Karunaratne Lead Sri Lanka Fight Back, New Zealand Still In Control
New Zealand 441 (McCullum 195) v
Sri Lanka 293-5 (Karunaratne 152) & 138 (Boult 3-25, Mathews 50)
First Test, Day Three, Christchurch
A sensational hundred from Dimuth Karunaratne led the Sri Lankan fight back on day three of the first Test in Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
However, a couple of late strikes in the day from Trent Boult ensured New Zealand remained in control of the Test match as Sri Lanka continues to trail by 10 runs with five wickets in hand.
Tim Southee struck in the very first over of the day as he dismissed Kaushal Silva (33) caught behind to Watling.
Trent Boult got the big fish Kumar Sangakkara (1) dismissed cheaply as Sri Lanka found themselves once again in a spot of bother.
Lahiru Thirimanne (25) came to the visitors rescue as he constructed a 87-run partnership stand with Karunaratne to steady the sinking Sri Lankan ship.
James Neesham broke the vital partnership as he dismissed Thirimanne caught behind to the wicketkeeper Bradley-John Watling.
Skipper Angelo Mathews along with Karunaratne carried on the momentum from the previous partnership as the duo pilled on 96 vital runs for the fourth wicket.
Dimuth Karunaratne reached his maiden Test career hundred in 255 balls with the help of 11 boundaries. Later in the day, he was dismissed by Boult after scoring decisive 152 runs.
Niroshan Dickwella (4) continued his horrendous run in the Test match as he poked an away going delivery of Boult and ended up giving an easy catch to Neesham at third slip.
Angelo Mathews reached his nineteenth Test career fifty and remained unbeaten on 53 from 108 balls along with night watchman Tharindu Kaushal (5 not out).
New Zealand managed to snap five wickets in the day's play. Trent Boult (3-62) was once again the leading wicket taker as Tim Southee (1-54) and James Neesham (1-20) picked a wicket each.
With five wickets in hand and Mathews still on the crease, Sri Lanka would be hoping to set a reasonable target for New Zealand on day four.
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