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Sri Lanka vs New Zealand (SL vs NZ) 1st Test Day 1: Highlights

16:49 IST: AN EARLY START IS SCHEDULED AT 9.45 AM LOCAL (0415 GMT) come Thursday. This is of course, weather permitting. The forecast is very grim but hopefully, like it was proved wrong on Wednesday, it is proved incorrect again. New Zealand will look at Ross Taylor to do a Steve Smith and take them to 300. The Lankans on the other hand will look to wrap them up inside 250. Join us to see what happens. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

16:46 IST: Post Lunch, the Lankans seemed to be giving away the advantage through a 100-run stand between Taylor and Nicholls but like in the first session, Dananjaya struck with 15 minutes to Tea and got the Kiwis 5 down. After that, Rosco tried to counter-attack but rain had the final say.

16:43 IST: Right. Whose day was it? Akila Dananjaya’s? For sure. Ross Taylor’s? Ummm… actually a good shout too! It seemed like a good toss to win when Kane Williamson called correctly and the 64-run stand for the opening wicket set the right tone. But then, with 15 minutes remaining in the first session, Akila Dananjaya struck, reducing the Black Caps to 71/3.

16:32 IST: 4.30 pm local (1100 GMT) – STUMPS IT IS! Given the storm that hit Galle, it was very difficult to see game resuming, that too, with the sun setting. The rain seems to have stopped but the whole ground is damp.

15:56 IST: Update 1555 Local (1025 GMT) – Bad news for all of us. It has started to rain a bit heavily now and it does not look too good. Seems like it is a wet day in the world of cricket.

15:43 IST: Oh no! The heavens have opened up once again, the players are off and they are replaced by the groundstaff out in the middle with the covers.

Score 203/5

Batsman Ross Taylor86(131b 6*4 0*6)

Bowler Lasith Embuldeniya 20-1-73-0

15:42 IST: 67.6: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Better this. Floated on off, RT defends it to get through the over.

15:41 IST: 67.5: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, FOUR! Poor ball from Embuldeniya. He flights one down the leg side, Taylor gets down on one knee and sweeps it through the vacant backward square leg region for a boundary. 200 comes up for New Zealand with that.

15:40 IST: 67.4: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Once again Taylor comes down the track but this time he drives it back to the right of the bowler. Embuldeniya collects and Taylor rushes back inside his crease.

15:40 IST: 67.3: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Flighted delivery on middle, Taylor comes down the track and blocks it off the front foot.

15:40 IST: 67.2: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Flatter around off, Taylor defends it towards cover-point.

15:39 IST: 67.1: L Embuldeniya to Santner, Tossed up delivery on off, Santner strokes it towards long off and gets a single.

Score 198/5

Batsman Ross Taylor82(126b 5*4 0*6)

Bowler Akila Dananjaya 22-1-57-5

15:38 IST: 66.6: A Dananjaya to Taylor, This one is down the leg side and the batsman leaves it alone.

15:38 IST: 66.5: A Dananjaya to Taylor, Around off, defended from the crease.

15:38 IST: 66.4: A Dananjaya to Taylor, The batsman works it down the leg side.

15:37 IST: 66.3: A Dananjaya to Taylor, Full and around off, Taylor looks to flick but misses and the ball goes off his pads to short leg. The Lankans appeal for a catch but there is no bat involved.

15:37 IST: 66.2: A Dananjaya to Taylor, Landed outside off, pushed back to the bowler.

15:37 IST: 66.1: A Dananjaya to Taylor, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Score 198/5

Batsman Mitchell Santner7(20b 1*4 0*6)

Bowler Lasith Embuldeniya 19-1-68-0

15:36 IST: 65.6: L Embuldeniya to Santner, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

15:35 IST: 65.5: L Embuldeniya to Santner, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

15:35 IST: 65.4: L Embuldeniya to M Santner, That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.

15:34 IST: 65.3: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Full and down the leg side, swept through square leg for a single.

15:34 IST: 65.2: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Outside off, punched off the back foot.

15:33 IST: 65.1: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, FOUR! Full and down the leg side, Taylor gets down and sweeps it behind square leg, beating the man at deep square leg to his right!

Score 193/5

Batsman Mitchell Santner7(17b 1*4 0*6)

Bowler Akila Dananjaya 21-1-57-5

15:32 IST: 64.6: A Dananjaya to Santner, Outside off, punched off the back foot.

15:32 IST: 64.5: A Dananjaya to Santner, Full and around off, driven back to the bowler.

15:31 IST: 64.4: A Dananjaya to Taylor, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a run.

15:31 IST: 64.3: A Dananjaya to Santner, On middle, pushed towards long on for a single.

15:30 IST: 64.2: A Dananjaya to Santner, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

15:30 IST: 64.1: A Dananjaya to R Taylor, Full and outside off, Taylor looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge which flies behind point. Three runs taken.

Score 188/5

Batsman Mitchell Santner6(13b 1*4 0*6)

Bowler Lasith Embuldeniya 18-1-63-0

15:29 IST: 63.6: L Embuldeniya to M Santner, FOUR! MAGNIFICENT! Full and outside off, Santner leans and drives this through the covers!

15:28 IST: 63.5: L Embuldeniya to Santner, Around off, spinning in, Santner looks to tuck it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads.

15:28 IST: 63.4: L Embuldeniya to Santner, Outside off, watchfully defended.

15:28 IST: 63.3: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Tossed up outside off, Taylor comes down the track and drives it down the ground for a run.

15:27 IST: 63.2: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Full and around off, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.

15:27 IST: 63.1: L Embuldeniya to Santner, Outside off, short in length, punched through the covers for a single.

15:27 IST: We are hearing that the official time for STUMPS is 5.18 pm (1148 GMT). If life permits, of course.

Score 182/5

Batsman Mitchell Santner1(9b 0*4 0*6)

Bowler Akila Dananjaya 20-1-52-5

15:26 IST: 62.6: A Dananjaya to Santner, Full and outside off, Santner drives this down the ground for a run.

15:25 IST: 62.5: A Dananjaya to Santner, Outside off, watchfully blocked out.

15:25 IST: 62.4: A Dananjaya to Taylor, Full and outside off, swept through square leg for a single.

15:24 IST: 62.3: A Dananjaya to Taylor, Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.

15:24 IST: 62.2: A Dananjaya to Taylor, Outside off, pushed back defensively.

15:24 IST: 62.1: A Dananjaya to Taylor, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Score 180/5

Batsman Mitchell Santner0(7b 0*4 0*6)

Bowler Lasith Embuldeniya 17-1-57-0

15:23 IST: 61.6: L Embuldeniya to Santner, Outside off, blocked solidly.

15:22 IST: 61.5: L Embuldeniya to Santner, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

15:22 IST: 61.4: L Embuldeniya to Santner, Outside off, left alone.

15:21 IST: 61.3: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Pushes this through mid on for a single.

15:21 IST: 61.2: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Full and outside off, Taylor comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler.

15:21 IST: Conditions are bright and sunny at the ground. Who would have thought it was raining?

15:21 IST: 61.1: L Embuldeniya to Taylor, Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.



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