Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan is bowled by New Zealand's
Tim Southee. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
New ball pair Tim Southee and Trent Boult dramatically
sliced through Sri Lanka's top order in the second test at
Colombo late last night.
At stumps, Sri Lanka, replying to New Zealand's first innings
412, were in trouble at 43 for three, with their three senior
batsmen, captain Mahela Jayawardene, the world's No 1-ranked
batsman Kumar Sangakkara and opener Tillekaratne Dilshan all
In the first test at Galle, won by Sri Lanka by 10 wickets,
the two 23-year-olds reduced Sri Lanka to 50 for five in
their first innings and their ability to gain movement
through the air and off the pitch was again in evidence last
Southee found space between Dilshan's bat and pad to bowl him
in the third over of the innings; then had the prize scalp of
Sangakkara two balls later.
The classy lefthander tried to hook a short ball but sent it
straight to Boult just inside the fine leg boundary.
Boult put Jayawardene through hoops before having him caught
by Kane Williamson at gully to have the hosts reeling at 12
Opener Tharanga Paranavitana was on nine from 39 balls while
Angelo Matthews,helped by three fours in one Southee over,
had reached 20. Bad light cut the day short by seven overs.
That New Zealand reached 412 was down to the 262-run
third-wicket stand between captain Ross Taylor and Kane
Willliamson, New Zealand's largest in a test in Sri Lanka for
any wicket, plus a couple of useful late-innings stands.
Taylor made 142, off 306 balls, Williamson completed his
third test century after a shaky start last night, finishing
with 135, having batted seven hours and faced 305 balls.
Both went lbw trying to sweep left arm spinner Rangana Herath
and the veteran, enjoying a fine run of success, went on to
finish with six for 103. All six were either bowled or lbw.
Todd Astle's first test innings lasted 36 balls, for three,
and wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk was out for a duck.
However Daniel Flynn batted grittily to complete his sixth
test half-century, making 53 before going lbw to Herath.
He shared a 46-run stand with Doug Bracewell, put on a
further 28 with Southee and finally 36 with Jeetan Patel.
Herath, who took 11 wickets in Sri Lanka's 10-wicket win at
Galle, completed his 13th bag of five or more wickets in his
But New Zealand have the whip hand, courtesy of Southee and
- David Leggat of the New Zealand Herald