NZ to resume play on 203/5 on Day 2

2019-08-15 at 07:07

In what has turned out to be a gripping Test, with its fair share of twists and turns, Ross Taylor (70*) compiled a crucial unbeaten hand as Sri Lanka and New Zealand shared the honours at stumps on Day 1 of the Galle Test.

Akila Dananjaya starred for Sri Lanka by picking up all the five wickets to fall, as the visitors ended the day at 203 for 5.

New Zealand began the final session at 179 for 5, with Taylor continuing to disrupt Lasith Embuldeniya by cracking the sweep stroke.

The left-arm spinner had a poor day, finishing with figures of 0 for 73.

Unfortunately, only about eight overs were bowled in the final session as heavy rain curtailed most of the post-Tea session. In the second session, Taylor and Dananjaya and Co. were involved in an engrossing battle.

Taylor mostly took the aggressive approach after the break and employed his tried and tested sweep alongside the loft and the short-arm pull to put Sri Lanka under pressure.

Taylor soon reached his fifty with single off Lahiru Kumara. Just when it seemed as if New Zealand would end up without losing a wicket in the session, Dananjaya again turned out to be Sri Lanka’s go-to-man, as the spinner trapped Nicholls in front.

The southpaw took the review but to no avail. The spinner then bagged his fifth scalp by winning an LBW decision against BJ Watling.