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SL-NZ: 15 wkts tumble on Day 1

SL-NZ: 15 wkts tumble on Day 1
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Fifteen wickets fell in a bowlers’ blitz on Saturday as Sri Lanka ended the first day of the second Test in Wellington at 78/5 in reply to New Zealand’s first innings of 221. Sri Lanka’s response in their attempt to level the series after an eight wicket drubbing in the first Test has been highlighted by Kumar Sangakkara becoming just the fifth player in cricket history to post 12,000 career runs.

New Zealand’s innings was rocked by skipper Brendon McCullum’s second-ball duck. At stumps, Sangakkara was 33 not out while recalled New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell had three for 23.

With conditions ripe for bowlers, Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews had no hesitation in making New
Zealand bat first on a green strip with overcast skies and a blustery wind. Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal wasted the advantage in the first session, bowling short and wide, but still managed to remove New Zealand openers Tom Latham for six and Hamish Rutherford for 37. But the game changed as they pitched the ball up more in the middle session when five New Zealand wickets fell, along with the top five Sri Lanka wickets after tea.

First Test centurion Dimuth Karunaratne (16) was first to go for Sri Lanka when he was lured into chasing a ball that moved off the seam and edged a comfortable catch to Jimmy Neesham in the slips. Kaushal Silva, in a cautious start, faced 30 deliveries before he played on Doug Bracewell for five.

Bracewell, recalled to the side in place of Neil Wagner, followed with the dismissal of Lahiru Thirimanne who lobbed a simple catch to McCullum at mid off without scoring. Mathews could only manage 15 before he was squared up by Tim Southee as he edged to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

BRIEFSCORES Sri Lanka 78/5 trail New Zealand (221 all out) by 143 runs.
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