Sri Lanka Build Big Lead Before Rain Ends Play Early

Sri Lanka Build Big Lead Before Rain Ends Play Early
Sri Lanka Build Big Lead Before Rain Ends Play Early
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Sri Lanka 416 & 157-2 (Sangakkara 64no) v
New Zealand 234 (Taylor 81, Herath 3-70)

Second Test, day three, Colombo

Heavy rain curtailed Sri Lanka's progress on day three of the second and final Test against New Zealand at the Sinhalese Sports Club, but they were still able to stretch their lead to 339.

That came courtesy of a strong bowling performance, dismissing New Zealand for 234 in reply to their own first innings effort of 416 and they then advanced to 157 for two in their second innings with captain Kumar Sangakkara leading the way.

He was unbeaten on 64 at stumps while earlier in the day, spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath both picked up three wickets to knock over the New Zealand batsmen.

Ross Taylor only managed to add 11 runs to his overnight score of 70 before he was caught by wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene off of Herath, who finished with three for 70 to Muralitharan's three for 71.

Brendon McCullum (18), Jacob Oram (24) and Daniel Vettori (23) all made starts but couldn't go on, Tillakaratne DIlshan getting in on the act by dismissing Vettori.

He has opened both the bowling and batting for Sri Lanka in this match and Vettori took the new ball himself when Sri Lanka came out to bat again

However, it was fellow spinner Jeetan Patel who struck first, having Dilshan caught by Martin Guptill for 33 before Vettori had Tharanga Paranavitana caught by McCullum having made 34.

Sangakkara, who faced 90 balls, hitting seven fours and a six, and Mahela Jayawardene, unbeaten on 23, made serene progress, steadily building Sri Lanka's lead before the rain arrived to cut short their day's work.

Sri Lanka won the opening match in Galle by 202 runs and runs in their first innings from Thilan Samaraweera (143) and Mahela Jayawardene (92) put them in an imposing position.

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