New Zealand opt to bat in Galle Test

Trent Boult

Trent Boult

That feat is no longer possible, after Sri Lanka took out the first test in Galle by six wickets to ensure they can not lose the series. For several seconds, Boult had no idea where the ball was and looked around to make sure he hadn't been dismissed.

Sri Lanka were well placed on 143-2 just before tea when Patel - playing just in his sixth Test - had Kusal Mendis caught by Ross Taylor at slip.

Sri Lanka was bowled out for 267 in its first innings on Friday with a narrow 18-run lead over New Zealand, which scored 249 in its first innings.

Karunaratne hit only two boundaries in his patient 71, while Thirimanne stroked four of them in his sedate 57 before bad light stopped play with the hosts needing 135 to go 1-0 up in the two-test series. With a solid platform laid and the opponents on the mat, his plan seemed to be to attack relentlessly, and this resulted in two pristine shots off Somerville - down the track quickly, using the spin to lift one over midwicket and the other over the long-on boundary.

Tendulkar, who retired from global cricket in 2013, had also scored 69 sixes albeit in 200 Test matches.

However, New Zealand's pain only continued with Kusal Perera, who replaced his captain in the middle, increasing the rate of scoring.

Sri Lanka added an extra batsman to bolster its lineup but dropped former captain Dinesh Chandimal.

"If somebody told me you are getting to chase 268 I'd take it any day".

With his boundaries, he forced a four-over extension with 22 runs to get, but fell shortly after for 19-ball 23. New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live Cricket Score 1st Test Match.

Taylor was out in the first delivery he faced for the day, slashing at a ball leaving him from Lakmal's bowling and giving a catch to wicket-keeper Dickwella.

With 11 runs added to the score, Santner (13) left a ball from Lakmal pitching outside off stump, which came back to trap him lbw. With spin being vital in this match, I see Sri Lanka being too good.

Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya, the man tipped to fill the boots of Sri Lankan legend Rangana Herath, struck a couple of massive blows in the second essay after failing to claim a wicket in the first innings.

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