Tim Southee took five wickets as New Zealand reduced Sri Lanka to 275-9 at stumps on day one of the first Test in Wellington.
The paceman caused havoc in the opposition top six, taking out Danushka Gunathilaka and Dhananjaya de Silva for just a single each and Kusal Mendis for two with only nine runs on the board.
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At 9-3 after four overs it seemed as though the Asians might be shot out for an embarrassingly low score but opener Dimuth Karunaratne (79) and all-rounder Angelo Mathews (83) added 133 for the fourth wicket to haul their side back into the game.
Niroshan Dickwella then chipped in with a breezy unbeaten 73 batting at number seven but the tail have not added too many runs and much will depend on how the wicket-keeper can farm the strike on day two to add as many as possible with number 11 Lahiru Kumara.
Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme took one wicket each while Neil Wagner has a couple to his name, and the Kiwis will hope to get the innings wrapped up as soon as possible on Sunday morning.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.