The hosts Sri Lanka were able to draw first blood as they defeated New Zealand by six wickets. Thus, Sri Lanka has commenced their Test championship campaign in style as they get 60 points for this win. Sri Lanka’s skipper Dimuth Karunaratne scored a brilliant hundred in the second innings to help his team chase down the target of 268 runs.

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Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson had won the toss and decided to bat first. The visitors posted 249 runs in the first innings after Ross Taylor top-scored with 86 runs. However, the rest of the batsmen could not even cross the 50-run mark despite getting off to starts.

Sri Lanka. Credits: AFP

Sri Lanka draws first blood.

Suranga Lakmal scalped four wickets for the hosts whereas Akila Dananjaya took a five-wicket haul to breathe down the neck of the Kiwis.

Subsequently, Sri Lanka managed a lead of 28 runs after three half-centuries from Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, and Niroshan Dickwella. There were crucial contributions from Dimuth Karunaratne and Suranga Lakmal as they scored 39 and 40 respectively.

Trent Boult and William Sommerville scalped two and three respectively while Ajaz Patel took a fifer for the tourists.

Sri Lanka celebrates a wicket. Twitter

New Zealand had their backs against the wall as they were tottering at 98-5. However, their wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling scored a fine knock of 77 runs to keep them in the contest. The visitors ended up with 285 runs to give a target of 268 runs to the hosts.

Lasith Embuldeniya was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers in the second innings as he took four wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva scalped three wickets whereas Lahiru Kumara bagged two.

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Sri Lanka was given an excellent start as Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne added 161 runs for the opening stand. Thirimanne scored 64 whereas the Sri Lankan captain went on to score a brilliant 122. Thus, Sri Lanka got over the line with six wickets in hand.

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