers no shot. 23/0

10.4 A Mathews to Raval, Good length delivery on off, Raval defends off the back foot. 23/0

10.3 A Mathews to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, the left-hander looks to defend but is in two minds whether to play or leave and is beaten. 23/0

10.2 A Mathews to Raval, Good length delivery outside off, Raval lets it go. 23/0

10.1 A Mathews to Raval, Good length delivery on middle, Raval defends off the back foot. 23/0

9.6 K Rajitha to Latham, Around off, defended watchfully. 23/0

9.5 K Rajitha to Latham, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 23/0

9.4 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 23/0

9.3 K Rajitha to Latham, Gets him forward and Tom defends. 23/0

9.2 K Rajitha to Latham, A bouncer now, Latham ducks. 23/0

9.1 K Rajitha to Latham, On a length outside off, tapped to the off side. 23/0

8.6 A Mathews to Raval, On a length outside off, Raval is squared up a touch, looks to defend but gets an outside edge behind. Does not quite carry to the slip cordon. 23/0

8.5 A Mathews to Raval, Back to normalcy. Wide outside off, left alone. 23/0

8.4 A Mathews to Raval, This time makes the batsman play, landing the ball around middle and forcing him to defend. 23/0

8.3 A Mathews to Raval, One more leave outside off. 23/0

8.2 A Mathews to Raval, Well outside off, left alone. 23/0

8.1 A Mathews to Raval, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 23/0

Stop the press. Look who has come to bowl. Err… sorry. Read who has come on to bowl. Angelo Mathews.

7.6 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 23/0

7.5 K Rajitha to Latham, FOUR! Down the leg side, Latham flicks it uppishly. Short leg ducks and the ball flies over his head. 23/0

7.4 K Rajitha to Latham, Full and way down the leg side, left alone. Good collection by Dickwella as he dives to his right to stop that. 19/0

7.3 K Rajitha to Latham, Outside off, punched on the up towards cover. 19/0

7.2 K Rajitha to Latham, Down the leg side, Latham looks to flick but misses. 19/0

7.1 K Rajitha to Latham, Landed around off, watchfully defended. 19/0

6.6 S Lakmal to Raval, FOUR! CRISP! As straight as an arrow. Superb shot. Full and around off, Raval comes forward and drives it straight back to where it came from. He is growing in confidence now. His third boundary in his 15. 19/0

6.5 S Lakmal to Raval, A decent delivery, short and at the head of the batsman, Jeet sways away at the last moment. 15/0

6.4 S Lakmal to Raval, On a length outside off, angling away, Raval makes no effort to try and play at that. 15/0

6.3 S Lakmal to Raval, Landed outside off again, let through. 15/0

6.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Full again, just outside off, watchfully pushed towards mid off. 15/0

6.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Full and outside off, left alone. 15/0

5.6 K Rajitha to Latham, On middle and leg, worked towards mid-wicket. 15/0

5.5 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump again. 15/0

5.4 K Rajitha to Latham, Landed outside off, steep bounce, shouldered arms to. 15/0

5.3 K Rajitha to Raval, Down the leg side, tucked through fine leg for a single. 15/0

5.2 K Rajitha to Raval, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 14/0

5.1 K Rajitha to Raval, Down the leg side, left alone. 14/0

4.6 S Lakmal to Latham, Another leave outside off. 14/0

4.5 S Lakmal to Latham, One more leave outside off. 14/0

4.4 S Lakmal to Latham, Wide outside off, let through. 14/0

4.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 14/0

4.2 S Lakmal to Raval, On middle and leg, helped through mid-wicket for a single. 14/0

4.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Landed outside off, left alone. 13/0

3.6 K Rajitha to Latham, Another bouncer, ducked under again. 13/0

3.5 Rajitha to Latham, Outside off, on a length, left through. 13/0

3.4 K Rajitha to Tom Latham, Full and outside off, driven sweetly wide of mid off for a couple. 13/0

3.3 K Rajitha to Latham, Around off, angling away, left alone. 11/0

3.2 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 11/0

3.1 K Rajitha to Latham, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 11/0

2.6 S Lakmal to Raval, Played to the point region by the batsman. 11/0

2.5 S Lakmal to Raval, One more leave outside off. 11/0

2.4 S Lakmal to Raval, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 11/0

2.3 S Lakmal to J Raval, EDGED, FOUR! Fortune for Raval now. Lakmal gets it right on the money, slightly short of a fuller length around middle, Jeet looks to defend but the ball moves away. The outside edge is taken but fortunately for the batsman, it is between the slips and gully! Races away to the third man fence, does the ball. The stand is worth 11. 11/0

2.2 S Lakmal to Raval, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 7/0

2.1 S Lakmal to Raval, FOUR! CLASSY! Raval is up and running. Overpitched outside off, Jeet leans into this one and drives it through the covers for a boundary! The deficit is now 277. 7/0

1.6 K Rajitha to Latham, More wastage. Nothing done from Tom. An unimpressive over from Kasun Rajitha. Sri Lanka cannot afford to waste the new ball. 3/0

1.5 K Rajitha to Latham, Outside off once more, a total waste of this new ball, let through. 3/0

1.4 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 3/0

1.3 K Rajitha to Latham, Full and wide outside off again, let through. 3/0

1.3 K Rajitha to Latham, WIDE! Boy, that was outside the pitch. Probably nerves, I reckon. Full and way outside off, Tom could not have reached that even if he wanted to. Leaves it alone any which ways. 3/0

1.2 K Rajitha to Latham, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 2/0

1.1 K Rajitha to Latham, Wide outside off, left alone. 2/0

Kasun Rajitha to share the new ball with Lakmal.

0.6 S Lakmal to Latham, INSIDE EDGE, BUT NO SHORT LEG! Well, this pitch has a lot of bounce. Has Chandimal missed out on an opportunity? On a length around off, came back in off the seam. Latham looked to tuck but the extra bounce induced an inside edge, deflected onto the pads and then lobbed towards short leg. But it was unmanned. A single taken. 2/0

0.5 S Lakmal to Latham, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 1/0

0.4 S Lakmal to Latham, Outside off again, let through. 1/0

0.3 S Lakmal to Latham, Landed outside off, left alone. 1/0

0.2 S Lakmal to Raval, The Kiwis are away. Outside off, Raval pushes this towards cover and takes a quick single. 1/0

0.1 S Lakmal to Raval, Full and outside off, left alone. 0/0

First Published: December 16, 2018, 6:34 AM IST