Wednesday, March 22, 2023

New Zealand on brink of collection sweep after implementing comply with on

New Zealand moved to the brink of a 2-0 collection sweep over Sri Lanka on Day three of the second Take a look at on Sunday by dismissing the vacationers for 164 and lowering them to 113 for 2, nonetheless 303 runs in arrears, after implementing the comply with on.

After Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls posted double centuries because the hosts made 580-4 declared on Day two, it was the flip of New Zealand’s bowlers to take centre stage at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

Spinner Michael Bracewell and seamer Matt Henry took three wickets apiece because the Sri Lankans have been dismissed of their first innings earlier than the tea break.

Regardless of a battling 89 from skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka misplaced six wickets with the addition of solely 55 runs after lunch.

With the specter of rain hanging over the fifth day of the match, Blacks Caps skipper Tim Southee wasted no time in sending Karunaratne and his opening accomplice Oshada Fernando straight again in to face the house assault once more.

Fernando confronted 36 balls earlier than departing for 5 to present paceman Doug Bracewell, cousin of Michael, one other wicket on his return to Take a look at cricket after a niche of almost seven years.

Karunaratne performed one other captain’s innings, nonetheless, recording a fourth half-century in his final 5 innings and placing collectively a second-wicket partnership of 71 with Kusal Mendis.

His New Zealand counterpart Southee separated them when Karunaratne, on 51, pulled a shot to deep midwicket the place Devon Conway took a positive catch into the solar.

Angelo Mathews got here out to affix Mendis and the pair survived till stumps. Mendis will resume batting on 50 not out, whereas Mathews was unbeaten on one.

In a single constructive historic be aware for Sri Lanka, Mendis and Mathews each scored centuries as they batted collectively for 2 rain-disrupted days to avoid wasting a draw the final time the 2 groups performed a take a look at in Wellington 5 years in the past.

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