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Colin de Grandhomme hit a powerful unbeaten 83 off 75 balls inclusive of five sixes and five fours to put New Zealand in front of Sri Lanka by 138 runs on the first innings of the second cricket Test played at the P Sara Oval, but with one day left in the match and the intermittent weather to contend with the Black Caps’ chances of winning and sharing the two-Test series one-all looks a distant dream unless something dramatic happens today.

New Zealand’s new ball bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee produced double-wicket maidens apiece to derail the Sri Lankan batting and have them struggling at 144 for six wickets by the close on another rain-hit day to the second and final cricket Test being played at the P Sara Oval on Thursday.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne once again proved the stumbling block for New Zealand as he held his team’s innings together with a workmanlike knock of 49 not out on a rain-hit opening day of the second and final cricket Test played at the P Sara Oval yesterday.

Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:52

Sri Lanka keen to preserve series lead

Since the turn of the present decade the P Sara Oval has not been a good hunting ground for Sri Lanka for out of seven Tests played here since 2010, they have lost five and won only two. The two wins have come against Pakistan and against West Indies both in 2015.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya have been reported for suspect bowling action after the first test between the two nations in Galle that finished on Sunday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.

Sri Lanka’s proposed cricket tour to Pakistan remained on hold as Sri Lanka Cricket sought clearance from the government before committing itself further.

GALLE, SUNDAY – Although he was pushed into the one-day captaincy and did pretty well in that format, it is Test cricket that Dimuth Karunaratne revels in and he has emphasised it on a number of occasions that there is nothing to beat Test cricket.

GALLE, Friday - The first cricket Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was heading for a classic finish at the Galle International Stadium yesterday after the Black Caps fought back from losing half the side for 98 in their second innings to end the third day on 195 for seven wickets and lead overall by 177 with three wickets in hand.

GALLE, THURSDAY: Sri Lanka batsmen gave a reckless display of batting to hand the initiative back to New Zealand after their bowlers had done a splendid job in the morning session to capture the remaining five Kiwi wickets for 46 runs and bowl them out for 249 in the first Test played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium yesterday.

GALLE, Wednesday: Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya returning to Test cricket for the first time since his action was reported during the last home series against England in November threatened to run through the New Zealand batting picking up all five wickets to fall on the first day of the first cricket Test at the Galle International Stadium yesterday.

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