Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in First Test and lead Series 1-0
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne played a captain’s knock while scoring 122-runs as Sri Lanka lost just four wickets in the first Test to beat New Zealand. Sri Lanka took a 1-0 lead in the two-test game series.
Karunaratne scored his 9th Test century with a record-breaking opening partnership of 161-runs with Lahiru Thirimanne scoring 64-runs. With a comfortable win by Sri Lanka, they collected their first points of the World Test championship.
Former Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews prevailed with 28 unbeaten runs as Sri Lanka ended the match before lunch after the morning session extended as only 22runs required for the lunch break.
Karunaratne had a bit of luck on the way to his century as he dropped at 58runs by Tom Latham, while wicketkeeper BJ Watling missed stumping chance that led Karunaratne to reach a century. He struggled over five hours facing 245deliveries while his inning contains six fours and a six.
Highest Opening Partnership between Sri Lanka and New Zealand
The stand of Karunaratne and Thirimanne was the record for the highest opening partnership in tests between the two countries. John Wright and Trevor Franklin also took the first wicket in Hamilton in 1991.
The opening stand was decisive for Sri Lanka and scored the highest successful chase in Galle. This was a significant overtake in Sri Lanka’s previous record of 99-runs. In the remaining three sessions, Sri Lanka needed 135 runs to continue the game at 133-0.
New Zealand finally gets the breakthrough when Thirimanne trapped by William Somerville. New Zealand takes review when Richard Illingworth umpire gives not out that later on overturned and given out.
Kusal Mendis fell soon after he faced Somerville, hitting him for four and six after the second and fourth balls he faced.
But when he tried to defeat Ajaz Patel in the next game, he landed straight into midwicket, where Jeet Raval completed the catch.
Angelo Mathews joined Karunaratne and the pair made 44 runs for the third wicket to stabilize the ship.
Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera after Karunaratne’s dismissal, but Dananjaya de Silva (14) joined Mathews and helped Sri Lanka break down the remaining runs with two free runs.
Angelo Mathews took the winning runs with a single at fine leg balled by tent Boult.
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