Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: Play was called off for the day with New Zealand on 203/5 (68 ovs). Akila Dananjaya took all the 5 wickets. Ross Taylor is batting on 86 and the match is pretty evenly poised at this stage. Can Ross Taylor guide New Zealand to a 300+ score tomorrow? An early start awaits us on Day 2.
Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat in the opening Test against hosts Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday. The two-Test series, with the second match set for Colombo, is the first for both teams in the newly launched World Test Championship, which features the top nine Test-playing nations competing in a league across two years. Both side selected three spinners, with the pitch expected to offer turn for slow bowlers.
New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 2 Test Series, 2019Galle International Stadium, Galle 18 October 2019
Sri Lanka 267 (93.2) & 268/4 (86.1)
New Zealand 249 (83.2) & 285 (106.0)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test ) Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 6 wickets
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 1 Highlights:
Stumps on Day 2:
Play was called off for the day with New Zealand on 203/5 (68 ovs). Akila Dananjaya took all the 5 wickets. Ross Taylor is batting on 86 and the match is pretty evenly poised at this stage. Can Ross Taylor guide New Zealand to a 300 score tomorrow? An early start awaits us on Day 2.
The covers have been removed, action resumes and the two sides have gotten the final session underway with NZ at 179/5
Fifer for Dananjaya
And that's a fifer for Dananjaya as Watling departs for 1. NZ are 179/5 and it's tea
WICKET! Akila Dananjaya claims his fourth wicket of the day as Henry Nicholls is denied a half-century, trapped for 42. NZ are 171/4 after 58.2 overs
Taylor brings up 50
Half-century! Ross Taylor brings up his 31st Test half-century as New Zealand are 148/3 after 55 overs on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka
Ross Taylor and Henry Nicolls stitch a 50-run partnership. New Zealand are steady after lunch, with Taylor close to half-century.
NZ cross 100
New Zealand cross the 100-run mark soon after play resumed after Lunch. The visitors are three men down after 39 overs with Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls at the crease.
Play resumes after Lunch as Taylor and Nicholls head out for the second session of the 1st Day of the 1st Test. NZ are 71/3 after 30.2 overs
WICKET and LUNCH
WICKET! Three back-to-back wickets for Dhananjaya puts Sri Lanka on top. Opener Jeet Raval departs for 33 as NZ are 71/3 after 30.2 overs. And that's the LUNCH BREAK
BLACKCAPS 71/3 at lunch after an absorbing first session in Galle. Latham (30) & Raval (33) laid a 64-run opening foundation but 2 wickets in 4 balls brought Sri Lanka alive. Taylor (6*). Card | https://t.co/fOF03d6ITJ #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/tThneQIg3R— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 14, 2019
OUT! Akila Dananjaya is on fire with successive wickets as Kane Williamson departs for a two-ball duck soon after Latham's departure. That's a big wicket for the hosts as NZ are 64/2 after 27 overs
OUT! Sri Lanka get their first wicket of the first Test as NZ opener Tom Latham departs for 30. Skipper Kane Williamson comes to the crease. NZ are 64/1 after 26.3 overs.
Top shot from Latham, who gets his first boundary of the match. He gets on top of the bounce and finds the gap wide of cover-point. NZ are 28/0 after 16 overs
DRINKS! New Zealand openers Jeet Raval (12*) and Tom Latham (7*) have made it through the first hour of play. Very slow start for the visitors on a spin friendly wicket as they are 21-0 after 14 overs
Lakmal's maiden over
Maiden over from Lakmal. He produced one great delivery that just rose over Latham's middle stump. Lakmal has been the most threatening of the home bowlers through nine overs.
FOUR! Jeet Raval slams the first boundary of the 1st Test as New Zealand see a slow start. NZ are 8/0 after six overs.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand is now underway at Galle International Stadium. Jeet Raval and Tom Latham open for NZ. Suranga Lakmal with the attack
New Zealand Playing XI:
New Zealand Playing XI: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, William Somerville, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel
Sri Lanka Playing XI:
Sri Lanka Playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara
New Zealand have won the toss and opted to bat first against Sri Lanka.
SL vs NZ
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