New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: Dominant New Zealand Close On Series Sweep Of Sri Lanka
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: New Zealand continued their dominance over Sri Lanka in the second Test on Sunday, enforcing a follow-on and setting up the likelihood of a series clean sweep with two days to play at the Basin Reserve in Wellington
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: New Zealand continued their dominance over Sri Lanka in the second Test on Sunday, enforcing a follow-on and setting up the likelihood of a series clean sweep with two days to play at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. The tourists reached 113-2 in their second innings at stumps on day three but still trailed by 303 runs at Wellington's Basin Reserve. Sri Lanka's tail succumbed rapidly in the second session as the last six wickets tumbled for 50 runs in the space of 15.1 overs. On Saturday, aggressive double centuries for Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls powered New Zealand's dominance. The Black Caps declared their first innings at an imposing 580 for 4 before reducing Sri Lanka to 26 for 2 at stumps on day two, leaving the tourists with a very slim prospect of squaring the two-match series. (SCORECARD)
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For Lanka, except for Dimuth Karunaratne, no other batter showed any kind of fight. Apart from him, just Chandimal managed to cross the 30-run mark and that is not what you need when you face a huge deficit. The visitors are completely on the back foot and they'll need a miracle to make a game out of this now. Can they put up a better fight or will they surrender yet again? Still around 45 overs to go in the day, this could well be the last day of the game. Join us for the reply in a bit.
Coming to what happened, most of the Kiwi bowlers were on song, except for Daryl Mitchell who bowled just the one over, every other bowler took a wicket at leat. Michael Bracewell was easily the pick with a three-fer. Matt Henry was excellent too but it was a combined effort from all the bowlers. They made really use of the conditions and landed the ball on the right spot most of the times.
A top, top display from the Kiwis and a poor one from the visitors. They have lost 6 for 55 after the Lunch break and now are in dire straits. Also, NEW ZEALAND HAVE ENFORCED THE FOLLOW-ON! So, after that poor display, the Lankans will have to come out an bat again.
OUT! TAKEN! There is the last wicket and it is Blair Tickner's first! Shorter and around off, Asitha Fernando looks to upper cut it but ends up hitting it high up in the air on the off side. Kane Williamson takes it nicely. SRI LANKA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 164!
Shorter and around off, Lahiru Kumara looks to pull but it goes off the top edge towards fine leg for one.
Outside off, left alone.
Back of a length and on off, defended.
Shorter and outside off, left alone.
A big swing! Floats it up outside off, Asitha Fernando looks to go over mid-wicket but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
Tossed up on off, defended.
OUT! Straight to the fielder! The last recognized batter is out of here. Dimuth Karunaratne falls 11 short of a ton. He batted really well, fought a long battle but now falls. This is tossed up around off, Dimuth Karunaratne looks to go straight down the ground but this turns away. It goes more off the outer half towards long off where it is taken.
On off, defended.
OUT! RUN OUT! Kasun Rajitha is well short! Tossed up outside off, Kasun Rajitha looks to push it through the off side but this turns back in. It goes off the inner half towards mid on. Kasun Rajitha goes for one. Latham picks the ball and throws it to the bowler. The throw is not the best but Michael Bracewell collects it well and takes the bails off. It is referred and replays show that Kasun is well short. 8 down now.
Run out appeal and it is taken upstairs. The batter seems in.
Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.
Full and outside off, left alone.
Short in length and on off. Kasun Rajitha looks to block but gets hit high on the pads.
Outside off, kept out.
Length and outside off, Karunaratne cuts it to point for a single.
Fuller and on off, dropped to cover.