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Lankans on the run

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 12:16 AM


Openers Dimuth Karunarate and Kaushal Silva led Sri Lanka's fightback on the second day of the first cricket Test yesterday as they followed on 303 runs behind New Zealand after being dismissed for 138 in their first innings.

Karunaratne and Silva shrugged off their failures in the first innings, in which they were dismissed for zero and four inside the first five overs, and led Sri Lanka to 84 without loss at stumps, still 219 behind New Zealand's first innings of 441.

Silva was 33 not out and Karunaratne unbeaten on 49.

Sri Lanka's first innings was undone by outstanding swing bowling by Trent Boult (3-25), and Tim Southee (2-17). Neil Wagner (3-60) and Jimmy Neesham (2-28) then wrapped up Sri Lanka's innings in less than three and a half hours.

"To get through them for 138 and force them to follow on was good," Boult said. "To get a couple more wickets would have been nice, but obviously, the boys bowled tremendously well. There are still three days to go, three big days, and we're looking forward to those."

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, whose 195 underpinned his team's first-innings total, had no hesitation in enforcing the follow-on, believing his leading bowlers were still fresh and conditions at Hagley Oval still offered swing and seam movement.