SL vs NZ: Karunaratne and Thirimanne arrange last day chase


Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne scored half-centuries Saturday to place Sri Lanka in a powerful place within the first take a look at in opposition to New Zealand, reaching 133-Zero in its second innings at stumps on Day Four.

Chasing 268 runs to win, Sri Lanka wants 135 extra runs on the ultimate day after its spectacular begin to an unlikely run chase. The fourth innings profitable complete at Galle stands at solely 99.

Karunaratne was on 71, his 23rd take a look at half-century, when play was stopped early within the last session for dangerous mild with 13 extra overs left. He confronted 168 deliveries and hit solely two boundaries. Thirimanne scored his first half-century in 12 innings and remained unbeaten on 57 with 4 boundaries.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne celebrates his half century.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne celebrates his half century.
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The New Zealand spin bowlers couldn’t get the anticipated advantages from the Galle pitch, regardless of bowling 39 out of 50 overs within the innings.

The Black Caps had been earlier bowled out for 285 of their second innings after struggling on 124-6. Their decrease order rallied round B.J Watling to rescue the staff from a precarious place.

Watling shared a 54-run partnership with Tim Southee and added 46 runs with William Somerville. New Zealand’s tail-enders then placed on 36 and 25 runs for the ninth and 10th wickets, respectively, in a powerful present of defiance.

The match began 50 minutes late on the fourth day due to a moist outfield. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 267 in its first innings on Friday with a slim 18-run lead over New Zealand, which scored 249 in its first innings.

Watling was out for 77 on the fourth morning after Sri Lanka referred to as up Lahiru Kumara to bowl, and the batsman edged an outswinger to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Watling confronted 173 deliveries and hit six boundaries.

Trent Boult made a helpful 26 whereas Somerville remained unbeaten on 40, his highest firstclass rating.

Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took Four-99 whereas Dhananjaya de Silva had Three-25. Kumara picked up two wickets.