Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 4 Highlights: Having got the 268-run target from New Zealand, Sri Lanka have started strongly as Sri Lanka have reached 76/0 till Tea on Day 4. Dimuth Karunaratne is unbeaten 50 and Lahiru Thirimanne 23*.
Earlier, New Zealand lower order have done well to add 90 runs to their overnight score. From 124/6, they have managed to score 285 in the third innings setting a target of 268 for the hosts. BJ Watling led the fightback registering the highest score by a Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman in New Zealand. Watling scored 77 runs from 173 deliveries. He got support from William Somerville who registered his highest First-Class score. Somerville scored an unbeaten 40 from 118 deliveries. Trent Boult (26) and Ajaz Patel (14) made useful contributions extending the lead and keeping Sri Lankan bowlers at bay.
Lahiru Kumara broke eighth-wicket partnership getting the wicket of Watling. Kumara got the wicket of Boult as well. Dhananjaya de Silva ended the innings by trapping Ajaz Patel in front of the stumps. Sri Lanka will have to pull off a record run chase at Galle as the highest successful run chase at the venue is 99. If rain or bad light does not play spoilsport, the hosts have five sessions to chase down the target.
New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 2 Test Series, 2019Galle International Stadium, Galle 20 September 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 4 Highlights:
Stumps for fourth day
After Sri Lanka put up a brilliant opening partnership, the play has been stopped due to fading light by the umpires. Karunaratne is at 71* and Thirimanne is at 57*, keeping the fight quite easy against New Zealand. SL are 133/0 after 50 overs. They still need 135 more runs to win on the final day.
Thirimanne gets his fifty!
Thirimanne seals his half-century with a great boundary, hitting Patel to fine leg. He is at 51* from 125 balls. Sri Lanka continue to power through and keep their calm while chasing the target of 268 set by New Zealand. SL are 121/0 after 45 overs. They need 147 more to win.
Flashing their bat with confidence, Karunaratne and Thirimanne bring the hundred up for Sri Lanka. Things are looking very comfortable for the hosts. SL are 100/0 after 39 overs. They need 168 runs to win, with 24 overs left in the day.
Sri Lanka keeps it going
With Karunaratne and Thirimanne settling in their comfort zone now, New Zealand bowlers look confused. Thirimanne smacked Southee for a boundary in the previous over itself, taking his tally to 33*, while Karunaratne is on 56*. SL are 90/0 after 36 overs. They need 178 runs to win now.
Karunaratne reaches 50
With skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and opener Thirimanne are stitching a perfect opening partnership, Karuna has reached his fifty. Sri Lanka are 75/0 and they now need only 193 runs.
SL cross 50
Sri Lanka cross the 50-run mark with opening partnership of Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne, need 218 runs to win
Santner into the attack
Mitchell Santner starts off with a maiden over. Sri Lanka are scoring at almost two runs per over. Kane Williamson is desperately looking for a wicket, using his fifth bowler now. SL - 29/0 in 15 overs
Somerville causing a few problems
Right arm off-spinner William Somerville is causing a few problems for Sri Lankan openers coming around the wicket. He is the only bowler who has managed to get an edge off Karunaratne's bat. SL - 24/0 in 12 overs
Ajaz Patel into the attack
Kane Williamson has given the ball to his most trusted spinner. Ajaz Patel took the wickets of both openers in the first innings. In the first over, he has not been able to trouble both left-handers. SL - 18/0 in 9 overs
So far so good
Sri Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahir Thirimanne are off to a cautious start against New Zealand seamers. Karunaratne has faced the bulk of deliveries scoring 11 runs from 24 deliveries whereas Thirimanne has scored a single from six deliveries. SL - 12/0 in 5 overs
Run chase underway
The Sri Lankan run chase is underway. Trent Boult with the new ball in hand, three slips and a gully in place. Dimuth Karunaratne on strike.
Target - 268
Sri Lanka will have to pull off a record run chase at Galle to win the first Test against New Zealand. Just to give you a perspective, 99 is the highest successful run chase at this venue. However, this is not the typical Galle pitch where the ball turns square. It is not exactly batting-friendly but not a bowling paradise either. The next two sessions will be tricky for Sri Lanka. New Zealand, on the other hand, have the license to go on an all-out attack with the new ball after the kind of lead they got on day four.
NZ all out
Dhananjaya de Silva wraps it up by trapping Ajaz Patel in front of the stumps. He departs for 14, his highest Test score. William Somerville stays unbeaten for 40. The fightback comes to an end. A frustrating first session for Sri Lanka as New Zealand add 90 runs to their overnight score. Sri Lanka need 268 runs to win the Test in five sessions. NZ - 285 all out in 106 overs
SL lose review
Sri Lanka are desperate to get the last wicket. Dimuth Karunaratne opts for DRS. The ball-tracking shows that the ball was not going to hit the stumps. Ajaz Patel survives. NZ - 274/9 in 104 overs
Somerville's highest score
William Somerville registers his highest (33*) First-Class score. Also, the lead is in excess of 250 now. New Zealand are in control of this run chase after a fruitful first session on day four. NZ - 269/9 in 102 overs
Trent Boult departs
Lahiru Kumara to Trent Boult and caught out by Dhananjaya de Silva!! Boult's quick inning of 26 (25) ends here. NZ 260/9 in 98.2 overs
Trent Boult hits a six!
Dananjaya to Trent Boult, SIX, to deep mid-wicket. That was unexpected from Boult. Nevertheless, useful runs for New Zealand. NZ 258/8 in 98 overs
NZ take 230-run lead
With William Somrville (28) and Trent Boult (15) on crease, New Zealand have managed to stretch their lead to 230 so far. NZ 250/8 in 97 overs
Lahiru Kumara's pace does the trick. BJ Watling edges it to Dickwella. Watling's fightback comes to an end. He departs after a game-changing 77. NZ - 224/8 in 90.3 overs
Watling breaks record
Another milestone for BJ Watling as he registers the highest score by a New Zealand batsman at number six position. Watling, currently batting on 77 went past Jacom Oram's 74 scored in Kandy in 2003. NZ - 222/7 in 89 overs
The BlackCaps have taken a lead of more than 200 runs at Galle. Each and every run scored from here will add pressure on the Sri Lankan team. Galle will not be an easy wicket to bat on day five. NZ - 221/7 in 88 overs
Milestone for Watling
BJ Watling (72*) registers the highest score by a New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman in Sri Lanka. He went past Adam Parore's score of 67 in Colombo in 1998. The highest score by a Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman at Galle International Stadium before Watling was 32 not out by Parore. NZ - 210/7 in 83 overs
New ball taken
The second new ball has been taken by Sri Lanka. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has trusted his fast bowlers to mop up the Kiwi tail quickly. Suranga Lakmal bowls the first over with the second new ball. Three runs from it. NZ - 206/7 in 81 overs
200 up for New Zealand! This is a big achievement for the Kiwis after getting reduced to 6 for 124. BJ Watling continues to score and frustrate the Sri Lankan bowlers. NZ - 203/7 in 80 overs
Day 4's play begins
After a long wait, day four's play begins. Akila Dananjaya bowls the first over of the day. A couple of singles from the over. There is assistance for spinners but it is not turning square. NZ - 197/7 in 77 overs
Covers coming off
Good news! The situation at Galle has improved, the covers are being taken off and the groundsmen are at work. The day four's play is expected to start at 10:35 IST.
Rain delays start
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