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Sri Lanka suffered a disastrous start against New Zealand

Sri Lanka suffered a disastrous start to the second cricket Test against New Zealand, as the top order again showed little resistance apart from first Test centurion Kumar Sangakkara.

At lunch they were 112 for four with first Test centurion Sangakkara scoring 74 of the runs, while Chris Martin dominated with the ball, taking three for 20.

In the first Test in Christchurch, Sri Lanka crumbled in the first innings when Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and batted on what was clearly a bowler’s wicket.

But the same excuse does not apply here, where conditions favoured the batsmen, but Sri Lanka did not have the armoury to control the situation.

It was again left to Sangakkara to provide some backbone as his unbeaten 74 came from just 86 balls and included nine fours and a six.

But as much as he appeared untroubled at one end, there was mayhem at the other.

Sanath Jayasuriya (0) saw just three balls before edging Martin straight to Stephen Fleming at first slip, Upul Tharana (7) knicked Martin to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum, and Jayawardene (0) was bowled by the speedster.

Chamara Kapugedera contributed five in a 40-run partnership with Sangakkara for the fourth wicket before guiding Jacob Oram to Mathew Sinclair in slips.

Chamara Silva, who was out for a pair in the Test debut in Christchurch, was not out 18 at the break.

New Zealand lead the two-Test series 1-0.


Sri Lanka 1st innings

pugedera c Sinclair b Oram 5 C. Silva not out 18 Extras (lb 1, nb 7) 8 Total (4 wkts) 112 Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-27, 3-41, 4-81

Bowling:         Bond 10-1-50-0 (3nb)

            Martin 8-2-20-3

            Franklin 4-0-26-0 (4nb)

            Oram 3-0-10-1

            Vettori 2-0-5-0

Overs: 27

Toss: Sri Lanka

Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS), Brian Jerling (RSA)

Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

Series: New Zealand 1-0



December 15, 2006 - Posted by | South Asia, Sports, Sports News & Opinion, World News

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