New Zealand In Command As Sri Lanka Follow On
New Zealand 429-7 (McCullum 195) v
Sri Lanka 84-0 (Karunaratne 49 no) & 138 (Boult 3-25, Mathews 50)
First Test, Day Two, Christchurch
New Zealand pacers presented a rampant display of pace bowling as they rattled Sri Lanka for a measly total of 138 runs in the first innings, allowing the home side to enforce a follow on in the first Test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
Trent Boult (3-25), Tim Southee (2-17), James Neesham (2-28) and Neil Wagner (3-60) came to the party as the visitors were dismissed cheaply in the first innings handing a huge trail of 303 runs at the tea break.
Bendon McCullum took a daring advantage of the initiative given by Sri Lanka and enforced follow on.
In response, Sri Lanka ended the day at 84 for no loss still trailing by 219 runs.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka did not waste much time as they wrapped up the remaining three tail-end wickets in the first hour of the morning session.
New Zealand closed their innings at 441 with skipper Brendon McCullum (195) standing out from the rest of the New Zealand batting.
Sri Lanka suffered an early blow in the very first over as Dimuth Karunaratne (0) was trapped lbw by Trent Boult in the fourth delivery of the innings.
Kaushal Silva (4) and veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara (6) failed to trouble the scorers as Boult trapped the two lbw putting Sri Lanka in a spot of bother.
Lahiru Thirimanne (24) got off to a start, however, he failed to make it count as Southee produced a cunning edge of his bat towards Craig at second slip.
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews (50) was the lone batsman to look at ease throughout his short-lived innings. He threw away his wicket in despair as Sri Lanka kept losing wickets from the other end.
The tail provided meager contributions to the Sri Lankan total as Neil Wagner and all-rounder James Neesham wrapped up the proceedings for New Zealand.
Sri Lanka's initial objective will be to avoid an innings defeat as they come out to bat on day three. Despite trailing by 219, Sri Lanka has ten wickets in hand and they will be hoping to make them count.
A night's rest should be sufficient for the New Zealand pace battery to come out with the same intensity as day two and wrap up the Test match with a few days to spare.
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