Tim Southee took 5-64 and Matt Henry 4-80 as New Zealand wrapped up Sri Lanka’s first innings at 355.
New Zealand commander Tim Southee surpassed the gate census of his countrymen Daniel Vettori during the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch on Thursday.
The New Zealanders snared three lattices after tea to stifle the excursionists’ instigation, after a fast launch had the excursionists forcefully in the box seat.
Sri Lanka finished the day at305/6, with Dhananjaya de Silva (39no) and Kasun Rajitha( 16no) holding strong late against some underwhelming NZ bowling to insure their side finished with the advantage, as the Blackcaps failed to capitalise on a green track at Hagley Oval.
Captain Tim Southee was the stylish of the Kiwi bowlers, finishing with3/44 from 18 overs, and in the process catching Daniel Vettori on the list of all- time test gate takers for New Zealand( 362).
He also surpassed Vettori for utmost lattices across all three transnational formats( 706).
In the opening session of the day, the Blackcaps had to work hard in the face of an aggressive Sri Lanka fur outfit.
After being transferred into club, the excursionists contended to120/1 at lunch- a aggregate that included 21 boundaries.
Oshada Fernando was the sole gate to fall in the opening session, chasing after a wide delivery by Tim Southee down leg and poking a catch through to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell with the score at 14.
The callers lost established batters Kusal Mendis( 87) and Dimuth Karunaratne( 50) in successive Southee and Henry overs after lunch, stemming the flood tide of runs from the morning session.
Dangerman Mendis paid the price for not offering a shot to a Southee delivery that nipped back off the confluence, trapped LBW for 87 off 83 balls, to end a 137- run alternate- gate stage.
Moments after he would raised his partial century and just two balls after Mendis had departed, nature Dimuth Karunaratne was caught in the slips by Tom Latham trying to drive to hand Matt Henry his first gate of the match.
Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal dug in to rebuild their side’s foundation, carrying their batons into tea with their score at209/3.
After tea, Southee dispatched Dinesh Chandimal( 39) for his record- breaking crown. Matt Henry ended a stoic innings from Mathews( 47), before Michael Bracewell’s LBW against Niroshan Dickwella( 7).
But Rajitha and De Silva toiled hard in fading light to lift their side into the ascendance .
After winning the toss and taking to coliseum first, the green face urged New Zealand to recall fast bowler Blair Tickner, with Will Young dropping out of the XI in the only change from their major one- run over England at the Basin Reserve.
Unlike the Blackcaps, the callers are still in contention for the World Test Championship, with a 2- 0 series win demanded if they’re a chance to make the final. Know More Cricket News…