After being evenly poised at the score of 429 runs for the loss of 7 wickets at stumps of the first day, the Kiwis were bundled at the score of 441 runs and the remaining 3 wickets fell within 5 overs to the day’s play. Then came the part for the Sri Lankan batting. They were under pressure as the New Zealand total was pretty huge.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva opened the batting for the Sri Lankans while for the Kiwis, Trent Boult started off the proceedings. The first breakthrough came right in the first over of the day when Karunaratne was adjudged as LBW. Sangakkara came in next. They were on the verge of building a decent partnership when the second wicket fell in for the Lankans in the form of Silva. And once again, it was Boult who brought the breakthrough. Then the responsibility was over Lahiru Thirmanne and the skipper, Angelo Mathews to impose a score good enough and to rescue the team from the early damage that was inflicted.
In the second session, Thirmanne and Mathews were able to rescue the team to some extent and a good partnership was building up between them when Thirmanne was dismissed at the score of 24 runs by Southee. In the very same over, the fifth wicket fell in for the Sri Lankans in the form of Dickwella. Wickets kept falling from one end but Mathews stood firm on the other end. He scored a valiant half century and was fighting on solely while the entire batting line up was struggling to stay at the crease. But even Mathews was dismissed at the score of 50 which ended the hopes of the Sri Lankans. The final 3 wickets fell in relatively quick. The Sri Lankans were bundled at the score of 138 runs and follow on was imposed over them. Boult and Neil Wagner took 3 wickets each while Southee and James Neesham took 2 wickets each to wrap up the Sri Lankan line up.
In the third session, Sri Lankans resumed with their second innings. Karunaratne and Silva occupied the crease to start rolling the scoreboard. Both batsmen rotated strikes pretty fast. After the end of 15th over the score was 30runs with no loss of wicket. They were creating pressure on the Kiwi bowlers. Karunaratne was on fire actually. He was playing very well. At the end of the 30th over they added 74 runs to the account. McCullum bowled the last over, with a slip, two gullies and backward point. At the end of the day Sri Lankan’s docked their ship at 84 runs with no loss of wicket.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 138 (Mathews 50, Boult 3-25, Wagner 3-60) and 85 for 0 (Karunaratne 49*, Silva 33*) (f/o) trail New Zealand 441 (McCullum 195, Neesham 85, Mathews 3-39) by 219 runs.