Dimuth Karunaratne helps Sri Lanka survive tricky rain-curtailed day against New Zealand

Dimuth Karunaratne unbeaten on Day 1 at 49
Dimuth Karunaratne unbeaten on Day 1 at 49

Skipper Karunaratne (49*) took a gutsy decision of batting first under cloudy conditions and took the shine off the new ball. The score could have read much worse if it was not for his perseverance.

Match Summary: Day 1

Sri Lanka 85-2 (Karunaratne(c) 49(100), Kusal Mendis 32(70); de Grandhomme 1/14, Somerville 1/2)


The first session of the second Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was washed out due to rain. As the rain stopped and the toss took place, play began in the afternoon session.

Both teams made interesting choices with regard to their playing XI. Sri Lanka dropped Akila Dananjaya despite him taking a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the first Test. 

The reasons for bringing in Dilruwan Perera in his place could be two - Dananjaya was not that effective in the second innings and he is under ICC's radar for suspicious bowling action as well.

New Zealand dropped Mitchell Santner and brought in Colin de Grandhomme. There was some talk of Neil Wagner coming into the team but that did not happen. Picking up Grandhomme can be tricky as conditions were cloudy on Day One but if if there is bright sunshine on the remaining days, there is not much that Grandhomme can contribute with the ball.

Sri Lanka made a gutsy decision of batting first after winning the toss under cloudy conditions. Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne started well. Although Karunaratne and Thirimanne added just 29 runs, they took the shine off the new ball.

Kusal Mendis was dismissed just before the close of play with Sri Lanka at 85-2. The Lions survived a tricky day as the score could have read much worse if it was not for the perseverance of their top three.

Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara

New Zealand
- Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, William Somerville, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult

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