Sri Lanka take 18 runs lead in first New Zealand Test

AFP . Galle, Sri Lanka | Update:

New Zealand cricketer William Somerville (2L) celebrates with teammates after dismissing Sri Lankan cricketer Niroshan Dickwella during the third day of the opening Test cricket match at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on 16 August 2019. Photo: AFP

Sri Lanka took a slender 18-run lead after the first innings as they were bowled out for 267 on day three of the first Test in Galle on Friday.

Sri Lanka owed their recovery largely to the eighth-wicket stand between Niroshan Dickwella and Suranga Lakmal. At 161 for seven, it looked an uphill task for the hosts to match New Zealand's total of 249.

Sri Lankan cricketer Niroshan Dickwella plays a shot during the third day of the opening Test cricket match at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on 16 August 2019. Photo: AFPBut Dickwella and Lakmal added 81 runs for the eighth wicket in an entertaining stand. New Zealand kept attacking but the two Sri Lankans repeatedly found the boundary, forcing the Kiwis to spread the field.

Trent Boult was called up to have a crack with the second new ball and immediately he had Lakmal in trouble, hitting him on the right elbow with a rising delivery.

New Zealand`s Trent Boult (2R) celebrates with teammates after bowling out Sri Lanka`s Suranga Lakmal (not pictured) during the third day of the first Test cricket match at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on 16 August 2019. Photo: AFPThe blow shook up Lakmal and a couple of deliveries later he was bowled off an inside edge for 40. Dickwella went on to complete his 12th Test half-century before we was caught by Kane Williamson on 61 off the bowling of William Somerville.

Ajaz Patel finished up with five wickets and was well supported by off-spinner Somerville, who claimed three wickets. Boult accounted for the other two dismissals.

 
   
Editor & publisher: Matiur Rahman.
Pragati Insurance Bhaban, 20-21, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka - 1215
Phone: 8180078-81, Fax: 9130496, E-mail: info@prothomalo.com
 
UP