It was the second Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Sri Lanka played rather poorly in the first Test so they had to make a comeback in this Test. Initially, it was Sri Lanka who won the toss and opted to field first.
The decision was obvious. They wanted to exploit the early advantage from the wicket. And right in the 7th over of the innings, Latham was dismissed by Lakmal at the score of only 7 runs. New Zealand lost their first wicket at the scoreof 30 runs. Williamson came in next and was on the verge of building a steady partnership with Rutherford when Rutherford was dismissed by Nuwan Pradeep. Ross Taylor came in next and at lunch, New Zealand were poised at the score of 93 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.
In the second session, things went quite well for the New Zealanders initially. The partnership between Williamson seemed to have clicked well for them and they were on the scoring ways. It was Pradeep who brought the Lankans the much needed breakthrough and thus the 79 run partnership was broken. Right in the very next over of the innings, McCullum was dismissed to make things worse for New Zealand. Neesham came in next and he initiated his innings well but could not stay at the crease for long and was dismissed at the score of 15 runs. But they were put in a spot of bother when Williamson was dismissed at the score of 69 runs. And at tea, they were at 192 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
The final session of the day was eventful indeed. The tail of the New Zealand tried to put up some fight but failed and were bundled at the score of 221 runs. Nuwan Pradeep was the pick of the bowlers for the Sri Lankans. He picked up 4 wickets by giving away 63 runs in 16 overs.
It was time for Sri Lanka’s reply. The centurion of the first Test, Dimuth Karunaratne was dismissed right in the 9th over of the day by Trent Boult. Kaushal Silva followed him just after few overs. There were no real partnerships and wickets kept falling for them rather quickly. Kumar Sangakkara kept on playing well for them and today he became the fastest player to reach to 12,000 test runs. He remained unbeaten at the score of 33 runs and Sri Lanka are struggling at the score of 78 runs for the loss of 5 wickets at stumps.
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