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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Ball by Ball Commentary

17 Mar, 2023 03:30 (IST)

Result

Sri Lanka in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2023- Match

New Zealand

580/4

123.0 overs
vs

Sri Lanka

164/10

66.5 overs

358/10

142.0 overs

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 58 runs

Basin Reserve, Wellington

That is it from this game then! New Zealand have won the Test series 2-0 and now it is time to shift focus on the 50-over format. Both sides will battle it out in a three-match ODI series with the first one starting on the 25th of March 0630 IST (0100 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!
Kane Williamson has been awarded the PLAYER OF THE SERIES!
Henry Nicholls has been given the MAN OF THE MATCH for his brilliant knock!
The follow-on was enforced, the Lankans showed great fight, the likes of Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal really batted well. The three played their shots and made the Kiwis toil hard. Chandimal was unlucky not to get to a ton. Kasun Rajitha down the order also showed some fight. Just though as it seemed, it would head into Day 5, Tim Southee who was the hero with the ball for the Kiwis in the second innings, got the last wicket and gave his side a massive win.
Lanka just were not upto the mark in this game, we expected them to perform a lot better after how they played in the first game but they were quite under par. First, their bowlers were just not uto the mark. The Kiwis scored close to 600 in no time with Williamson and Nicholls scoring double tons. That batted in visitors out of the game and in reply, Sri Lanka were very poor with the bat. Except for Dimuth Karunaratne, no one showed any fight and they were bowled out for well below 200. Matt Henry and Michael Bracewell were the stars with the ball for the hosts.
It is Tim Southee who leads his side off the field! This is his first series win as New Zealand skipper and it is very well-deserved as the Kiwis were dominant throughout this game. Lanka on the other hand, can be happy with how they performed with the bat in this innings. They did not just surrender like they did in the first innings but made the Kiwis work hard for the wickets. They would have loved to take it into Day 5 but that was not the case.

Score after 142 overs : 358/10

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

20 (110)

A Fernando

0 (15)

T Southee

27-13-51-3

141.6 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! There is the last wicket! That is the end of the game. It did take some time for the Kiwis to clean up the tail but they have ensured there will be no Day 5. This is on a length and outside off, Kasun Rajitha pushes at it, it goes off the outside edge to Daryl Mitchell at third slip. New Zealand WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 58 RUNS!

141.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

141.4 0

Around off, this is guided to point.

141.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

141.2 0

On middle, defended.

141.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 141 overs : 358/9

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Fernando

0 (15)

K Rajitha

20 (104)

B Tickner

26-6-84-3

140.6 0

Bowls it short and on the body, Asitha Fernando leaves it alone and cops a blow on the body.

140.5 0

Around off, this is guided to point.

140.4 0

Shorter and down the leg side. Left alone.

140.3 0

On middle, shorter, this is defended.

140.2 0

On a length and down leg, Fernando looks to flick it but misses. A loud appeal for caught behind but the finger stays down. Southee goes upstairs and decides to use his final review. The replay shows that the ball had brushed his hips and New are out of their reviews now!

140.1 0

A bumper, ducked under.

140.1 wd 1

WIDE! Way too short, WIDE.

Score after 140 overs : 357/9

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

20 (104)

A Fernando

0 (9)

T Southee

26-12-51-2

139.6 0

On a length and outside off, Rajitha covers his line and let's it go.

139.5 0

Bowls it just outside off, Rajitha leaves it alone again.

139.4 0

Short and on off, Rajitha leaves it alone.

139.3 0

Lands it outside off, Rajitha offers no stroke.

139.2 0

Another one on middle, Rajitha fends it to short covers.

139.1 0

Slightly shorter and on middle, Rajitha blocks it back.

Score after 139 overs : 357/9

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Fernando

0 (9)

K Rajitha

20 (98)

M Bracewell

42-14-100-2

138.6 0

Bowls it outside off, Fernando eases it to silly point.

138.5 0

Too full and on off, Fernando blocks it back.

138.4 0

Some turn and bounce, Fernando blocks it with soft hands towards slips.

138.3 0

Lands it outside off, Fernando leaves it alone.

138.2 1

A single as this is flicked towards short fine leg.

138.1 0

Flatter and on off, Rajitha blocks it to silly point.

Score after 138 overs : 356/9

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Fernando

0 (5)

K Rajitha

19 (96)

T Southee

25-11-51-2

137.6 lb 2

Short and on leg, Fernando gets a thick edge as the ball flies over keeper. The fielder does well aat the fine leg fence as the batters collect two.

137.5 0

Touch fuller and on middle, Fernando blocks it back.

137.4 0

Some extra bounce and on off, Fernando blocks it to slips.

137.3 0

Slightly shorter and on off, Fernando looks to play at it but gets beaten.

137.2 0

On a length, angling in, Fernando eases it to point.

137.1 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Southee finally gets the man. Slightly shorter and outside off, it shapes in a bit, Kumara gets in two minds but decides to remove his bat at the very end. He gets a thick outside edge and Michael Bracewell takes a good catch diving to his left.

Score after 137 overs : 354/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

19 (96)

L Kumara

7 (44)

M Bracewell

41-14-99-2

136.6 0

Full and on off, blocked out solidly.

136.5 0

Bowls it outside off, Rajitha looks to block it with soft hands but gets an outside edge. Luckily, it didn't carry.

136.4 0

Some turn and bounce, Rajitha fends it to short leg.

136.3 0

Lands it on off, Rajitha defends it solidly.

136.2 0

Too full and on off, Rajitha blocks it back.

136.1 0

Flat and on off, Rajitha eases it to point.

Score after 136 overs : 354/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

L Kumara

7 (44)

K Rajitha

19 (90)

T Southee

24-10-51-1

135.6 0

Bowls it just outside off, Kumara looks to block it but misses. A loud appeal and Southee goes upstairs again. Ultra Edge shows a flat line and New Zealand loses another review.

135.5 0

Lands it down leg, Kumara offers no stroke.

135.4 0

Short and on leg, Kumara ducks underneath it.

135.3 0

Another dot as this is defended towards mid off.

135.2 0

Good length, angling in, outside off, Kumara looks to play at it but gets beaten.

135.1 0

Full and on off, defended out.

Score after 135 overs : 354/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

19 (90)

L Kumara

7 (38)

M Bracewell

40-13-99-2

134.6 0

Lands it on off, Rajitha blocks it to covers.

134.5 0

Lands it on off, Rajitha eases it to short covers.

134.4 0

Another one outside off, Rajitha leaves it alone.

134.3 0

Too full and outside off, Rajitha looks to play at it but gets beaten.

134.2 0

Outside off, blocked towards silly point.

134.1 0

Slightly shorter and on off, Rajitha leaves it alone. A loud appeal for caught behind but the finger stays down. They go upstairs and the Ultra Edge shows no spike. Review lost.

Score after 134 overs : 354/8

Runs Scored

5 Runs

L Kumara

7 (38)

K Rajitha

19 (84)

T Southee

23-9-51-1

133.6 0

On middle, defended.

133.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

133.4 1

A single as this is worked through square leg.

133.3 4

FOUR! Nice and fine! Frustrating runs for the Kiwis! On the body, this is nudged fine on the leg side and it races away to the fence.

133.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

133.1 0

On off, this is pushed to mid on.

Score after 133 overs : 349/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

L Kumara

7 (36)

K Rajitha

14 (80)

M Bracewell

39-12-99-2

132.6 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

132.5 0

On the stumps, kept out.

132.4 0

On off, defended.

132.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

132.2 0

Shorter and outside off, Kumara slashes but misses.

132.1 0

On middle, defended.

Score after 132 overs : 349/8

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Rajitha

14 (80)

L Kumara

7 (30)

T Southee

22-9-46-1

131.6 0

Goes for a yorker but ends up serving a full toss, this is pushed to mid on.

131.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

131.4 0

Around middle, kept out.

131.3 1

On middle, this is defended.

131.2 0

Past the edge! This is on a length and around off, Kumara looks to defend but is beaten.

131.1 0

On middle, defended.

Score after 131 overs : 348/8

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Rajitha

14 (77)

L Kumara

6 (27)

M Bracewell

38-11-99-2

130.6 0

BEATEN! This lands outside off and goes on with the arm. Kasun Rajitha defends inside the line and is beaten.

130.5 1

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

130.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

130.3 0

On the stumps, defended.

130.2 0

On off, blocked.

130.1 0

Tossed up on off, defended.

Score after 130 overs : 347/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

14 (76)

L Kumara

5 (22)

T Southee

21-9-45-1

129.6 0

On off, kept out.

129.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

129.4 0

On the stumps, this us pushed to cover.

129.3 0

On the stumps, kept out.

129.2 0

On off, blocked.

129.1 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

Score after 129 overs : 347/8

Runs Scored

5 Runs

L Kumara

5 (22)

K Rajitha

14 (70)

D Bracewell

18-3-58-1

128.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

128.5 0

On off, kept out.

128.4 0

Length and on off, this lands and moves away. Kumara is beaten as he tries to defend.

128.3 0

On off, defended.

128.3 wd 1

A short one but it is way too short. Wided.

128.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

128.1 4

FOUR! Full and around off, this is hit hard down to long off for a boundary.

Score after 128 overs : 342/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

14 (70)

L Kumara

1 (16)

T Southee

20-8-45-1

127.6 0

Shorter and outside off, Rajitha lets it go.

127.5 0

On a length and on off, Rajitha blocks again.

127.4 0

Shorter and on off, Rajitha sits down.

127.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

127.2 0

Length and on off, blocked.

127.1 0

This is full and on off, Rajitha defends.

Score after 127 overs : 342/8

Runs Scored

2 Runs

L Kumara

1 (16)

K Rajitha

14 (64)

D Bracewell

17-3-53-1

126.6 0

Length and on off, dropped to cover.

126.6 wd 1

Wide! Bouncer again on off. Kumara lets it go for a wide.

126.5 0

On middle, blocked out.

126.4 0

On a length and on middle. Kumara defends it out.

126.3 0

Length and on the pads. Kumara tucks it to square leg.

126.2 0

On off, kept out.

126.1 0

On a length and on off. Kumara makes a solid block.

126.1 wd 1

Drops it short and on middle. Kumara ducks under it. A wide given!

Score after 126 overs : 340/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

14 (64)

L Kumara

1 (10)

M Henry

29-8-59-1

125.6 0

Bouncer on middle. Rajitha sits under it.

125.5 0

A full toss on middle, eased to mid on.

125.4 0

Short again on leg. Rajitha sways away from the line.

125.3 0

Short and on middle. Rajitha gets his bat forward and blocks off his gloves.

125.2 0

On off, fuller and it is pushed to cover.

125.1 0

On a length and outside off. Rajitha cuts to point where Kane Williamson makes a superb stop.

Score after 125 overs : 340/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

L Kumara

1 (10)

K Rajitha

14 (58)

M Bracewell

37-11-98-2

124.6 0

On middle. Blocked by Kumara.

124.5 0

Full again on middle. Kumara keeps it out.

124.4 0

Too full and on off, Kumara blocks.

124.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

124.2 0

This is full and angling down leg, Kumara helps it to short fine leg.

124.1 0

Tossed up, outside off, punched to point.

Score after 124 overs : 340/8

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Rajitha

14 (58)

L Kumara

1 (4)

M Henry

28-7-59-1

123.6 0

On a length and on off, Rajitha keeps it out.

123.5 0

On middle, blocked out.

123.4 0

Shorter and on off, Rajitha tries to defend on the up but misses.

123.3 0

On a length and on middle. Rajitha hops and blocks.

123.2 1

Short and on middle. Kumara helps it to fine leg for one.

123.1 1

On a length and outside off, Rajitha punches it past cover for a single.

Score after 123 overs : 338/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

L Kumara

0 (3)

K Rajitha

13 (53)

M Bracewell

36-10-98-2

122.6 0

Tossed up on off, Kumara defends it out.

122.5 0

Flat and on middle. Blocked out.

122.4 0

Too full, on off, quicker. Kumara looks to defend but misses. An appeal for LBW but the finger stays down. New Zealand take the review but the replay shows it might just go down. Bal Tracking shows it is umpire's call on wickets hitting.

122.3 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Prabath Jayasuriya goes! Shorter and on middle. Prabath Jayasuriya looks to pull but gets a top edge and it flies to square leg where Blair Tickner takes a sharp catch.

122.2 0

Flat and on middle, blocked out.

122.1 0

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

Score after 122 overs : 338/7

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

13 (53)

P Jayasuriya

2 (42)

M Henry

27-7-57-1

121.6 0

Length and on off, Rajitha defends it solidly.

121.5 0

On a length and outside off, Rajitha shoulders arms.

121.4 0

Length and on off, knocked to cover.

121.3 0

On off, pushed to cover.

121.2 0

Short again, outside off. Rajitha looks to defend but misses.

121.1 0

Short in length and on middle, blocked out.

Score after 121 overs : 338/7

Runs Scored

1 Runs

P Jayasuriya

2 (42)

K Rajitha

13 (47)

M Bracewell

35-9-98-1

120.6 0

Outside off, kept out.

120.5 0

This is full and on off. Prabath Jayasuriya punches it straight to silly point who fails to pick up cleanly.

120.4 0

Serves it down leg. Prabath Jayasuriya shoulders arms.

120.3 0

Full and on middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

120.3 wd 1

Wide! Michael Bracewell goes way outside off, left alone.

120.2 0

Outside off again, Prabath Jayasuriya lets it go.

120.1 0

Shorter and outside off, Prabath Jayasuriya leaves.

Score after 120 overs : 337/7

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Rajitha

13 (47)

P Jayasuriya

2 (36)

M Henry

26-6-57-1

119.6 0

Outside off, blocked out.

119.5 0

Short and on leg. Rajitha bends his back and gets hit on the body as he sways away.

119.4 0

Short and on off, Rajitha blocks.

119.3 1

Around off, pushed through covers for a single.

119.2 0

On off, kept out.

119.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 119 overs : 336/7

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Rajitha

13 (44)

P Jayasuriya

1 (33)

M Bracewell

34-9-97-1

118.6 2

On middle, this is tucked past square leg for a brace.

118.5 0

Tossed up, outside off, spins in. Rajitha keeps it out.

118.4 1

Around off, pushed through covers for a single.

118.3 0

On middle, kept out.

118.2 0

On off, tucked to square leg.

118.1 3

Length ball, outside off, Rajitha drives it through covers for three more as the ball stops in the deep.

Score after 118 overs : 330/7

Runs Scored

1 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (30)

K Rajitha

8 (41)

M Henry

25-6-56-1

117.6 0

Shorter and outside off, Prabath Jayasuriya leaves it alone.

117.5 1

Length ball, outside off, pushed through covers for a single.

117.4 0

Short in length on leg, Rajitha tucks it to square leg.

117.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

117.2 0

Outside off again, Rajitha lets it go.

117.1 0

Shorter and on off, Rajitha sways away from the line.

Score after 117 overs : 329/7

Runs Scored

1 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (29)

K Rajitha

7 (36)

M Bracewell

33-9-91-1

116.6 0

Tossed up on middle, blocked out.

116.5 0

Angles it outside off, Prabath Jayasuriya lets it go.

116.4 0

On middle, Prabath Jayasuriya blocks.

116.3 0

Fuller and outside off, pushed to point.

116.2 1

Shorter and on off, punched to point for a single.

116.1 0

Flat and on off, Rajitha blocks.

Score after 116 overs : 328/7

Runs Scored

1 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (25)

K Rajitha

6 (34)

M Henry

24-6-55-1

115.6 0

On off, kept out.

115.5 0

On a length and around off, Prabath Jayasuriya looks to defend but misses.

115.4 0

On a length and on off, blocked out.

115.3 0

On a length and outside off, Prabath Jayasuriya swings and misses.

115.2 1

Full and on off, stroked to point for one.

115.1 0

On middle, blocked out.

Score after 115 overs : 327/7

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Rajitha

5 (32)

P Jayasuriya

0 (21)

M Bracewell

32-9-90-1

114.6 1

Floated, outside off. Rajitha knocks it to cover for one.

114.5 0

Full and outside off. Rajitha leans and defends.

114.4 0

Quicker on middle. Rajitha blocks.

114.3 0

On off, kept out.

114.2 2

Fuller and outside off, driven through covers for a brace.

114.1 0

Tossed up on  off, Rajitha defends on the front foot.

Score after 114 overs : 324/7

Runs Scored

0 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (21)

K Rajitha

2 (26)

M Henry

23-6-54-1

113.6 0

Sharp bumper on middle. Prabath Jayasuriya ducks under it.

113.5 0

A bouncer on middle. Prabath Jayasuriya sits down.

113.4 0

Length and on off. Prabath Jayasuriya stays back and blocks.

113.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

113.2 0

Length ball, outside off, Prabath Jayasuriya shoulders arms.

113.1 0

On a length and on middle, blocked out.

Score after 113 overs : 324/7

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

2 (26)

P Jayasuriya

0 (15)

M Bracewell

31-9-87-1

112.6 0

Flat and down leg. Rajitha misses his flick.

112.5 0

On off, kept out.

112.4 0

Tossed up on middle. Rajitha defends on the front foot.

112.3 0

On middle, Rajitha again blocks.

112.2 0

Full and on middle, Rajitha prods and blocks.

112.1 0

Shorter and outside off, Rajitha leaves.

Score after 112 overs : 324/7

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Rajitha

2 (20)

P Jayasuriya

0 (15)

B Tickner

25-6-83-3

111.6 1

Too full and on off, Rajitha works it past cover for a single.

111.5 0

This is full and on off, pushed to cover.

111.5 wd 1

A bumper on middle. Rajitha evades it out.

111.4 0

Shorter and outside off. Rajitha lets it go.

111.3 0

Fuller and outside off. Rajitha pushes it to point.

111.2 0

On off, pushed to cover.

111.1 0

On a length, outside off. Rajitha leaves it alone.

Score after 111 overs : 322/7

Runs Scored

1 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (15)

K Rajitha

1 (14)

M Bracewell

30-8-87-1

110.6 0

Full and on middle. Prabath Jayasuriya blocks it out.

110.5 1

Flat and on middle. Rajitha tucks it to square leg for a single.

110.4 0

On middle, blocked out.

110.3 0

Slants it down again, Rajitha lets it go.

110.2 0

Short and angled down. Rajitha looks to flick but misses.

110.1 0

Tossed up, outside off, Rajitha punches it to mid off.

Score after 110 overs : 321/7

Runs Scored

1 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (14)

K Rajitha

0 (9)

B Tickner

24-6-81-3

109.6 0

Full and on off, pushed to cover

109.5 0

This is outside off, Prabath Jayasuriya leaves.

109.4 0

On a length and outside off. Prabath Jayasuriya slashes and misses.

109.3 0

Length and outside off, Prabath Jayasuriya leaves.

109.2 0

On middle, defended out.

109.1 lb 1

Leg bye! On the pads, Rajitha misses his flick and it goes to square leg for a leg bye.

Score after 109 overs : 320/7

Runs Scored

0 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (9)

K Rajitha

0 (8)

M Bracewell

29-8-86-1

108.6 0

Full and on middle. Prabath Jayasuriya plays it back to the bowler.

108.5 0

On off, defended out.

108.4 0

On middle, blocked out.

108.3 0

Flat and on middle. Prabath Jayasuriya tucks it to short leg.

108.2 0

Tossed up on off, kept out.

108.1 0

Full and on middle. Prabath Jayasuriya blocks.

Score after 108 overs : 320/7

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Rajitha

0 (8)

P Jayasuriya

0 (3)

B Tickner

23-5-81-3

107.6 0

Short in length on middle. kept out.

107.5 0

Fuller and outside off, Rajitha eases it to cover.

107.4 0

Short again, Rajitha is happy to let it go.

107.3 0

Shorter and on off. Rajitha lets it go.

107.2 0

On a length and outside off, Rajitha offers no shot.

107.1 0

Outside off, Rajitha lets it go.

Score after 107 overs : 320/7

Runs Scored

2 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (3)

K Rajitha

0 (2)

M Bracewell

28-7-86-1

106.6 0

Down the leg side, left alone.

106.5 lb 2

TWO LEG BYES! Angled on the pads. Prabath Jayasuriya misses his flick and it goes past leg slip to fine leg for two.

106.4 0

Fuller and on middle. Prabath Jayasuriya blocks.

106.3 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! De Silva goes on 98! He has his hand on his face. He cannot believe it. Tossed up, around off. De Silva shuffles way across to paddle it over fine leg but mistimes his shot. It goes off the inside edge and lobs nicely for Henry Nicholls who takes it at short leg.

106.2 0

This is angled down leg, De Silva lets it go.

106.1 0

Tossed up on middle. De Silva blocks.

Score after 106 overs : 318/6

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Rajitha

0 (2)

de Silva

98 (182)

B Tickner

22-4-81-3

105.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

105.5 0

On a length and on off, Kasun Rajitha blocks.

We are back. Kasun Rajitha will join Dhananjaya de Silva in the middle. Let's play...
...Day 4, Session 3...
A wicket right at the stroke of TEA. It was going well for Sri Lanka all according to the plan but the short ball plan which New Zealand opted for right from the start of the day gives them the reward. Sri Lanka batted well throughout. Both weathered the storm and rotated the strike. The partnership was blossoming but not for so long as Blair Tickner got his third wicket. Tim Southee rotated his bowlers well. New Zealand came close quite a few times but the batters survive somehow. Although the wicket of Nishan Madushka will give them a lot of boosts as they still lead by 98 runs and need 4 wickets to win.
105.4 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! The short ball works again! How badly New Zealand needed this wicket. A soft dismissal. Short ball, outside off. Nishan Madushka pulls but straight in the hands of Matt Henry who dives forward at short mid-wicket to take it. That will be Tea.

105.3 1

Length and on middle, bunte to square leg for a single.

105.2 0

Short in length and on off. De Silva hops and taps it to point.

105.1 0

Length and on middle. De Silva blocks it out.

Score after 105 overs : 317/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

N Madushka

39 (92)

de Silva

97 (179)

M Bracewell

27-6-86-0

104.6 0

Outside off, Nishan Madushka punches but straight to cover.

104.5 0

Flat and outside off, punched to cover.

104.4 0

On middle, blocked out.

104.3 0

Full and on middle, defended out.

104.2 0

On off, kept out.

104.1 0

Shorter and outside off, left alone.

Score after 104 overs : 317/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

de Silva

97 (179)

N Madushka

39 (86)

B Tickner

21-4-80-2

103.6 0

Fuller and on middle, blocked out.

103.5 0

Full and on off, De Silva drives it to cover.

103.4 0

Around off, pushed to cover.

103.3 1

On middle, this is hit to mid-wicket for one.

103.2 1

On the middle, this is hit to square leg for a single.

103.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 103 overs : 315/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

N Madushka

38 (85)

de Silva

96 (174)

M Bracewell

26-5-86-0

102.6 0

Too full on off, blocked.

102.5 4

FOUR! SHOT! Tossed up on middle. Nishan Madushka slog-sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary.

102.4 0

Fuller and on off, defended out.

102.3 0

Shorter and outside off, cut but straight to point.

102.2 0

Full and on middle, defended out.

102.1 0

Tossed up on off, kept out.

Score after 102 overs : 311/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

de Silva

96 (174)

N Madushka

34 (79)

B Tickner

20-4-78-2

101.6 0

BEATEN AGAIN! Length ball, close to off.  De Silva looks to defend but is beaten.

101.5 0

Good bowling! Short in length, outside off. De Silva looks to defend but misses.

101.4 0

Anglles a length ball on off. De Silva prods to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

101.3 0

A bouncer around off. De Silva looks to ramp it over but misses.

101.2 0

On a length and on off, defended.

101.1 4

FOUR! De Silva moves to 96! Length and outside off. De Silva cuts it late past backward point for a boundary.

Score after 101 overs : 307/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

de Silva

92 (168)

N Madushka

34 (79)

M Bracewell

25-5-82-0

100.6 1

Full and on middle, eased to long on for a single.

100.5 0

On middle. De Silva helps it to fine leg.

100.4 0

Flat and outside off. De Silva swings and misses.

100.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

100.2 0

DOwn the leg side, De Silva leaves.

100.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 100 overs : 306/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

N Madushka

34 (79)

de Silva

91 (162)

B Tickner

19-4-74-2

99.6 0

Flatter and around off, Nishan Madushka looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It lobs to the right of the keeper who dives but fails to collect. Will go down a s achance.

99.5 1

Outside off, a single as De Silva works it to deep point.

99.4 1

Outside off again, Nishan Madushka works it to deep point for one.

99.3 1

Shorter and outside off, De Silva cuts it to deep point for one.

99.2 0

On middle, this is hit to mid-wicket.

99.1 0

Length ball, outside off, De Silva taps it to gully.

Score after 99 overs : 303/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

N Madushka

33 (77)

de Silva

89 (158)

M Bracewell

24-5-81-0

98.6 0

Around off, Nishan Madushka keeps it out.

98.5 1

Flat and around off, De Silva dabs it last to third man for one.

98.4 0

On middle, blocked out.

98.3 0

Tossed up on middle, spins in. De Silva prods to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal for LBW but that was spinning down leg.

98.2 4

FOUR! This is very full and on middle. De Silva steps across and sweeps it past square leg for a boundary.

98.1 0

On middle, tucked to square leg.

Score after 98 overs : 298/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

N Madushka

33 (76)

de Silva

84 (153)

T Southee

19-7-45-1

97.6 0

Fuller and on off, Nishan Madushka blocks it out on the deck.

97.5 0

On a length and on middle, blocked.

97.4 1

A single as this is hit through point.

97.3 0

Length and on off, dabbed to point.

97.2 0

Fuller and around off, De Silva knocks it to cover.

97.1 0

On middle, blocked out.

Score after 97 overs : 297/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

N Madushka

33 (74)

de Silva

83 (149)

M Bracewell

23-5-76-0

96.6 0

Fuller and on middle. Nishan Madushka blocks it out.

96.5 0

On off, kept out.

96.4 0

Flatter and around off, Nishan Madushka cuts it to point.

96.3 0

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

96.2 2

Tossed up on off. Nishan Madushka looks to sweep but gloves it behind the keeper and to fine leg for two.

96.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 96 overs : 295/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

de Silva

83 (149)

N Madushka

31 (68)

T Southee

18-7-44-1

95.6 0

This is way outside off, left alone.

95.5 0

This is outside off, De Silva shoulders arms.

95.4 0

A length ball, around off, swings in and shoots off the deck. De Silva looks to defend but gets hit high on the pads. An appeal but that looked very high.

95.3 0

Outside off, De Silva leaves.

95.2 0

Full again, De Silva pushes back to the bowler.

95.1 0

Fuller and outside off, driven to cover.

Score after 95 overs : 295/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

N Madushka

31 (68)

de Silva

83 (143)

M Bracewell

22-5-74-0

94.6 0

On off, kept out.

94.5 0

Full and on off, blocked.

94.4 0

Tossed up on off, Nishan Madushka defends on the front foot.

94.3 0

Shorter and on off, cut to point.

94.2 0

On middle, blocked out.

94.1 0

Flat and outside off, cut to point.

Score after 94 overs : 295/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

de Silva

83 (143)

N Madushka

31 (62)

T Southee

17-6-44-1

93.6 0

Fuller and outside off, swings in. De Silva looks to drive but misses.

93.5 0

Outside off, De Silva dabs it to backward point.

93.4 0

Length and on off, defended out.

93.3 1

Full and on off, pushed to cover for a single.

93.2 0

BEATEN! Short in length on middle. Nishan Madushka is beaten on the inside edge as he looks to defend.

93.1 0

Length ball, outside off and tails in. Nishan Madushka makes a brave leave.

Score after 93 overs : 294/5

Runs Scored

6 Runs

de Silva

83 (140)

N Madushka

30 (59)

D Bracewell

16-3-51-1

92.6 0

On off, punched to cover.

92.5 0

This is full and on middle, kept out.

92.4 1

Length and outside off, guided to deep point for one.

92.4 nb 1

No ball! Length and on off, defended out. Doug Bracewell has overstepped.

92.3 3

Length ball on middle. De Silva heaves it to deep mid-wicket, the ball slows down in the deep and the batters take three.

92.2 0

Outside off, De Silva lets it go.

92.1 1

Length and outside off, knocked to point for one.

Score after 92 overs : 288/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

de Silva

80 (136)

N Madushka

28 (56)

M Henry

22-5-54-1

91.6 0

Outside off, blocked out.

91.5 3

Fuller and outside off. Nishan Madushka leans and drives it through covers for three easy runs.

91.4 0

Outside off, dropped to cover.

91.3 1

On middle, this is hit to mid-wicket for a single.

91.2 0

Outside off again. De Silva looks to defend but misses.

91.1 0

Length ball, outside off. De Silva has a poke at it but misses.

Score after 91 overs : 284/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

N Madushka

25 (54)

de Silva

79 (132)

D Bracewell

15-3-45-1

90.6 0

A slower ball, outside off, Nishan Madushka taps it to point.

90.5 0

Full and on middle, eased to mid on.

90.4 0

A full ball tailing on the pads. Nishan Madushka misses his flick. An appeal but that was going down.

90.3 0

Length and outside off, left alone.

90.2 1

Outside off, slapped to deep point for a single.

90.1 0

Length ball, outside off, De Silva dabs it to backward point.

Score after 90 overs : 283/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

N Madushka

25 (50)

de Silva

78 (130)

M Henry

21-5-50-1

89.6 2

Full and outside off, driven through covers for a couple.

89.5 0

On off, kept out.

89.4 0

This is full and outside off, this is pushed to cover.

89.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

89.2 0

Length ball, outside off. Nishan Madushka slashes and misses.

89.1 0

A length ball, outside off, Nishan Madushka gets a soft outside edge to the man at gully who collects on a bounce.

Score after 89 overs : 281/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

de Silva

78 (130)

N Madushka

23 (44)

D Bracewell

14-3-44-1

88.6 0

A solid block from De Silva to end the over.

88.5 0

Outside off, blocked out.

88.4 0

On middle, De Silva defends.

88.3 0

Length and outside off, De Silva has a poke at it but misses.

88.2 0

On middle, blocked.

88.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 88 overs : 281/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

de Silva

78 (124)

N Madushka

23 (44)

M Henry

20-5-48-1

87.6 1

Full and on middle, De Silva works behind square leg for one.

87.5 0

Length and on off, blocked.

87.4 1

Short on middle, nudged to square leg for one.

87.3 0

Outside off, Nishan Madushka leaves.

87.2 0

So close! Angles a length ball,  outside off. Nishan Madushka looks to defend but gets an outside edge to the man at second slip. Tom Latham gets low and collects on a bounce.

87.1 0

Fuller and outside off, left alone.

Score after 87 overs : 279/5

Runs Scored

8 Runs

de Silva

77 (122)

N Madushka

22 (40)

T Southee

16-6-43-1

86.6 0

On middle, blocked out.

86.5 0

Length and outside off, defended out.

86.4 4

FOUR! This time square on the off side, outside off, it is slapped past point for four.

86.3 4

FOUR! Close! Length and outside off. De Silva cuts in the gap past the slip cordon and the man at gully for a four.

86.2 0

Outside off, punched to mid off.

86.1 0

Length and on off, tucked to mid-wicket.

Score after 86 overs : 271/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

N Madushka

22 (40)

de Silva

69 (116)

M Henry

19-5-46-1

85.6 0

Length and sliding on the pads. Nishan Madushka fails to flick it away.

85.5 0

Very full on off, pushed to cover.

85.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

85.3 0

On a length and outside off, Nishan Madushka is drawn forward to defend but misses.

85.2 0

Touch fuller, outside off, Nishan Madushka looks to drive but misses.

85.1 0

Length ball, outside off. Nishan Madushka shoulders arms.

Score after 85 overs : 271/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

de Silva

69 (116)

N Madushka

22 (34)

T Southee

15-6-35-1

84.6 0

Length and on off, blocked out.

84.5 2

Too full and on middle. De Silva whacks it through mid-wicket for two.

84.4 0

This is full and outside off. De Silva splices his defense to the man at gully.

84.3 0

Overpitched, outside off, De Silva leaves.

84.2 2

On middle, De Silva nudges it past square leg for two.

84.1 0

On off, tucked to mid-wicket.

Score after 84 overs : 267/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

N Madushka

22 (34)

de Silva

65 (110)

M Henry

18-4-46-1

83.6 0

On off, defended out.

83.5 0

Length and on off, blocked.

83.4 2

Short and outside off, guided through point for a couple.

83.3 0

Length and outside off, nips in. Nishan Madushka is beaten again and gets hit on the pads.

83.2 0

A length ball, outside off, straightens off the deck. Nishan Madushka looks to defend but misses.

83.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 83 overs : 265/5

Runs Scored

9 Runs

N Madushka

20 (28)

de Silva

65 (110)

T Southee

14-6-31-1

82.6 1

On middle, this is hit to square leg for a single.

82.5 0

On off, kept out.

82.4 0

On middle, blocked out.

82.3 0

On off, pushed to cover.

82.2 4

FOUR!  Another one! Too full and outside off. Nishan Madushka drives it past covers for four.

82.1 4

FOUR! Full and swinging away, outside off. Nishan Madushka drives it past point for a boundary.

Score after 82 overs : 256/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

de Silva

65 (110)

N Madushka

11 (22)

M Henry

17-4-44-1

81.6 0

Slants it down leg, De Silva misses his flick.

81.5 0

On a length and outside off, De Silva prods to defend but is beaten.

81.4 0

Length and on middel, nips in. De Silva looks to flick but gets a soft leading edge to cover.

81.3 0

On a length and on middle, blocked out.

81.2 0

On off, defended.

81.1 0

Length and angling down leg, De Silva lets it go.

The second new ball has been taken. Matt Henry to bowl now.

Score after 81 overs : 256/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

N Madushka

11 (22)

de Silva

65 (104)

B Tickner

18-4-71-2

80.6 0

Short and on leg, Nishan Madushka shoulders arms.

80.5 0

Keeps it short on middle, Nishan Madushka lets it go.

80.4 0

Short in length, around off, Nishan Madushka lets it go.

80.3 0

On middle, kept out.

80.2 0

Short again on leg, Nishan Madushka keeps it out.

80.1 0

Bouncer on middle, Nishan Madushka evades it.

Score after 80 overs : 256/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

N Madushka

11 (16)

de Silva

65 (104)

M Bracewell

21-4-74-0

79.6 1

This is full and on off, Nishan Madushka drives it past cover for a sharp single.

79.5 0

Tossed up, outside off, defended out.

79.4 0

DOwn the leg side, left alone.

79.3 1

Flat and on leg, De Silva tucks it past short leg for one.

79.2 0

On middle, kept out.

79.1 0

Full and on middle. De Silva blocks.

Score after 79 overs : 254/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

N Madushka

10 (13)

de Silva

64 (101)

B Tickner

17-3-71-2

78.6 4

FOUR! Good shot! This is short and on leg, Nishan Madushka pulls it through square leg for four.

78.5 0

Tad short and on lelg, Nishan Madushka looks to pull but misses.

78.4 0

A bumper on off, Nishan Madushka sits down.

78.3 0

Short in length and on leg, Nishan Madushka mistimes his pull back to the keeper.

78.2 1

Short again, this time it is pulled to square leg for a single.

78.1 0

Short and on off, Dhananjaya De Silva pulls it to square leg.

We are back. Nishan Madushka and Dhananjaya de Silva to resume their batting. Blair Tickner to bowl first.
...Day 4, Session 2...
New Zealand will not be very disappointed with the session, especially after the wicket right at the end of Chandimal. They though began the session brilliantly where they got rid of Mathews and Mendis quickly but then came a superb fightback by Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal. Both played their shots and scored briskly. The two added over 100 and got up their fifties. Just as it seemed Sri Lanka would enter Lunch 4 down, Tickner struck and got rid of Chandimal. Lanka are happy to play their shots and New Zealand on the other hand, won't mind. They are sticking to the short ball ploy and they did get three wickets today from the shorter length. Will the pattern continue? We will find out.

Score after 78 overs : 249/5

Runs Scored

7 Runs

N Madushka

6 (9)

de Silva

63 (99)

M Bracewell

20-4-72-0

77.6 0

On middle, defended. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 4!

77.5 0

Almost! Tosses it up again but drags his length back a little. Nishan Madushka looks to drive, this goes off the inner half back towards the bowler but lands short.

77.4 6

SIX! Well, Nishan Madushka does not care if it is the last over before Lunch! On middle, this is lofted over the long on fence for a biggie.

77.3 0

On off, defended.

77.2 0

On middle, this is worked towards mid-wicket.

77.1 1

Shorter and outside off, this is guided through point for one.

Score after 77 overs : 242/5

Runs Scored

0 Runs

N Madushka

0 (4)

de Silva

62 (98)

B Tickner

16-3-66-2

76.6 0

On the body, Nishan Madushka cops a blow as he fails to move out of the way in time.

76.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

76.4 0

On middle, defended.

76.3 0

Short and angling across, left alone.

76.2 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Blair Tickner is absolutely delighted. The short ball ploy finally works. This excellent partnership has been broken. Short and on the body. Dinesh Chandimal looks to pull, it goes off the top edge towards fine leg. Doug Bracewell takes a good catch. Chandimal played really well but has given it away.

76.1 0

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled but to mid-wicket.

Score after 76 overs : 242/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

de Silva

62 (98)

D Chandimal

62 (90)

M Bracewell

19-4-65-0

75.6 0

On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.

75.5 0

On off, defended.

75.4 3

Fuller and on off, this is driven through covers for three.

75.3 0

Tossed up on off, defended.

75.2 0

Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot.

75.1 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 75 overs : 239/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

de Silva

62 (96)

D Chandimal

59 (86)

B Tickner

15-2-66-1

74.6 0

On middle, Dhananjaya de Silva looks to pull but this goes back to the bowler off the toe-end.

74.5 1

On the body, this is pulled down to fine leg for one.

74.5 wd 1

WIDED! Way too short. Left alone.

74.4 0

Down the leg side, left alone.

74.3 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

74.2 0

Shorter again and on the body, Dhananjaya de Silva looks to pull but misses.

74.1 2

Two! Moves right across, this is shorter, it is pulled through square leg for two.

Score after 74 overs : 235/4

Runs Scored

7 Runs

de Silva

62 (95)

D Chandimal

56 (81)

D Bracewell

13-2-44-1

73.6 0

On off, defended.

73.5 1

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

73.4 1

Angled into the pads, this is nudged through square leg for one.

73.3 3

Three! Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for three.

73.2 1

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

73.1 1

On he body, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Score after 73 overs : 228/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

de Silva

60 (92)

D Chandimal

51 (78)

B Tickner

14-2-62-1

72.6 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

72.6 wd 1

Short but way too short. Wided.

72.5 1

On middle, this is worked around the corner for one.

72.4 0

Outside off, not played at again.

72.3 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

72.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

72.1 4

FOUR! Pulled away! On middle, this is naile through mid-wicket and it races away to the fence.

Score after 72 overs : 222/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

D Chandimal

46 (73)

de Silva

60 (91)

D Bracewell

12-2-37-1

71.6 1

A single as this is punched through covers.

71.5 1

Another run as this is played towards cover.

71.4 1

On off, this is pushed through covers for one.

71.3 1

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.

71.2 0

Short and outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva looks to pull but misses.

71.1 0

On off, blocked.

Score after 71 overs : 218/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Chandimal

44 (71)

de Silva

58 (87)

B Tickner

13-2-56-1

70.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

70.5 0

Shorter and around off, Chandimal looks to pull but misses.

70.4 1

A short ball, this is pulled through square leg for one.

70.3 0

Shorter and on middle, left alone.

70.2 0

Shorter and outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva looks to cut but misses.

70.1 4

FOUR! Bangs it short and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for a boundary.

Score after 70 overs : 213/4

Runs Scored

7 Runs

D Chandimal

44 (69)

de Silva

53 (83)

D Bracewell

11-2-33-1

69.6 0

On middle, defended.

69.5 0

On off, defended.

69.4 3

Three! On off, this is hit through covers for three.

69.3 0

Another one outside off. Left alone.

69.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

69.1 4

FOUR! Short and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary.

Score after 69 overs : 206/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

de Silva

46 (79)

D Chandimal

44 (67)

M Bracewell

18-4-62-0

68.6 1

A single as this is pushed through covers.

68.5 0

On the stumps, kept out.

68.4 0

On middle, defended.

68.3 2

Two! Shorter and around off, this is guided through point for two.

68.2 0

Around off, kept out.

68.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 68 overs : 203/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

D Chandimal

44 (67)

de Silva

43 (73)

D Bracewell

10-2-26-1

67.6 0

BEATEN! Length and outside off, Dinesh Chandimal looks to defend but is beaten.

67.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

67.4 0

On middle, defended.

67.3 4

FOUR! Outside off, Chandimal guides it down to the third man fence.

67.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

67.1 0

On middle, kept out.

Score after 67 overs : 199/4

Runs Scored

11 Runs

de Silva

43 (73)

D Chandimal

40 (61)

M Bracewell

17-4-59-0

66.6 4

FOUR! Now the sweep, this is hit over mid-wicket for another boundary.

66.5 6

SIX! BANG! That is a top shot. Steps out, gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over the long on fence.

66.4 0

On the stumps, defended.

66.3 0

On off, kept out.

66.2 1

A single as this is pushed through covers.

66.1 0

On middle, defended.

Score after 66 overs : 188/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

de Silva

33 (69)

D Chandimal

39 (59)

D Bracewell

9-2-22-1

65.6 2

Fuller and on off, this is pushed through covers or two.

65.5 0

On off, defended.

65.4 0

On off, defended.

65.3 0

Length and outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva pokes at it but is beaten.

65.2 0

On the stumps, kept out.

65.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 65 overs : 186/4

Runs Scored

8 Runs

D Chandimal

39 (59)

de Silva

31 (63)

M Bracewell

16-4-48-0

64.6 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

64.5 4

FOUR! Two in a row! Yet another sweep played well. This is tossed up outside off, it is hit through square leg and into the fence.

64.4 4

FOUR! Swept! This is tossed up around off, it is swept through square leg for a boundary.

64.3 0

On middle, thi is flicked to mid-wicket.

64.2 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

64.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 64 overs : 178/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

de Silva

31 (63)

D Chandimal

31 (53)

T Southee

13-6-22-1

63.6 0

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

63.5 0

On off, defended.

63.4 0

Another one outside off, left alone.

63.3 0

On middle, blocked.

63.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

63.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 63 overs : 178/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Chandimal

31 (53)

de Silva

31 (57)

M Bracewell

15-4-40-0

62.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

62.5 1

A single as this is pushed through covers.

62.4 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

62.3 1

A single as this is pushed through covers.

62.2 0

On the stumps, this is kept out,

62.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 62 overs : 176/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

de Silva

30 (55)

D Chandimal

30 (49)

T Southee

12-5-22-1

61.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

61.5 0

On off, blocked.

61.4 4

FOUR! Shorter and put away! Outside off, this is hit through covers for a boundary.

61.3 0

Around off, defended.

61.2 0

On off, defended.

61.1 0

On the stumps, kept out.

Score after 61 overs : 172/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Chandimal

30 (49)

de Silva

26 (49)

M Bracewell

14-4-38-0

60.6 0

On the stumps, defended.

60.5 0

ON off, defended.

60.4 1

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

60.3 0

Around off, defended.

60.2 0

On off, this is kept out.

60.1 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 60 overs : 171/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

D Chandimal

30 (47)

de Silva

25 (45)

T Southee

11-5-18-1

59.6 0

On off, blocked.

59.5 1

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

59.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

59.3 0

On off, defended.

59.2 3

Shorter and and on off, this is pushed through covers for three.

59.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 59 overs : 167/4

Runs Scored

7 Runs

de Silva

24 (42)

D Chandimal

27 (44)

M Bracewell

13-4-37-0

58.6 4

FOUR! SHOT! Steps out, gets to the pitch of it and works it down to the long on fence.

58.5 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

58.4 0

On middle, defended.

58.3 3

On middle, this is swept through square leg for three

58.2 0

On off, kept out.

58.1 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Score after 58 overs : 160/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

de Silva

20 (39)

D Chandimal

24 (41)

T Southee

10-5-14-1

57.6 0

On off, defended.

57.5 4

FOUR! RUNS COMING QUICKLY! This is short and Dhananjaya de Silva looks to pull, he nails it through mid-wicket.

57.4 1

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

57.3 0

Around off, defended.

57.2 0

On off, kept out.

57.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 57 overs : 155/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

de Silva

16 (37)

D Chandimal

23 (37)

M Bracewell

12-4-30-0

56.6 0

On off, tossed up, defended.

56.5 0

On off, defended.

56.4 0

Shorter and on middle, this is worked to square leg.

56.3 0

On off, defended.

56.2 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

56.1 0

Tosses it up on off, this is pushed to mid off.

Score after 56 overs : 155/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Chandimal

23 (37)

de Silva

16 (31)

M Henry

16-3-44-1

55.6 0

Another one on off, blocked.

55.5 0

On off, defended.

55.4 1

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

55.3 0

On the stumps, defended.

55.2 0

On off, kept out.

55.1 4

FOUR! RISKY BUT COMES OFF. Short and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva pulls, it goes uppishly but wide of deep square leg for a boundary.

Score after 55 overs : 150/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Chandimal

23 (35)

de Silva

11 (27)

M Bracewell

11-3-30-0

54.6 0

On off, blocked.

54.5 0

On off, defended.

54.4 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

54.3 2

Two. Shorter and outside off, this is played through point for two.

54.2 0

Down the leg side. Left alone.

54.1 0

Tossed up on off, kept out.

Score after 54 overs : 148/4

Runs Scored

8 Runs

de Silva

11 (27)

D Chandimal

21 (29)

M Henry

15-3-39-1

53.6 0

On middle, defended.

53.5 1

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

53.4 4

FOUR! Fuller and on off, this is driven down the ground to the long off fence.

53.3 0

On off, defended.

53.2 3

Three. Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers. The fielder pulls it back, three taken.

53.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 53 overs : 140/4

Runs Scored

11 Runs

D Chandimal

16 (26)

de Silva

8 (24)

B Tickner

12-2-51-1

52.6 4

FOUR! Short and on middle, this is hit through mid-wicket and it races away.

52.6 wd 1

WIDE! Way too short. Wide

52.5 0

This time Chandimal lets the bumper go over him.

52.4 4

FOUR! THIS IS NAILED! Short and on middle, this is hammered over mid-wicket and into the fence.

52.3 1

Another run as this is pulled down to fine leg.

52.2 0

No run.

52.1 1

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one.

Score after 52 overs : 129/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

de Silva

7 (22)

D Chandimal

7 (22)

M Henry

14-3-31-1

51.6 4

FOUR! Timed beautifully! Fuller and on middle, thi is driven past mid on and it races away. Lovely shot.

51.5 0

Around off, this is guided to point.

51.4 0

On off, defended.

51.3 0

BEATEN! This is angled into the off pole, it lands and moves away. Dhananjaya de Silva is beaten as he tries to defend.

51.2 0

Back of a length, this one takes off. Dhananjaya de Silva defends.

51.1 0

Around off, defended.

The light meter has come out, it is quite overcast and the umpire is having a look. The umpire feels the light is fine and they continue.

Score after 51 overs : 125/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

de Silva

3 (16)

D Chandimal

7 (22)

B Tickner

11-2-40-1

50.6 1

Another single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

50.5 1

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

50.4 0

On middle, defended.

50.3 0

A bumper, ducked under.

50.2 4

FOUR! This is nailed! This time Chandimal takes on the short ball, he nails the pull through mid-wicket for a boundary.

50.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 50 overs : 119/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

de Silva

2 (15)

D Chandimal

2 (17)

M Henry

13-3-27-1

49.6 0

On off, kept out.

49.5 0

On the stumps, defended.

49.4 0

On off, defended.

49.3 1

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

49.2 0

Fuller this time, it is pushed to cover.

49.1 0

Shorter and around off, Chandimal now looks to pull but misses.

Score after 49 overs : 118/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

de Silva

2 (12)

D Chandimal

1 (14)

B Tickner

10-2-34-1

48.6 0

Outside off, Another leave.

48.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

48.4 0

Shorter and around off, the batter looks to pull but misses.

48.3 0

Another bumper, not played at.

48.2 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

48.1 0

Shorter and around middle, this is pulled but to mid-wicket.

Score after 48 overs : 118/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Chandimal

1 (14)

de Silva

2 (6)

M Henry

12-3-26-1

47.6 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

47.5 0

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

47.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

47.3 1

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

47.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

47.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 47 overs : 117/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Chandimal

1 (11)

de Silva

1 (3)

B Tickner

9-1-34-1

46.6 0

On off, defended.

46.5 0

A bumper, evaded.

46.4 1

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

46.3 0

Around off, defended.

46.2 0

On off, kept out.

46.1 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Tickner has one now and he is delighted. The short ball works again. On mifflr, Mathews looks to pull but hits it straight to square leg. Michael Bracewell takes it. Lanka lose two quickly.

Score after 46 overs : 116/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Chandimal

1 (9)

A Mathews

2 (43)

M Henry

11-3-25-1

45.6 0

On off, blocked.

45.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

45.4 0

On off, defended.

45.4 wd 1

WIDE! Way too short. Wide.

45.3 0

On off, defended.

45.2 0

Another leave as this is also bowled outside off.0

45.1 0

Another nut outside off, not played at.

Score after 45 overs : 115/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Mathews

2 (43)

D Chandimal

1 (3)

B Tickner

8-1-33-0

44.6 0

Outside Orr, left alone.

44.5 1

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

44.4 0

Around off, kept out.

44.3 0

On off, defended.

44.2 1

On the body, this is nudged towards square leg for one.

44.1 0

A bumper, ducked under.

Score after 44 overs : 113/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Mendis

50 (106)

A Mathews

1 (40)

M Henry

10-3-24-1

43.6 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! New Zealand strike early. Just the start they would have wanted and it is the big wicket of Mendis. This is short and on middle, it is pulled hard but straight to Williamson at mid-wicket.

43.5 0

On off, blocked.

43.4 0

On off, blocked.

43.3 0

On the stumps, kept out.

43.2 0

On off, defended.

43.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

All set for the action to begin.
This game seems to be heading in just the one direction and that is a New Zealand win. If Lanka really want to salvage something out of this game, they need some help from the weather and also a marathon effort from couple of their batters. Their second innings has gone well so far but there's still a long way to go. Can they dominate the day's play?
... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ...
The day though as all about the Kiwis! They managed to bundle Sri Lanka out for a very low score courtesy Matt Henry and Michael Bracewell. They then enforced the follow-on but Sri Lanka have batted well in their second essay. Can they continue the good work or will New Zealand yet again dominate? We will find out. Do join us for Day 4, the action begins at 0300 IST (2200 GMT PREVIOUS DAY). Till then, goodbye and take care!
New Zealand on the other hand, were quite disciplined with their bowling. They hit the right lines and lengths majority of the times. The key will be to remain patient. The wicket is not offering a lot now to the bowlers and the key will be to remain cool and calm and just continue what they are doing.
That is a good effort from the Lankans! They have shown good grit and the hunger to stay out in the middle in the second innings. However, they are still a long, long way behind in the game but for now, they have done quite okay. The session though did not begin all that well as they lost Oshada Fernando early. Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne then batted solidly. Dimuth Karunaratne got to yet another half ton before he fell. Mathews and Mendis though have continued the good work. Mendis has crossed his half ton but his team will need a lot more runs from him and they will hope Mathews can hang around.

Score after 43 overs : 113/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Mathews

1 (40)

K Mendis

50 (100)

M Bracewell

10-3-28-0

42.6 0

Flighted up on off, defended. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 3!

42.5 0

On middle, thi is worked to mid on.

42.4 0

Tossed up on off, Angelo Mathews lunges and keeps it out.

42.3 0

On middle, defended.

42.2 0

On off, ths is pushed to cover.

42.1 0

On middle, defended.

Score after 42 overs : 113/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Mendis

50 (100)

A Mathews

1 (34)

D Bracewell

8-2-20-1

41.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

41.5 lb 1

On the pads, Angelo Mathews looks to flick, it goes off the pads down to fine leg for one. Leg bye.

41.4 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

41.3 0

Outside off, not played at.

41.2 0

Down the leg side. Left alone.

41.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 41 overs : 112/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Mendis

50 (99)

A Mathews

1 (29)

M Bracewell

9-2-28-0

40.6 0

Floated up on off, this is pushed to cover.

40.5 0

On off, this is pushed to covers.

40.4 0

On off, kept out.

40.3 4

FOUR! Cut away! Fifty for Mendis. A really good knock so far. Shorter and outside off, this is guided through point for a boundary.

40.2 0

On off, defended.

40.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 40 overs : 108/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Mathews

1 (29)

K Mendis

46 (93)

D Bracewell

7-1-20-1

39.6 0

On the pads, Angelo Mathews looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.

39.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

39.4 0

Shorter and outside off, Mathews slashes but misses.

39.3 1

A short one and on middle, this is hit through mid-wicket for one.

39.2 0

On the stumps, kept out.

39.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 39 overs : 107/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Mathews

1 (26)

K Mendis

45 (90)

M Bracewell

8-2-24-0

38.6 0

Around off, defended.

38.5 0

On the stumps, defended.

38.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

38.3 0

On middle, kept out.

38.2 0

On off, this is pushed to covers.

38.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 38 overs : 107/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Mendis

45 (90)

A Mathews

1 (20)

D Bracewell

6-1-19-1

37.6 0

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

37.5 0

On the stumps, defended.

37.4 0

On middle, defended.

37.3 1

A single as this is pushed through covers.

37.2 0

On off, defended.

37.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 37 overs : 106/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Mendis

45 (87)

A Mathews

0 (17)

M Henry

9-2-24-0

36.6 4

FOUR! Lovely timing! Fuller and on middle, this is creamed past mid on for a boundary.

36.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

36.4 0

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

36.3 0

On off, defended.

36.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

36.1 0

Outside off, not played at.

Score after 36 overs : 102/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Mathews

0 (17)

K Mendis

41 (81)

T Southee

9-5-9-1

35.6 0

On middle, defended.

35.5 0

Outside off, not played at.

35.4 0

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

35.3 0

A bumper, Mathews ducks under it.

35.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

35.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 35 overs : 102/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Mendis

41 (81)

A Mathews

0 (11)

M Henry

8-2-20-0

34.6 4

FOUR! Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for a boundary.

34.5 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

34.4 0

Around off, defended.

34.3 0

On off, kept out.

34.2 0

Outside off, not played at.

34.1 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 34 overs : 98/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Mathews

0 (11)

K Mendis

37 (75)

T Southee

8-4-9-1

33.6 0

Another maiden! Outside off, left alone.

33.5 0

On off, kept out.

33.4 0

Outside off, Mathews shoulders arms to this one.

33.3 0

On off, blocked.

33.2 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

33.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 33 overs : 98/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Mendis

37 (75)

A Mathews

0 (5)

M Henry

7-2-16-0

32.6 0

A maiden! On off, kept out.

32.5 0

Around off, Mendis is solid in defense.

32.4 0

On off, defended.

32.3 0

Outside off, nicely left.

32.2 0

On the stumps, kept out.

32.1 0

On middle, defended.

Score after 32 overs : 98/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Mathews

0 (5)

K Mendis

37 (69)

T Southee

7-3-9-1

31.6 0

On off, defended.

31.5 0

Good stuff! Length and on off, this lands and moves away. Mathews is beaten as he tries to defend.

31.5 wd 1

On the stumps, kept out.

31.4 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

31.3 0

Around off, left alone.

31.2 0

On off, defended.

31.1 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! There is the second wicket. Length and on off, this lands and moves away. Dimuth Karunaratne pushes at it, it goes off the outside edge and it is taken by the keeper.

Score after 31 overs : 97/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Mendis

37 (69)

D Karunaratne

51 (82)

M Bracewell

7-1-24-0

30.6 0

On off, defended.

30.5 0

On off, blocked.

30.4 4

FOUR! Outside off, this is lofted over cover for a boundary.

30.3 0

On off, defended.

30.2 0

On middle, this is clipped to mid-wicket.

30.1 1

Another run as this is defended.

Score after 30 overs : 92/1

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Mendis

33 (64)

D Karunaratne

50 (81)

T Southee

6-3-8-0

29.6 0

On middle, kept out.

29.5 1

Another single as this is hit through square leg.

29.4 2

Two! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for two.

29.3 0

A bumper on middle, Dimuth Karunaratne ducks under it.

29.2 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

29.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 29 overs : 89/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Mendis

33 (63)

D Karunaratne

47 (76)

M Bracewell

6-1-19-0

28.6 0

Outside off, shorter. Mendis slashes but misses.

28.5 0

On middle, defended.

28.4 0

On off, this is pushed to covers.

28.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

28.2 1

A single as this is nudged around the corner.

28.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 28 overs : 88/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Mendis

33 (59)

D Karunaratne

46 (74)

T Southee

5-3-5-0

27.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

27.5 0

On off, blocked.

27.4 0

On off, defended.

27.3 0

Outside off again. Left alone.

27.2 0

Outside off, not played at.

27.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 27 overs : 88/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Karunaratne

46 (74)

K Mendis

33 (53)

M Bracewell

5-1-18-0

26.6 0

On off, defended.

26.5 1

On off, this is pushed to cover for one.

26.4 4

FOUR! Pulled away! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary.

26.3 0

On the stumps, defended.

26.2 0

On the stumps, kept out.

26.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 26 overs : 83/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Mendis

28 (48)

D Karunaratne

46 (73)

B Tickner

7-1-31-0

25.6 1

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled wide of mid-wicket for one.

25.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

25.4 0

On off, blocked.

25.4 wd 2

WIDE! Down the leg side. The keeper dives and gets a hand to it. One taken.

25.3 1

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

25.2 0

On off, defended.

25.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 25 overs : 79/1

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Mendis

26 (42)

D Karunaratne

46 (73)

M Bracewell

4-1-13-0

24.6 1

A single as this is hit through square leg.

24.5 0

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

24.4 0

On off, defended.

24.3 1

A single as this is guided through point.

24.2 0

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

24.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 24 overs : 77/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Karunaratne

45 (70)

K Mendis

25 (39)

B Tickner

6-1-27-0

23.6 1

On the stumps, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

23.5 1

A single as this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.

23.4 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

23.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

23.2 2

Two more! On off, this is pushed through covers for two.

23.1 1

A short ball on middle, this is hit through mid-wicket for one.

Score after 23 overs : 72/1

Runs Scored

9 Runs

K Mendis

22 (35)

D Karunaratne

43 (68)

M Bracewell

3-1-11-0

22.6 4

FOUR! Two in a row! Another one on the shorter side, this is nailed through mid-wicket and it races away to the fence.

22.5 4

FOUR! Slightly short and put away! On middle, this is hammered through mid-wicket and into the fence.

22.4 0

On middle, blocked.

22.3 1

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

22.2 0

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

22.1 0

On middle, kept out.

Score after 22 overs : 63/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Mendis

14 (32)

D Karunaratne

42 (65)

B Tickner

5-1-22-0

21.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

21.5 0

On off, defended.

21.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

21.3 0

Outside off, Mendis pokes at it and is beaten.

21.2 0

On off, defended.

21.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 21 overs : 63/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

42 (65)

K Mendis

14 (26)

M Bracewell

2-1-2-0

20.6 0

On middle, blocked.

20.5 0

On off, defended.

20.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

20.3 0

On off, this is pushed to covers.

20.2 0

On off, defended.

20.1 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 20 overs : 63/1

Runs Scored

9 Runs

K Mendis

14 (26)

D Karunaratne

42 (59)

B Tickner

4-0-22-0

19.6 0

Outside off, on the shorter side. Kusal Mendis slashes but misses.

19.5 1

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

19.4 0

On middle, this is defended.

19.3 4

FOUR AGAIN! Outside off, Dimuth Karunaratne waits and then guides it past point, this races away to the fence.

19.2 4

FOUR! Short and put away! This is outside off, it is cut through point.

19.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 19 overs : 54/1

Runs Scored

9 Runs

K Mendis

14 (25)

D Karunaratne

33 (54)

D Bracewell

5-1-18-1

18.6 2

On off, this is pushed through covers for two.

18.6 wd 1

A bumper but it is way too short, ducked under.

18.5 3

Three more! Outside off, this is pushed through covers for three.

18.4 3

Three more! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for three.

18.3 0

On middle, defended again.

18.2 0

On the stumps, defended.

18.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 18 overs : 45/1

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Mendis

9 (20)

D Karunaratne

30 (53)

B Tickner

3-0-13-0

17.6 1

A single as this is worked down to fine leg.

17.5 0

On off, defended.

17.4 0

On off, defended.

17.3 1

On the shorter side, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

17.2 4

FOUR! Pulled away! Shorter and on middle, asking to be hit. This is pulled through mid-wicket and it races away to the fence.

17.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 17 overs : 39/1

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Mendis

8 (17)

D Karunaratne

25 (50)

D Bracewell

4-1-9-1

16.6 0

On off, defended.

16.5 1

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

16.4 0

On off, kept out.

16.3 0

On off, defended.

16.2 0

Around off, blocked.

16.1 1

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

16.1 nb 1

No ball signaled! On middle, defended.

Score after 16 overs : 36/1

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Mendis

7 (14)

D Karunaratne

24 (46)

B Tickner

2-0-7-0

15.6 1

On middle, this is worked through square leg for one.

15.5 4

FOUR! Put away! Short and wide, width on offer. Mendis slaps it through covers for a boundary.

15.4 0

Another one on off, defended.

15.3 0

On off, defended.

15.2 1

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.

15.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 15 overs : 30/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Mendis

2 (10)

D Karunaratne

23 (44)

D Bracewell

3-1-6-1

14.6 0

On off, blocked.

14.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

14.4 0

On off, defended.

14.3 1

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

14.2 0

On off, blocked.

14.1 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 14 overs : 29/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Mendis

2 (7)

D Karunaratne

22 (41)

B Tickner

1-0-1-0

13.6 0

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

13.5 0

On off, defended.

13.4 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

13.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

13.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

13.1 1

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

Score after 13 overs : 28/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Mendis

2 (2)

D Karunaratne

21 (40)

D Bracewell

2-1-5-1

12.6 2

On off, this is pushed through covers for two.

12.5 0

On off, blocked.

12.4 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! There is the first wicket! Length and on off, this lands and moves away. Fernando pushes at it, it goes off the outside edge and towards second slip.

12.3 0

Outside off, Fernando pushes at it and is beaten.

12.2 3

Shorter and around off, this is pushed through covers for three.

12.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 12 overs : 23/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

O Fernando

5 (34)

D Karunaratne

18 (38)

M Henry

6-1-16-0

11.6 0

On the stumps, kept out.

11.5 1

On off, defended.

11.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

11.3 4

FOUR! On off, this is pushed through covers for a boundary.

11.2 2

On off, this is pushed through covers for two more.

11.1 2

Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for two.

Score after 11 overs : 14/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

O Fernando

5 (33)

D Karunaratne

9 (33)

D Bracewell

1-1-0-0

10.6 0

On the stumps, defended.

10.5 0

On off, defended.

10.4 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

10.3 0

On off, defended.

10.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

10.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 10 overs : 14/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Karunaratne

9 (33)

O Fernando

5 (27)

M Henry

5-1-7-0

9.6 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

9.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

9.4 0

Around off, blocked.

9.3 0

On off, defended.

9.2 0

On off, kept out.

9.1 2

Two! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.

Sri Lanka have done well in the short time they had to battle out before Tea! They have not lost a wicket but a mammoth task waits ahead. They will need to continue to show grit after the break too. New Zealand on the other hand, bowled well in the 9 overs they had before the break. Their bowlers did make the batters play often but both Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando were upto the mark. Will the fight back continue?

Score after 9 overs : 12/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

O Fernando

5 (27)

D Karunaratne

7 (27)

M Bracewell

1-0-2-0

8.6 0

On middle, this one turns back in. Fernando looks to flick but misses. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 3!

8.5 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

8.4 0

Fuller and on middle, this is played back to the bowler.

8.3 1

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

8.2 0

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

8.1 1

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

Score after 8 overs : 10/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

6 (25)

O Fernando

4 (23)

M Henry

4-1-5-0

7.6 0

Outside off, not played at.

7.5 0

On the stumps, defended.

7.4 0

Outside off again, Dimuth Karunaratne shoulders arms to this one.

7.3 0

Shorter and outside off, Dimuth Karunaratne looks to cut but misses.

7.2 0

On off, blocked.

7.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 7 overs : 10/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

O Fernando

4 (23)

D Karunaratne

6 (19)

T Southee

4-2-5-0

6.6 2

Two more! Fuller and around off, Oshada Fernando looks to drive, this goes off the outer half past point for two.

6.5 0

On off, defended.

6.4 0

Fuller and on middle, this is driven but back to the bowler.

6.3 0

On off, defended.

6.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

6.1 0

On the stumps, kept out.

Score after 6 overs : 8/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Karunaratne

6 (19)

O Fernando

2 (17)

M Henry

3-0-5-0

5.6 0

On middle, defended.

5.5 0

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

5.4 0

On off, kept out.

5.3 0

On the stumps, defended.

5.2 0

On off, blocked.

5.1 2

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for two.

Score after 5 overs : 6/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

O Fernando

2 (17)

D Karunaratne

4 (13)

T Southee

3-2-3-0

4.6 0

On off, defended.

4.5 2

Two! On the pads, this is worked fine on the leg side for two.

4.4 1

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

4.3 0

On middle, kept out.

4.2 0

On the stumps, blocked.

4.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 4 overs : 3/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

O Fernando

0 (15)

D Karunaratne

3 (9)

M Henry

2-0-3-0

3.6 0

On off, kept out.

3.5 0

Outside off, Fernando pushes at it but is beaten.

3.4 0

On off, kept out.

3.3 1

A single as this is pushed through covers.

3.2 0

On the stumps, kept out.

3.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 3 overs : 2/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

O Fernando

0 (12)

D Karunaratne

2 (6)

T Southee

2-2-0-0

2.6 0

Outside off again, not played at.

2.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

2.4 0

On the stumps, blocked.

2.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

2.2 0

Outside off, not played at.

2.1 0

BEATEN! Length and around off, this shapes away. Fernando is beaten as he tries to defend.

Score after 2 overs : 2/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Karunaratne

2 (6)

O Fernando

0 (6)

M Henry

1-0-2-0

1.6 0

On the stumps, defended.

1.5 0

Outside off, not played at.

1.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

1.3 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

1.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

1.1 2

Two! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for two.

Score after 1 overs : 0/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

O Fernando

0 (6)

D Karunaratne

0 (0)

T Southee

1-1-0-0

0.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

0.5 0

On the stumps, defended.

0.4 0

On off, kept out.

0.3 0

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to cover.

0.2 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

0.1 0

On the stumps, defended.

For Lanka, except for Dimuth Karunaratne, no other batter showed any kind of fight. Apart from him, just Chandimal managed to cross the 30-run mark and that is not what you need when you face a huge deficit. The visitors are completely on the back foot and they'll need a miracle to make a game out of this now. Can they put up a better fight or will they surrender yet again? Still around 45 overs to go in the day, this could well be the last day of the game. Join us for the reply in a bit.
Coming to what happened, most of the Kiwi bowlers were on song, except for Daryl Mitchell who bowled just the one over, every other bowler took a wicket at leat. Michael Bracewell was easily the pick with a three-fer. Matt Henry was excellent too but it was a combined effort from all the bowlers. They made really use of the conditions and landed the ball on the right spot most of the times.
A top, top display from the Kiwis and a poor one from the visitors. They have lost 6 for 55 after the Lunch break and now are in dire straits. Also, NEW ZEALAND HAVE ENFORCED THE FOLLOW-ON! So, after that poor display, the Lankans will have to come out an bat again.
66.5 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! There is the last wicket and it is Blair Tickner's first! Shorter and around off, Asitha Fernando looks to upper cut it but ends up hitting it high up in the air on the off side. Kane Williamson takes it nicely. SRI LANKA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 164!

66.4 1

Shorter and around off, Lahiru Kumara looks to pull but it goes off the top edge towards fine leg for one.

66.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

66.2 0

Back of a length and on off, defended.

66.1 0

Shorter and outside off, left alone.

Score after 66 overs : 163/9

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Fernando

0 (2)

L Kumara

0 (0)

M Bracewell

12-1-50-3

65.6 0

A big swing! Floats it up outside off, Asitha Fernando looks to go over mid-wicket but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

65.5 0

Tossed up on off, defended.

65.4 W 0

OUT! Straight to the fielder! The last recognized batter is out of here. Dimuth Karunaratne falls 11 short of a ton. He batted really well, fought a long battle but now falls. This is tossed up around off, Dimuth Karunaratne looks to go straight down the ground but this turns away. It goes more off the outer half towards long off where it is taken.

65.3 0

On off, defended.

65.2 W 0

OUT! RUN OUT! Kasun Rajitha is well short! Tossed up outside off, Kasun Rajitha looks to push it through the off side but this turns back in. It goes off the inner half towards mid on. Kasun Rajitha goes for one. Latham picks the ball and throws it to the bowler. The throw is not the best but Michael Bracewell collects it well and takes the bails off. It is referred and replays show that Kasun is well short. 8 down now.

Run out appeal and it is taken upstairs. The batter seems in.
65.1 1

Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.

Score after 65 overs : 162/7

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Rajitha

0 (8)

D Karunaratne

88 (185)

M Henry

20-6-44-3

64.6 0

Full and outside off, left alone.

64.5 0

Short in length and on off. Kasun Rajitha looks to block but gets hit high on the pads.

64.4 0

Outside off, kept out.

64.3 1

Length and outside off, Karunaratne cuts it to point for a single.

64.2 0

Fuller and on off, dropped to cover.

64.1 0

Length and on off, punched to cover.

Score after 64 overs : 161/7

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Rajitha

0 (5)

D Karunaratne

87 (182)

M Bracewell

11-1-49-2

63.6 0

On middle, kept out.

63.5 0

Tossed up on middle, angling in. Kasun Rajitha looks to flick but seems to miss. It lobs to short leg where the catch is taken. New Zealand take the review. It feels like there is no bat and the Ultra Edge confirms it. Ball Tracking shows it would miss the stumps.

63.4 0

Flat and turning in, tucked to square leg.

63.3 0

Full and on off, blocked out.

63.2 1

Outside off, guided to point for one.

63.1 4

FOUR! SHOT! Angling down the leg side, Karunaratne sweeps it behind square leg for four.

Score after 63 overs : 156/7

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Rajitha

0 (1)

D Karunaratne

82 (180)

M Henry

19-6-43-3

62.6 0

Short in length and on off, Kasun Rajitha blocks.

62.5 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Another one bites the dust! Length ball, outside off, a bit of extra bounce and Nishan Madushka has a gentle poke at it. The ball goes off the outside edge to third slip where Michael Bracewell takes it.

62.4 0

Length and on off, defended out.

62.3 4

FOUR! Good shot! This is full and outside off, this is driven past mid off for a boundary.

62.2 0

Full and on off, defended out.

62.1 1

On middle, this is hit to square leg for one.

Score after 62 overs : 151/6

Runs Scored

11 Runs

D Karunaratne

81 (179)

N Madushka

15 (27)

M Bracewell

10-1-44-2

61.6 3

Shorter and outside off, Karunaratne slaps it through covers for three more.

61.5 3

Full and on middle. Nishan Madushka slog-sweeps it to deep square leg. The fielder chases, slides and saves a single.

61.4 0

On middle, kept out.

61.3 b 4

FOUR BYES! This one lands on off and then spins away with some extra bounce. Nishan Madushka leaves and it goes past the keeper to fine leg.

61.2 0

On middle, kept out.

61.1 1

Outside off, guided to point for a single.

Score after 61 overs : 140/6

Runs Scored

4 Runs

D Karunaratne

77 (177)

N Madushka

12 (23)

M Henry

18-6-38-2

60.6 1

Full and outside off, Karunaratne lofts it to deep cover for a single.

60.5 1

Angles it on middle. This is hit to deep square leg for one.

60.4 0

Full and on off, blocked out.

60.3 0

On a length and outside off, Nishan Madushka looks to defend but is beaten.

60.2 0

On middle, eased to mid on.

60.1 2

Fuller and outside off, driven to deep point for a brace.

Score after 60 overs : 136/6

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Karunaratne

76 (176)

N Madushka

9 (18)

M Bracewell

9-1-37-2

59.6 0

Tossed up, outside off, pushed to cover.

59.5 1

Full and on off, flicked to square leg for a single.

59.4 1

Michael Bracewell is bowling too wide. This is outside off, Karunaratne worked it to deep cover for one.

59.3 0

Too full and on middle, driven to mid off.

59.2 0

Around off, kept out.

59.1 0

Flat and on off, punched to cover.

Score after 59 overs : 134/6

Runs Scored

2 Runs

N Madushka

8 (17)

D Karunaratne

75 (171)

M Henry

17-6-34-2

58.6 0

On middle, blocked out.

58.5 0

This is full and around the 5th stump line. Nishan Madushka lunges forward to defend but misses.

58.4 1

On middle, this is hit to square leg for one.

58.3 0

Length and outside off, Karunaratne offers no shot.

58.2 0

Around off, pushed to cover.

58.1 0

Length ball, outside off. Karunaratne lets it go.

58.1 wd 1

Wide! A bouncer down leg, it is left alone.

Score after 58 overs : 132/6

Runs Scored

5 Runs

N Madushka

8 (15)

D Karunaratne

74 (167)

M Bracewell

8-1-35-2

57.6 0

Full and on off, defended out.

57.5 0

A loopy ball on middle. Nishan Madushka prods and blocks.

57.4 0

Fuller and outside off, driven to cover.

57.3 0

Quicker on off, blocked.

57.2 4

FOUR! Tossed up, outside off. Nishan Madushka sweeps, it goes off the top edge to square leg for four.

57.1 1

Flat and on middle, Karunaratne punches it to point for one.

Score after 57 overs : 127/6

Runs Scored

4 Runs

N Madushka

4 (10)

D Karunaratne

73 (166)

M Henry

16-6-32-2

56.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

56.5 4

FOUR! Off the mark! This is full and outside off, Nishan Madushka drives it through covers for a boundary.

56.4 0

A length ball, outside off, Nishan Madushka slashes and misses.

56.3 0

Angles it full on off, dropped to cover.

56.2 0

On a length and outside off, Nishan Madushka looks to defend but misses.

56.1 0

A length ball, outside off, left alone.

Score after 56 overs : 123/6

Runs Scored

6 Runs

D Karunaratne

73 (166)

N Madushka

0 (4)

M Bracewell

7-1-30-2

55.6 0

Well outside off, Karunaratne leaves.

55.5 4

FOUR! This is way outside off. Karunaratne smashes it through covers for a boundary.

55.4 2

Fuller and outside off, driven to the right of mid off for a couple.

55.3 0

Flat and on middle, Karunaratne punches it to point.

55.2 0

Very full on middle. Karunaratne defends it out.

55.1 0

Tossed up on middle. Karunaratne goes back and blocks.

Score after 55 overs : 117/6

Runs Scored

1 Runs

N Madushka

0 (4)

D Karunaratne

67 (160)

M Henry

15-6-28-2

54.6 0

Too full and on off. Nishan Madushka prods and blocks.

54.5 1

Full and on off, pushed to deep point for a single.

54.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

54.3 0

Full and wide of off, Karunaratne drives but Michael Bracewell makes a solid stop at covers.

54.2 0

Shorter and angled outside off. Karunaratne leaves.

54.1 0

Length and on off, kept out.

Score after 54 overs : 116/6

Runs Scored

1 Runs

N Madushka

0 (3)

D Karunaratne

66 (155)

M Bracewell

6-1-24-2

53.6 0

Fuller and around off. Nishan Madushka defends it out.

53.5 0

Tossed up on off, Nishan Madushka blocks it out.

53.4 0

Shorter and on middle. Blocked out.

53.3 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! This is a very soft dismissal! Floated, around off and spins in. Dhananjaya de Silva dances down the track to flick but does so uppishly and to short mid-wicket where Tim Southee is standing to take it.

53.2 0

Tossed up, around off, Dhananjaya de Silva prods and defends.

53.1 1

Fuller and outside off, pushed to point.

Score after 53 overs : 115/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

de Silva

0 (4)

D Karunaratne

65 (154)

M Henry

14-6-27-2

52.6 0

On a length and around off. Dhananjaya de Silva defends.

52.5 0

Fuller and around off, defended.

52.4 1

Length ball on middle. Karunaratne flicks it to deep square leg for a single.

52.3 0

On off, kept out.

52.2 0

full and on middle, Karunaratne works it to mid-wicket.

52.1 0

This is full and on middle. Karunaratne bocks.

Matt Henry to bowl from the other end.

Score after 52 overs : 114/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

de Silva

0 (2)

D Karunaratne

64 (150)

M Bracewell

5-1-23-1

51.6 0

Flat and on middle, kept out.

51.5 0

Tossed up, around off, Dhananjaya de Silva swings and mistimes it onto the pads.

51.4 W 0

OUT! STUMPED! A wicket right at the start of the session! Brilliant from Michael Bracewell as he gets some spin here. Flighted, full and outside off. Chandimal comes down the track to heave but misses and the ball goes close to the leg pole. Tom Blundell shows quick reflexes as he collects and removes the bails, before Chandimal could get back in.

51.3 4

FOUR! Swept away! This is full and outside off. Chandimal sweeps it past square leg for a boundary.

51.2 0

Tossed up on middle. Chandimal tucks it to square leg.

51.1 1

Short and outside off, Karunaratne slaps it to point for a single.

...Day 3, Session 2...
New Zealand will be happy as well. They have kept it simple and not allowed many runs to score. Their discipline is key and if they continue the same way, they will believe that the wicket is just around the corner. Tim Southee and Matt Henry have been just superb and will look to do the same in the next session.
A good partnership building for Sri Lanka as they were in absolute shambles at the start of Day 3. They lost Prabath Jayasuriya and Angelo Mathews in no time and needed someone to get things back on track. Karunaratne was batting superbly from one end and Dinesh Chandimal came in to rescue as both have stitched a stand over 70. Still a long way to go but Sri Lanka will hope these two continue for a long, long period.

Score after 51 overs : 109/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

D Chandimal

33 (89)

D Karunaratne

63 (149)

D Mitchell

1-0-3-0

50.6 0

On a length and outside off, Dinesh Chandimal shoulders arms.

50.5 0

A length ball, way outside off, left alone.

50.4 0

On middle, blocked out.

50.3 2

Angling on the pads, Chandimal tickles it to fine leg for a brace.

50.2 0

Length and outside off, punched to point.

50.1 1

On a length and outside off, Karunaratne knocks it to point for one.

Score after 50 overs : 106/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Chandimal

31 (84)

D Karunaratne

62 (148)

M Bracewell

4-1-18-0

49.6 0

Flat and on middle, Defended out.

49.5 0

Too full, outside off, blocked.

49.4 0

DOwn the leg side again. Dinesh looks to work it away but misses.

49.3 0

Sliding down the leg side. Chandimal looks to flick but misses.

49.2 0

Floated, outside off. Chandimal prods to defend but inside edges onto the pads. It lobs to square leg.

49.1 1

Outside off, cut to point for a single.

Score after 49 overs : 105/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Chandimal

31 (79)

D Karunaratne

61 (147)

D Bracewell

12-7-19-1

48.6 0

Too full and on off, pushed to the bowler.

48.5 0

Goes full, outside off, left alone.

48.4 0

On a length and outside off, Chandimal shoulders arms.

48.3 1

Length and on middle, tucked to square leg for one.

48.2 0

Fuller and on off, kept out.

48.1 0

Length ball, around off, Karunaratne prods and defends.

Score after 48 overs : 104/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Chandimal

31 (76)

D Karunaratne

60 (144)

M Bracewell

3-1-17-0

47.6 0

This is way outside off, Chandimal steps across and leaves it alone.

47.5 0

Tossed up on off, spins in, blocked out.

47.4 0

On middle, kept out.

47.3 0

Flat and on middle, tucked to short leg.

47.2 0

On middle, blocked out.

47.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 47 overs : 104/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

60 (144)

D Chandimal

31 (70)

D Bracewell

11-7-18-1

46.6 0

Outside off, punched to mid off.

46.5 0

Angles a length ball, across, outside off. Karunaratne looks to defend but misses.

46.4 0

Full and outside off, Karunaratne defends with soft hands and gets an outside edge to the man at third sllip. On a bounce.

46.3 0

Karunaratne is given out caught behind but he is quick to review this one. He is very confident. There is some murmur but there is a big gap when the ball passes the bat. Could have been of bat flipping the pads. Not out it is. The decision is changed.This is full and outside off, Karunaratne looks to push this but misses.

46.2 0

Full and outside off, Karunaratne steps across and leaves.

46.1 0

Length ball, outside off, tapped to point.

Score after 46 overs : 104/4

Runs Scored

12 Runs

D Chandimal

31 (70)

D Karunaratne

60 (138)

M Bracewell

2-0-17-0

45.6 4

FOUR MORE! No respite for the spinner! Tossed up, outside off, Chandimal sweeps it fine to the fine leg fence.

45.5 1

100 up! Outside off, played to point for one.

45.4 4

FOUR! This is short and outside off, Karunaratne slaps it to deep point for a boundary.

45.3 2

Flat and outside off, Karunaratne defends with soft hands past first slip for a couple.

45.2 1

On middle, eased to long on for a single.

45.1 0

Flat and on off, kept out.

Score after 45 overs : 92/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

D Karunaratne

53 (135)

D Chandimal

26 (67)

D Bracewell

10-6-18-1

44.6 0

Around off, pushed to cover.

44.5 1

A single as this is hit to mid-wicket.

44.4 2

Short and on middle, this is pulled to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

44.3 0

On middle, defended on the front foot.

44.2 0

Length ball, outside off, Chandimal taps it to point.

44.1 0

Full and on off, dropped to cover.

Score after 44 overs : 89/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Karunaratne

53 (134)

D Chandimal

23 (62)

B Tickner

6-1-20-0

43.6 0

Full and on middle, Karunaratne eases it to mid on.

43.5 1

A single as this is hit to deep square leg for a single.

43.4 0

On off, knocked to covers.

43.3 0

Full and outside off, pushed to point.

43.2 0

On middle, blocked out.

43.1 0

Drops it short and on off, Chandimal lets it go.

Score after 43 overs : 88/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Karunaratne

53 (133)

D Chandimal

22 (57)

D Bracewell

9-6-15-1

42.6 0

Outside off, short and Karunaratne lets it go.

42.5 lb 1

Leg bye! Angles a length ball on the pads. Chandimal misses his flick and it goes to square leg for a leg bye.

42.4 0

This is outside off, Chandimal shoulders arms.

42.3 0

On the leg, tucked to square leg.

42.2 0

This is full and on off, angled in, it is pushed to mid on.

42.1 0

On middle, blocked out.

Score after 42 overs : 87/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Karunaratne

53 (132)

D Chandimal

22 (52)

B Tickner

5-1-19-0

41.6 0

Length and outside off, kept out.

41.5 0

On off, defended.

41.4 1

Fuller and on off, bunted to deep square leg for a single.

41.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

41.2 4

FOUR! SHOT! Length ball, outside off. Chandimal punches aerially and over covers for four.

41.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 41 overs : 82/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

53 (130)

D Chandimal

17 (48)

D Bracewell

8-5-15-1

40.6 0

A bumper on middle, Karunaratne sits under it.

40.5 0

That was close! On a length and on off. Karunaratne prods to defend. He gets a bottom edge and it lobs just over the stumps.

40.4 0

Length and outside off, Karunaratne defends.

40.3 0

On a length on middle, Karunaratne blocks.

40.2 0

Around off, pushed to cover.

40.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 40 overs : 82/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

D Chandimal

17 (48)

D Karunaratne

53 (124)

B Tickner

4-1-14-0

39.6 0

On off, kept out.

39.5 1

On middle, Karunaratne works it to square leg for a single.

39.4 1

On the hips, Chandimal tickles it to fine leg for one.

39.3 0

Length and on middle. Chandimal hops and blocks.

39.2 0

Around off, pushed to cover.

39.1 1

A single as this is hit to covers.

Score after 39 overs : 79/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

D Chandimal

16 (44)

D Karunaratne

51 (122)

T Southee

15-6-22-1

38.6 2

Length ball on middle, eased past the bowler to mid on for two.

38.5 0

On middle, blocked out.

38.4 0

Fuller and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.

38.3 1

Karunaratne tucks it again wide of square leg for one.

38.2 0

On middle, Karunaratne tucks it to square leg.

38.1 0

Length ball, outside off. Karunaratne lets it go.

Score after 38 overs : 76/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

D Chandimal

14 (41)

D Karunaratne

50 (119)

B Tickner

3-1-11-0

37.6 0

Length ball on middle, blocked out.

37.5 0

On off, kept out.

37.4 2

Outside off, guided through point for a couple.

37.3 4

FOUR! Edged! Short of a length, outside off. Chandimal looks to defend on the up but gets an outside edge and it rolls in the gap past the sllip cordon and gully for four.

37.2 0

Length ball, outside off, Chandimal looks to defend but is beaten.

37.1 0

Touch fuller and on off, pushed to cover.

Score after 37 overs : 70/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Karunaratne

50 (119)

D Chandimal

8 (35)

T Southee

14-6-19-1

36.6 0

On off, kept out.

36.5 0

Outside off, Karunaratne leaves.

36.4 0

Short and on middle. Karunaratne evades it well.

36.3 0

Length and on off, worked to square leg.

36.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

36.1 2

Fifty for Karunaratne! The captain has shown character up front. A wonderful knock so far. On middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for a brace.

Score after 36 overs : 68/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Chandimal

8 (35)

D Karunaratne

48 (113)

B Tickner

2-1-5-0

35.6 0

A bumper onmidde, Chandimal sits under it.

35.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

35.4 0

On off, kept out.

35.3 0

Good length ball, outside off, Chanidmal stays back and blocks it out.

35.2 0

Length and on off,nips in. Chandimal tucks it to square leg.

35.1 0

On off, pushed to cover.

Score after 35 overs : 68/4

Runs Scored

7 Runs

D Karunaratne

48 (113)

D Chandimal

8 (29)

T Southee

13-6-17-1

34.6 4

FOUR! Welcome boundary! This is full and on middle, Karunaratne flicks it nicely past mid-wicket for four.

34.5 0

On off, Karunaratne keeps it out.

34.4 0

Length and on off, Karunaratne defends.

34.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

34.2 3

This is full and outside of, Chandimal drives it through covers for three runs.

34.1 0

On middle, blocked.

Score after 34 overs : 61/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Karunaratne

44 (109)

D Chandimal

5 (27)

B Tickner

1-0-5-0

33.6 0

On off, kept out.

33.5 0

A bouncer on middle, Karunaratne ducks it.

33.4 2

Outside off, Karunaratne punches it past covers for two more.

33.3 0

Length and outside off, tapped to point.

33.2 1

Length and on middle, tucked to mid-wicket for a single.

33.1 2

Full and on middle, eased past mid on for a couple.

Score after 33 overs : 56/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Karunaratne

42 (105)

D Chandimal

2 (25)

T Southee

12-6-10-1

32.6 0

On middle, kept out.

32.5 0

This is outside off, Karunaratne lets it go.

32.4 0

Outside off again, Karunaratne leaves.

32.3 0

Length and outside off, Karunaratne lets it go.

32.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

32.1 2

On middle, flicked in the gap to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

Score after 32 overs : 54/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Chandimal

2 (25)

D Karunaratne

40 (99)

D Bracewell

7-4-15-1

31.6 0

Maiden! ON middle, this is hit to square leg.

31.5 0

This is short and well wide. Chandimal chases as he misses his pull shot.

31.4 0

A length ball on off, Chandimal stands tall and defends.

31.3 0

Strays it down leg, left alone.

31.2 0

This is full and outside off, pushed to cover.

31.1 0

Length and on middle, defended out.

Score after 31 overs : 54/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

40 (99)

D Chandimal

2 (19)

T Southee

11-6-8-1

30.6 0

On off, kept out.

30.5 0

On middle, eased to mid onn.

30.4 0

Fuller and outside off, Karunaratne smashes it to cover where the man dives to his right and saves a certain boundary.

30.3 0

This is full and outside off, Karunaratne is happy to let it go.

30.2 0

On off, pushed to mid off.

30.1 0

On middle, kept out.

Score after 30 overs : 54/4

Runs Scored

11 Runs

D Karunaratne

40 (93)

D Chandimal

2 (19)

D Bracewell

6-3-15-1

29.6 3

This is full and outside off, Karunaratne strokes it through covers for three more.

29.5 0

Outside off, guided to point.

29.4 4

FOUR! A good over for the Lankans! This is full and on off, Karunaratne steps across and drives it past mid off for four.

29.3 0

Outside off, kept out.

29.2 4

FOUR! EDGED AWAY! Short ball, outside off. Karunaratne looks to pull but gets a top edge over the slip cordon and to third man for a boundary.

29.1 0

On off, blocked out.

Score after 29 overs : 43/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Chandimal

2 (19)

D Karunaratne

29 (87)

M Henry

13-6-26-2

28.6 0

A length ball, outside off, nips away. Chandimal looks for a drive but is beaten again.

28.5 0

Full and outside off, driven but to cover.

28.4 0

BEAUTY! Short of a length and outside off, 5th stump line. Chandimal looks to defend but misses.

28.3 0

Outside off, punched to cover.

28.2 1

On a length on middle. Karunaratne tucks it to square leg for a single.

28.1 0

Full and on off, pushed to cover.

Score after 28 overs : 42/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

D Karunaratne

28 (85)

D Chandimal

2 (15)

D Bracewell

5-3-4-1

27.6 1

Full and outside off, Karunaratne drills it to mid off for a single.

27.5 0

Full and way outside off. Karunaratne slashes and misses.

27.4 0

Full and sliding down leg. Karunaratne fails to flick it away.

27.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

27.2 1

Tad short on middle, pulled to square leg for one.

27.1 0

A length ball, outside off, worked to cover.

27.1 nb 1

No ball! A length ball, around off. Chandimal blocks on the deck. Doug Bracewell has overstepped.

Score after 27 overs : 39/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Karunaratne

27 (81)

D Chandimal

1 (12)

M Henry

12-6-25-2

26.6 0

Shorter and outside off, Karunaratne watchfully lets it go.

26.5 4

FOUR! A boundary after quiet a while. This is full and outside off, Karunaratne leans and drives it through covers for four.

26.4 0

OUtside off, left alone.

26.3 0

On middle, this is hit to square leg.

26.2 0

On off, kept out.

26.1 1

Finally a single! On the hips, helped to fine leg for a single.

Score after 26 overs : 34/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

23 (76)

D Chandimal

0 (11)

D Bracewell

4-3-1-1

25.6 0

Make it four maidens on a trot!Outside off, pushed to point.

25.5 0

Slants a full ball, outside off, Karunaratne leans to drive but gets an inside edge onto the  pads.

25.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

25.3 0

Short in length, outside off, Karunaratne punches but finds point.

25.2 0

Angles a full ball, outside off. Karunaratne drops it to cover.

25.1 0

Full and down the leg side, left alone.

Score after 25 overs : 34/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Chandimal

0 (11)

D Karunaratne

23 (70)

M Henry

11-6-20-2

24.6 0

Sharp stop! Length ball, outside off, Chandimal cuts but the fielder at point makes a one-handed stop. Three maidens on a trot.

24.5 0

On a length and on off, defended out.

24.4 0

Another dot! Fuller and outside off, driven to mid off.

24.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

24.2 0

On off, blocked out.

24.1 0

A length ball, outside off. Chandimal looks to defend but misses.

Score after 24 overs : 34/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

23 (70)

D Chandimal

0 (5)

T Southee

10-5-8-1

23.6 0

Fuller and outside off. Karunaratne blocks it to cover.

23.5 0

Fuller and around off, Karunaratne prods and eases it to mid-wicket.

23.4 0

Full and on off, nudged to mid-wicket.

23.3 0

On middle, kept out.

23.2 0

This is full and outside off. Karunaratne covers his stumps and lets it go.

23.1 0

Length and on middle, Karunaratne tucks it to square leg.

Score after 23 overs : 34/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Chandimal

0 (5)

D Karunaratne

23 (64)

M Henry

10-5-20-2

22.6 0

On middle, pushed to cover.

22.5 0

On off, kept out.

22.4 0

This is outside off and swings away, left alone.

22.3 0

Length ball, angling on off, tapped to point.

22.2 0

Full and outside off. Chandimal leaves.

22.1 W 0

OUT! GONE! Matt Henry has the big wicket! Not the start Sri Lanka were hoping for. Angelo Mathews could have avoided it. This is on a length and well outside off, could have easily left but Mathews has a needless poke and gets a faint edge to the keeper who takes it.

Score after 22 overs : 34/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Mathews

1 (9)

D Karunaratne

23 (64)

T Southee

9-4-8-1

21.6 1

Outside off, fuller. Mathews plays it late to backward point for one.

21.5 0

Outside off again, Mathews shoulders arms.

21.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

21.3 0

Close! Full and outside off, nips in. Mathews looks to defend but gets an outside edge to third slip where the fielder dives to his left and collects on a bounce.

21.2 1

Length and on middle, Karunaratne tickles it to fine leg for a single.

21.1 0

On middle, flicked to sqare leg.

Score after 21 overs : 32/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Karunaratne

22 (62)

A Mathews

0 (5)

M Henry

9-4-20-1

20.6 3

Three runs! Henry serves it full and outside off. Karunaratne punches it through covers for three runs.

20.5 0

On the middle, blocked.

20.4 0

On off, kept out.

20.3 0

Outside off, Karunaratne looks to drive but splices it to point.

20.2 0

This is way outside off, Karunaratne lets it go.

20.1 2

Length ball on the pads. Karunaratne tucks it past square leg for a couple of runs.

Score after 20 overs : 27/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Mathews

0 (5)

D Karunaratne

17 (56)

T Southee

8-4-6-1

19.6 0

Length and on off, defended.

19.5 0

This is outside off, Mathews shoulders arms to it.

19.4 0

On off, Mathews defends it out.

19.3 0

On a length and outside off, Mathews blocks again.

19.2 0

Length and on off, Angelo blocks.

19.1 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! This was always coming! On a length and outside off, close to the off pole. Prabath Jayasuriya stays back to defend but gets an outside edge to first slip where Daryl Mitchell takes a simple catch.

Score after 19 overs : 27/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

17 (56)

P Jayasuriya

4 (16)

M Henry

8-4-15-1

18.6 0

On a length and outside off, Karunaratne shoulders arms to it.

18.5 0

Length ball, outside off, Karunaratne works it to covers.

18.4 0

on off, kept out.

18.3 0

A length ball, outside off, Karunaratne shoulders arms.

18.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

18.1 0

This is full and outside off, Karunaratne taps it to point.

Matt Henry to bowl now.

Score after 18 overs : 27/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

P Jayasuriya

4 (16)

D Karunaratne

17 (50)

T Southee

7-3-6-0

17.6 0

This is full and outside off, swings away. Prabath Jayasuriya looks to defend but misses.

17.5 1

Off the mark! On the pads, Karunaratne tucks it to square leg for a single.

17.4 0

Length and on off, swings in. Karunaratne hops and blocks it out.

17.3 0

On a length and on middle. Karunaratne blocks it on the deck.

17.2 0

Down the leg side, left alone.

17.1 0

Starts with a length ball, outside off, Karunaratne looks to defend but misses.

We are all set. The players are out in the middle. Prabath Jayasuriya and Dimuth Karunaratne to resume their batting. Tim Southee to start up.
Hello everyone to the action of Day 3. Day 2 saw the Kiwis dominated and boss the show as Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls notched double-centuries respectively. Quite surreal to see two in a single innings. New Zealand got a massive score and asked Sri Lanka to bat a small passage but the tourist lost two wickets. Now Sri Lanka have to show some character against quality bowling and bat without losing any wickets in the first session.
...Day 3, Session1...
Sri Lanka had a small passage to play but their batters didn't show discipline as both Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis gave away their wicket. Credit to New Zealand bowlers to bowl maidens after maidens which created so much pressure. Sri Lanka are behind at this stage but if the batters apply themselves, they too can go onto score a big one. It won't be easy as New Zealand are absolutely pumped up. Do join us for Day 3 at 3 am IST (9.30 pm GMT, the previous day) for all the build up. Cheers!
Dominance from New Zealand. A day they will be really proud of. It started with Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls and for hours it remained the same as the two Kiwi players noticed respective double-centuries one after the other. It could have been a lot worse but Tim Southee declared the innings with a massive first innings score. Sri Lanka had to grind hard. They were tired and sloppy on the field which didn't help them further.

Score after 17 overs : 26/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

P Jayasuriya

4 (15)

D Karunaratne

16 (45)

D Bracewell

3-2-1-1

16.6 0

Fuller and outside off, Prabath Jayasuriya leaves it alone. That will be STUMPS on Day 2.

16.5 0

Full and on middle, tucked to square leg.

16.4 0

This one lands outside off and nips in. Prabath Jayasuriya makes a brave leave as the ball goes past off pole.

16.3 0

Length ball, outside off. Prabath Jayasuriya offers no shot.

16.2 1

On middle, this is hit to square leg for a single.

16.1 0

Angles it full and outside off, left alone.

Score after 16 overs : 25/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

P Jayasuriya

4 (11)

D Karunaratne

15 (43)

M Bracewell

1-0-5-0

15.6 4

FOUR! Good shot! This is full and on off, Prabath Jayasuriya comes down the track and whacks it to deep mid-wicket.

15.5 0

Tossed up on middle, Prabath Jayasuriya blocks it out.

15.4 1

Flat and on middle, pulled to square leg for a single.

15.3 0

On off, kept out.

15.2 0

Tossed up on off, Karunaratne defends on the front foot.

15.1 0

Tad short and outside off, pulled to mid-wicket.

Score after 15 overs : 20/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (9)

D Karunaratne

14 (39)

D Bracewell

2-2-0-1

14.6 0

Short in length and around off, Prabath Jayasuriya evades it well.

14.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

14.4 0

Length and on off, blocked out.

14.3 0

This one lands outside off and then moves away.. Prabath Jayasuriya shoulders arms.

14.2 0

This is outside  off, left alone.

14.1 0

A bouncer on middle. Prabath Jayasuriya sits under it.

Score after 14 overs : 20/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Karunaratne

14 (39)

P Jayasuriya

0 (3)

M Henry

7-3-15-1

13.6 2

Full and on middle, Karunaratne tucks it to deep square leg for a couple.

13.5 0

This is outside off, left alone.

13.4 0

Angles a length ball, outside off. Karunaratne looks to punch but bottom edges it back on the deck.

13.3 0

On off, kept out.

13.2 0

Outside off, tapped to point.

13.1 0

Length ball, outside off, left alone.

Score after 13 overs : 18/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

P Jayasuriya

0 (3)

D Karunaratne

12 (33)

D Bracewell

1-1-0-1

12.6 0

Length ball, way outside off, Prabath Jayasuriya lets it go. A wicket-maiden for Doug Bracewell on his return.

12.5 0

Length and on off, Prabath Jayasuriya blocks.

12.4 0

On a length and on off, left alone.

12.3 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Mendis goes now. Sri Lanka in trouble. This is short and outside off, Mendis cuts aerially and to point where Devon Conway dives to his left and takes a blinder.

12.2 0

Outside off, Mendis blocks it out.

12.1 0

Length ball, outside off, Mendis offers no shot.

Score after 12 overs : 18/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

D Karunaratne

12 (33)

K Mendis

0 (7)

M Henry

6-3-13-1

11.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

11.5 0

Beauty! Short in length and slanting on middle. Karunaratne looks to defend but gets hit high on the pads.

11.4 0

Length ball, around off, Karunaratne keeps it out.

11.3 0

Length and on middle, defended.

11.2 4

FOUR! That will help Karunaratne! Fuller and on the pads, this is flicked past square leg for four.

11.1 0

On middle, blocked out.

Score after 11 overs : 14/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Mendis

0 (7)

D Karunaratne

8 (27)

T Southee

6-3-5-0

10.6 0

Fuller and on off, Mendis prods and defends.

10.5 0

Full on middle, flicked to square leg.

10.4 1

On middle, this is hit to square leg for a single.

10.3 0

This is outside off, Karunaratne shoulders arms.

10.2 0

Length and on off, blocked.

10.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 10 overs : 13/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Mendis

0 (5)

D Karunaratne

7 (23)

M Henry

5-3-9-1

9.6 0

Superb from Henry! Length ball, outside off, Mendis again looks to defend but gets betean.

9.5 0

This is full and just outside off. Mendis looks to defend but again misses.

9.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

9.3 0

That was quick! Outside off, length and Mendis looks to defend but misses.

9.2 0

JUST SHORT! Length ball, outside off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an outside edge and it falls just short of Daryl Mitchell at first slip.

9.1 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Fine edge! On a length and outside off, nips away. Oshada Fernando has a poke at it but gets an edge to the keeper who makes no mistake. New Zealand get a wicket for their impressive start.

Score after 9 overs : 13/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

O Fernando

6 (31)

D Karunaratne

7 (23)

T Southee

5-3-4-0

8.6 1

Angles it full on middle, Oshada Fernando helps it behind square leg for one.

8.5 1

Full and on off, dropped to cover for a single.

8.4 0

Full and on middle, blocked out.

8.3 1

A single as Oshada Fernando works it to mid-wicket.

8.2 0

Full on middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

8.1 0

On middle, kept out.

Score after 8 overs : 10/0

Runs Scored

4 Runs

D Karunaratne

6 (21)

O Fernando

4 (27)

M Henry

4-2-9-0

7.6 4

FOUR! Good shot! FIrst one for the Lankans. Short in length on middle, this is pulled to deep square leg for a boundary.

7.5 0

A bumper on middle. Karunaratne sits under it.

7.4 0

Length and on off, Karunaratne taps it to point.

7.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

7.2 0

Length and on off, Karunaratne blocks.

7.1 0

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

Score after 7 overs : 6/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

O Fernando

4 (27)

D Karunaratne

2 (15)

T Southee

4-3-1-0

6.6 0

This is way outside off, Oshada Fernando lets it go. Third maiden for Tim Southee.

6.5 0

Length and on off, Oshada Fernando keeps it out.

6.4 0

On middle, defended out.

6.3 0

Way outside off, left alone.

6.2 0

Length and outside off, swings away. Oshada Fernando looks to defend but is beaten.

6.1 0

Full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.

Score after 6 overs : 6/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

2 (15)

O Fernando

4 (21)

M Henry

3-2-5-0

5.6 0

On a length and on off. Karunaratne blocks. Yet another maiden.

5.5 0

That was an absolute nut from Henry! Short in length and on off,  swings in. Karunaratne looks to defend but gets beaten on the inside edge. The ball was very close to hitting the top of off as well.

5.4 0

Length and on off, punched to cover.

5.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

5.2 0

A good length ball, around off. Karunaratne defends from the higher part of the blade.

5.1 0

Full and on middle, kept out.

Score after 5 overs : 6/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

O Fernando

4 (21)

D Karunaratne

2 (9)

T Southee

3-2-1-0

4.6 0

Full and on off, tapped to point. Maiden by Tim.

4.5 0

Tim Southee angles it on off and makes it to move away. Oshada Fernando shoulders arms.

4.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

4.3 0

This one swings away from around off. Oshada Fernando defends.

4.2 0

Length ball on middle, blocked out.

4.1 0

Outside off, Oshada Fernando lets it go.

Score after 4 overs : 6/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Karunaratne

2 (9)

O Fernando

4 (15)

M Henry

2-1-5-0

3.6 0

Well outside off, left alone.

3.5 0

Outside off and swings back in. Karunaratne makes a brave leave.

3.4 0

Shorter and on off, Karunaratne defend with soft hands and outside edges it to the man at third slip who collects on a bounce.

3.3 0

Full and on off, Karunaratne dead bats it.

3.2 0

This is on a length and on middle, nips in. Karunaratne looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. It was going well high.

3.1 0

On a length and on off, Karunaratne looks to defend but mistimes it back on the deck.

Score after 3 overs : 6/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

O Fernando

4 (15)

D Karunaratne

2 (3)

T Southee

2-1-1-0

2.6 0

Full and on middle, kept out.

2.5 0

Length and on off, defended out.

2.4 0

Length and outside off, Oshada Fernando shoulders arms.

2.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

2.2 1

Fuller and on middle. Karunaratne helps it to fine leg for a single.

2.1 0

Length and outside off, swings in. Karunaratne shoulders arms.

Score after 2 overs : 5/0

Runs Scored

5 Runs

O Fernando

4 (11)

D Karunaratne

1 (1)

M Henry

1-0-5-0

1.6 2

Fuller and on middle. Oshada Fernando tucks it past mid on for two more.

1.5 2

Angling on the pads, flicked to deep square leg for a couple of runs.

1.4 0

Fuller and on off, it is pushed back to the bowler.

1.3 0

This is full and on off, pushed to cover.

1.2 0

On a length and on off. Oshada Fernando blocks it out.

1.1 1

Sri Lanka are off the mark! Length and on middle, Karunaratne tickles it to fine leg for one.

Score after 1 overs : 0/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

O Fernando

0 (6)

D Karunaratne

0 (0)

T Southee

1-1-0-0

0.6 0

This is full and on middle, it is flicked to square leg for a single.

0.5 0

Well outside off again, left alone.

0.4 0

Length and outside off. Oshada Fernando shoulders arms.

0.3 0

Tim Southee bowls it outside off again, Oshada Fernando leaves it again.

0.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

0.1 0

A length ball, outside off, Oshada Fernando leaves.

... MATCH DAY ...

Welcome back. The Kiwi players are out in the middle.
...SECOND INNINGS...
There is nothing much to write about Sri Lanka as they were made to toil hard with the ball and in the field. They were absolutely tired as we saw some sloppy fielding later on and couple of catches dropped which proved to be a big mistake. Sri Lanka now have to bat a small phase and they will hope to get past without losing any wickets. Stay tuned...
Henry Nicholls was dropped twice, one when he was new to the crease and one in his 90s. He came with a luck and made the most of the opportunity. New Zealand dominated throughout with Devon Conway scoring a fifty but then came the humongous stand between Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls of around 360.
Tim Southee was waiting for Henry Nicholls to reach his milestone as he declares the innings. The Wellington crowd has witnessed a special day as two local boys have scored double-centuries. Kane Williamson first and then Henry Nicholls followed him. New Zealand have ended with a mammoth score though.

Score after 123 overs : 580/4

Runs Scored

11 Runs

T Blundell

17 (17)

H Nicholls

200 (240)

L Kumara

25-1-164-0

122.6 1

New Zealand have declared! Fuller and on middle, Blundell plays it to deep square leg for a single.

122.5 1

Double-century for Henry Nicholls! A standing ovation for him! The crowd has witnessed two superb performances. Full and on off, this is tucked to square leg for one.

122.4 2

On 199! Full and on off, Henry Nicholls whips it to deep square leg for a brace.

122.3 2

Outside off, this is hit to long off for a couple.

122.2 4

FOUR! This is full and outside off, Blundell lofts it over covers for a boundary.

122.1 1

Another yorker, outside off. Blundell squeezes it out to the keeper. A quick single.

Score after 122 overs : 569/4

Runs Scored

11 Runs

T Blundell

15 (15)

H Nicholls

191 (236)

K Rajitha

32-6-126-2

121.6 1

A yorker on off, Blundell jams it out on the deck. The batters take a quick single.

121.5 0

On off, kept out.

121.4 4

FOUR! Outside off, Blundell lofts it to deep cover. The fielder slides to his left but makes an absolute blunder as he lets it go for four.

121.4 nb 1

No ball! Sees Blundell going across and Kasun Rajitha follows him outside off. Blundell misses his lap shot.

121.3 1

Length and on off, Henry Nicholls plays it to deep square leg for a single.

121.2 4

FOUR! Freebie! A full toss on middle, Henry Nicholls slams it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

121.1 0

Shorter and outside off, Henry Nicholls shuffles way across to pull but misses.

Score after 121 overs : 558/4

Runs Scored

9 Runs

H Nicholls

186 (233)

T Blundell

10 (11)

L Kumara

24-1-153-0

120.6 1

Around off, this is played  to long off for a single.

120.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

120.4 6

SIX! THUMPED! On a length and outside off, Henry Nicholls heaves it over long on for a biggie.

120.3 0

Length ball, outside off. Henry Nicholls looks to sweep but misses.

120.2 1

Full and on middle. Blundell whacks it to deep square leg for one.

120.1 1

On off, pushed to mid off for a quick single.

Score after 120 overs : 549/4

Runs Scored

6 Runs

T Blundell

9 (10)

H Nicholls

178 (228)

K Rajitha

31-6-115-2

119.6 b 2

Two byes! This is full and on leg. Blundell swings and misses. The keeper fumbles and it goes to fine leg for two runs.

119.5 1

Outside off, dragged to long on for a single.

119.4 2

Short and on off, Henry Nicholls pulls it to deep square leg for a brace.

119.3 1

This is full and outside off, Blundell smashes it to long off for one.

119.2 0

Short in length and outside off. Blundell looks to pull but misses.

119.1 0

Length and outside off, Blundell looks to heave but inside edges it back to the bowler.

Score after 119 overs : 543/4

Runs Scored

9 Runs

T Blundell

8 (6)

H Nicholls

175 (226)

L Kumara

23-1-144-0

118.6 1

A yorker on middle. Blundell jams it out to point for a single.

118.5 4

FOUR! Short in length and outside off, Blundell pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

118.4 0

This is full and outside off, Blundell goes down on his knee to heave but misses.

118.3 lb 1

Leg bye!Full and on leg, Henry Nicholls misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but that pitching down the leg side.

118.2 2

Around off, pushed through covers for a couple.

118.1 1

On middle, angling in. Blundell tries to flick but gets a leading edge to point for a single.

Score after 118 overs : 534/4

Runs Scored

9 Runs

T Blundell

2 (2)

H Nicholls

173 (224)

K Rajitha

30-6-111-2

117.6 1

On a length and outside off. Blundell drops it to third man for one.

117.5 1

A length ball, outside off, Henry Nicholls slaps it to long off for one.

117.5 nb 2

Outside off, dabbed to third man for one. Kasun Rajitha has again overstepped.

117.4 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Mitchell goes! Short of a length and outside off, Mitchell rocks back and tries to swing across but plays from the inner half of the bat back to Kasun Rajitha who shows great reflexes as he holds onto it.

117.3 2

Around off, Mitchell drops it down to long off for a couple.

117.2 0

This is full and outside off. Mitchell shuffles way across to paddle over third man but misses.

117.2 nb 2

On middle, drilled down to long on for a single. Kasun Rajitha has overstepped.

117.1 1

Around off, pushed through covers for a single.

Score after 117 overs : 525/3

Runs Scored

14 Runs

D Mitchell

14 (8)

H Nicholls

171 (222)

L Kumara

22-1-136-0

116.6 1

On middle, Mitchell plays it to mid-wicket for a single.

116.5 1

On off, eased to long on for a single.

116.4 2

This is full and on off, Henry Nicholls turns it to mid-wicket for sharp couple.

116.3 4

FOUR! Henry Nicholls is eyeing 200 now! Short and on middle. This is pulled wide of mid-wicket for four runs.

116.2 4

FOUR! Boundaries keep flowing! Length and on leg, Henry Nicholls steps a cross and paddles it to fine leg.

116.1 2

Sharp running! Length and on off, bunted to square leg for a couple.

Score after 116 overs : 511/3

Runs Scored

12 Runs

H Nicholls

158 (217)

D Mitchell

13 (7)

K Rajitha

29-6-102-1

115.6 1

Full and outside off, worked to long off for a single.

115.5 1

On middle, tucked to mid-wicket for one more.

115.4 1

Outside off, guided to point for one.

115.4 nb 7

SIX! New Zealand have crossed 500! Short in length and on middle. Henry Nicholls pulls it over square leg for a biggie. No ball as Kasun Rajitha overstepped.

115.3 0

Length and on off, pushed to cover.

115.2 0

on off, kept out.

115.1 2

150 for Henry Nicholls now! Full and on off, this is flicked to deep mid-wicket for a couple. Good running again.

Score after 115 overs : 499/3

Runs Scored

11 Runs

H Nicholls

148 (211)

D Mitchell

12 (6)

P Jayasuriya

21-1-86-1

114.6 1

Fuller and on middle. Henry Nicholls smashes it down to long on for a single.

114.5 0

On middle, played back to the bowler.

114.4 1

Outside off, dabbed to backward point for a single.

114.3 6

SIX! HAMMERED! This is full and on off. Mitchell skips down and tonks it over long on for a six.

114.2 1

On middle, worked to long on for a single.

114.1 2

This is full and on middle, Henry Nicholls reverse sweeps it to third man for two.

Score after 114 overs : 488/3

Runs Scored

7 Runs

H Nicholls

144 (207)

D Mitchell

5 (4)

K Rajitha

28-6-90-1

113.6 1

On the pads, this is flicked to deep square leg for a single.

113.5 1

A length ball, outside off, tapped to cover for a single.

113.4 0

On middle,kept out.

113.3 4

FOUR! Mitchell is underway! Fuller and on off. Mitchell smashes it over mid on for a boundary.

113.2 0

On a length and around off, Mitchell defends it out.

113.1 1

Around off, pushed through covers for a single.

Score after 113 overs : 481/3

Runs Scored

9 Runs

K Williamson

215 (296)

H Nicholls

142 (205)

P Jayasuriya

20-1-75-1

112.6 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! A marathon 363-run stand is finally broken! Williamson goes back to a standing ovation! A knock to remember for him. This is angled full on middle. Williamson skips down and tries to loft over long on but gets only height and Ramesh Mendis (sub) there takes a simple catch. A wonderful innings from Williamson comes to an end.

112.5 1

This is full and on off, Henry Nicholls hits it to mid off for a single.

112.4 1

On middle, Williamson works it to long on for a single.

112.3 4

FOUR! Shot! Fuller and outside off, Williamson drives it in the gap to covers for four.

112.2 2

Full and on middle. Williamson lofts it over the bowler's head for a couple.

112.1 1

A single as this is hit to long on.

Score after 112 overs : 472/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

H Nicholls

140 (203)

K Williamson

208 (292)

de Silva

19-3-75-1

111.6 1

On middle, punched to long on for a single.

111.5 2

Full and on middle. Henry Nicholls flicks it to deep mid-wicket for two.

111.4 3

On middle. Williamson reverse sweeps it to fine leg, not off the middle and it dies down near the fence. Three.

111.3 1

A single as this is hit to long on.

111.2 1

Tossed up on off, Williamson drives it to long off for one.

111.1 2

Outside off, guided to third man for a brace.

Score after 111 overs : 462/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

H Nicholls

136 (200)

K Williamson

202 (289)

P Jayasuriya

19-1-66-0

110.6 0

Full and on off, played back to the bowler.

110.5 1

Around off and spins away. Williamson skips down and taps it to point for a single.

110.4 0

On middle, worked to mid off now.

110.3 0

Too full and on off, Williamson works it to cover.

110.2 0

On off, pushed to cover.

110.1 1

A single as this is hit to long on.

Score after 110 overs : 460/2

Runs Scored

10 Runs

K Williamson

201 (285)

H Nicholls

135 (198)

de Silva

18-3-65-1

109.6 4

FOUR! IN THE GAP! DOUBLE-HUNDRED FOR KANE WILLIAMSON! What a player! What an innings! The crowd and Kiwi players stand up as they appreciate this humongous knock. On middle. Williamson whips it wide of long on to mid-wicket for a boundary.

109.5 0

Full and on off, flicked to mid-wicket.

109.4 1

On off, eased to cover for a single.

109.3 4

FOUR! MORE! Tossed up on off, Henry Nicholls scoops it over fine leg and it races into the fence.

109.2 1

Full and on off, pushed to long off for one.

109.1 0

This is full and around off. Williamson steps across to sweep but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Score after 109 overs : 450/2

Runs Scored

7 Runs

H Nicholls

130 (196)

K Williamson

196 (281)

P Jayasuriya

18-1-64-0

108.6 0

Tossed up on middle. This is hit to mid-wicket.

108.5 1

Around off, Williamson works it to point for a single.

108.4 0

Full and on middle, played back to the bowler.

108.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

108.2 2

Outside off, dabbed to third man for two.

108.1 4

FOUR! Already showing the intent! Short and on off, Williamson pulls it over mid-wicket for four.

We are back. The players are out in the middle. Prabath Jayasuriya to start after the break.
...Day 2, Session 3...
The closest Sri Lanka came to scalp something was when Henry Nicholls was in his 90s but Dhananjaya de Silva dropped off in his own bowling. Sri Lanka look tired but they can't drain more as they have a lot of work to do. This is turning out to be a nightmare already for their bowlers who are not getting much help from the pitch as well. Will New Zealand go past 600 or Sri Lanka pull off something magical?
This is just supreme batting from Henry Nicholls and Williamson who are now just enjoying their time in the middle. Henry Nicholls just changed the style of play once he got past his century and if he continues the same way, New Zealand will definitely go around 600 with ease along with Kane Williamson eyeing a double-century. No doubt, this session belongs to the Kiwis.

Score after 108 overs : 443/2

Runs Scored

17 Runs

H Nicholls

130 (195)

K Williamson

189 (276)

A Fernando

26-6-110-0

107.6 6

SIX! BANG! 17 off the over! Short again on middle. Henry Nicholls pulls it high and over mid-wicket for one more six. That will be TEA!

107.5 4

FOUR! Taking on! Short again. Henry Nicholls pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

107.4 6

SIX! Henry Nicholls is class! Short in length on middle. Henry Nicholls pulls it over square leg over the man there for a six.

107.3 0

Shorter and on middle. Henry Nicholls looks to pull but misses.

107.2 1

Outside off, guided to point for a single.

107.1 0

BEATEN! On a length and outside off, Williamson looks to defend but misses.

Score after 107 overs : 426/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

H Nicholls

114 (191)

K Williamson

188 (274)

P Jayasuriya

17-1-57-0

106.6 0

On middle, defended out.

106.5 0

On off, kept out.

106.4 0

Flat and outside off, punched to cover.

106.3 0

Full and on off, Henry Nicholls defends on the front foot.

106.2 0

Tossed up on off, defended.

106.1 0

Outside off, Henry Nicholls blocks.

Score after 106 overs : 426/2

Runs Scored

9 Runs

K Williamson

188 (274)

H Nicholls

114 (185)

A Fernando

25-6-93-0

105.6 0

On off, kept out.

105.5 1

Short again and Henry Nicholls pulls it to deep square leg for one.

105.5 wd 1

Wide! Bumper on middle, left alone.

105.4 1

Full and on off, dropped to point for a single.

105.3 4

FOUR! Williamson is oozing class now! Outside off, Williamson drives it through covers for four.

105.2 0

Full and on off, kept out.

105.1 2

Good running! On middle, Williamson steps across and flicks it behind square leg for two. The partnership now stands over 300 runs.

Score after 105 overs : 417/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

H Nicholls

113 (184)

K Williamson

181 (269)

P Jayasuriya

16-0-57-0

104.6 0

On middle, kept out.

104.5 1

A single as this is hit to mid-wicket.

104.4 3

This one lands on off and spins back in. Henry Nicholls goes back and cuts it to covers for three.

104.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

104.2 1

Slanting on middle, bunted to square leg for a single.

104.1 1

On middle, this is hit to square leg for a single.

Score after 104 overs : 411/2

Runs Scored

13 Runs

K Williamson

179 (267)

H Nicholls

109 (180)

A Fernando

24-6-84-0

103.6 4

FOUR! Tiredness showing up in the Lankan players! Pitched up, outside off, Williamson leans and drives it through covers for a boundary.

103.5 1

On off, turned to mid-wicket for a single.

103.4 4

FOUR! Henry Nicholls getting innovative after his century! Length ball on off, Henry Nicholls steps across and laps it over fine leg for four.

103.3 0

Too full on off, played to mid off.

103.2 1

Length and outside off, Williamson strokes it to point for a single.

103.1 3

Shorter and outside off, Henry Nicholls slaps it wide off deep point for three more.

Score after 103 overs : 398/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Williamson

174 (265)

H Nicholls

101 (176)

P Jayasuriya

15-0-51-0

102.6 4

FOUR! Uses the width! This is way outside off, a freebie and Williamson drives it through covers.

102.5 0

Full and outside off, pushed back to Prabath Jayasuriya.

102.4 0

Angling on middle. Williamson keeps it out.

102.3 1

This is full and on middle, Henry Nicholls plays it behind square leg for one.

102.2 0

Flat and on middle, tucked to mid-wicket.

102.1 0

On middle, bunted to mid-wicket.

Score after 102 overs : 393/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Williamson

170 (262)

H Nicholls

100 (173)

de Silva

17-3-55-1

101.6 0

On middle, Kane defends.

101.5 1

HUNDRED FOR NICHOLLS! A fantastic innings from Henry! These two are putting on a show. Full and on off, pushed to silly mid off where the fielder misfield and parries it to mid on. A single.

101.4 1

On middle, this is hit to mid-wicket for a single.

101.3 1

Flat and angling on off, tucked to mid-wicket for a single. On 99 now.

101.2 0

On off, Henry Nicholls blocks it out.

101.1 1

Full and on middle, Williamson bunts it to mid-wicket for a single.

Score after 101 overs : 389/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Nicholls

98 (170)

K Williamson

168 (259)

P Jayasuriya

14-0-46-0

100.6 0

Flighted on middle. Henry Nicholls blocks it out.

100.5 0

On off, kept out.

100.4 1

On off, played through point for one.

100.3 2

Flat and on off. Williamson punches off the back foot through covers for two more.

100.2 1

On middle, this is swept behind square leg for a single.

100.1 1

A single as this is hit to long off.

Score after 100 overs : 384/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Williamson

164 (256)

H Nicholls

97 (167)

de Silva

16-3-51-1

99.6 1

Tossed up on off, Williamson works it to long on for a single.

99.5 0

On middle, blocked.

99.4 0

On off, kept out.

99.3 1

A single as this is hit to long off.

99.2 4

FOUR! Makes the most of it already! Short and on off, Henry Nicholls pulls it over mid-wicket for four.

99.1 0

Was that a chance? Yes! Henry Nicholls would have gone! Flat and on off, Henry Nicholls punches on the up and to the right of Dhananjaya de Silva who gets that side and even the ball came at a good height, around his knee height but fails to hold on.

Score after 99 overs : 378/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Williamson

163 (253)

H Nicholls

92 (164)

P Jayasuriya

13-0-41-0

98.6 0

Flat and on off, defended out.

98.5 0

Onoff, kept out.

98.4 2

This lands outside off and spins away. Williamson cuts it past point for two.

98.3 1

This is full and on off, pushed to long off for a single.

98.2 0

Full and on middle, Henry Nicholls prods and blocks.

98.1 0

On middle, blocked.

Score after 98 overs : 375/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Williamson

161 (250)

H Nicholls

91 (161)

L Kumara

21-1-122-0

97.6 0

Length ball, outside off. Williamson shoulders arms to it.

97.5 1

Tossed up on off, knocked to point for one.

97.4 1

On middle, this is hit through square leg for a single.

97.3 0

Around off, kept out.

97.2 0

Very full on middle, nudged to mid-wicket.

97.1 0

Length and on off, Williamson defends.

Score after 97 overs : 373/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

H Nicholls

90 (160)

K Williamson

160 (245)

P Jayasuriya

12-0-38-0

96.6 0

Full and on off, played back to the bowler.

96.5 0

On middle, Henry Nicholls comes down the track to block.

96.4 1

Flat and outside off, Williamson punches it to cover for one.

96.3 0

On off, Williamson pushes it to cover.

96.2 0

Full and on off, Williamson prods and defends.

96.1 1

Short and on off, drilled to long on for one.

Score after 96 overs : 371/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Williamson

159 (242)

H Nicholls

89 (157)

L Kumara

20-1-120-0

95.6 0

Well outside off, Williamson drops it to the man at gully.

95.5 1

This is around off, Henry Nicholls strokes it to point for a single.

95.4 0

On middle on a length. Henry Nicholls steps across and blocks.

95.3 1

Length and on off, Williamson taps it to point for one more.

95.2 1

Around off, pushed through covers for one.

95.1 1

Length and outside off, Williamson dabs it to third man for a single.

Score after 95 overs : 367/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Nicholls

87 (154)

K Williamson

157 (239)

P Jayasuriya

11-0-36-0

94.6 0

On off, kept out.

94.5 3

On middle, Williamson this time sweeps it fine to fine leg for three runs.

94.4 0

This is full and on middle, spins away. Williamson looks to sweep but misses. He almost slips while playing but does well to drag his foot back in the crease.

94.3 0

Full and on off, blocked.

94.2 1

Tossed up on middle, Henry Nicholls works it to long on for a single.

94.1 1

On off, eased to long off for a single.

Score after 94 overs : 362/2

Runs Scored

8 Runs

H Nicholls

86 (152)

K Williamson

153 (235)

L Kumara

19-1-116-0

93.6 2

On middle, this is punched through covers for two more.

93.5 0

Length and on midde, defended.

93.4 0

Length and on off, blocked out.

93.3 2

Outside off, this is steered to third man for two.

93.2 lb 4

FOUR LEG BYES! Short and on the pads. Henry Nicholls fails to flick and it goes off the pads to the fine leg fence.

93.1 0

On middle, blocked.

Score after 93 overs : 354/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Williamson

153 (235)

H Nicholls

82 (146)

P Jayasuriya

10-0-31-0

92.6 0

On off, kept out.

92.5 1

Henry Nicholls uses his feet again and works it to long on for one.

92.4 0

On middle, Henry Nicholls uses his feet to keep it out.

92.3 1

Tossed up on middle, tucked to mid-wicket for a single.

92.2 2

Outside off, guided to third man for couple.

92.1 0

An arm ball on off, Williamson looks to drive but inside edges it around square leg.

Score after 92 overs : 350/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Nicholls

81 (144)

K Williamson

150 (231)

L Kumara

18-1-112-0

91.6 2

This is way outside off, Henry Nicholls cuts it to deep point for easy two.

91.5 0

On off, kept out.

91.4 0

Outside off, defended out.

91.3 0

Length and on off, blocked.

91.2 0

On off, kept out.

91.1 3

THREE RUNS! 150 up for Williamson! A superb innings from the skipper. Brilliant! A yorker on middle, this is flicked past mid-wicket in the gap for three runs.

Score after 91 overs : 345/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Williamson

147 (230)

H Nicholls

79 (139)

P Jayasuriya

9-0-27-0

90.6 1

Fuller and on off, Kane Williamson flicks it as he skips down to mid-wicket for one.

90.5 2

Tossed up on middle. Kane goes inside-out over covers for a brace.

90.4 0

Kane uses his feet and hits this full ball to cover.

90.3 1

On middle, eased to long on for a single.

90.2 0

Flat and on middle, blocked out.

90.1 0

This is full and on off, Nicholls punches it to mid off.

Score after 90 overs : 341/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Williamson

144 (227)

H Nicholls

78 (136)

A Fernando

23-6-71-0

89.6 0

On middle, this is clipped to mid-wicket.

89.5 2

Outside off, this is guided through point for two.

89.4 0

On middle, defended.

89.3 0

Fuller and on middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.

89.2 0

Shorter and outside off, Kane Williamson looks to cut but chops it towards the slip cordon.

89.1 4

FOUR! Yet again he takes full toll of the short ball. Rocks onto the back foot and hammers it through mid-wicket.

Score after 89 overs : 335/2

Runs Scored

13 Runs

K Williamson

138 (221)

H Nicholls

78 (136)

L Kumara

17-1-107-0

88.6 3

Length and on off, Kane pushes it through covers for three.

88.5 2

Two more! On middle, this is worked through square leg for two.

88.4 4

FOUR! Hammered! Short and on middle, Williamson picks the length early and slams it through mid-wicket.

88.3 0

A bumper now, Kane Williamson ducks under it.

88.2 0

On off, kept out.

88.1 4

FOUR! On the up! Length and around off, Kane Williamson pushes it through covers and this one races away to the fence.

Score after 88 overs : 322/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

H Nicholls

78 (136)

K Williamson

125 (215)

A Fernando

22-6-65-0

87.6 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

87.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

87.4 0

Around off, defended.

87.3 4

FOUR! Short and outside off, this is cut through point for a boundary.

87.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

87.1 0

Around off, blocked.

Score after 87 overs : 318/2

Runs Scored

9 Runs

K Williamson

125 (215)

H Nicholls

74 (130)

K Rajitha

27-6-83-1

86.6 0

On off, defended.

86.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

86.4 0

Around off, this is guided to point.

86.3 4

FOUR! Through the leg side this time! Angled into the pads, this is clipped through square leg. No chance for the fielder.

86.2 4

FOUR! Lovely! Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for a boundary.

86.1 1

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

Score after 86 overs : 309/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Williamson

117 (210)

H Nicholls

73 (129)

A Fernando

21-6-61-0

85.6 0

On off, defended well.

85.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

85.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

85.3 0

On the stumps, kept out.

85.2 0

On off, kept out.

85.1 2

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for two.

Score after 85 overs : 307/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Williamson

115 (204)

H Nicholls

73 (129)

K Rajitha

26-6-74-1

84.6 1

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

84.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

84.4 0

Around off, kept out.

84.3 0

On off, defended.

84.2 1

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket.

84.1 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

Score after 84 overs : 305/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Williamson

114 (200)

H Nicholls

72 (127)

A Fernando

20-6-59-0

83.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

83.5 0

Outside off, an easy leave.

83.4 0

On off blocked.

83.3 0

On the stumps, blocked.

83.2 0

BEATEN! This lands on off and shapes away. Kane Williamson is beaten as he tries to defend.

83.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 83 overs : 305/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

H Nicholls

72 (127)

K Williamson

114 (194)

K Rajitha

25-6-72-1

82.6 0

Around off, kept out.

82.5 0

Outside off, left alone.

82.4 0

On off, blocked.

82.3 1

On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

82.2 0

Shorter and on off, this is pushed to covers.

82.1 0

On off, defended.

A session dominated by the hosts. They have scored heavily and not lost a wicket too. Williamson and Nicholls are amidst a massive stand and New Zealand are on course to post a big first innings score. For Sri Lanka, it has been a hard toil, their bowlers have hardly got anything out of the surface, they though somehow need to find a way to get wickets. Can the second new ball work for them or will the Kiwis continue to dominate?

Score after 82 overs : 304/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

H Nicholls

72 (124)

K Williamson

113 (191)

A Fernando

19-5-59-0

81.6 0

On off, defended. THAT WILL.BE LUNCH ON DAY 2!

81.5 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

81.4 0

A bumper, ducked under.

81.3 0

On off, kept out.

81.2 0

Outside off, left alone.

81.1 0

Back of a length and on off, kept out.

Score after 81 overs : 304/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Williamson

113 (191)

H Nicholls

72 (118)

K Rajitha

24-6-71-1

80.6 0

On off, kept out.

80.5 0

Outside off, not played at.

80.4 0

Around off, this is guided to point.

80.3 0

On middle, kept out.

80.2 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

80.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 80 overs : 304/2

Runs Scored

7 Runs

H Nicholls

72 (118)

K Williamson

113 (185)

de Silva

15-3-45-1

79.6 0

On off, blocked.

79.5 1

A single as this is pushed through covers.

79.4 0

On off, kept out.

79.3 2

Two more! On middle, this is whipped wide of long on for two.

79.2 4

FOUR! UPPISH BUT IN THE GAP! On middle, this is worked over mid-wicket for a boundary.

79.1 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Score after 79 overs : 297/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

H Nicholls

72 (117)

K Williamson

106 (180)

K Rajitha

23-5-71-1

78.6 0

On off, defended.

78.5 0

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

78.4 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

78.3 0

Outside off, left alone.

78.2 0

On off, blocked.

78.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 78 overs : 297/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Williamson

106 (180)

H Nicholls

72 (111)

de Silva

14-3-38-1

77.6 4

FOUR! PULLED AWAY! Short and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket and it races away to the fence.

77.5 0

On off, blocked.

77.4 0

On off, blocked.

77.3 0

On middle, kept out.

77.2 0

On middle, it is flicked to mid-wicket.

77.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 77 overs : 293/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

H Nicholls

72 (111)

K Williamson

102 (174)

K Rajitha

22-4-71-1

76.6 0

A single as this is pushed to cover.

76.5 0

On the stumps, kept out.

76.4 0

On the stumps, blocked.

76.3 0

On middle, kept out.

76.2 1

A single as this ia worked through mid-wicket for one.

76.1 3

Angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wicker three.

Score after 76 overs : 289/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Williamson

101 (173)

H Nicholls

69 (106)

de Silva

13-3-34-1

75.6 0

On the stumps, defended.

75.5 0

On off, kept out.

75.4 4

FOUR! 100 UP FOR WILLIAMSON! Back to back tons. Leading from the front yet again. Fuller and outside off, this is drive through covers for a boundary.

75.3 0

Down the leg side. Left alone.

75.2 0

On middle, kept out.

75.1 1

On middle, this is worked down to long on for one.

Score after 75 overs : 284/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Williamson

97 (168)

H Nicholls

68 (105)

K Rajitha

21-4-67-1

74.6 0

On off, blocked.

74.5 0

On off, kept out.

74.4 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

74.3 3

Just short! Length and on off, angling away. Nicholls looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge, lands just short of the diving slip fielder. He gets a hand to it. It goes towards third man for three.

74.2 0

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

74.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 74 overs : 281/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Williamson

97 (165)

H Nicholls

65 (102)

de Silva

12-3-29-1

73.6 0

On off, defended.

73.5 1

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

73.4 0

On off, defended.

73.3 0

On the stumps, defended.

73.2 1

A single as this is guided through point for one.

73.1 0

On the stumps, defended.

Score after 73 overs : 279/2

Runs Scored

7 Runs

H Nicholls

64 (99)

K Williamson

96 (162)

P Jayasuriya

8-0-23-0

72.6 0

On off, defended.

72.5 1

Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

72.4 0

On middle, blocked.

72.3 0

On off, blocked.

72.2 4

FOUR! LOVELY! Uses his feet and hits it through covers and it races away.

72.1 2

Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for two.

Score after 72 overs : 272/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

H Nicholls

64 (98)

K Williamson

89 (157)

de Silva

11-3-27-1

71.6 0

On off, kept out.

71.5 0

On off, blocked.

71.4 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

71.3 1

Another one as this is worked through mid-wicket.

71.2 0

On middle, kept out.

71.1 1

1 run.

Score after 71 overs : 270/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

H Nicholls

63 (94)

K Williamson

88 (155)

P Jayasuriya

7-0-16-0

70.6 1

A single as this is pushed down to long on.

70.5 0

On middle, this is swept through square leg.

70.4 1

A single as this is driven through covers.

70.3 0

On off, defended.

70.2 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

70.1 1

A single as this is pushed down to long on.

Score after 70 overs : 267/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Williamson

87 (152)

H Nicholls

61 (91)

de Silva

10-3-25-1

69.6 0

On off, kept out.

69.5 0

On middle, blocked.

69.4 1

On middle, this is hit through square leg for one.

69.3 0

On middle, kept out.

69.2 1

A single as this is pushed down to long off.

69.1 0

On middle, this is flicked to mid-wicket.

Score after 69 overs : 265/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

H Nicholls

60 (89)

K Williamson

86 (148)

P Jayasuriya

6-0-13-0

68.6 0

On off, kept out.

68.5 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

68.4 0

Good fielding. On middle, this is swept. The short leg fielder moves to his left and stops it.

68.3 1

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

68.2 2

Two! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two more.

68.1 0

Defended.

Score after 68 overs : 262/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

H Nicholls

60 (86)

K Williamson

83 (145)

de Silva

9-3-23-1

67.6 0

On middle, blocked.

67.5 2

On the pads, this is worked down towards fine leg foe one.

67.4 1

On middle, this is worked down to long on.

67.3 1

A single as this is pushed towards cover.

67.2 0

On middle, kept out.

67.1 1

Shorter and on off, this is pushed wide of mid off for one.

Score after 67 overs : 257/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Williamson

81 (143)

H Nicholls

57 (82)

P Jayasuriya

5-0-10-0

66.6 1

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

66.5 1

A run as this is pushed down to long on.

66.4 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

66.3 1

A single as this is worked down to long on.

66.2 0

On middle, blocked.

66.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 66 overs : 254/2

Runs Scored

14 Runs

H Nicholls

56 (80)

K Williamson

79 (139)

L Kumara

16-1-94-0

65.6 4

FOUR! Another boundary. On off, this is punched through covers and it races away to the fence.

65.6 wd 1

WIDED! Short and on middle, ducked under.

65.5 1

Another single as this is punched towards cover.

65.4 4

FOUR! PURE TIMING! Short and around off, this is pushed through covers and it races away to the fence.

65.3 3

Fifty for Nicholls. Shorter and outside off, this is guided through point for three.

65.2 lb 1

On the pads, Williamson looks to flick but misses. It hits the pads and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

65.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 65 overs : 240/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Williamson

74 (135)

H Nicholls

49 (78)

P Jayasuriya

4-0-7-0

64.6 1

A single as this is pushed through covers for one.

64.5 0

On off, kept out.

64.4 1

A single as this is swept through square leg for one.

64.3 1

A single as this is pushed down long on.

64.2 0

On off, kept out.

64.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 64 overs : 237/2

Runs Scored

13 Runs

H Nicholls

48 (77)

K Williamson

72 (130)

L Kumara

15-1-81-0

63.6 0

A bumper, ducked under.

63.5 0

On off, defended.

63.4 0

Outside off, left one.

63.3 1

A single as this is nudged on the leg side.

63.2 6

SIX! This is right off the middle and it goes a long way. Short and on middle, this time Williamson nails the pull over the fine leg fence.

63.1 6

SIX! JUST OVER! Short and on middle, Kane looks to pull, it goes off the top edge and just over the fine leg fence.

Score after 63 overs : 224/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

H Nicholls

48 (74)

K Williamson

59 (127)

P Jayasuriya

3-0-4-0

62.6 0

On off, defended.

62.5 0

On off, blocked.

62.4 1

A single as this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

62.3 0

On off, kept out.

62.2 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

62.1 0

On middle, kept out.

Score after 62 overs : 223/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

H Nicholls

48 (72)

K Williamson

58 (123)

L Kumara

14-1-68-0

61.6 0

On off, kept out.

61.5 4

FOUR! Short and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary.

61.5 wd 1

WIDE! Another short one on middle, ducked under.

61.4 1

A single as this is nudged on the leg side for one.

61.3 0

On off, kept out.

61.2 0

This lands safe. On middle, shorter. Williamson looks to pull, it goes off the glove but lands short of the keeper.

61.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 61 overs : 217/2

Runs Scored

9 Runs

H Nicholls

44 (70)

K Williamson

57 (119)

A Fernando

18-4-59-0

60.6 0

On off, kept out.

60.5 4

FOUR! Lovely shot! Fuller and on middle, this is driven down to the long on fence.

60.4 2

Two! On middle, this is clipped through mid-wicket for two.

60.4 nb 1

No ball now. Shorter and on the body, ducked under.

60.4 wd 1

Another short one but way too short. Wide.

60.3 0

A short one on middle, ducked under.

60.2 1

Angled into the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

60.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 60 overs : 208/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Williamson

56 (117)

H Nicholls

38 (65)

L Kumara

13-1-62-0

59.6 1

Angled into the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

59.5 1

On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

59.4 0

Shorter and outside off, left alone.

59.3 1

Angled into the pads, this is flicked through square leg for another one.

59.2 1

On the pads, this is nudged towards fine leg for one.

59.1 1

This is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

Score after 59 overs : 203/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

H Nicholls

36 (62)

K Williamson

53 (114)

A Fernando

17-4-50-0

58.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

58.5 0

On off, defended.

58.4 1

A single as this is worked towards mid-wicket for one.

58.3 0

On the stumps, blocked.

58.2 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

58.1 0

No run.

Score after 58 overs : 202/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

H Nicholls

36 (60)

K Williamson

52 (110)

L Kumara

12-1-57-0

57.6 0

On middle, defended.

57.5 4

FOUR! CUT AWAY! Short and outside off, this is cut past point for a boundary.

57.4 0

On off, this is kept out.

57.3 0

On off, kept out.

57.2 0

On off, blocked.

57.1 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 57 overs : 198/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Williamson

52 (110)

H Nicholls

32 (54)

A Fernando

16-4-49-0

56.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

56.5 0

On the stumps, defended.

56.4 0

On off, kept out.

56.3 0

On off, kept out.

56.2 4

FOUR! TIMED! Fuller and on off, this is driven through covers for a boundary.

56.1 1

On middle, this is nudged around the corner for one.

Score after 56 overs : 193/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Williamson

48 (105)

H Nicholls

31 (53)

L Kumara

11-1-53-0

55.6 0

On the stumps, kept out.

55.5 0

On off, blocked.

55.4 0

Around off, this is guided to point.

55.3 0

Shorter and outside off, left alone.

55.2 0

On off, kept out.

55.1 4

FOUR! TIMED! Fuller and on off, this is driven through covers for a boundary.

Score after 55 overs : 189/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

H Nicholls

31 (53)

K Williamson

44 (99)

K Rajitha

20-4-64-1

54.6 0

Fuller and on middle, this is driven back but it hits the stumps at the other end.

54.5 1

On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.

54.4 0

On the stumps, blocked.

54.3 0

On off, kept out.

54.2 lb 1

On the pads, it hits the pads and rolls towards fine leg for a leg bye.

54.1 2

Another two as this is worked through mid-wicket.

Score after 54 overs : 185/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Williamson

43 (96)

H Nicholls

29 (50)

A Fernando

15-4-44-0

53.6 0

Around off, kept out.

53.5 0

On the stumps, kept out.

53.4 0

On off, defended.

53.3 1

Around off, kept out.

53.2 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

53.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 53 overs : 184/2

Runs Scored

11 Runs

K Williamson

43 (93)

H Nicholls

28 (47)

K Rajitha

19-4-61-1

52.6 0

On off, blocked.

52.6 nb 1

No ball! On off, this is blocked.

52.5 4

FOURTUNATE FOUR! Outside off, Williamson looks to leave it alone late, it goes off the putter half towards third man for a boundary.

52.5 nb 1

No ball signaled. On off, this is defended.

52.4 1

On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.

52.3 0

On off, defended.

52.2 2

Three twos in a row! On the pads, this is clipped through square leg for two.

52.1 2

Two more! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.

Score after 52 overs : 173/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Williamson

39 (89)

H Nicholls

23 (43)

A Fernando

14-4-43-0

51.6 2

On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for two.

51.5 0

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

51.4 0

On off, blocked.

51.3 0

Length and on off, this lands on off and moves away. Williamson is beaten as he tries to defend.

51.2 0

On off, this is pushed to mid off.

51.1 2

Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for two.

Score after 51 overs : 169/2

Runs Scored

8 Runs

H Nicholls

23 (43)

K Williamson

35 (83)

K Rajitha

18-4-50-1

50.6 0

Around off, defended.

50.5 0

On off, kept out.

50.4 4

FOUR! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for a boundary.

50.3 3

Nicely timed! Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for three.

50.2 1

A single now as this is nudged around the corner.

50.1 0

On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Score after 50 overs : 161/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Williamson

32 (82)

H Nicholls

18 (38)

A Fernando

13-4-39-0

49.6 0

On off, this is pushed to cover.

49.5 0

Well played in the end. Outside off, on a length. Left alone.

49.4 0

On off, this is guided to point.

49.3 0

On middle, kept out.

49.2 4

FOUR! CUT AWAY! Short and outside off, this is slapped through covers, this time it races away to the fence.

49.1 2

First runs of the day! Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for two.

Score after 49 overs : 155/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

H Nicholls

18 (38)

K Williamson

26 (76)

K Rajitha

17-4-42-1

48.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

48.5 0

On the stumps, kept out.

48.4 0

On the stumps, blocked.

48.3 0

Good from Rajitha. Length and on off, kept out.

48.2 0

Length and on off, blocked.

48.1 0

Good length and on off, defended.

We are all set for thr action to begin. The players make their way out to the middle. Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson will resume their innings. Kasun Rajitha to begin.
Welcome back to the action of Day 2. After a bit of rain delay we got some action and it was the home team who enjoyed the most. Devon Conway scored a fine fifty before getting out but with Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls still out there, the Kiwis are in a good position. Sri Lanka will hope to bowl with some energy and take wickets regularly. Stay tuned...
...Day 2, Session 1...
Both the Kiwi openers lost their wicket but New Zealand ended the day with Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls in control of the innings. Sri Lanka had their moments but more often than not they were too wayward. Mostly outside the off line which didn't trouble the batters much. Sri Lanka will hope for a better start on Day 2. Join us back at 3 am IST (9.30 pm GMT, the previous day) Till then, cheers!
The light doesn't get better and that will be STUMPS! Summary of Day 1- The start was pushed as we lost more than a session due to rain. Luckily, we got to see some action as Sri Lanka opted to bowl first on this green layered pitch which turned out to be flat and decent to bat on. Tom Latham and Devon Conway gave a perfect start but the former lost his wicket while the latter went on to make his fifty.
Update 1100 IST (0530 GMT) - The light meter was out again a few minutes ago and the reading shows it has gotten much worse than before. We should get a comment soon now.
Update 1042 IST (0512 GMT) - The light-meter is out and the umpires have asked the players to walk off the field due to bad light. It has gone very dark at the moment. The officials are hovering around the pitch. No official comment yet but that looks like the end of the day.

Score after 48 overs : 155/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Williamson

26 (76)

H Nicholls

18 (32)

P Jayasuriya

2-0-3-0

47.6 0

On middle, Kane Williamson punches it to cover.

47.5 0

Around off, pushed to cover.

47.4 0

Flat and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.

47.3 0

On off, kept out.

Some issue with the sightscreen and the players will take drinks. New Zealand will be happy with how things are going. Sri Lanka though will hope that they end the day with a couple of more wickets which looks very hard at the moment.
47.2 1

Tossed up on middle, Henry Nicholls flicks it to square leg for a single.

47.1 1

Fuller and on middle, flicked to square leg for a single.

Score after 47 overs : 153/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Williamson

25 (71)

H Nicholls

17 (31)

K Rajitha

16-3-42-1

46.6 1

Length and on off, Williamson punches it through covers for a single.

46.5 0

Length ball, outside off, kept out.

46.4 0

Outside off, dabbed to gully.

46.3 0

On a length and outside off. Williamson defends with soft hand and outside edges it to the slip cordon.

46.2 3

THREE RUNS! This is full and on off, Henry Nicholls uses his feet and plays it past mid on for easy three.

46.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 46 overs : 149/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Williamson

24 (67)

H Nicholls

14 (29)

P Jayasuriya

1-0-1-0

45.6 0

Floated on middle, blocked out.

45.5 0

Tossed up, outside off, Williamson punches it to cover.

45.4 1

Fuller and on off, eased to long on for a single.

45.3 0

Full and on middle. Blocked again.

45.2 0

Around off, pushed to cover.

45.1 0

On middle, blocked out.

Score after 45 overs : 148/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Williamson

24 (65)

H Nicholls

13 (25)

K Rajitha

15-3-38-1

44.6 0

Flat and outside off, left alone.

44.5 0

Length and on off, Williamson blocks.

44.4 2

On middle, shorter and this is pulled past mid-wicket for a brace.

44.3 0

Length and on off, Williamson dead bats it.

44.2 4

FOUR! Beautiful shot! Very full and outside off. Williamson on drives it straight past mid on for a boundary.

44.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 44 overs : 142/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

H Nicholls

13 (25)

K Williamson

18 (59)

de Silva

8-3-18-1

43.6 0

On midde, blocked out.

43.5 1

On middle, Williamson bunts it to square leg for one more.

43.4 0

Flat and on middle, Williamson tucks it to mid-wicket.

43.3 1

On middle, swept behind square leg for one.

43.2 1

Tossed up on middle, Williamson flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.

43.1 1

Shorter and outside off, cut to point for a single.

Score after 43 overs : 138/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Williamson

16 (56)

H Nicholls

11 (22)

K Rajitha

14-3-32-1

42.6 0

On middle, blocked out.

42.5 1

A single as this is hit to mid-wicket.

42.4 0

Outside off. Henry Nicholls is happy to let go.

42.3 4

FOUR! Short in length and outside off. Henry Nicholls looks o cut but gets an outside edge to the left of the keeper, who tries to take one-handed but fails to do so. Will go down as a chance. Should have been taken.

42.2 0

Shorter and outside off, Henry Nicholls shoulders arms to it.

42.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 42 overs : 133/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Williamson

16 (55)

H Nicholls

6 (17)

de Silva

7-3-14-1

41.6 0

Around off, Williamson pushes it to cover.

41.5 0

Quicker, flatter and on middle, kept out.

41.4 1

On middle, worked to square leg for one.

41.3 1

This is full and on middle, Williamson eases it to long on for one.

41.2 1

Flat and outside off, punched through covers for a single.

41.1 1

A single as this is hit to mid on.

Score after 41 overs : 129/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

H Nicholls

4 (15)

K Williamson

14 (51)

K Rajitha

13-3-27-1

40.6 0

This is just outside off. Henry Nicholls lets it go to the keeper.

40.5 0

On middle, Henry Nicholls has his stumps covered.

40.4 0

Outside off again, Henry Nicholls looks to push but misses.

40.3 0

Slightly short and outside off, kept out.

40.2 0

This is full and outside off, Henry Nicholls drives but to point.

40.1 0

Fuller and outside off, left alone.

Score after 40 overs : 129/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Williamson

14 (51)

H Nicholls

4 (9)

de Silva

6-3-10-1

39.6 0

On middle, Kane plays it back to the bowler.

39.5 1

Too full and outside off, drilled to long off for one.

39.4 1

A single as Williamson flicks it to mid-wicket.

39.3 1

Tad short and on off, Henry Nicholls hits it to mid-wicket for a single.

39.2 0

Around off, Henry Nicholls pushes it back to the bowler.

39.1 0

Tossed up on off, defended on the front foot.

Score after 39 overs : 126/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Williamson

13 (49)

H Nicholls

2 (5)

A Fernando

12-4-33-0

38.6 0

On a length an on middle, Williamson works it to mid-wicket.

38.5 0

Flat and on off, defended out.

38.4 0

On off, kept out.

38.3 0

Around off, dropped to point.

38.2 0

A length ball on top of off. Williamson defends with the bat close to his body.

38.1 0

Length and on middle, defended.

Score after 38 overs : 126/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

H Nicholls

2 (5)

K Williamson

13 (43)

de Silva

5-3-7-1

37.6 0

On middle, blocked out.

37.5 1

On middle, this is hit to square leg for one.

37.4 0

Too full on middle, played back to the bowler.

37.3 0

Slower and on middle, Williamson flicks it to square leg.

37.2 0

Tossed up on middle, Williamson tucks it to mid-wicket.

37.1 1

This is full and on off, pushed to long off for a single.

Score after 37 overs : 124/2

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Williamson

12 (39)

H Nicholls

1 (3)

A Fernando

11-3-33-0

36.6 0

Outside off, left alone.

36.5 4

FOUR! SHOT! Length ball on middle. Williamson pulls it hard to square leg for a boundary.

36.4 1

Henry Nicholls is underway! Length and outside off, tucked to mid-wicket for one.

36.3 1

Slightly short and on middle. Williamson pulls it to deep square leg for one.

36.2 0

Length and outside off, Williamson lets it go again.

36.1 0

On a length and on off, Williamson defends it out.

Score after 36 overs : 118/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

H Nicholls

0 (2)

K Williamson

7 (34)

de Silva

4-3-5-1

35.6 0

Sliding on the pads, Henry Nicholls keeps it out.

35.5 0

Flat and outside off, left alone.

35.4 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Conway is livid as he walks back. A soft dismissal! Could have converted into a big one but Conway has to go! Dhananjaya de Silva tosses it up, around off. Conway comes down the track to push it down to mid off but mistimes and hits it back to Dhananjaya de Silva who dives to his right and holds onto it.

35.3 0

Flat and on off, Conway defends.

35.2 0

Around off, pushed to covers.

35.1 0

Tossed up on off, kept out.

Score after 35 overs : 118/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Williamson

7 (34)

D Conway

78 (104)

A Fernando

10-3-27-0

34.6 0

A maiden by Asitha Fernando as Williamson defends this length ball.

34.5 0

On middle, Williamson solidly blocks again.

34.4 0

Fuller and on off, Williamson blocks again.

34.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

34.2 0

Outside off, Williamson offers no shot.

A strong breeze is flowing across right now as the bails come off.
34.1 0

On a length and on middle. Williamson defends it out.

Score after 34 overs : 118/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Conway

78 (104)

K Williamson

7 (28)

de Silva

3-2-5-0

33.6 0

Tad short and outside off, Conway knocks it to cover.

33.5 0

Flighted on off, Conway defends.

33.4 0

Flatter and on middle, blocked out.

33.3 0

On off, kept out.

33.2 0

Too full and on off, blocked.

33.1 0

Tossed up, outside off, driven to cover.

Score after 33 overs : 118/1

Runs Scored

9 Runs

K Williamson

7 (28)

D Conway

78 (98)

A Fernando

9-2-27-0

32.6 0

On a length and outside off, Williamson shoulders arms.

32.5 4

FOUR! Williamson too gets away with a boundary! Length ball, outside off, swings away. Williamson looks to push but gets  an outside edge past the slip cordon and to the third man fence.

32.4 1

Superb delivery! Length and on off, this one lands and nips in. Conway's feet are stuck as he tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

32.3 0

Good length ball, outside off. Conway punches it firmly but finds the man at cover.

32.2 0

Fuller and on off. Conway eases it to mid on.

32.1 4

FOUR! Not the start Sri Lanka wanted! This is full and angled down leg side. Conway whips it fine to the fine leg fence.

We are back  The players are out in the middle. Asitha Fernando to start after the break.
...Day 1, Session 3...
Sri Lanka saw the green pitch and opted to bowl first. However, it is not what you think as this pitch is not aiding the bowlers much, not much off the deck. Sri Lanka have been on and off in this session but some disciplined bowling saw them get the only wicket. They have to bowl tight to get more off this pitch. Stay tuned.
A fine session to start the game and New Zealand will be happy of the two sides. Scoring more than 100 with just one wicket down, they would have taken this as a start. Tom Latham and Devon Conway started well as they hit the loose balls away while respecting the good ones. Tom Latham though gave his wicket away but Devon Conway is making the most of this flat pitch as he has scored a fine fifty and is hungry for more.

Score after 32 overs : 109/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Williamson

3 (26)

D Conway

73 (94)

de Silva

2-1-5-0

31.6 0

Tossed up on middle. Williamson makes a solid block. That will be TEA.

31.5 0

Floated on off, Williamson tucks it to mid-wicket.

31.4 0

Tossed up on off, kept out.

31.3 0

On middle, Williamson defends.

31.2 0

Flat and on middle, blocked out.

31.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 31 overs : 109/1

Runs Scored

10 Runs

D Conway

73 (94)

K Williamson

3 (20)

L Kumara

10-1-49-0

30.6 4

FOUR MORE! Too full and on off. Conway eases it past mid on for four more.

30.5 4

FOUR! Shot! How many times we have seen this from Conway! Short ball on middle and it is pulled to deep square leg for four.

30.5 wd 1

Wide! A bumper on middle, extra effort from Lahiru Kumara and Conway leaves it.

30.4 1

100 up for the Kiwis! Length and on off, pushed through point for one.

30.3 0

Outside off, Williamson shoulders arms.

30.2 0

This is full and outside off, Williamson leaves it alone.

30.1 0

On a length and around off, Williamson defends.

Score after 30 overs : 99/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Conway

65 (92)

K Williamson

2 (16)

de Silva

1-0-5-0

29.6 0

Flat and way outside off, Conway lets it go.

29.5 2

This is full and outside off, knocked through covers for a couple.

29.5 nb 1

No ball! Tossed up on middle. Conway defends on the front foot.

29.4 0

Around off, kept out.

29.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

29.2 1

Tossed up, outside off, Williamson drives it through cover for one.

29.1 1

On middle, eased to mid on for one.

Score after 29 overs : 94/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Williamson

1 (15)

D Conway

62 (86)

L Kumara

9-1-39-0

28.6 0

Length and on middle. Williamson makes a solid block.

28.5 0

Drags the length back, outside off. Williamson leaves.

28.4 0

This is full, outside off and swings away. Williamson watchfully lets it go.

28.3 1

Outside off, dragged to square leg for a single.

28.2 4

FOUR! Pulled away! Short and on middle, Conway stays back and hits it past mid-wicket for four.

28.1 0

Length and on off, Conway defends.

Score after 28 overs : 89/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Williamson

1 (12)

D Conway

57 (83)

K Rajitha

12-2-27-1

27.6 0

This is full and outside off, Williamson covers his line and lets it go.

27.5 0

On off, Williamson again makes a solid block.

27.4 0

On a length and outside off, Williamson blocks.

27.3 0

Full and on off, blocked out.

27.2 1

On the pads, flicked to square leg for a single.

27.1 0

Length and on off, Conway knocks it to cover.

Score after 27 overs : 88/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Williamson

1 (8)

D Conway

56 (81)

L Kumara

8-1-34-0

26.6 0

Short of a length and outside off, Williamson taps it to point.

26.5 0

Outside off, Williamson shoulders arms to it.

26.4 0

On off, kept out.

26.3 0

This is full and around off, Williamson keeps it out.

26.2 0

Length and on middle, blocked out.

26.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 26 overs : 88/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Conway

56 (81)

K Williamson

1 (2)

K Rajitha

11-2-26-1

25.6 0

On middle, fuller, this is played back to the bowler.

25.5 0

Short in length and outside off, Conway punches it to point.

25.4 0

Outside off, left alone.

25.3 1

Williamson us underway! On middle, this is hit behind square leg for one.

25.2 0

Full and on middle, Williamson blocks.

25.1 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Finally, Sri Lanka have got their wicket. They were bowling well in the last few overs. Kept tight from both end! Kasun Rajitha serves it short and on middle, Latham pulls but not off the middle, this goes off the higher part of the blade and to deep square leg where Prabath Jayasuriya holds onto it.

Score after 25 overs : 87/0

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Conway

56 (78)

T Latham

21 (72)

L Kumara

7-0-34-0

24.6 0

A solid block by Conway to end the over.

24.5 0

On a length and on middle, blocked out.

24.4 0

On off, kept out.

24.3 4

FOUR! Length and outside off, Conway splices his drive through point for a boundary.

24.2 0

Length and on off, defended out.

24.1 1

Around off, pulled to square leg for a single.

Score after 24 overs : 82/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Conway

52 (73)

T Latham

20 (71)

K Rajitha

10-2-25-0

23.6 0

Outside off, punched to cover.

23.5 1

Length and on middle, Latham plays it late to square leg for one.

23.4 0

Outside off, Tom offers no shot.

23.3 0

On off, kept out.

23.2 0

A better throw and Latham would have been in trouble! On middle, this is tucked to mid-wicket. Latham wants a single but Conway sends him back from the halfway mark. However, the fielder is slightly slow as he throws to the keeper.

23.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 23 overs : 81/0

Runs Scored

6 Runs

D Conway

52 (72)

T Latham

19 (66)

L Kumara

6-0-29-0

22.6 0

This is close to off. Conway is squared up as he looks to defend and it goes off the outside edge wide of third slip.

22.5 0

On a length and outside off, Conway leaves.

22.4 1

Shorter and on off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for one.

22.3 0

Outside off, Tom leaves.

22.2 1

Very full on middle, drilled to mid on for one.

22.1 4

FOUR! FIFTY FOR CONWAY! Leading from the front! Short and on middle. Conway needs no second invitation as he pulls it to deep mid-wicket for four.

Score after 22 overs : 75/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

T Latham

18 (64)

D Conway

47 (68)

K Rajitha

9-2-24-0

21.6 0

On middle on a length, Latham blocks it out.

21.5 0

Kasun Rajitha goes full and angles it across, outside off, Latham looks to drive but is beaten.

21.4 1

Length and outside off. Conway strokes it to point for one.

21.3 0

On a length on middle, blocked out.

21.2 1

On middle, this is hit to mid-wicket for a single.

21.1 0

On off, kept out.

Score after 21 overs : 73/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Conway

46 (66)

T Latham

17 (60)

L Kumara

5-0-23-0

20.6 0

Length ball,  outside off, left alone.

20.5 0

Lahiru Kumara pushes it touch fuller, outside off. Conway looks to drive but misses.

20.4 0

Short in length and outside off, Conway shoulders arms.

20.3 0

On off, kept out.

20.2 1

Length ball, outside off, worked to covers for a single.

20.1 0

This is outside off, left alone.

Score after 20 overs : 72/0

Runs Scored

10 Runs

D Conway

46 (62)

T Latham

16 (58)

K Rajitha

8-2-22-0

19.6 2

On the pads, Conway helps it to fine leg for two more. 10 of this over.

19.5 4

FOUR! No chance to stop this! Length and outside off, Conway cuts it hard and past point for four.

19.4 3

Three runs! Short and outside off, Latham dabs it past backward point.

19.3 0

Well bowled! Length and around the 5th stump line. Latham tries to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge.

19.2 0

On off, kept out.

19.1 1

Tad fuller on middle. Conway works it to square leg for a single.

Score after 19 overs : 62/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Conway

39 (59)

T Latham

13 (55)

L Kumara

4-0-22-0

18.6 1

Angling on the pads, Conway tucks it to square leg for one more.

18.5 0

Length and on off. Conway stays back to defend.

18.4 1

Shorter and on off, Latham plays it to mid-wicket for a run.

18.3 0

Length ball, outside off, Latham swings and misses.

18.2 0

Outside off again. Tom leaves.

18.1 0

Length and outside off, left alone.

Score after 18 overs : 60/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Conway

38 (57)

T Latham

12 (51)

K Rajitha

7-2-12-0

17.6 0

Length and on off, Conway hops and blocks.

17.5 1

Full and outside off, Latham drives it to cover where a misfield allows a single.

17.4 0

This is outside off, Latham lets it go.

17.3 0

On off, kept out.

17.2 0

On middle, blocked out.

17.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 17 overs : 59/0

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Conway

38 (56)

T Latham

11 (46)

A Fernando

8-2-18-0

16.6 0

Angles it down the leg side, Conway fails to flick it away.

16.5 0

Better! Length and on middle, bit of extra bounce. Conway defends off his gloves.

16.4 0

Full and outside off. Conway leans to defend but gets a soft outside edge to the man at third slip. There is not much movement for the bowlers.

16.3 4

FOUR!Smacked away! This is short and on middle. Conway stands tall and pulls it to deep square leg.

16.2 0

On a length and on off, defended out.

16.1 1

On middle, Tom works it to square leg for a single.

Score after 16 overs : 54/0

Runs Scored

10 Runs

D Conway

34 (51)

T Latham

10 (45)

K Rajitha

6-2-11-0

15.6 4

FOUR! Solid shot! This is full and outside off, Conway square drives it past point for a boundary.

15.5 0

Length and on middle. Conway blocks.

15.4 0

On off, kept out.

15.3 lb 3

On the hips, Latham helps it to fine leg. The fielder runs across from square leg, slides and makes an excellent stop to save a single. 50 up! Kusal Mendis it was.

15.2 0

Length and outside off, extra bounce. Latham looks to cut but misses.

15.1 lb 3

THREE LEG BYES! On the pads, Conway misses his flick and it rolls to square leg. The batters take a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end and hits but eventually it gives the batters two more as it deflects to mid off. Lahiru Kumara slips while giving a chase and needs some treatment near his thighs.

Score after 15 overs : 44/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

T Latham

10 (43)

D Conway

30 (47)

A Fernando

7-2-13-0

14.6 0

Tad full and on middle, Latham turns it to square leg.

14.5 0

Length ball on off, kept out.

14.4 0

Good stop! Short and outside off, Latham punches it to point where the fielder leaps and saves some runs. Just a single.

14.3 1

On middle, Conway bunts it to square leg.

14.2 2

On the pads, this is flicked past square leg for two runs.

14.1 0

On middle, Conway defends.

Score after 14 overs : 41/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Conway

27 (44)

T Latham

10 (40)

L Kumara

3-0-20-0

13.6 1

A single to end the over. Length and on middle, nudged to mid-wicket for one.

13.5 0

Length ball on middle. Conway makes a solid block.

13.4 0

on middle, blocked out.

13.3 0

Again this is outside off, Conway leaves.

13.2 0

length ball, outside off, it is left alone.

13.1 0

Around off, this is pushed to cover.

Score after 13 overs : 40/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

T Latham

10 (40)

D Conway

26 (38)

A Fernando

6-2-10-0

12.6 0

on off, kept out.

12.5 0

Short and on middle, this is pulled but straight to mid-wicket.

12.4 0

A full toss on middle, Latham plays it to mid on.

12.3 0

On off, kept out.

12.2 0

Sri Lankan bowlers have been too wide, easy for the Kiwis to let it go. This is again outside off, left alone.

12.1 0

outside off, left alone.

Score after 12 overs : 40/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

D Conway

26 (38)

T Latham

10 (34)

L Kumara

2-0-19-0

11.6 4

FOUR! Shot! Full and on middle, driven past mid on for four.

11.5 3

Tad short and outside off. Latham punches it late past point and bags three more.

11.4 1

Length and on off, knocked to mid off for a single.

11.3 0

Way outside off, Conway is happy to leave.

11.2 1

Slightly short on off, tapped to point for one.

11.1 0

Length ball, outside off, Latham takes a step across and leaves it.

Score after 11 overs : 31/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Conway

21 (35)

T Latham

6 (31)

A Fernando

5-1-10-0

10.6 0

This is down the leg side, left alone.

10.5 0

Length and outside off, Conway lets it go.

10.4 0

Shorter and outside off. Conway shoulders arms.

10.3 1

On a length and outside off, Latham drops it wide of cover for an easy single.

10.2 0

On middle, nudged to mid-wicket.

10.1 0

Outside off, punched to cover.

Score after 10 overs : 30/0

Runs Scored

10 Runs

D Conway

21 (32)

T Latham

5 (28)

L Kumara

1-0-10-0

9.6 4

FOUR! Superb way to end the over! This is full and outside off. Conway again firmly drives it through covers for a boundary. 10 off the over.

9.5 0

This is outside off again, Conway offers no shot.

9.4 0

Outside off, Conway leaves.

9.3 0

Outside off again, Conway mistimes his drive to mid on.

9.2 2

Full again near to the off pole. Conway drives over the man at covers who misfields and allows it to go over him for two.

9.1 4

FOUR! Lahiru Kumara is greeted with a boundary! Too full and too wide, Conway leans and drives it through point for four.

Score after 9 overs : 20/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Conway

11 (26)

T Latham

5 (28)

K Rajitha

5-2-7-0

8.6 1

On the pads, Conway helps it to fine leg for one more.

8.5 0

Length and on off, Conway blocks.

8.4 0

Length ball, outside off, Conway is happy to let go.

8.3 1

SHARP SINGLE Length and on off, tapped to mid off for one.

8.2 0

On middle, defended out.

8.1 0

Length and outside off, left alone.

Score after 8 overs : 18/0

Runs Scored

7 Runs

D Conway

10 (23)

T Latham

4 (25)

A Fernando

4-1-9-0

7.6 0

This is down the leg side, Conway misses his flick.

7.5 3

Three more! Shorter and outside off, Latham punches off the back foot through point for three runs.

7.4 0

This is wide outside off, left alone.

7.3 0

On middle, blocked out.

7.2 lb 4

FOUR LEG BYES! Short in length and on the hips. Latham fails to flick and it goes off the pads to fine leg for four.

7.1 0

Asitha Fernando serves outside the off line. Latham shoulders arms.

Score after 7 overs : 11/0

Runs Scored

4 Runs

D Conway

10 (22)

T Latham

1 (20)

K Rajitha

4-2-5-0

6.6 0

Length ball on middle. Conway makes a solid defense.

6.5 1

On a length and on middle, Latham tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

6.4 0

Outside off, Latham leaves.

6.3 3

Three runs! This is full and on off, Conway eases it past mid on, wide of the man there for three runs.

6.2 0

This is outside off, Conway lets it go.

6.1 0

Length and on off, Conway defends off the outer half to third slip.

Score after 6 overs : 7/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

T Latham

0 (18)

D Conway

7 (18)

A Fernando

3-1-6-0

5.6 0

On off, defended.

5.5 0

Just outside off, left alone.

5.4 0

BEATEN! That is a lovely nut! Length and around off, this lands and moves away. Tom Latham is beaten as he tries to defend.

5.3 0

Another one outside off, left alone.

5.2 0

BEATEN! Length and outside off, Latham has a push at it, he is beaten.

5.1 1

Length and on off, Devon Conway pushes it towards cover and takes one.

Score after 5 overs : 6/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

T Latham

0 (13)

D Conway

6 (17)

K Rajitha

3-2-1-0

4.6 0

On middle, defended.

4.5 1

Angled into the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one.

4.4 0

On middle, this is pushed to mid on.

4.3 0

On middle, defended again.

4.2 0

Around off, kept out.

4.1 0

On off, defended.

Score after 4 overs : 5/0

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Conway

5 (12)

T Latham

0 (12)

A Fernando

2-1-5-0

3.6 1

Angled into the pads, this is nudged around the corner for one.

3.5 0

Another leave as this is also bowled outside off.

3.4 0

Another one outside off, left alone.

3.3 0

Length and on off, Conway pushes it to covers.

3.2 4

FOUR! That is a glorious stroke to get off the mark! Beautiful! Elegant! Fuller and outside off, Conway leans into it and strokes it through covers for a boundary.

3.1 0

Outside off, Conway lets it be.

Score after 3 overs : 0/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

T Latham

0 (12)

D Conway

0 (6)

K Rajitha

2-2-0-0

2.6 0

On off, kept out. Another maiden.

2.5 0

On the stumps, blocked.

2.4 0

Another one outside off, left alone.

2.3 0

On middle, kept out.

2.2 0

On off, defended.

2.1 0

Outside off, left alone.

Score after 2 overs : 0/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Conway

0 (6)

T Latham

0 (6)

A Fernando

1-1-0-0

1.6 0

Another dot! On off, Conway defends it.

1.5 0

Outside off again, left alone.

1.4 0

On off, defended.

1.3 0

Good length and on off, defended.

1.2 0

Back of a length again, this one comes back in too but it is left on length.

1.1 0

Some shape as it comes back in from outside off. Not enough though to make the batter play.

Score after 1 overs : 0/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

T Latham

0 (6)

D Conway

0 (0)

K Rajitha

1-1-0-0

0.6 0

A good nut to end! A maiden to begin with! Length and around off, this lands and moves away. Tom Latham looks to defend, it goes off the outer half to point.

0.5 0

Another harmless nut as it is bowled outside off. Not played at.

0.4 0

Yet another leave as this is also bowled well outside off.

0.3 0

Another one outside off, not played at.

0.2 0

On the off pole this time, defended.

0.1 0

Outside off, on a length, not a lot of swing, left alone.

Time for the action to begin! The players make their way out to the middle. Devon Conway and Tom Latham are the openers for the Kiwis. Kasun Rajitha to begin. Here we go...
New Zealand (PLAYING XI) - Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (WK), Michael Bracewell, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee (C), Matt Henry, Blair Tickner.
SRI LANKA (PLAYING XI) -  Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Nishan Madushka (WK), Kasun Rajitha, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando.
TOSS - Sri Lanka have won the toss and opted to field!
Well, the latest news we have is, Lunch will be take at 1230 local and then there will be an inspection at 1300.
We should have had the toss by now but it was raining earlier on and it has been Pospsotned. We have an inspection at 12 pm local.
We witnessed an absolute humdinger of a game in the first Test. It was New Zealand, thanks to Williamson's brilliance, who came out on top. They now have taken an unassailable lead in the series but they would love to win it 2-0. For Lanka, it is a must-win. Can they put up another fighting performance and this time get over the line? We will find out.
... MATCH DAY ...

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