New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 2 Test Series, 2019

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand - 1st Test

Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle

Date: 14 August-18 August, 2019

Sri Lanka 268/4

RR: 3.11 | Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

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That's all we have from this Test match. The second one starts on 22nd August at the P Sara Oval in Colombo at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Do join us then. Cheers!

Sri Lankan skipper and the MAN OF THE MATCH, Dimuth Karunaratne states that it's not easy chasing in the fourth innings. Emphasizes on the importance of forming a good partnership and this is something he discussed with Lahiru Thirimanne. Tells that once you are set in these conditions you have to make the most of it. Adds that they want to stick to the basics in the next Test match as well. Praises his bowlers for their performance in the first innings. Mentions that once the ball gets softer, it's easier to bat in Galle. Further says that they saw how Taylor and Watling batted on this pitch and their knocks made them believe that it's not too dangerous to bat on.

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson starts by saying that at the toss, he would have taken a target of 268 in the fourth innings. Adds that from their past experience they thought the surface will deteriorate but it didn't much. Feels the surface slowed down and it was a good one for batting. Mentions that they have learnt a lot from this game. States that they weren't too far behind Sri Lanka but the hosts had the experience of playing in their backyard which came in handy. Admits that they need to bat and bowl better and concentrate on getting partnerships. On the Test ranking, Kane replies that it's secondary and the quality of cricket is what they focus on. Signs off by saying that this wasn't their best performance and congratulates Sri Lanka for playing really well.

With this defeat, New Zealand's chance of winning the series 2-0 and toppling India from the number one Test position has also vanished. For Sri Lanka, they get 60 points for winning this match and have opened their account in the ICC World Test Championship. Stay with us for the presentation...

This Test match could have been over in a flash had BJ Watling not stepped up for the Black Caps in the second innings. He revived things for the visitors with his brave knock and handy partnerships with the lower order batsmen. With the pitch showing signs of deterioration, a target of 268 was considered to be a tricky one but when your openers raise a 161-run partnership, things become smooth more often than not. Kudos to Karunaratne for his stupendous innings and Sri Lanka were also helped by some ordinary performance by New Zealand in the field.

The result doesn't really show how closely this Test match was fought. The momentum kept swinging like a pendulum and it was Sri Lanka who got the early advantage after Akila Dananjaya's fifer. But Ross Taylor's knock made sure that the Kiwis somehow limped to a respectful first innings total. Then it was the turn of the Lankan batsmen to dominate proceedings although it didn't last for long as courtesy of Ajaz Patel's 5-wicket haul, the visitors only conceded a slender 18-run lead.

A convincing victory for Sri Lanka to go 1-0 up in the series! Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was the chief architect of this win. His individual century coupled with the 161-run stand with Lahiru Thirimanne has powered the Islanders home. New Zealand were decent with their bowling efforts but were let down by some sloppy fielding. Karunaratne will be a delighted man after winning his first home Test as a captain and also he keeps his 100 percent win record intact.

86.1
1
T Boult to Mathews, That is it! Mathews takes Sri Lanka home. Good length ball on middle and off, Angelo shuffles and turns it behind square on the leg side to seal the game. SRI LANKA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
85.6
0
Tim Southee to Silva, Good length ball outside off, Dhananjaya calmly leaves it alone.
85.5
0
Tim Southee to Silva, No hurry as de Silva is not interested in playing this length ball outside off.
85.4
4
Tim Southee to de Silva, FOUR! Just a run away from a historic chase here in Galle. Short ball on off, de Silva gets on his back foot and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
85.3
1
Tim Southee to Mathews, Straight as an arrow. Full ball on middle, Mathews plays a good looking straight drive but it is too straight as the ball ricochets off the stumps and goes wide of mid on. Single taken.
85.2
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, On off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
85.1
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length ball around off, Mathews stands tall and punches it to cover.
84.6
2
T Boult to Silva, Full on off, Dhananjaya drives it straight but the bat turns in his hands and he ends up mistiming it past the stumps at the non-striker's end. The batsmen come back for the second as the fielder from mid off cleans it up. Just 6 needed now.
84.5
0
T Boult to Silva, On top of middle, Dhananjaya defends it with a straight bat.
84.4
1
T Boult to Mathews, Short from Southee, Mathews eases his pull towards fine leg for one.
84.3
0
T Boult to Mathews, Fuller on off, Angelo pushes it to mid off.
84.2
0
T Boult to Mathews, Back of a length ball on off, Mathews is in no hurry and calmly defends it off his back foot.
84.1
0
T Boult to Mathews, Bouncer! Mathews sees it and ducks under it.

Common sense has prevailed! Well done. The extra 15 minutes are over but they are staying to finish this match as only 9 more runs are needed. Hang on, extra 15 minutes or 4 overs, that's the rule and it's only 3 so far. Hmm...

83.6
0
Tim Southee to Silva, On a good length ball outside the off stump, Dhananjaya leaves it alone.
83.5
0
Tim Southee to Silva, Back of a length delivery around off, de Silva punches this one off the back foot.
83.4
4
Tim Southee to Silva, FOUR! Lovely shot! Southee bowls this one on the pads, Dhananjaya flicks this towards the square leg fence. The fielder from fine leg comes running and tries to make a diving stop but his leg gets stuck on the ground. The ball goes through and into the fence. 9 more runs needed.
83.3
0
Tim Southee to Silva, Full delivery on the off stump line, Dhananjaya pushes it to cover. No run.
83.2
1
Tim Southee to Mathews, Short ball outside the off stump, Mathews rocks back and cuts it towards point for a single.
83.1
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery by Southee first up, Mathews flicks it to square leg.

Tim Southee is back into the attack.

82.6
0
T Boult to Silva, On a good length on middle, Dhananjaya defends it towards the leg side.
82.5
4
T Boult to Silva, FOUR! Crashed! It is a length ball way outside off, de Silva goes for it and hammers it between the point and cover fielders for a boundary. Dhananjaya gets off the mark with that shot.
82.4
0
T Boult to Silva, Good length delivery on middle, Dhananjaya defends it to square leg.
82.3
0
T Boult to Silva, On a good length on middle, de Silva flicks it to mid-wicket.

Dhananjaya de Silva is the new batsman in.

82.2
0
T Boult to Perera, OUT! CAUGHT! An entertaining cameo comes to an end from Kusal Perera. It is a good length delivery on middle and leg, Perera dances down the track with the intention of going big over the leg side. But it doesn't come properly off his bat and he ends up handing a simple catch to Santner at mid on. Kusal was trying to finish things quickly and perished in that effort. 18 more required.
82.1
0
T Boult to Perera, BEAUTIFUL! Another outswinger from Boult. It is a good length delivery outside the off stump, Perera pokes at it and luckily does not get an edge on it.
81.6
0
W Somerville to A Mathews, Comes from 'round the wicket and delivers it around off, Mathews walks down the track and then pads it away.
81.5
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Gets forward and defends it towards short leg.
81.4
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Quicker and on the pads, helped out on the leg side.
81.3
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Sliding down the leg side, Mathews fails to work it away.
81.2
4
W Somerville to Mathews, FOUR! Poor delivery and the watchful Mathews has decided to punish it. Short and on middle, Angelo rocks back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
81.1
0
Somerville to Mathews, Spinning down the leg side, Mathews tries to flick but misses. The keeper collects the ball but Angelo does well to plant his back leg inside the crease just in time.

With 22 runs needed more, the umpires have decided to extend the first session by 15 minutes. Usually, it's 30 minutes but since we started 15 minutes early and a morning session cannot be more than 150 minutes, they have done so.

80.6
4
T Boult to Perera, FOUR! Hammered! It is a good length ball outside off, Perera charges down the track and hammers it over the cover fielder for a boundary. Perera moves to 23 with that boundary. The hosts need 22 more runs.
80.5
0
T Boult to Perera, OHH! A terrific yorker with a hint of away shape, Perera is late to get his bat down and the ball goes through. It just misses the off stump by a whisker.
80.4
1
T Boult to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, Mathews plays it to the cover region and takes a single.
80.3
0
T Boult to A Mathews, On a good length ball on off, Mathews drives this towards mid off. No run.
80.2
0
T Boult to Mathews, Full delivery on the middle stump line, Mathews blocks it to square leg.
80.1
0
T Boult to Mathews, Good start from Boult. It is an inswinging delivery on the off stump line, Mathews looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The Kiwis appeal but the umpire is unmoved. The replays show that it came off the inside edge.

SECOND NEW BALL IS TAKEN! Trent Boult to make first use of it. 27 runs needed more.

79.6
1
W Somerville to Mathews, Shortish and around off, Mathews turns it through square leg for one.
79.5
1
W Somerville to Perera, Flatter and shorter on middle, punched through covers for a run.
79.4
0
W Somerville to Perera, PERERA IS SAFE AGAIN! Tossed up ball landing full around off, Perera tries to play the reverse sweep but fails to make any connection. He is pinched on the back leg, they appeal but the umpire remains unmoved. New Zealand review the decision but the Hawk Eye shows that the impact was outside the line of off stump.

Shout for an lbw! Not given by the umpire. New Zealand have reviewed it. Possibly, the impact is outside off. Ultra Edge has found no bat. And the Hawk Eye confirms that the impact is outside off.

79.3
1
W Somerville to Mathews, Uses his feet once more and this time he has eased it down through mid on for a run. 7 minutes to go for Lunch, 29 needed more. They have the option of extending the first session.
79.2
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Shortish and on middle, skidding down, Angelo tries to work it around but fails to connect.
79.1
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Jumps out of the crease to a full ball around off and then defends it back to the bowler.
78.6
4
Tim Southee to Perera, FOUR! Beautiful shot from Perera. Southee bowls this fuller on middle, Kusal comes one step down and plays an excellent drive straight down the ground for a boundary. Perera has moved to 18 off just 13 balls. 30 more runs required for the hosts. With Perera in, it looks likely that the match will finish before Lunch.
78.5
0
Tim Southee to Perera, BEAUTIFUL! Another good length delivery from Southee, Perera looks to poke at it but changes his mind at the last moment. He gets his bat out and lets it go to the keeper.
78.4
0
Tim Southee to Perera, On a good length ball outside off, Perera leaves it alone.
78.3
4
Tim Southee to Perera, FOUR! Kusal wants to finish this quickly. On a good length this one from Southee. Kusal hoicks this over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. KP is in the mood today.
78.2
1
Tim Southee to Mathews, Full delivery on the off stump line, Mathews punches this one down to mid off and takes a single.
78.1
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, On a good length outside off, Mathews lets it go to the keeper.
77.6
0
W Somerville to Perera, Uppish but safe! Spinning away from the batsman, Kusal tries to drill his drive through covers but it takes the outside half of his bat and rolls to the right of the point fielder.
77.5
0
Somerville to Perera, SAFE! Kusal Perera tries to be fancy with his reverse-batted shot but fails to make proper connection. The ball has flown from something and the second slip fielder has caught it. The umpire has given it out as well. Perera waits before taking the referral. He consults Angelo and then takes the DRS. A bit odd. He must be knowing if that hit his gloves or bat. Anyway. Is there bat? Is there glove? Nothing on the Ultra Edge and it has struck him on the forearm, just above the wrist band. As per the norm, they check for the lbw as well but the impact is with the umpire's call.

Time to trouble the third umpire! Kusal Perera is given out caught at second slip. He has taken the DRS after consulting his partner. Let's find out what happened there in the replays...

77.4
4
W Somerville to K Perera, FOUR! Excellent shot from Perera. It is a loopy delivery on off, Perera comes down the track and hits it past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary. Perera is looking dangerous here. 20 more minutes of him and the game will be over for the visitors.
77.3
2
W Somerville to Perera, OHH! Lucky! It is a flighted delivery around off, Perera goes for the cut but inside edges it almost onto the off stump. It goes in between the keeper's legs towards the third man region for a brace.
77.2
1
W Somerville to Mathews, Short delivery on middle, Angelo pushes this one down towards the deep mid-wicket region for a single.
77.1
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews dances down the track and flicks it mid-wicket.

William Somerville is back into the attack.

76.6
4
Tim Southee to Perera, FOUR! Kusal Perera was itching to go after anything wide outside off. Gets another one where he likes and throws his bat at it. His willow turns at the point of impact and that assisted the placement there. It hurries through point and beats the diving attempt by a fielder near the fence.
76.5
0
Tim Southee to Perera, That's more like it, quips Russel Arnold on air. A delivery in the zone outside off, Kusal takes his front leg forward before making another leave. No need to do anything silly.
76.4
0
Tim Southee to Perera, Patience shown this time. Fullish and outside off, Perera has decided to leave it untouched.
76.3
0
Tim Southee to Perera, Swing and a miss! Perera will go after anything outside off. Southee tempts him with a delivery in the channel outside off, Kusal winds up for a big shot but fails to connect.
76.2
0
Tim Southee to K Perera, Width offered outside off, Perera goes hard at it but hits it straight to the cover fielder.

Kusal Perera is the new batsman.

76.1
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, OUT! A wicket against the run of play! Just a little lapse in concentration for the Sri Lankan skipper and he is caught behind. Southee bowls this one from wide of the crease and hurls it in the channel outside off. Karunaratne reaches out for it, a loose waft that, as he attempts to push inside the line. Gets a thin outside edge behind and Watling takes a regulation catch. Dimuth is congratulated by the Kiwi players on his way back to the pavilion. Captain's knock, truly. 50 more needed for a win.
75.6
1
K Williamson to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery outside the off stump line, Dimuth sweeps again towards square leg for a single. 50 more runs are required for the hosts.
75.5
1
K Williamson to Mathews, Loopy delivery on middle, Angelo pushes this one down to long on for a single.
75.4
0
K Williamson to Mathews, Another short delivery on off, Mathews rocks back and pushes it to mid-wicket.
75.3
0
K Williamson to Mathews, Shorter length on middle, Mathews flicks it to fine leg.
75.2
1
K Williamson to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on the off stump, Dimuth sweeps it to square leg and takes a single. Dimuth has not allowed the spinners to settle here.
75.1
0
K Williamson to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on the off stump line, Dimuth drives it to point.

Umbrellas are up! Don't worry, not for the rain but for the sun.

74.6
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Fullish and outside off, it's stroked off the front foot to short cover.
74.5
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Southee pitches it up and outside off, inviting the drive, Mathews goes for it but finds the cover fielder.
74.4
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. A very watchful approach by the former Lankan skipper.

Change of bats for Angelo Mathews. Has he broken it by just blocking? Maybe, he has asked for a blocker, jokes Rameez Raja on air.

74.3
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Hurls across a length delivery in the channel outside off, going straight on, Mathews guards his stumps with a front foot stride and then makes a leave.
74.2
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, On a length and close to the off pole, Angelo punches it from the crease and it bounces over the short cover fielder. There is one more fielder behind who makes the stop.
74.1
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Lands it on a length outside off, Mathews pushes it with gentle hands to short cover.
73.6
0
K Williamson to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Dimuth defends it towards the cover region.
73.5
0
K Williamson to Karunaratne, Short of a length delivery outside the off stump, Dimuth first thinks of going for a traditional sweep but changes his mind after seeing the length. He tries to pull then but gets beaten by the away spin.
73.4
2
K Williamson to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off, Dimuth goes for sweep but plays it uppishly towards the square leg region. A couple taken. They need 53 more runs now.
73.3
1
K Williamson to Mathews, Full delivery on middle, Mathews comes down the track and pushes it towards long on and takes a single.
73.2
0
K Williamson to Mathews, Loopy delivery on the off stump line, Mathews flicks it towards fine leg. No run.
73.1
0
K Williamson to Mathews, Flighted delivery on off, Mathews blocks it off the back foot.
72.6
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, On a good length outside the off stump, Dimuth leaves it alone.
72.5
1
Tim Southee to Mathews, On a length around off, AM drives it to mid off and takes a quick single.
72.4
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, Mathews defends it towards the leg side.
72.3
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, On a length on the middle stump line, Mathews blocks it out.
72.2
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, Angelo pushes it back to the bowler.
72.1
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, On a good length on off, Mathews defends off the front foot towards mid off.
71.6
1
K Williamson to Mathews, Shorter delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it towards square leg for a single.
71.5
0
K Williamson to Mathews, Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews blocks it out.
71.4
1
K Williamson to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, Dimuth plays a sweep towards square leg and takes another single.
71.3
0
K Williamson to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off, Dimuth defends it off the front foot.
71.2
1
K Williamson to Mathews, Loopy delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
71.1
0
K Williamson to Mathews, Big turn! This is why he should have bowled earlier. Flighted delivery which spins a mile, Mathews goes for the flick but misses and it goes past the keeper for a couple of byes.

Kane Williamson has decided to bowl himself now. A little too late. He is a much better off spinner than he thinks and with two lefties constructing a big opening partnership, his bowling could have been quite handy.

70.6
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length delivery outside the off stump, Dimuth does not fiddle with it and leaves it alone.
70.5
1
Tim Southee to Mathews, Bowls a good length delivery on the pads, Mathews flicks it towards square leg and moves to the other end.
70.4
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, On a length on middle, Mathews blocks it out off the back foot.
70.3
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Full delivery on the off stump line, Mathews defends this to cover.
70.2
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length delivery outside the off stump line, Mathews pushes this one down to mid off.
70.1
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, On a good length on middle, Mathews defends it back to the bowler.

Time for some pace! Tim Southee is into the attack now. A slip and gully in place. There is a short mid-wicket as well in a catching position.

69.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on off, Dimuth blocks it towards the point region.
69.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floated delivery on the off stump line, Karunaratne guides it to third man. No run.
69.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Shorter in length this time on off, Dimuth defends it off the back foot.
69.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, Dimuth defends it off the front foot to the off side.
69.2
2
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Dimuth plays a crafty sweep shot towards the fine leg fielder and takes a brace.
69.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on the off stump line, Dimuth defends it towards the point fielder.
68.6
0
M Santner to Mathews, Fullish and on off, defended watchfully to end the over. Going on smoothly, Sri Lanka.
68.5
1
M Santner to Karunaratne, Quicker one and this time it's on the pads of the batsman, Dimuth helps it to mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
68.4
4
M Santner to Karunaratne, FOUR! Poor bowling! A rank long hop outside off, plenty of width there, Karunaratne camps back and slaps it through cover-point for a boundary. 200 comes up for Sri Lanka!
68.3
1
M Santner to Mathews, Short and outside off, Mathews cuts it towards cover-point for one.
68.2
0
M Santner to Mathews, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
68.1
1
M Santner to Karunaratne, Flighted and full on off, Karunaratne walks forward and drives it through mid on for a run.
67.6
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews attempts to defend but fails to put any bat on it. Angelo gets hit on the pads.
67.5
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, Dimuth prods forward and drives it towards the mid off region and crosses over.
67.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on the off stump, Dimuth defends it towards the point region.
67.3
1
W Somerville to Mathews, Full delivery on off, Mathews pushes this one down to mid off for a single.
67.2
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Flatter delivery on the off stump line, Mathews defends it off the back foot.
67.1
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on off, Dimuth drives it towards mid off and takes a quick single.

Change of ends for William Somerville. Two slips present for the left-hander.

Drinks break. New Zealand have managed to pick a couple of wickets in the morning session but Sri Lanka have also made steady progress in this run chase. They are now just 75 runs away from the target. The bowling from the Black Caps have been a lot better today but they need to do better with their close-in catching. Let's see how the second half of the first session pans out.

66.6
0
M Santner to Mathews, Loopy delivery on middle, Angelo blocks it back to the bowler.
66.5
0
M Santner to Mathews, Shorter delivery on middle, Mathews blocks it out off the back foot.
66.4
0
M Santner to Mathews, Looped up ball on middle, Mathews defends it towards the off side.
66.3
1
M Santner to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on the off pole line, Dimuth flicks it to square leg and takes a single.
66.2
2
M Santner to Karunaratne, EDGED! Safe. Sharp turn from the rough outside off, there is extra bounce as well. Karunaratne moves back to play at it but it takes the outside half of his bat and flies behind. Taylor stretches low to his left at first slip but the ball falls just wide of his big palms. It sneaks past him then and the batsmen take a couple of runs.
66.1
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Advances down the track to a full ball and defends it back to the bowler.

Interesting move! Mitchell Santner replaces William Somerville in the attack. The off spinner was doing good from this end. Maybe, they want to change his ends.

65.6
4
A Patel to Mathews, FOUR! Poor bowling from Ajaz. It is a short delivery outside the off stump line, Mathews rocks back and slaps it through the point region for his first boundary of the innings. Ajaz has been really expensive today.
65.5
0
A Patel to Mathews, Flighted delivery on off, Mathews blocks it out.
65.4
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, DK follows the boundary with a single by forcing it down to long on.
65.3
4
A Patel to Karunaratne, FOUR! 9th Test hundred for Dimuth Karunaratne, fifth while batting in the third or fourth innings of a Test match. That tells volumes about his calibre. The pitch is not an easy one to bat on but the Lankan skipper has applied himself and put his side in the driver's seat in this tricky run chase. He reaches there by dancing down the track and heaving a full ball with the spin. Lovely connection and it's a boundary at mid-wicket. Dimuth raises his bat in celebration. Wonderful knock so far and he would love to be there till the end.
65.2
1
A Patel to Mathews, Flighted delivery on off, Mathews defends it towards the point region and takes a single.
65.1
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Very full in length around off, Karunaratne knocks it down to long on for a single.
64.6
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Loopy delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.
64.5
0
W Somerville to Mathews, Shorter delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it to square leg. No run.
64.4
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flatter delivery on middle, DK flicks it to fine leg and takes a single. He moves closer to his century with that.
64.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Short delivery on the off stump line, Dimuth rocks back and cuts it straight to point.
64.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on off, Dimuth defends it to cover.
64.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery outside the off stump line, Dimuth leaves it alone.
63.6
0
A Patel to Mathews, Nicely flighted delivery, full and on off, Mathews draws forward in defense.
63.5
0
A Patel to Mathews, Floated and full on off, Mathews is forward in defense.
63.4
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Skips down the track to a full ball and drives it to long on for a single.
63.3
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Extra turn and bounce from outside off, Dimuth fails to work it away and is hit high on the front leg.
63.2
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
63.1
1
A Patel to Mathews, Fires in a flatter and very full ball on off, Angelo pushes it through mid off for a single.
62.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
62.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, Dimuth defends it back to the bowler.
62.4
1
W Somerville to Mathews, OHH! Mathews gets off the mark with a streaky single. It is a flighted delivery on middle, Angelo looks to flick but due to the spin on it, he flicks it uppishly towards short leg. Latham is unable to react quickly and the ball goes through his hands towards square leg.
62.3
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Short delivery on the middle stump line, Dimuth flicks it to fine leg and takes a single. Moves to 96 with that single.
62.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Off spinner on the off stump line, Dimuth plays it towards point.
62.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off, Dimuth drives it to cover.
61.6
0
A Patel to Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

Angelo Mathews walks in next to bat.

61.5
0
A Patel to Mendis, OUT! Mendis batted like a train on fire but the Kiwis have extinguished that fire pretty quickly. Ajaz serves a tossed up ball outside off, the length is very full around off, not quite there to slog but Mendis still attempts it by going down on one knee. Fails to get it from the middle of the bat and it flies straight into the hands of Jeet Raval at mid-wicket. Good sharp reaction catch by the Kiwi opener. Sri Lanka have lost a couple of quick wickets here and need to watch out for a collapse.
61.4
0
A Patel to Mendis, Flatter and shorter on off, Mendis tries to cut but mistimes it on the off side.
61.3
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Helps it off his pads to square leg for one.
61.2
2
A Patel to Karunaratne, Quicker one outside off, skidding off the surface, Karunaratne plays it late and guides it fine past first slip for a couple of runs.
61.1
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Walks down the track and flicks it to mid-wicket.
60.6
6
W Somerville to Mendis, SIX! This one has travelled all the way! Kusal Mendis has come out with some positive intent. Shows fancy footwork once again. A flighted full ball around off, Mendis dances down the track, goes with the spin and powers it over long on. 10 runs and a wicket from the over, an eventful one! Under 100 needed now.
60.5
0
W Somerville to Mendis, Fuller and on middle, gently pushed across the line on the leg side.
60.4
4
W Somerville to Mendis, FOUR! That's the way to deal with extra spin or bounce. Just don't allow it to do its bit. Mendis is down the track in a flash and heaves it over wide mid on for a boundary.
60.3
0
W Somerville to Mendis, Nervy beginning for Kusal! Somerville straightaway gets it to spin and bounce into the batsman from around middle. Mendis tries to flick but it takes the inside half of his blade and flies just past short leg.

Kusal Mendis walks in next with 107 runs needed more for a win.

60.2
0
Somerville to Thirimanne, OUT! Good review by New Zealand and they have managed to break this massive opening stand. It's a nicely tossed up delivery, landing full around middle and leg. Thirimanne sees the line and length closely and finds it good enough to opt for the sweep shot. He goes down on one knee to execute it but the ball straightens after landing, beats his bat and pings him on the pads. The appeal for an lbw follows but the umpire remains unmoved. Kane Williamson goes for the DRS and to his delight everything is fine in the replays. No bat involved, pitching in line, impact in line and it's hitting the leg pole. End of a fine knock by Lahiru, a career saving one? That only time will tell.

Huge shout for an lbw! Not given. DRS time! Kane Williamson will have to take it with nothing much happening. The big question here is that has the delivery straightened enough after landing? The Ultra edge has detected nothing but the Hawk Eye is showing that it's hitting leg. New Zealand have the breakthrough they dearly needed.

60.1
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Darts it in, very full and around off, Thirimanne gets right behind the line and blocks it on the off side.
59.6
3
A Patel to Thirimanne, Shorter delivery outside the off stump, Thirimanne rocks back and slaps it through the cover region and run through for three. Thirimanne will keep the strike for the next over.
59.5
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on middle, Thirimanne flicks it off his pads towards short leg.
59.4
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth comes down the track and plays it towards mid on for a single.
59.3
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Shorter delivery on middle, Dimuth flicks it to short leg.
59.2
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Big shout for LBW! Flighted delivery on middle spinning into the batsman, Dimuth looks to flick but gets hit on the front pad. The Kiwi players put in a huge appeal but it is turned down. They think of a review but opt against it and rightly so as the ball was drifting down the leg stump.
59.1
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on off, Dimuth defends it to the off side.
58.6
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on middle, Thirimanne blocks it out.
58.5
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Another flighted delivery outside the off stump line, LT lets it go to the keeper.
58.4
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Shorter delivery on off, Lahiru defends it towards the off side.
58.3
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Floated delivery outside the off stump line, Thirimanne leaves it alone.
58.2
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne defends it back to the bowler.
58.1
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off, Dimuth drives it towards the cover fielder and takes off for a single.
57.6
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Once again the Lankan skipper jumps down the track and this time he keeps his shot all along the ground. Eases it to long on for one.
57.5
6
A Patel to Karunaratne, SIX! DK has nailed it! He shimmies down the track and goes with the spin. Lovely flourish of his bat across the line and he sends it flying all the way over mid-wicket. 150 comes up for Sri Lanka, another 113 needed!
57.4
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Works it with the spin on the leg side, finds mid-wicket.
57.3
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Karunaratne looks to sweep but misses the ball to get hit on the pads.
57.2
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Dimuth comes down the track and looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
57.1
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Shorter delivery on the off stump line, Thirimanne guides it to third man for a single.
56.6
4
W Somerville to Karunaratne, FOUR! Slapped away! Somerville continues to bowl flatter but this one is shorter too. Plenty of width on offer and the Lankan skipper has whacked it towards backward point. The fielder there is not proactive enough to cut it off. A boundary results.
56.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Leans forward to a full ball and defends it on the leg side.
56.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Another delivery fired in. It's short and close to off stump. Karunaratne stays back to cut but misses. Too close to the body, that.
56.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flatter one, a touch short and on off, Dimuth blocks it off his back foot to the off side.
56.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
56.1
0
W Somerville to D Karunaratne, Pushes this one quicker through the air. Lands it full and around off, gets it to spin away as well. Karunaratne is on the front foot as he pushes at it with an angled bat. Does well to do so with soft hands and edges it wide of second slip.
55.6
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Loopy delivery on middle, Lahiru flicks it towards square leg and takes another single.
55.5
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Short delivery on middle, Dimuth reverse sweeps it towards the point region and takes a single.
55.4
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flatter delivery on middle, Dimuth blocks it out.
55.3
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, DROPPED! Another catch dropped by Latham. It is a loopy delivery on middle, Dimuth looks to flick which went towards the short leg fielder who does not hold onto it. Not the first time Tom has dropped a catch in this innings.
55.2
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Karunaratne looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads.
55.1
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth comes down the track and plays it to short mid-wicket.
54.6
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Shorter delivery on middle, Thirimanne plays it back to the bowler.
54.5
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne blocks it out.
54.4
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on middle, LT defends it off the front foot.
54.3
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Floated delivery outside the off stump line, Thirimanne at first looks to cut but pulls out at the last moment.
54.2
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, Thirimanne leaves it alone.
54.1
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Nicely flighted and full outside off, drawing the batsman forward, Thirimanne pushes it to point.

Here comes William Somerville into the attack. Let's see how he goes about his business this morning. Two slips in place.

53.6
4
A Patel to Karunaratne, FOUR! First boundary of the day for the hosts. It is a flighted delivery on the off pole, Dimuth flicks it with the spin towards the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Excellent shot this. 125 more needed for the hosts.
53.5
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Ajaz bowls a loopy delivery on middle, LT plays a reverse sweep towards the cover region and crosses over for a single.
53.4
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne blocks it out.
53.3
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Dimuth flicks it towards the mid-wicket region and takes a single.
53.2
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Uses the spin this time and gently flicks it in the direction of the mid on fielder.
53.1
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Walks down the track to a full ball and drives it back. The bowler moves across to his left to stop the ball.
52.6
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Quicker delivery on off, Thirimanne defends it off the back foot towards the off side.
52.5
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on middle, Thirimanne blocks it out.
52.4
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle spinning into the batsman, Thirimanne pushes it to short leg.
52.3
1
M Santner to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth flicks it to mid-wicket and crosses over for a single.
52.2
1
M Santner to Thirimanne, Good shot! Tossed up ball landing in the rough outside off, Thirimanne brings out the reverse sweep and places it behind backward point for a single.
52.1
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Nicely flighted delivery, pitching full around off, Lahiru lunges and blocks it safely.
51.6
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, Thirimanne sweeps it towards the mid-wicket region and gets his first run of the day.
51.5
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on off, Karunaratne comes down the track and plays it towards the mid on region and takes the single. First runs of the day for the hosts.
51.4
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off, Dimuth looks to flick but gets hit on the front pad.
51.3
0
A Patel to D Karunaratne, Uses his feet to reach the pitch of the delivery and then clips it with the turn. Finds mid on.
51.2
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Fuller and on off, Dimuth drives it straight back to the bowler.
51.1
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Starts with a flighted delivery wide outside off. It turns back in from there as Karunaratne pads it away. A stifled appeal but it dies down quickly.

As expected, spin from both ends. Ajaz Patel to bowl...

50.6
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Loopy delivery on middle, Thirimanne defends it back to the bowler. Santner starts with a maiden.
50.5
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, LT blocks it out.
50.4
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on middle, Lahiru defends it back to the bowler.
50.3
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, Thirimanne defends it towards cover.
50.2
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Full delivery on middle, Thirimanne flicks it to mid-wicket.
50.1
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Starts with a loopy delivery on middle, spinning down, Lahiru looks to flick but misses.

Time to get going! The Kiwi players are taking the field. Out come the two openers for Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne (71) and Lahiru Thirimanne (57) to resume their innings. 135 more needed for a win. The visitors are beginning with the spin of Mitchell Santner. Early wickets, that's the need of the hour for them. Let's play.

Pitch report - Russel Arnold is nearby the surface and says that it's a Day 5 pitch so it will have a bit of crumbling and dryness. Points out the rough outside the left-hander's off stump. Few cracks in the middle of the pitch but they won't come into play much, Russel adds. Feels that New Zealand need to deceive the batsmen in flight. Suggests them to make the batsmen play in the V rather than letting them score square of the wicket on both sides.

Rameez is now down with William Somerville. The off spinner says that Sri Lanka batted well but at the same time New Zealand created a bit of chance too. On bowling with a round-arm action, Somerville tells that the plan is to put doubts in the batsmen's mind, trying to square them up and get it to spin. Adds that they will try to be a bit quicker through the air today. He is still confident about pulling off a win.

Rameez Raja is conducting an interview with Lahiru Thirimanne. The opener says that the surface is a bit tough to bat but once you get set, it becomes easier. Tells that they wanted to play their natural game. Adds that they will have to start all over again today. Praises Dimuth Karunaratne for the way he batted. He wants to occupy the crease as much as possible. On his Test career, Thirimanne admits that his Test numbers aren't good but he is concentrating on the win at the moment.

Weather - Currently, it is sunny in Galle and there are no signs of rain although there is forecast for showers at some point on Day 5. Let's hope that it stays away and we get to complete this Test match.

Hello and a warm welcome to the last Day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. After all the rain interruptions, we might have a result in both the ongoing games at the moment, The Ashes and this one. As far as Galle is concerned, the game with all its twists and turns, has shifted in the hosts favour as they require 135 runs and still have ten wickets in hand. Both the openers have fought whatever the visitors have thrown at them and have registered their respective fifties. The Kiwis, on the other hand, have helped the Lankans with their shoddy fielding and some poor bowling. Can they pull up their socks and make a match out of it on the final day?

... Day 5, Session 1 ...

Another 135 runs needed for Sri Lanka to go 1-0 up in the 2-match Test series and also open their account in the ICC World Test Championship. All odds are loaded in their favour but you never know in cricket. This pitch has something to offer for the spinners and the Kiwis would be hoping for one opening to run through the Lankan batting line-up. If not that, there is always rain to spoil someone's chance. Let's hope for an exciting finish on Day 5. Do join us at 0945 local (0415 GMT) for all the action.

Dimuth Karunaratne has batted with supreme confidence and it rubbed off on Lahiru Thirimanne as well after the initial struggle for him. New Zealand bowled decently but without much success in the afternoon session. In the evening, they did manage to create a couple of openings but Latham put down a catch and Watling missed the stumping opportunity, both offered by the Sri Lankan skipper.

The players are going back due to bad light and that will be STUMPS ON DAY 4! We have lost 13 overs today. Anyway, after going through a lot of twists and turns, this Test match has fallen in the bag for Sri Lanka. They were on the back foot in the morning session once New Zealand stretched their lead past the 250-run mark but this outstanding opening partnership has made things pleasantly relaxing for the Islanders.

49.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Bowls a flighted delivery outside off, Dimuth lets it go back to the keeper.
49.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Dimuth defends it back to the bowler.
49.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery outside off, Karunaratne leaves it alone.
49.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on off, Dimuth defends it to the off side.
49.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tossed up outside off, Karunaratne defends it with soft hands. The ball hits the outside edge of the bat but falls short of second slip.
49.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floated on off, Dimuth defends it off the front foot.
48.6
1
T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on the pads, Dimuth flicks it to fine leg and takes a single.
48.5
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Boult loses his line here, it is a full delivery which is bowled outside the leg stump, Dimuth looks to flick but misses.
48.4
0
T Boult to D Karunaratne, Short ball on the body, Dimuth pulls hard but straight to the square leg fielder.
48.3
2
T Boult to Karunaratne, On the body, Dimuth glances it down to fine leg and gets another brace.
48.2
1
T Boult to Thirimanne, On the pads, Lahiru flicks it fine down the leg side for a single.
48.1
2
T Boult to L Thirimanne, Short ball on off, Thirimanne pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple.

The umpire is taking the reading of the light! It's round about this time when they left the field on Day 3. It seems that the light is good enough to continue at the moment. Not sure for how long they can continue with a pacer steaming in...

47.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Dimuth defends it off the front foot.
47.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Short delivery outside off stump, Dimuth looks to cut but fails to put bat on it.
47.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, Dimuth defends it back to the bowler.
47.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy ball outside off, DK leaves it alone.
47.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Quicker delivery from Somerville, it is bowled on the middle stump and Dimuth just gets his bat down in time to block it out.
47.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Short delivery outside the off stump, Dimuth cuts it straight to point.

Drinks Break! The opening pair of Sri Lanka continues to pave the way for the chase. The duo of Karunaratne and Thirimanne have played really well and have stitched together a 127-run stand so far. The hosts are now 141 runs away from a historic chase. Don't be mistaken, New Zealand are still in this. If they can find a way to break this stand then they certainly would fancy themselves as they have runs on the board and there is some spin and drift on offer. Not going to be easy for a new batsman.

46.6
1
T Boult to D Karunaratne, Short ball on off, DK pulls it to square leg and keeps the strike.
46.5
1
T Boult to Thirimanne, Back of a length ball on off, Thirimanne defends it with soft hands off the back foot. The ball goes to the off side and they get a single.
46.4
2
T Boult to Thirimanne, Short ball on the leg stump, Thirimanne flicks it towards square leg and takes a couple.
46.3
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Short ball on the body, Thirimanne rocks back and defends it towards point.
46.2
1
T Boult to Karunaratne, Full delivery on middle, DK flicks it uppishly to square leg for a single.
46.1
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Full delivery on the off stump line, Dimuth pushes it uppishly but the ball falls short of the mid on fielder.

Trent Boult is on!

45.6
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, On the stumps, Thirimanne keeps it out to get through the over.
45.5
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Floats it on the stumps, Thirimanne defends it off the front foot.
45.4
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Darts one on the pads, Karunaratne flicks it to the on side for a single.
45.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off, Karunaratne keeps it out.
45.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Shorter on off, Dimuth strokes it with the spin towards cover. He looks for a single but Lahiru says no.
45.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted outside off, Karunaratne leaves it alone.
44.6
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne plays it towards point.
44.5
4
A Patel to Thirimanne, FOUR! 6th half century for Thirimanne in Tests. It's a shorter delivery on the middle stump line, Thirimanne flicks it past the fine leg fielder for a boundary. It has been a fidgety innings from Thirimanne but an important one in the context of the game. This is his first fifty since 2017. Welcome fifty!
44.4
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Fuller delivery on off, Thirimanne goes for the sweep again and times it well but it hits Latham on the way. The batsman checks on the fielder if he is fine. Tom is doing good.
44.3
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Looped up delivery on off, Thirimanne blocks it out.
44.2
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Looped up delivery on middle, Thirimanne looks to sweep but gets hit on the arm and the ball rolls to short fine leg.
44.1
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, Thirimanne tries to defend but gets hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal for LBW but not given.
43.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flatter and quicker on off, it's blocked off the back foot.
43.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, A shade short in length on off, Karunaratne gets back to cut but finds the point fielder again.
43.4
0
W Somerville to D Karunaratne, Extra flight this time, the length is full and around off, Dimuth drives but finds the cover fielder.
43.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery, full and around off, Dimuth leans and defends it with an angled bat to point.
43.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Fullish and on off, driven down the ground but straight to mid off.
43.1
2
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Uppish but safe! Short and outside off, spinning away with extra bounce, Karunaratne cuts it in the air and it falls safely between the two fielders at the point region. It sneaks through for a couple of runs.
42.6
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off, Karunaratne pushes it towards cover and takes a single.
42.5
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Loopy delivery on off, Thirimanne defends it towards the cover fielder and takes a single.
42.4
1
A Patel to D Karunaratne, Full delivery on middle, Dimuth pushes this towards mid on and takes off for a quick single.
42.3
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, This time sweeps it to square leg for one.
42.2
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flatter around off, Thirimanne looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal but the impact was outside off.
42.1
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Darted around the pads, Thirimanne sweeps it straight to leg slip.
41.6
1
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Shorter delivery on middle, Thirimanne flicks it to fine leg and takes a single.
41.5
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Loopy delivery on off, LT defends it back to the bowler.
41.4
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne defends it off the front foot.
41.3
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on off, Thirimanne attempts to defend but is hit on the pads.
41.2
2
W Somerville to Thirimanne, IN THE AIR... SAFE! Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne top edges his attempted slog sweep and luckily for him it falls in no man's land at deep square leg. The ball drops and doesn't move much as the outfield is a bit heavy due to all the rain. By the time the fielder mops it up, the batters take two.

After the last over, the umpires have been given the light meters. They will be keeping a close eye on the degrading light.

41.1
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flatter delivery on off, Dimuth rocks back and cuts it towards point and takes a single.
40.6
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, FOUR BYES! That has beaten everybody. Tossed up on middle and off, it grips off the surface. Thirimanne looks to play the reverse sweep but misses. The ball misses the stumps and beats Watling and goes to the fine leg fence.
40.5
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, On the stumps, kept out by Thirimanne.
40.4
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Floated on middle and off, Thirimanne sweeps it to square leg.
40.3
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Short and spinning in. This has turned a lot actually. It starts from outside off and spins in. Thirimanne looks to defend but misses and the ball hits him around the box.
40.2
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, On the pads, Dimuth turns it behind square on the leg side for a single.
40.1
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
39.6
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on middle, Dimuth flicks it to fine leg and takes a single.
39.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, MISSED STUMPING! Flighted delivery on off, Dimuth comes down the track to flick it but fails to get any bat on it. Watling makes a hash of it as he fails to collect the ball cleanly. New Zealand will rue these missed chances.
39.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Shorter delivery on off stump, Dimuth cuts but straight to point. No run.
39.3
1
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Darts one on off, Thirimanne looks to defend but the ball goes off the inner half of his bat towards backward square leg for a single.
39.2
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Tossed up on off, Lahiru keeps it out.
39.1
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Floated on off, Thirimanne gets behind the ball and blocks it.
38.6
0
A Patel to D Karunaratne, DROPPED BY LATHAM! Latham is the culprit here. It is a flighted delivery on off, Dimuth comes down the track and tries to flick but the ball goes off the inside edge towards short leg who makes a mess of it. Big break for the Sri Lankan skipper and he has to make use of the opportunity. Karunaratne dropped on 58.
38.5
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Shorter delivery on the off stump line, Dimuth flicks it to short leg.
38.4
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Karunaratne plays it back to the bowler.
38.3
3
A Patel to L Thirimanne, Excellent fielding from Boult! Saves a run for his side. Flighted outside off, Thirimanne sweeps it through square leg. It looks like the ball will go to the fence but Boult runs in from mid-wicket and shows his athleticism. He covers the ground and pulls it back just before the ropes. 100 comes up for Sri Lanka.
38.2
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
38.1
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Floats one outside off, Thirimanne gets his front foot across the off pole and pads it.
37.6
1
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Floated on middle, Thirimanne strokes it to long on for one.
37.5
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Beauty! Floated outside off, Lahiru looks to defend but gets beaten all ends up.
37.4
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Short and turning in, Lahiru looks to defend but misses and the ball strikes him on his gut.
37.3
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, On the stumps, Thirimanne keeps it out.
37.2
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Tossed up around off, Lahiru defends it off the front foot.
37.1
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Floated on the stumps, Thirimanne blocks it off the front foot.

William Somerville is back.

36.6
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Ajaz bowls it with a flight on middle, Dimuth goes for the defense but gets an inside edge towards short leg. Tom Latham is standing a little deep than the usual position and it falls way short of him.
36.5
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on off, Lahiru goes for the sweep towards square leg and takes a single.
36.4
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off, Karunaratne comes down the track and pushes it to mid on and takes a single.
36.3
3
A Patel to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on off, Thirimanne drives it beautifully towards the cover region and before the fielders can clean it up, the batsman takes three.
36.2
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne defends it off the front foot.
36.1
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Full toss on off, Thirimanne will feel that he missed on that as he could play it only as far as mid off for a single.
35.6
0
Tim Southee to L Thirimanne, Another good looking drive but this is straight to the man at cover.
35.5
0
Tim Southee to Thirimanne, Full on off, Thirimanne just guides it to mid off.
35.4
0
Tim Southee to Thirimanne, Follows it up with a solid front foot defense.
35.3
4
Tim Southee to Thirimanne, FOUR! Class written all over it. Full outside off, Thirimanne gets on the front foot and drives it through point for a glorious boundary. The score now is into the 90s.
35.2
0
Tim Southee to Thirimanne, Full and a hint of away movement. Lahiru looks to defend and it goes off the outer half of his bat to the right of short third man.
35.1
1
Tim Southee to D Karunaratne, Back of a length ball around off, Dimuth pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single.
34.6
0
A Patel to L Thirimanne, OHH! Flighted delivery on middle, Lahiru tries to defend but gets an inside edge towards short leg. Latham dives forward, attempting to take the catch but it falls just short.
34.5
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flatter delivery on middle, Thirimanne defends it off the back foot.
34.4
0
A Patel to L Thirimanne, Looped up ball on off, Thirimanne defends it off the front foot towards the off side.
34.3
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Full delivery on middle, Dimuth comes down the track and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
34.2
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, Thirimanne guides it to third man and takes a single.
34.1
2
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, Lahiru looks to reverse sweep at first but changes his mind at the last moment and plays a drive towards cover for a brace.
33.6
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, On a good length on middle, Dimuth defends it towards mid-wicket.
33.5
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Full length delivery on middle, DK defends it off the front foot.
33.4
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Full delivery on the middle stump line, Karunaratne pushes it back to the bowler.
33.3
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Full delivery on off, Karunaratne pushes it to mid off.
33.2
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Full on off, Dimuth pushes it to mid off.
33.1
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length ball on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
32.6
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flatter delivery on middle, LT defends it back to the bowler off the back foot.
32.5
2
A Patel to L Thirimanne, Shorter delivery on off, Thirimanne slaps it towards the cover-point region for a brace.
32.4
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Loopy delivery on middle, Thirimanne defends it off the front foot.
32.3
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Full delivery on middle, Dimuth comes down the track and plays it towards mid on and takes a single.
32.2
1
A Patel to L Thirimanne, Flatter delivery on middle, Lahiru plays it to point for a single.
32.1
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Shorter delivery on off stump spinning into the batsman, Dimuth slaps it towards the point region for a single.

We are back for the final session. The New Zealand players are in a huddle. Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne will resume their innings. Ajaz Patel will bowl the first over of the final session.

... DAY 4, SESSION 3 ...

Well begun is half done! The Sri Lankan openers have done a tremendous job to see off the entire afternoon session without any casualty. Dimuth Karunaratne not only took care of his innings but also supported Lahiru Thirimanne, who was a bit fidgety at the start. New Zealand bowled decently but weren't too penetrative. Their spinners tried hard but are not getting too much support from the surface. There is turn on offer but it's on the slower side and that has allowed the batsmen time to play. Also, the lines from the Kiwi spinners have been a little too straight. Another 192 runs left to win this Test match and the hosts will be feeling a lot better about themselves. We have 30 overs to go in the day. How will the last session pan out? Do join us in a short while to find out.

31.6
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, Dimuth pushes it towards the point fielder and sets off for a quick single. With that, it is Tea on Day 4.
31.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth blocks it out.
31.4
2
W Somerville to Karunaratne, FIFTY FOR KARUNARATNE! What a knock this has been from the skipper! They are chasing a big total and they needed a bright start. Dimuth has given them just that. His 23rd in Test match cricket. He gets there with some luck. Flatter and shorter outside off, Karunaratne looks to cut but gets a thick bottom edge through BJ Watling's legs. The ball runs behind and the batsmen complete two runs. Just a mild celebration from the Lankan skipper, he knows that there is a long way to go in this Test match. Keeping his focus intact.
31.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth defends it back to the bowler.
31.2
4
Somerville to Karunaratne, FOUR! Hammered from Karunaratne. It is a flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth plays a lofted shot over the bowler's head and into the long off fence. Somerville jumps up to catch it but does not get a hand on it.
31.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floated on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
30.6
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Thirimanne defends this loopy ball back towards the bowler.
30.5
1
M Santner to D Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Karunaratne pushes it towards the long on fielder for a single.
30.4
2
M Santner to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, Dimuth dances down the track and flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for another brace. 200 runs required now.
30.3
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Shorter delivery on middle, Dimuth flicks it towards fine leg. No run.
30.2
2
M Santner to Karunaratne, Full delivery which is converted to a full toss by Dimuth and it is played towards square leg for a brace. This is now the highest partnership in this Test match.
30.1
1
M Santner to Thirimanne, Comes around the wicket does Santner. It was a loopy ball on off, Thirimanne pushes it to cover and takes a single.
29.6
2
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tossed up around off, Karunaratne gets down on one knee and paddles it towards fine leg for a couple.
29.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Gives this one air on middle and leg, DK pushes it to cover.
29.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tossed up on off, Dimuth calmly blocks it.
29.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Arm ball on off, Dimuth blocks it off the front foot.
29.2
0
W Somerville to D Karunaratne, Flighted around off, Karunaratne gets on his front foot and strokes it to cover.
29.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Short around off, Dimuth runs it down to short third man.
28.6
4
M Santner to Thirimanne, FOUR! Finally Thirimanne gets his reverse sweep right. It is a flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne plays the reverse and times it beautifully towards the cover-point region for a boundary.
28.5
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Loopy delivery on off which spun into the batsman, Lahiru tries to defend but misses and hits him on the pads which lobs off to short fine leg. The Kiwi players appeal but nothing from the umpire.
28.4
1
M Santner to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth plays it to square leg and takes a single.
28.3
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Dimuth flicks it to the leg side.
28.2
1
M Santner to L Thirimanne, Comes down to this full delivery does Thirimanne and plays it towards mid on for a single.
28.1
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on off, Thirimanne plays it towards mid-wicket.
27.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tosses it up on off, Karunaratne keeps it out to get through another over unscathed.
27.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
27.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, On the stumps, Dimuth blocks it off the front foot.
27.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted outside off, Dimuth looks to defend but misses.
27.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loosener but missed out. Short and spinning away around off, Dimuth gets on his back foot and looks to punch it wide of short cover. Williamson swiftly moves to his right and saves a certain boundary.
27.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flatter and spinning away, Karunaratne defends it with the spin towards the man at second slip.
26.6
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Short delivery on the middle stump line, Thirimanne flicks it towards mid-wicket.
26.5
0
Santner to Thirimanne, APPEAL FOR LBW! Flighted delivery on off stump which spun away from the batsman. Thirimanne goes for the reverse sweep but misses it. The Kiwis appeal but nothing from the umpire. The Kiwis think of a review but opt against it. Unfortunately the replays show that the ball hit the gloves of the batsman on its way to the keeper.
26.4
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Loopy delivery on off, Dimuth defends it back to the bowler
26.3
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Floated on off, Thirimanne keeps it out.
26.2
1
M Santner to Karunaratne, Tossed up on middle, Dimuth comes down the track and glances it wide of mid-wicket for a single.
26.1
2
M Santner to D Karunaratne, OHH! Flighted delivery on off which spun out off the rough and turned into the batsman, Dimuth looks to cut but gets an inside edge which just goes past the stumps towards fine leg. The batsmen take a brace
25.6
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Arm ball outside off, Thirimanne does not disturb it.
25.5
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Floated on the stumps, Thirimanne follows the boundary with a calm defense.
25.4
4
W Somerville to Thirimanne, FOUR! First boundary of the innings for Thirimanne. It also brings up the fifty for Sri Lanka. Tossed up on off, Thirimanne gets down on one knee and sweeps it through the vacant square leg region for a boundary. Sri Lanka have had a solid start here as they find themselves 52/0. Need 216 more.
25.3
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Tossed up on off, Lahiru defends it off the front foot.
25.2
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Quicker and sharp turn on this one. It is on middle and leg, Thirimanne looks to defend but the ball spins in and hits him on the forearms.
25.1
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Flatter on off, Thirimanne defends it towards point.
24.6
1
M Santner to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on middle, Thirimanne flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single.
24.5
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Lahiru tries to reverse sweep but the ball goes off his arm to the short fine leg fielder.
24.4
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on the off side, LT defends it to short leg.
24.3
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Shorter delivery on middle, Lahiru flicks it to square leg.
24.2
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Thirimanne defends this flighted delivery towards square leg.
24.1
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Flighted on middle and off, Thirimanne gets his front foot in the line of the ball and defends it to the on side, wide of short leg.
23.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Shorter in length outside off, Dimuth cuts it towards point. No run.
23.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on the off stump, Dimuth goes for the sweep but misses due to the spin on it.
23.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off stump, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
23.3
1
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Shorter on off, Thirimanne plays it towards point for one.
23.2
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Peach of a ball! Somerville gives it air on off, Thirimanne lunges out and looks to defend but gets beaten. That was not far away from the outside edge.
23.1
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Floated on off, Thirimanne blocks it out.
22.6
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Shorter in length this time, Dimuth flicks it towards fine leg again. No run
22.5
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth flicks it towards fine leg.
22.4
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth comes down the track and flicks it but it falls just short of the short leg fielder.
22.3
2
M Santner to Karunaratne, Flatter delivery on off, Dimuth plays it towards third man for a brace.

Movement! Movement! Movement! No, not for the bowler. We are talking about the movement of the groundsmen. They are sensing something here and are surrounding near the covers. It has gone dark and the forecast is for rain. Let's hope it stays away.

22.2
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on middle, Karunaratne comes down the track and flicks it to mid-wicket.
22.1
2
M Santner to Karunaratne, In the air but in no man's land. Tossed up on middle, Karunaratne goes for a big sweep but gets a top edge on it. The ball goes towards the fine leg region but there is no one there so it is safe. Two taken as the fielder from square leg cleans it up.
21.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, LEG BYE! Full delivery on the pads, Dimuth looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads, the ball rolls towards fine leg for a single.
21.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Another flighted delivery on off spinning away, Dimuth looks to defend again but fails to put any bat on it.
21.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off which spun away from the batsman, Dimuth looks to defend but misses the ball.
21.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted on off, Dimuth defends it off the front foot.
21.2
4
W Somerville to D Karunaratne, FOUR! First boundary of the innings and it has taken more than 21 overs to come. Shorter around off, Karunaratne cuts it through point for a boundary.
21.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flatter on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot towards point.
20.6
1
M Santner to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on middle, Karunaratne flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
20.5
1
M Santner to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on the off stump, Thirimanne guides it to point for a single.
20.4
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Shorter delivery on middle, Karunaratne defends it off the back foot.
20.3
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Lahiru flicks it towards square leg for a single.
20.2
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Flatter delivery on middle, Thirimanne flicks it towards square leg.
20.1
1
M Santner to Thirimanne, Shorter on off, Karunaratne turns it towards fine leg for one.
19.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, Thirimanne leaves it alone.
19.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne defends it back to the bowler.
19.4
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Shorter delivery on off, Dimuth rocks back and slaps it towards the cover region for a single.
19.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Quicker delivery aimed at the stumps, DK just manages to get his bat down in time and plays it towards short third man.
19.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery spinning away from the batsman, Karunaratne plays it back to the bowler.
19.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on the off stump, Dimuth blocks it out towards the off side.
18.6
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Floated on off, Thirimanne this time defends it off the front foot.
18.5
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Goodness gracious, how has Thirimanne played that? Santner loops one around the eye line, Lahiru premeditates the reverse sweep but he sees the ball is full and at the very last moment, he corrects his position and blocks it.
18.4
1
M Santner to Karunaratne, In the air but just wide. Floated on middle and leg, Karunaratne flicks it uppishly wide of short mid-wicket. Williamson there dives like Superman to his left but cannot get his hands to the ball.
18.3
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Floated outside off, Karunaratne comes down and pads it away.
18.2
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Tossed up around off, Karunaratne looks to play the reverse sweep but it lobs off his gloves to the off side and fall in no man's land.
18.1
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Flatter around off, Karunaratne comes down the track and tucks it wide of short fine leg.
17.6
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, On the fourth stump line, Thirimanne shoulders arms to it.
17.5
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Floated outside off, Thirimanne covers his stump and leaves it alone.
17.4
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Flights one on off, Thirimanne blocks it off the front foot.
17.3
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Once again Somerville tosses it up outside off. Asking the batsman to have a go at it but Lahiru says no and lets it carry to the keeper.
17.2
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Outside off, Thirimanne leaves it alone.
17.1
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Quick single. Floated on off, Karunaratne strokes it wide of mid off and gets a quick single.
16.6
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, On the pads and once again flicked to square leg.
16.5
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, On the pads, Thirimanne flicks it to square leg.
16.4
1
M Santner to Karunaratne, Flighted around off, Dimuth now brings out the reverse sweep and hit it towards backward point for a single.
16.3
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Spin and bounce on this one. Tossed up outside off, Karunaratne looks to defend but misses. The ball kisses his gloves and goes on to hit him around the box.
16.2
0
M Santner to Karunaratne, Floated on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
16.1
1
M Santner to Thirimanne, Tossed up outside off, Thirimanne gets down on one knee and reverse sweeps it towards the third man region for a single.

Drinks break! Sri Lanka have started well here in their pursuit of 268. Both Thirimanne and the skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne have looked solid at the crease and they will look to survive till Tea without any loss of wickets. The visitors, on the other hand, have not been poor but their lines have been too straight, resulting in too many easy singles on the leg side. They would look to correct it in the next hour.

15.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Shorter on off, DK punches it to cover to get through the over.
15.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Sharp bowling. Tossed up around off, Dimuth looks to defend but once again misses it and he is again lucky to not edge that.
15.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Shorter on off, Karunaratne strokes it to point.
15.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floats one on the stumps, Dimuth keeps it out.
15.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floated on off, Karunaratne pushes it to mid off.
15.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Beauty! Somerville bowls it slower through the air on off, Karunaratne looks to defend but the ball spins away and squares him up.
14.6
0
M Santner to L Thirimanne, Maiden for Santner to begin with. Flights the last one on off, Thirimanne blocks it to get through the over.
14.5
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Tossed up on off, Thirimanne blocks it off the front foot.
14.4
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Tossed up outside off, Thirimanne pads it away. There is a stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire. Lahiru had come way across and that was always going to be a difficult one to be given out.
14.3
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Tossed up on off, Thirimanne defends it by getting behind the ball.
14.2
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Fuller on the pads, Lahiru flicks it but cannot go past short fine leg.
14.1
0
M Santner to Thirimanne, Starts with a flatter one on off, Thirimanne defends it off the front foot.

Mitchell Santner is introduced into the attack.

Just in - South Africa's Russell Domingo has been appointed as the Bangladesh head coach for a two-year term. He takes over from Steve Rhodes.

13.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy ball on middle, Dimuth defends it off the inner half of his bat.
13.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Shorter on off, Karunaratne defends it off the back foot this time towards cover-point.
13.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flights one on off, Dimuth blocks it.
13.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, On the stumps, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
13.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Confusion but no casualty. Short ball around off, Karunaratne cuts it wide of cover and looks for a single. Both him and Thirimanne are looking at the fielder. Latham gets to the ball quickly and Dimuth is some way down, Lahiru sends him back and luckily the skipper makes his ground.
13.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floated on off, Dimuth drives it but straight to short cover.
12.6
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Bowling a little too straight, Patel. Once again it's worked around the corner. It's to the right of the short fine leg fielder for a single.
12.5
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
12.4
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Once again a flick shot played with the spin. It's in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
12.3
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Uses the spin to his advantage and turns it off his pads to square leg for one.
12.2
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted ball wide outside off, spinning in a bit, Thirimanne doesn't offer any shot. It seems that the ball has brushed some part of his front pad and the bowler appeals. Nothing from the umpire.
12.1
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Advances down the track to a full ball and drills his drive towards the bowler. Ajaz dives to his left and takes some force off it. It rolls to mid on and they cross for a run.
11.6
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Somerville drags his length short and delivers it outside off, Dimuth cuts it towards the deepish cover-point fielder for a single.
11.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Lunges to a full ball and blocks it with the spin to the off side.
11.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Fuller and straighter on middle, driven back to the bowler.
11.3
0
W Somerville to D Karunaratne, Turning away from the batsman, on the shorter side, Karunaratne cuts but finds the point fielder.
11.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Beaten! Extra rev on this delivery. It drops on the rough outside off and spins away with some extra bounce. Karunaratne tries to cut but misses.
11.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floated ball, it lands full around off, Dimuth lunges and defends.
10.6
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, This one is pushed flatter and quicker through the air, the length is a shade short as well, Lahiru moves on the back foot in defense.
10.5
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Loopy ball on middle, Thirimanne flicks but finds short leg.
10.4
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Quicker one, full and on middle, it's worked through square leg for one.
10.3
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Uses his feet to come down the track and flicks it past the diving short leg fielder. Looks for a run but it's not there as the mid-wicket fielder runs after it.
10.2
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Slightly short on this occasion, around off, Lahiru moves back and steers it down to third man for a run.
10.1
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, A flighted delivery, landing full on middle, Thirimanne defends it back off the front foot.
9.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth blocks it out.
9.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Looped up ball on off, Karunaratne defends it towards the off side.
9.4
2
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on off which spun away from the batsman, Dimuth prods forward to defend but gets a thick outside edge towards first slip where the fielder dives but is unable to put any hand on it. The ball rolls to third man and they take a brace.
9.3
0
W Somerville to D Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, DK gets forward and defends it towards point.
9.2
1
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Looped up ball on off, Thirimanne drives it towards the cover region for a single.
9.1
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne defends it towards the off side.
8.6
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery on middle, Dimuth defends off the front foot towards the off side.
8.5
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single.
8.4
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on the off stump line, Dimuth comes down the track and flicks it to square leg for a single.
8.3
1
A Patel to Thirimanne, Short on off, Thirimanne cuts it to point for a run.
8.2
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Tossed up on the stumps, Thirimanne defends it off the front foot.
8.1
0
A Patel to Thirimanne, Flighted around off, Thirimanne pushes it to mid off.

Change from both ends. Ajaz Patel is on.

7.6
1
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Short and spinning away, Thirimanne hangs back and punches it wide of cover to keep the strike.
7.5
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Gives this one air on off and middle, Thirimanne lunges and keeps it out.
7.4
0
W Somerville to Thirimanne, Flights one on the stumps, Thirimanne keeps it out.
7.3
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floated around off, Karunaratne strokes it to point and gets to the other end.
7.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Much better. Short and spinning into the southpaw. Karunaratne defends it off his back foot but from the upper half of his bat.
7.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Starts with a loose full toss on middle and off, Karunaratne misses a chance to make the most of it and ends up hitting it hard close to mid on.

First change of the innings. Spinner on now as William Somerville has the ball in hand.

6.6
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Short and spinning away, Thirimanne strokes it with the spin towards cover.
6.5
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, On a length outside off, this time Lahiru lets it go back to the keeper.
6.4
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, On a good length outside off, Thirimanne goes for the cut but misses the ball.
6.3
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, BOUNCER! A good one at that. It is aimed at the body by Boult, Thirimanne does well to duck under it.
6.2
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Going down. Boult bowls a good length ball pitching on off and middle, it goes away with the angle. Thirimanne looks to defend but misses and the ball gets hit on the thigh pad.
6.1
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Good length ball on off, Lahiru stands tall and punches it straight to cover.
5.6
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, On a good length ball on off, DK defends it towards the off side.
5.5
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on middle, Karunaratne flicks it to square leg.
5.4
0
Tim Southee to D Karunaratne, Fuller in length this time on off, Dimuth pushes it to mid on.
5.3
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length delivery outside off stump, Dimuth leaves it alone.
5.2
1
Tim Southee to Thirimanne, An inswinging delivery from Southee which is bowled on off stump, Thirimanne drives it towards cover and takes a single.
5.1
0
Tim Southee to Thirimanne, Full delivery on the middle stump, Lahiru plays it to mid on.
4.6
1
T Boult to Thirimanne, On a good length outside off, Thirimanne plays it to point for a single.
4.5
1
T Boult to Karunaratne, Back of a length delivery on the off stump, Karunaratne plays it to the cover region for a single.
4.4
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Full delivery on middle, Karunaratne flicks it to mid on.
4.3
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, On a length around off, Karunaratne blocks it towards the off side.
4.2
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length ball on off, Dimuth defends it off the back foot.
4.1
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Ohh! Boult steams in and bowls a good length ball around off, Dimuth goes chasing after it but the away swinger beats Karunaratne and luckily for him he did not edge it.
3.6
0
Tim Southee to Thirimanne, Good length delivery outside the off stump, LT leaves it alone.
3.5
0
Tim Southee to Thirimanne, BEAUTIFUL! Cuts Thirimanne in half. It is another inswinger from Tim and on a length, Lahiru is late to get bat on it and the ball goes between the bat and the pad.
3.4
0
Tim Southee to Thirimanne, A good inswinger from Southee. It is bowled on a good length outside off, Thirimanne lets it go to the keeper. A good leave from Lahiru.
3.3
1
Tim Southee to D Karunaratne, Short delivery aimed at the body of the batsman, Dimuth rocks back and pulls it towards fine leg for a single.
3.2
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Length ball on off, Dimuth gets behind it and defends it off the front foot.
3.1
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Peppering some short balls here are the Kiwis. It is on middle and leg, Karunaratne ducks under it.
2.6
3
T Boult to Karunaratne, Back of a length delivery outside the off stump, Dimuth drives it nicely towards the cover region and takes three. Santner goes after it and stops the ball before it reaches the fence. Karunaratne will keep strike again for the next over.
2.5
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length delivery on middle, Karunaratne defends it towards the leg side.
2.4
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, BOUNCER! It is bowled on head height by Boult and Dimuth ducks under it
2.3
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Full delivery on the middle stump line, Dimuth drives it straight towards mid on.
2.2
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Back of a length ball just outside off, Dimuth gets on his back foot and keeps it down.
2.1
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Good length ball on off, it angles away just a fraction. Karunaratne defends it towards point.
1.6
1
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Fuller delivery this time from Southee, Dimuth plays it to mid on and takes off for a quick single.
1.5
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length ball outside off, DK is happy to let it go back to the keeper.
1.4
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, On a good length on middle, Karunaratne defends it back to the bowler.
1.3
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Another full delivery on the middle stump line, Dimuth plays it straight to mid off.
1.2
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Full delivery on off stump, Karunaratne pushes it to mid off.
1.1
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Inswinging delivery first up from Southee, it is bowled on middle, Karunaratne flicks it towards square leg.

Tim Southee to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on middle, Thirimanne keeps it out.
0.5
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off, Thirimanne blocks it off the back foot.
0.4
3
T Boult to Karunaratne, Length delivery on middle, Karunaratne flicks it wide of mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs.
0.3
2
T Boult to Karunaratne, On a length on middle, Karunaratne flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs. Sri Lanka are underway.
0.2
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, On a good length on off, Karunaratne keeps it out.
0.1
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Boult starts with a good length ball on off, Karunaratne defends it off the back foot. There is some swing on this one.