New Zealand avenged the opportunity of winning the toss at home. Captain Kane Williamson invited Sri Lanka to bat in grassy wicket at Wellington. Taking 3 wickets by 9 runs Tim Southee proved the rationality of captain’s decision. Could they win the day totally? Because Sri Lanka has one wicket rest for the second day. They finished day one in 275 for 9.
Even then Sri Lanka might be afraid of being all-out at the initial session. Three top orders Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis walk to the pavilion within 9 runs on the scoreboard. Southee leads the way to them. Then Angelo Mathews and Karunaratne made a partnership 133 runs and got over the disaster. Karunaratne got caught behind at Wagners ball. Mathews dreamed for a century but Southee picked his wicket by caught behind. As Niroshan Dickwella (wk) batting at 72* then team Sri Lanka can hope to cross 300. Tomorrow Dickwella will start with eleventh batsman Lahiru Kumara.
Sri Lankan scoreboard proves that how dangerous Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Coline de Grandhomme and Neil Wagners bowling combination can be. Only four batsmen reached two digit score. This four pacer picked all the wicket. Only spinner Ajay Patel had three overs in a day. Tim Southee got 5 wickets from 25 overs with 6 maidens for 67 runs.