New Zealand and Sri Lanka both have unfinished business if they venture into the series-deciding second Test in Christchurch on Wednesday. The home side has put the frustration of the drawn first Test aside as they push to win a fourth successive series for the first time.
Lanka is equally determined to show the epic venture by Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis to save the game in Wellington last week was no fluke.
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The Kiwis will look to run through the middle and the reduced order and also gain some sort of a lead. The traffic, on the other hand, will hope the two batting out there may build a decent partnership and the ones to follow may also contribute after that. A lead for any side will be important and the teams will know that. Who will get it? Join us to figure out on Day 2 at 1100 local (2200 GMT, previous night).
Earlier in the afternoon, the Lankans won the toss and put the Kiwis into bat. The decision was to be the proper one as they’d New Zealand on the mat at 64 for 6 but could not capitalize. However, an attacking Southee along with a resurgent Watling added a 108-run rack and brought the Kiwis back into the contest. Lakmal’s fifer, however, kept the Lankans on the front foot. But impressive bowling out of the hosts’ bowlers has observed Day 1 end even-stevens.
A day dominated by the bowlers is that which we have seen today. A total of 14 wickets have fallen and the match is equally poised at the end of Day 1. The previous session watched the Lankans take the rest two Kiwi wickets quickly. In response, they lost their best three in rapid succession. Mendis and Mathews then did try to steady the boat but a lapse in concentration saw the departure of the prior. Mathews though is still fighting out there and he combined with Roshen Silva are amidst a 37-run stand and they have brought down the lead to 10 shorts of 100.
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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Match: Fantastic span delivery on off
31.4- Length delivery on center, Mathews flicks it to the leg side.
31.3- Bowls a bouncer, Mathews ducks under it.
31.2- Length delivery on middle, Silva flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen take one.
31.1- Complete on off, Silva pushes it towards covers. The batsmen pick up a few.
30.6- Length delivery on leg, Silva nudges it towards the leg side and sets off. The fielder goes for the direct hit at the bowler’s end but misses it. The batsmen require a run. 85/4
30.5- Comes round the wicket and bowls short of a span delivery, Silva allows it to go.
30.4- Good span delivery on off, Silva blocks it off his back foot.
30.3- Bowls a bouncer, Silva does nicely to duck under it.
30.2- Fantastic length delivery, Roshen defends off the rear foot.
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