Openers Karunaratne and Thirimanne set up win for Sri Lanka in 1st Test against New Zealand

Karunaratne scored a 50 on Day 4
Karunaratne scored a 50 on Day 4
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Sri Lanka now need 135 runs to go one up in the series and unless they implode, there is every chance of a Sri Lankan win before Tea on day 5, weather permitting.


Match Summary: Day 4

New Zealand 249 and 285

Sri Lanka 267 and 133-0 (50.0 Overs) - (Karunaratne(c) 71(168), Thirimanne 57(132); Southee 0/8, Somerville 0/36)

At the Close of Play - Sri Lanka need 135 runs to win with 10 wickets in hand

Scorecard



New Zealand's lower order did frustrate the Sri Lankan bowlers on the start of day 4 with William Somerville remaining unbeaten on 40, while Trent Boult and Ajaz Patel also contributed 26 and 14 respectively.

Half-centurion BJ Watling was finally dismissed by Lahiru Kumara for 77. Sri Lanka were set a target of 268 which would have been daunting on a typical Galle day 4 and 5 pitch. However, the pitch did not have any real demons which made the chase somewhat probable.

Few, though, would have expected the Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne to bat so well and see off Sri Lanka without any damage to the close of play.



Skipper Karunaratne led the partnership with 71 off 168 deliveries and was well well by Thirimanne, who is unbeaten on 57.

New Zealand bowlers tried hard and created a few opportunities but they had nothing to show for in the wickets column.

Sri Lanka now need 135 runs to go one up in the series and unless they implode, there is every chance of a Sri Lankan win before Tea on day 5, weather permitting.

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

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