New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 2 Test Series, 2019

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand - 2nd Test

Venue: P Sara Oval, Colombo

Date: 22 August-26 August, 2019

Sri Lanka 122/10

RR: 1.73 | New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs

commentary

We're done with the Test series! But before New Zealand head back home, they will be playing a 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. The first one is on Sunday, 1st September, at 1900 local (1330 GMT) in Pallekele. Do join us for that. Cheers!

Victorious New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson smiles and says that they lost the toss while replying to what they did differently from Galle. Calls it a terrific series and feels they deserve to share it. Tells that it's a great effort to push for victory on the final day and come out on top. Mentions that light is always a factor here and admits that's why they were getting a bit anxious also. Terms it an outstanding effort from his batters who scored at a rate which allowed them to move this game forward. States that it was a brilliant collective effort along with some individual brilliance. Tells that their bowlers did well in UAE as well and is glad that they got wickets at key moments. Further says that everyone will gain things personally and as a group, general growth is important. Pleased to get some points in Test Championship. Signs off by saying that he is looking forward to taking some time off.

Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne starts by saying that it was a good wicket for batting and their first innings total wasn't enough. Feels that they needed more partnerships but kept on losing wickets. Mentions about Dhananjaya's batting and counts it as a positive. States that once the batsmen get a start, they need to carry on just like Latham and Watling did. Wants his team to get more consistent.

BJ WATLING IS THE MAN OF THE SERIES! He scored 183 runs across two matches and played a couple of crucial knocks. There is no interview taken.

TOM LATHAM GETS THE MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD! He says that it's nice to contribute and partnerships with BJ Watling was really nice. Tells that as a batting unit, they wanted to build partnerships and he is glad that they got it. Smiles and says that the conditions here are a lot different and once again adds that he is happy to contribute. On his catch to dismiss Dickwella, Latham replies that he anticipated that shot and was lucky also as it hit Niroshan's arm-guard and slowed down. Praises his bowlers for picking all the wickets and setting up this win.

Test cricket is going through a purple patch! We are witnessing some enthralling performances worldwide and this victory for New Zealand, fighting on the final day, not just Sri Lanka but also the weather, is a cherry on the cake. They have shown that they can compete in the subcontinent conditions and have only grown since their series win against Pakistan in the U.A.E. For Sri Lanka, they should have never lost this match and series but a defensive mindset cost them on the final day. Maybe, had they played their natural self, the result could have been different. Kudos to the Kiwi bowlers for their efforts. Their pacers and spinners, both, looked threatening and left their impact.

The star of the show for New Zealand has to be Tom Latham. His enterprising century set it up for the visiting team and one cannot undermine the contributions of BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme. On stop-start days due to plenty of rain interruptions, it was not easy for anyone and that's why these knocks from Latham, Watling and de Grandhomme were extra special. After earning a good lead this morning, the onus was on their bowlers to do some magic. They initiated superbly and reduced the Lankan team to half in no time. Karunaratne and Dickwella fought for some time but that wasn't enough. Dickwella did frustrate the Black Caps along with Suranga Lakmal for 107 balls but the visitors hung in there and eventually pulled out a memorable win, their biggest against Sri Lanka.

New Zealand have done it! It looked like an impossible task at the start of Day 5 but they have planned out a brilliant victory to level the Test series. Sri Lanka will be deeply disappointed with their batting efforts on the final day and this loss also breaks the winning streak for Dimuth Karunaratne as captain. This is how the ICC World Test Championship table looks like now - India (60), New Zealand (60), Sri Lanka (60), Australia (32) and England (32).

70.2
0
T Boult to Embuldeniya, OUT! Embuldeniya is bounced out! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 65 RUNS! A snorter by Boult. He digs in a well-directed short ball on middle and Embuldeniya is caught by surprise. He takes his eyes off the ball, tries to fend at it but the ball takes his gloves and balloons to Williamson at gully. The Kiwi skipper does the rest and it's a convincing win for the Black Caps to level the 2-match series.
70.1
4
T Boult to Embuldeniya, FOUR! Very full in length and sliding down the leg side, Embuldeniya gets bat on ball and flicks it behind square leg for a boundary.
69.6
0
A Patel to Kumara, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
69.5
0
A Patel to Kumara, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
69.4
0
A Patel to Kumara, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

Lahiru Kumara is the last batsman for Sri Lanka.

69.3
0
A Patel to Dickwella, OUT! What have you done Dickwella? Pensive faces in the Sri Lankan dressing room. Ajaz serves a flighted full ball around off, Dickwella gets down to play the paddle sweep but there is some extra bounce and it takes the top half of his bat before deflecting from the arm-guard. The ball loops in the air and Latham moves across to his left in anticipation from forward short leg to grab a fine reflex catch. Dickwella is frustrated with himself. New Zealand celebrate. They can smell a win here, only 1 wicket more left to pick.
69.2
1
A Patel to Embuldeniya, Too full in length on off, Lasith brings his bat down and digs it out off the outer half to third man. A single taken. Not ideal for New Zealand.
69.1
0
A Patel to Embuldeniya, Beats the bat straightaway! Flighted and full outside off, not turning much, Embuldeniya tries to defend but misses.

Ajaz Patel (18-3-30-1) is back into the attack, replacing Somerville.

68.6
0
T Boult to N Dickwella, Fullish and on off, it's pushed off the front foot to covers. New Zealand have achieved their objective. It will be Lasith Embuldeniya on strike in the next over.
68.5
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Leading edge but safe! Boult spears in a very full ball on leg, Dickwella tries to flick but gets a big leading edge. Fortunately for Sri Lanka it goes wide of Taylor at covers. Good stop by the veteran with a dive.
68.4
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Back of a length ball on off, Niroshan defends it from the back foot to covers.
68.3
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Hurls in an inswinger outside off, Dickwella shoulders arms.
68.2
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Goes fuller and darts it on off, Dickwella defends it to mid off.
68.1
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Angles in a length ball on off, Dickwella defends it near his front pad.
67.6
0
W Somerville to Embuldeniya, Tossed up ball on off, Lasith defends it watchfully to survive the over. 23 more overs left in the day, don't think we will get that far with the light fading.
67.5
0
W Somerville to Embuldeniya, Fires it in, full and on off, straightening a bit after landing, Embuldeniya gets forward to defend with firm hands. It falls in front of silly point.
67.4
0
W Somerville to Embuldeniya, Well tossed up off spinner, pitching full on off, Lasith defends it confidently to the off side.
67.3
1
W Somerville to Dickwella, Floated and on off, Dickwella gets down and paddles it fine down the leg side for a run. 3 balls for Embuldeniya to survive.
67.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Leans forward to a full ball and defends it with the spin to the off side.
67.1
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Loopy and landing full outside off, spinning away, Dickwella allows it through.
66.6
0
T Boult to Embuldeniya, Boult serves it on a length and outside off, it keeps its line after pitching, Embuldeniya plays inside the line and lets it go.
66.5
1
T Boult to Dickwella, 13th Test fifty for Niroshan Dickwella! He is not too excited about this fifty as he knows that his job is only half done. Short delivery around middle, Niroshan rides the bounce and eases his pull shot down to fine leg for a run.
66.4
0
T Boult to Dickwella, On and around off, a length ball, it's solidly blocked by Niroshan.
66.3
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Back of a length ball on middle, Dickwella stands back and dead bats it down the surface.
66.2
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Beaten! Angling away from the batsman around off, Dickwella pushes inside the line and misses.
66.1
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Back of a length ball on off, Dickwella defends it off his back foot.
65.6
0
W Somerville to Embuldeniya, Loopy and outside off, Lasith allows it through. A wicket maiden for Somerville!
65.5
0
W Somerville to Embuldeniya, Quicker and flatter close to off, Embuldeniya tries to defend but it goes past the outside edge.
65.4
0
W Somerville to Embuldeniya, Embuldeniya has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

Lasith Embuldeniya is the new batsman.

65.3
0
W Somerville to S Lakmal, OUT! Lakmal's fight is over! Somerville strikes to break this 107-ball partnership! A superbly tossed up off spinner. It hits the deck outside off and breaks back in to kiss the gloves of Lakmal who was trying to defend. It then brushes his pads and lobs to Latham at forward short leg. He takes the simplest of catches and Sri Lanka lose their eighth wicket. The Kiwis are relieved. 25.3 overs left in the Test match to pick the remaining two wickets.
65.2
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, A touch short and outside off, Lakmal moves inside the crease and defends it off the inner half to the leg side.
65.1
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Flighted off spinner on off, turning in with extra bounce, Lakmal tries to defend but misses.
64.6
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Waste of energy and ball. Bouncer well outside off, Dickwella makes another leave to close the over.
64.5
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Identical to the last delivery, further angling away from the left-hander, Niroshan drops his wrists and lets it be.
64.4
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Boult switches to 'round the wicket and hurls in a bouncer around middle, Dickwella crouches and sways away from the line of fire.
64.3
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Pitches it up and outside off, it's pushed in the gap at covers and Dickwella denies the single.
64.2
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Angles in a length ball on middle, Dickwella defends it off his back foot to the leg side.
64.1
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Good length delivery in the zone outside off, Niroshan has nothing to do with it.

Time for some pace! Trent Boult (11-6-12-1) is once again unleashed into the attack. New Zealand in desperate need of a breakthrough. This partnership has now negotiated 98 balls.

63.6
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Very full in length on middle and leg, Lakmal defends it in front of forward short leg.
63.5
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Off spinner landing full on middle, Lakmal offers no shot and takes it on the pads.
63.4
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Fuller in length on off, it's driven back to the bowler.
63.3
1
W Somerville to Dickwella, Floated one, pitching full on off, Dickwella paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for one.
63.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Loopy delivery, wide outside off, an easy leave for Niroshan.
63.1
4
W Somerville to Dickwella, FOUR! Superbly played! Loopy and full, landing outside off, Dickwella sweeps it against the spin but backs it with great power. A boundary at mid-wicket results.
62.6
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Tossed up around off, Lakmal defends it off the outer half of his bat towards point.
62.5
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Proper leave this as this one pitches around off and spins away.
62.4
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Very full on middle and off, Lakmal keeps it out.
62.3
1
A Patel to Dickwella, Flighted on off, Dickwella turns it against the spin towards square leg for one.
62.2
0
A Patel to Dickwella, On the pads, Niroshan defends it to the leg side.
62.1
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Floated on off, Dickwella gets on his back foot and defends it.
61.6
6
W Somerville to Lakmal, SIX! High and handsome. Tossed up on middle and leg, Lakmal picks the length early and smashes it over the long on fence for a biggie. He is not shying away from swinging his bat.
61.5
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Follows it up with a calm defense.
61.4
4
W Somerville to Lakmal, FOUR! Short on the body, Lakmal gets on his back foot and pulls it through the vacant mid-wicket region for a boundary. Sri Lankan supporters starting to find their voice here.
61.3
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, This time defends it off the middle.
61.2
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Tossed up on leg, Lakmal looks to defend but it lobs of the edge wide off forward short leg.
61.1
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Floated around the pads, the ball hits his pad and then the arms.
60.6
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Loopy delivery on off, Niroshan strides forward and defends.
60.5
4
A Patel to Dickwella, FOUR! Well played! Flighted delivery, landing full on off, Niroshan advances down the track and just pushes it gently over mid off for a boundary.
60.4
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Tossed up ball on off, turning in, Dickwella is on the front foot as he defends it near his front pad.
60.3
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Allows the ball to spin back in and then defends it down wide of short leg.
60.2
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Flighted and outside off, defended to the off side.
60.1
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Patel switches to over the wicket and bowls a flatter full ball on off, Niroshan defends it off his front foot.
59.6
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Another maiden!
59.5
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Shout for a caught behind! The umpire is not convinced. Lovely drift on this delivery, it lands on off and turns in with some extra bounce. Lakmal lunges to defend but misses and Watling collects it over the stumps. A late appeal from the bowler but nothing doing. This was a similar delivery on which Kusal Mendis got bowled.
59.4
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Floated and full on middle, Lakmal presses forward to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to covers.
59.3
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Spinning down leg from around off, Suranga tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
59.2
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Flatter and shorter outside off, punched from the back foot to covers.
59.1
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Big spin down the leg side, a patient leave made by Suranga Lakmal.
58.6
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Nicely tossed up ball on off, Dickwella skips down the track and defends it back. Maiden. Lakmal will be now exposed for the entire next over.
58.5
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Quicker and on off, blocked off the back foot by Niroshan.
58.4
0
A Patel to Dickwella, A bit short in length outside off, Dickwella cuts it to point.
58.3
0
A Patel to Dickwella, On the pads, nudged to short fine leg.
58.2
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Bowls this one with a round-arm action and delivers it short on off, Dickwella defends it from the back foot.
58.1
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Floated full ball on off, Dickwella is on the front foot in defense.
57.6
0
W Somerville to S Lakmal, Loopy off spinner on off, Lakmal leans to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
57.5
4
W Somerville to S Lakmal, FOUR! Fine shot! Too full in length on off, Lakmal drives it through covers and the ball races away to the fence in no time.
57.4
1
W Somerville to Dickwella, Almost a catch there! Loose from Dickwella. He chases a short ball outside off and tries to guide it down towards third man. But it takes the outside edge and flies behind. Ross Taylor at short third man dives across to his right and parries it towards the fielder at short fine leg. A single taken.
57.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Niroshan has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
57.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Would have been a drag on! Tossed up ball on off, Dickwella tries to sweep but it takes the inside edge and strikes him on the pads.
57.1
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Advances down the track to take it on the full and pushes it to point.
56.6
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Flatter and on middle, Lakmal moves inside the crease in defense. 34 more overs to go.
56.5
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Full and on off, defended off the front foot by Suranga.
56.4
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Left alone! Flighted delivery, full and close to off, Lakmal leaves it alone as it spins away. Watch out for the arm ball...
56.3
1
A Patel to Dickwella, Hangs on the back foot and punches it to wide mid on for a run.
56.2
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Quicker and on off, defended off the back foot by Niroshan.
56.1
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Ajaz starts his over from 'round the wicket and lands it on the rough outside off. It breaks back in with some extra bounce and pings Dickwella on the back thigh who fails to put bat on ball.
55.6
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Edged again. Safe again. Full and on middle, spinning in, Lakmal decides to defend with firm hands but it takes the inner half and goes wide of short leg. Eventful first over after Tea!
55.5
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, What happened there? A near brain fade from Suranga Lakmal. He receives a short ball on middle and leg and goes for a massive heave-ho across the line. Drags his shot in the air and luckily for Sri Lanka it doesn't carry to the fielder at deep mid-wicket. Dickwella needs to remind him that they are playing a Test match here and in a tight situation to save it.
55.4
1
W Somerville to Dickwella, Well stopped, Boult! Short in length and outside off, Dickwella chases it and tries to guide it down to third man. But Boult reacts from backward point and dives to stop the ball from racing away. A single taken.
55.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Quicker and fuller on leg, swept straight to short fine leg. This partnership is now worth 47 balls.
55.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Lunges to a full ball and pushes it with the spin to point.
55.1
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Bowls the first delivery on the flatter trajectory. Puts it on a fuller length on middle and it's blocked back.

We're back! No rain so far. Now that's a positive news, if you are a New Zealand fan. Sri Lanka are on the back foot, needing to bat out the entire session with 3 wickets in the bag. The men concerned walk out to the centre. William Somerville to continue...

... DAY 5, FINAL SESSION ...

32 overs, 55 runs and 2 wickets! That was the story of the afternoon session as Sri Lanka managed to hang in. The first-hour post Lunch was safely negotiated by Karunaratne and Dickwella but then the Lankan skipper was dismissed by a gem from Southee. Niroshan has curbed his aggressive instinct and has so far succeeded by adopting a calmer approach. With just three wickets remaining, it's all up to him to take the maximum strike and earn a draw for the home team. Another 36 overs left in the day and with the rain gods knocking on the door, it's going to be an exciting finish. Do join us in a short while.

54.6
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Floated full ball on middle, Suranga is on the front foot as he blocks it watchfully. TEA ON DAY 5!
54.5
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Skidding down the leg side, Lakmal tries to flick but misses.
54.4
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Lovely delivery. Landing full on off and breaking away, Lakmal allows it through.

More close-in fielders coming in as Suranga Lakmal is on strike.

54.3
1
A Patel to Dickwella, Extra flight this time, around off, Niroshan kneels and sweeps it on the full through square leg. His sweep number 36 fetches him a run.
54.2
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Loopy and full on middle, Dickwella defends it with a stride forward.
54.1
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Quicker delivery, on off, Niroshan defends it off his back foot.
53.6
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Was there an inside edge? Spinning in from around off, Lakmal tries to defend but misses. Maybe, it comes off the inner edge before striking him on the pads. It lobs in the air and falls wide of short leg.
53.5
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Loopy off spinner on off, Lakmal hangs on the back foot in defense.
53.4
1
W Somerville to Dickwella, Quicker one, fired in full on middle, Dickwella swept it past short leg and to the right of short fine leg. They picked up a single. The deficit is now exactly 100.
53.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Too full in length on leg, Dickwella sweeps but finds short fine leg.
53.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Slow loopy ball just outside off, Dickwella defends it with an angled bat to the off side.
53.1
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Well flighted on off, fuller in length, Dickwella pushes it off his front foot to cover-point.
52.6
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Loopy ball on off, turning away, Lakmal tries defending from the front foot but is beaten by the away spin.
52.5
0
A Patel to Lakmal, Lakmal has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
52.4
1
A Patel to Dickwella, Skips down the track and pushes it down through mid on for a run.
52.3
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Tossed up ball outside off, padded away.
52.2
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Big spin and bounce from outside off, Dickwella is on the back foot to defend but it hits him high on the back leg. There was a bit of glove as well and Taylor runs across to his left from first slip to collect the catch on the rebound. But the ball falls just in front of his hands. Nervy period for Sri Lanka.
52.1
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Floated full ball on off, Dickwella is on the front foot in defense.
51.6
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Oohhh...nearly went through! Somerville goes flatter and darts in an off spinner on off, Lakmal is cramped for room and defends it somehow from the back foot. Sees off the last two balls.
51.5
0
W Somerville to Lakmal, Brave, very brave! Terrific delivery. Generously tossed up off spinner landing on a fuller length outside off, Lakmal decides not to offer any shot and Watling collects the ball near the off stump.
51.4
1
W Somerville to Dickwella, Flighted delivery, Dickwella picks it from outside off and sweeps it behind square leg. Takes a run off the fourth ball.
51.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Loopy and full on off, Dickwella presses forward and defends it to the off side.
51.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Fires one in. It's a slider around off and skids back into the batsman, another back foot defense by Niroshan.
51.1
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Tossed up ball on off, Dickwella goes back and blocks it with the spin to the off side.

Change at both ends. William Somerville (12-4-25-1) is back on as well.

50.6
1
A Patel to Dickwella, Good running, Dickwella will keep strike. Full and flighted on off, Niroshan presses forward and pushes it gently to the right of the cover fielder. He calls for a run and completes it with ease.
50.5
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Loopy full ball on middle, Dickwella lunges and defends it to short mid-wicket.
50.4
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Uses his feet to come down the track but drives a full ball back to the bowler.
50.3
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Comes from 'round the wicket and bowls a flatter delivery on off. The ball lands and spins back in as Dickwella defends it from the back foot.
50.2
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Leans forward to a full ball around off and defends it with the spin to the leg side.
50.1
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Tossed up ball landing outside off and spinning back in, Dickwella remains on the back foot in defense.

Trent Boult gets a breather. Ajaz Patel is inserted back into the attack. 11-2-21-1, so far.

49.6
0
Tim Southee to Lakmal, Back of a length ball around middle and leg, Lakmal stays on the back foot and taps it down in front of short leg.
49.5
0
Tim Southee to Lakmal, Full in length and around middle and leg, Lakmal eases it down to long on and looks for a run. It's turned down by Dickwella.
49.4
0
Tim Southee to Lakmal, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
49.3
0
Tim Southee to Lakmal, Southee bangs in a short ball on off, Suranga takes his eyes off and sways away from the line.
49.2
0
Tim Southee to Lakmal, Better this time from the batsman. Defends it from the middle of his bat.
49.1
0
Tim Southee to Lakmal, Edgy! A length ball close to off, shaping away, Lakmal stays back to push inside the line and gets it away off the outside edge. It drops down in front of backward point.
48.6
4
T Boult to N Dickwella, FOUR! Another good shot. Width on offer outside off, the length is short and Dickwella slaps it through backward point for a boundary. New Zealand won't mind it much as Lakmal will be on strike for the next over.
48.5
4
T Boult to Dickwella, FOUR! Short in length and outside off, Dickwella camps back and opens the face of his bat at the last moment to guide it wide of gully and point fielders. A boundary results.
48.4
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Pitches it up and outside off, Niroshan pushes it off his front foot to covers.
48.3
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Fuller in length on middle and off, Dickwella brings his bat down in time to defend it towards mid-wicket.
48.2
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Short in length and outside off, ND drops his wrists and lets it through.
48.1
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Sliding down the leg side, Dickwella tries to flick but misses. That wasn't too far away from his gloves.

Oh no! Not a good news if you are a New Zealand fan but might come as a poetry to your ears if you are supporting Sri Lanka. It is getting dark here, indicating that rain might grace us with its presence once again.

47.6
0
Tim Southee to Lakmal, The field set is for short bowling but it's a double bluff from Southee. He stays nice and full around middle, a hint of away movement, Lakmal plays it out safely towards point.

Short leg in place. There are fielders in the deep on the leg side for a mistimed pull shot.

47.5
0
Tim Southee to Lakmal, Nearly an outside edge! Southee gets closer to the off stump and bowls an outswinger, Lakmal sticks back to push inside the line but misses.

Suranga Lakmal is the new man in. He has the ability to hang around and it was his knock which proved vital in the 1st Test.

47.4
0
Tim Southee to Perera, OUT! Edged and caught at first slip! Southee tempts Perera into a drive. He serves a juicy full ball outside off and there is a little bit of away movement as well. Dilruwan needlessly opts to play a stroke through the line and ends up edging at first slip. Ross Taylor dives across to his right and snaps it safely. Number 7 is down and Dickwella might be regretting his decision to rotate the strike on the previous ball. 43.2 more overs left in this Test match!
47.3
1
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Fractionally short and on middle, Niroshan quietly taps it down in front of square leg for a run. Showing trust in Dilruwan to survive three balls. He is no mug with the bat but it's a pressure situation.
47.2
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, This time it has been angled into the batsman around off, Dickwella shuffles across the stumps and defends it back.
47.1
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Dickwella strides ahead and defends it to the off side.
46.6
0
T Boult to Perera, Goes back to over the wicket and bowls it outside off. Perera survives the over as he lets this one go.
46.5
0
T Boult to Perera, Comes 'round the wicket and bowls it full on off. Perera is solid in his defense.
46.4
0
T Boult to Perera, Full around off, Dilruwan pushes it to the right of gully. The fielder there dives and saves runs for his side.
46.3
0
T Boult to Perera, Full swinging in. Dilruwan does well to push it to mid on.
46.2
0
T Boult to Perera, Back of a length ball around off, DP defends it.
46.1
0
T Boult to D Perera, Fuller on off, Dilruwan pushes it to cover.
45.6
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Bouncer around off, Niroshan ducks to complete the over. Dilruwan will be on strike for the next over.
45.5
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

Field comes up. They want to keep Dickwella on strike and bowl a full next over at Dilruwan.

45.4
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Southee eyes a yorker but it reaches the batsman on a full. Dickwella pushes it out safely to covers.
45.3
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Back of a length ball landing outside off and angling into the batsman, Niroshan gets across the stumps and taps it down to mid-wicket.
45.2
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
45.1
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Serves a length delivery in the zone outside off, Dickwella allows it through to the keeper. He now needs to take maximum strike. The wind is picking up also. Maybe, there is some rain around the corner.
44.6
0
T Boult to Perera, NOT OUT! It is pitching mere inches outside leg. Excellent decision by the umpire. Pacy yorker on leg, Dilruwan looks to defend but the ball hits him on his boot after pitching just in front. The Kiwi players put in a loud and confident appeal. The umpire though is unmoved. Boult is dead sure that he has his man. Kane Williamson quickly takes the review. Replay rolls in, first it shows that there was no bat involved. Then we go to the Ball Tracker and it shows that the ball was pitching marginally outside leg. Dilruwan survives but credit to the umpires here. Both Michael Gough and Bruce Oxenford have been absolutely brilliant in this game with their decisions.

A rip-roaring yorker by Trent Boult. It's right in the blockhole and it seems that Dilruwan has failed to dig it out. Boult roars in appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The Kiwis go for the DRS. Is pitching an issue here? Oh yes, the Ball Tracker shows that it has pitched outside leg. Terrific decision from Michael Gough.

44.5
0
T Boult to Perera, Short ball around the body. Dilruwan ducks under it.
44.4
0
T Boult to Perera, Full on off, Perera keeps his head down and defends it calmly.
44.3
0
T Boult to Perera, Fuller outside off, Dilruwan leaves it alone.
44.2
1
T Boult to Dickwella, Length ball on middle, Dickwella glances it towards mid-wicket for one.
44.1
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Full and swinging away on off. Dickwella defends it off the front foot.
43.6
0
Tim Southee to Perera, Perera has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Successful over!

Dilruwan Perera is the new batsman.

43.5
0
Southee to Karunaratne, OUT! Body blow to Sri Lanka as their skipper is sent packing by Tim Southee for his 250th Test wicket. A big inswinger by Tim. He steams in from 'round the wicket and hurls it on a length outside off. Karunaratne takes his front leg outside the line of the stumps and then is late in bringing his bat down. His willow is hiding behind his front pad as the ball pings him. The appeal is made and umpire Bruce Oxenford raises his finger. Karunaratne takes his time and then goes for the DRS. The replays roll in. Impact cannot be an issue here as it will be counted as no shot offered. After that, the ball is seen to be moving in enough to rattle the sticks in the Ball Tracker. Karunaratne trudges back and the Kiwis have finally broken the stubborn resistance. 4 wickets more to level the series!

Tim Southee gets one ball to swing back in sharply and it pings Dimuth Karunaratne on the pads. His bat was hiding behind the front pad, indicating that he was not offering any shot. The appeal is made and the finger has gone up. Dimuth takes the DRS but the Ball Tracker is of no help for him. Hitting the stumps, the Lankan skipper will have to depart.

43.4
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Lands it on a length and outside off, DK stays back footed and taps it down to gully.
43.3
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Hurls a length delivery in the channel outside off, an easy leave for Dimuth Karunaratne.
43.2
1
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Good length ball on middle and leg, it's worked in front of square leg for one.
43.1
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Back of a length ball on off, angling away, Dickwella stays back, drops his wrists and allows it through.
43.1
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Wide called for height! Southee goes short and it has gone well over the head of the batsman.

Tim Southee (8-4-12-0) is back for his third spell. There is a shortish backward square leg in place. The expected plan is some short-pitch bowling.

42.6
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Good aggressive stuff from Trent Boult. He speeds into his delivery stride and bangs in a short ball with a leg gully in place. Dimuth senses the plan and immediately ducks. Another maiden from Boult.
42.5
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
42.4
0
T Boult to D Karunaratne, Boult is getting some extra bounce here. He bangs it short around off, Karunaratne sticks back to defend but is hit first on the gloves and then on the body.

Physio pays a visit to the Sri Lankan skipper. Magic spray is sprinkled on the affected area. All will be well soon. It's called magic spray for a reason. Dimuth is once again battle ready after receiving the treatment and the action resumes...

42.3
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Karunaratne takes a blow and is down on his haunches. Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Karunaratne tries to glance it across the line but there is some extra bounce and it beats his bat. The ball then strikes him flush on the stomach.
42.2
0
T Boult to D Karunaratne, Pitches it up and outside off, Dimuth pushes inside the line and keeps it out off the outer edge to gully.
42.1
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Angles in a length ball on middle, Karunaratne defends it back to the bowler.
41.6
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Dickwella has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
41.5
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Flatter and on off, defended from the back foot to the off side.
41.4
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, This one skids back into the batsman from around off, Dickwella tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
41.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Floated one way wide outside off, it's an easy leave for Niroshan.

Change in the field. Mid-wicket drops back.

41.2
4
W Somerville to Dickwella, FOUR! And again. Flatter and fuller on middle, Niroshan is down on one knee again and spanks it to the deep mid-wicket fence. Does well to keep it down. There are fielders waiting for any kind of a top edge.
41.1
4
W Somerville to Dickwella, FOUR! Superbly played! No one in the deep on the leg side and Dickwella takes the calculative risk. He sits down on one knee, fetches a full ball from outside off, slogs it against the spin but still manages to nail it over mid-wicket.

Drinks break. First hour after Lunch has been safely negotiated by the pair of Karunaratne and Dickwella. Both have shown good temperament to deal whatever the Kiwis have thrown at them. It's a really testing pitch so they cannot afford to relax. All the Black Caps need is one breakthrough and they will enter into the tail. Can this batting duo survive the next hour also?

40.6
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Solidly blocked. On a length and angling in around off, Dimuth presents a straight bat in defense.
40.5
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Beautiful bowling by Boult. He dishes out a fuller length ball on off, Karunaratne tries to defend it with limited footwork but the ball nips away a bit to beat the outside edge.
40.4
0
T Boult to D Karunaratne, Back of a length ball on off, Dimuth is on his toes and taps it down to cover-point.
40.3
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Short in length and outside off, Karunaratne cuts near his body and mistimes it to point.
40.2
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Swing in the air. Full and outside off, shaping away a shade, Karunaratne gets forward and pushes it to covers.
40.1
0
T Boult to Karunaratne, Bouncer around middle and leg, Karunaratne ducks at the last moment.
39.6
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Once again it's served slower through the air and it lands full on middle, Dickwella leans forward in defense.
39.5
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Slow spin away from the batsman outside off, Dickwella watches the line closely and allows it through to the keeper.
39.4
0
W Somerville to N Dickwella, Tossed up ball on off, turning away, Niroshan draws forward to defend but it takes the outer half and rolls wide of backward point.
39.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Loopy and outside off, it's left alone by Dickwella.
39.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Appeal for a catch at first slip! Not given by the umpire. Somerville gets a full ball to spin away from around off, Dickwella fails to sweep and it goes off his body to Taylor.
39.1
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, A low dipping full toss on middle, Dickwella sweeps it past short leg but fails to beat square leg.
38.6
1
T Boult to Dickwella, Spears in a fullish ball on off in the mid-130s, Dickwella clips it in the gap between mid-wicket and mid on. The fielder from the former position runs across to his left and makes a sliding stop. The batsmen cross for a run.
38.5
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Darts in a length ball on off, it's defended from the back foot by ND.
38.4
0
T Boult to Dickwella, In the channel outside off, Niroshan makes a safe leave.
38.3
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Angling into the batsman on middle, Dickwella works it on the leg side.
38.2
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Well bowled and well played as well. A nicely directed bouncer around off, Dickwella keeps his eyes on the ball, leans back and lets it go through right across his face. Smell the leather!
38.1
0
T Boult to Dickwella, Shortish and outside off, played down from the crease to point.

As expected, Trent Boult has been unleashed into the attack. He was exceptional in his first spell, 5-3-2-1!

37.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, SHOUT FOR AN LBW! Once again the umpire stands put. An off spinner landing around leg and spinning towards off after landing. Karunaratne presses forward in defense but misses. They appeal but it has pitched outside leg.
37.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Polite inquiry for a caught behind! Not given. Somerville gives this one some extra revolution and lands it close to off. Karunaratne strides forward in defense but is beaten by the away spin.
37.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Slightly short in length around off, DK goes back and cuts it to point. Misses out on a scoring opportunity.
37.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy ball pitching close to off, Karunaratne prods forward in defense.
37.2
2
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tossed up delivery, a little too straight in line, Karunaratne flicks it in the vacant mid-wicket region for a couple of runs.
37.1
1
W Somerville to Dickwella, A low full toss on off, Dickwella drives it to the right of mid off and crosses for a quick run.

It appears that Trent Boult will be in action soon. He is seen shadow practicing and visualizing how the batsman will be playing and what he needs to do.

36.6
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Good length ball on middle and off, Karunaratne is finally forced to play at a delivery. The Lankan skipper blocks it off his back foot and plays out a maiden without any fuss.
36.5
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Oohhh... big puff of dust as it lands on a fuller length outside off, DK has an easy leave.
36.4
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Southee is playing on the patience of the batsman. Continues to hurl it on a driving length outside off. Dimuth is content in leaving those.
36.3
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Yet another delivery there to be driven, Karunaratne keeps his calm and shoulders arms.
36.2
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Gets closer to the off stump this time, pitches it on a driving length, Dimuth is not getting tempted into any kind of a shot.
36.1
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Quite wide outside off. Not making the batsman play. It's on a length and angling away from the left-hander, Karunaratne patiently makes a leave.
35.6
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, On off, Niroshan defends it to get through another over.
35.5
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Short around off, Dickwella taps it with the spin towards backward point.
35.4
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Tossed up on off, Dickwella defends it onto the ground.
35.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Flighted on leg, ND keeps it out.
35.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Short and spinning away, Niroshan leaves it alone.
35.1
0
W Somerville to N Dickwella, Tossed up on middle, Dickwella strokes it to mid off.
34.6
2
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Nice timing and shot but won't reach the fence. Full on off, Karunaratne drives it through mid off. The fielder from mid off is able to clean it up as the outfield is quite slow. Two taken.
34.5
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Full around off, DK pushes it to mid off.
34.4
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, On the fifth stump line. Dimuth has nothing to do with it.
34.3
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Yorker on off. It nips in a bit too. Karunaratne does well to tap it back to the bowler.
34.2
0
Tim Southee to Karunaratne, Full outside off, Karunaratne leaves it alone.
34.1
1
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Uppish but safe. Good length ball outside off, Dickwella drives it uppishly through point for a single.
33.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tossed up on off, DK keeps it out.
33.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Drifter outside off, Karunaratne leaves it alone. The ball just about misses the off pole.
33.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Arm ball outside off, DK leaves it alone.
33.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Shorter and spinning away, Dimuth defends it towards backward point.
33.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tossed up on off, Dimuth defends it which goes to silly point on a bounce.
33.1
2
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted on middle, Karunaratne strokes it through mid on for a couple.
32.6
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Some swing in the air as it drops on a fuller length around off, ND is forward as he pushes it to mid off.
32.5
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Just ahead of a length outside off, angling away from the batsman, Dickwella gets half-forward as he defends it to the off side.
32.4
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, An overpitched ball on middle, Dickwella sticks back and brings down a straight bat to push it towards mid off.
32.3
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Sliding down the leg side, Niroshan tries to flick but misses. It clips his pads and runs down to fine leg for a couple of leg byes.
32.2
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, This one keeps low. On a length and around off, Dickwella keeps his eyes on the ball and goes down low to defend it from the crease to the off side.
32.1
0
Tim Southee to Dickwella, Starts his new spell with a length ball close to off, there is a hint of inward shape as Dickwella defends it near his front pad. Off the inside edge.

Tim Southee is back into the attack. 5-2-9-0, so far from him. Two slips and a gully for him.

31.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tossed up on off, Dimuth keeps it out.
31.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted on middle, Karunaratne defends it onto the ground.
31.4
1
W Somerville to Dickwella, Shorter on the pads, Niroshan milks it to mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
31.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Lunges forward and defends it off the front foot.
31.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Flighted on off, Dickwella keeps it out.
31.1
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Darts one on the pads, Dickwella tucks it to mid-wicket and shouts a loud no.
30.6
1
A Patel to Dickwella, Short and wide outside off, Dickwella mistimes his square cut to point. They cross for a single.
30.5
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Flatter and shorter on off, Dickwella remains on the back foot and punches it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
30.4
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Goes down on one knee and sweeps it with the spin to square leg.
30.3
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Arm ball on off, flatter through the air, defended off the back foot.
30.2
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Dickwella has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
30.1
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Flighted and on middle, defended off the front on the leg side.
29.6
2
W Somerville to D Karunaratne, Uppish but safe! Flatter and fuller on off, turning in, Karunaratne gets down the track and punches it towards the bowler but fails to keep it down. Luckily for him, it goes wide of the diving Somerville to long on. The mid off fielder chases it down and the batsmen pick a couple of runs.
29.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy ball landing outside off, turning away, Karunaratne allows it through to the keeper.
29.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Walks down the track to take it on the full and eases it to mid off.
29.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Quicker one, flatter through the air and it lands full on off, Karunaratne defends it back with a straight bat
29.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tossed up ball on off, Dimuth presses forward and defends it with the spin to the off side.
29.1
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted delivery landing close to off, Karunaratne draws forward in defense.
28.6
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Floated on off, Dimuth comes down the track and nudges it towards long on for a single. He keeps the strike.
28.5
4
A Patel to Karunaratne, FOUR! Right off the middle. Tossed up on middle, Karunaratne gets down on his knee and reverse sweeps it through backward point for a boundary.
28.4
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Tossed up on off, DK comes down the track and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
28.3
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, SAFE! No bat involved. It pitches on the rough and turns in. Karunaratne comes down the track and looks to defend but the ball lobs off to first slip. It looks like it has come off the bat. There is a huge appeal after Taylor catches the ball at first slip and the umpire raises his finger. Karunaratne takes the review straightaway. Replays roll in and they show the bat has hit the pad and the ball lobs off the front pad. No edge there, so the initial appeal is nullified. Adding to that, the third umpire feels no need to check for the lbw as the impact is outside off and Dimuth was playing a shot as well. The on-field decision has to be overturned and Karunaratne survives. Very good review by the Lankan skipper.

Caught at first slip! The finger is raised. New Zealand are celebrating. But... Dimuth Karunaratne wants to refer it. He believes he has not edged it. Ultra Edge is used. His bat and front pad are very close to each other. But it's quite evident that the ball has missed the inside edge and has gone behind off the pads. No need to check for the lbw as the impact is very well outside off. Good use of the review, Karunaratne survives.

28.2
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted on off, Karunaratne keeps it out.
28.1
1
A Patel to Dickwella, Floated on off, Dickwella sweeps it uppishly towards square leg for a single.
27.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Tossed up ball on middle and off, Karunaratne hangs on the back foot in defense. Eventful over by Somerville.
27.5
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floated one close to off, turning away, Dimuth shoulders arms.
27.4
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Quicker and on middle, fired in, Karunaratne taps it down to mid-wicket.
27.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Loopy and outside off, turning away, Karunaratne allows it through.
27.2
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted ball close to off, Dimuth defends it safely to the off side.
27.1
2
W Somerville to D Karunaratne, EDGED! SAFE! Karunaratne flirting with danger. He tries to drive a full ball landing on the rough outside off. Doesn't account for the away spin and edges it behind. It brushes the keeper's pads and loops over Taylor at first slip. The batsmen take two runs. Nervous period.
26.6
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Spinning down the leg side, fuller and around middle, Dickwella tries to sweep but misses.
26.5
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Flatter ball on off, Niroshan defends it off the back foot.
26.4
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Dickwella has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
26.3
1
A Patel to Karunaratne, Does well this time, the Lankan skipper. He plays it with the spin and finds the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
26.2
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, EDGED! Just wide of short leg. Sharp turn on this occasion. It pitches on full outside off, Karunaratne strides forward to defend but it turns in to take the inside edge. Flies wide of short leg and straight towards backward square leg.
26.1
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted and outside off, Dimuth presses forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. He is struck outside the line and hence the stifled appeal quickly dies down.
25.6
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Spin and bounce! Somerville gives it a nice toss and lands it close to off. Dickwella is on the back leg trying to defend. But it shoots off the surface to beat the outside edge of his bat.
25.5
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Tossed up ball outside off, Dickwella lets it through to the keeper.
25.4
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Lunges to a full ball outside off and jams it down to the off side.
25.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Stifled appeal for an lbw! A slider this time. It pitches around middle and skidding down, Dickwella tries working it around but misses. He is hit on the pads, they appeal mutely but it's missing leg.
25.2
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Quicker one, landing full and on middle, Niroshan sweeps but finds the square leg fielder.
25.1
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, A tossed up ball landing outside off, Dickwella gets forward and pushes it with the turn to point.
24.6
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Short and quick outside off, Karunaratne looks to flick but misses. The ball hits him high on the thigh pad. There is a stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire.
24.5
4
A Patel to Karunaratne, FOUR! Karunaratne has earned this boundary. He has been using his feet and putting doubts in the bowler's mind. Ajaz goes short and wide this time. Dimuth gets on his back foot and cuts it through point for a boundary. Cause of concern here as Dimuth walks awkwardly here and looks to be in discomfort.
24.4
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Floated on off, Karunaratne comes down the track and blocks it away.
24.3
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted outside off, Karunaratne pads it away.
24.2
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Shorter on off, Karunaratne defends it off the back foot.
24.1
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Flighted on the stumps, Karunaratne comes down and keeps it out.

Ajaz Patel to continue from the other end.

23.6
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Tossed up on off, Niroshan keeps it out. First over of the second session done and Sri Lanka come out of it unscathed.
23.5
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, On off, Dickwella sweeps but finds square leg.
23.4
1
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Uppish but safe. Floated around off, Karunaratne drives it uppishly wide of short cover. Williamson there dives to his left but the ball goes wide of him to the deep for a single.
23.3
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Flighted on off, Dimuth defends it off the front foot.
23.2
1
W Somerville to Dickwella, First run of the session. Tossed up around off, Niroshan sweeps it to square leg for a single.
23.1
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Flighted on off, Dickwella starts with a solid front foot defense.

We are back for the second session. Dimuth Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella walk out to resume the fight of Sri Lanka's survival. For New Zealand it will be William Somerville to bowl the first over of the session.

... Day 5, Afternoon Session ...

So with just 5 wickets to play with, without a doubt New Zealand are on the ascendancy and will hope, unlike the past 4 days, rain does not come to spoil the party. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be hoping that the two out in the middle fight it out and they won't mind a little bit of assistance from the rain gods. What will happen? Join us after the break to find out.

At times batting with a defensive mindset leads to a negative mentality which in turn puts the side's back against the wall. That is exactly what has happened to the Sri Lankan batsmen here. They came out with an approach to just keep the balls out. They hardly tried to score which let the Kiwis off the hook. Poor calling, rash shot selection and some brilliant bowling have brought about a serious downfall of the Lankan batting. In a match where draw was looking inevitable, it looks like we will have a result. The positive for Sri Lanka is their skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne and wicketkeeper, Niroshan Dickweela are out in the middle and can bank on them to take them out of this mess. How fit the skipper is? Only time will tell.

New Zealand needed early wickets and they started off from the very first over, courtesy of very good fielding sprinkled with some amateur running. From there on the bowlers kept building pressure. 5 bowlers were used by Williamson in the first session and barring Southee everyone has a wicket to his name. They have kept Sri Lanka on the back foot and have sent half the side back to the pavilion.

Outstanding session for the Black Caps! Both with the bat and with the ball they have completely outdone the hosts. They played just about 5 overs today and yet managed to outscore Sri Lanka who have played 23 overs.

22.6
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, A bit short and outside off, Dimuth tries to cut but mistimes his shot on the off side. Lunch on Day 5!
22.5
0
A Patel to Karunaratne, Straightaway Karunaratne comes down the track to negate the spin and eases it with the spin to mid on.
22.4
1
A Patel to Dickwella, Loopy delivery landing full outside off, Dickwella finds the gap this time with his drive at covers. A single is taken.
22.3
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Tossed up ball on off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
22.2
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Shout for an lbw! Not given. Flighted delivery pitched full outside off and turning back in, Niroshan tries to sweep but misses to get pinged on the pads. They appeal but the impact was well outside off.
22.1
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Inside edge but safe! Floated full ball landing outside off, Niroshan lunges to defend but it takes the inside portion of his bat and rolls to short leg.
21.6
0
W Somerville to Karunaratne, Floated on off, Karunaratne starts his innings with a solid front foot defense.

It's time for Dimuth Karunaratne to revive Sri Lanka's innings. He looks fit and fine as he joins Dickwella in the middle. Big task ahead of this last recognized batting pair.

21.5
0
W Somerville to K Mendis, OUT! Bowled! WOW! That is a superb delivery. It has everything an off spinner wants. Flight - check. Drift - check. Spin - check. Stumps - rattled! Somerville ticks all the boxes to get rid of the stubborn Kusal Mendis. William bowls it slower through the air on off. Kusal prods forward and looks to defend. The ball though drifts away from the batsman and then turns in after landing to cut Mendis' defense into pieces. It goes on to hit the top of off pole, a sight that all the bowlers love. New Zealand needed something special to get rid of Kusal Mendis and Somerville has pulled the rabbit out of his hat. Half the side down now before Lunch. The hosts are crumbling down like a jenga here. At this point of time, Sri Lanka will wish for two things, their skipper to stuck out in the middle and the heavens to open up.
21.4
0
W Somerville to Mendis, Tossed up on off, KM defends it off the front foot.
21.3
0
W Somerville to Mendis, Floated on off, Mendis keeps it out.
21.2
0
W Somerville to Mendis, Ouch! That must have hurt. Short on off, Mendis swivels onto his back foot and pulls it. The ball hits Latham on the chest. He is in the firing line standing at short leg. Technically, it will go down as a chance but his palms were nowhere near his hands.
21.1
0
W Somerville to Mendis, Loopy ball on off, Kusal pushes it back to the bowler.
20.6
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Tossed up on off, Niroshan keeps it out.
20.5
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Shorter on off, ND punches it to cover.
20.4
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Slower through the air on off, Dickwella looks to defend but gets an inside edge which goes wide of short leg.
20.3
1
A Patel to Mendis, On the pads, Mendis flicks it to the on side for one.
20.2
0
A Patel to Mendis, Now calmly blocks it as Ajaz corrects his line.
20.1
4
A Patel to Mendis, FOUR! Poor ball and rightfully punished. Tossed up on the pads, Mendis gets down on one knee and sweeps it wide of the man at square leg for a boundary.
19.6
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Looped up on off, Dickwella calmly blocks it to get through the over.
19.5
2
W Somerville to Dickwella, Floated on off, Dickwella plays a risk-free sweep over mid-wicket as there is no one in the deep. The ball does not have the strength to reach the fence so he has to be satisfied with a brace.
19.4
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Tossed up on off, Niroshan sweeps it and it hits Tom Latham who is standing at short leg.
19.3
0
W Somerville to Dickwella, Floated outside off, Dickwella leaves it alone.
19.2
2
W Somerville to Dickwella, Tossed up full on off, Dickwella paddles it fine down the leg side for a couple. Gets off the mark.
19.1
1
W Somerville to Mendis, Tossed up on off, Mendis milks it towards long on and gets to the other end.

Change in bowling! In comes William Somerville to bowl his offies. Good move with a left-hander in the middle.

18.6
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Once again Dickwella has defended it off the inner half. End of a successful over for the Kiwis!
18.5
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Loopy and around off, Niroshan gets half forward and blocks it from the inner half of his bat.
18.4
0
A Patel to Dickwella, Floated and full on off, Dickwella defends it by getting forward.

Niroshan Dickwella walks in next to bat. A slip, leg slip and short leg in place. Those wondering why Dimuth Karunaratne hasn't come out to bat yet. Well, he was off the field on entire Day 4 due to some internal injury. Hence, he is allowed to bat either at the the fall of the fifth wicket or after waiting for two hours from the start of the innings.

18.3
0
A Patel to de Silva, OUT! Number 4 goes down and it's a sharp catch by Tim Southee at second slip. Ajaz Patel is awarded for persisting with his line and length around off. Dhananjaya takes a step down to work it across the line but it spins away to catch the leading edge. Southee ain't dropping those. De Silva fails to repeat his heroics of the first innings. Sri Lanka trail by 165 runs with 6 wickets left in this innings. Trouble!
18.2
0
A Patel to Silva, Nicely tossed up ball, landing full on middle, Dhananjaya defends it by striding forward.
18.1
1
A Patel to Mendis, Flighted and full around off, Mendis drives it to the left of mid off and takes a single.

Slight halt in play! Physio is out in the centre to address Kusal Mendis' left leg. Maybe, Kusal has hurt his ankle. The affected area is being taped.

17.6
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Little movement as this one goes away. De Silva shoulders arms to it.
17.5
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Full on off, Dhananjaya strokes it to mid on.
17.4
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Away from the off pole, Dhananjaya leaves it alone.
17.3
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Good length ball on off, Dhananjaya pushes it back to the bowler. The ball deflects off his hand and hits Mendis on his left boot and then goes on towards mid on.
17.2
1
de Grandhomme to Mendis, Full on off, Kusal glances it to the on side for a single.
17.1
0
de Grandhomme to Mendis, Full around off, Mendis pushes it towards mid on. The fielder there dives to his left and keeps it down to zero.
16.6
0
A Patel to Silva, On off, Dhananjaya keeps it out towards gully-point.
16.5
0
A Patel to Silva, Floated on off, Dhananjaya comes down the track and defends it towards point.
16.4
1
A Patel to Mendis, Short and spinning away, Kusal punches it with the spin towards cover-point and gets a single.
16.3
0
A Patel to Mendis, Floated outside off, KM leaves it alone again.
16.2
0
A Patel to Mendis, Floated outside off, Kusal leaves it alone.
16.1
0
A Patel to Mendis, Yes, no, wait. Confusion but no casualty. Floated on off, Mendis comes down the track and defends it with soft hands towards point. Kusal wants a single but Dhananjaya says no. The fielder misfields and then once again they think about it. But eventually they decide not to take any risk and Mendis is back in his crease.
15.6
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Outside off, Dhananjaya is not going to disturb that.
15.5
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, On the stumps, de Silva keeps it out.
15.4
1
de Grandhomme to Mendis, Good length ball around off, Mendis defends it with soft hands. The ball goes towards cover off the outer half of his bat for a single.
15.3
0
de Grandhomme to Mendis, Fuller on off, Kusal pushes it to mid off.
15.2
0
de Grandhomme to Mendis, Good length ball on off, Mendis punches it towards cover.
15.1
4
de Grandhomme to K Mendis, FOUR! Effortless. Full on off, Mendis drives it with ease through mid off. The fielder there puts in a dive but has no chance saving that. Delightful batting.
14.6
0
A Patel to Silva, Tossed up on off, Mendis defends it onto the ground.
14.5
1
A Patel to Mendis, Floats one on off, KM nudges it to covers for one.
14.4
0
A Patel to Mendis, Flighted on the stumps, Kusal keeps it out.
14.3
0
A Patel to Mendis, Tossed up outside off, Mendis looks to defend but misses.
14.2
0
A Patel to Mendis, Appeal but the umpire is unmoved. Flighted on leg, Mendis strides forward to defend. The ball hits him on the pads and lobs to first slip. There is a stifled appeal but the umpire says nothing doing.
14.1
0
A Patel to Mendis, Flighted on middle, Mendis strokes it to mid off.
13.6
1
de Grandhomme to Mendis, Another one on the pads, Mendis flicks it to fine keg and keeps the strike.
13.5
1
de Grandhomme to Silva, On the pads, Dhananjaya turns it behind square on the leg side to get off the mark.
13.4
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Ohhh! Full outside off, Dhananjaya loses his patience and looks to go for the big drive. The ball comes in and goes between the bat and body, missing the edge to the keeper.
13.3
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Fuller on off, Dhananjaya defends it off the front foot.
13.2
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Good length ball outside off, de Silva leaves it alone.
13.1
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
12.6
0
A Patel to Mendis, Pitches it up and on off, Kusal lunges and defends it off the inner half to the leg side.
12.5
0
A Patel to K Mendis, Shortish and on off, cut off the back foot but straight towards the point fielder.
12.4
0
A Patel to Mendis, Yet another front foot drive with the spin and this one goes past the diving cover fielder to mid off.
12.3
0
A Patel to Mendis, Tossed up and around off, blocked safely off the front foot.
12.2
0
A Patel to Mendis, Fine stop, Kane! Loopy and full on off, it's driven off the front foot to covers where Williamson dives across to his left to make a stop.
12.1
0
A Patel to Mendis, Flighted and full on middle, spinning away a bit after landing, Mendis gets forward to defend but it takes the outer half and rolls past gully.
11.6
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Good start for de Grandhomme. Wicket maiden to begin. Good length ball outside off, Dhananjaya calmly leaves it alone.
11.5
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, On the pads, Dhananjaya flicks it towards square leg.
11.4
0
de Grandhomme to Silva, Good length ball outside off, de Silva leaves it alone.

The centurion of the first innings, Dhananjaya de Silva arrives in the middle with Sri Lanka in a spot of bother.

11.3
0
de Grandhomme to A Mathews, OUT! Caught! Big wicket this for the Kiwis. The bowling change has done the trick. De Grandhomme has got a knack of picking up prized scalps and once again he has done just that for his side. Fuller on off, it swings away at the last moment. Mathews could have left it but decides to put his bat in defense. He does so but the ball finds the thick outside edge and goes to the man at first slip. Ross Taylor stationed there gets down to his left and takes a good low catch. Big blow for Sri Lanka. Maybe the Drinks Break brought in a lapse of concentration here for the experienced Angelo.
11.2
0
de Grandhomme to Mathews, Fuller on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
11.1
0
de Grandhomme to Mathews, Starts with a good length ball outside off. Hint of away swing but Angelo will not play that.

Colin de Grandhomme is on now.

Drinks Break! After initial hiccups, Sri Lanka are calming their nerves slowly here. Mathews and Mendis are fighting it out in the middle. One expected the hosts to play slow and they have done exactly that. New Zealand have got two but will now need to find a way to get rid of this stand.

10.6
0
A Patel to Mendis, Floated on off and middle, Kusal looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
10.5
0
A Patel to Mendis, Floated on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
10.4
0
A Patel to Mendis, Flighted on off, Mendis keeps it out.
10.3
0
Patel to Mendis, Appeal but nothing from the umpire. Quicker on leg, Mendis looks to defend but misses. There is a huge appeal but nothing from the umpire. It looked like there was an inside edge but then replays later on show that there was no bat involved. Probably going down leg.
10.2
0
A Patel to Mendis, Flighted on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
10.1
0
A Patel to Mendis, Floated on off, Kusal defends it off the front foot.

Spin time. Ajaz Patel is the first bowling change of this innings.

9.6
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, On off, Mathews waits and then keeps it out.
9.5
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Full on leg, Mathews defends it towards mid on.
9.4
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length ball around off, Mathews tucks it towards square leg and calls 'wait' to his partner.
9.3
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Follows the boundary with a smart and calm front foot defense.
9.2
4
Tim Southee to Mathews, FOUR! Glorious! Full on off, Mathews waits for the ball to come to him and then creams his drive through mid off for a boundary.
9.1
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Full around off, Mathews pushes it to cover.
8.6
0
T Boult to Mendis, Fuller and close to the off pole, Mendis defends it off the back foot to get through the over.
8.5
0
T Boult to Mendis, Bowls it down the leg side. Kusal leaves it alone.
8.4
0
T Boult to Mendis, Good length ball on middle, Mendis tucks it towards square leg.
8.3
0
T Boult to Mendis, Full on off, Mendis pushes it towards cover.
8.2
0
T Boult to Mendis, Hits the deck hard on top of middle, Kusal keeps it out.
8.1
0
T Boult to Mendis, Full on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
7.6
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length ball outside off, Angelo leaves it alone to get through the over.
7.5
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Short ball around the body. Mathews ducks under it.
7.4
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Back of a length ball on off, Mathews keeps it out.
7.3
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Short ball around off, Mathews sways away.
7.2
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Good length ball outside off, Angelo keeps it out.
7.1
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Outside off, Mathews has nothing to do with it.
6.6
0
T Boult to Mendis, Full on off, Mendis defends off the front foot to get through the over.
6.5
1
T Boult to Mathews, Full on off, Mathews flicks it wide of short leg towards square leg. Ajaz moves to his right but fails to gather the ball cleanly. Single taken.
6.4
0
T Boult to Mathews, Fuller around off, Angelo defends it back towards the bowler.
6.3
0
T Boult to Mathews, Comes 'round the wicket to get the ball to come in with the angle. He bowls it on a length on off and middle, Mathews keeps it out.
6.2
0
T Boult to Mathews, Good length ball on off, Mathews defends it off his back foot.
6.1
0
T Boult to Mathews, Nice ball. Full outside off, it is bowled at 85 mph and goes with the angle. Mathews looks to defend but misses.
5.6
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Nicely bowled. Comes wide of the crease and bowls it full on off, Mendis defends it towards mid on.
5.5
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Fuller on off, Mendis flicks it towards mid-wicket.
5.4
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Back of a length ball on off, Mendis blocks it off his back foot.
5.3
1
Tim Southee to Mathews, In the air but safe. Southee bowls the effort ball around the body. It was the short delivery that did the undoing of Mathews in the first innings. Angelo this time plays it but not off the middle. He edges this one too but luckily it falls short of Boult at fine leg. Single taken.
5.2
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Wide of the crease. Hint of swing on this one. Mathews watches it till the end and then leaves it.
5.1
0
Tim Southee to Mathews, Full on middle and off, Mathews shuffles across and defends it with a straight bat towards mid on.
4.6
0
T Boult to Mendis, Slightly short in length around middle, angling away. Mendis goes on his toes and defends it to the off side.
4.5
0
T Boult to Mendis, Keeps it full and around off, Mendis is forward and blocks it solidly to the off side.
4.4
0
T Boult to Mendis, On a good length and close to off, Mendis is on the back foot in defense.
4.3
1
T Boult to Mathews, Nearly plays it into the hands of backward short leg. Good length delivery on middle and leg, a hint of inward movement, Mathews stays back to defend it with a straight bat but it takes the inner half and goes to the right of the close-in fielder. A single is taken.
4.2
0
T Boult to Mathews, A bouncer down the leg side, Angelo ducks and lets it go over his head to the keeper.
4.1
0
T Boult to Mathews, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
3.6
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Goes back to his regular length. It is around off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pad. Good, tidy maiden from Southee.
3.5
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Full on off. This time Mendis defends it from the middle of his willow.
3.4
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Full now and another away swinger. Once again Mendis defends it off the outer half of his bat towards gully.
3.3
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis shoulders arms to it.
3.2
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Another outswinger but this is on top of off pole. Mendis looks to defend with soft hand but it goes off the outer half of his bat towards gully.
3.1
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Good length ball around off. It is an outswinger. Mendis leaves it without any fuss.
2.6
0
T Boult to Mathews, Maiden again from Boult. Good length ball outside off. It goes with the angle. Mathews looks to defend it inside the line but misses.
2.5
0
T Boult to Mathews, Bowls one down the leg side. Angelo leaves it alone.
2.4
0
T Boult to Mathews, Fuller on middle, Mathews tucks it towards mid-wicket.
2.3
0
T Boult to Mathews, Good length ball on middle and leg, Angelo starts his innings with a calm front foot defense.

Angelo Mathews walks in next at number 4 with Sri Lanka in early trouble.

2.2
0
T Boult to Perera, OUT! Caught! The Kiwis are making this happen. Unnecessary this from Perera. There was absolutely no need to play at that. Back of a length ball way outside off, Perera's eyes lit up looking at the width. He goes chasing after it like a toddler going after a toy. But he ends up getting nothing but a thick outside edge due to the extra bounce which goes to the left of the keeper. Watling makes no mistake and takes an absolute sitter. Two down in no time and Sri Lanka look like crumbling. Kusal Perera bags a pair in this Test match.
2.1
0
T Boult to Perera, On the bounce! Boult hits the deck hard around the body, Perera looks to flick but gets a glove on it towards the right of the keeper. Watling dives on that side but the ball reaches the keeper on the bounce.
1.6
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Tempts him to drive by continuing to bowl outside off. Mendis is in no mood to play those.
1.5
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Bowls it on the channel outside off, Mendis has nothing to do with it.
1.4
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Follows it up with a calm leave outside his off pole.
1.3
4
Tim Southee to Mendis, FOUR! Sri Lanka are up and running. Full on the pads, Mendis was not going to miss out on that. He flicks it with ease through mid-wicket for a boundary.
1.2
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Another one on the 4th stump line. Asking Mendis to drive but Kusal says no thanks and leaves it alone.
1.1
0
Tim Southee to Mendis, Good length ball outside off, Kusal leaves it alone.

Tim Southee to share the new cherry from the opposite end.

0.6
0
T Boult to Perera, Good length ball on off, Perera defends it off the front foot to get through the first over. A wicket maiden to begin with for the Kiwis.

Kusal Mendis is the number 3 batsman.

0.5
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, OUT! Run Out! Excellent from Ajaz Patel! Thirimanne is well short and he has to walk back. Fuller ball on off, Thirimanne looks to defend but the ball goes off the inner half of his bat towards mid-wicket. Perera is late to react to Lahiru's call. Thirimanne also has to run 'round the bowler which costs him valuable seconds. Ajaz Patel is quick to get to the ball, he dives and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. The New Zealand players start celebrating. The umpire nods his head in agreement but still goes upstairs to be doubly sure. Replays roll in and they find Thirimanne to be well short of his crease. Early setback for Sri Lanka.

Direct from Ajaz Patel at the non-striker's end! Lahiru Thirimanne is the batsman in question. He looks gone for all money. The replays roll in and confirm the same.

0.4
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Length delivery outside off. There is no swing on this one. Thirimanne respects the new ball and leaves it alone.
0.3
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Pulls his length back on off, Thirimanne defends it off his back foot.
0.2
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Full on off, Thirimanne defends it towards cover off his front foot.
0.1
0
T Boult to Thirimanne, Starts with a full ball on the pads to Thirimanne. Lahiru flicks it straight to mid-wicket.