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Taylor and Dananjaya stand out on classic day of Test cricket in Galle

Akila Dananjaya bagged a fifer on Day 1
Akila Dananjaya bagged a fifer on Day 1

Following a change in action, Akila Dananjaya was not picked by Sri Lanka in their World Cup squad. Similarly, Ross Taylor did not have a great World Cup campaign. Both channelized their frustration to dish out commendable performances on day 1.

Match Summary: Day 1

New Zealand 203-5 (68 Overs) [Ross Taylor 86(131), Henry Nicholls 42(78); Dananjaya 5/57, Lakmal 0/14]

Like any Test match, a lot depended on the first session of day 1 of the Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Galle. And when it is the first Test match of a series, the first session becomes even more important.

New Zealand openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham were measured in their approach, both striking in the thirties. As the two stitched a 64-run partnership together with both in their 30s, New Zealand looked set to pile up a massive first innings total.

It was Akila Dananjaya who changed things for The Lions, with two quick dismissals. He accounted for both Latham and New Zealand start player and skipper Kane Williamson (0) within a matter of four deliveries in the 27th over.

Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls then joined hands for another big partnership but towards the end of the day's play, Dananjaya struck again to dismiss both Nicholls and wicketkeeper BJ Watling to complete his five-wicket haul.

That said, the hope for New Zealand is that Ross Taylor is still at the crease and is unbeaten on 86. On the other end is Mitchell Santner, who is more than a capable batsman. 

New Zealand still have Tim Southee, William Somerville, Trent Boult and Ajaz Patel in the hut. If they can stretch their first innings score to 300, it won't be an easy task for Sri Lanka on this pitch to take a first innings lead.

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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