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Wickets Tumble In Wellington

Nuwan Pradeep
Nuwan Pradeep grabbed four wickets as New Zealand were bowled out cheaply
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New Zealand 221 (Williamson 69, Pradeep 4-63) v
Sri Lanka 79-5 (Bracewell 3-23)
Second Test, Wellington, day one

15 wickets fell in Wellington on a frantic first day of the second Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, New Zealand were dismissed for 221 in 55.1 overs as Nuwan Pradeep took four wickets.

Then Sri Lanka slipped to 78 for five in reply and were leaning heavily on Kumar Sangakkara, unbeaten on 33, when stumps were drawn.

Doug Bracewell returned three for 23 to leave the tourists in trouble.

New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0 following an eight-wicket win in Christchurch.

With a green pitch presented to them, it came as little surprise when Sri Lanka won the toss and bowled first but it took them a while to find the right lines and lengths to trouble New Zealand, who made it to lunch at a relatively comfortable 93 for two.

Suranga Lakmal had removed Tom Latham for six and Hamish Rutherford fell for 37 when he edged Pradeep to Prasanna Jayawardene behind the stumps.

After lunch, Kane Williamson (69) and Ross Taylor (35) added 79 for the third wicket and after Pradeep bowled Taylor, wickets fell in a hurry.

Lakmal bowled Brendon McCullum for a two-ball duck, Pradeep had James Neesham caught behind for 15, BJ Watling fell to Angelo Mathews for 11 and Williamson dragged Dhammika Prasad on to his stumps as New Zealand slipped from 141 for two to 182 for seven.

Mark Craig (7), Bracewell (16) and Trent Boult (16 not out) hauled New Zealand past the 200-run mark as Pradeep (4-63), Lakmal (3-71), Prasad (2-50) and Mathews (1-29) shared the wickets.

However, Sri Lanka would find batting more of a struggle and were quickly in trouble at 29 for three.

The initial breakthrough came from Boult, who had Dimuth Karunaratne (16) well caught by Neesham at third slip.

Bracewell, playing his first Test since October 2013, then bowled Kaushal Silva for five, the ball rolling onto the stumps as he tried to defend in the 12th over.

The all-rounder struck again soon after when Lahiru Thirimanne (0) drove straight to McCullum at mid-off.

Sangakkara, who became the fifth man to pass 12,000 Test runs during his innings, helped check New Zealand's progress with Mathews, who made 15 before he was squared up by Tim Southee and edged to Watling.

20 more runs had been added when in the last action of the day Jayawardene drove loosely outside off stump and was caught by Neesham at third slip off Bracewell for six.

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