Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan is bowled by New Zealand's
Tim Southee during the second day of their second and final
test cricket match in Colombo.Photo by Reuters
Tim Southee's continued good form is a positive sign for
a struggling New Zealand team which is in need of a few
The seamer took another two wickets in the first session on
day three of New Zealand's second test against Sri Lanka in
Colombo last night, which gave him four for the innings.
Sri Lanka went to tea at 177 for six, still 235 runs behind
on the first innings, after New Zealand made 412 in its first
Since Southee's debut for the national side as a 19-year-old
in 2008 he has struggled for continued success and has been
in and out of the side across the varying forms of the game.
His career numbers have never quite been world-class, but in
recent times he has looked a more complete bowler and has the
ability to swing the ball.
He took four wickets in the first innings of the first test
last week and had he been fit enough to bowl during Sri
Lanka's short run chase to wrap up the test he may have been
able to provide it with a scare with an early wicket or two.
As New Zealand looks ahead to its upcoming tour to South
Africa, Southee's ability to bowl decent spells will provide
direction to a side which has a wildly inconsistent batting
During the middle session of day three, Sri Lankan batsmen
Thilan Samaraweera and Suraj Randiv looked to stop New
Zealand's momentum as they dug their feet in.
At tea, Samaraweera had 48 next to his name, while Randiv had
laboured his way to 14.
Off-spinner Jeetan Patel took New Zealand's only wicket of
the stanza when he had Prasanna Jayawardene caught by Kane
Williamson for 12.
Earlier, the home side began day three at 43 for three in
reply to New Zealand's first-innings total of 412 and edged
past 100 before Southee struck twice in quick time.
Southee dislodged opener Tharanga Paranavitana for 40 when he
was caught behind by Kruger van Wyk. Angelo Mathews was next
to go for 47 as Martin Guptill produced a stunning one-handed
catch in the slips to give Southee his fourth scalp of the
Patel looked to have Jayawardene stumped following some sharp
work from van Wyk, but despite countless replays the third
umpire could not see enough evidence to send the Sri Lanka No
7 on his way and he was given not out.